- The cuff can be an arm or wrist type. Our test found that the wrist monitor was as accurate as most of the arm models. Following the instructions on the placement of the cuff is important. It must fit snugly – too tight will give you a higher reading and too loose may not give you one at all.
- Irregular heart beat display indicates that the heart rate is not steady.
- Hypertension indicator warns when your blood pressure is too high – time to see your doctor.
- Mains-power adaptor can be handy if you run out of spare batteries.
- Data storage (also called memory) allows you to flick back through your previous readings. Monitors with double (“2x”) capacity can record readings for 2 people.
- The buttons and display should be easy to read.