If you are unfortunate enough to have a condition that can impact your breathing, then you need a good pulse oximeter so that you can always be kept up to date with accurate information about your blood oxygen level.
For some, being able to get an accurate reading on this can be the difference between life and death. This is why we have put together a list of the best pulse oximeters on the market today, so that you can always get an accurate reading of your blood oxygen levels.
If you need a personal recommendation, we would say to go for the HealthWood Bluetooth Pulse Oximeter.
A Spotlight On Some of The Best Pulse Oximeters 2020:
Best Pulse Oximeters Reviews:
HealthWood Bluetooth Pulse Oximeter
We imagine that many of you aren’t in the mood to read our entire best pulse oximeters list because let’s face it, we are all busy and not all of us are going to have the time to read a 2000+ word article.
So, to help out those of you who may be in a hurry, we figured that we would start off our review list by taking a look at one of the best, if not the overall best, pulse oximeter that is currently available on the home market.
The HealthWood Bluetooth Pulse Oximeter is a bit pricey to be sure, but it also brings so many great features to the table that it is hard to pass it up.
Before we get into any of the more fancy features that the HealthWood offers, lets first start off by talking about the absolute most important part of any pulse oximeter, which is how accurate it is.
In terms of pulse rate, this device offers about the most accurate pulse rate that you are going to get from a home device (nothing sold online or at stores is ever going to be a precise as a hospital unit).
The pulse rate on this device is accurate to within 1%, which is a very small margin of error. The accuracy of the blood oxygen level is slightly worse, but it still comes in as one of the most accurate on the market. The blood oxygen reading provided by the HealthWood is accurate to within 2%. So, at least when it comes to accuracy, this oximeter is very difficult to beat.
But accuracy alone isn’t the only reason why we rate this oximeter so highly. It has a lot of other really great features. For example, you may have noticed that this is called a “Bluetooth” oximeter.
Why is that exactly? Well, this oximeter can be synced up with a free app called “Oxi Tracker,” which keeps track of daily readings and compiles helpful charts for you to monitor.
This Bluetooth connectivity makes it very easy for you to monitor trends and changes in your blood oxygen and pulse, which can be very helpful for detecting potential issues and for keeping your doctor informed as well.
The device itself is well-made. It doesn’t seem like it will break easily, and it slips onto most sized fingers quite easily. Not a whole lot more one can ask for in an oximeter.
- Delivers extremely accurate readings quickly.
- Bluetooth function lets it get synced with tracking app.
- Fits nicely and easily onto fingers of all sizes.
- Compiles graphs and tracking data.
- Pricier than a lot of other options on the list.
Zacurate Pro Series 500DL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
Moving on with our best pulse oximeters list, we are going to be taking a look at a more affordable, less feature-intense oximeter. The Zacurate Pro Series 500DL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter isn’t quite as advanced as say the HealthWood, nor does it have as many fancy features. However, it is still an affordable, accurate oximeter that does what you need it to do.
In terms of accuracy, the Zacurate isn’t quite the best entry on the list, but it is certainly up there. For both blood oxygen level and pulse rate, the Zacurate has a margin of error of 2%. Again, this isn’t the best on the list, but given the cost of the product and the fact that it is a model meant for home use, this is still very respectable.
With a margin of error of 2%, you can still use the device to accurately assess your current respiratory health.
Speaking of cost, we should address that issue now. We wouldn’t call the Zacurate Pro Series 500DL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter cheap, as that might make you think that it is bad.
This is definitely a very affordable model, especially compared to some other entries on our best pulse oximeters list. However, it still maintains a baseline level of quality and accuracy. So, you don’t need to be worried that just because you didn’t break the bank when buying the oximeter, that it is a low quality device.
In terms of comfort, it is sadly a mixed bag. On the one hand, actually getting the oximeter on is extremely simple and it usually snaps right into place. Furthermore, it seems to fit basically every kind of finger (big or small, skinny or wide).
On the other hand, we did find that the Zacurate was a bit on the heavy side, which can make it a bit of a hassle to wear in some situations. We would have liked it if the unit was a bit lighter.
That being said, the fact that the unit is a bit bigger than average does allow it to accommodate a very large LED screen. This screen is helpful as it lets you quickly see both your blood oxygen level and your pulse rate at once. All the numbers are very clear and easy to read from a distance or when on the go.
- Fairly accurate readings.
- Snaps onto just about any kind of finger.
- Not very pricey.
- LED display is easy to read on the go.
- Seems a bit bulky and heavy.
Innovo Deluxe Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
If you are still in the market for a really feature-heavy and very advanced oximeter, but you didn’t like the HealthWood, then we have something that may interest you. The Innovo Deluxe Fingertip Pulse Oximeter is a very advanced and well-made oximeter option.
Much like the HealthWood, the Innovo is on the pricier end of the spectrum when it comes to oximeters. However, much like the HealthWood, the Innovo has so many great features that the impact of the price is a bit easier to stomach.
Like all really high-end pulse oximeters, the Innovo is extremely accurate. With regards to blood oxygen level, it is accurate to within 2%. This is pretty standard when it comes to high-quality home oximeters and you should never go for a model that doesn’t offer at most a 2% margin of error when it comes to blood oxygen level.
Where the accuracy of the Innovo Deluxe Fingertip Pulse Oximeter really shines is when it comes to pulse. When you use this to measure your pulse, there is a margin of error of only 1%. This makes the Innovo tied with the HealthWood for the most accurate oximeter on our list.
So, if you came to this list determined to find the absolute most accurate oximeter available, then this isn’t a bad option and you should give it some serious consideration.
