Most people who have problems with blood pressure need to measure this indicator regularly, including on their own, at home, which requires an easy-to-use and fairly accurate tonometer.
There are mechanical, automatic and semi-automatic devices. Automatic blood pressure monitors are the best solution for pensioners, as well as all those who often have to resort to measurements. The device independently inflates the cuff and determines the readings. The cost of tonometers of this type is higher than semi-automatic and mechanical counterparts.
Automatic devices are equipped with additional options. It can be an arrhythmia diagnosis or an intelligent logic system to correctly determine the pressure even with an irregular or weak pulse by calculating the average.
Blood pressure monitor rating
One of the simplest, but reliable models with an intelligent control system. It is fixed on the wrist, has a minimum error in blood pressure and pulse measurements — 3 mm Hg. Art. and 5% respectively. Differs in very compact size, it is conveniently put on a hand, works from two “little finger” batteries. In the reviews, many users write about the accuracy of the tonometer readings (a comparison was made with the measurement of a mechanical device), ease of use, and low cost. Like all Omron blood pressure monitors, this model is popular and trusted by customers. The simplicity and versatility of the device is of no small importance in this — there are no extra options, the standard cuff suits most users. Some note large numbers and just one button for ease of operation.
Inexpensive, but functional model of a carpal tonometer. In addition to the main function (measurement of blood pressure), it gives users many opportunities — there is a log of the last measurements of 90 cells, an indication of arrhythmia, a WHO scale for easily determining whether the pressure is normal. There is an intelligent control, the mode of the average value of several measurements. The “Guest” option is enabled, which does not record measurements in the log. The manufacturer gives a ten-year warranty on the device. Most reviews about the device are positive. Users like the accuracy of measurement, compactness, and the presence of a convenient carrying case in the package. Many additionally note the comfortable shape of the cuff — it does not tighten the arm, does not cause pain even with strong inflation.
B. Well MED-57
B. Well MED-57
One of the most compact, but at the same time functional blood pressure monitors. With a very small weight, size and more than affordable price, it is equipped with most modern options — it measures not only pressure, but also pulse, detects arrhythmia, shows compliance with the norm on the WHO scale and remembers the last 30 readings. There is a function for calculating the average value of three measurements, which can be useful for people with arrhythmia. Unlike most inexpensive blood pressure monitors, the model is equipped with a backlight, it is convenient to use it in low light or its complete absence. There are complaints about incorrect indicators, as is the case with other models on the wrist, but often they are associated with non-compliance with the measurement rules.
The cheapest model among inexpensive sphygmomanometers with a shoulder cuff. But despite the low cost, it has everything a user needs to control blood pressure — measuring the pulse rate, detecting arrhythmia, the WHO scale to check whether the indicators are normal. The tonometer has a capacious memory for 120 measurements. The device is compact, quite well made, users do not complain about a quick breakdown. Subject to the rules of measurement, the accuracy is close to that of mechanical tonometers. Of the shortcomings in the reviews, the lack of a network adapter in the kit and an unsuccessful cuff that squeezes the hand too much are most often called.
Automatic sphygmomanometer with standard fixation on the shoulder. There is no screen, all data is transferred to a smartphone on the Android / iOS platform. The connection is made via Bluetooth. The latest results are automatically stored in the device’s memory — up to 120 measurements. Battery operated, can be connected to a fixed network, but there is no AC adapter included. The size of the cuff is increased — 22–42 cm. Of the advantages, users note a very small weight of the device — only 135 grams. They also like the ability to view the latest measurements. Judging by the reviews, the device is quite reliable and accurate — the deviations when compared with the readings of a mechanical tonometer are insignificant.
The Quardio automatic blood pressure monitor does not have a screen. The practical device redirects all information via Bluetooth and a special application to a connected smartphone on the Android or iOS platform. Users note the ease of use — simple setup, data storage, the ability to plot graphs. The tonometer is powered by batteries, so you can take measurements anywhere, even in the absence of electricity. The device is distinguished by a double measurement method, the presence of an arrhythmia indication, a pulse measurement function, and automatic saving of the last readings. The memory of the device is designed for two users. The reviews talk about the compactness (68 * 38 * 140 mm) and lightness (310 g) of the device, so you can always take it with you.
Omron M2 Classic
Omron M2 Classic
A successful model for home use, fixed on the shoulder, from the well-known company Omron. It features a universal cuff size — 22–42 cm, indication of arrhythmia. The instrument’s memory stores the last 60 measurements. In terms of functionality, the device is simple, but very reliable. According to users, the life of the blood pressure monitor is longer compared to devices from lesser-known brands. The device works from four “finger-type” batteries. Users call the advantages of the device accuracy, ease of use, reliability. The model is great for older people who find it difficult to understand modern complex electronics. The only drawback of the tonometer is the lack of a power adapter in the kit. But if necessary, it can be purchased separately.
Despite the Chinese production, the model is quite popular, it is considered high-quality and accurate. It has 200 memory cells — exactly as many measurements are stored by the device. Very compact device on the wrist — powered by two little finger batteries, weighs only 130 grams. Otherwise, the functionality is not rich — it is limited to the indication of arrhythmia. In the reviews, users note the high build quality of the product, its accuracy, convenience. Deviations compared to the result of measurement with a shoulder tonometer are insignificant. The device is very convenient to take with you on the road. The functionality is small, but it is enough for monitoring blood pressure. In the category of models with a large amount of memory, it has the lowest cost.
Criteria for choosing a tonometer
To choose the best option when buying, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the basics of choosing a tonometer for home use. There are 5 main principles:
- Number of users — if several people plan to use the device, it is better to buy blood pressure monitors with a memory function and the ability to simultaneously maintain two logs.
- Arrhythmias — people with irregular heart rhythms are advised to purchase devices with a smart measurement function.
- Age — for young and middle-aged people, you can purchase both a shoulder and carpal tonometer. For the elderly — only the shoulder. With age, the vessels of the wrist joint wear out, the elasticity of their walls decreases, bones appear, joint diseases (arthrosis) occur. In this regard, when measuring blood pressure at the wrist, the indicators may be inaccurate.
- Arm size — for slender people, blood pressure monitors with a standard cuff are suitable. For obese people, it is better to choose enlarged cuffs.
- Place of use — depending on where the device will be used, you should choose between compact wrist-based devices powered by AAA batteries (for the road) and standard household models powered by the mains.
In pharmacies, tonometers of various companies are presented. If you want to choose a really high-quality device, we advise you to pay attention to four main brands: AND (Japan), Omron (Japan), Beurer (Germany) and Microlife (Switzerland).