Heart rate monitor watches used to be aimed at professional, and semi-professional athletes. More recently, they’ve been available for everyone. Like everything else, they come in many different shapes and forms. Some need a chest strap to measure your heart rate, while others use your pulse on your wrist.
Heart rate monitor watches are very popular because they are multifunctional, and can fit on the wrist easily. Here’s a list of the top ten heart rate monitor watches for 2018.
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10 Best Heart Rate Monitor Watches In 2019
#10. NewYouDirect C5 Plus
The NewYouDirect C5 Plus heart rate monitor watch is a budget tracker. I didn’t expect the functionality it has for the price range. It does everything. It accurately tracks heart rate, steps, calories and more. It can alert you for incoming calls and texts, as well as social media notifications. It has an OLED high light screen, so it’s easy to read, even in direct sunlight. It can display up to three modes on the screen at one time, such as heart rate, steps, and time.
It syncs up with your phone and shares the data with the app for you to view. The app is really easy to use, and the reading is very easy to understand. However, for the sleep mode, it will automatically assume that you go to bed at midnight. You will need to change the defaults in the app. It also assumes that when you wake up, you’re going to stay awake. It doesn’t have the level of customization that other watches have, but there may be alternative straps coming later on.
#9. Willfull SW331
The Willfull SW331 is a surprisingly good heart rate monitor watch. It’s great value for money, and the readings are very accurate. It can measure your heart rate, sleep, steps, and has 14 sports modes. It can alert you to incoming calls, messages or notifications, and has a weather display. It’s really comfortable to wear, and often you can forget its there at all.
It has a remote camera control, a remote music control, and a guide for deep breathing as you cool down.The only downside to this watch is that the app is not available for all phones. Some, like the Samsung J series, are not compatible with the app, which is disappointing. Otherwise, it’s pretty much top of its class.
#8. Kingkok Tracker Watch
The Kingkok tracker watch is a highly affordable activity tracker unit. It’s really stylish, and very comfortable. It also has amazing functionality, especially for a unit in its price range. It’s quite comfortable, and is waterproof, so it can be used for swimming activities.It measures your steps, heart rate, blood pressure, sleep and more. The app presents the data in an easy to digest way.
The OLED screen is responsive and easy to read. However, while the heart rate is accurate, the blood pressure measurement is a little off. The pedometer measures based on your hand movement and is very sensitive, which means that it doesn’t give an accurate measurement of your steps. Having said that, it would be really difficult to find a heart rate monitor watch as good as this one for the same money.
#7. TomTom Runners GPS Watch
The TomTom Runners GPS Watch does have a heart rate monitoring functionality, but it does need a chest strap in order to do this. I both liked and disliked this feature. I liked it because it does give more accurate readings that a heart rate monitor watch that reads from the wrist. However, it increases the cost, and the chest strap can be uncomfortable until you get used to it.
It does have a very easy to read screen, even at a glance, and it is impressively accurate. It is really designed for runners and tracks distance, stride and goals. There’s no customization for other activities, so it’s not the best buy for everyone. It does have plenty of color options, and it does look very stylish. It’s also really well made, and very durable.
#6. Polar A370
Polar was the first company to come up with a wireless heart rate tracker. The Polar A370 gives really accurate heart rate readings and can track exercises, and GPS, with the help of the mobile app. Overall, it’s quite impressive, but it does have some drawbacks. The screen is a lower resolution to that of most of the other heart rate monitor watches, but it is responsive, and easily read, even in bright sunlight.
The strap needs to be done quite tight to get an accurate heart rate, which makes it a little uncomfortable, and it can get a little itchy. The design of the strap can leave noticeable indentations on the skin.
Having said that, it does have quite a few impressive features. It has an extremely wide range of activities, such as Latin dancing and horse riding. It also lets you customize activities, which I really liked. It also lets you track your heart rate all day, whereas some models can only track your heart rate when asked, or when the application is open.
