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How the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor helped save Modern Dad

That's the bad news. ... The good news is that 2016 was the year I decided to take my health a little more seriously. Step 1: Get a doctor. That led to Step 2: Find out that I indeed had high blood pressure, and start dealing with that. And that led to Step 3: Keep track of how the ol' blood beater is beating on a daily basis.

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So it was time to snag a blood pressure monitor. I started with your basic Amazon best-seller. And that was fine. It did the job, and it even had a little bit of smarts to it. But I wanted something even smarter, even more connected.

So I turned to Withings, whose connected scaled I'd already been using for some time. And their wireless blood pressure monitor has served me very well since I started keeping track of things. Probably as impressive as anything is that in the six months or so that I've been using it, I still haven't had to change out the batteries. (Which, strangely, was my biggest concern.)

This one works excellently with Android and Google Fit, as well as iOS and HealthKit.

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21 Comments
  • Phil,
    Please take care of yourself! You are too valuable to your family and Modern Dad!! I'm checking out that monitor you're using as it might be of use to me. Take care and keep up the great work you are doing!
  • Thanks! I'm hanging in there. :p
  • Some great user reviews on Amazon for it.......
  • I should look into this. At 57, I already have a pacemaker. Should be keeping track of everything.
  • It's a really good option.
  • I knew you were in better in shape. Congratulations to you Phil and your family!
  • Thanks! Still have a little room to go, but so much better ...
  • You look like Barney Badass with the Misfits shirt and the shades and the scowl on your face. Good job!
  • I woke up like this.
  • Reviews on Amazon are not that good. I like the features, but I wished it would have better numbers.
  • I've had this for a while. Yes, it's connected nature is nice, but it's far, far from perfect. Note: I started with the previous version that worked with older iPhones. Got the Bluetooth one later. 1) The app for running it pretty much blows. For example, there's an auto average mode that does three measurements in a row, and averages the numbers. If any of the, three fail, it flushes all the successful measurements. Two good? Third fails... All gone.... OK, run in manual mode, take them one at a time. But no way to average measurements! Graphing sucks! Weight does some wired pinch to zoom, BP gives a choice of 1,3 ,12 months or all. No way to put in a start date, like the beginning of a health improvement campaign. App starts in Timeline mode, which is another poorly implemented graphic data display. The cuff itself has a spring steel inner, well, spring to grab your arm. It's part of the product look. But, everyone's arm isn't cylindrical. It also limits the range of arm sizes that can use it. This can lead to measurement failure. The failure rate is unacceptable. I took it to my doc's office to calibrate against the nurse. Reads high. Best used as a guide for the eye, not a calibrated device. Good for tracing trends, but I wouldn't adjust dosage with it. And like all the health gizmo sellers, they really, really want you in their walled garden! I'd love to get my steps from my Moto360 into the app, but Moto ain't doing it, and neither is Withings... It's a solid B as a product. There are better, and there are worse. YMMV Matt
  • Good points, but I don't necessarily agree with all of them. ... The app is WAY better than Omron's. So. Much. Better. I get your point on averages, but my failure rate has been so small it hasn't been an issue. Agree on the graphing. (It's way better on weight — wonder if that's because it's dealing with just one data point?) I think I agree that it reads a little high. But in comparing to the Omron Evolv it's not been so much higher as to be a cause for concern. ... And that's why it's really the trend — and having all the numbers in front of me — that I wanted. Even if it is high, we can take that into account. (And my doctor and I did.)
  • 4. I'd not say it reads a little high but unfortunately completely off :(. Yesterday, I was supposed to pick up my med. And as I was planning to buy a new Bluetooth enabled BP monitor, your review convinced me to get Withings the same day - impulse purchase :). I found it for a very reasonable price from local Apple reseller (less than $80 VAT included, cheaper than the official EU shop where it is for 100 euro!). But now I have doctor's numbers and Withing BP numbers to compare from the same day (unfortunately 3 hours difference as I received Withings later). And as for my first reading systolic was 18 mmHg higher but diastolic was 24 mmHg higher! It's more than 25% off :). Compared to professional equipment... It stabilized later on lower numbers but still 20% off... I'm not sure what to do, for a medical device, it's unacceptable bad. End after reading a few Amazon reviews, I'm not the only one with the same issue... So I'll probably return it. But still thank you for your review!
  • You're cut off of Skittles... But I sneak a few of them now and then...
  • CHOMP
  • Looking trim Phil. I turn 40 this year and along with that comes the realisation that I need to look after myself a little better. I'll definitely look at UK availability for this.
  • It's a really good option. ... I'm looking at another one on Friday.
  • I need to.get one of these. My BP been high and I need to get it down due to family history. Good job Phil on looking out for your health.
  • I have the original wired version and am using it on an iPad as the wired version wasn't available for Android at the time. Thankfully the batteries lasted a very good, long time. However when it came time to need to replace them, it doesn't matter how many different batteries I used, it says the battery is too low. I have read there might be some MAC hardware issue causing this and suspect that's my issue but after reading the reviews of frustration I just can't be bothered. I got a good 2 or 3 years out of it and found an application that I could import data into (iBP)...though it's a manual step. Used to be automatic. And from there I can import the iBP data from the iPad app to the Android app. The iBP app is much more robust that the HealthMate app. But what I can't deal with is what another poster pointed out...the walled garden is infuriating. They are happy to import data from other apps but REFUSE to play nicely and allow other apps to import THEIR data. So they have a subpar application (and that's a generous statement), want to import data points from other apps to "analyze" in their subpar app, but more robust apps that are designed to provide far more information and different export options they refuse to "talk" to. Until they open up I will NOT purchase another Withings device. Bottom line is the applications I want this information to go in would have to be manually input since Withings won't play nice, so I might as well buy something with far more accuracy. Yes, I'll have to manually input the information into my app(s) of choice but I have to do that with a Withings cuff anyway. So what exactly am I getting out of this? Oh, that's right...I can look at the data in their awful app. No thanks. Having said all that, obviously we all have to do what is best for our own health and I don't want to downplay that if this cuff/app combo get you to monitor yourself regularly then by all means it's doing what it was designed to do for YOU and keep at it! It's just not for me.
  • I've got one of these and I have to agree with dr_obxns' comments. It generally fails to take a reading. I'd say the failure rate is 80 to 90 percent. Mine also reads high. I now use a cheap Omron unit I got from the local supermarket. It never fails to take a reading, the numbers seem to match the one at my doctor and the batteries last ages.
  • I was trying to pick my bp monitor between Withings and QardioArm and went with QardioArm in the end because it looked more portable. Features in both are comparable.