Omron 5 Series Review- Does It Live Up To Expectations?
When you’re in the market for a blood pressure monitor, it can be very easy to feel intimidated. There are countless brands out there, all promising to give you the very best blood pressure monitor money can buy. Of course, any halfway intelligent consumer knows that the vast majority of those brands will not be able to live up to their promises.
One of the few brands that will stay through to its word is Omron, which, as you may or may not know, is the number one doctor recommended brand of blood pressure monitor in the world.
Of course, choosing your brand is just part of the battle. Once you decide which company you want to give your business to, you must begin the equally difficult task of deciding which of said company’s many blood pressure monitors is the right one for you.
Omron has produced dozens of high-quality blood pressure monitors over the past couple of years and in this article we’re going to be looking at the Omron 5 Series.
Our Omron 5 Series Review
After careful consideration, we have decided to award the Omron 5 Series four out of five stars, close to the highest rating possible. But why does it deserve such a rating, especially when Omron has already moved on to bigger and better blood pressure monitors?
Well, even though a good deal of time has elapsed since its release, the Omron 5 Series remains a great way to monitor your blood pressure, particularly if you’re looking for a straightforward, easy to understand device. As an added bonus, the fact that it is no longer the most sought after blood pressure monitor on the market means its price has dropped quite a bit.
The Omron 5 Series featured Omron’s unique Advanced Accuracy technology. This means the device will examine your three most recent readings to help you find your average blood pressure level. It will then compare your results to internationally recognized safe home blood pressure levels.
Irregular Heartbeat Detector
It is estimated that one-quarter of Americans will experience an irregular heartbeat. That’s a pretty large portion of the population, and, of course, a pretty scary statistic. There are many people out there who may never realize they suffer from an irregular heartbeat before it's too late, but those who manage to get their hands on the Omron 5 Series won’t have much to worry about.
As well as accurately measuring your blood pressure, the Omron 5 Series will detect an irregular heartbeat and alert you to its presence. A video on the dangers of an undetected irregular heartbeat can be found below.
Can Be Inaccurate
Like all blood pressure monitors, the Omron 5 Series is not infallible. While most who have used it have not experienced any trouble, a few users have reported inaccurate readings from their device. One online reviewer noted that she was a registered nurse and was forced to return to a manual blood pressure monitor as the repercussions of an inaccurate reading were simply too great to risk.
Lack Of Features
While the Omron 5 Series fulfills its most basic duties as a blood pressure monitor, it is not quite as advanced as some of Omron’s more recent monitors. If you are the kind of person who likes to have the absolute most recent technology at their fingertips, this definitely isn’t the blood pressure monitor for you.
While there are indeed some drawbacks to purchasing the Omron 5 Series over one of Omron’s more recent monitors, you shouldn’t be too quick to write it off. It is still a high performing monitor and is perfect if you are only looking for something to monitor your blood pressure for a short time. Some other noteworthy features present on the Omron 5 Series include:
Two User Mode
If you’re looking for the best blood pressure monitor that you can share with a family member or a friend, the Omron 5 Series is a good way to go. It features a two user mode and can store up to fifty readings for each user. This will allow you and your plus one to record and track your blood pressure levels with a date and time stamp.
Wide Range Cuff
When you are trying to get an accurate reading of your blood pressure, it is of immense importance that you correctly position the cuff. If the cuff is too large or too small, your reading is going to be inaccurate.
With the Omron 5 Series, you get a wide range cuff that fits both large and standard arms, meaning you won’t have to worry too much about the fitting throwing off your results. That being said, if you are planning to use this blood pressure monitor on children, you should seek out a child-sized cuff so you don’t end up with an inaccurate measurement.
And so ends our Omron 5 Series review. We have seen a lot of blood pressure monitors in our time and some of them have been pretty good. Some of them have even been great. But the Omron 5 Series can hold its own with the best of them.
Like the vast majority of Omron’s blood pressure monitors, it has proven extremely popular with both the public and medical professionals. Although it can be purchased for less than $50, it performs to the standard of a far more expensive model and will continue to do so for years to come. Eyeing on a more wireless type of blood pressure monitor? Check out our review on the Omron 10 Series Wireless!