We have tested blood pressure monitors and name the Omron M6 Comfort IT as our Best Choice. It's a reasonably priced blood pressure monitor with a high-quality cuff and a low and subtle sound level during measurement. The clear advantages that the M6 Comfort IT has when it comes to user friendliness, quality and functionality make it our clear favourite as the top blood pressure monitor in our test. The best blood pressure machine for your wrist is the Beurer BC 32. This blood pressure monitor is quiet and has a clear display, all while having a cuff that is both easy to put on and position.
We carried out the test ourselves and tested all of the products as they are intended to be used in reality, either for home use or professionally. For this blood pressure monitors with cuffs test we enlisted the help of a registered nurse, who tested and evaluated the different models with her colleagues at a hospital ward in Stockholm. When they tested the blood pressure monitors they evaluated them in relation to the following criteria:
Functions: Does the bp machine have an option to save previous readings and can these values be read in another way than on the blood pressure monitor itself?
Target group focus: Is the screen of the bp machine easy to read even by older people or those without perfect vision? Can the cuff easily be adapted to fit different body types?
Ease of use: How easy is it to understand the buttons on the blood pressure monitor and the position the user must adopt to use it? How does the cuff feel when you use it?
We compared the nurses’ overall impressions of the different blood pressure monitors in relation to their price to give them a final score.
A good value blood pressure monitor with a top-class cuff and discreetly low noise level during use
Price class: Premium Type: Upper arm cuff Battery type: Four AA batteries, included. Also has an outlet for external power supply Memory capacity: The values from several people can be saved
Omron’s M6 Comfort IT is a reliable high-quality blood pressure monitor with a large and easy-to-read display, a computer connection and excellent analysis functions. This automatic bp monitor calculates the weekly average values for the morning and evening blood pressure readings for you, which you can then compare to those of previous weeks. The cuff’s IntelliSense inflation technology means that it inflates in a controlled manner without needing to be reinflated or have its pressure set in advance.
The monitor has a number of different sensors which warn of anything disrupting the blood pressure measurement, such as an irregular heart rhythm or body movements. The upper arm cuff is substantial and well-constructed, and also has a sensor to let you know if it's in the right place. We found we could get a good fit on both normal sized and larger arms, meaning that it's suitable for the majority of people who want to use it to monitor their blood pressure. The noise of the cuff inflation is also discreet due to its low volume.
An easy to use blood pressure monitor with well-designed functions and cuff
Price class: Premium Type: Upper arm cuff Battery type: 4 AA batteries Memory capacity: The values from several people can be saved
The Omron M7 Intelli IT is a high quality and technologically advanced blood pressure monitor. It comes in a good storage case, has a clear manual and also includes four AA batteries, which according to Omron should be sufficient for over 1000 measurements. The ‘intelli’ in the products name references several of the blood pressure monitor's more intelligent functions. The Omron M7 Intelli IT can be used with Omron's app, allowing you to easily see graphs, average values and other information taken from your measurements. The blood pressure monitor’s cuff is also intelligent in that it adapts its inflation level to the user so that the process is as comfortable as possible. If you move during the measurement, a warning that this could lead to incorrect values will appear on the screen. The monitor also warns you if you have an irregular pulse. The M7 Intelli IT feels like a well designed product. The tube between the device and the cuff is exactly the right length for the measurement process to be straightforward. The cuff itself is of very high quality. It's has a good firmness that allows it to automatically sit correctly on the arm, making it easier to take a correct reading. The disadvantage of this type of cuff is that it works best on upper arms of a particular size. Omron state that it's intended for upper arms with a circumference between 22 and 42 cm.
The measurement station displays large, clear to read information and it is also easy to change between the data for two different saved users. Alongside this it is also possible to use the blood pressure monitor in guest mode. The only improvement we'd have liked to have seen is a backlit screen, as it's currently difficult to see the on-screen readings in a darker room. In summary, the Omron M7 Intelli IT is a relatively expensive blood pressure monitor for private use, but other than a couple of small negative points it's an enormously impressive machine that definitely feels worth its price.
