Blood Pressure Monitors aka BP Machines are a must-have health appliance at home, especially for people with high blood pressure issues.
Of-course, you can get your BP levels checked when you visit the hospital. But, it is a one-time affair.
And, when you get back home, your levels might increase or decrease based on your eating habits and lifestyle.
So, it is highly advisable, even by the doctors, to get a BP monitor for home use so that you can monitor the variations in your blood pressure levels regularly.
This would give you, as well as the doctor, a better idea of what is working and what is not, so that he may adjust the medication accordingly.
My father has blood pressure issues and after researching several blood pressure monitors available in the market, I finally found a few best brands.
And, in this article, I will be listing all those top 10 BP machines that are worth your investment.
BTW, I purchased the Omron HEM 7120 BP Monitor for my dad as it fulfilled all his requirements.
|BP Machine Brands||Type||Cuff Size||Warranty|
|1.Omron Smart Elite+ Automatic BP Monitor||Digital; Smartphone Support||Universal||5 Years|
|2.Omron HEM-7120 Digital Blood Pressure Monitor (The Best)||Digital; Smartphone Support||Medium||5 Years|
|3.Dr Trust Smart Talking Digital BP Machine||Digital||Universal||5 Years|
|4.Citizen CH432 Digital Blood Pressure Monitor||Digital||Medium||1 Year|
|5.HealthSense BP 100 Digital BP Monitor||Digital||Universal||1 Year|
|6.Dr.Morepen Blood Pressure Monitor||Digital||Universal||1 Year|
|7.AGARO BP-501 Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor||Digital||Universal||2 Years|
|8.Rossmax GB102 Aneroid Blood Pressure Monitor||Manual||Universal||2 Years|
There are actually two types of Blood pressure machines:
- Digital (Automatic): You can simply attach the straps to your upper arm or wrist and by pressing the button, you’ll be able to see your BP readings on the digital display. They give the most accurate readings and are a bit costlier.
- Aneroid (Manual): You’ll need to manually check your BP levels. They are a bit hard to use/read for non-professionals and are inexpensive.
1.Omron Smart Elite+ Automatic BP Monitor
Omron is a Japanese company that manufactures world-class portable healthcare equipment with advanced features.
The Omron Smart Elite+ HEM 7600T is a tubeless digital arm blood pressure monitor that comes without any wires.
It comes with Intellisense technology that detects any body movements, irregularity in heart beat etc… in order to provide the most accurate blood pressure measurement possible.
You can directly wrap it around your arm and with the press of a button, the machine starts to measure your BP levels.
You can even connect the monitor to your Smartphone via Bluetooth using the Omron Connect app and track your log history.
It can store up to 100 readings in its internal memory.
It comes with an universal cuff size (22 to 42 cm) that is compatible with most arm sizes from small to large.
Powered by: 4 AAA batteries (included)
Price: under Rs.8500
Warranty: It comes with a whopping 5 year warranty on any manufacturing defects.
2.Omron HEM-7120 Digital Blood Pressure Monitor
The Omron HEM 7120 is an automatic blood pressure machine that comes with Intellisense technology, which ensures highly accurate measurements.
You can also check your heart beat using this machine.
It is easy to operate the machine using the single ON/OFF button.
The display is visible even during the dark light conditions at night.
The bottom and sides of the device comes with rubber padding support so that you don’t slip it accidentally.
The arm cuff comes in medium size and can suit people with arm circumference between 22 to 32 cms.
If your arm is bigger, then you can order the large size cuff (42 cms).
You can even connect the monitor to your Smartphone and check your history whenever required.
Powered by: 4 AAA Batteries
Price: under Rs.2000
Warranty: It comes with up to 5 years of warranty from the manufacturer in addition to lifetime support.
3.Dr Trust Smart Talking Digital BP Machine
Dr Trust is a popular brand when it comes to healthcare products and portable gadgets.
The Dr Trust Smart Talking BP monitor comes with the ability to guide you through voice instructions about how to use the machine and also let you know your readings in both English and Hindi.
It also comes with a silence button in case you want to mute it.
The Bp machine sports a large screen with backlight support that allows you to read the measurements even in the dark light conditions.
It comes with a universal size cuff that ranges from 22cm to 42cm so that everyone can use it without any issues.
The device turns on with the press of a button and turns off automatically when you’re finishing taking the measurement.
Powered by: 4 AAA batteries and also supports USB charging
Price: under Rs.2000
Warranty: It comes with 5 years of warranty on the product and you’ll also get a free digital thermometer.
