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Best Pulse Oximeters for Coronavirus

Wednesday, 18 March 2020  |  Paul

Coronavirus can cause serious lung damage, so it can be very worrying if you start to feel ill. Luckily, there is a way you can monitor your lung health from home.

Pulse oximeters measure the body's oxygen levels (or oxygen saturation levels), so you can seek medical attention at the first signs of concern. To help you out, we've compiled this list of some of the most reliable pulse oximeters on the market.

How Do Pulse Oximeters Work?

Taking a reading with a pulse oximeter is simple: the device clamps onto your finger, earlobe or toe and passes small beams of light through your blood. As oxygenated and deoxygenated blood absorb different amounts of light, the pulse oximeter can use this process to ascertain whether your levels are within a healthy range (typically 95 - 100%).

Our Best Pulse Oximeter for Coronavirus

DeVilbiss HbO-Smart Fingertip Pulse Oximeter

DeVilbiss HbO-Smart Fingertip Pulse OximeterKey Benefits:

  • Excellent value for money
  • Measures oxygen saturation, pulse rate and heart beat rhythm
  • Super sharp, clear OLED screen

The DeVilbiss HbO-Smart Fingertip Pulse Oximeter is our pick for the all-round best pulse oximeter for coronavirus. Not only does it measure your oxygen saturation within an range of 70 - 99%, it also allows you to check if your pulse is in a healthy range (60 to 100 beats per minute). Thanks to its extra clear OLED screen and option of four different displays, taking readings couldn't be easier. As one of the most cost-efficient options on our list, it offers fantastic value for money.

The Best Pulse Oximeter for Home Use

Nonin Onyx Vantage 9590 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter

Nonin Onyx Vantage 9590 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter

Key Benefits:

  • Accurate on the widest range of patients
  • Suitable for toddlers as well as adults
  • Accommodates different finger sizes (within range of 8mm - 25.4mm or 0.3 - 1.0")

Due to the versatility of the Nonin Onyx Vantage 9590 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter, it is a great choice for patients monitoring their symptoms as home. It is suitable for use on children as well as adults, has a screen that can be read in all kinds of lighting, and can even deliver results in the event of low perfusion or movement. Some pulse oximeters also have difficulty returning accurate results when used on darker skin tones, but with the Nonin Onyx Vantage 9590 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter this won't be an issue.

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The Best Pulse Oximeter for Frequent Monitoring

Merlin Medical M-Pulse Finger Pulse Oximeter

Merlin Medical M-Pulse Finger Pulse Oximeter

Key Benefits: 

  • 30 hours of continuous use
  • Low power consumption
  • Clear screen with adjustable brightness

For those who need to monitor their symptoms more frequently, the Merlin Medical M-Pulse Finger Pulse Oximeter is a must. Capable of 30 hours of continuous use with the 2 x AAA batteries provided, the oximeter is designed for lower power consumption, so it won't run out even if you take several readings a day. The display brightness can also be dimmed, so you won't disturb a partner if used during the night.

The Best Pulse Oximeter for Travel

Timesco C19 Durable Fingertip Pulse Oximeter

Timesco C19 Durable Fingertip Pulse OximeterKey Benefits:

  • Durable, portable design (supplied with a protective rubber sleeve)
  • Measures oxygen saturation as well as pulse rate
  • One colour LED display is easy to read in fast-paced, busy environments

The Timesco C19 Durable Fingertip Pulse Oximeter is a resilient, easy-to-read pulse oximeter, perfect for travel. Its one-colour LED screen is easy to read quickly and accurately, and even features a visual depiction of the heartbeat for faster comprehension. Supplied with a protective rubber sleeve and a lanyard, it is great for use in busy medical settings, but is just as appropriate for on-the-go personal use.

When Should I Use a Pulse Oximeter?

There is no doubt that coronavirus poses a significant risk to our population's health. While the majority of those infected only experience mild illness, others have developed far more serious respiratory conditions, or even respiratory failure. To protect ourselves from such complications, it can help to keep a close eye on our respiratory function if we start to come down with symptoms, including:

  • High fever
  • A new, persistent cough
  • Loss or change in sense of taste or smell

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Breathe Easy

With these pulse oximeters, you can relax knowing you can keep an eye on your health. Whichever you choose, you'll be able to access quick, accurate information about your body's functioning whenever you need it. If you'd like more respiratory support, take a look at our range of Breathing Apparatus.

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Shop Pulse Oximeters

Timesco CF3 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
  • Fingertip pulse oximeter with OLED display
  • Suitable for adults and paediatrics 2 years+
  • Displays SpO2, pulse rate, and pulse bar
  • Adjustable brightness with six display modes

Timesco C19 Durable Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
  • Fingertip pulse oximeter with LED display
  • Suitable for adults and paediatrics 2 years+
  • Displays SpO2, pulse rate, and pulse bar
  • Auto power down to save battery usage