Hands-on: Withings Blood Pressure Monitor helps keep a watchful eye on your health

withings blood pressure monitor helps users keep a watchful eye on health 20110110200745903 1 originalYour vital signs can tell you a lot about your everyday health. If you’re in a risk category when it comes to blood pressure, it’s important to monitor it as often as possible. Unfortunately, other than those cringe-inducing public machines at the grocery store, it can be difficult to measure your blood pressure other than whenever you pay a visit to your doctor. Luckily for those who are health-conscious and own an iPhone, Withings has come up with a solution. The Withings Blood Pressure Monitor ($129) uses a small device that connects to your iPhone to take accurate measurements of your blood pressure levels and turn your daily results into graphs and helpful visuals. This storage of data makes the Withings monitor a great tool for tracking your measurements over time and sharing them with your doctor if you are at risk for of have concerns like hypertension or heart disease.

To use the device, you simply wrap the monitor around your bicep and plug the cord into your iOS device. The app will automatically launch, and a green “Start” button on the screen is all you have to press to get started. The cuff will then inflate and deflate, just like at the doctor’s office, at measure your systolic and diastolic pressure while your current heart rate appears on the screen. When the measurement is finished, you can press the “Done” button to view your history of measurements. Color markers of green, yellow, and red indicate whether your numbers are optimal, slightly high, or at risk. When you click on a color, the ratings expand to provide more detail on what each category means for your health.

Sharing your information with others is just as simple. The device can email a list of your results to your doctor, or automatically transmit the information to online databases like Microsoft Health Vault and Google Health. If you are one of those people who share inappropriate life details on the internet, you can also easily share your daily blood pressure results on Facebook and Twitter. But honestly, please don’t. We don’t need to know.

The system translate your daily results into easy-to-read graphs that help you keep track of their measurements over long periods of time. Say you go to your doctor and he warns you that you have dangerously high blood pressure and gives you some tools and advice to get the number to a more optimal level. Using this system, you could track your numbers on a daily basis and look back at your graphs after three months to see if your average level has improved at all. The ability to see trends here is an important reason why this system is worth the money and effort.

If you’re a young, healthy person, your interest in spending $129 on a blood pressure monitor is probably negligible, but if you are someone who has hypertension, heart disease, is at risk for either, or has some other health concern that has to do with BP levels, this system could be an important health tool. We found it very easy to use and would recommend it for anyone who needs to keep tabs on their daily or weekly numbers.

Product Review

The Nuimo Click’s self-powering control convenience is cool but costly

Smart home devices might be clever, but needing your phone to use them is not. Senic’s Nuimo Click is the set of physical buttons that your smart devices are missing. But these smart, self-powered buttons aren’t cheap.

Crush your next workout with the best Fitbit for every activity

Fitbits are amazingly helpful tools for setting fitness goals and tracking progress. However, different activities require different metrics. We've gathered a list of the best Fitbits for running, swimming, biking, and other activities.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

Built to take a beating and still perform, these are the best hiking watches

A proper hiking watch should track exercise metrics and act as a navigational co-pilot during any kind of hike. Ideally, it'll even have a built-in GPS system and sensors. Here are five of the best hiking watches.

The Apple Watch Series 4's heart-monitoring ECG feature is now available

Apple officially unveiled the Apple Watch Series 4. From a larger display to a built-in electrical heart sensor, the latest device brings along some notable new features. Here's everything you need to know.

Keep an eye on things with the Alexa-enabled Ring video doorbell, now only $93

Smart home devices like the Ring video doorbell make it easier to keep an eye on your castle right from your smartphone – no matter where you are. If you want to smarten up your home security, here's how you can grab a Ring doorbell on…
Smart Home

The C By GE Smart LED Bulbs Work Seamlessly With Google Home

The Smart Light Starter Kit contains a smart lightbulb and a Google Home Mini. For those seeking to try out smart lights in their home, it's a great option and is currently on sale for just $35 through Google.
Smart Home

Amazon starts crowdsourcing Alexa’s answers. What could go wrong?

Amazon announced a new resource for its Alexa voice assistant. Alexa Answers is an invitation-only program to which select Amazon customers will be invited to supply brief answers to questions that Alexa was asked but couldn't answer.
Smart Home

ConnectSense’s next plug iteration makes a home smart without a hub

The newest smart outlet in the ConnectSense line of smart home products not only provides a dual plug but can also operate independently of a smart home home, allowing users to control devices directly through an app.
Product Review

Putting on the grits with the Instant Pot pressure cooker

If you want to dip your toe into the low-temperature waters of sous vide, the Anova precision cooker is a good way to start. It has a robust app and an easy-to-use interface that just may convert you to a whole new way of cooking.
Smart Home

Instant Pots! Get your Instant Pot! 5 models are on sale now at Amazon

Consumers win big when Amazon pops deals on popular products like Instant Pots. Five Instant Pot models on sale range from $30 to $60 off. If you've been waiting to buy an Instant Pot for a holiday gift, this could be the time.
Smart Home

The best washing machines make laundry day a little less of a chore

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now.

Best deals on home security cameras to save you from package thieves

Home security camera systems can help keep your home and your family safe. Amazon's deals on Blink security cameras and Ring Video Doorbells also help you save money on devices you can access regardless of your current location.
Smart Home

Google Store sale is on now through December 24!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 may be history, but fans of Google hardware including the popular Google Home Hub, Pixel 3 and 3XL mobile phones still have lots of deals in store -- the Google Store, that is.