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Monitoring your blood pressure at home — even just occasionally — can be helpful for many reasons. You may have elevated or high blood pressure and your doctor has suggested you take readings at home or at the local pharmacy as part of your treatment and monitoring plan. Or you may have white coat syndrome, which causes elevated readings in medical settings due to anxiety rather than true hypertension, and in this case it’s useful to take readings in a more relaxed setting at home.
I fall into the second category. I’ve had white coat syndrome for as long as I can remember, going back at least to my early teens. To help both myself and my doctors, I bought a name-brand Omron home blood pressure years ago, but in more recent years I’ve bought blood pressure monitors from Aldi. The discount grocer sells several different types of blood pressure monitors at various times throughout the year under its Welby private label, which encompasses health and personal care products such as a pulse oximeter, over-the-counter pain relievers, allergy pills, lens wipes, thermometers, face masks, and even a generic “Squatty Potty.”
I bought a traditional arm cuff blood pressure monitor at Aldi about five or six years ago that has worked well. Because that machine is getting older, I decided to pick up a new, different model Aldi recently sold. This one goes on the wrist instead of on the upper arm.
The Welby Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor (product code 806605) cost $29.99 at the time of publication. You can actually find quite a few wrist blood pressure monitors that cost less than or close to the Aldi price, so you may want to shop around at other retailers for the deal that works for you.
This is an Aldi Find, which means it’s only in stores for a short time. Aldi does not offer online ordering for its specials after they sell out at your local store, so if you miss this one, you’ll have to wait until the next time Aldi decides to sell it, which is usually several months to a year.
The monitor comes with batteries, a clear plastic storage box, and a user manual. (Take note: we had a really hard time opening the plastic store packaging to get all of this out, until we used a box cutter.)
Here’s some info on the wrist blood pressure monitor:
- Saves 60 memory readings each for four users
- Includes hypertension indicator
- Detects irregular heartbeat
- Wrist cuff fits 4.9″ to 9.1″ wrists
- Features easy-to-read LCD screen
- Comes with automatic inflation/deflation
- Includes time and date tracker
- Adjusts pressure for a personalized reading
- Comes with two AAA batteries
- Made in China
This monitor comes with a three-year warranty serviced by Greater Concepts by Design, a Texas-based company that supplies Aldi with several Welby-branded products, including arm blood pressure monitors and massage devices.
To use the monitor, put on the wrist cuff (not over a sleeve or other clothing) so that the display is pointing toward you and is on your inner wrist (where you would take a pulse reading). Sit in a comfortable position with your back supported, your feet flat on the floor, and your legs uncrossed. Hold the center of the wrist cuff at the level of the right atrium of the heart. Press and hold the start/stop button until you hear a beep. Keep still while the cuff inflates, and after a minute or so you’ll have a reading.
I think this wrist cuff is more comfortable to use than an arm cuff, with less hard squeezing. It’s also easier to use because sleeves are less likely to get in the way.
This wrist cuff seems to take longer to provide a reading compared to my older arm cuffs. That’s not a deal breaker but something to be aware of.
You can use the SET and M (memory) buttons to set the date and time as well as to set a specific user to record measurements for. Figuring out how to set some devices doesn’t always come easily to me, but this monitor was pretty simple. If you take a measurement that you don’t want to keep, it’s also easy to delete it by pressing the SET button when the measurement result is displayed.
Both my husband and I have used this monitor multiple times, and it gives us readings that are consistent with what we get on our other Welby blood pressure monitor that has an arm cuff, so it looks like it’s pretty accurate.
This monitor gets points in my book for its compact size. It doesn’t have a big cuff flopping around on a cord that dangles off the machine, so it’s a lot less unwieldy than an arm cuff monitor. I also like that it comes with a storage box. It makes it easy to leave out on a side table or nightstand so I remember to occasionally take a reading, but it’s not so large that it’s conspicuous or gets in the way. It’s also a nice size to tuck away in a drawer, bathroom closet, or medicine cabinet.
The Welby Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor features an easy-to-read LCD screen and records data for up to four different users, with up to 60 saved readings for each person. It’s compact and fits inside a small included storage case, and the three-year warranty is a nice bonus. Readings appear to be pretty accurate for us. This is worth considering if you need a way to take your blood pressure at home.