What is the Best Pulse Oximeter of 2021?

Pulse oximeters are an essential part of respiratory therapy for some patients. The small, fingertip devices measure patient blood oxygen levels, also known as SpO2. For a more in-depth explanation of how these devices work, visit the article titled “Everything You Need To Know About Pulse Oximeters.” In this article, we examine some of the best pulse oximeters of 2021, their features, and their benefits.

Side by Side Comparison

In the table below, we offer a brief side-by-side comparison of some of the most popular models of pulse oximeters. These pulse oximeters are:

Blue Jay Pediatric Blue Bear
Blue Jay Comfort Fingertip
Drive Pulse Oximeter
Proactive Pulse Oximeter
Sunset Health Advanced

The table examines size, weight, and cost. Additional features of each device can be found below the chart. To jump directly to the features of that device, use the links above.

It is important to note that these devices are not intended for continuous monitoring and should not be used in place of a medical diagnosis. Please consult your doctor if you feel your blood oxygen levels might be low.

Blue Jay Pediatric2" x 2" x 2"1 oz.$39.99
Blue Jay Comfort3" x 2" x 2"1 oz.$34.99
Drive Pulse Oximeter2.2" x 1.2" x 1.2"1.8 oz.$49.00
Proactive Pulse Oximeter2.2" x 1.2" x 1.4"2.1 oz.$34.95
Sunset Health Advanced2.2" x 1.3" x 1.3"1 oz.$53.99

Blue Jay Pediatric Blue Bear Pulse Oximeter

The cheerful, bright blue design of the Blue Jay Pediatric pulse oximeter helps children overcome the anxiety of blood oxygen testing. It features an adjustable OLED screen that displays both SpO2 and pulse rate, and alerts the user when batteries are low.

Why Should I Buy a Blue Jay Pediatric Blue Bear Pulse Ox?

The lightweight design reduces finger pressure for children, which helps to ease anxiety. The Blue Jay Pediatric oximeter includes a carrying case, lanyard and 2 AAA batteries for everything you need right out of the box. If your child requires blood oxygen monitoring, the Blue Jay Pediatric is the perfect option. 

Blue Jay Comfort Fingertip Pulse Oximeter

A large, easy to read display makes this model especially useful for older adults who might find smaller screens hard to read. The Blue Jay Comfort uses 2 AAA batteries and alerts users when battery power is running low. Rubber coating on the interior provides additional comfort and the device automatically shuts off when not in use.

Why Should I Buy a Blue Jay Comfort Fingertip Pulse Ox?

The Blue Jay Comfort Pulse Oximeter is one of the least expensive options featured on this list, but that does not mean it is cheap. It is a reliable unit that can run continuously for 30 hours on a single pair of batteries. It comes complete with a protective rubber boot, lanyard, and batteries, ensuring users can monitor their blood oxygen wherever they are. 

Drive Pulse Oximeter

The Drive Pulse Oximeter accurately measures SpO2 and PR within 2 points and displays it brightly on an LED screen. If no signal from the finger is detected after 5 seconds, the device will power off automatically. The Drive unit is perfect for both pediatric and adult patients.

Why Should I Buy a Drive Pulse Ox?

Lightweight and compact, this device is ideal for on the go. Battery power allows for up to 30 hours of operation. The Drive Pulse Oximeter is easy to maintain – simply disinfect after each use and change batteries when necessary.

Proactive Pulse Oximeter

LED display for both SpO2 and pulse rate

The Proactive Pulse Oximeter is designed to be accurate within a 2% range of blood saturation and within a 2 bpm range of PR. For best results, place the device on your index, middle, or ring finger. This unit shuts off if no signal is detected after 8 seconds; to wake the device up, simply press the power button.

Why Should I Buy a Proactive Pulse Ox?

The Proactive Pulse Oximeter uses infrared light to measure blood oxygen levels and PR. It is a lightweight, easy to maintain unit that runs on AAA batteries. This device comes with a one-year warranty and everything you need to measure your blood oxygen levels right out of the box.

Sunset Health Advanced Finger Pulse Oximeter

A compact and reliable gauge for blood oxygen levels at home or on the go. The Sunset Health Advanced is lightweight and compact, weighing only 1 oz. before installing batteries. Caring for your device is simple – disinfect it after every use and let it airdry before using it again. The Sunset Health model is reliable, offering accurate measurement for both pulse rate and SPO2.

Why Buy the Sunset Health Advanced Finger Pulse Ox?

The Sunset Health Advanced delivers up to 30 hours of operation and is perfect for both children and adults. It has six different display modes, allowing you to easily read your SpO2 and pulse rate on a brightly lit, dual-color LED screen. Weighing in at 1 oz. without the batteries, this device is one of the lightest options we offer.

User Choice

The pulse oximeters featured in this list include our top picks for 2021, but we want to hear from you! If you have used one of these units as part of your own respiratory therapy, leave a review on The Oxygen Concentrator Supplies Shop website.

Reviewer’s Choice

The Proactive Pulse Oximeter and the Blue Jay Comfort offer two of the lowest costs, if budget is your concern. If you are looking for a durable, reliable unit you may be interested in the Drive unit. While we don’t recommend a singular unit, each one offers different benefits for different users. Call 888-941-1688 or email contact@oxygenconcentratorsupplies.com for more information or additional questions. 

Chris Vasta

Chris Vasta is the president of The CPAP Shop and an expert in sleep and respiratory therapy. He often provides insights on product design and functionality on various manufacturers’ prototypes and is frequently tapped to provide reviews on new releases.