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Heart Rate Monitor REVIEW

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Building on our recent article on HOW & WHY to Use a Heart Rate Monitor, we wanted to give our feedback on some of, what we think, are the best Heart Rate Monitors currently on the market. Here are our top 5 listed heart rate monitors, based on performance, price and functionality.

 

Wahoo Fitness Tickr X

Key Features:

  • Includes an accelerometer
  • Running and cycling cadence analysis
  • Running smoothness measurement
  • iOS and Android app
  • Bluetooth and ANT+

Wahoo Fitness Tickr X is our favorite heart rate monitor in the current market! It isn’t only super-accurate, but it’s also augmented with some useful extra features thanks to an integrated accelerometer. The measurements can then be applied to running, cycling and general fitness training, making the Tickr X a very versatile device indeed.

Thanks to Bluetooth LE and ANT+ support, the Tickr X works with Wahoo Fitness’ own app for providing extra insight into your running, such as your cadence and running smoothness, helping you to run more efficiently. Then there’s also the 7-Minute Workout app for bodyweight circuit-training, which uses the Tickr X for rep counting.

Get your Wahoo TICKR Heart Rate Monitor here.

Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor

Key features:

  • Calorie burn
  • Real-time feedback
  • Bluetooth
  • Android and iOS app

The Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor is one of the best and most accurate HRMs for sports and fitness you can buy. Its accurate, soft and flexible. Easily adjustable, compatible with both fitness devices and smartphones.

The Polar H7 uses Bluetooth instead of the more traditional ANT+ to connect to devices. That means more versatility. You can connect it to both Polar devices and smartphone apps.

Get your Polar H7 Bluetooth 4.0 Heart Rate Sensor here.

Moov HR

Key features:

  • Headband HRM
  • Real-time coaching from app
  • HIIT workouts
  • Bluetooth and ANT+
  • Android and iOS app

We loved the Moov Now and consider it one of the best fitness trackers available. Moov HR delivers just as decent accuracy as a chest-based HRM in the form of a far more convenient headband (Moov HR Sweat) – and can even keep up with high-intensity interval training.

In fact, that’s one of the major selling points. The Moov HR works with its companion Android and iOS Moov app, which delivers a range of circuits for you to follow. All the while, the Moov HR keeps tabs on your heart rate to ensure you’re working in the correct intensity zones.

The companion app is well designed and the circuits certainly do get you working up a veritable sweat.

Get your Moov HR Sweat Band here.

FitBit Charge 2

Key features:

  • PurePulse optical HRM
  • Activity and sleep tracking
  • Cardio Fitness score
  • Android and iOS app

We might not recommend the Charge 2’s heart rate monitor for tracking-intense workouts, we found it fine for steady-state cardio, such as running; it struggles with any quick deviations in heart rate. If you simply want an overview of your heart health and general well-being, the resting heart rate monitoring is excellent. It’s an easy way to see if you’re getting fitter from exercise or a better diet.

Then there’s the Cardio Fitness score, which uses your heart rate while out on a run to estimate your VO2 Max. The heart rate monitor is also used for Fitbit’s new Sleep Stages, to offer insight into the quality of your sleep – so it’s become an integral part of Fitbit’s health monitoring.

Get your Fitbit Charge 2 Activity Tracker here.

Jabra Elite Sport

Key features:

  • Truly wireless earbuds
  • Bluetooth
  • VO2 Max calculation
  • Android and iOS app with in-ear audio coaching

The Elite Sport takes a fantastic in-ear heart rate monitor and applies it to a truly wireless earbud form factor. This means there isn’t even a cable connecting the two ear buds together, offering a far more liberating exercise experience.

Jabra’s Sport Life app is a fully featured running and exercise app, allowing you to track your runs using your phone’s GPS, augmented with the heart rate monitor data. Then there are useful extra features such as VO2 Max calculations, race time estimations and recovery timing, which makes the Jabra Elite Sport a fantastic companion for runners. There are bodyweight circuits you can follow, too.

If you usually listen to music while exercising, these all-in-one headphones are a fantastic alternative to a chest strap. However, if you don’t need a truly wireless design, or extra advanced features, the Jabra Sport Pulse can be had for considerably less money.

Get your Jabra Elite Sport here.

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