About Color Doctor

Maintaining optimal health is important to you, so you’d like to know whether or not Color Doctor, a portable blood pressure monitor that “takes the guesswork out of reading your blood pressure,” will help.

After all, according to the manufacturer, Color Doctor uses an easy-to-read color-coded system that works in less than a minute. Just strap the device to your wrist and press the Start button, and the screen will display one of the following results:

  • Green: Your blood pressure is within normal range, so you’re good to go.
  • Yellow: Your blood pressure is elevated, so you’ll need to be cautious.
  • Red: Your blood pressure is dangerously high.

You’ll even be notified if Color Doctor detects an irregular heartbeat!

From there, Color Doctor can store up to 90 readings—including time and date—for as many as 2 individuals, which can be shared with your doctor. In this way, we’re told that Color Doctor is “like a mini computer.”

Look, high blood pressure is the leading cause of heart attack and stroke, so it’s no laughing matter. The good news is that if you’re looking to keep an eye on this aspect of your health, portable blood pressure monitors can be a great option.

Does this mean that you should choose Color Doctor over the thousands of other blood pressure monitors out there? Will it deliver the most value for your money? Let’s step back from the marketing for a moment and help you find some answers.

What is High Blood Pressure? What Causes it?

As your heart pumps, it creates pressure and pushes against the walls of your blood vessels, which helps move blood and other nutrients throughout your body.

Using devices like Color Doctor, this pressure can be measured, which is expressed in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) across two numbers. The top number (systolic) references the pressure against your artery walls when your heart beats, while the bottom number (diastolic) references this same pressure when your heart rests in between beats.

While blood pressure can be affected by dozens of different factors, including age, height, weight, gender, and diet, a healthy reading would be considered anything under 120/80. If you spend much time above this number (a condition known as hypertension), it can cause your artery walls to become thick and stiff, reduce their ability to carry blood, damage your heart and brain, increase your risk of heart attack and stroke, and many other serious side effects.

Blood Pressure ChartIdeally, you want to keep your blood pressure under 120/80. Otherwise, you could seriously damage your body. Image source American Heart Association

How, exactly, do most blood pressure monitors measure this pressure?

How Does Color Doctor Work? Is It Accurate?

We won’t go into unnecessary detail here, but in a nutshell, traditional blood pressure monitors work using an inflatable arm cuff that temporarily stops blood flow through the artery. As your heart beats and creates pressure, this expands the artery, creating “vibrations in the arterial wall, which can be detected and transduced into electrical signals.” These electrical signals are then translated into a digital readout on a screen.

However, this isn’t how Color Doctor works. Instead, it straps to the inside of your wrist and uses built-in sensors to monitor these same vibrations from local arteries, but without limiting blood flow with a cuff. As such, it belongs to a class known as wrist blood pressure monitors.

Compared to traditional BP monitors, wrist-based models have come a long way over the past several years, although the American Heart Association continues to recommend an upper arm model for most accurate results. However, Consumer Reports performed a comparison of wrist BP monitors several years ago, finding their results to “be more accurate than the results you get at a doctor’s office.”

To get the best reading from one, Mayo Clinic recommends making sure your wrist is at heart level. Other important factors that can affect accuracy include cuff fitting and proper wrist positioning.

When purchasing one of these devices, the AHA also recommends making “sure the monitor has been tested, validated and approved by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the British Hypertension Society and the International Protocol for the Validation of Automated BP Measuring Devices.”

How Much Does Color Doctor Cost?

One Color Doctor blood pressure monitor will cost you $19.99 plus $9.99 S&H. You can purchase a second at checkout for an additional $9.99 fee.

Remember all the different options we talked about earlier? Comparatively, you can find thousands of these wrist-based BP monitors elsewhere online and at local retailers, some of which can be purchased for as little as $15 (keep this in mind, because we’ll come back to it in a second).

Regardless of how many you order, each Color Doctor comes with a free travel case, as well as a 30-day refund policy, less S&H. To put this in perspective, if you purchased the BOGO offer and process a return, you could well over half your refund in S&H charges—not to mention whatever it’ll cost you to ship them back to the manufacturer.

To request a refund you’ll need to call Bulbhead, a division of ASOTV giant Telebrands, customer service at 855-668-1655.

Should you go ahead and hand over your credit card information?

Can Color Doctor Help You Get Your Blood Pressure Under Control?

