Written by Andrea Gandolfi

How do you choose a blood pressure monitor?

You want to measure your blood pressure at home, but you don't know what properties the blood pressure monitor should have? It's wise to look into the different types of blood pressure monitors. In this article, we'll tell you everything about the upper arm or wrist measurement, the different types of app connections, and other technical features.

Choose a blood pressure monitor

Blood pressure monitor around the upper arm

Although all blood pressure monitors look similar, there are many differences to keep in mind. Consider the following topics during your search for a suitable blood pressure monitor.

  • Do you measure via the upper arm or wrist?
  • Which cuff do you use?
  • Do you want an app connection?
  • With how many people will you share the blood pressure monitor?
  • Do you want to calculate your average blood pressure?
  • Is the device recommended by the Dutch Heart Foundation?

Measurement via the upper arm or wrist?

Woman with blood pressure monitor

There are 2 different types of blood pressure monitors, blood pressure monitors that measure via the upper arm and blood pressure monitors that measure via your wrist. The upper arm blood pressure monitor is the most used type. This is because a blood pressure monitor is most accurate when it's at heart level. Unlike the upper arm blood pressure monitor, the wrist blood pressure monitor isn't necessarily placed at the same level as your heart. That's why there's a greater risk of an unreliable measurement. Still, wrist blood pressure monitors have their advantages. We've listed the pros and cons of both blood pressure monitors for you.

Pros and cons of measuring locations

Upper arm blood pressure monitor

Upper arm blood pressure monitor

  • Automatically measures close to the heart.
  • Monitor is on the table for easy reading.
  • Easy to achieve a good measuring position.
  • The cuff should be on a bare upper arm, meaning garments almost always have to be removed.
  • For older people or people who have difficulty moving, attaching a cuff to the upper arm is more difficult.
Wrist blood pressure monitor

Wrist blood pressure monitor

  • Easy to use.
  • Garments can almost always stay on.
  • Easy to carry thanks to its small size.
  • Measuring with a wrist blood pressure monitor must be in a specific position, with the wrist at the height of your heart.
  • Chance of movement during the measurement is greater due to the necessary measuring position. The risk of an unreliable measurement is therefore greater.

How do you choose the right cuff?

Blood pressure monitor cuff

The cuff is the part of the blood pressure monitor that you attach to your upper arm or wrist. It's important that the cuff is securely attached, or you'll get an incorrect measurement.

Do you have a wide arm? We recommend a cuff that's larger than 22 centimeters.

Finding it hard to attach the cuff to your arm? Choose a cuff with a special 360-degree attachment system or an EasyClip system.

Need a blood pressure monitor with app connection?

Omron Connect app

Want to save your results and keep them organized? Choose a blood pressure monitor with an app connection.

Many brands, including Omron, Beurer, Nokia, and Medisana, have their own application. You connect your phone to the blood pressure monitor via Bluetooth. After that, you always have your measurements at hand in a clear overview.

Are you using a blood pressure monitor without an app connection? Make sure the blood pressure monitor has enough memory slots to store your previous measurements. That way, you won't forget them.

Need multiple user profiles?

Blood pressure monitor around wrist

Planning to use the blood pressure monitor with multiple people? It's useful if you can set a number of user profiles.

A blood pressure monitor with multiple adjustable user profiles has memory slots for multiple users. This means you can review your personal measured values, without seeing the values of other users.

Do you want to calculate the average blood pressure?

Blood pressure monitor cuff

Since your blood pressure fluctuates during the day, it's important to calculate the average of several measurements. This gives you the best impression of your blood pressure.

There are blood pressure monitors that calculate the average value of the last 7 measurements in the mornings and evenings. This usually is an average doctors are interested in. Such measurements are always taken at the same time and provide clear insight into your blood pressure.

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