At first I had a cheap wrist position BP monitor but I was not confident in the accuracy of the results which seem to vary depending on how I positioned my wrist. My GP loaned me an upper arm cuff monitor which seemed so much easier to use and more consistently accurate I was impressed by the accuracy and ease of use and so looked around for one myself. I was found this model from HYLOGY , a company with a good reputation for medical products, so I was interested in seeing how it stood up to the NHS approved original.
In the robust mid-market product box were the monitor itself, the arm cuff (size Large Adult 22-42cm) and a well written and easy to read User Guide. No batteries were included.
The device is powered by four AAA batteries but has a USB-C power in port on one side so an external PSU can be used. The cuff is well made and robust with a steel ring and velcro fastening and a generous length of tubing. The cuff with fit arms 8.6 to 16.5 inches in circumference. Remember to keep the large velcro pad on the outside with the tube facing down when fitting. It has built-in memory which supports up to two users and automatically records up to ninety readings per user after which it overwrites the oldest. Sadly, there is no provision to export the recorded data. The monitor can give an average of the last three readings taken, handy to get a more balanced assessment and can display results in kPa and the more common mmHg formats.
The main features of this model that lift it above the herd are the large backlit mono LED screen, touch control buttons, and the USB-C power-in port.
At the bottom of the large and bright colour LED screen are proper clicky buttons for Settings, Start/Stop and Memory. On one side of the unit is the USB-C power-in socket and on the other the port for the inflatable cuff. On the base is the battery compartment for the three AA batteries needed to power the device. The screen displays icons to which of the two Users is selected, battery strength, Systolic pressure, Diastolic pressure, kPa or mmHg formats, pulse rate, pulse icon and Yes/No reading status.
With the device screen off press and hold the SET button to select which of the two Users accounts to take a reading for. Press MEM to select and SET to confirm. The PA icon now appears and use the MEMORY button as before to select between PA ON (KPA Mode) or off (mmHg Mode). With the cuff correctly fitted and the device turned on Press START/STOP, the OK symbols appears and the cuff inflates and a reading is taken and shown on the screen, the HEART symbol pulsates and the current heart rate is displayed with status beeps.. The last 90 readings for each User are automatically stored in the memory and can be viewed but not exported.
Comparing it to the slightly less expensive unit supplied to me by the NHS I have to say that the results are broadly comparable and well within the normal variance expected between readings. The display here is far easier to read with better contrast. The other has no memory function but then this is a feature I do not use as I log all my readings manually to my computer as I take them. The build quality is far better and the well-written manual is more informative and far easier to read and make sense of.
Priced at less than £31.99 this model is not inexpensive with many cheaper rivals. However, the others lack the quality feel of this model. This is an excellent device, well made, robust and simple to use and worth paying a little more for.
Good Build Quality
Large colour LED Screen
Easy to use
Two User Option
USB-C power option
Arrhythmic Irregularity Alert
Reading Date/Time Not Displayed
No Data Export
No Carry Case
No USB-C Cable