Expand your Apple Health data with these smart blood pressure monitors

Expand your Apple Health data with these smart blood pressure monitors

Over the years, Apple has greatly expanded the Health app on iPhone with ways to track weight, fitness, and more. Earlier this year, we broke down the best smart scales to sync weight with iPhone.

Another measurement that can be integrated with Apple’s Health app is blood pressure. Here are some of the current options on the market for syncing your blood pressure with the Health app on your iPhone.

How does it work

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 with the Health app for nutrition tracking, smart scales can sync data with the Health app for weight tracking, and more.

The Apple Health app’s goal is to be a one-stop shop for all your health-related data, including entering your Apple Watch data alongside data from third-party apps, your doctor, and more. This makes it easy to see trends over time, improvements, and more for all your health data.

Withings

Knowing that high blood pressure runs in my family, I knew it was something I needed to start monitoring. And knowing myself, I knew I needed something that was as smooth as possible, where the data would automatically log with a minimal amount of futzing. For this reason, Withings BPM Connect has become my point of reference.

Withings BPM Connect is available on Amazon for just under $130 and offers integration with the Withings Health Mate app as well as Apple Health. It syncs data to your iPhone over WiFi or Bluetooth and it’s 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.

If I had one feature request, it would be for Withings to switch to USB-C for charging. This is pretty much the only product in the house that I have yet to use a micro-USB cable to charge.

Withings says the BPM Connect is FDA cleared and compliant with European medical device standards. I found it accurate, reliable and intuitive in all my tests. It can also support multiple users with the Health Mate app for use by the whole family.

As I had somehow expected, more regular monitoring of my blood pressure led me to the realization that I had to work to lower it, both with medications and lifestyle changes. Therefore, I expect Withings BPM Connect to remain a staple of my setup for years to come.

Plus, you can easily pair it with the Withings Body+ smart scale for seamless integration between Withings and Apple Health.

Qardio

Qardio is another maker of premium health accessories, and its QardioArm wireless blood pressure monitor is an elegant and easy-to-use option with Apple Health integration. Priced under $99, it’s an affordable alternative to Withings BPM Connect and is perfect for those already immersed in the Qardio ecosystem.

The biggest downside to the Qardio smart blood pressure cuff is that it doesn’t offer Wi-Fi support for syncing. Instead, you rely entirely on Bluetooth which can be a bit trickier than Wi-Fi connectivity in my experience.

The QardioArm features Apple Health integration, battery life of up to a year with frequent use, and uses AAA batteries. I have used multiple Qardio accessories in the past and can definitely recommend the company.

Budget options

One of the most popular budget options for syncing health data to your iPhone is the 1byone blood pressure monitor. This monitor offers support for Bluetooth connectivity and syncs with the 1byone app, which can then sync with the Apple Health app. This comes in at around $30 on Amazon.

Another well-reviewed budget option is the iHealth Track Smart, which again features Bluetooth connectivity and Apple Health integration. It comes in at under $50 and is regularly on sale for even lower.

Wrap

Have your favorite smart blood pressure monitor that syncs with the Health app on iPhone? Share your tips in the comments below.

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