The best Fitness Bands & Activity Trackers

LISTING ORDER >> I have tried to list the best & most popular fitness bands / activity trackers first. Obsolete products are listed towards the END

All the fitness watches listed here provide the essential functionality to help keep you fit. Used properly they can promote a healthy / active lifestyle. Those with a heart rate monitor can provide feedback on the quality & intensity of your training. Some feature wrist based HR monitoring while others rely on the more traditional chest strap sensor (more accurate). The Mio Slice is the world's first fitness tracker to incorporate PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence)

Chest Strap or Strapless

The watches that require a chest strap heart rate sensor work in a similar way to an ECG machine. The chest straps are comfortable and very accurate. The strapless heart rate watches acquire the pulse with high power LED sensors on the back of the watch. These strapless heart rate watches are not quite as accurate as the traditional chest strap sensors. However, they do offer greater convenience. More details here

Smartphone Alternatives

It is possible to train with JUST a heart rate monitor belt and a suitable fitness APP running on your smartphone. If you generally train with your phone please consider the Polar H7 or BlueLeza Bluetooth heart rate sensors.

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Best value for money fitness trackerThe best strapless HR monitor watch is this oneHighly recommended fitness tracker

  • Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email

    Mio Slice with PAI

    World First with PAI

    The world's first activity tracker to feature PAI. The Mio Slice utilises a Personal Activity Intelligence score as a measure of heart rate intensity throughout the day. Mio haven't realeased a new product since the Mio Fuse in 2014, the Mio Slice was worth waiting for. It illustrates Mio's innovative approach to fitness tracking  ...

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  • Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email

    Fitbit Charge 2

    TOP 4 Fitness Tracker

    We all know how popular the original Fitbit Charges were, so it was going to take some major changes to get customers to invest in the Fitbit Charge 2. Those changes have taken the Charge to another level putting it among the very best fitness bands. The large, clear VERTICAL display is brilliant, coupled with off the wrist heart rate & smartphone GPS sharing, we have something to compete with the Vivosmart HR ....

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps

    Garmin Vivofit 3

    TOP 4 Fitness Tracker

    This Vivofit 3 and the Vivofit Jr all come with a coincell battery installed that will last a minimum of 1 year. It's very simple to change either yourself or at a local jeweller. The Vivofit 3 fitness band is a no nonsense essential features activity tracker that will count steps, calories and distance, plus, it monitors your sleep duration and quality ...

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  • Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email

    Polar A360

    TOP 4 Fitness Tracker

    The Polar A360 was Polar's first OFF THE WRIST optically sensing heart rate monitor, no chest strap required. Just like a majority of other brands, Polar now have fitness watches that gives accurate heart rate WITHOUT a chest strap. Steps counter, calories burnt and distance walked. Smartphone notification and the support of a good app. ....

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    Virtual Pacer - race against a previously stored track
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Polar M400

    TOP 3 ALL ROUNDER

    Assuming you are happy to use the comfortable Polar HRM chest sensor when exercising, then this is the BEST VALUE GPS heart rate monitor on the market, especially suited for runners and cyclists looking for a wrist worn solution. The Polar M400 combines the best of GPS and 24/7 activity tracking with advanced sports technology using Bluetooth Smart .... 

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  • Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email

    Garmin Vivosmart HR

    TOP 4 Fitness Tracker

    One of the best activity trackers / fitness bands on the market. Built-in off the wrist heart rate monitoring is what does it for us. The Vivosmart HR has optical HR sensor (using Garmin Elevate) to get accurate heart rate without the need for a chest strap. It also features a barometric pressure sensor to measure the number of stairs climbed per day ....

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  • Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email

    Letscom ID101HR Fit Band

    LESS than £30

    An affordable, accurate and easy to use alternative to Fitbit, Garmin and other similar more expensive Fitness Trackers. The Letscom ID101HR features all the essential features of more expensive alternatives including wrist based heart rate, daily step tracking with calories burnt and distance travelled. At this price it's excellent value for money ...

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  • Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email

    TomTom Touch

    BODY FAT Analysis

    TomTom have raised their game with the innovative TomTom Touch. The Touch is the first wrist worn activity tracker that incorporates both heart rate and body fat analysis. Using BIA (electrical signals sent around the body) the TomTom Touch measure body composition (% of Fat) and muscle mass density ...

