Blood pressure monitors on testWe find three Best Buys but four poor scorers
30 September 2010
An accurate blood pressure reading is vital for the estimated 16 million people in the UK that suffer from high blood pressure, but you wouldn't want an inaccurate model.
When we tested wrist and arm blood pressure monitors that are widely available on the high street, we were concerned to see that four out of five wrist monitors scored 30% or less - so we can't recommend them.
We also found three Best Buys that scored top marks for accuracy, ease of use and time taken. And one of our Best Buy arm monitors cost just £19.95.
Blood pressure monitor features
With features varying from model to model it's important to choose what's right for you, so four trained testers rated each monitor for factors including portability and whether a large cuff is included. The latter is vital if you've got an arm measuring over 13 inches as a wrongly-sized cuff can give an incorrect reading, and buying a cuff separately can cost as much as the machine.
Wrist monitors are handy if you travel a lot but tend to be less accurate as the cuff on your wrist isn't naturally at heart height, where it needs to be for an accurate reading.
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