Best Heart Rate Monitor 2016

Top 7 Heart Rate Monitors You Can Buy

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Garmin Forerunner 920XT
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Polar A360
Polar M400
Wahoo TICKR
Jeemak Heart Rate Monitor
Best Deal
PALADY Sports Bracelet
COOSA Heart Rate Monitor
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Pulse
Calorie Consumption
Heart Rate
Speed
Training Plan
24/7 Activity Tracker
PC Interface
Smart Notifications
(Special) Features
  • Triathlon Mode
  • Connect IQ Compatibility
  • Cycling Metrics
  • Colour Touch Display
  • Vibrating Inactivity Alerts
  • Inactivity Alert
  • MyFitnessPal Integration (iOS only)
  • Third Party App Compatibility
  • Wahoo RunFit App
  • 3D Gravity Sensor
  • Waterproof
  • Very Fit 2.0 App
  • Phone Finder
  • Short Click and Long Press Control
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Best Rated
Garmin Forerunner 920XT
Garmin Forerunner 920XT
  • Triathlon Mode
  • Connect IQ Compatibility
  • Cycling Metrics
324,99 €
Best Seller
Polar A360
Polar A360
  • Colour Touch Display
  • Vibrating Inactivity Alerts
113,17 €
Polar M400
Polar M400
  • Inactivity Alert
  • MyFitnessPal Integration (iOS only)
98,72 €
Wahoo TICKR
Wahoo TICKR
  • Third Party App Compatibility
  • Wahoo RunFit App
37,68 €
Best Deal
PALADY Sports Bracelet
PALADY Sports Bracelet
  • Very Fit 2.0 App
  • Phone Finder
19,99 €
COOSA Heart Rate Monitor
COOSA Heart Rate Monitor
  • Short Click and Long Press Control
23,99 €

All You Need To Know For Our Best Heart Rate Monitor Reviews

Keep an eye on good health with our best heart rate monitor reviews 2016.

The Polar heart rate monitor M400. Polar are one of the leading brands for heart rate monitoring devices.

Professional athletes adjust their training regime to their heart rate in order to achieve the best possible results. What’s working for them can very easily also help you, even for rather casual training sessions. Adapting your training with heart rate monitoring can help you optimise your fitness plan and reach your goals.

All you need to get going is a decent heart rate monitor watch to track your pulse. In our best heart rate monitor reviews 2016 we have taken a look at the leading brands and less known producers and compared them so that you can choose the most suitable heart monitor for you.

In our buying guide below we’ll tell you all you need to know about heart rate monitoring, where to buy cheap heart rate monitors, which heart rate watches to buy and which to avoid, where to get the best value and of course how we tested many brands including Garmin heart rate monitors, Polar heart rate monitors and Fitbit heart rate monitors.

Types of Heart Monitors

If you do a search in online shops for heart monitors, you’ll see either heart rate monitor chest straps or heart rate watches. As their name suggests, heart rate monitor watches look like usual watches except they don’t show the time (though ironically some have this function), but instead your current heart rate. Often Garmin heart rate Monitors or Polar heart rate monitors for example have more features like step counters, speed trackers, blood pressure monitors etc. making them not only heart monitors but so called fitness watches. Below is an overview of all types from our best heart rate monitor reviews.

Type of Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) Description
Heart Rate Monitor Chest Strap Heart rate monitor chest straps use a receiver and transmitter. A heart rate sensor is strapped around your torso onto your chest and measures the electric impulse after every heart beat transmitting this signal to a heart rate watch receiver, displaying your pulse. The best heart rate monitors send the signal via Bluetooth allowing you to connect to a special app that evaluates your results. As the heart rate sensor lies directly above the heart this is not only a very precise way of heart rate monitoring but also preferred by professionals.
Heart Rate Monitor Watch HRM watches are wrist heart rate monitors that measure your heart rate with optical sensors on your wrist. Just like the HRM watches that come with straps, the heart rate watches use Bluetooth to connect with your iOS or Android smartphone to evaluate your heart rate. Also they often offer multiple features (e.g. GPS watch) making them fitness watches. Because wrist heart rate monitors don’t measure directly over the heart they can be imprecise at times..

Pro’s and Con’s of Heart Monitors

Our heart rate monitor reviews now focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of both types. In any case both are good methods for heart rate monitoring, no matter if you buy a stand alone HRM watch or an all-in-one fitness watch.