#5. Marsno Mo1 Activity Tracker
The Marsno Mo1 Activity Tracker is a great heart rate monitor watch, with all the functionality you could need. I liked how comfortable this health tracker was to wear. The strap was especially comfortable, and I didn’t really notice that I even had it on. It is a little heavier than some other trackers, but the comfort level makes up for it. It checks your heart rate, sleep, activity, and it is waterproof.
It can take some time to set up the app with the watch, but it’s worth it. It pairs with your phone, and you can use the watch as a remote control for your phone's camera. It has vibrating alarms, and you can set the level of vibration on the app. The app is highly customizable, and you can set your profile to be extremely accurate to your needs.
#4. MorePro Fitness Tracker
The MorePro Fitness Tracker is one of my favorite heart rate monitor watches on this list. It tracks your heart rate, your sleep, and uploads the real-time data to your phone. It’s waterproof, so it can be used for swimming, but it can’t be used with hot water, so it needs to be taken off for showers and baths.
It has a color screen, which helps make it easy to read. The data shows in the app as a chart so it’s really easy to track any changes in your fitness. It can also be set to track menstrual periods and will notify when your period is due.It’s quite lightweight, and easy to wear, but it can feel quite bulky. The straps can seem a little insecure, and I did have to make sure the pin was secure.
#3. Kybeco Fitness Tracker
The Kybeco Fitness Tracker is a fantastic heart rate monitor watch and is available at a highly affordable price. As well as tracking your heart rate, it tracks sleep and has an alarm when you’ve been still for too long. It’s really comfortable to wear and can be worn in bed with absolutely no problems.It has incredible value for money and does pretty much everything some of the more expensive monitors can do.
It syncs with your phone, so you can see the data, and track the changes easily. The biggest drawback is that it takes two hours to charge, and the mobile app is very draining on your battery.
#2. Letscom Fitness Tracker HR
The Letscom Fitness Tracker HR is one of the bestselling heart rate monitor watches because it’s incredibly affordable. It tracks your heart rate, steps, calories and the quality of your sleep. It’s waterproof, which is a big plus, and it connects to your phone via Bluetooth. One of the best things about this heart rate monitor is that you don’t have to take your phone with you. The application and the monitor will sync up once they’re back within range.
The Letscom Fitness Tracker HR is fast charging and has a full charge after only an hour. The battery life is comparable to the other heart rate monitor watches. The OLED screen is easy to read, and quite large. It’s quite responsive to touch and has a more responsive touchscreen than some of the other models.
#1. FitBit Charge 2
The Charge 2 isn’t the newest in FitBit’s impressive line, but even after a few years, it’s still one of the best heart rate monitor watches. It has the classic FitBit design, but it does have a larger screen than the Charge HR. The screen is OLED, and while it doesn't support color, it’s easy to read.
It comes with a 2 section strap, and there are so many alternatives available, so it’s highly customizable. The strap can be a little awkward to change as you need to work it. Once it’s on it’s very comfortable, so it can be worn pretty much all the time. The Charge 2 is water resistant, not waterproof. You can wear it in the rain, or while doing the dishes, but not in the shower, or for swimming.
One of the most appealing things about the Charge 2 is that it has multiple sports options. You can select which one you’re doing, and it customizes the data based on that sport. It syncs with your phone and can give alerts for sms, calls, and notifications. The biggest drawback is that it doesn’t have its own GPS, but it can use the GPS from your phone, so it’s not a massive downside.
The heart rate monitor watch market is fast growing, and the giants like FitBit and Polar are still among some of the best available. However, as the industry expands, some of the smaller brands are bringing out more budget-friendly trackers that have most, if not all of the same features as the more premium priced products. The top ten above shows that these new models are capable of the same functionality and accuracy as some of the more expensive models, and in some cases, can actually provide more.
Personally, I liked them all, but my favorites were the MorePro, the Willfull SW331, and the Polar A370. Those three had more of the capabilities that I wanted, and were extremely comfortable to wear.