Guess what? There are more health and wellness devices available each year. I don’t mean more sold, I mean more types of gadgets and more categories of gadgets. As technology progresses, so do advances in health and wellness devices. I’d bet you’ve never even heard of some of these before. (I hadn’t.)
And more health gadgets being available is a good thing. Most people will do almost anything to stay fit and healthy, avoid chronic illnesses, eliminate pain and look their best. The problem is finding out what devices are available and determining which devices will help you achieve your health goals.
Hopefully, this list will get you started doing that. Below are 77 top Health and Wellness Devices (Gadgets) for 2023.
How the List was Created
I created this list via brute force – searching the internet. With one exception, I’ve left out all consumables (supplements) and focused on devices (aka gadgets). Some of these gadgets have overlapping capabilities with others. And some provide an alternate means for providing the same outcome (e.g., there are multiple devices that treat the skin and multiple devices directed toward weight loss). That’s not a bad thing as it’s great to have options.
I will update this as I discover new devices. Feel free to send me any additional products you’d like added via my Contact page. Enjoy!
1. Home Health Exam System
These systems allow you to perform physical exams of the heart, skin, ears, throat, abdomen and lungs as well as measure blood oxygen levels, heart rate and body temperature, which are key for treating many non-acute and chronic conditions. Often they use an app that connects to their hardware, which allows you to store the data and provide it to your doctor if desired. Just wow!
2. Sleep Tracker
Ever wake up tired without knowing why? We all know that sleep is important. However, very few people know how much sleep they get in a given night. Often we don’t even know that we woke up briefly multiple times, but those repeated sleep interruptions can impact our REM sleep, our ability to recover, and our long-term health.
3. Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM)
It’s well established that elevated blood glucose has a negative effect on our physiology. And while you can look up the glycemic index (and load) of any food, you really won’t know how that food (or combinations of food) affects you personally. Consider a continuous glucose monitor and guess no more.
4. Infrared sauna
While exercise might be the most effective activity for improving your health, infrared saunas have benefits similar to those of exercise including improving cardiovascular health, increasing lymphatic flow, boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, improving circulation, improving mood and sleep.
5. Sleep Cooling Pad
Cooler temperatures promote deeper sleep. Not much else needs to be said except that many find these extremely comfortable and fall asleep faster.
6. Blood Pressure Monitor
High blood pressure heightens the risk for heart attacks and strokes. For what can be an extremely cheap investment, this is a no brainer.
7. Blood Tests
Gone are the days when you had to wait for a doctor’s appointment for the blood test and then wait another week to see the doctor for your results. Most blood tests are available online. Once purchased, they will email you a lab slip. Take that slip to Labcorp or Quest for the blood draw and get an email with your results in a couple of days. I use a phlebotomist that comes to my house for the blood draw (and then drops of the blood at Labcorp). Couldn’t be easier to stay on top of things.
8. In-Home Vision Test
You look through a device that attaches to your phone. The app displays various images on your display to test your eyesight and provides a score. Can identify basic near-sightedness, farsightedness and stigmas.
Smartwatches can measure various parameters and perform related tasks. For example, they can provide medication reminders, detect falls, measure cardiovascular parameters (e.g., heart rate), track sleep, etc. A lot of bang for your buck.
Sauna has been shown to increase energy, promote skin health, improve muscle recovery, reduce the risk of dementia, support the immune system, reduce the risk of strokes, and help with joint pain. One study showed a reduction in overall mortality.
11. Cryonics Therapy
Cryonics therapy (aka cold therapy) helps quicken the recovery from exercise and may boost circulation and reduce inflammation. Research also indicates that it causes the release of chemicals associated with positive moods.
12. Metabolism Analyzer (Breath Ketone Detector)
These devices measure the CO2 in your breath to determine whether your body is using glucose or fat for energy (and if you’re in ketosis it can tell you how deep in ketosis you are). So you’ll know if that last meal kicked you out of fat burning mode.
13. Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber
By increasing oxygen in the body, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can reduce inflammation, reduce pain and promote healing. There is some evidence that HBOT might inhibit cancer growth. Further, a small study showed that HBOT reversed signs of aging.
14. Self Cleaning Water Bottle
Yes, it keeps your drink hot (or cold) but it also includes an ultraviolet LED light that sanitizes the liquid killing nearly all pathogens. Great for camping or international travel.
