Review: Withings wireless blood pressure monitor

Withings wireless blood pressure monitor

Withings wireless blood pressure monitor
8

Design

8/10

    Ease of use

    8/10

      Use of information

      8/10

        Motivation

        8/10

          Pros

          • Comfortable and easy to use
          • Attractive user interface
          • Works well with other Withings products

          Cons

          • Pricey

          Withings was one of the first companies to come out with a connected blood pressure monitor. The second iteration of their blood pressure monitor works the same as the initial corded version – but without the cord. This provides added ease of use.

          The Withings wireless blood pressure monitor has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA and is compliant with European medical device regulations. It is also medically approved in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

          Design
          Ease of use
          Use of information
          Motivation
          Overview

          Design 

          The blood pressure monitor has a premium appearance and feel. It uses conventional batteries – so there is no need to worry about charging yet another device. It stores neatly in a small box.

          Withings wireless blood pressure monitor


          Ease of use

          Place a AA battery in the unit, download the free app and you’re set. Simply slip on the cuff, turn on the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor and the Health Mate app will automatically launch. Following a brief set of instructions, you are ready to take your blood pressure.

          Press the start button on your phone and the machine will take off. Once the pressure is read, it is displayed on your phone where you can also add a comment, like very stressful day, forgot meds today… that may help explain readings that are out of the norm. There are no buttons to press or bladders to deflate.

          You can configure your blood pressure monitor for more than one person. A simple tap on user icon changes the user. You can also configure the monitor to take your blood pressure one time or take it three times and average the results. It is best to take three readings, with a 60 second rest between. Five minutes total and you’re done. A few taps on your smartphone is all it takes to share measurements with your doctor.

          Withings wireless blood pressure monitor


          Use of information

          The results seem consistent – and are accurate when compared to traditional blood pressure monitors. For most accuracy, we would suggest taking three readings.

          The app that controls it is good and shows all vital data and also shares it with Apple’s health app. The app gives you instant color coded feedback based on the ESH (European Society of Society of Hypertension) and the AHA (American Heart Association) recommendations for hypertension. Because tracking over time helps you better understand heart health, the Health Mate app stores all your BP readings, syncs with the Withings Health Cloud and creates an easy-to-understand chart.

          If you also have other Withings devices, such as their connected scale, you can keeps track of your daily progress – weight, fat, and lean and blood pressure, all in one place You can even separate blood pressure readngs, into those taken in the morning and those taken in the evening. The results can be read as a listing or as a graph.


          Motivation 

          Being able to regularly measure and most importantly track blood pressure over time is of great help in helping to understand how dietary, fitness and other changes are effective in controlling blood pressure. With the Withings blood pressure monitor provides the convenience of taking quick and easy blood pressure readings.

          Using the blood pressure monitor in combination with the Withings connected scale, allows you to see your improving blood pressure as the weight comes off. It is easy for someone to tell you that losing weight helps with blood pressure – but actually seeing it graphed together and seeing your own results makes all the difference.


          Overview

          The verdict

          The Withings Blood Pressure Monitor is a great option. It is comfortable, easy to use, has an attractive user interface, and if you already use other Withings products you can view all your readings in one handy place. We are really impressed with the ease of set up, the smooth operation and the seemless reporting of your results within the Withings application.

          We also like the auto mode where the device automatically takes 3 measurements. This way the numbers are more accurate.

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          Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor
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          The gadget makes it much easier to keep an accurate blood pressure record, which can be shared at the touch of a button with a doctor. We highly recommend this product to anyone who is interested in monitoring their blood pressure on a regular basis.


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