This is a sturdy and well-built monitor. It is easy to use and small enough to travel with. Some people have shown concern that this is a discontinued item and thus repair parts are not available, but that is not an issue. If something were to break, I, for one, would replace the machine rather than hoping that I fixed it properly. This monitor is sturdy enough that, with proper care, it should last several years. The best part is even though this is a budget monitor, it is listed with the British Hypertension Society (BHS) AND the dabl Educational Trust databases. Also, it is a Pass under the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) testing protocol as of May 2010, and awards this monitor a Recommended rating for at-rest use. This means this monitor has been tested and approved by a few national and international medical societies. This was the best budget blood pressure monitor with these accreditations at this price that I could find.