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Swim-metrics eg. efficiency, lengths, avg speed per length
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    Race Pacer - set desired Distance versus Time goal
    Cadence - provides wireless pedal cadence from optional sensors
    Features Digital Compass
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Garmin Vivoactive HR

    TOP 3 ALL ROUNDER

    Garmin's intelligent smartwatch with an emphasis on fitness. Key features are a built-in GPS & heart rate sensor (no need for chest strap). Smartphone notifications and alerts from compatible iOs and Android devices. If you like smartphone technology, partake in one or more sports and you also want to increase your daily activity then the Vivoactive HR could be for you ....

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  • Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email

    Fitbit Flex 2

    How do Fitbit make the World's Most Popular fitness tracker better? That was Fitbit's difficult design brief when they set about to replace the Flex with the Fitbit Flex 2. The Fitbit Flex was the best selling activity band in 2013/14. Will the Flex 2 be as successful? Yes. Fitbit have made it swim-proof & modular. You can house the brains in an attractive metal bracelet, necklace or designer wristband ....

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Get feedback on recovery progression
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Polar M200

    TOP 4 for RUNNERS

    Just when I thought Garmin had stolen the show again with their latest Forerunner model Polar have pulled this beauty from their hat. The Polar M200 is a water-resistant (swim-proof) GPS running watch with wrist based heart rate and 24/7 activity tracker. It includes Bluetooth connectivity providing smartphone alerts & notifications. Specifically aimed at people who primarily RUN whether for fun, to keep fit or to compete ...

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  • Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email

    Fitbit Alta

    This version of Fitbit activity tracker has a larger display that runs lengthwise down the band, making it easier to read. The Alta's clever display technology actually works in both directions giving you more information at a glance. The Fitbit Alta is for the user looking to improve their general health, fitness and well-being by adding frequent movement to their day and aiming for weekly activity goals ....

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps

    Polar A300

    The Polar A300 fitness tracker helps to keep you looking and feeling great. The attractive A300 is everything a 24/7 activity tracker / fitness monitor needs to be. It is comfortable, light and available in six juicy colors. The best feature of this heart rate monitor is the easy to understand Zone Pointer that clearly shows when you're BURNING FAT or IMPROVING FITNESS ....

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  • Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email

    Fitbit Blaze

    The Fitbit Blaze was designed as a "smart fitness watch, Fitbit's smartest, most stylish, most motivating fitness tracker yet". It's well suited for general fitness, runners (happy to use their phone's GPS), gym users and anyone else wishing to get fit and stay active. With built-in heart rate sensors and Fitbit's FitStar Application the Blaze with keep you active throughout the day  ....

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  • Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email

    Fitbit Charge HR

    REPLACED by - Fitbit Charge 2

    The Fitbit Charge HR is still available. For those looking for a competent fitness band with heart rate taken directly off the wrist, it's still good value for money. It also features Bluetooth upload of training data and daily activity to the Fitbit app on your smartphone. However, if you want a bigger and brighter display we'd recommend the new Fitbit Charge 2 ....

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  • Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps

    Garmin Vivofit Jr

    Designed for Kids

    When I first heard about a fitness band for kids I thought  ... yeah yeah, big company want to get kids in to a BRAND when they're just out of nappies... but, I have made a U turn on that cynical view and can highly recommend the Vivofit Jr to anyone who wants to motivate their child to being more active ....

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Get feedback on recovery progression
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Polar M600

    Android Wear

    The Polar M600 smartwatch utilises Android Wear operating system to give access to dozens of proven and popular Apps. The M600 is compatible with both Android phones and iOs devices like iPad and iPhone. The M600 builds on all the best features of the A360 activity tracker (built-in Heart Rate sensor) and the Polar M400 with it's highly accurate internal GPS. High spec, wearable technology from Polar ....

     

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  • Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance

    Motorola Moto 360 Sport

    The Motorola Moto 360 Sport (2nd Gen) is an Android Wear powered GPS sports watch with wrist based heart rate. Aimed at those looking for a wearable tech running watch with a high level of connected functionality. The Moto 360 Sport comes with Moto Body running application ready to go ....

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  • Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance

    Apple Watch 2 Nike+

    BEST for iPhone

    Needing no introduction the Apple Watch 2 takes the original Apple Watch and adds built-in GPS. Combining the wrist based heart rate sensor with this built-in GPS Apple now have a serious runners watch. The Apple Watch Nike+ comes with the Nike+ Run Club app pre-installed. If you own an iPhone and want a competent GPS running watch with off the wrist heart rate then the Apple Watch Nike+ should be in the shortlist ....

