This newly updated budget priced upper arm blood pressure monitor from Roffie is one of the least expensive I have yet tried but there few signs of corners being cut and indeed it has features some of the more costly rivals lack.
I used to use 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. Since then I have been keen to try out as many monitors as I can see what variations are on offer.
In the box can be found the monitor itself, arm cuff, and User Guide. Build quality is first-rate with nothing looking likely to fail, fall off or pack in. No batteries were included.
The device is powered by four AAA batteries but has a power in port on one side so an external PSU can be used although one is not supplied. The cuff is well made and robust with a steel ring and velcro fastening and a generous length of tubing. It has built-in memory which supports one user and automatically records up to ninety readings after which it overwrites the oldest. Sadly, there is no provision to export the recorded data.
At the bottom of the monochrome LCD screen are buttons for Settings, Memory and Start/Stop. On one side of the unit is the power-in socket and on one side the port for the inflatable cuff. On the base is the battery compartment for the four AA batteries needed to power the device. The screen displays icons for time/date, battery level, Systolic pressure, Diastolic pressure, pulse rate, throbbing pulse icon, memory, memory status. The display is slightly smaller than others I have tried but is very easy to read with a large orange backlit display. Should abnormal blood pressure or arrhythmia be detected an alert will also be made.
Fit the cuff to the left arm with the tube facing down toward the wrist. Sit upright with the hands in front of you at around the same level as your heart. Press START/STOP, the cuff inflates and a reading is taken and shown on the screen, the HEART symbol pulsates and the current heart rate is displayed. The last 90 readings are automatically stored in the memory. Any unusual readings are flagged and alerted to. Press the MEMkey to scroll through the last 90 recorded readings. The SET key allows you to set the time and date.
Comparing it to the rather more expensive unit supplied to me by my doctor and others from more expensive rivals, I have to say that the results are broadly comparable and well within the normal variance expected between readings. This is otherwise a pretty standard monitor, it works well, is quick and easy to use, has a 90 stage memory that all but the most basic models now have. The only features lacking, for me, are the lack of a storage case and the inability to export data. The main difference between this and the more pricey rivals are the slightly smaller mono LCD screen, lack of USB power, no voice prompts, heavier battery use (4 AA’s rather than 3 AAA’s) and a small reduction in build quality from premium to good.
This is a fine quality blood pressure monitor, that is easy to use, reliable and looks great.
If you are not interested in the refinements of the dearer rivals and are only need ease of use and accurate results, then will be a great buy.
Good Build Quality
Orange Backlit Display
Easy to use
External Power Option
Arrhythmic Irregularity Alert
Batteries not included
No Carry Case
No Data Export