A blood pressure monitor with a large, back-lit screen and Bluetooth functionality for transmission of measurement data
Price class: Medium Type: Upper arm cuff Battery type: Two AA batteries, included. Memory capacity: The values from several people can be saved
The Beurer BM 57 BT is a stylish blood pressure monitor with an upper arm cuff that boasts modern connectivity functions and high levels of user-friendliness. When using Beurer’s Health Manager app, you can also read data from a connected scale, pulse oximeter, activity bracelet or glucose meter in addition to this blood pressure monitor! Furthermore, the app is TÜV approved for data integrity. The blood pressure monitor has an LCD screen that’s nicely backlit and has large, clear digits that are easy to read. The machine can save the last 60 measurement values and gives a clear warning before the batteries need replacing. It also comes with a handy nylon storage case.
The extra-large cuff fits upper arms with a circumference of between 23-43 cm, which is a larger range than many of its competitors. However, we felt that the hose could have been longer and the inflation process could also have been a little quicker for better user comfort. The fact that its blood pressure readings can also be checked through other units like the Apple health app or a smartwatch via a straightforward Bluetooth transfer makes this a great device for relatives helping to keep track of the user’s health. Overall, the Beurer BM 57 BT is a high-quality blood pressure monitor that feels well worth its price.
An easy-to-use blood pressure monitor with only one control button and a bright screen with large digits
Price class: Medium Type: Upper arm cuff Battery type: Four AA batteries, included Memory capacity: The values from several people can be saved
The Beurer BM 45 is an upper arm blood pressure monitor with a cuff that’s easy to attach and which works well with varying arm sizes. It even works well on small arms and can be used on both the left or right arm. The blood pressure monitor itself has a large and easy to read back lit screen. Its user-friendliness is increased even further by having large digits on the digital display and a single button which makes it clear how to start the measurement process. The machine has an automatic shutoff function, saves the average value of the last weeks’ worth of measurements and gives the user a clear indication in advance of when the batteries need replacing. The Beurer BM 45 comes with a useful storage case.
Just like several other blood pressure monitors in this test, this model also felt like it released the air rather slowly after the measurement and was rather noisy when it was pumped up. However, the quality and functions of the Beurer BM 45 are still of high standard and given its price it’s still very good value for money.
A blood pressure monitor with a clear display, quick air release and two different cuffs
Price class: Medium Type: Upper arm cuff Battery type: Four AA batteries, included. Memory capacity: The values from several people can be saved
The Braun ExactFit 3 is a blood pressure monitor with many built-in functions. It’s possible for two people to use the machine and it can save the last 40 measurements for both profiles. The machine is equipped with automatic shutoff and has a clear low battery indicator. This blood pressure monitor is intelligently designed in that two different cuffs are included in the box. The first cuff is size S/M and fits an upper arm circumference of between 22-32 cm, and the second L/XL cuff fits arms of between 32-42 cm. The smaller cuff fits small arms well, and the extra large cuff will be useful for those with larger arms. Both cuffs are quite soft and fit comfortably around the arm.
Unfortunately the Braun ExactFit 3 takes quite a long time to inflate to the right pressure, and when it does get there it feels rather tight on the arm. Unlike many of its competitors, however, this machine quickly releases the air after you have taken the blood pressure measurement, which is good for the user. This monitor also has a nylon storage case, and the instructions come in 23 different languages. Overall, the Braun ExactFit 3 BP 6000 is well designed and feels very user-friendly.
An easy to use blood pressure monitor with clear instructions and a legible display
Price class: Budget Type: Upper arm cuff Battery type: Four AA batteries, included. Also has an outlet for external power supply Memory capacity: The values from several people can be saved
The Medisana BU 510 is a good value for money blood pressure monitor. We found that the upper arm cuff works well for different types of arms and fits upper arms with a circumference of between 22cm and 36cm. The instructions are available in ten different languages and the blood pressure monitor is easy to understand as the digital display has large and clear digits. The BU 510 also includes a nylon storage bag, which is also useful if you're taking the monitor with you on a trip.
Medisana were the first company to use stop light symbols on the side of the display, which range between red to green. These are very useful as it makes it easier to see the cuff pressure and is a feature copied by many blood pressure monitors today. However, those sensitive to tight pressure around the arm could feel that the cuff is inflated with too high a pressure. The air release from the cuff is also on the slow side, which means that the tight feeling on the arm lasted a bit too long.