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  • Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance

    Garmin Vivosmart HR +

    If you're a runner looking for a competent fitness band with steps, distance, calories and floors climbed with the addition of built-in heart rate (off the wrist, no belt required), smartphone notifications & alerts plus an accurate GPS, then the Vivosmart HR+ could be just what you're looking for ...

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  • Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance

    Fitbit Surge

    The FitBit Surge is everything we look for in a well designed fitness band. It's got everything that 95% of people need without any unnecessary clutter. This FitBit, like the Charge HR and Blaze, takes heart rate directly from the wrist, no need for a chest strap. The Surge also features a built in GPS so it's great for running or biking when you don't want to take your phone ....

     

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  • Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps

    Garmin Vivomove

    The Garmin Vivomove is in a class of it's own. If you prefer a traditional analogue watch with real hands (not a digitalised watch face) and also want to benefit from having a 24/7 activity tracker on your wrist then this may be for you. The Vivomove features discrete MOVE BAR and ACTIVITY TARGET indicators on either side of the hands ...

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email

    Polar Loop 2

    The Polar Loop 2 builds on the success of the original Polar Loop by adding SMART NOTIFICATIONS from both iOs and Android phones. This stylish activity tracker / fitness band  also features a handy vibrate feature when it's time to move and time to wake up. Internal accelerometers track your every move - on the path to achieving your daily goal ....

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  • Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps

    Mio Fuse

    A well made and functional activity tracker. With the Mio Fuse you get 24/7 activity monitoring with heart rate when you want it without the need for a chest strap. Steps, Distance, Daily Goals, Heart Rate Zone Training and interface with most new Android and iOs Phones and Tablets. Can also broadcast HR to ANT+ and Bluetooth devices ...

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps

    Polar Loop

    REPLACED by Loop2

    The Polar Loop is smart and very easy to use. The Loop will measure your activity during the day: from the very first choices in the morning to monitoring the quality of sleep at night, and counting the total number of steps and burned calories in between ...

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  • Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email

    Fitbit Charge

    REPLACED by - Fitbit Charge 2

    If you are not too bothered about heart rate and just want a discrete, honest activity tracker then grab a bargain with a Fitbit. The Fitbit Charge was a groundbreaking product when it was released in 2014. Personally we'd recommend recommend the Fitbit Charge 2 if you can budget for the extra few pounds the additional heart rate monitor is well worth the expense

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps

    Garmin Vivosmart

    >> REPLACED by Vivosmart HR

    Garmin Vívosmart is a lightweight fitness tracker / activity band with battery life of up to seven days. Simply swipe through the displays to review time / date, steps, distance, calories, step countdown to your personalised step goal, move bar (activity monitor) and even get alerted to an incoming text message (if connected to a Smartphone) ....

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps

    Garmin Vivofit 2

    > REPLACED by Vivofit 3

    A discrete personal activity monitor that can be worn all day and every day. The Garmin Vívofit 2 follows your activity progress 24/7. It can stay activated for more than 12 months on the same battery. Activate sleep mode and the vívofit will monitor the quality of your sleep, rest and recovery. The Vivofit 2 looks a bit old and dated now, we'd recommend the Vivofit 3 ....

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Swim-metrics eg. efficiency, lengths, avg speed per length
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Virtual Pacer - race against a previously stored track
    Race Pacer - set desired Distance versus Time goal
    Cadence - provides wireless pedal cadence from optional sensors
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance

    Garmin Vivoactive

    >> REPLACED by Vivoactive HR

    The Garmin Vívoactive combines Garmin fitness technology, such as built-in GPS, long battery life and a sunlight-readable display, in an ultra-thin smartwatch that lets users stay connected and achieve more. It's very hard to summarise what this smartwatch can do as it really does so much. Golfers will love it.. with over 38,000 courses to download .. however, also consider the Vivoactive HR with wrist based heart rate ....

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback

    Suunto M2

    The Suunto M2 comes with the COMFORT style chest strap. The M2 is the watch for easy monitoring of training heart rate and calories burnt. Fairly old now (released approx 2012) but still a great fitness watch for people who want a traditional chest strap heart rate monitor to keep an eye on training intensity and calories burnt ....

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  • 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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      info@heartratemonitor.co.uk

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