However, to justify the price of this oximeter, you need to rely on more than just accuracy. There are some other features that help to set it apart from cheaper models. The Innovo Deluxe Fingertip Pulse Oximeter is equipped with such features. For example, it snaps on very easily and it stays put once it is on.
Furthermore, it is great for athletes who want up-to-date measurements on both their pulse and blood oxygen level. You can even customize the device so that you get warnings if the device gets a reading that is outside of the healthy limit or past your own personal benchmarks.
Really, the only complaint that we have with the device has nothing to do with the oximeter itself, and more to do with the things that come with it, specifically the lanyard. You are either going to want to get a custom carrying pouch or your own lanyard ASAP as the one included with the Innovo Deluxe Fingertip Pulse Oximeter is not very good.
- Can give you customized warnings.
- Offers accurate and quick readings.
- Stays put on finger.
- Perfect for both athletes and people with respiratory conditions.
- On the more expensive side of the spectrum.
- Lanyard that comes with the product isn’t that good.
Santamedical Generation 2 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
Moving on with our article looking for the best pulse oximeters, we are going to be introducing you to the Santamedical Generation 2 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter.
This oximeter has a lot of really good features that we plan to mention in this review, but what really draws us to it is the amazing display and the large number of options the oximeter gives you when it comes to displaying information.
Before we discuss the other features of the oximeter, let’s first discuss the accuracy of the device. It isn’t anything special in the accuracy department, but it isn’t bad either.
It offers the fairly standard (by the standard of high-end oximeters anyway) accuracy ratio of around 2% for both pulse and blood oxygen level. In other words, it isn’t the most accurate device on our best pulse oximeters list, but it isn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination.
However, as we mentioned earlier, the true star of this particular device is the display and the many different options it offers you. For starters, the display is nice and large, which helps you to see it when on the go (such as during exercise).
The display also offers 6 different modes, each of which displays important data in a unique way. You can get charts, graphs, and other information that helps you get a clearer picture of your respiratory health. This is the only device on our best pulse oximeters list that does that.
The large display does make the Santamedical Generation 2 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter a bit bulky, but it isn’t a huge deal.
- Large display that is easy to read.
- Information can be displayed in a number of unique ways.
- Very accurate readings of both pulse and blood oxygen.E
- Very long battery life.
- Could afford to be a bit thinner.
Facelake FL400 Pulse Oximeter with Carrying Case
For this final product review on our best pulse oximeters list, let’s discuss the different options of the Facelake FL400 Pulse Oximeter with Carrying Case.
This is a decent pulse oximeter, but it probably wouldn’t be on this list if we only looked at its overall performance and accuracy. Instead, what we think really makes the Facelake worthy of being included alongside all these other great oximeters is the fact that is a very affordable device, while still offering decent performance.
While we have reviewed some decently affordable options on this list before (such as the Zacurate Pro Series 500DL Fingertip Pulse Oximeter), the Facelake FL400 Pulse Oximeter with Carrying Case is simply unbeatable when it comes to affordability.
At around $10, this is by far the cheapest home pulse oximeter that you are going to find. Of course, that comes with a caveat, which is that while you may be able to find cheaper models, you definitely won’t be finding cheaper ones that actually work and that are reliable.
But enough about the price of this unit. Let’s move on and discuss how it actually performs. It actually does pretty well. It isn’t the best performing option on our best pulse oximeters list, but you probably could have guessed that just based on the cost of the unit overall. It still manages to be fairly accurate (a margin of error of around 2%).
As you can see from the product name, the Facelake also helpfully comes with an added carrying case, which is a big improvement over the lanyard that a lot of other pulse oximeters seem to come with.
- Comes with free carrying case.
- Best price on the entire list.
- Offers decent performance.
- Slips on nicely and easily.
- No display options whatsoever.
Pulse Oximeter Buying Guide
In this second part of our article, we are going to move past just reviewing the best pulse oximeters and instead focus more on the devices themselves.
In this buying guide, we aim to explain everything that you need to know about these helpful little devices.
What Are They?
For those who are still unsure exactly what it is that pulse oximeters do, let us briefly explain. Ever been to a hospital and noticed how many patients had little plastic devices attached to their finger (or in some cases, their earlobe)? Those are pulse oximeters.
These little devices are responsible for checking a person’s arterial blood gas (ABG). Essentially, this refers to the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream. They can also be used to check your pulse.
While we don’t want to give you a biology lesson, we should mention, for those that don’t know, that having enough oxygen in your blood is essential for basically everything that your body does.
What Are They Used For?
There are essentially two kinds of people who can make use of a home pulse oximeter. The first are people with chronic illnesses or conditions that affect the respiratory system. Think things like pneumonia, pulmonary disease, sleep apnea, and other issues that can impact breathing.
The pulse oximeter can be attached to the finger of someone suffering from one of these conditions or illnesses, and it will provide constant updates about the state of their breathing.
If a person with a pneumonia is suddenly starting to have breathing troubles, a pulse oximeter will detect this by noticing the decrease in the oxygen percentage in the bloodstream. For people with breathing issues, these little devices can be lifesavers.
The other group that could make use of pulse oximeters is the exact opposite of the above. People who are into sports or activities that take a real toll on the body, and more specifically the respiratory system, can benefit from using a pulse oximeter. Certain activities can interfere with the body’s transportation of oxygen.
For example, people who do mountain climbing might find a pulse oximeter helpful because they need to maintain a certain oxygen level in their blood, or they risk passing out.
If they go too high up a mountain, the air gets too thin and it becomes harder to maintain that necessary amount of oxygen in the bloodstream. A pulse oximeter (especially one that has programmable warnings) can let a mountain climber know when they are approaching their limit. They are also useful in very high-intensity training, as they can let an athlete know if they have the correct pulse and blood oxygen level.
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