Despite its relatively low price, the Medisana BU 510 offers good functionality for a blood pressure monitor. It has a memory that can save the measurement values for two people, which is a big advantage if more than one person wants to use the monitor. Overall, the Medisana BU 510 is a good blood pressure monitor for its lower price point.
A blood pressure monitor which is easy to switch on and has a large screen that's easy to read
Price class: Medium Type: Upper arm cuff Battery type: Four AA batteries, not included. Also has an outlet for external power supply Memory capacity: The values from several people can be saved
The König HC-BLDPRESS21 is an upper arm blood pressure monitor which can save the last 60 blood pressure measurements. This is extremely useful if you want to follow the development of your blood pressure levels over a longer time. A sturdy case comes included with the device, which is handy if you want to take the monitor with you on trips. The machine is easy to switch on and off and has a large and clear digital display, with the measurement results shown in easy-to-read digits and colours.
However, the König HC-BLDPRESS21 does inflate tightly and so isn’t that suitable for those who are sensitive to higher pressures. We also felt that the cuff could have released air a bit faster. In design terms, this blood pressure monitor is easy to use but does feel a bit plasticky. It gets plus points for having clear instructions in 12 different languages though. Overall, our impression of the König HC-BLDPRESS21 was a positive one and it felt like a good value for money blood pressure monitor.
A quiet blood pressure monitor with a clear display and an easily usable cuff
Price class: Medium Type: Wrist cuff Battery type: AAA batteries Memory capacity: The values from several people can be saved
While the Beurer BC 32 blood pressure monitor is a blood pressure monitor for your wrist, the model has many basic similarities with the manufacturer’s other blood pressure monitors with an upper arm cuff. The machine can save blood pressure values for two different people and also has an automatic shutdown function. The wrist cuff is suitable for wrists with a circumference of 13.5-19.5 cm. It is easy to get onto your wrist and the machine doesn’t inflate more tightly than is necessary. The console of the Beurer BC 32 is easy to use with a clear display. The noise level of the machine is quieter than some other blood pressure monitors.
Just as with all wrist monitors, it takes a bit of practice to attach it correctly in order to measure your blood pressure. You need to angle your arm so that your wrist ends up in the right position to allow you to read the display properly. Once you have worked out how to position your wrist correctly, this is definitely our recommended wrist monitor of the devices in this test.
A blood pressure monitor for anyone who likes different design
Cuff: Upper arm Batteries: Micro-USB Miscellaneous: App keeps track of your values
Withings are heavily invested in delivering products with a strong design element. And that’s particularly clear with the Withings BPM Core – a blood pressure monitor that really looks different from other versions on the market.
Unfortunately, you have to ask whether design has been prioritised over functionality. This is a machine that unlike other blood pressure monitors displays both ECG and has a built-in stethoscope – something that’s also clear from the price tag. The Withings BPM Core is undoubtedly one of the more expensive blood pressure monitors we've tested. Unfortunately, the stethoscope is fiddly and is difficult to get in place against the body without putting the upper body under tension – the opposite of what to do when measuring blood pressure.
It’s actually quite difficult to relax when you’re going to use this machine. It’s awkward to get on – the cuff that you tighten around the upper arm is rather stiff. It doesn’t matter what size your arm is, it’s difficult to place it well. And we’ve tested the BPM Core on many different body types, just to be on the safe side.
To start the machine for the first time, you have to connect it to an app. The fact that there’s another app is nothing negative in itself. But if you have spent this much money on a blood pressure monitor, it should be easier to get started right away, and without an app. Once the app is installed and synced, you can measure your blood pressure without starting the app.
There’s no actual monitor on the Withings BPM Core. Instead, the measurement results are shown on the surface of the machine itself using LEDs. All of our testers panel would have preferred a classic display that was easy to read and easy to navigate. Scrolling between results and users on this type of display is often something of a guessing game and the older people amongst our testers didn’t like it at all.
The results of the measurements were correct in comparison with the values given by other machines. But you can’t avoid the fact that a much higher degree of user-friendliness is expected for a blood pressure machine at this price level.
