Welcome to Heart Rate Monitor UK

The main aim of this website is simple – to provide impartial reviews of consumer products that incorporate heart rate monitoring technology. In depth product reports of the latest fitness trackers, running watches, wearable tech smartwatches and GPS bike computers. I have tested over 120 fitness products from leading brands including Polar, Mio, Suunto, Garmin, Fitbit and TomTom.

You can also find reviews of many popular medically related cardiac health products (from user’s perspective, not clinical accuracy). This includes portable ECG machines, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters and fetal doppler monitors (for baby’s heart rate).

NEWS FLASH >> Mio release their innovative new Slice. The Mio Slice is the world’s first fitness band to incorporate a PAI score (Personal Activity Intelligence) based on heart rate throughout the day


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


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 235, TomTom Runner 3 and Polar M400 to name just a few.

Best in class? the Forerunner 35 & Polar M200


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


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


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 & heart rate monitor. Expect the very best products here.

Best in class? Suunto Ambit 3 Peak & Fenix3 HR


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 & Garmin Swim


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? Android > Polar M600 iOs > Apple Nike+


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?  Polar A360 or Forerunner 35

Win !

Win this TomTom Touch with Body Fat analysis

MONTHLY COMPETITION – every month we give away one of the fitness watches we’ve been testing. All you need to do is LIKE and SHARE our Facebook page for a chance to win a great prize

Previous Prizes? TomTom Spark 3 > Vivoactive HR

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.

Mio Slice – PAI

the Mio Slice fitness band with PAI reviewed here

Mio Slice with PAI – Mio were the first to bring us wrist based heart rate monitoring. Now they present the world’s first fitness band with a PAI score – Personal Activity Intelligence

Polar M600

Tested - the Polar M600 Android Wear activity tracker is reviewed

Polar M600 – A great GPS running watch with wrist based heart rate. A true wearable tech sport watch powered by Android Wear giving access to hundreds of great apps including Strava & Google Maps.

Fitbit Charge 2

Fitbit Charge 2

Fitbit Charge 2 – Everything the original Fitbit Charge HR had with the benefit of a larger & brighter display. The Charge HR was a great performer, this one is better. Wrist based Heart Rate

TomTom Spark 3

TomTom Spark 3 aka Runner 3 with GPS and wrist based heart rate sensor

TomTom Spark 3 – One of the easiest to use and best value for money GPS running watches available. The Spark 3 (Runner 3) is an activity tracker, running watch that stores over 500 songs.

Fitbit Blaze

Fitbit Blaze with strapless HRM - full watch review here

Fitbit Blaze – Prefer your activity tracker watch to be regular size then the Fitbit Blaze could be for you. Beautifully made, clear bright colour display, off the wrist heart rate & motivating Fitstar app.

Polar M200

Polar M200 GPS running watch with wrist based heart rate sensor

Polar M200 – a highly recommended GPS running watch with wrist based heart rate monitor.  Supported by Polar Flow app and web service. The M200 is a serious alternative to the Garmin 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.

Medically Focused

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.

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.

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