4.Citizen CH432 Digital Blood Pressure Monitor
Citizen is a well-known brand in India that makes home appliances and health products at affordable prices.
Unlike the other machines, the Citizen CH432 BP monitor comes with silent inflation and so is ideal for old age people as well as the children.
It comes with an auto-shut off feature and also consumes less power.
You can also know your heart rate using this monitor.
The display is small but easy to read and you can store up to 90 readings in the memory and access whenever you want.
You get a medium sized cuff with this BP monitor.
Powered by: 4 AA batteries
Price: under Rs.2500
Warranty: You get 1 year warranty on the product.
5.HealthSense BP 100 Digital BP Monitor
HealthSense is an Indian brand that makes amazing healthcare and tech gadgets like affordable Smartwatches.
The Heart-Mate BP 100 is an automatic blood pressure monitor with a large display (backlight) and talking option.
You can view the date and time on the dashboard along with your BP measurements and heart rate.
Thanks to the latest oscillometric technology, you’ll be able to get accurate measurements of your blood pressure data.
The machine also comes with bodily movement detection to give you correct data.
The cuff comes in universal size that ranges from 22 to 42 cms. So, it is ideal for all people with small to large arm sizes.
You can store up to 90 readings with built-in memory function and refer to them whenever needed.
Powered by: 4 AAA batteries or 6 Volts adapter or USB charging
Price: under Rs.1500
Warranty: It comes with 1 year warranty on the product.
6.Dr. Morepen BP Monitor with Extra Large Display
Dr Morepen is a reputed brand that manufactures healthcare appliances with best features at affordable prices.
The BP machine comes with an extra-large display and big buttons so that the old age people can clearly view and operate it.
It supports 2 users and shows the average of 3 readings.
It also comes with Comfort Inflation technology that is ideal for both children and senior people.
The cuff comes in universal size and is comfortable to use too.
This WHO norm complaint blood pressure monitor also shows if there is any irregularity in your heart beat.
Powered by: 4 AAA batteries (included) or 6V USB based adapter
Price: under Rs.1500
Warranty: It comes with 1 year warranty on the product.
7.AGARO BP-501 Automatic Digital Blood Pressure Monitor
The AGARO BP 501 digital BP machine works on Oscillometric technology to provide accurate measurement of your blood pressure data.
It even tells your pulse rate and detects any irregularity in your heart beats.
The body movement indicator and cuff indicator prevents you from using the machine incorrectly.
It also let you compare your readings vs WHO heart health recommended standards.
The universal conical cuff supports arm circumference of 22 to 42 cms and can fit most arm sizes comfortably.
The monitor comes with a memory capacity for 2 users and can store up to 120 readings per each user along with date and timestamp for future reference.
Powered by: 4 AAA batteries or micro USB AC adapter
Price: under Rs.1500
Warranty: It comes with up to 2 years of manufacturer’s warranty.
8.Rossmax GB102 Aneroid Blood Pressure Monitor
This manual BP machine from Rossmax is lightweight and easy to hold.
Just attach the cuff to the arm, connect the tube to the machine and you can start measuring the blood pressure by pressing the pump (rubber bulb).
You’ll get a beep notification when the BP is high or low.
The cuff is latex free and supports different arm sizes – small, medium and large.
The digital sphygmomanometer is powered by 2 AAA batteries and lasts for up to 3000 measurements.
You also get a lightweight stethoscope along with the manometer.
The calibration of the machine does not get altered even if you drop it, which is a very good thing.
Price: under Rs.1000
Warranty: You get up to 2 years of warranty on the product.
In order to monitor your blood pressure levels regularly, you’ll need a home use BP machine.
Here are a few factors you’ll need to consider in order to choose the correct blood pressure monitor in India.
1.Types of BP Machines
As we discussed in the starting of this article, there are actually two types of BP machines – Analog and Digital.
While the analog (aneroid) machines are commonly used by the doctors, the digital bp monitors are ideal for home use.
A] Digital BP Monitors
They come with a cuff that gets inflated automatically with a single button and the results are displayed clearly on the screen for you to read.
The digital BP monitors are again classified into two types:
- Arm Based Monitors: These come with inflatable cuffs for the arm and automatically display the readings on the screen. They come with multiple user support and large memory (history). Their readings are mostly accurate.
- Wrist Based Monitor: These come in compact sizes and are fully automatic. You can attach the monitor directly to the wrist to get the readings. However, the readings fluctuate depending on your body position.
