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Chest Straps, EKG, Watches


These chest straps and watches can help keep your finger on the pulse of your wellness.

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Best All-Round

Polar h20

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$88 at Amazon

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Garmin Forerunner 265

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$450 at Best Buy

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Those days of getting a heart rate reading only when you visit your physician are truly a thing of the past. You don’t even have to spend big money or leave your home to get a sense of your heart rate during exercise or at rest.

The rise of optical and EKG (electrocardiogram) sensors that can now reliably deliver that information from your wrist, chest, or arm means you can better understand how hard you hit it in that boot camp class and get a window into the most stressful periods of your day.

For more sports and fitness guides, check out the Best Fitbits, Best Fitness Trackers and Watches, Best Running Gear, and the Best Wireless Earbuds for Working Out.

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    Where to Wear It

    Why you want a heart rate monitor? What kind of information do you need to see, and when and how will you wear the device? Asking these questions will help you get a heart rate monitor that not only delivers wearability, accuracy, and value, but is right for your lifestyle and health needs.

    Where on your body you want to wear a heart rate monitor is a pretty important factor. Wearing one on the wrist, as part of a smartwatch, may be the most convenient way to track heart rate, though a strap—typically on the chest and more recently the upper arm or bicep—can generate more accurate data for activities like exercise. If you want to track heart rate during sleep, make sure you opt for a form factor that isn’t going to feel bulky or become a nuisance for your sleeping companion. If you’re hoping to use it with other fitness equipment or a watch, look for the type of Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity support to do that with single or multiple devices.

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    Best All-Round

    Polar h20

    A chest strap remains the most accurate way to track your heart rate for exercise, putting an EKG sensor closest to your heart. The Polar h20 is the standout here. That’s because Polar has replaced the typical loop-and-hook connector found on most monitors with a buckle-style connector to reduce irritation. The company also uses small silicone dots to make sure the strap stays put during high-intensity activities so the HR data is still good.

    Comfort aside, it’s the most accurate of the monitors I’ve tested for exercise. There were no glaring drop-outs or underreporting or overreporting during my test runs, indoor cycles, strength training, or interval sessions. Having some built-in memory to store data for a session is useful, and the ANT+ connectivity means you can effortlessly link equipment like turbo trainers or swap out the HR stats on your watch for more accurate ones. You can take it for a swim too, and you won’t have to replace the battery for a year, even if you’re wearing it on a regular basis.

    $88 at Amazon

    $90 at Polar

    $85 at Heart Rate Monitors USA

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    Runner Up

    Garmin Forerunner 265

    If a chest strap is out of the question because you need to see your metrics in real time and glance at them during the day, the Forerunner 265 is a multisport watch that can deliver reliable heart rate metrics during workouts, and even when you head to bed.

    The headline change from the previous 255 is the addition of a vibrant AMOLED touchscreen display inside a 42-mm or 46-mm case, which holds Garmin’s Elevate optical heart rate sensor. That delivers continuous heart rate data by the second and does so reliably. During runs and indoor workouts, the sensor holds up well at high intensity, with the support to pair to external heart rate monitors if want to go pro. That optical sensor also brings other useful measurements, like heart rate variability (HRV), which fuels useful features such as Training Readiness. This uses HRV, along with other metrics, to provide a clear sense of whether you should go hard or give your body a rest day.

    $450 at Best Buy

    $450 at Amazon

    $450 at Heart Rate Monitors USA

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    For Indoor Cyclists

    Wahoo Tickr X

    Few monitors feel like they belong on the bodies of cyclists—but the Wahoo Tickr X is one of them. Especially if you spend more than your fair share of that bike time in the confines of your home.

    The latest Tickr X, with its 50 hours of onboard storage, uses an EKG sensor. And it now integrates that sensor into a strap that’s slimmer than the one used in the last iteration. Wahoo uses LED light indicators that you can glance at during workouts to see clearly that it’s reading your heart rate and has successfully connected to another piece of smart indoor bike equipment over ANT+ or Bluetooth. That connectivity support means you can pair multiple devices at the same time, making it ideal to hook up to Zwift and Peloton—plus it plays nice with an Apple Watch. It also works with Wahoo’s own phone app to track cycling cadence, with additional advanced metrics when you swap biking for your running shoes.

