A manual blood pressure kit offers an inexpensive way to monitor your blood pressure. With this type of blood pressure monitor, you manually inflate the cuff and read the pressure by looking at the circular dial. They're very similar to what most doctors' offices use and require a stethoscope. It takes a little practice to get proficient at it but once you do, it's quick and easy to use.
Also available are automatic blood and semi-automatic blood pressure monitors. With semi-automated monitors, you inflate the cuff but the reading is automatically displayed for you. Many people prefer automatic monitors where everything is done for them. Once you put your arm in the cuff, it inflates and deflates automatically and your blood pressure is displayed on a screen. Most models "remember" a certain number of readings so you can refer back to them even if you forget to write them down.
Some blood pressure monitors fit around your wrist and have the added capability of letting you know when it detects an irregular heart rhythm. You can choose one with sound capabilities that "speaks" your blood pressure in English or Spanish. Blood pressure monitoring systems are also available for people with larger arms and for children and babies that need different cuff sizes. For the ultimate in portability, wrist blood pressure monitors attach easily to your wrist and monitor your blood pressure and monitor your heart rate. They record and store blood pressure and pulse readings so you can review them or save them to show your doctor.