The best wrist blood pressure monitors
Wrist blood pressure monitors may be a great option for those looking for a compact and portable device to take blood pressure readings.
In general, wrist cuff monitors will be less accurate than arm cuff monitors and are not recommended by the American Heart Association. The arteries in your wrist are narrower and closer to your skin than the arteries in your upper arm, and that often results in more volatile readings. Additionally, some sources advise against wrist cuff monitors for those over 50 years old. However, they are an option to consider if a cuff monitor hurts your arm or if your upper arm is too large for one.
Wrist blood pressure monitors are very sensitive to body position and movement, and it is recommended that you keep your wrist at the level of your heart when taking your reading. For greater accuracy, sit up straight, rest your elbow on a table, and avoid unnecessary movements during readings.
Consider having a physician ensure you are using the device correctly, and calibrate the device against a blood pressure monitor from your doctor’s office.
Following our review, we include a buying guide with tips on how to find the right wrist blood pressure monitor for you.
The HoMedics blood pressure monitor is the most affordable on this list. This monitor can store information from 30 readings for two users at a time and utilizes a memory average function for the last three readings per user. The simple one-touch operation makes it easy to use and to quickly get a reading.
We also like the large, easy to read LCD display screen and that this monitor features an irregular heartbeat detector to ensure more accurate readings.
- Limited warranty
- Readings may be slightly lower
- Large LCD screen
- One-touch operation
- Irregular heartbeat detector
- Automatic shutoff
- Memory storage for two users
- Two AAA batteries
- Storage case
- Five-year limited warranty
- Brand: HoMedics
- Package Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.8 x 3.2 inches
- Cuff Size: 5.3-7.7 inches
Our Best Wrist Blood Pressure Monitors Guide
In general, there are no telltale symptoms of high blood pressure, and some might have it for years without knowing. Left untreated, high blood pressure can damage the arteries and vital organs in your body and lead to a heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure can only be diagnosed by using a device that measures your blood pressure.
When purchasing a wrist blood pressure monitor, you owe it to yourself to do your research and get familiar with all of your options. Before making a purchase, consider talking to a healthcare professional about the best option for your needs. And after you’ve made a purchase, have your device checked by your healthcare provider to make sure the readings are accurate or to get the device calibrated.
Here are a few things to consider before making a purchase.
Data Storage And Ease Of Use
Consider which features are most important to you. While many of the monitors on our list store a certain amount of data, some offer storage for multiple users, and some offer memory averaging for past readings.
Most of the wrist blood pressure monitors on this list are simple to use and offer one-touch operation, but if you think you’ll need help with setup, look for a device that comes with a complete instruction manual.
Cuff And Display Size
Be sure to review the cuff size of the product to determine whether it will work for you. Wrist blood pressure monitors may not be as accurate on wrists that are smaller than 5 inches. Consider also the screen and display size you’ll need to view the readings easily. Some models offer a voice option that will read the information on the screen, which can be very helpful for those with poor eyesight.
Most of the models on our list require separate batteries, so you’ll need to make sure you always have extras on hand or on the go if you need to take readings outside of your home. Some models come with a rechargeable battery which can last longer and may be more convenient – just remember to check the battery status often to ensure your device is charged and ready when you need it.