    $79 at Amazon

    $111 at Walmart

    $80 at Wahoo

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    For Chest-Strap Haters

    Polar Verity Sense

    Chest straps might be the gold standard for tracking your heart rate during intense exercise, but they’re not comfortable for everyone. If you’re yearning to get that accurate data from somewhere else, there’s the Polar Verity Sense.

    Polar has placed its optical sensor technology in a small sensor that sits inside a cradle with a machine-washable strap that’s worn on your upper arm. The device promises accuracy on par with a chest strap. It’s not spotless, but it certainly delivers better heart rate data for high-intensity workouts than most wrist-based sensors can. Polar offers the ability to transmit heart rate data to watches, lets you store 600 hours of workouts, and allows you to clip the Sense to goggles to track your heart rate during swims. It’s not the only arm-based sensor available; devices like the Whoop 4.0 ($239) also let you track from that position, but this Polar is a cheaper and better way to get reliable stats away from the chest.

    $90 at Amazon

    $90 at Walmart

    $90 at Heart Rate Monitors USA

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    Best Smartwatch for Heart Rate

    Apple Watch Series 8

    People love the Apple Watch (8/10, WIRED Recommends) for its day-to-day smartwatch features, but it has also evolved into a fantastic health and fitness companion. A big part of that is down to the work Apple has done finessing its heart rate sensor technology, and that continues with the Series 8.

    We’ll start with the fact that there are both EKG and optical sensors here. The former has the regulatory approval to detect signs of serious heart health issues, such as atrial fibrillation (AFib), and easily share heart rate data with medical professionals. On the fitness side, this is one of the best-performing smartwatches we’ve tested for high-intensity exercise, which is where so many other watches falter. It also performs more reliably than the larger Apple Watch Ultra (8/10, WIRED Recommends) on that front. Apple lets you pair up external heart rate monitors and gives you access to an extensive collection of sports and health apps that can harness those heart rate sensors to offer even more useful insights.

    $399 at Amazon

    $399 at Apple

    $400 at Target

    $399 at Best Buy

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    An Affordable Fitbit

    Fitbit Charge 5

    All of Fitbit’s smartwatches and fitness trackers have the power to track your heart in some way, and the Charge 5 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) squeezes its latest smarts into a fitness band that can last a week on a single charge. It’s our favorite tracker for good reason.

    You have the EKG sensor here, as seen on Fitbit’s pricier Sense smartwatch, and—similar to the Apple Watch (above)—this carries regulatory approval to check for signs associated with AFib, as well as monitoring for irregular heart rate rhythms. Fitbit also puts its optical sensor to good use when you’re tracking heart rate continuously and during sleep, letting you see when your heart rate goes above or below a set threshold and capturing HRV measurements to analyze your stress levels. It’s less impressive for more rigorous exercise and doesn’t let you pair with external sensors to improve that data—this is an affordable tracker, after all. What the Charge 5 gives you, though, is the best of Fitbit’s tracking with an AMOLED display and heart rate data that you can rely on for general health insights.

    $150 at Best Buy

    $150 at Amazon

    $150 at Target

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    For Garmin Owners

    Garmin HRM-Pro Plus

    If you’ve already got a Garmin watch on your wrist or a Garmin bike computer mounted to your handlebar, the HRM-Pro Plus offers a seamless route to more accurate heart rate data so you can better gauge your fitness levels and recovery needs.

    The EKG sensor didn’t falter at high intensity when I tested it out on runs, indoor HIIT bike sessions, or bodyweight workouts. It’s now much easier to remove the battery than with Garmin’s earlier chest strap, though you won’t need to think about that for at least a year. The ANT+ and Bluetooth support mean it works with apps and platforms like Zwift, and there were no flaky pairing issues with the latest Fenix, Forerunner, or AMOLED-packing Epix watches. Extra features include advanced running metrics, like vertical oscillation and ground contact time, to help you dig deeper into your form. And if you want to wear it for a game of soccer, it’ll double as an activity tracker to count steps and intensity minutes.

