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Top five blood pressure monitors for 2019

By Christina Woodger

Bag the best blood pressure monitor for you with our pick of the top performers from our testing.

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We’ve tested blood pressure monitors from brands including iHealth, Nokia and Omron, among others. Here we round up our pick of the very best we’ve found, including some for less than £30.

Our tough testing has uncovered brilliantly accurate Best Buy blood pressure monitors, whether you want an upper arm cuff for using at home or a light and portable wrist cuff.

However, we’ve also found some disastrous Don’t Buy devices which simply aren’t up the job. These inaccurate devices are not only a waste of time and money, they could also cause you unnecessary worry. The second table on this page reveals which devices to avoid.

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Best blood pressure monitors

95%
£25.99
Reviewed

This model is accurate and very easy to use. It doesn’t offer many extra features - unsurprising, given its low price - but it will allow you to store more than one person’s measurements and it comes with a carry case.

93%
£100.00
Reviewed

This is an expensive blood pressure monitor, but it comes with plenty of interesting features. It’s easy to use and, crucially, it’s very accurate.

91%
£20.00
Reviewed

One of the cheapest blood pressure monitors we’ve tested. It’s pretty basic, but it does what it says on the tin. It measures accurately and the arm cuff is easy to attach and comfortable to wear.

90%
£29.00
Reviewed

A fairly cheap model, but it comes with some good features including an irregular heartbeat detector. It’s also lightweight (so, easily transportable) and, most importantly, very accurate.

84%
£36.00
Reviewed

A lightweight, portable wrist-based blood pressure monitor. It comes with some good features, such as an irregular-heartbeat detector.

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And here are three blood pressure monitors to avoid

A blood pressure monitor may have plenty of features or a hefty price tag, but that’s no guarantee of performance. In fact, we’ve found some advanced monitors that perform poorly for accuracy. A blood pressure monitor that gets readings wrong is simply a useless device.

Don't Buy blood pressure monitors

28%
£15.00
Reviewed

This is an inaccurate wrist-worn blood pressure monitor – it’s one to swerve.

27%
£32.00
Reviewed

Don’t be tempted by the cheap price of this monitor – it will still be a waste of money as the readings are inaccurate.

26%
£33.00
Reviewed

This is our lowest-scoring blood pressure monitor of 2017. It has plenty of bells and whistles, but it’s a case of features over functionality. Avoid this model.

How much do I need to spend on a blood pressure monitor?

We’ve tested blood pressure monitors that range in price from £15 right up to more than £100, and our tough tests have revealed that price has no correlation to the accuracy of a device.

Paying more for a monitor often means you're getting a wider range of features - such as the facility to memorise your readings for future reference, the ability to date and time-stamp your readings or wireless connectivity. The latter is found on ‘smart’ blood pressure monitors that can send data to your smartphone, although not all are compatible with both Apple and Android devices. This can be a useful way to keep track of readings, especially if you already use health and fitness apps to monitor other aspects of your lifestyle, or as an easy way to share data with others, including your GP.

Although it might sound appealing to buy a blood pressure monitor that includes all the latest bells and whistles, we’ve uncovered some expensive, feature-packed models that scored a measly one star for accuracy, but some brilliantly accurate Best Buys for less than £30. That’s where our reviews can help – don’t waste your money on a monitor that has plenty of features but reports inaccurate blood pressure readings.

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