Measuring my blood pressure is one of the big revelations of my self-measuring journey. I measure every morning and it has told me much about my stress levels and how I can handle them.
So, I wholeheartedly recommend measuring blood pressure. The problem is of course that tracking devices like the Jawbone, Fuelband or Fitbit don’t do that. You need a separate device.
The Withings Blood Pressure Monitor is such a device.
The newest model is awireless and works on iOS and Android. It currently retails at $129,99 and is approved by the FDA in the US.
The device is not exactly cheap…is it worth it?
5 things I like about it
1. I like the ease-of-use
The device isn’t small but it’s quite easy to use. I just have to connect it to the iPhone and strap it onto my arm. It inflates itself once I push the button. The measurement takes thirty seconds. You need to take your time, but it’s a comfortable experience.
2. It works well
My blood pressure pops up on the iPhone as soon as the measurement is done. I never experienced any glitches. A green, orange or red light tells me whether my blood pressure is in the acceptable range or not. And I can see my heart rate too: like blood pressure, it’s an important indicator of your current and future health.
3. Easy to take along
The Monitor is not exactly small. But it folds quite easily and it doesn’t take much space in my bag. That’s important to me because I want to measure every day.
4. Syncs over Bluetooth
The Withings Blood Pressure Monitor syncs over bluetooth nowadays so your results get transferred cablefree from your device to your smartphone.
5. Sharing with other apps
Withings opens up the data to other apps, so you can easily sync your data with Runkeeper for example.
Over to the things I don’t like so much
1. I’d love more information
Seeing my own values everyday has made me want to know more about blood pressure:
- Why is important?
- What does it do?
- How can I get it down?
I researched all that on the Internet and I wish Withings helped me a little here. You get no information beyond the tracking of your heart rate and blood pressure. It’s something that the Jawbone Up does very well: every day I get little tips on sleep and exercise. It’s informative and makes the device more fun to use.
2. Sharing with several users
The bluetooth sync also comes with some disadvantages. If you want to share the device with several people and several phones, you have to disconnect and connect the device every single time. From the moment it is connected to another phone, your results will transfer to that phone instead of your own. I expected a button in the app to start measuring your blood pressure, but that’s not the case. You have to wait until the blood pressure monitor picks up the bluetooth signal and a screen pops up on your phone.
Do I recommend it?
I wish there was a way to measure blood pressure with the same devices that measure our steps and sleep. But for now, there is no alternative to measuring the traditional way. And the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor does that well. It’s easy to use and looks good. More importantly it works well and doesn’t show signs of wear after nine months of daily use.
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