Best Home Blood Pressure Monitors of the Year

These devices can help you keep better track of your numbers—and even get them under control

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One out of every 3 U.S. adults has high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—and only half of those people have the condition under control. Exercise, a healthy diet, and (for some) medications can help. Another strategy to consider: home blood pressure monitoring.

Research suggests that self-monitoring of blood pressure can lead to lower blood pressure numbers and, if you have uncontrolled hypertension, may help you get it under control. For some people, a home monitor can help diagnose hypertension in the first place. In some cases, your levels as recorded in the doctor's office may differ from those in everyday life.

But what’s the best home monitor for you? Consumer Reports tests home blood pressure monitors for accuracy, ease of operation, and how they feel to wearers. After all, “you aren’t going to want to use the product if it’s not comfortable,” notes Susan Booth, CR’s project leader for blood pressure monitor testing.

How We Test
To evaluate each device, we enlist a panel of CR employees. Two testers trained to measure blood pressure compare each home monitor’s readings with the results of a mercury sphygmomanometer (the device considered the gold standard of BP testing), on each of our panelists' left and right arms.

Panelists also rate each monitor for comfort, and our lab technicians evaluate them for convenience—clarity of the display, size of the buttons, and how easy they are to use.

Below, you’ll find four of our top-rated home blood pressure monitors. Members can see our full ratings and reviews here.

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Omron 10 Series BP786N
Omron 10 Series BP786N

    Omron 10 Series BP786N

         

    Rite Aid Deluxe Automatic BP3AR1-4DRITE
    Rite Aid Deluxe Automatic...

      Rite Aid Deluxe Automatic...

           

      Omron Evolv BP7000
      Omron Evolv BP7000

        Omron Evolv BP7000

             

        A&D Medical UA767F
        A&D Medical UA767F

          A&D Medical UA767F

               

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          Catherine Roberts

          I've spent years tackling subjects from urban health to medical marijuana to behavioral science—both as a city reporter for my hometown public radio station in Tulsa, Okla., and as a freelance writer. Now I cover health and food at Consumer Reports. My hobbies include tinkering with computer code and watching trashy TV. Follow me on Twitter: @catharob