Editor’s note, Sept. 8, 2023: Product testing and reviews for this list were done in 2019 by CNET contributor Amanda Capritto. We’ll update this list with new testing results when available.
If you have a history of high blood pressure, or you’re someone who simply wants consistent blood pressure readings to keep track of your health, you’re going to need an accurate blood pressure monitor for your home.
Fortunately, there are some blood pressure monitors that have simplified the entire process, so keeping track of your numbers is easier than ever. By choosing the right device and following tips for measuring blood pressure from the American Heart Association, you can keep track of your numbers at home to share with your doctor as part of your blood pressure management plan, or stay on top of your blood pressure before it becomes something that requires more management.
Despite offering a variety of features at a range of prices, each of the best blood pressure monitor options below has been independently validated against one or more sets of AHA-recognized standards to track accurate blood pressure readings. In other words, no matter which form of blood pressure monitoring you choose, your heart will thank you for the accurate measurement. And beyond taking accurate readings, some of these devices can also help you keep track of your heart rate and notify you if you have an irregular heartbeat.
If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure or you take medication to manage your blood pressure, be sure to check with your doctor to see if they have a specific recommendation on which device is best for your specific needs and lifestyle.
Best blood pressure monitors
Several more at-home blood pressure monitors also had some great features but didn’t quite match up to the ones above. They’re definitely worth checking out if you’re in the market for an at-home blood pressure monitor — although the above products proved the best in our tests, you might find a unique combo of characteristics that’s best for you.
How we tested blood pressure monitors
The blood pressure monitors listed in this article were tested at home in 2019. They were used with proper fitting, typical of how you’d use an arm cuff and monitor to get your blood pressure reading.
Because getting an accurate blood pressure reading or numbers depends on a couple of crucial factors, this review focused on how the cuff fit and how consistent the measurements were.
What to consider when shopping for an at-home blood pressure monitor
If you have high blood pressure or hypertension, the first thing you should do is check with your doctor or primary care provider to see what their recommendation is for you. Home monitoring and staying on top of your prescribed medication is important for people with high blood pressure, but it’s also important to keep in mind that it doesn’t replace regular doctor visits, according to the AHA.
That said, consider the following factors when you’re looking for an at-home device:
- Size of your arm: What’s a good fit, cuff-wise, for a larger arm might not be the best fit for a smaller arm, and vice versa.
- Other heart conditions: Some devices may provide other health metrics, like pulse rate, or detect other health conditions, like irregular heartbeat.
- Place of measurement: Right now the AHA doesn’t recommend devices that measure blood pressure from the wrist or finger, because the readings may be less reliable than ones that come from the arm.
- Clinical validation: This means the device has gone through testing that satisfies medical standards.