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Best Blood Pressure Monitors 2017: Comparison and Reviews

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  • Best Blood Pressure Monitors 2017: Comparison and Reviews

    If you are like me, your blood pressure will be elevated when you go to the doctor. Whether it's the busy traffic, meeting a deadline or some other form of stress, it all can raise your blood pressure.

    Home monitoring is the best way to go.

    1. Sit in a chair relax for a few minutes
    2. Let you heart rate drop to a resting rate
    3. Hold your arm our horizontal and rest it on a table
    4. Take a couple of readings several minutes apart

    Here are the best rated monitors for this year. I like Omron 10 Series monitors. They are accurate and repeatable. You get what you pay for. The best deals are on Amazon.
    If you have a blood pressure related health problem, you need to stay on top of your blood pressure numbers. In fact, your life may even depend on how well you

  • #2
    John, I have a OMRON HEM 711 unit. It's probably 12 or so years old. I wonder how accurate it is. Is it reasonable to expect consecutive readings that are within 5-6 points of each other? For instance, take 1 reading, wait another minute, take another reading. sometimes the numbers are 134/76, then 1 minute later 122/71. Should I expect more consistent numbers out of this machine?


    • #3

      Accuracy and repeatability of home blood pressure monitors will vary. The same thing occurs with glucometers. You are seeing a 9% difference in your readings. So which reading is high and which one is low? Nobody knows. According to the Omron website, this is what you should expect for accuracy.
      • Blood pressure: within +/- 3 mgHg or 2 percent
      • Pulse: within +/- 5 percent of reading
      If it were me, I'd replace a 12 year old unit. The hose, hose fittings and cuff can all age and leak. Omron is a good company. I had the same unit you now have years ago and replaced it a couple of years ago for the same reason. I bought a newer model at that time, the BP791IT. As an option, it will automatically take 3 back-to-back readings and average them.

      How you take your BP is very important as to how accurate and repeatable you results are. This video may help you in that regard.


      • #4
        Very interesting stats from the Omron website. Thank you for that John. And than you for the link to your video. I am going to go ahead and get a new BP monitor. The Omron 10 series is only $69. Worth the money for something this important.


        • #5
          Omron is commonly used for BP monitoring. Apart from this Most Doctors used Best Stethoscope with a manual BP check for good results
          Last edited by Daviid; 05-11-2019, 04:28 AM.


          • #6
            Originally posted by Daviid View Post
            Omron is commonly used for BP monitoring. Apart from this Most Doctors used Best Stethoscopes with a manual BP check for good results
            Wait, your user ID is Daviid? That's funny. I'm David. People are gonna get us confused!

            I did end up getting the omron 10 series. Seems to work pretty well.


            • #7
              Yes. I've had good luck with Omron units.


              • #8
                Three quick notes/comments:

                It looks like the Omron 10 at Amazon has limited sellers / is overpriced. Strangely, Omron's amazon store doesn't offer the 10 series (but the 7 series is $50).
                It can be found directly from Omron for $70 (free shipping) or Walmart for ~$63.

                I've read before that wrist BP monitors are less reliable than arm cuff ones, so it may be best to avoid the wrist ones. What seem like reliable sources to me consistently recommend getting a validated cuff BP monitor.

                I havent double checked this, but it looks like there are three standards for validation of home BP monitors. Omron has a guide to their device validation here:
                Very nice, i must add, that they provide references for the validation of the devices listed. Seems like a good company to me. I recently looked at one of the best selling & highest rated BP monitors on amazon, it was not validated and the company repeatedly avoided the question and simply insisted their products are great.

                Some might be interested to know that while the Omron 10 is validated against the 'European Society of Hypertension International Protocol', several of their devices are validated against three standards. I bet that's overkill, but if you want it, they many of their models are validated by 2 or 3 standards.

                Edit: Price & feature wise, the two best products/sellers for Omron monitors seem to me to be:
       BP786N for $70, from Omron


                BP742n from Walmart ($40) -
                Last edited by mtbizzle; 02-26-2019, 12:53 AM.


                • #9
                  Thanks. Yes. It may be overkill, but I think it's helpful to know that it took a while for these to catch on. In the early days, they weren't very good. They're probably overdoing the quality standards to deal with that lingering reputation.