QardioBase and QardioArm review

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Qardio is a fitness tracking service that tracks your blood pressure and weight to give you a better understanding of your health with their connected devices, the QardioArm and QardioBase. It’s slightly different than the usual fitness tracking that covers your steps, heart rate, and sleep, but it’s no less important.

They’ve recently opened up their application so you can use the Qardio platform without actually needing a QardioArm or QardioBase, so if you know that information you can manually input it into the app to track a detailed history. It’s a great move to bring in new users, but it’s definitely designed to work with Qardio’s health equipment.

The app itself is easy to set up, only requiring an account to get started. You can then start punching in your data, or pair your phone with other equipment via Bluetooth. You can set up the service and to coordinate with a doctor and periodically send your physician health information, which is also a really cool feature for someone that’s regularly visiting a doctor for health issues.

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The QardioArm is a pretty simple blood pressure monitor with a few technological tricks up its sleeve. It’s very discretely designed and folds up easily, so you won’t have any issues carrying it around in a bag or storing it in a desk, and it automatically turns itself on and off to save battery. It does use 4 AAA batteries, not a rechargeable unit, which is a little different than most smart devices.

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After you’ve unfolded and placed the QardioArm on your arm, you simply activate it from the app and let it do its thing. It tracks your blood pressure and heart rate, lets you know where your recording sits on a chart (low, normal, hypertension, etc) then saves the history. It can even keep data synced with Google Fit, if you happen to use Fit for the rest of your fitness tracking.

The QardioBase is the more complex of the two pieces of equipment that Qardio offers, since it’s a large scale that’s designed to help give you feedback about your body. It’s a really cool gadget because it goes beyond just giving you your weight and tracking how much you weight over a few months; the QardioBase actually lists your body composition and BMI, too. Knowing you weight 170 pounds doesn’t do much good if you don’t know how much of that weight is healthy, and the QardioBase handles that.

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The smart scale also has a few different modes, with the BMI tracking in the normal mode. There’s also a weight only mode, which might be necessary if you have any implants, and a smart feedback mode that delivers results with haptic feedback and facial expressions on the scale. I never thought I’d want a scale that typed out smiley face emoticons to me, but it’s really nice to have when you get used to it. It also takes some of the stress out of losing and managing weight, since the smiling faces are definitely a little less cold than a simple number every morning. There’s even a pregnancy mode, which helps you to track your weight across a pregnancy to make sure things are going smoothly.

Overall, both devices create a very cohesive and fun way to manage your health data. They’re both extremely simple to use and the Qardio app does an excellent job of walking users through the setup and tracking process, and there’s not much unnecessary clutter in the app or the equipment. They do what they need to do without doing too much, and even in the case of the smart feedback on the QardioBase, it always feels like a welcome addition, not a tacked on feature that we didn’t really want.

At $99 and $149 for the QardioArm and QardioBase, respectively, they do come with a slight premium over other similar health tracking equipment. But when it includes fantastic smartphone integration, a detailed history log that syncs with major health platforms on both Android and iOS, and it can coordinate with a doctor without you having to leave the house, it’s hard to argue those premiums aren’t worth it.

Buy it now: Qardio


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.