Originally Posted by red-rider
I have a Reli-On brand monitor that I have used for several years. It seems to give accurate readings but if I take my BP once daily-OR-several times in a week,my arm is killing me. It has a digital read out and once the cuff is in place it has to be pumped past the 165 mark in order to give a proper reading. This is extremely tight on my arm. I have tried only pumping to a lower number but it gives an error sign. The one at the doc's office never feels tight or "hurts" but my home unit does. Since I have white coat I rely on my home unit for best readings. Are the self inflating any better? I dont mind paying more for a good one because my arm is sore from the one I have. Any good ideas for me?
Yes, the auto inflate types are better. They monitor things as they are inflating. So, they only inflate to what is really needed - much more comfortable.
My personal favorite is the Omron 780. I really like the cuff on this model. Also, I've been really impressed with the speed that it takes a reading. Walmart sells a ReliOn equivalent for around $58. Sam's sells the true Omron brand for around the same price. What I don't like is the fact that Omron recently changed the appearance and feature set. And, they gave this new model the exact same model number. Very confusing. BTW, the one sold as Sam's is the newer version. Aside from the different appearance, the new model also has some kind of averaging function. Mine is of the older type, so I don't know how this feature works.