    $135 at Amazon

    $135 at Walmart

    $135 at Target

    $99 at Best Buy (HRM-Swim)

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Best Chest Strap Heart-Rate Monitors for 2023

The World Health Organization says adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week. To keep track, you need a chest strap heart-rate monitor. Though wearables like smartwatches and smart rings can measure your heart rate easily on the go, the best heart-rate monitors offer some of the most accurate heart-rate readings. Many chest strap heart-rate monitors can also easily pair with your smartwatch, fitness tracker or smartphone.

Heart-rate monitors are helpful for a range of scenarios, including if you’re an athlete training for a race, since they can help you improve your performance or adjust your goals. If you’re the average person who works out for health or fun, tracking your heart rate can keep you in tune with your cardiovascular system, such as monitoring irregular heart rhythms or knowing your heart rate variability, or HRV.

Chest strap heart-rate monitors have a reputation for being uncomfortable to wear during exercise, but we found a few that passed the wear test. Below, you’ll find our picks for the best chest strap heart-rate monitors. We update this list periodically as new models become available.

How we tested chest strap heart-rate monitors 

Function during exercise: I tested each one of these heart-rate monitors during strength training and walking workouts to see how well they work for various activities.

Comfort: I rated them based on how comfortable the chest strap felt during my workouts.

Features: I considered the function of various features, like connectivity to other devices or apps, and whether other metrics are captured in addition to heart rate. I also looked at the battery life. 

Compared it to a trusted heart-rate monitor: I compared it to my Apple Watch, which captures my heart rate throughout my workouts. While this might not be the best method of testing for accuracy, it’s what I had available to me, and the Apple Watch data is easy to read and consistent.

Factors to consider

  • Determine what type of activity you will be doing while wearing a chest strap heart-rate monitor. Most are suitable for a range of cardio activities, from running to cycling, but not all would work for swimming, for example.
  • Decide how much you’re willing to spend on a chest strap heart-rate monitor. You can find reliable ones for under $50, but if you want all the bells and whistles you can expect to spend over $150.
  • Figure out how important battery life is to you and how often you want to charge or replace it. Some chest strap heart-rate monitor batteries can last over a year, while others can last around 500 hours. This will vary per device and how often you use it.
  • Decide if you will be connecting the heart-rate monitor mainly to your smartphone or if you plan on connecting it to other devices. This will influence whether you want it to have ANT Plus or Bluetooth connectivity. Most now come with both, but it’s still important to check.

How to choose a chest strap heart-rate monitor

When it comes to choosing the best heart-rate monitor chest strap for your workout, many of the factors in your buying decision will be based on personal preferences and your workout regimen. Here are a few things to look at while shopping.

Strap width: Before you buy, consider whether you’d be more comfortable with a heart-rate tracker that uses a slim strap or a wider one.

Module size: Some chest straps use tiny modules (the plastic puck-like part) that don’t extend over the edges of the strap. Others, however, use larger monitors to measure your heart rate. Which style you choose to track your workout depends on your comfort preference.

Internal storage: If you don’t like to hold your smartphone during your workout, opt for a heart-rate training monitor that can store your data in its own built-in storage. You can later transfer your heart-rate reading to your phone via your monitor’s companion app.

Metrics: Consider what you want to monitor during your workout. Higher-end models capture real-time data covering everything from run cadence to stride length, as well as things like blood pressure, calorie burn and heart-rate variability to help you reach your fitness goals, while more basic models might track only your heart rate.

Battery: A wearable chest strap monitor can have all kinds of power sources. Some have a rechargeable battery. Others may have super-long battery life, but the battery isn’t user replaceable or rechargeable. A longer battery life is always convenient — no one wants a monitor to peter out during a run — but there are lots of options. Make sure to check the description for battery life before buying a monitor.

Chest strap vs. wrist-worn heart-rate monitors: Chest strap and wrist-worn heart-rate monitors are both used to measure heart rate, but they use different methods to provide readings. 

Electrical heart-rate sensors, found most commonly in chest strap heart-rate monitors, can detect electrical currents produced by your heart, somewhat similarly to what is done at the doctor’s office with an ECG. These are considered the most accurate heart-rate readings because the electrical sensor can handle measuring your heart rate even during vigorous activity.  