15. Sanitizing Travel Wand
These handheld devices omit an ultraviolet light that kills pathogens on any surface. Great for travel but also good for home use to clean your keyboards, remote controls and kids’ toys.
16. Portable Air Purifier
These smaller air purifiers can rid your room of allergens, smoke, dust, and other air contaminants. Great for travel especially to big cities where indoor air can be very polluted.
17. Air Quality Monitor
These handheld devices can measure various parameters such as ozone, carbon monoxide, humidity, and temperature. Especially helpful to those who are sensitive or who have asthma.
18. Home electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
An at-home EKG will allow you to measure the electrical activity of your heart and detect such things as atrial fibrillation, tachycardia, bradycardia, etc. If you know or suspect you might have these conditions, seems like a slam dunk to pick one up.
19. Smart Scale
Scales have come a long way from just telling you your weight. Now they can accurately measure your body fat percentage, muscle mass, bone mass, heart rate, and other data. And this data can be stored in an app on your phone so that you can see your progress over time.
20. Massage Gun
A massage gun is a portable handheld device (shaped like a pistol) that uses percussive massage or vibration therapy to reduce pain and increase blood flow to speed healing. Most are cordless and rechargeable.
21. Cold Laser Massager (aka Low Level Laser Therapy devices)
Cold lasers use low-level infrared and near-infrared light to provide treatment. At these wavelengths, lasers trigger and promote accelerated healing without damaging your soft tissues.
22. Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy is used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, neurodermatitis, Vulgaris, eczema, rosacea, wrinkles, scars, redness, and acne. There are also reports it can be effective for hair growth.
23. Smart Jewelry
When worn, smart jewelry can monitor various health parameters due to its close proximity to your body. Rings and bracelets are the most common because they contact the skin of the wearer, but other types are emerging such as necklaces.
24. Smart Yoga Mat
Just what you’d expect… a yoga mat that can recommend certain postures based on the user’s history, physical limitations, and goals.
25. Smart Oxygen Pulsometer
These devices measure heart rate and blood oxygen saturation and will store that information over time. Can be used during exercise or at high altitudes.
26. Cupping Set
Cupping is typically used for the back, neck, shoulders or legs and helps increase circulation, remove tension, relax the body, and relieve stress. More recently cupping is being used for the face and is reported to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
27. Water Dental Flosser
Gum disease has been linked to cardiovascular disease and overall health so don’t sleep on this one. Water dental flossers are an efficient and painless way to maintain great oral health.
28. Inversion Table
During use, a person lies down on their back on an inversion table that is then slowly inverted so that their feet are above their head. This helps stretch the spine, which can have a variety of benefits.
29. Blue Block Glasses
Blue block glasses block the blue frequencies and can reduce eye strain, which can cause headaches and blurry vision. By wearing them in the evening before bed, they can also shorten the time needed to fall asleep.
A treadmill allows you to get a great cardiovascular workout regardless of the weather. You can also program in certain terrains to get a variable but repeatable workout.
31. Exercise Bike
Unlike running or walking, an exercise bike provides a zero-impact aerobic workout that can be precisely measured and repeated. And since there are countless exercise bikes now available, there’s one to fit everyone’s needs.
32. Bodyfat App
After inputting your data, the app will calculate your BMI and other similar health data.
This can be a stand-alone device or an app on your phone. There are benefits to walking more. Many health enthusiasts set a daily goal and try to meet or exceed it. In short, they gamify it, which makes it fun. Go download a free one now!
34. Elevation Mask
These masks allow you to adjust the airflow to vary the load on your respiratory muscles. Consistent use can make your respiratory muscles stronger and increase stamina and endurance.
35. Spirometer (Lung Volume Measurement Device)
This device measures the amount of air you’re able to breathe in and out and the time it takes you to exhale completely after taking a deep breath. Regular use can train the user to take deep breaths, which can open airways and prevent fluid and mucus from building up in your lungs.
36. Meditation Tracker
There are two types of these. The first is an app that you simply use to record each meditation session and the duration of each session. The second is a device that is worn on the head and additionally measures the frequency of the brain waves to determine how the quality of the session.
37. Posture Trainer
Posture trainers help prevent you from slouching, which strengthens your back and supports your spine. Back pain and headaches are common side effects of bad posture.
