The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute's tests reveal the one Cuff Style Blood Pressure Monitor that can, in its opinion, be called The Best. The Institute forwards its recommendation to Hammacher Schlemmer's buyers so they can procure the product for The Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, web site, and retail store. The Cuff Style Blood Pressure Monitor that is currently The Best can be found here.
Before undertaking testing, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute surveyed consumers to learn which attributes are most critical when purchasing a Cuff Style Blood Pressure Monitor. They responded that Accuracy is by far their most important concern, followed by Ease of Use, Comfort, and Features. These attribute rankings were applied to the data collected for this test.
Respondents were also asked which features matter most in a Cuff Style Blood Pressure Monitor. Based on their answers, The Best model must be cuff style, take pulse readings, have a memory bank for multiple users, and have time and date function.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute then researched the marketplace from a reasonably wide range of competing product and obtained Cuff Style Blood Pressure Monitors that possess these desired attributes and features. Prior to testing, the Institute eliminated from consideration any models that did not have a required attribute or feature or if it had an obvious quality issue. Conversely, if a sample offered a unique benefit that distinguished it from other models, The Institute, at its discretion, may have included it in testing even though it may have been lacking a critical feature or attribute.
Testing involved evaluations by Institute analysts, a consumer panel, and an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Each Cuff Style Blood Pressure Monitor was rated for its Accuracy, Ease of Use, Comfort, and Features.
An Advanced Nurse Practitioner was brought in to conduct testing. The Advanced Nurse Practitioner first took a baseline blood pressure reading with each of the samples. Each measurement was followed by the nurse taking the panelists readings using a traditional sphygmomanometer. Any discrepancy between the two systolic and diastolic readings was noted, and the cuff monitors that produced the results that were closest to the sphygmomanometer’s received the top scores. Taken into consideration were:
Analysts then took the average of the scores and determined a final Accuracy score.
For each Cuff Style Blood Pressure Monitor, analysts determined how easy it was to:
Panelists tested each cuff blood pressure monitor for the following:
Analysts then took the average of the scores and determined a final Comfort score.
Institute analysts inspected each sample to determine whether it had any of the following features, which made a Cuff Style Blood Pressure Monitor easier or more effective to use:
Analysts awarded points for each feature that a model had, weighted according to how important that feature was to consumers. After testing, they calculated an average features score for each sample.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recommends that you consider these features when shopping for a Cuff Style Blood Pressure Monitor to ensure you will be completely satisfied with its performance:
High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke, but monitoring your levels at home can help prevent the condition by alerting you to rising pressure or an ineffective medication before your next doctor visit. The American Heart Association recommends home monitoring for anyone diagnosed with hypertension, and a wrist monitor is a convenient tool for taking a daily reading. The device consists of an arm cuff that automatically inflates at the touch of a button, and a gauge that measures your systolic and diastolic pressures. Some models can take a user’s pulse and flag an irregular heartbeat. A built-in memory dates and stores your results so you can compare them over time, and some models can save data for more than one user. Large buttons and digital results make a monitor easy to operate.
As with any product, customers must read and follow the product's user guide, marking and labeling prior to use.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. Although funded by Hammacher Schlemmer, the Institute functions independently of Hammacher Schlemmer. The Institute consults Hammacher Schlemmer and fulfills its mission statement without regard to product prices, brand names, margins, or other commercial considerations. Decisions on specific products to test, the types of test to perform and how to interpret the results lie exclusively with the Institute's research staff. In addition, the Institute's status as a separate entity from Hammacher Schlemmer prevents access to sensitive information, such as inventory levels or product cost, which might influence testing decisions. The Institute's independence assures products are researched, evaluated, and rated objectively without commercial bias.