Optical heart-rate sensors use an LED light to track your pulse rate in the arteries as blood pumps through them. Optical heart-rate sensors are found in smartwatches and are useful to read your heart rate while at rest or walking, but are less reliable for high-intensity activity because the readings can be distorted.

ANT Plus vs. Bluetooth: Most wrist-worn heart-rate monitors like the Apple Watch use Bluetooth, which only lets you connect to one device. For example, if you’re recording an outdoor run, you can only connect your Apple Watch to your iPhone. 

ANT Plus technology, however, lets you wirelessly connect to multiple devices at once. This is a good option for athletes who are trying to track data from multiple sources. You can find this form of technology on devices like chest strap heart-rate monitors, indoor or outdoor bike computers and some smartwatches. 

However, if you’re planning on using a device that uses only ANT Plus technology and want to connect it to your smartphone, know that some Androids have ANT Plus technology capabilities, while iPhones do not. To find out if your device is capable of connecting to your Android, you have to find the ANT Plus Plugins app in the Google Play store and browse its compatible device directory. If you have an iPhone or an Android that does not have the capability to connect to your ANT Plus device, you will need an adapter to add to your phone. 

Most people prefer the Bluetooth option because it connects faster and it’s easily found on most devices. The good news is there are many heart-rate monitors that include both ANT Plus and Bluetooth to make the user experience easier. 

Heart-rate monitor FAQs

Best chest heart rate monitors: top 5


If you want to better monitor your overall physiological capacity, you need to carefully monitor your heart rate. As practice has shown, this can be best done using a chest heart rate monitor. In our review, we will help you choose the best chest heart rate monitor.

Contents of the page

  • 1 Heart rate monitor in chest and sports watch/fitness bracelet: what’s the difference?
  • 2 How do chest heart rate monitors work?
  • 3 Top 5 chest heart rate monitors
    • 3.1 Wahoo Fitness Tickr X
    • 3.2 Garmin Hrm Tri
    • 3.3 Suunto Smart Belt
    • 3.4 Polar h20
    • 3.5 MyZone MZ-3
  • 4 Tips
  • 5 Feature Comparison Chart

Heart rate monitor for chest and sports watch/fitness bracelet: what’s the difference?

Chest strap heart rate trackers provide more consistent and accurate heart rate readings than a wrist watch. This is due to the higher reading frequency and less fluctuation on the body. However, not all athletes find the belt comfortable, especially if the user does not know how to properly wear a chest heart rate monitor. Most of all, it is suitable for runners or cyclists, but not for fitness rooms. Some swimmers use a chest heart rate monitor, although there are reports that it squeezes the chest and brings discomfort.

Nowadays, many fitness bands and smartwatches include an optical heart rate sensor. Instead of measuring electrical impulses like the belt does, it uses light to read the pulse of blood flow through the skin. While these gadgets are more convenient, optical sensors aren’t as accurate and aren’t always the best choice. They will not be a good companion for people who participate in high-intensity interval training and other workouts that experience sudden changes in heart rate.

How do chest heart rate monitors work?

There are three groups of heart rate belts: one wirelessly connects to a smartphone or PC, and the other uses a combination of two sensors that communicate with each other. In this case, it uses a device on the wrist – be it a sports watch or a fitness band – that provides a wireless connection to a chest strap. The third group is able to connect to both smartphones and PCs, as well as fitness bracelets and watches. Communication with peripheral devices is carried out using a Bluetooth or ANT + channel.

Using the first group belt, the athlete will not have immediate feedback when using a chest heart rate monitor because it does not have a display. All data from its memory will be transferred to a smartphone or PC after training. Otherwise, the phone will have to be taken with you for a run.

When exercising with a second group belt, you can view your heart rate and other data directly on the watch screen during exercise.

In any case, it is up to you to decide which type is preferable.

Top 5 chest straps

There are many models of accurate heart rate belts on the market today. We offer an overview of chest heart rate monitors that provide the most accurate heart rate data compared to fitness bracelets and sports smartwatches.

Wahoo Fitness Tickr X

The Tickr X includes a sensor that counts reps during strength training and records advanced exercise metrics such as vertical body oscillation and ground contact time during a run, as well as speed and distance. Cycling enthusiasts will be able to experience cadence when using the Wahoo Fitness app.

