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Omron Platinum Review

The most accurate monitor in the test, it's also easy to use and links to an app to store, chart, and share data
Omron Platinum
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Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $82 List
Pros:  Best in class accuracy, easy to export and share data with a doctor, large screen, supports multiple users
Cons:  Pricey, large, some learning curve
Manufacturer:   Omron
By Clark Tate ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 19, 2022
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  • Accuracy - 50% 10.0
  • Ease of Use - 20% 8.0
  • Memory - 15% 8.0
  • Features - 15% 9.0

Our Verdict

The most accurate blood pressure monitor in our tests, the Omron Platinum is the device we recommend for most users. This monitor gets you the most accurate data and helps you share it via the Omron Connect app. While a bit clunky, the app still makes it easy to email your readings to your doctor. With unlimited memory on the app and 100 entries for two users on the device itself, you shouldn't have data storage problems. This monitor also has some of the best averaging features in the test. It's a bit more expensive, but we think the quality, depth of information, and ease of use are well worth it.

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Pros Best in class accuracy, easy to export and share data with a doctor, large screen, supports multiple usersAudible instructions, impressive accuracy, reasonably pricedSimple to use, reliably accurate, compactCompatible with an XL cuff, bright and colorful display that interprets your resultsSimple, accurate
Cons Pricey, large, some learning curveComplicated to switch between users, easy to erase dataStores less data, inconveniences with app, display scratches easilyAverage accuracy, instruction manual is less clearMinimal memory, only one user
Bottom Line The most accurate monitor in the test, it's also easy to use and links to an app to store, chart, and share dataThis accurate and inexpensive monitor talks to you, an excellent feature for anyone but especially the visually impairedThis bright and easy-to-use model is accurate but doesn't store much data unless you type it into the app manuallyIf you need an XL cuff option, this one is your best betThis barebones option gives you accurate readings and few extras
Rating Categories Omron Platinum Alcédo Upper Arm Mo... Balance Greater Goo... iHealth Track Smart Omron Bronze Upper Arm
Accuracy (50%)
10.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
Ease of Use (20%)
8.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
Memory (15%)
8.0
5.0
4.0
7.0
2.0
Features (15%)
9.0
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Specs Omron Platinum Alcédo Upper Arm Mo... Balance Greater Goo... iHealth Track Smart Omron Bronze Upper Arm
Cuff Size 9" to 17" (22 to 42cm) 8.7" to 15.7" (22 to 40cm) 8.75" to 16.5" (22 to 42cm) 8.7" to 16.5" (22 to 42cm) option for 16.5 to 18.9" (42-48cm) 9" to 17" (22 to 42cm)
Memory Capacity 2 users, 100 readings each, App unlimited 2 users, 120 readings each 2 users, 60 readings each 99 readings, App unlimited 1 user, 14 readings
App? Bluetooth/Alexa Compatible No Balance Health App iHealth MyVitals App No
Phone Requirements N/A N/A N/A iOS 8.0 or later, Android 5.0 or later, requires Bluetooth 4.0.and up N/A
Irregular Hearbeat Detector Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number of users 2, Unlimited users in app 2 2 Unlimited users in app 1
Power source AA batteries or AC power AAA batteries AAA batteries or AC power AAA batteries AA batteries
Dimensions 7.5" x 3.3" x 4.7" 4.65" x 4.33" x 2.05" 4" x 4.25" x 1.9" 3.9" x 3.9" x 1.6" 4" x 3.1" x 5.1"

Our Analysis and Test Results

Taking your blood pressure regularly at home is the best way to get reliable and accurate readings for your doctor to interpret. If this is a part of your ongoing health regimen, you might as well get the best data via the Omron Platinum.

Performance Comparison


Omron Platinum blood pressure monitor - the omron platinum gave us consistently accurate readings.
The Omron Platinum gave us consistently accurate readings.
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Accuracy


We've put the Omron Platinum monitor through its paces during two rounds of testing, and it has not disappointed. It's logged more readings within 10 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) of our control data than any other monitor we've tested.


10 mmHg of variation is enough to change your blood pressure classification from normal to high, or vice versa, so it's a number we paid close attention to. The Platinum outperformed every other option we tested. 12 of 16 readings were within 5 mmHg of our control, or 75%.

Omron Platinum blood pressure monitor - though the cuff doesn't have a mark to align with your artery, it...
Though the cuff doesn't have a mark to align with your artery, it does have a handy diagram to help you place the cuff correctly. Doing so is essential for accuracy.
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Ease of Use


The comparative size of the user manual for the Omron Platinum may feel intimidating, but it's not that much more complicated than the other options we tested. It explains its functions well, making this device easier to use over time.


Set up consists of adding batteries to the monitor, downloading the Omron Connect app, and pairing the monitor with your phone. The monitor will get an accurate date and time from your phone, which is critical for your records. An included "Quick Start Guide" walks you through all of these steps.

From there, decide which user you want to be User 1 or User 2. The app will ask for this information too. Even if only you will be using the monitor, it's best to stay consistent after your first choice, so you don't lose track of your data. If someone else takes the other user name, they will need to download the app on their own device to track more than 100 readings.

