What every best Blood Pressure Monitors has:
- Keys that are easy to use, and a display that's easy to read.
- Circuitry that detects -- and compensates for -- an irregular heartbeat.
- A cuff that fits you.
Researchers in the Consumer Reports laboratory test and rate 21 home blood pressure monitors, including both arm and wrist models. Each model receives ratings for accuracy, convenience and comfort, along with a few very brief comments on its performance, plus an overall comparative rating out of 100. Ultimately, four upper-arm blood pressure monitors are recommended.
The dabl Educational Trust compiles a lengthy list of blood pressure monitors, assigning each a Recommended, Not Recommended or Questionable status. The table also lists whether each device is certified by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the British Hypertension Society and the European Society of Hypertension, and briefly notes the circumstances under which the devices may or may not be used.
The author and a team of testers spent 20 hours researching more than 50 home blood pressure monitors, eventually narrowing the field to 10 models that were then tested with the help of professors and students at the University of Texas Nursing School. The author provides thorough documentation of the testing process and selects a top pick that should suit most people, along with runners-up for specific concerns.
The author subjects four blood pressure monitors to hands-on testing. Although he doesn't assign comparative scores, he does discuss the relative merits and quirks of each monitor, discusses how easy (or difficult) it was to use them for the first time, and occasionally quotes company stands on specific features.
Amazon offers hundreds of listings for home blood pressure monitors and a plethora of user reviews, some of which can be quite detailed. Some users even return to update their reviews over time, giving a good picture of the product's long-term durability. Some of these blood pressure monitors have hundreds or even thousands of reviews.
Walmart lists a wide variety of blood pressure monitors for sale, some of which are exclusive to Walmart. Many models have received hundreds, if not thousands, of user reviews, although these sometimes include user reviews reposted from the manufacturer's website. As at Amazon, some models receive hundreds of reviews. We chose models that receive a 4-star or better average rating after at least 30 user reviews.
User reviews at Walgreens tend to be brief and to the point, which makes them useful for gauging overall customer reaction to any given product. Most blood pressure monitors for sale here get at least a few user reviews; we chose standout models that receive an average score of 4 stars or better after at least ten user comments.
This gadget-friendly retail site offers several dozen blood pressure monitors for sale, and is a particularly good source of reviews for "smart" blood pressure monitors. The most noteworthy monitors listed here receive an average score of at least 4 stars after 10 or more useful owner reviews.
This reviews site has a physician manually check the accuracy of home blood pressure cuffs on two subjects, a man and a woman. The subjects were also asked to assemble the blood pressure monitors themselves, although very little feedback is given on how this process went. Although the commentary on accuracy is helpful, the article's structure -- which alternates between explaining criteria and individual product spotlights -- is confusing.