Best heart rate monitoring fitness wearables and smartwatches

Adidas Micoach Fit Smart

Personal fitness trackers and smartwatches have come a long way in helping you lead a healthy life. Whether your fitness goals are modest or you’re planning an overall health transformation, fitness wearables are best way to understand if exercise regime you’re following is actually contributing to the new you. These devices and their dedicated apps give you a wholesome insight on your sleep, walk, run, calorie consumption, blood pressure and most importantly the heart rate. As more and more wrist-based heart rate monitors are hitting the market, it’s important to know the best heart rate monitoring fitness wearables and smartwatches you can buy. Wristbands and smartwatches use optical heart rate monitors that send green LED light through the skin on the wrist to measure amount of light bouncing back. Blood can absorb green light; therefore variation in light reflecting back is picked by sensors to determine pulse rate. Not all devices offer real-time and accurate heart rate. So, here (in no particular order) are the best few really close to being your physician on the wrist.

# Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Apple Watch has many smartwatch features and it also features a heart rate monitor that guides the user through workout sessions. Heart rate tracking lets usesr know the calories they are burning through the routine. Apple Watch monitors heart rate while resting and continuously during the workout. Hear rate is measure by the smartwatch every 10 minutes and data is stored on the Health app. Apple says the watch may not be accurate with heart rate reading all the time. Company suggests users can help the Watch be accurate by fastening it comfortably on the wrist so that it does not move.

Price: Selling on Amazon for $424

# Basis Peak

Basis Peak

The sporty looking Basis Peak is one of the finest activity trackers out there. Styled as a watch, this waterproof wearable is comfortable to wear. It automatically detects when you’re walking, bicycling, sleeping or running and monitors all the related data.  Basis Peak comes with a dedicated app and a built in heart rate monitor to detect/monitor pulse rate. Pretty accurate at it, the device can also monitor skin temperature, perspiration rate and calories burnt all day. Basis Peak also lets you check messages, and incoming calls.

Price: Selling on Amazon for $149

# Fitbit Surge

Fitbit Surge

GPS runner’s watches don’t necessarily have a continuous heart rate monitor. Fitbit Surge, a combo of a activity tracker, runner’s watch and a smartwatch changes that by stuffing in a continuous optical heart rate monitor that also uses GPS to track outdoor activity. In addition to monitoring your heart rate while you’re stationary or running, the Fitbit Surge also tracks your walking, sleeping, running pattern and alerts you of incoming calls and texts.

Price: Selling on Amazon for $245

# Mio Fuse

Mio Fuse

Designed for truly active people, the Mio Fuse wrist-worn fitness tracker is built-in with an optical heart rate monitor. One of the most convenient and comfortable wearable heart rate monitors on the market, the Mio Fuse is waterproof and also keeps count of your steps and calories burned. Albeit it lacks sleep monitor and altimeter, its heart rate monitor and track resting heart rate and active heart rate efficiently.

Price: Selling on Amazon for $149

# Mio Alpha 2

Mio Alpha 2

While the Mio Fuse is more of a fitness band, Mio Alpha 2 takes shape of a smartwatch. Designed to monitors heart rate from the wrist with utmost precision, the Mio Alpha 2 helps keep track of calories burned, steps taken and distance covered. Compatible with Bluetooth 4.0, the device can connect to iOS and Android fitness apps. The water resistant Mio Alpha 2 can keep track of the heart rate (to near perfection) even when you are involved in the most active tasks.

Price: Selling on Amazon for $157

# Adidas Micoach Fit Smart

Adidas Micoach Fit Smart

A sweat and splash-proof wristband for the active athlete in you, the Adidas Micoach Fit Smart has a built-in accelerometer that tracks your running and walking. Fitted inside the band is a Mio continuous heart rate monitor that continuously tracks the user’s heart rate. Rated as one of the best bands for athletes and sportspersons, the Micoach Fit Smart’s heart rate monitor helps you know your plus rate and track the amount of calories you’re shed.

Price: Selling on Amazon for $140

# Garmin Forerunner 225

Garmin Forerunner 225

First from the house of GPS giant Garmin to features built-in optical heart rate tracker, the Garmin Forerunner 225’s heart rate sensor powers the bpm-based training features on the watch. Weighing 54g, the waterproof watch is comfortable to wear for long periods. Alongside providing near accurate heart rate, the watch doubles as a activity tracker to provide accurate distance and pace data.

Price:  Selling on Amazon for $300

# Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit Charge HR

Very similar to the Basis Peak, the Fitbit Charge HR measure everything that universally matters – your walking, running routine, distance, sleep and of course the heart rate. Designed with a built-in optical heart rate monitor Fitbit Charge HR is slim and comfortable and comes with benefits of the Fitbit app. Compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows devices, its resting heart rate monitor is reasonably accurate. Continuous heart rating monitoring can be relied upon during activity too.

Price: Selling on Amazon for $146

# Jawbone Up3

Jawbone UP3

Jawbone Up3 features bio-impedance sensor that monitors heart rate and sends electric signals through the skin, measuring tissue resistance to compute heart beats. The activity tracker for your active lifestyle, it tracks your steps, distance and sleep patterns automatically. Along with heart rate monitoring, the wristband also calculates calories burned, tracks your food consumption for nutrient value and comes with a smart coach to guide you to a better fitness routine.

Price: Selling on Amazon for $160

# Samsung Gear S2

Samsung Gear S2

Samsung Gear S2 has a heart rate monitor built-in and it’s almost up there with the Apple Watch on other features too. The continuous heart rate data collected by the Gear S2 is sent to the S Health app where proper profiles of the data are made. The Samsung Gear S2 comes with a charging cradle to magnetically hold the smartwatch when not in use.

Price: Selling on Amazon for $299



Bharat writes about latest gadgets, toys, robots and new technologies across various platforms. In addition to reporting and reviewing new products and technologies, he spends too much time digging the internet for endless questions. He's a die-hard football fan and a big foodie who wants to host Man v. Food some day.

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