Omron Platinum blood pressure monitor - switching between users is as easy as sliding a button.
Switching between users is as easy as sliding a button.
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After you do that, taking a quick measurement is not hard. You just pull on the cuff, press the start button, and wait for the results. You can do this even if you don't pair the monitor with the app, but you'll get better data tracking if you do. You can also use a guest mode to get one unrecorded blood pressure reading.

Make sure you consult the instruction manual on how to align the cuff; it doesn't include the artery mark that many other models do.

Omron Platinum blood pressure monitor - the high-quality cuff is comfortable on your arm.
The high-quality cuff is comfortable on your arm.
Credit: Clark Tate

We appreciate that the monitor has a large and bright display that is very easy to read, especially once you get used to the wealth of information it displays. It also has a dedicated and clearly marked button for each function. Because of that, despite this monitor's slightly more complex capabilities, it is easier to learn to navigate than many less capable options.

Omron Platinum blood pressure monitor - the cuff's structure and less aggressive hook and loop closure make...
The cuff's structure and less aggressive hook and loop closure make it easier to pull on than many other options.
Credit: Clark Tate

This cuff fits arms with a 9 to 17 inch (22 to 42cm) circumference, which is pretty standard for an adult monitor. It's smooth and supple but with structure, making it easier and more pleasant to put on than most. The rough side of the hook and loop closure is also well covered, so there's less of a chance it will scratch you. The inflation noise is also low pitched and is not overly loud.

Omron Platinum blood pressure monitor - using the platinum is as easy as sitting with your feet flat on the...
Using the Platinum is as easy as sitting with your feet flat on the floor, resting against a straight back chair, and pressing start.
Credit: Clark Tate

Memory


The Platinum holds 100 readings for two users in the monitor itself. If you link to the app, those readings are unlimited, which is hard to beat. The app lists your results by data and charts them by day, week, month, and year. A send button makes it incredibly easy to email the information to your doctor.


You can view your past data right on the device by pressing the memory button, which looks like a pencil writing on a piece of paper. Then simply use the arrow buttons to move backward and forwards through the days.

There is also a "Morning Weekly Averages" function. This is included because taking readings at the same time each day, under the same conditions, is the best way to get accurate information — and mornings are the best time for this. Averaging the last week's worth of measurements taken between 4:00 and 9:59 am gives you and your doctor a good idea of what's going on with your heart.

Omron Platinum blood pressure monitor - you can easily scroll through your readings on the platinum by...
You can easily scroll through your readings on the Platinum by pressing the memory button.
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Features


Along with the morning averaging feature discussed above, the Platinum also offers a TruRead function. If you set your monitor to use this function, instead of taking a single reading, it will take three readings consecutively at an interval of your choosing and average the results.


These two averaging features are the most unique offerings from the Platinum, and we find them decidedly useful. Our doctor consultant team said that averaging seven days, instead of three like many other monitors we tested, gives them more useful data. Ask your doctor if that is true for your situation as well.

Omron Platinum blood pressure monitor - press the tucked-away bluetooth button to link the monitor to the...
Press the tucked-away Bluetooth button to link the monitor to the Omron app.
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The other features on the Platinum are more common. The cuff is meant to detect movement during your reading, which could change your results. We tested it by swinging our arm during a measurement; the device did stop and read Error 5. It did not, however, display a movement error symbol (a small, vibrating person) as it claims it will. However, the app used that image to flag the reading, and the error explanation told us to try again without moving.

Omron Platinum blood pressure monitor - we like that the platinum has buttons dedicated for each operation...
We like that the Platinum has buttons dedicated for each operation. It makes it easier to use over time. The wide screen with a double display also lets you easily compare measurements.
Credit: Clark Tate

The monitor claims to detect irregular heartbeats, which it alerts you to with a double heart emoji. We were unable to test this feature.

The monitor displays a "High" symbol (a pyramid with a line under it) if your systolic blood pressure is at or above 130 mmHg or your diastolic is at or above 80 mmHg. If you sync your data to the app, it will color-code your readings into the categories of normal.

Omron Platinum blood pressure monitor - a comfortable cuff matters when you're planning to take your blood...
A comfortable cuff matters when you're planning to take your blood pressure every day.
Credit: Clark Tate

Value


The most accurate blood pressure monitor in the test, the Omron Platinum is also among the most expensive. At least one other option in the review is nearly as accurate at about half the price. That said, this is still the monitor that we recommend to others most often.

Omron Platinum blood pressure monitor - this monitor is relatively expensive, but you're getting a lot for...
This monitor is relatively expensive, but you're getting a lot for your money, from accuracy to comfort to ease of use.
Credit: Clark Tate

What the Platinum offers above and beyond accuracy is polish and superior averaging functions. It averages seven days of data (most of the others only average three) and can be programmed to average three readings in a row in real-time. Since your blood pressure fluctuates constantly, these functions could increase the quality of your readings.

This device is also relatively quiet while inflating and has a large, easy-to-read display, intuitive buttons for a user-friendly interface, and a high-quality, comfortable cuff. These details may justify the price tag for you.

Omron Platinum blood pressure monitor - taking the cuff off is as easy as putting it on. and then you're...
Taking the cuff off is as easy as putting it on. And then you're free to go about your day, knowing that you're doing your part to monitor your own health.
Credit: Clark Tate

Conclusion


This top-quality blood pressure monitor comes at a price. You can certainly find less expensive options, but for one or two home users that value accuracy and ease of use, it's the best option we tested.

Clark Tate

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