This chest strap with heart rate monitor reliably tracks your heart rate during workouts and sends data via ANT+ and Bluetooth to any device you have at hand, be it an Android/iOS phone or some fitness tracker. The Tickr X has a built-in memory of up to 16 hours of information that you can view in the app later.

The device provides feedback to the user with two small flashing LEDs, one red to indicate that a heart rate has been detected and one blue to indicate that the Tickr X is connected to another device.

Another type of feedback is vibration during certain user actions. For example, when the tracker is programmed to start or stop the music track when you touch it.

Fitness Tickr X not only positions itself as a running heart rate monitor with a chest strap, but is also quite suitable for fitness enthusiasts. It offers more than any other chest heart rate monitor on our list, which is why we gave it the number one spot on this list.

9 0084 $49.99

Water resistance IPX7
Battery standard replacement CR 2032 (half a year)


  • Works with many applications
  • Water resistant
  • User feedback
  • Bluetooth and ANT+ included


  • Connected device (sports watch or fitness band) can only view heart rate data – other metrics can only be viewed using apps
  • Not swimmable

Garmin Hrm Tri

Designed specifically for triathletes, the Garmin chest strap with a small and lightweight tracker adjusts for comfort both in the water and on land. This strap can be used not only by swimmers, but also by athletes in the gym as a traditional heart rate monitor. The tracker sends real-time heart rate data to the paired watch using ANT+ wireless transmission technology (instead of Bluetooth LE).

When you swim, the heart rate sensor stores up to 20 hours of heart rate information, and then when you leave the pool, it transmits it to the connected Garmin watch. This is because ANT+ signals cannot pass through water.

The HRM Tri chest strap is compatible with the following Garmin watches:

  • Tactix Bravo
  • Forerunner 935
  • Forerunner 735
  • Forerunner 920
  • 9001 9 Fenix ​​5 Series

  • Fenix ​​Chronos
  • Fenix ​​3 Series
  • Bravo D2
  • Epix
  • Quatix

In addition to standard running heart rates, the HRM Tri provides movement dynamics including cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time (when used with Epi x, Fenix ​​3 and Forerunner 920XT).

The free Garmin Connect online community lets you store your data, plan your workouts, and share your results with others. You can view detailed swim metrics including heart rate graphs, swim speed, stroke type, mapping and more. And also track activity statistics: daily steps, distance and calories burned.

The Garmin HRM Tri is a great chest heart rate monitor for swimming, fitness, running and cycling with durable construction and accurate readings.

Water resistance 5 ATM (50 m)
Battery 10 month life (three 1 hour sessions per day)
Price $129.99


  • Robust construction
  • Suitable for swimming
  • Works with Garmin watches


  • Expensive
  • ANT+ only (no Bluetooth LE)

Suunto Smart Belt 9006 8

Handsome and small, the Suunto Smart Belt chest strap fits perfectly with Suunto AMBIT3 sports watch using Bluetooth 4 Smart LE.

The main feature of this chest heart rate monitor is that it does not show real-time information due to the lack of a display, but writes all data to memory. You can turn on the heart rate sensor on the strap using the app, accessible through your smartphone or Suunto AMBIT3 smart watch. Then you can go to train: run, swim, do fitness. Accurate data on heart rate and calories burned will be transferred to the MOVESCOUNT software for logging and subsequent analysis. You must also turn off the device through the software.

Since the heart rate monitor has Bluetooth technology, it will also work with many other fitness apps on iOS and Android.

Suunto Smart Belt is the smallest Bluetooth Smart compatible heart rate sensor on the market that measures your heart rate with greater comfort and accuracy.

Water resistance 3 ATM (30 m)
Battery $70


  • Compact, comfortable fit
  • Provides accurate data
  • Waterproof 9 0020
  • Compatible with both iOS and Android
  • Works with smartphone companion app

Cons :

  • Loses elasticity over time, resulting in poor skin contact, resulting in inaccurate data
  • Poorly designed and uncomfortable MOVESCOUNT 9 app0020

Polar h20

The Polar h20 chest strap heart rate monitor has built-in memory, storing one training session for up to 65 hours before syncing with your phone. The sensor is turned on using the application in the smartphone, and then at the end of the workout you can view your heart rate data.