A blood pressure monitor with a low noise level, clear instructions and a substantial storage box
Price class: Premium Type: Wrist cuff Battery type: Two AAA batteries, included. Memory capacity: The values from several people can be saved
While the Omron RS6 blood pressure monitor is in the higher price class of our test, it does come equipped with several intelligent functions. The digital display is large and has clear digits and symbols, making it easy to see whether a measurement was unreliable due to an irregular pulse or if your arm moved too much during the measurement. It also comes in a practical yet substantial storage box. The machine has the memory capacity to save the last 90 measurement results and has Intellisens technology that adapts the air pressure of the cuff during inflation.
The Omron RS6 is a very quiet machine. However, we felt that the inflation time was slightly longer than was desirable. Nor was it always easy to get the cuff in the right position on the wrist or to hold our arm at the right angle. So while the Omron RS6 may be perfectly good blood pressure monitor with a number of useful features, given its price we’d have preferred the cuff to be a bit more user friendly.
A fairly straightforward blood pressure monitor that has a clear display and large, easy-to-read digits
Type: Upper arm cuff Battery type: Four AA batteries, not included. Memory capacity: The values from several people can be saved
The neatly sized König’s HC-BLDPRESS22 comes with an instruction booklet in 25 languages and a storage case. The machine can save your last 60 measurements, allowing you to track your blood pressure over a longer period. It has an automatic shutoff function and the blood pressure cuff is suitable for upper arms that measure between 22-30 cm in circumference.
The machine's digital display is clear with large and easily legible digits. Unfortunately the machine is fairly noisy when its operating, and it could have been more user-friendly in some respects. The hose between the cuff and the machine is very short, which is a problem if you want to get a good measurement and remain comfortable. This short hose and the fairly high noise levels the machine makes unfortunately reduce the König HC-BLDPRESS22’s overall score in our eyes.
You could find a home blood pressure monitor useful if you have had unusual blood pressure readings on several occasions at the doctors. The most common users of these devices are often patients who are over middle age, but many other people also use them to gain a better overview of their health. Being able to measure your blood pressure at home is much easier and less time-consuming than making regular visits to the doctors. The effectiveness and reliability of automatic bp monitors has increased in recent years, allowing you to take accurate blood pressure readings at home.
If you have your own blood pressure monitor, its often possible for you to store your previous measurements too, making it more easy to compare and keep better track of how your blood pressure varies over time. Different models of blood pressure monitors have different functions. However, they all measure the same lower and upper blood pressure values and the user's pulse.
To explain matters simply, you inflate the cuff of a blood pressure monitors to restrict the blood supply, which is then measured using a small microphone. When the air is released again, the microphone measures the first (systolic) and last (diastolic) heartbeats. The upper blood pressure value, the systolic, is your blood pressure when your heart contracts to pump blood around your body. The lower blood pressure value, the diastolic, is your blood pressure when your heart relaxes and refills with blood.
The difference between choosing a bp test machine with a cuff for your wrist or one with a cuff for your upper arm is a matter of user-friendliness rather than heart rate accuracy. The measurement of your blood pressure value is carried out in the same way, but for those who aren't used to using a monitor at home it's much easier to attach a cuff correctly to the upper arm. Wrist cuffs have position sensors that means they don't inflate and so have to be positioned in the right place - which can sometimes be difficult to find. It's essential that the cuff is positioned correctly for its reading to be correct, so if you aren't confident in doing this we would recommend using a model with an upper arm cuff. However, if you want to easily take your blood pressure monitor with you to work or on your travels, wrist cuff monitors are better due to their size and the fact that they are more discreet.
There are several things you should consider before you buy a home blood pressure monitor. If you can, it's sensible to test the cuff on yourself or on the person who will use the monitor before you buy it, to make sure it fits well. For those with very slim and small arms or those with large arms, it can be more difficult to find a cuff that fits. Older people with fragile blood vessels could also find a tightly squeezing cuff slightly painful. Ones that release their air slowly so that the arm or wrist is squeezed at high pressure for a longer period could also have this effect. If the user has poorer eyesight, it's also important that the screen is bright and clear.
Our experienced nurses gave the following tips to help you successfully measure your blood pressure:
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