38. Neck Massager
These devices are placed around the neck (or over the shoulders) to provide a massage to relieve tension and stress.
39. Baby Biosensor
These devices measure various parameters of your infant or toddler such as temperature and heart rate. These parameters can give an early warning of illness.
40. Water Tracker
These devices determine how much water you need based on your age, weight, height, gender, climate and activity level. They then track your water intake and let you know if you’re deficient.
41. Anti-Snoring Device
Snoring affects the quality of your sleep and may increase the risk of high blood pressure. Snoring can also progress to sleep apnea, which is a more serious condition and require sleeping with a CPAP machine.
42. Food Cleaning Device
These devices use high tech to clean your food. For example, some use hydroxide (made from water) to purify fruits, vegetables, meat, etc.
43. Ear Cleaner
Wax can build up in your ear and even cause hearing problems. The problem is getting it out without a doctor’s visit and without mashing it further into the ear. These devices include an endoscope (camera and light) that allows you to see (on your phone) what is in your ear so you can remove it instead of just twisting a q-tip and hoping for the best.
44. Dry Brushing Set
Dry brushing unclogs pores and exfoliates the skin. It can also help detoxify the skin by increasing blood flood and promoting lymph flow.
By adding moisture to the air, humidifiers can ease certain health problems such as dry sinuses, cracked lips, and bloody noses. They can also ease certain respiratory illnesses. There are both in-home and portable humidifiers.
46. Air Fryer
So why are fried foods so bad for us? Primarily it’s because of the seed oils in which the foods are fried (and also the high temperatures). By not using oil, an air fryer instantly makes the food healthier and reduces the calories thereby promoting weight loss.
47. Smart Oven
Smart ovens typically connect to Wifi and include an app to allow you to control the oven. They sometimes include a camera to allow you to see the food inside. The app sometimes includes a barcode reader, which allows the app to know what food you are cooking and to set the time and temperature automatically.
48. Standing Desk
More standing and less sitting equate to improvements in health and well-being. For example, standing rather than sitting can reduce the risk of shoulder and back pain. Standing after a meal helps maintain healthier blood glucose compared to sitting.
49. Mole Tracker
This is an app that uses the camera on your phone to photo moles and monitor them over time to look for signs of cancer.
50. Smart Toothbrush
Smart toothbrushes give you feedback on how well you brushed your teeth and how to improve. This is especially great for kids.
51. Foot Massager
According to Harvard Medical School, a foot massage improves circulation, stimulates your muscles, reduces stiffness and tension and can even reduce pain.
52. Smart Jump Rope
A smart jump rope can display various fitness data while you workout. Typically they connect to an app on your phone and will display calories, duration of the workout, and jump count.
53. Sound Machine Alarm Clock
By masking environmental and outside noises that can disturb sleep, sound machines can help you get better quality sleep, while also being a functional alarm clock.
54. Facial Steamer
Steaming your face opens pore purging unwanted particulates. So facial steamers can reduce inflammation and fight acne on top of helping you relax.
55. Skin Moisture Meter
This is a handheld device that measures the moisture in, and oiliness of, your skin. So it can help you avoid dehydrated skin in the winter months and also alert you to conditions when your skin might be too oily such as from skin products.
56. Skin Vibration Device
These devices, which sometimes include a roller, vibrate thousands of times per minute to release tension, improve circulation, and theoretically reduce inflammation and stimulate collagen production (thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles).
57. Smart Diffuser
A smart diffuser is controlled by an app on your phone to create ultrasonic frequencies that vaporize water and oil molecules into the air. The app allows you to schedule operation.
58. Light Mask
These masks include LEDs inside that illuminate your skin (typically red light therapy) while being worn. So instead of moving a handheld light device around your face, you can simply wear a light mask while you read or watch TV.
59. Microdermabrasion Device
Microdermabrasion devices remove dead skin cells to reveal a more even and brighter skin tone. Often they are used to treat hyperpigmentation.
60. Laser Hair Removal Device
These devices emit certain wavelengths of light that are absorbed by the melanin in the root of the hair. The light is converted to heat which destroys the hair follicle so that the hair no longer grows.
61. Laser Hair Growth System
These devices are worn on your head and emit red light to stimulate hair growth.
