Unless you’re a hypochondriac or someone who goes to the doctor on a regular basis, you probably don’t check your blood pressure often—if at all. There are plenty of wireless blood pressure monitors on the market that work fairly well. If you want to keep track of your daily vitals, however, you’re going to have to manually store them. Sending your results to your physician will also have to be a manual chore. Nowadays, the digital route seems to be the way to go for keeping track of steps, sleep activity, and your vitals. The Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor will help you keep track of your blood pressure and heart rate without being a chore.
When Withings sent this to me for review, I was ecstatic. I’m not a health nut, but I do love digitizing my life, including my health.
Before we get into the rest of the review, here are the specs for the blood pressure monitor, as advertised by Withings.
- Cuff oscillometric method
- Cuff circumference: 9”-17” (22-42cm)
- Accuracy: ± 3mmHg or 2% reading (pressure)
- Simple Bluetooth or wired connection (cable not included)
- Free Withings account
- Free application for iOS and Android
- Secured data sharing with your physician
- Access to the most popular health and coaching apps
Rather than a wireless wrist monitor, the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is closer to a traditional arm cuff—sans doctor, pump, and cable. Instead, the motor is housed alongside the cuff. You’ll be disappointed if you’re looking for a variety of colors, as it only comes in one color option: white exterior with a green lining on the underside. However, it’s aesthetically pleasing, giving it a modern, relatively high-tech look.
The blood pressure monitor itself lacks a display for your readings. Your smartphone (or tablet) will handle those, as long as it’s an iOS or Android device—sorry Windows Phone users. On top, you have the single power button (which also enables Bluetooth automatically), and on the bottom the battery cover. On the side is a discreetly located microUSB port, allowing you to attach the included USB adapter for wired use.
Setup and Function
The monitor has four AAA batteries fresh out of the box, so the first things you need to do are turn on the monitor and turn on your phone’s Bluetooth (unless you decide to go the wired route). Once you locate and pair with the monitor you’ll be prompted to download the Withings Health Mate app from the App Store or Google Play Store. After it is downloaded, you’ll have to create a Withings account to use the app (and monitor). When done, you can finally take your vitals!
Slip the cuff onto your arm and hit Start! The monitor will then squeeze your arm while your phone displays the results.
The results of your vitals will always go through the Withings Health Mate app, but syncing with Apple Heath and Google Fit is extremely simple. Go to the profile tab in the app and slide the Health or Google Fit buttons to the on position.
From within the app, you can change the readings to be “automatic.” This means that the blood pressure monitor will take three separate readings (with 30, 60, or 90-second intervals) and average them together. The app’s dashboard will display a graph (or chart, if you prefer) of your vitals, giving you an idea of your blood pressure or heart rate over time. Through the app’s dashboard, you can share your vitals with whomever you desire. If you choose to share your vitals with your doctor, you can easily share the past seven days, three months, or a lifetime’s worth of measurements.
Since everything is tied to your Withings account, you can access the info from any web browser, as well. You won’t have to worry about losing your information if you switch mobile phone platforms either.
For $99.95, this blood pressure monitor isn’t for everyone. If you can afford it, however, it’s a good buy. You can get a non-smart blood pressure monitor for much cheaper, but you lose out on the, well, smart features. Being able to keep track of my blood pressure (or my grandmother’s) between doctor’s visits is extremely convenient, and it may be more important for others. The ease of use is wonderful, and the learning curve is extremely small. The device’s looks are just a bonus. If the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is within your budget, grab it from Amazon or their site! If not, Amazon’s your best bet for something cheaper, albeit less smart.