Choosing the Best Sphygmomanometer for Everyday Use

They’re easy to use but difficult to pronounce (at least at first). That’s right, it’s every nurse’s favourite piece of equipment, the sphygmomanometer. As one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in hospitals, choosing the right kind of sphygmomanometer is very important—whether you are on the job or still studying.

Here at Medshop, we have a range of the best sphygmomanometers designed specifically for nurses. They’re perfect for everyday use and come in a range of different designs to ensure you have the right tool for any job. However, choosing the best sphygmomanometer for your role isn’t always simple. So, to help you along the way, we’ve compiled a list of high-quality equipment that won’t let you down. Read on to discover more about our range of sphygmomanometers and choose the best one for your studies or job.

The Best Sphygmomanometer for Nurses   

When it comes to choosing the best sphygmomanometer for nurses, there’s a few avenues you can take, and your choice will very much depend on the most common applications. There’s the traditional route or the more innovative route. Additionally, there’s your patients to consider, and there’s rarely a one sphygmomanometer fit all approach. Here then, we look at three types of sphygmomanometer that can be useful to you.

Standard Aneroid Sphygmomanometer

Standard aneroid sphygmomanometers, such as this one, are instantly recognizable and somewhat iconic. They offer great value for money and include everything you need in a handy carry case. This includes gauge, cuff, and the classic bulb pump. They are easy to use and maintain thanks to their simple design, and they can be quickly recalibrated after extended use. 

Standard aneroid sphygmomanometers are a great choice for student nurses, since they offer reliability and accuracy without breaking the bank. They also offer intuitive operation and, when referring to your study materials, it is likely that this type of sphygmomanometer will be referenced.

Palm Style Aneroid Sphygmomanometer

Palm style sphygmomanometers, like this, are a relatively new design that improves on the traditional bulb pump mechanism. These sphygmomanometers offer tactile pumping for both left and right handers using soft touch casing and a low-profile pump. They also include features such as improved air release valves and no pins stop.

This type of sphygmomanometer is great for nurses who must take the blood pressure of lots of patients in a short space of time, reducing hand fatigue and improving comfort.

Infant and Paediatric Sphygmomanometer

For nurses who regularly work with children, a specialist infant and paediatric sphygmomanometer is the best choice. This type of equipment offers the same kind of functionality as other sphygmomanometers; however, they are presented in a range of colourful and playful finishes that can help to distract anxious children.

For nurses studying or entering paediatric wards, this type of sphygmomanometer is a vital addition to your existing tools and equipment, allowing you to easily take the blood pressure of infants and children.

Best Sphygmomanometer Brands

When it comes to finding the best sphygmomanometer brands, there are two names that stand out. Here, we take a look at Welch Allyn and Prestige to see what they have to offer when it comes to high-quality sphygmomanometers

Welch Allyn

Welch Allyn is a highly respected name in the world of medical equipment, and it is no surprise that their sphygmomanometers are among the best around. The Welch Allyn DS66, for example, maintains highly accurate readings while improving durability through its DuraShock technology. This major innovation removes the need for gears within the equipment, ensuring that regular calibration is a thing of the past.

They are lightweight, include comfort grips, and offer other practical features such as latex free materials and one-finger deflation triggers. They are also certified to an accuracy of +/- 3mmHg, ensuring the DS66 is the best sphygmomanometer for nurses who require the highest quality professional tools.

Additionally, a broad range of accessories and spares, such as these reusable blood pressure cuffs, ensure your Welch Allyn sphygmomanometer is always up to the task—however often it is used and in whatever conditions.



Prestige aneroid sphygmomanometers, while sitting at the budget end of the market, still offer superb functionality and usability. Ideal for student nurses looking for the best entry level sphygmomanometer to use during their studies, they provide great value for money without compromising on accuracy or reliability. Spare cuffs suitable for children, adults, and large adults are included within the specially designed carry case, while latex-free design improves comfort and safety.

 Available in a range of colours, Prestige also offer sphygmomanometers designed with eye-catching patterns made specifically for children. Finally, with a lifetime calibration warranty on Prestige products, you can rest assured that your sphygmomanometer will outlast your studies and serve you for many years to come.

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