Cardiac Health is an area of considerable interest for many today. An essential monitoring component is managing heart rate during normal activities and particularly during exertion and workouts.
Most are portable and unobtrusive, being provided as practical wrist lets like watches. Many integrate with PC health monitoring systems. We’ve had a look, and here are those that we consider the top of the crop in 2017.
Table of Contents
- 1 Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor
- 2 Timex Personal Trainer Heart Rate Monitor
- 3 Omron HR-100CN Heart Rate Monitor
- 4 Garmin FR70 Fitness Watch with Heart-Rate Monitor (Blue)
- 5 Omron HR-210 Strap Free Heart Rate Monitor
- 6 Sigma PC15.11 Heart Rate Monitor
- 7 Mio Drive Heart Rate Monitor Watch
- 8 Pyle Sports PHRM38BK Heart Rate Monitor Watch with 3D Walking/Running Sensor
- 9 MIO Alpha I Strapless Continuous Heart Rate Monitor
Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor
The Polar FT14 is designed specifically for women. It includes both heart rate and calorie burn measurements. It is water resistant, meaning it can be used during the most intense workouts, including swimming, though it is not advisable to keep it submerged.
It can be linked to a range of gym equipment, providing uninterrupted and accurate heart readings to optimize your fitness training. The smart calorie counter lets you know just how many calories you have burned.
Timex Personal Trainer Heart Rate Monitor
Available in grey and orange, it is easy to wear and comfortable in use. An advanced athletic measurement and performance data device, it will help you on your way to optimal fitness.
It focuses on heart rate data, and provides a communications interface with gym equipment, providing accurate and comprehensive fitness and cardiac management information.
Omron HR-100CN Heart Rate Monitor
A ventilated watch band holds it to your wrist in a stylish and elegant manner. Comfortable even during the hottest months, it has the useful feature of a high and low heart rate alarm to let you know when you are overdoing it.
Designed for professional athletes, it has a backlit screen for use in low light conditions. The daily alarm ensures you don’t miss a session.
Professionals in training should have a serious look at the Omron HR-100CN.
Garmin FR70 Fitness Watch with Heart-Rate Monitor (Blue)
Designed for indoor and outdoor use, the FR70is one of the best value for money items of this type. It is water-resistant to 50 meters, has a calorie counter and displays and accurate heart rate.
A definite to consider for the budget user.
Omron HR-210 Strap Free Heart Rate Monitor
The HR-210 build ion the functionality of the 100-CN to create a strap-free unit in a convenient and easy to use package. It monitors both heart rate and calories. Water-resistant, it also has alarm clock and stop watch features.
Suitable for all classes of user.
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Sigma PC15.11 Heart Rate Monitor
This affordable unit is state of the art, coming in at a very nice price. Simply put, is backlit and waterproof. Zone alarms tell when you are under or over performing, a calorie counter keeps you on track with your eating, and it provides very accurate heart rate stats.
A serious contender for the budget user.
Mio Drive Heart Rate Monitor Watch
This unit is a serious contender for the top spot, based on it’s functionality. Coming in black and grey variants, it measures and displays your resting heart rate. It has the accuracy of an ECG, and an unique feature, a visual display of your exertion level. The exertion level calculation is parametrized, and is based on your health history and heart rate. The heart rate itself is calculated to reflect your gender and age.
Pyle Sports PHRM38BK Heart Rate Monitor Watch with 3D Walking/Running Sensor
The Pyle Sports unit is also multifunctional, including an accurate stopwatch. It has a calorie counter, displays an average heart rate, and includes an energy saving (the unit, not you) function. One useful feature not found on many other units is the ability to set target zones.
The LED display is backlit, it sports a daily alarm and can display your average and maximum heart rates.
MIO Alpha I Strapless Continuous Heart Rate Monitor
This the best unit if you are serious about heart health and monitoring your physical well-being. It is strapless and offers accurate continuous readings at the press of a button.
It includes a timer and a clock, and sports a continuous uninterrupted heart rate display. There is also the option to set a range of audible and visual alerts.
It is a great value at a price.