B] Manual BP Monitors
They come with a cuff that gets inflated using the manual support by pumping the bulb.
2] Ease of Use
The manual machines are mostly seen in a doctor’s office and people (seniors) find it difficult to use them.
Whereas the digital machines are easy to use and also display clear readings.
3] Cuff Size
People with large arms will find it difficult to use the BP monitors with regular cuff size.
So, you’ll need to buy a machine with a large size cuff that fits your arm.
Make sure that your cuff should not be either too tight or too loose as it results in inaccurate readings.
|Arm Size||Cuff Size|
|18-22 cms||Small (S)|
|22-32 cms||Medium (M)|
|Above 32 cms||Large (L)|
Like most other health appliances, the blood pressure monitors also require re-calibration once an year or two, depending on how many times you use the machine.
If you don’t know how to calibrate a BP machine, you can get it adjusted by your manufacturer by paying a small fee.
5] Memory Feature
Almost all the digital BP monitors come with built-in memory that saves your history (min last 10 readings) so that you can re-visit them for cross-reference.
6] How Your Blood Pressure is Calculated?
Blood pressure is actually the force exerted by your blood against your arteries. It is measured using an instrument called ‘sphygmomanometer’.
The BP machine first measures your systolic pressure followed by diastolic pressure in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
Here, the systolic pressure is 120 and the diastolic pressure is 80.
Anything above or below represents high or low blood pressure levels. See the below chart for a quick reference.
|Condition of Person||Systolic Pressure||Diastolic Pressure|
|Pre-hypertension||120 to 140||80 to 90|
|Hypertension (Stage 1)||140 to 160||90 to 100|
|Hypertension (Stage 2)||>160||>100|
What is the Ideal Blood Pressure According to Age?
The normal blood pressure levels vary depending on your age and sex.
|19 to 24||120/79||120/79|
|25 to 29||121/80||120/80|
|30 to 35||123/82||122/81|
|36 to 39||124/83||123/82|
|40 to 45||125/83||124/84|
|46 to 49||127/84||126/85|
|50 to 55||128/85||129/85|
|56 to 59||131/87||130/86|
1.What are the best BP monitor brands available in India?
The most popular blood pressure monitor brands are:
– Dr Trust
– Health Sense
2.How does a BP machine actually work?
When the pressure is pumped to the cuff that is attached to your arm or wrist, the blood stops flowing through your arteries. And, when the pressure reaches below the systolic pressure, the pressure on the arteries get reduced, thereby allowing the blood to flow freely through the arteries.
This entire process is calculated using your machine automatically and you’re provided with the readings on the screen.
3.Which is the most accurate blood pressure monitor for home use?
In order to get accurate readings, it is highly advised to purchase the arm based digital bp monitor with a cuff that correctly fits your arm. In my findings, Omron and Dr Trust blood pressure monitors are found to be the most accurate ones.
4.Is it OK to check my BP at home?
Yes, it is absolutely OK and also easier to check your blood pressure at home using the automatic BP monitors with smart features. Even the doctors suggest checking your BP regularly at home.
5.When is the best time to check blood pressure?
You should first check your measurements in the morning on an empty stomach and again in the evening.
Every time you measure, try to take 2 to 3 readings to get the average data.
Repeat the process every day at the same timings so that the data can be compared better.
6.How long does a BP machine last?
The lifespan of a blood pressure monitor is around 1 to 5 years, based on the brand and how you use it.
7.Can you also measure heart rate using a blood pressure monitor?
There are a few advanced BP monitors that come with an option to check your heart rate when connected to your upper arms.
It is usually calculated as BPM (beats per minute).
8.Is it possible to check my blood pressure using my Smartphone?
Yes, the researchers at Michigan state university have developed a device that when attached to your Smartphone will help measure your blood pressure levels.
However, it is still not available for regular use as of now.
9.Is there any way I can check my blood pressure without any equipment?
There is a way to find the systolic pressure using the pulse readings manually. But, it is hard to get the diastolic pressure readings. Therefore, you cannot get correct measurement without using any machines.
10.Does fasting affect blood pressure levels?
Yes, people with hypertension will see a raise in their blood pressure levels during fasting.
In most people, blood pressure exists without any symptoms and hence it is highly advised to know your levels checked occasionally as high BP may lead to heart attack and kidney failure.
Checking your blood pressure doesn’t cause any pain or discomfort and using the latest digital BP machines in India, it is very easy to know your readings that too accurately.