Lack of a screen on the belt device does not allow real-time feedback. Therefore, you can use it with compatible Polar equipment for training equipment, as well as Polar smartwatches and cycling computers. h20 pairs with most modern smartphones (iOS, iPhone and Android) via Bluetooth and works with fitness apps.

The Polar h20 does not track sleep, activity or steps, but when paired with a Polar sports watch it will greatly improve your performance reading. And with the V800, you can get heart rate data while swimming.

The company is known for the good performance of its products, so the Polar chest heart rate monitor has an excellent reputation for reliability and accuracy and an honorable place in our rating.

Water resistant 3 ATM (30 m)
Battery replaceable (CR2025), 400 hours
Price $89


  • Comfortable to wear
  • Accurate heart rate readings
  • Good battery life
  • Waterproof
  • Works with 3rd party apps
  • Smartphone free
  • Transmits heart rate data to GoPro Hero 4 and 5 action cameras


  • Paid generic features in own app
  • Expensive

MyZone MZ-3

MZ chest strap -3 has a unique approach to using heart rate data. It uses heart rate to reward the user based on their individual effort levels. Essentially, you get points based on hitting different heart rate ranges. The number of points increases with your intensity.

The application has competitor statistics, where you can compare your points with friends and acquaintances. This playful approach can be applied to any exercise, whether you are a rower, runner or cyclist.

Turns on the tracker when it detects skin contact. There will be no problems with battery drain if you forget to turn off the heart rate monitor through the application in your smartphone, as in other chest straps. But there is a risk to start the heart rate monitor, holding it just in the palm of your hand. In this case, the device gives a characteristic sound signal when it is turned on and off to notify the user.

Because the MZ-3 tracks your heart rate and not your movements or steps, it can pretty much be applied to any sport – even swimming – as it’s waterproof to 5 ATM. The MZ-3 is ANT+ enabled, allowing it to work with third-party apps such as Strava or MapMyFitness, allowing them to stream heart rate data and GPS directions while running or cycling. There’s also a MyZone MZ-50 sports watch that can be paired with the strap to provide live stats during workouts.

If you’re looking for motivation as well as an accurate indication of how much effort you put in, we recommend the MyZone MZ-3. Efforts are rewarded. This makes the MyZone MZ-3 a solid choice for everyone from fitness beginners to pros.

Water resistance 5 ATM (50 m)
Battery $130


  • Competitive element of the MyZone platform motivates and stimulates
  • Accurate heart rate readings
  • Multi-sport versatility
  • Long battery life


9 0018

  • It is not always obvious that the tracker is switched on
  • May slip during swimming and intense workouts
  • Native app needs extra features
  • High price

  • Tips

    • Most heart rate monitors use rechargeable batteries. However, some use batteries the size of a watch battery, which sometimes need to be replaced.
    • Not all heart rate monitors are waterproof. If you want to swim with a chest strap, choose one that’s designed for in-water activities.
    • To clean the monitor screen and heart rate sensors, gently wipe them with a soft cloth. To get rid of tough stains, lightly dampen the cloth first.
    • Use warm soapy water to clean the belts. Air dry under the sun.

    Performance Comparison Chart

    Remember: If you have any concerns about your health or fitness level, please consult your physician. And it’s always a good idea to consult with a personal trainer when developing exercises and goals. Take care of yourself.

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    Best heart rate watch in 2023

    Review of the best heart rate watches and chest straps of 2023. Experts’ Choice!

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    Heart rate monitoring is an important element in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and improving the performance of your workouts. Luckily, heart rate tracking has become easy enough today, thanks to the built-in heart rate monitors available on most smartwatches and fitness bands. This is a convenient way to quickly check your heart rate, although it is worth remembering that even the most advanced devices cannot guarantee the absolute accuracy of measurements.

    However, with so many heart rate monitors available on the market, how do you choose the right one for you? We are here to help you with this! We’ve compiled a list of the best heart rate smartwatches, chest straps, running watches, and fitness bands.

