Welcome to Heart Rate Monitor UK

Welcome to Heart Rate Monitor UK. The main aim of this website is to provide impartial reviews of consumer products that incorporate heart rate monitoring technology. Everything from the latest fitness trackers, running watches, wearable tech smartwatches and GPS bike computers. We have reviews of popular fitness products from leading brands including Polar, Suunto, Garmin, Fitbit, Apple, Samsung, Motorola and TomTom.

We also review the more medically focused devices like portable ECG machines, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters and fetal doppler monitors (for baby’s heart rate). Please scroll down to view the main categories of the website or use the navigation links to look around. Thanks for visiting. Tristan

Fitness Watches

The best fitness bands and activity trackers with heart rate

FITNESS – fitness bands, activity trackers and other heart rate monitor watches for general health and fitness. Some of these devices are simple fitbands like the Fitbit Alta, others do everything like the Vivoactive HR.

Best in class? Fitbit Charge 2 & Polar A360

Running Watches

The best GPS running watches from Fitbit, TomTom, Garmin, Polar and Suunto

RUNNING – all the running watches reviewed here feature built-in GPS & heart rate monitor, specifically designed with runners in mind. Garmin Forerunner 35, TomTom Runner 3 and Polar M200 to name just a few.

Best in class? the Forerunner 235 & Polar M400

Bike Computers

The best GPS cycling computers from Polar and Garmin reviewed here

CYCLING – the best GPS bike computers from Garmin, Polar and Wahoo Fitness. Garmin have been market leaders for some time with their Edge range, but Polar & Wahoo offer some competent alternatives.

Best in class? the Edge 820 & Polar M450

Triathlon Watches

Reviewed - the best watches for triathletes

TRIATHLON – a special breed of athlete needs a special breed of GPS sports watch. The triathlon watches featured here all have LONG battery life and can record your swim > bike > run in ONE file with transition times.

Best in class? Forerunner 735XT & Polar V800

Adventure Watches

Reviews of the best ABC outdoor adventure watches with GPS, altimeter, compass & barometer

Alti-Baro-Compass – A hard core selection of the toughest and roughest adventure sports watches incorporating Altimeter, Barometer and Compass as well as GPS and heart rate. Expect the very best products here.

Best in class? Suunto Ambit 3 Peak & Fenix3 HR

Swim Watches

The best watches for swimmers with length counting and SWOLF

SWIMMING – all the watches featured in the this section incorporate a clever accelerometer unit that can accurately count your lengths as you swim in an indoor pool. Get post swim feedback including SWOLF score etc.

Best in class? Garmin 920XT & Polar V800

Wearable Tech

Reviewed, the best wearable tech sports watches with heart rate

TECHNOLOGY – the latest and best Wearable Tech fitness watches. Some brands you’ll already know like Apple and Motorola with their Moto 360 Sport. Others may not be so well known eg. Withings & Pebble.

Best in class? Android > Polar M600. iOs > Apple Nike+

iPhone & Android

FItness accessories including Heart Rate sensor for iPhone and Android devices

iPHONE & ANDROID– adding heart rate monitoring to your iPhone or Android phone is simple with these Bluetooth connected fitness accessories. As well as heart rate we have speed and cadence sensors.

Best in class? Heart Rate > Polar H7 & Wahoo Tickr

No Chest Strap

Reviewed, the best strapless heart rate monitor watches

STRAPLESS – heart rate monitors with No Chest Strap. This innovation arrived in 2014. All the main brands now have strapless models. Join the strapless revolution and train without a chest strap.

Best in class? Fitness > Polar A360. Running > Forerunner 35

Latest Reviews

Every month I review the latest heart rate watches from the leading brands. Whenever possible I take photographs and also make a short 10 minute video of the product. My objective is to give a potential owner a clear idea of what the watch offers, how it works and it’s main pros and cons. Here’s the latest online reviews.

Garmin Vivoactive HR

Review - Garmin Vivoactive HR

Vivoactive HR – A brilliant all rounder for running, swimming, golf, cycling and much more. Wrist based heart rate, 24/7 activity tracker and built-in GPS. Highly Recommended

Polar M600

Tested - the Polar M600 Android Wear activity tracker is reviewed

Polar M600 – A great GPS running watch with true wearable tech support and functionality. Powered by Android Wear giving access to hundreds of great apps including Strava and Google Maps.

Forerunner 735XT

Tested - the Garmin Forerunner 735XT is reviewed

Forerunner 735XT – top performing GPS sports watch aimed at multisport, triathlete and ultra distance athletes. Amazing technical performance, stunning functionality and incredible battery life.

Polar A360

Reviewed- Polar A360 activity tracker

Polar A360 – a competent activity tracker supported by a brilliant Android and iPhone app.  Very easy to use and setup. The A360 is a serious alternative to the Fitbit Charge 2 or Garmin Vivosmart HR

Suunto Spartan Sport

Review - Suunto Spartan Sport GPS watch review

Suunto Spartan Sport – we all hoped for so much from the Ambit 3 replacement. Unfortunately, not quite fantastic .. yet. It will be when all upgrades are released. The Spartan is getting stronger …

Forerunner 235

Reviewed - Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS running watch

Garmin Forerunner 235 – one of the best GPS running watches I have ever reviewed. For the technically minded runner. If you want something slightly less tech please consider the Forerunner 35.

And Finally …

Here’s a few more areas of the website that I hope you may find useful. For people with medical concerns the fitness products we review are NOT recommended. For this reason we have an area of heart rate monitoring devices with medical approval. There’s also our online HR calculators that can help in determining your optimal HR training zones. And finally, if you’re still confused then please use the Ask Tristan form to get my personal opinion and recommendation.

Medical Use Devices

Heart Rate Monitoring devices with medical approval ECG, Blood Pressure, Fetal Doppler and more

MEDICAL – we are also interested in medically focused devices like portable ECG machines, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters and fetal doppler monitors (for baby’s heart rate)

Need Help? Ask Tristan

All heart rate related questions answered by Tristan Haskins

CONFUSED? –  don’t be. The whole point to this website is to help you make an informed choice when buying your next fitness product online. If you have any questions, please ask me directly.

What’s your Zone?

Use these online tools to calculate your heart rate training zones and max HR

HEART RATE ZONES – if you are new to heart rate training or it’s a while since you checked, please use these free online tools to check Max Hr and Heart Rate Training zones.

A Brief History…

It all started in 1996. As a sports science student I wanted to promote the use of Heart Rate Monitors in exercise. The business went online in 1999. In 14 years we sold HRM's to over 300,000 customers.

After a short retail back we're now back with the new online store selling ONLY Polar. We still offer impartial advice & test other heart rate monitor brands. Our aim however, is to introduce you to Polar's products as an alternative to Garmin, Fitbit, Suunto or TomTom.

Get in Touch

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