62. Smart Tape Measure
These tape measures automatically tighten so that they use the same pressure each time allowing consistent measurements. The data is stored on an accompanying app on your phone.
63. Core Trainer
This device sits on the ground. You then do a plank with your feet on the floor and forearms on the device. You insert your phone into the holder and run the app. The app then starts a game in which you have to continuously move and tilt the device in various directions thereby working your abs. In short, ab work gamified.
64. Cavitation Machine
Steaming your face opens pore purging unwanted particulates. So facial steamers can reduce inflammation and fight acne on top of helping you relax.
65. Vibration Plate
You stand on the vibration plate which vibrates at the selected frequency. In response, your body must engage various muscles to maintain balance and stability.
66. Leg Massager
Leg massagers wrap around the lower leg (mid-thigh and down). They then compress and heat the lower legs improving circulation.
67. Sonic Tartar Remover
Instead of picking at the tartar on your teeth, you can use a sonic tartar remover that uses sonic vibrations to easily and safely break the tartar loose.
This is the only consumable on my list. I’ve added it to underscore their importance and because so many people (most people) are deficient in one or more electrolytes – typically potassium and magnesium. Low or imbalanced electrolytes can lead to fatigue, heart arrhythmias, headaches, muscle cramps, twitches, confusion, irritability, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea/constipation, etc. The first time I took a potassium supplement, I was shocked by my increase in energy.
69. Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets work similarly to the way swaddling an infant works and ease stress, calm the nervous system, reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality. Some report they even help with autism disorders.
70. Weight Loss and Fitness Apps
There are tons of these so I’ve lumped them all together for now. Some track workouts, calories burned, distances run, and heart rate, and some gamify these parameters. Others track the food you eat and their associated calories and macros (protein, fat, and carbs) to allow you to hit or stay below your calorie or carbohydrate goal.
71. Fitness Mirror
It’s a high tech “mirror” that you hang on a wall to get classes, instruction and analysis of various full-body exercises.
72. Smart Food Scale
Of course, as a scale, it weighs your food but as a smart scale, it can also calculate the calories, fat, protein, carbs, sugar, and fiber in the food. Some include an app that reads a bar code on your food so you don’t need to enter anything.
73. Portable All-in-One Gym
These systems allow you to get a full workout without going to a gym. They often attach to a door and include resistance bands to provide resistance training.
74. Human Charger Headset
These wireless earbuds shine a light through your ear canal. This is reported to stimulate brain receptors that boost levels of serotonin and dopamine thereby increasing energy and motivation.
75. Smart Kettlebell (and Dumbells)
The kettlebell syncs with an app to record sets, reps, and breaks between sets. Some have the capability to adjust the weight. No need for a paper and pencil.
76. In-Home Medical Alert System
These monitoring systems detect a variety of events and behaviors such as falling down or not moving for an extended period. If detected, an alert can be sent to friends, family and 911.
77. Facial Massage Device
A facial massage device emits pulses that decrease edema and puffiness, and keep the lymphatic drainage channels open, to help get rid of all those toxins and impurities.
What Is a Top Health and Wellnes Device?
I looked for products that either:
I included only devices that are available to the consumer and excluded equipment found only in doctors’ offices. I also excluded consumable items (supplements and food) except for electrolytes.
There were quite a few devices just couldn’t bring myself to include because of their dubious ability to provide any benefit or simply because of the nature of the item. For example, a smart hula hoop is really just a weighted hula hoop, which is just a hula hoop that weighs more than normal. So if I include that item, shouldn’t any and all exercise equipment be listed? So most of the items that relate to exercise have some type of electronics or software that more squarely places them in the device and gadget category.
How Can These Top Health Devices Benefit Us?
Each of us is unique. Some of us are very healthy and simply want to stay that way. Others have ongoing chronic health issues and want to rid themselves of these conditions. Still, others are kinda in between and want to monitor their health at home and avoid doctor visits to the extent practical.
Whatever your health goals, there are health and wellness devices that can help you achieve them. What was once only available at a yearly doctor’s visit, can now be done cheaply in the comfort of your own home as often as you’d like.
Thanks for reading my blog. I’ll be evaluating the available products in many of these categories. Feel free to send me any other products that you’d like me to include in this list or to evaluate. Have a great day!