    Best Heart Rate Watch

    Apple Watch 8 – Best Heart Rate Watch of 2023

    The Wi-Fi connected Apple Watch Series 8 has advanced fitness and health monitoring tools, including a temperature sensor to track body changes and improved understanding of women’s cycles. The device also features thickened glass on the front to increase stability. Additional features include fall detection, a power saving mode, and extensive support for third-party applications.


    • Great Retina display
    • Premium design and build
    • Fault detection
    • Advanced sleep tracking
    • Lots of watchOS 9 updates


    • Battery life has not improved
    • No third party dials

    I had a frustrating experience with the Apple Watch Series 7 heart rate tracking that led me to prefer the Series 6 for a long time. But Apple has successfully addressed these issues with the Series 8. This is one of the best devices. for monitoring the heart rate on the wrist, which I have ever used. Unfortunately, you need to be an iPhone user to select this device as the Apple Watch is not compatible with other smartphones.

    Like its predecessors, the Series 8 is a functional and reliable smart watch. I tested their pedometer, checking the accuracy of the heart rate at rest and during activity. For control, I wore the Coros Pace 2 at the same time, synchronized with a Polar h20 chest strap. The Series 8 was almost right, showing stability within one beat per minute on average and peak. Considering that chest monitors are usually more accurate than smartwatches, these results impressed me.

    In addition, the Series 8 is equipped with a certified medical ECG monitor. Getting ECG readings right from your wrist is quick and easy, and results are instantly available in the Health app. This makes it easier to share information with your loved ones or the medical team. Apple Watch will also notify you if you have an elevated or decreased arrhythmia. Plus, with Apple’s new version of watchOS 9, irregular heart rate detection is now available.

    Withings ScanWatch – Best hybrid watch for heart rate data

    Withings ScanWatch

    The hybrid health-focused Withings Scanwatch has the appeal of a classic analog watch, but hides smart health and activity monitoring features, including an impressive sleep tracking system. It has been clinically proven to detect early signs of atrial fibrillation and sleep apnea.


    • Premium, stylish design
    • Long Life Battery
    • Easy to use ECG monitor
    • Notices for atrial fibrillation and respiratory problems
    • Fantastic sleep tracker


    • Limited display size limits smart features
    • Lack of advanced fitness features or innovations

    Withings ScanWatch is one of my preferred devices for those who love smartwatches but don’t want to shout it to the world. It is a great choice for monitoring heart health. The device is a hybrid smartwatch, so there’s no need to make it public that you’re tracking anything, especially heart rate data. It also features an attractive design and build quality that deserve a special mention.

    But more importantly, it is a reliable health tool. The watch is equipped with a medical ECG monitor, a pulse oximeter and a 24/7 heart rate monitoring system. While you sleep, the ScanWatch automatically monitors your blood oxygen levels and uses heart rate and heart rate variability data to detect signs of sleep apnea. Having a clinically approved monitor is a big plus for those who suffer from sleep apnea.

    The watch also provides on-demand ECG for those with heart problems. You can easily transfer your data to your doctor in PDF format, similar to Apple Watch. The ScanWatch also tracks your heart rate in the background, alerting you if your heart rate is often high or low. This contributes to the early detection of signs of bradycardia or tachycardia. If you’re interested in sleep tracking, check out our guide to the best sleep tracking smartwatches.

    The Garmin Fenix ​​7 Pro is Garmin’s best heart rate watch.

    Experience the ultimate in fitness tracking and smart features with Garmin’s solar-powered Fenix ​​7 Pro watch. Available in 42mm, 47mm, and 51mm case sizes, the Pro Series models feature upgraded heart rate sensors, solar charging, advanced activity tracking features, and a built-in LED light. If you’re looking for an even more durable screen and titanium case, go for the sapphire crystal model.


    • Integrated LED light available in all sizes
    • Multi-band GNSS with solar charging for all models
    • Elevate Gen 5 Precision Heart Rate Sensor
    • New training metrics and updated maps that really come in handy


    • The base model is no longer a budget option
    • Charging is slow and the cable is proprietary
    • There may not be enough innovation to justify updating

    The city has a novelty from the leaders in the field of fitness watches – Garmin. With an updated Garmin sensor system, the Fenix ​​7 Pro represents Garmin’s best heart rate monitoring device in 2023.