Pro’s of Heart Rate Monitor Straps Con’s of Heart Rate Monitor Straps
  • very precise
  • great product variety (from Garmin HRM to Polar HRM)
  • prone to interference
  • sometimes uncomfortable
Pro’s of Heart Rate Monitor Watches Con’s of Heart Rate Monitor Watches
  • comfortable
  • no interference
  • fitness watch gives overall monitoring
  • more expensive
  • less suitable for sports that are demanding on the arms

Which Heart Rate Monitoring Device is suitable for you?

Bluetooth 4.0 Smart is an especially smart way of connecting your Bluetooth heart rate monitor to your iOS or Android smartphone, though make sure your device is compatible with an app called ‘BLE Heart Rate Monitor’ in order to make the most of your training.

How intensive and structured is your training going to be?
If you’re going to go jogging a little more often, then just a simple heart rate watch with not many other functions is just about right for you. It offers a pulse monitor and heart rate monitor to adapt to in order to get your rhythm going for a typical early morning jog. If your goal is a complete, all round body workout with strict training sessions then a fitness tracker with heart rate monitor is a better option as it gives you all-round information about your progress. It is generally a more professional way to monitor your activities.

Where can you buy a cheap heart rate monitor?
There are a couple of places where you might find the best cheap heart rate monitor. Our reviews 2016 found a lot of great models like TomTom heart rate monitors or Suunto heart rate monitors in fitness stores or online shops. We recommend avoiding conventional supermarkets or general electronic stores as they don’t offer the variety that online shops do. The best heart rate monitor in the lower price range can be seen in our heart rate monitor reviews at the top of the page as our ‘price tip’. According to our product reviews this is the best value for money model you can buy this year.



Do you require enhanced connectivity?
Bluetooth hart rate monitors are a great way to view your training statistics, evaluate your strengths and constantly keep building your ideal training plan and sharing it online with your friends. Garmin HRM’s or Polar HRM’s offer such functions with included or downloadable apps for iPhone or Android Smartphone.

Which sports can you use a HRM for?
Fitness trackers with heart rate monitors can be used for nearly any sport. To be sure though check for the individual sport if the device you’d like to buy meets the requirements.
For example, heart rate monitors for swimming require the heart rate watch to be water proof. Wrist heart rate monitors are less suitable for sports that are very demanding on the arms so that a chest strap is the better alternative.

The UK’s best Heart Rate Monitor Brands

In our heart rate monitor reviews we also took a look at some of the UK’s leading heart monitor and fitness watch brands. Garmin heart rate monitors and Polar heart rate monitors are leading brands currently on the market. Below we have listed a couple more to give an overview as to which brands we trust, with a couple of their best devices.

The Garmin HRM Strap HRM -Tri.

  • Garmin HRM (Garmin Forerunner, Garmin Fenix)
  • Polar HRM (Polar FT4, Polar FT1, Polar H7)
  • Fitbit HRM (Fitbit Blaze)
  • Suunto HRM
  • TomTom HRM

Some other big brands that have produced a good series of heart monitors:

  • Samsung
  • Apple
  • Sony
  • Beurer
  • Adidas
  • Microsoft
  • LG
  • Alatech
  • Blackburn
  • Ciclosport
  • DKN
  • Finis
  • Sigma
  • Timex
  • Sportsline

Tips for Training with a Heart Rate Monitor

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A pulse rate monitor enables controlled training according to your individual pulse, allowing you to maximize your power reserves and burn body fat.

  • Wear it right: In order to train effectively the pulse rate monitor must be worn correctly. A HRM watch must sit tightly round your wrist without sliding so that the measured results are precise. A heart rate monitor chest strap with its sensors must be aligned with the heart. Try wearing it once before training during your daily routine to see if the strap slides or constricts anywhere.
  • Functions: Besides measuring your heart rate, the devices in our heart rate monitor reviews had loads of other useful features. The best functions were calorie consumption, distance, speed, steps, GPS watch and a computer interface to evaluate your training stats and improve in future training.
  • Water proof: Not only will your HRM be exposed to sweat but also rain and be used underwater if you have a heart rate monitor for swimming. So be sure that your heart monitor is at least water resistant or even completely water proof.