Buyer's Guide 2021: Best Health Gadgets

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There are a lot of health and wellness gadgets on the market, and it can be hard to know which of them are worth your time and money. We've taken away the guesswork with our recommendations for the best of health gear 2021.

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K-TOR Power Box 50 Pedal-Powered Generator ($375)

Whether you’re a person who spends a lot of time camping or you simply want an excuse to be more active at your desk all day, this innovative generator is pretty nifty. It’s easy to assemble, easy to use, portable, and can bring a dead iPhone battery back to life in less than five minutes of pedaling! Just plug in a universal 12-volt car adapter, connect your standard USB charger cable, and use it to charge your devices or other batteries while burning a few extra calories.

Withings BPM Connect Smart Blood Pressure Monitor ($99.95)

I love that this Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure cuff is flexible, comfortable to use, and completely portable. I’m also incredibly surprised at how easy it was to set up and use with the accompanying Health Mate app. Plus you can take measurements and store health profiles for multiple users, get easy-to-read, color-coded feedback about your health, and even share your metrics with your doctor!

Etekcity ESF-551 Smart Fitness Scale ($29.99)

Being an experienced personal trainer, I’m very skeptical about scales that claim to measure things like muscle mass, water weight, and other hard-to-pinpoint metrics. I was pleasantly surprised by this scale! It’s affordable; syncs measurements for multiple users to individual profiles in the accompanying app; and has special modes for kids, pregnant users, and even for measuring a baby or a pet while holding them in your arms. My family even uses mine to measure tiny foster kittens since the scale can take measurements as low as 100 grams with accuracy!

Upright GO S Posture Trainer ($59.95)

My posture just isn’t what it used to be, and my back and neck ache as a result. I was thrilled to give the Upright GO S a try but skeptical that it’d work, and even more skeptical that I’d make a habit out of better posture. I now wear the device every day, whether I use the gentle adhesive sticker to stick it to my back (I truly forget it’s even there) or pair it with the stylish device-supporting necklace instead! The app is simple to use, the soft reminder vibrations aren’t annoying, and I find myself more than willing to practice healthier posture as a result.

EyeQue Vision Monitoring Kit ($159)

At-home vision testing? Yes, please! Thanks to COVID-19, I’d rather not take unnecessary trips to healthcare offices right now, and the eye doctor is no exception. This kit allows you to test all of the metrics needed to order new contacts or glasses from online vendors and will save your results in a corresponding app. Each test feels like playing a game and is easy to use, making it ideal for use even with kids. I can test my entire family’s vision with this kit for no additional cost, which is a huge benefit!

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Erin MacPherson

Erin is a Web Editor for iPhone Life and has been a writer, editor, and researcher for many years. She has a degree in communication with an emphasis on psychology and communication, and has spent many of her professional years as a coach in various business and specialty fields. Erin officially joined the ranks of iPhone and Apple users everywhere around nine years ago, and has since enjoyed the unique and customized feel of Apple technology and its many gadgets. When she’s not working, Erin and her son enjoy outdoor adventures, camping, and spending time with their eclectic collection of pets.