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At-home blood pressure monitors can help you monitor your blood pressure accurately without a trip to the hospital or doctor’s office, especially if you have a health condition.
Omron is one company that makes these monitors. Keep reading to learn about Omron blood pressure monitors.
Omron is a Japanese company based in Kyoto, Japan. (The name Omron actually comes from an area of Kyoto called Omuro, where the company began.)
Since it was established in 1933 and incorporated in 1948, Omron has focused on automated technology. They are best known for their creation of healthcare products like blood pressure monitors and TENS units. They also offer fitness, EKG, and respiratory trackers.
In addition to these products for home use, they offer the same products for medical offices.
Omron has created an app to collect, share, and track the data from their devices.
On average, Omron blood pressure monitors cost from $49.99 to $109.99. Prices vary based on where a monitor is purchased, specific models, their features, and any accessories you wish to add.
In general, they are considered competitively priced, and the app is free for any of their compatible blood pressure monitors.
Omron states that warranties vary depending on the model you purchase. Based on the life expectancy of the product, warranties on the monitor (not including the cuff) are around 1 to 5 years.
Most of the cuffs and accessories have a 1-year warranty. You’ll want to double-check the details for the specific monitors you are considering.
Because insurance plans vary, Omron encourages buyers to reach out to their insurance provider to determine which (if any) model of home blood pressure would be covered.
Even if insurance won’t cover your blood pressure monitor, you can use funds from an HSA account toward an Omron blood pressure monitor.
Omron offers a wide range of monitors. Here are a few of the most popular and unique ones.
This monitor takes three readings 1 minute apart and then averages them. It uses multicolored lights to indicate whether readings fall in a normal range.
It can connect to the Omron app via Bluetooth and store as many as 200 readings for two users.
A blood pressure reading is typically most accurate when taken on the upper arm, but there are times when this is not possible or practical. In these cases, a wrist blood pressure monitor can be a useful alternative.
This monitor includes a heart zone guidance feature to show when your wrist is at heart level for more precise readings. It travels well and stores up to 100 readings and includes an irregular heart rate indicator.
This machine is one of the few that measures pulse, atrial fibrillation, tachycardia, bradycardia, and sinus rhythm along with blood pressure. The machine also stores unlimited data and comes with a carrying case for travel.
One thing to keep in mind is that it’s bulkier and more expensive than some of the other Omron monitors.
If you’re interested in Omron products, you can buy directly from Omron’s website or through:
With Omron monitors sold in so many locations, it can be worth your while to do a little shopping around for the best price.
It may be difficult to get an accurate reading at first, so Omron asks people to reach out to their customer support (877-216-1333) for guidance instead of returning the monitor to the store where it was purchased.
If you do choose to return your monitor, return policies vary from store to store, so you should check the specific policy for where you make your purchase.
If you purchase your blood pressure monitor through the Omron Healthcare website, they will accept returns within 30 days from the original shipping date. However, items must be in their original box and include all packing material.
For items purchased through the Omron Healthcare website, shipping and handling fees are non-refundable, and the customer is responsible for the cost of return shipping.
Omron currently offers a temporary extended return policy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Right now, customers have 60 days instead of the usual 30 for returns of items purchased through the Omron website.
There is also an extended holiday return policy where items purchased from November 15 to December 31 can be returned until January 31 of the following year.
If you want to return an order to Omron, you should first contact them by phone or email to start the process. Omron will give you a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number to include with the return package as well as the proper address to send it to.
You should expect to see the return credit on your card 4 to 6 weeks after Omron receives the returned package.
For auto-renew items or those with a subscription, canceling will impact future renewals or subscriptions, but the current subscription will run its full course regardless.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) rated Omron an A+. Based on 11 customer reviews left on the BBB site, Omron has an average score of just 1 out of 5 stars.
Similarly, the handful of customer reviews for Omron on Trustpilot are not outstanding. The company is rated “poor” based on 13 reviews, with an average of 2.2 stars.
Of those who wrote reviews, the biggest complaints tended to be around customer service. Reviews of the actual product were generally favorable with the exception of some people who did not appreciate the app.
- Use the manual that comes with your monitor to set the time and date properly. (Otherwise, it won’t store your results accurately.) If multiple users are logging blood pressures with the same machine, you’ll also want to set that up in advance.
- Make sure the air plug is securely inserted in the main unit.
- Find a comfortable location and sit with your feet flat on the floor. You’ll want to be able to rest your cuffed arm on a surface at heart level.
- Turn your hand with your palm facing up. Then, apply the cuff so the blue stripe is on the inside of your arm aligned with your middle finger. The air tube should run down the inside of your arm, and the bottom of the cuff should be approximately 1/2 inch above your elbow.
- Press the start button on the monitor.
- Watch the screen for results to flash. You’ll want to record this information.
Thanks to the technology from companies like Omron, it’s possible to get an accurate at-home check on your blood pressure outside a doctor’s office. You can then pass this information along to your doctor to ensure you get the best possible care.