Last Updated on February 3, 2021
We updated our selection of the best blood pressure smartwatches for 2021. We removed the Asus Vivowatch from it as it proves difficult to buy in the US. When measuring your blood pressure with a watch, keep one important thing in mind! Except for the Omron Heartguide, which is FDA cleared and relies on technology very close to the one used in a medical-grade blood pressure monitor, the other watches will only estimate your blood pressure using algorithms based on the Heart Rate Variability. Always check your blood pressure with an FDA cleared device or with your pharmacist or doctor.
Blood pressure (BP) is often referred to as the “silent killer.” Why? Because, even when suffering from high blood pressure, you usually do not feel it. According to the American Heart Association, the consequences of high blood pressure on health can lead to heart attack, stroke, vision loss, heart failure, kidney failure, and sexual dysfunction.
That is why it is so important to measure your blood pressure regularly. Blood pressure watches are a great way to get your health under control.
There is no need to go to the doctor or the pharmacy anymore. Home blood pressure measurement is now widely used and is recommended by doctors for managing hypertension efficiently. Some smartwatches are even cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which guarantees reliable results. Check this article to understand the differences between FDA-approved, cleared, and registered and why they matter.
This article will present what we think are the three best watches that measure blood pressure. The Omron Heartguide, Yamay 023, and Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 are our favorites. Discover all they have to offer to keep your heart health under control.
Best for accuracy
The OMROM HEARTGUIDE is undoubtedly the best blood pressure monitor smartwatch money can buy. The technology used is similar to standard home blood pressure monitors. The smartwatch functionalities are useful but somehow limited. The OHG should be seen as a portable medical device that happens to track your fitness. This watch has two only drawbacks: it is expensive and is quite bulky to wear daily.
HeartGuide by Omron
Price when reviewed: $499
Omron is not new to the world of blood pressure monitors. This Japanese company is one of the leaders when it comes to medical blood pressure monitors. Since its release on the market in 2019, the OMRON HeartGuide received numerous awards. The 2019 TIME Invention Award, the 2019 Popular Science Best of What’s a new award in the Healthcare category. To date, the Omron HeartGuide is the only Blood Pressure watch relying on traditional inflatable cuff oscillatory technology. If it was not enough, the OHG is also FDA cleared.
The HeartGuide smartwatch is truly an all in one device. The developers of this fantastic piece of technology say that “the OHG is not a wearable device. It is a blood pressure monitor that happens to be worn on the wrist.” We could not agree more. Please read our full review of the Omron Hearguide to get into the details.
The OHG is stylish but is undeniably a large and bulky watch that can be cumbersome to wear all day long. With a weight of 4.1 oz or 115 grams and a watch dial of 1.9 inches in diameter, you will certainly know that you are wearing it.
Once properly positioned on the wrist, it takes just 15 seconds to get a reliable blood pressure measurement. The cuff comes in two sizes depending on your wrist size. Do not forget to measure your wrist and buy the size that fits you best. Automatic oscillometric devices and inflatable cuffs are at the core of the technology to measure both the systolic and diastolic BP values.
Cardiologists have validated the efficiency of the OHG according to the requirements of the American National Standards Institute Icnc./Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation/ISO 81060‐2:2013 guideline.
To know more about the Omron HeartGuide blood pressure watch’s medical benefits, we recommended reading the excellent article written by Dr. Anthony Pearson published in the Skeptical cardiologist and our analysis of this fantastic product.
When paired with the iOS or Android app, the OHG becomes a truly innovative smartwatch as well. The companion app will improve medication adherence, track fitness, monitor sleep patterns, and help you stay connected with the world. With more than 80 patents under its strap, the Omron HeartGuide is certainly the gold standard for tracking blood pressure everywhere and at any time.
This watch combines innovation and practicality and redefines what wearable medical devices will be. Its only drawback, its price. At $499, the OHG does not come cheap but is an investment that you will not regret anytime soon. If you are serious about using a smartwatch to monitor your blood pressure, the Omron blood pressure flagship watch is a no brainer.
|* Precise||* Bulky for everyday use|
|* Easy to use||* Pricey|
|* FDA approved||* Battery life (2 days)|
|* Only smartwatch integrating a pressure cuff||* App only available in the US|
SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH 3
The SAMSUNG Galaxy Watch 3 has everything a modern smartwatch has to offer. It provides numerous health-related information, including Blood Pressure and Electrocardiogram. The watch can also be used as a fitness tracker, personal assistant, and so much more. We also love the design. A watch to seriously consider and our favorite pick for 2021.
