If you suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure, having the ability to monitor yourself at home between doctor’s visits is an important step in ensuring you’re taking the right steps to improving your health and lowering your blood pressure. Leaving your high blood pressure unchecked and untreated could lead to serious and even fatal effects, including a heart attack or stroke.
High blood pressure can be caused by genetics, diet, stress, and a lack of exercise, and can result in a hardening of the arteries, an enlarged heart, kidney damage, and even eye damage. For those who suffer from high blood pressure, having an at-home blood pressure monitor is one of the first steps in getting their health back on track.
When taking a reading of your blood pressure, it’s important to do so at the same time every day. Users should avoid certain activities before taking their reading which could increase their blood pressure, including smoking, drinking caffeine or alcohol, working out, eating or bathing. It’s always a good idea to rest for 15 minutes before taking a reading so that your monitor isn’t pulling in outlier data from, for example, a quick run around the block.
Take a look at our selection of the best blood pressure monitors below.
1. Easy@Home Digital Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
The Easy@Home is one of the most straightforward blood pressure monitors to read, with an oversized digital display and color-coded results for the Systolic and Diastolic readings, including green for normal, orange for prehypertension and red for hypertension. The Easy@Home also features an irregular heartbeat alert. The Easy@Home is designed for use by two people with the ability to recall the last 60 measurements for two people or 120 measurements for one person.
Pros: Easy to use with color-coded display. Irregular heartbeat detector and multiple averages help make for more accurate readings.
Cons: More expensive than some other options.
2. Omron 7 Series Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
The Omron has a memory of the last 100 readings, including date and time, making it easy to track your average blood pressure reading and share it with your health care provider. The large digital screen displays the average of the last three readings in a 10-minute period to get an accurate number and features an irregular heartbeat monitor. It also compares your reading to the global average. We like that the Omron includes a Heart Zone Guidance feature that lights up when your wrist is at heart level, delivering an accurate reading. The wrist style is discreet and ideal for use in public. The Omron requires two AAA batteries, which are included.
Pros: Good option if you’re looking for a wrist monitor. Averages multiple readings for a more accurate readout.
Cons: The Omron is highly sensitive to movement, so it’s not a good option for people who suffer from shakes or trembles. Wrist monitors are generally less accurate than arm monitors.
3. Greater Goods Blood Pressure Monitor Cuff Kit by Balance
The Greater Goods monitor can be used with either an AC adapter or four AAA batteries, making it versatile and convenient. The FDA-approved monitor has a hypertension indicator bar and irregular heartbeat alert. Designed for two users, each person can store up to 60 readings, which are easy to see on the oversized backlit LCD screen. The monitor comes with two cuff sizes and a carrying case.
Pros: Two cuff sizes included, can be used plugged into the wall or on batteries. Stores data for two users.
Cons: When replacing batteries the monitor’s memory is wiped. If using the wall adapter, it’s essential to keep the monitor plugged in at all times or else the date and time will have to be reset.
4. Paramed Professional Manual Blood Pressure Cuff
There’s a reason many doctor’s offices still rely on manual blood pressure cuffs — they’re affordable, dependable and you don’t have to worry about dead batteries or technical errors. This option has a precision-calibrated gauge and a cuff that’s designed to offer a universal fit. The cuff comes with a nylon carrying case, making it easy to take on the go as needed. The cuff and bag are available in blue, black and pink.
Pros: Comes with a carry bag. Latex-free parts, making it a good hypoallergenic option.
Cons: Not as convenient as a digital reader.
5. Biolever Blood Pressure Monitor
This blood pressure monitor is a good option for the elderly or anyone with limited eyesight. It has a large LCD display. You can also select the talking function and have the results read aloud by the machine. It has a large memory bank — it can store data for two different people, with up to 120 readings per person.
Pros: Talking function, making this a good option for those with limited eyesight. Large memory bank can store readings for two people.
Cons: Screen can be hard to see in low light situations because it’s not backlit.
6. KONQUEST Automatic Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor
This automatic blood pressure monitor from Konquest has a large backlit display, and it comes with all of the accessories needed to get started. There’s an adjustable cuff, the device, batteries, and a convenient zippered carrying case. The large memory bank allows you to store 120 readings for two users. The detailed display provides you with the systolic pressure, diastolic pressure, pulse rate, current user and even the date and time.
Pros: Backlit display, saves data for two users. Comes with batteries and a carrying case.
Cons: Cuff can be a little difficult to put on and take off.