If you’re looking for something to help you easily understand where your blood pressure stands, we can’t think of a reason why Color Doctor wouldn’t be able to help you achieve this. Just remember that it’s not necessarily a unique product, since you can find dozens of nearly identical options online by searching for “color changing blood pressure monitor.”

To top it off, many of these options are priced lower than Color Doctor and come with more reasonable (none, in some instances) S&H charges.

Also, it’s important to emphasize that blood pressure monitors are just tools. In other words, to lower your blood pressure requires diligent work on your part, such as maintaining a healthy weight, getting plenty of exercise, reducing sodium intake, managing stress, and more. After speaking with your doctor, they may even recommend prescription medications that can help keep your blood pressure under control.

Bottom line? While Color Doctor might not exactly be a revolutionary product, we have no reason to believe it won’t work as advertised. But considering the sheer number of competitors, we think it’s always a good idea to explore your options to find the one that delivers the most value for your hard-earned money.

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11 Consumer Reviews for Color Doctor

Average Consumer Rating: 2.0
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 2 4 star: 1 3 star: 0 2 star: 0 1 star:  8
Bottom Line: 27% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Totally inaccurate

    • Atlanta, GA,
    • May 31, 2018
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    I wish I could give it a ZERO! I bought this device yesterday, and I tried it today. I tried it four different times back to back, and it was dancing between $144 and $120! I finally decided to use a used one, and the reading was $188. This device is dangerous as it could create unnecessary stress to anyone who would try it and have a false reading. This should be illegal.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Accuracy

    Works very good. Easy to operate. After one month it stopped working. I send it back, and they replaced it very fast. I will recommend it to any friend or family.

    I will replace the oldest system because it takes more time.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Don't do it

    • California,
    • Apr 15, 2018
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    Waste of money. Readings constantly higher than actual readings. After all readings in red, I pulled out an old monitor and readings were much different. I took different readings at different times and Color Doctor was always much higher than the other monitor.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Read the directions people

    • South Carolina,
    • Apr 8, 2018
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    Read the directions people. I was having trouble with this product. I read the directions, used it properly, and I'm having great results. The device says my blood pressure is high but not crazy like the other users. You have to put it on your arm properly or it won't work. Three color codes are an excellent reference. What a fair price!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    I wish I had checked the reviews before I purchased this overpriced device. Total waste of money. Unfortunately, it is never accurate. According to Color Doctor, most of the time our blood pressure is so low we should be in a coma. I have checked it at the doctor's, and our blood pressure is normal or slightly high.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money

    • Australia,
    • Mar 9, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought this three months ago to help monitor my blood pressure. It's not reliable. I was also being monitored by my GP, and the difference between his professional machines and this were so different.

    According to Color Doctor, I should have been dead. Using this Color Doctor led to so much stress on a daily basis as it said my blood pressure was 240+ over 90+ day after day. So I'd travel down to my GP, freaking out, only to find my blood pressure was much lower than the Color Doctor showed. It's not reliable and a total waste of money!

    I am a genuine customer but can't access my credit card details as my card was stolen and the bank has closed my account.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Very poor product at best

    I have tried this over many times, just about double systolic, and 50% too high diastolic PSI. It will give you a heart attack! It just doe not do what it says it will do, and I for one am very disappointed.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 15 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Color Doctor

    I bought color doctor for my wife who has some heart issues. She has been using it daily. I have been using it for the last few days and have got high readings in the red one today saying 256 over 142, so I was worried and went to doctors and my reading was 123 over 79. Now we don't know whether previous readings are worth taking any notice of. I contacted GlobalShop directly and have to return it at my expense plus my doctors. Not fair. Buyers beware.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 20 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Not happy

    It did not work the way it should; mine does not work. It is not worth what I paid for, and the seller won't take back. Did I say I was unhappy? Yep, I bought it from an online store and the seller won't take it back and give a refund, so I'm out of a product that doesn't work and money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 20 out 21 people found this review helpful

    Totally worthless

    • Pittsburgh, PA,
    • Dec 1, 2017
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    I tried 2 new sets of batteries. It didn't work at all. I want a complete refund, including shipping, for this total waste of time and money.

    The idea is good, not the product. If something doesn't work right out of the gate, you can't have any confidence in it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 21 out 28 people found this review helpful

    Best buy

    • Tennessee,
    • Oct 19, 2017
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    Pretty accurate. Works great, easy to use. The color code works greats for my legally blind sister. We both have one. The memory recall is great for when I had to call the ambulance to tell them numbers.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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