Galaxy Watch 3 by Samsung
Price when reviewed: $399
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is with the Apple Watch and the Fitbit Sense, one of the handfuls of watches to have received clearance from the FDA for the quality of their electrocardiogram (EKG). The Galaxy Watch 3 is among the rare smartwatch on the market to offer the possibility for an FDA-cleared EKG that detects Atrial Fibrillation and Heart rhythms abnormalities.
The blood pressure monitor and the oxygen level monitor are somehow not FDA cleared, meaning that the watch can not be used as a medical device when measuring these parameters.
With its stunning design and its stellar healthcare capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy watch blood pressure is a serious contender and is our overall favorite. The only drawback is the battery life, which will not last more than two days.
The watch is compatible with iOS and Android and allows recording Blood Pressure using the same PPT technology as the YAMAI watch. The measures should be calibrated once every 4 weeks using a standard FDA cleared Blood Pressure monitor.
With numerous studies on the way, the Oxygen saturation sensors have also been considered a way to detect COVID-19. When looking for a smartwatch offering the best for sport, fitness, and health and with the ability to offering Blood Pressure measurements, the Galaxy Watch 3 should definitely on the top of your list.
More than a wearable blood pressure monitor, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has everything you can expect from a smartwatch. Stylish and equally comfortable in a boardroom or a gym, it offers a fitness tracker’s functions, associated with the accuracy of a health device and a luxury watch style.
The Galaxy Watch 3 is reasonably priced for a premium watch. We can only regret the relatively bulky design, which is more suitable for men than women. We personally love the look of this watch and will not mind making it our go-to smartwatch.
|* Good interface||* Bulky|
|* Rotating bezel||* Short battery life|
|* Numerous capabilities|
Best for price
The YAWAY 023 has a lot to offer. All of that for a very reasonable price. The technology used to measure blood pressure may not be as reliable as with the OHG, but this smartwatch is the perfect entry-level product to take your health and blood pressure under control. When regularly calibrated, the YAWAY will not disappoint.
YAWAT 023 by YAWAY
Price when reviewed: $44.99
Unlike the Omron HeartGuide, the YAWAY 023 smartwatch does not use an inflatable cuff to measure or evaluate blood pressure. The fitness tracker blood pressure device uses the Pulse Transit time technology (PTT).
Without entering too much into the technology, Blood Pressure is estimated by combining the heart rate and the blood flow at the fingertip. The PTT is related to arterial stiffness and estimates the systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure. To achieve that, the smartwatch must be regularly calibrated with a standard handcuff medical BP device.
This PTT technology is not yet cleared by the FDA but has received significant attention in recent years. A proper calibration with a medical-grade blood pressure monitor is initially required. We recommend recalibrating the sensors and algorithms regularly to ensure the reliability of the measures. When correctly set, the YAWAY 023 offers a full range of health data. It records the blood pressure, the blood oxygen level (called the blood saturation), the heart rate, and the stress levels.
The Yamay is a modern fitness watch that will not disappoint fitness enthusiasts more than a health watch per se. With so many to offer, battery life is still great. You can expect up to one week between charges. The design will remind you of the Apple Watch as much as this fitness watch could be seen as an entry-level to more prestigious brands.
When considering that the Yamay 023 is waterproof, offers the ability to control the music playing on your smartphone, notifies you when receiving calls or text messages, and so much more…It is definitely a watch that has been well designed and thought of. The blood pressure and health data measurement being the cherry on the cake.
The YAMAI 023 is a budget watch, of course, but for less than $50, it is hard to beat. The health measurements that include Blood Pressure, blood oxygen saturation, and heart rate will not be as reliable as what you can expect from a more pricey instrument. Still, they provide a good picture of critical health parameters.
|* Lot of health readings (SpO2, HR, BP, HRV)||* Not FDA approved|
|* Good price||* Need to be calibrated|
|* Long battery life|
Are these really the best blood pressure watches?
The best blood pressure monitor will always be an FDA-approved or cleared medical device. A smartwatch will always be an alternative. When considering all the fitness watches have to offer, a balance needs to be found between your budget and expectations.
In the last couple of years, technology made tremendous progress, though. It is now possible for less than $40 to buy a product to help you get your health on the right track.
Wearable blood pressure monitor watches have a lot to offer. Always consider them as a way to obtain information about your blood pressure quickly. In case of doubts, the data will still have to be taken with a grain of salt. Always consult your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare professionals if you think your blood pressure needs additional monitoring.