Blood pressure monitors are an excellent way of establishing a benchmark for the health of your heart and overall cardiovascular system.
With stress levels on the rise and currently up to 10x higher than for fighter pilots during World War 2, tracking your blood pressure can be a valuable early warning tool in terms of detecting any negative changes within the body.
With that in mind, we have two recommendations based on the following criteria:
- Accuracy - Decisions are only as good as the information that informs them. Both of the models recommended below have been accurate when compared to manual measurements by hand using a sphygmomanometer (sphyg) and stethoscope.
- Ease of use - Getting good at using a sphyg takes a lot of practice and good conditions. Modern technology removes the need for that, but some models are definitely easier than others to use.
- Clarity of data - Some models give you lots of data to interpret. Most people simply need diastolic, systolic and pulse readings and possibly the ability to track them over time.
- Cost to Benefit Ratio - Some models are 10% better than others, but double the price. We've chosen models that represent the best bang for buck.
So with that in mind, the two we'd recommend are as follows:
The all singing all dancing option - Omron Evolv All in One
Why we like it:
It records all your data and sync's it to the Omron app on your phone, so you don't need to remember anything or track it separately.
The cuff and monitor are integrated so it's simpler to use, with less parts to worry about.
Your data is automatically backed up, so you never have to worry about losing it.
If you want the ability to store data for more than one user get the M7 instead.
The gets the job done option - Omron M3
Why we like it:
Tells you what you need to know
Cheap but accurate
Slightly larger cuff allows for most arm sizes (if you have small arms the cheaper M2 model is just as good).
Battery life is decent enough