Best Home Blood Pressure Monitors of 2020

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

Someone using a blood pressure monitor.
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One out of every three U.S. adults reports having high blood pressure, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some research, however, suggests that the true rate of Americans with hypertension could be closer to 45 percent, and that only a quarter of them have the condition under control. 

Hypertension also affects different racial and ethnic groups unequally in the U.S. Notably, 40 percent of Black adults report having hypertension, compared with 29 percent of whites, according to the CDC’s study. And while Hispanic and white Americans report similar rates, a 2017 study in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found that both Hispanic and Black people with hypertension are less likely than non-Hispanic whites to have the condition under control.

Many factors appear to contribute to these disparities: The Circulation study cited a lack of access to healthcare and quality insurance coverage as two important issues, while other studies have pointed to significant levels of chronic stress as a factor in the higher rates of hypertension in Black adults, including stress induced by racism and discrimination.

Experts have stressed the need for research focused on better prevention and treatment of hypertension for Black Americans. 

But until we have that research, for anyone with hypertension, a good blood pressure control plan includes exercise, a healthy diet, and (for some) medications.

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

And for certain people, a home monitor can help diagnose hypertension in the first place. That's because in some cases, people's 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.

Omron Platinum BP5450 (Amazon)
Omron Platinum BP5450 (Amazon)

    Omron Platinum BP5450 (Amazon)

         

    Omron 10 Series BP7450
    Omron 10 Series BP7450

      Omron 10 Series BP7450

           

      A&D Medical UA767F
      A&D Medical UA767F

        A&D Medical UA767F

             

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

          Rite Aid Deluxe Automatic...

               

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          Catherine Roberts

          As a science journalist, my goal is to empower consumers to make informed decisions about health products, practices, and treatments. I aim to investigate what works, what doesn't, and what may be causing actual harm when it comes to people's health. As a civilian, my passions include science fiction, running, Queens, and my cat. Follow me on Twitter: @catharob