One in seven Australian adults suffers from some form of high blood pressure, or hypertension (as it's known medically). If yo're one of them, monitoring your condition regularly at home with a blood pressure monitor can be useful.
There are three types: automatic arm, automatic wrist, and manual arm. Automatic models inflate the cuff automatically, whereas manual models require you to inflate it yourself by pumping a bulb. None of those on test are manual blood pressure monitors.
Brands and Models tested
- A&D Medical UA-1010
- A&D Medical UA-1030T
- Airssential Home AI-H971
- ALP K2 1702
- Beurer BM58
- Beurer BM70
- Homedics BPA540
- Homedics BPW520
- Microlife BP A2 Basic
- Microlife BP A200 Afib
- Omron HEM 6052
- Omron HEM 7200
- Omron HEM 7203
- Sanitas SBM 21
Do you need one?
If you've been diagnosed with hypertension, discuss with your GP whether you should measure your blood pressure at home, how often and at what times.
- It can help give you a better understanding of your condition, and motivate you to lower your blood pressure by changing your lifestyle.
- It provides your GP with additional measurements that they can use to monitor your condition or adjust your medication.
- Some people can't help getting nervous when visiting a doctor, which increases their blood pressure: it's called 'white-coat hypertension'. If this happens to you, measuring your blood pressure in the more relaxed environment of your home may be a better way for you to get accurate readings.
How we test
Performance We assembled nine people of varying ages for
this test. Our tester, Matthew Tung, tests the accuracy of each blood
pressure monitor against a recently calibrated, hospital-grade blood
pressure monitor. He uses the hospital-grade monitor and then each
domestic monitor on each triallist one at a time, and averages the number of
readings taken and scores accordingly. We checked with the AMA for a reputable doctor to talk about the variation and contacted a GP. Average measurements varied
between 3.5mm/Hg and 8.1mm/Hg, well within recommendations.
Ease of use
Our tester looks at a number of elements when using the blood pressure
monitor, including the instructions, ease of fitting and operating the
monitor, comfort, screen quality, and the information displayed on the
Thanks to GE Healthcare, who kindly loaned CHOICE the hospital-grade monitor with which we compared the domestic blood pressure monitors.
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