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Garmin blood pressure monitor - initial review

Old 12-26-22, 10:10 PM
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Garmin blood pressure monitor - initial review

Santa brought me the Garmin Blood Pressure Monitor (BPM) for Christmas. First impressions.
  • The battery door design is TERRIBLE. The battery door keeps popping open. Repeatedly. I do not know if I have a bad unit or if this is the design of the unit. But wow. Needless to say there is going to be a phone call to Garmin later this week to address the issue
  • I love the sync to my Garmin account. Nice and simple. Plus I like how the BPM interfaces with all of the other health stats like sleep, water consumed, stress, etc.
  • I think the unit does a good job of monitoring my blood pressure. I do not have another unit to compare the Garmin one to and I have never taken daily blood pressure readings before. So I cannot tell you if the unit is off or not. But it works and I have no complaints about that aspect of the machine.
  • The cuff is long but after two days of use I do not find the cuff so long that is preventing me from getting a good reading.
Not sure what else to say. After two days I am happy with the gift from Santa provided the battery cover issue is remediated. At worst I will have to put a piece of tape over the battery cover to keep it in place. Considering the cost of the unit, I think that will be a very poor fix. But a fix all the same.
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Old 12-27-22, 03:32 AM
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I won't be surprised if their first attempt at that monitor ($150..wow) is a flop, esp when good monitors that have been around for years cost less than $50.
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I think the ones that I bought a half decade ago were about $20 each, not connected to anything and use four AA batteries. The battery door works great. With inflation, mine would probably cost $35 now. It should be easy to make one that connects wirelessly to other devices for a lot less than $150.
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Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN View Post
I think the ones that I bought a half decade ago were about $20 each, not connected to anything and use four AA batteries. The battery door works great. With inflation, mine would probably cost $35 now. It should be easy to make one that connects wirelessly to other devices for a lot less than $150.
​​​​​​Truly the measure of a great blood pressure monitor.
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Nothing about your blood pressure monitor should raise your blood pressure. I got a new phone and tried to sync it to my omron and all the data I have left is from last August. Battery door works fine though.
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Nothing about your blood pressure monitor should raise your blood pressure. I got a new phone and tried to sync it to my omron and all the data I have left is from last August. Battery door works fine though.
I have a garmin scale its ok but nothing great. its hooked to the wifi but I never got it connected to bluetooth. so you have to wait for the scale to turn off then open the garmin app for the weight to sync. if you forget it may or may not sync.
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Nothing about your blood pressure monitor should raise your blood pressure. I got a new phone and tried to sync it to my omron and all the data I have left is from last August. Battery door works fine though.
You should be able to move your old data. It's probably a manual process but should be possible.
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Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN View Post
I think the ones that I bought a half decade ago were about $20 each, not connected to anything and use four AA batteries. The battery door works great. With inflation, mine would probably cost $35 now. It should be easy to make one that connects wirelessly to other devices for a lot less than $150.
Less than $150? Not if it says "Garmin!"
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Less than $150? Not if it says "Garmin!"
I bought Garmin stock in 2001. Sold it in 2006 and 2007, I have had no allegiance to Garmin after 2007.
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Withings BPM-Connect is rechargeable, Wi-Fi connected, multiuser and certified accurate.
I like mine.
I also use the Withings scale. Also Wi-Fi connected and multiuser.

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Just over a week in and I am using the BPM daily. For me, the BPM fills a niche. I realize Garmin is not everyone's cup of tea and that's fine. For me though, I am pleased with the Garmin BPM thus far.
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