    Replacing the Fenix ​​6 Pro, the Fenix ​​7 Pro brings a host of usability improvements to the wearable lineup, ranging from an improved MIP display and improved mapping features to the amazingly useful built-in flashlight. Available in three sizes (42mm, 47mm and 51mm) with sapphire glass lenses and a variety of color options, the Fenix ​​7 Pro will fit any wrist.

    The Garmin Fenix ​​7 Pro continues the all-in-one strategy with PacePro, ClimbPro, ABC and Daily Recommended Workout sensors, as well as heart rate, breath tracking and a heart rate sensor. The latter is now part of the Garmin Elevate Gen 5 sensor suite, which I found to be highly accurate and reliable in my review. It competed successfully against my Polar HR chest monitor while running, interval training, hiking and cycling. This is an impressive result for a wearable gadget.

    Fitbit Charge 4 – The best fitness tracker for heart rate monitoring

    Fitbit Charge 4 is the top fitness tracker available for purchase. It didn’t take much for Fitbit to reclaim that status, but the company has successfully eliminated all of our questions about the Charge 3 while maintaining the same value. Built-in GPS and the presence of Fitbit Pay in all models was a nice addition. The only thing that could stop you from buying this device at this price is the desire to have more smartwatch features.


    • Stylish, flexible design
    • Decent autonomy
    • Built-in GPS Fitbit Pay is now standard on all
    • models

    • Fantastic sleep tracker
    • Overall, accurate GPS readings and
    • heart rate sensor


    • Capricious induction button
    • GPS can take a fair amount of time to connect
    • Heart rate sensor may be unstable
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    Fitbit Charge 4 is truly one of the best fitness bands I can recommend and its heart rate sensor is known for its accuracy. Despite being one of the older Fitbit devices, it is still one of the most reliable trackers the company has released. While the Fitbit Charge 5 is now available on the market, I wouldn’t recommend it just because of the inaccuracies found in heart rate tracking during our testing. However, the Charge 5 outperforms the Charge 4 in a number of other ways, so you might want to consider it if you’re looking for a reliable all-round tracker and like its ECG features.

    As for the Charge 4, this tracker is available in two colors – black and rose wood, each of which comes with two strap sizes – small and large. Its monochrome OLED display is roomy enough to display all your statistics. Packed full of features, including built-in GPS, it’s an attractive choice for runners and cyclists who don’t want to carry their phone with them while exercising. In our testing, we found the GPS to perform decently, although we had to wait a bit for it to connect when trying to start outdoor workouts.

    We also tested the Charge 4’s heart rate sensor over several runs and compared it to data from a Garmin running watch. While the Charge 4 did its best to keep up during sprints or significant slowdowns, it performed much better than we expected. Given that this is a fairly affordable device, and not a specialized heart rate monitor, we were pleased with the results. The Charge 4 gives you a good overview of your active heart rate.

    How to choose a good heart rate monitor

    There are many reasons why people buy heart rate monitors. For some, it is important to monitor your resting heart rate throughout the day. Others are looking for devices to monitor their heart rate while they sleep. And some need the most accurate information about the heart rate. But it’s worth remembering that not all heart rate monitors are created equal. In addition, the latest model of the device will not always necessarily have a more accurate heart rate sensor than its predecessors, as my personal experience indicates.

    If you’re looking for the most accurate heart rate measurement, look no further than a heart rate monitor with a chest strap. They are usually more accurate than wrist-worn models and respond quickly to changes in heart rate during exercise. However, if you need a more versatile device, then it is better to choose a bracelet or fitness watch with a reliable heart rate sensor. These accessories provide a wealth of information useful to the average user and many additional features beyond heart rate tracking. When buying a device, consider the following parameters.

    • Resting heart rate accuracy
    • Pulse measurement accuracy during activity
    • Additional health monitoring
    • Convenience of the mobile assistant app
    • Battery life
    • Sleep tracking functions
    • Activity tracking features
    • Built-in or pluggable GPS
    • Functions related to training and recovery
    • Voice assistant
    • Digital payment capability
    • Device form factor

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