Over the years, Apple has vastly expanded the Health app on iPhone with ways to track weight, fitness, and much more. Earlier this year, we broke down the best smart scales for syncing weight with iPhone. Another measurement that can integrate with Apple’s Health app is blood pressure. Here are some of the current options on the market for syncing blood pressure with the Health app on your iPhone.
Update August 27, 2021: I have continued to use the Withings BPM Connect without issue over the last month. As I somewhat expected, more regular monitoring of my blood pressure led me to learn that I needed to work on lowering it, both with medication and lifestyle changes. As such, I expect the Withings BPM Connect to remain a staple of my setup for years to come.
How it works
HealthKit is a framework offered by Apple that allows third-party developers to integrate data into the Health app. For example, calorie tracking apps can share data to the Health app for nutrition tracking, smart scales can sync data to the Health app for monitoring your weight, and more.
The goal of the Apple Health app is to be a one-stop shop for all of your health-related data, including putting Apple Watch data alongside data from third-party apps, your healthcare provider, and more. This makes it easy to view trends over time, improvements, and more for all of your health data.
Knowing that high blood pressure runs in my family, I knew that it was something I needed to start monitoring. And knowing myself, I knew I needed something that was as frictionless as possible, where data would be recorded automatically with a minimal amount of futzing. For this reason, the Withings BPM Connect has become my go-to.
The Withings BPM Connect is available on Amazon for $99 and features integration with the Withings Health Mate application and with Apple Health. It syncs data to your iPhone via WiFi or Bluetooth and is rock solid in terms of reliability, and I’ve been using it for a long time. It recharges via microUSB and lasts up to six months on a single charge.
Withings says that the BPM Connect is FDA-cleared and compliant with European medical device standards. I’ve found it to be accurate, reliable, and intuitive in all of my testing. It can also support multiple users with the Health Mate application for whole-family use.
- Withings BPM Connect (Amazon)
Qardio is a premium health accessory maker, and its QardioArm Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is a sleek and easy-to-use option with Apple Health integration. Priced at $99, it’s a similarly-priced alternative to the Withings BPM Connect and is perfect for those already immersed in the Qardio ecosystem.
The QardioArm features Apple Health integration, battery life of up to one year with “frequent use,” and uses AAA batteries. I’ve used multiple Qardio accessories in the past, and I can definitely recommend the company.
- QardioArm Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor (Amazon)
One of the most popular budget options for syncing health data to your iPhone is the 1byone Blood Pressure Monitor. This monitor features support for Bluetooth connectivity and syncs with the 1byone application, which can then sync with the Apple Health application. This comes in at under $30 on Amazon.
Another well-reviewed budget option is the OMRON Silver, which again features Bluetooth connectivity and Apple Health integration. It comes in at under $60 and features integration with Amazon Alexa as well.
Have your own favorite smart blood pressure monitor that syncs with the Health app on iPhone? Share your recommendations in the comments below.
Read more about Apple Health:
- Apple Watch and iPhone health accessories to help with 2020 new year’s resolutions
- Working out with Apple Watch? These smart scales sync weight with iPhone
- Concept: With so many new products, Apple should replace the ‘Watch’ app with an ‘Accessories’ app
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