November 2015 | Helen
If you are anything like us at wifimypad you won’t have the foggiest clue what your blood pressure is. If we’re being honest we’re slightly prone to burying our heads in the sand for fear we may have to eat more sprouts.
But, the stats say that around 30% of us have a high blood pressure without us even realising it – a pretty shocking statistic as having a high blood pressure massively increases your chances of having a heart attack or stroke.
Given that with some lifestyle adjustments a.k.a. fewer doughnuts and more zumba, you can make a big difference to your blood pressure before you find yourself in a hospital bed – it’s probably a good idea for us all to start paying attention to our blood pressure.
At-home smart blood pressure monitors allow you to check your blood pressure regularly, and will automatically log the measurements on an app so you can look out for any changes in a way that is stress-free and convenient.
But which of the blood pressure monitors did we pick for The Wifi Pad?
Why we bought the Kinetik BPM1C monitor:
✓ Excellent reviews from tech site after tech site
✓ Approved by the British Hypertension Society
✓ Gets excellent reviews from users
✓ Is one of the cheapest and best value models on the market
✓ For us there is no other choice for The Wifi Pad
✓ Price at time of writing – £19.99 (Amazon)
Why did the Kinetik BPM1C tick our boxes?
Ok, so we admit that this blood pressure monitor doesn’t have an app or the ability to sync data online so it’s technically not ‘smart’. However, despite being pretty smart tech obsessed here at wifimypad, we also know a great non-smart product when we see one…and this IS one – it aces the tech site reviews AND is rated extremely highly by those who use it.
It is one of the more basic models but many people don’t want whistles and bells when it comes to monitoring their blood pressure, just a simple, reliable and, most importantly, accurate device.
The cherry on the cake? The Kinetik BPM1C is one of the cheapest on the market.
Functionality – what can it do? Does it cover the basics well and give you any notable extras?Kinetik BPM1C is all about simplicity. It doesn’t come with any fancy extras that you don’t really need, such as a weather forecast or an audio player. The device simply does what it’s supposed to do—measures your blood pressure. It still has some nice features like a 60 memory function allowing you to track your measurements from the last two months or so. The cuff of the Monitor is adjustable and covers all the sizes, from standard (22cm) to extra-large (30cm). You also get a nice little travel pouch so that you can measure your blood pressure whether you’re relaxing at home or stressing out before an important presentation at work!
Connectivity - is it compatible with Apple and Android? Does it use a wifi or Bluetooth connection? How reliable is the connection?Herein lies the only down side of the Kinetik BPM1C – it’s hasn’t got any wireless or Bluetooth connectivity so is unable to sync data to an app or allow you to easily email your results to your doctor. Technically not a smart device at all, but it works brilliantly, is rated highly by customers, is approved by the British Hypertension Society and is an absolute steal on the cost front.
However, if you like your gadgets far more high spec, then we’d say the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor is well worth a look. It gets great reviews from critics and customers, looks slick and is smart – so you can sync blood pressure recordings to an app on your phone. The only reason this one didn’t pip the Kinetik to the post is it’s price-tag – £90 at the time of writing.
Usefulness of app(s) - how useful is the associated app and can you sync data with other health apps?The Kinetik BPM1C doesn’t currently have any associated app that would perform data syncing.
Accuracy - when it comes to monitoring your health you need to be able to trust the data you are receiving.Kinetik BPM1C is the first blood pressure monitor in the world that has been tested and approved by British Hypertension Society, a forum of professionals and scientists working on cardiovascular research. This means that you definitely shouldn’t judge this Monitor by its price—despite being cheap, the device provides accurate results and will give a good feedback on your blood pressure condition faster than you can prepare a cup of tea!
Value for money – is this product a positive steal or a purchase to make your eyes water?The prices of blood pressure monitors can vary massively—from around 15 quid to hundreds of pounds (ouch!). Kinetik BPM1C is firmly in the first group pricewise. As much as you can’t put a price on your health, it’s good to know that being able to monitor your health won’t cost you a fortune.
The home foot spa test – Is this a genuinely useful product, or one that you will only use once before relegating them to the back of the cupboard?Kinetik BPM1C Fully Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor is a device that can literally save your life. It’s not about whether you should get it or not, but more about WHEN you’re going to order it. It’s cheap, accurate, light and easy to use. You will no longer have to book appointments with your GP only to find out you’re healthy—this little appliance will tell you that in a few minutes. And if it turns out that there might be something wrong with your blood pressure, you’ll be grateful that you’ve purchased Kinetik BPM1C. Unfortunately, with current hectic lifestyles, it seems to be just a matter of time before your heart tells you to slow down. This Monitor will let you know when exactly, so that it’s not too late.
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Kinetik BPM1C official video
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Which other blood pressure monitors did we check out?
IBP monitor is a fancier option. It has a whole range of extra functions such as a traffic light BP indicator that will turn red if your blood pressure is too high and remain green when everything’s alright. It’s also more ‘family-friendly’—up to 3 users can store their results simultaneously unlike the Kinetik, however it’s more expensive than Kinetik BPM1C.
This monitor is not as functional as the IBP, but offers some features that can’t be found in Kinetik BPM1—it can detect arrhythmia, calculate average blood pressure based on past measurements and comes in a slightly larger cuff size (up to 32 cm). It also has a traffic light system, similar to the one in IBP monitor. All this for a less attractive (but still affordable) price, compared to Kinetik BPM1.
Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is much more advanced than any other monitor mentioned in this article. It’s compatible with iOS and Android devices, comes with a dedicated app with which the measurement data is automatically synced—you can even share it with your doctor! It’s a good choice for people who want more than just a blood pressure measurement. Although, you’ll have to be ready to pay far more for this fancy gadget than for any of the other models.
Frequently asked questions:
What is a blood pressure monitor?
Blood pressure monitors are devices designed to, as the name suggests, measure blood pressure. They are usually equipped with an inflatable cuff that puts pressure on the artery, to then gradually release it in a controlled way. A mechanical part (or mercury, depending on the model) is then used to measure pressure.
How reliable are they?
In principle, they should be. Of course the level of accuracy depends from one device to another. To make sure the device you’re about to buy is reliable, it’s best to visit British Hypertension Society website for a full list of validated blood pressure monitors.
Are blood pressure monitors suitable for use during pregnancy?
Standard blood pressure monitors might not be suitable for use during pregnancy, not as much due to safety issues, but because research shows their accuracy is lower when a user is pregnant (especially during pre-eclampsia). Therefore, it is recommended to only use pregnancy-validated devices or measure blood pressure under your GP’s supervision.