Heart rate monitors are now smaller than ever before, and the ones we’ve listed here will fit around your wrist like an ordinary watch or bracelet.
We’ve got dainty ones and masculine ones. Those built for medical needs, athletic trainers, and the rugged outdoorsman (or woman). We’ll almost certainly have at least one on this list to suit your preferences.
Heart Rate Monitor Device Overview
Most of the heart rate watches and wristbands on our list have special abilities like guided breathing, sleep monitoring, or even the ability to answer calls and texts. However, each is best for a specific kind of person with a particular set of needs.
The following is a synopsis of the best and worst points for each option. Of course, we’ve also vetted every one of these monitors to ensure they have satisfied numerous other users.
Good: This watch comes with a variety of features, including GPS, notifications, and music control. It connects to the comprehensive Fitbit app to track all aspects of healthy living.
Not so good: Unfortunately, it doesn’t incorporate guided breathing exercises for the mind/body/spirit experience others offer, and it isn’t fully waterproof.
Bottom Line: Great for people who need a fitness-based heart rate monitor watch which is capable of connecting to almost any cell phone, computer, or tablet.
Good: This impressive watch-style monitor and tracker includes guided breathing, GPS, sleep monitoring, multi-sport tracking, and on-screen workout guides. It also allows you to answer calls and texts remotely.
Not so good: Near the top end of our price bracket, this watch is not waterproof. It is also rather large and bulky, which could interfere with some clothing styles.
Bottom Line: While costing quite a bit, this watch has more functionality than most others on this list and has a couple of fairly unique abilities.
Good: This wristband comes with a full touch display, guided breathing, multi-sport tracking, sleep monitoring and many other great features, all at a very low price.
Not so good: Since it isn’t compatible with Windows operating systems, it will not work with a Windows phone or computer.
Bottom Line: This budget-friendly wristband is great for anyone who wants all the functionality of those made by popular brands, but is willing to take a chance on a lesser-known manufacturer.
Good: Available at a very fair price, this waterproof activity and heart rate tracker is able to track multiple sporting activities, the intensity of your workouts, and also your sleep patterns.
Not so good: Its GPS function works only when in close proximity to your cell phone, and it doesn’t have some of the fancy add-on apps that options like the Apple Smart Watch have.
Bottom Line: Its abilities, user reviews and its price all make it self-evident why we chose this as the Best Waterproof Monitor.
Good: Built with the quality you’d expect from Garmin, this waterproof heart rate and fitness tracking watch includes a customizable touch display and multi-sport tracking.
Not so good: A little more expensive than many of the others on our list, this watch does not include some add-ons like guided breathing, movement reminders, or a sleep monitor.
Bottom Line: If you need to track your heart rate and fitness habits but do not need those special abilities, this durable option may be great for your fitness goals.
Good: Unlike any other on our list, this heart rate monitor/watch hybrid can connect to Spotify and of holds up to 2GB of music.
Not so good: The battery doesn’t last all that long and the device is not waterproof or water resistant.
Bottom Line: For what it can do, the Gear Fit2 is fairly priced and bound to satisfy most people who like to listen to music while working out.
Good: This versatile heart rate monitor/watch hybrid features a touch screen display, guided breathing, multi-sport tracking, and sleep monitoring. It connects to the full-featured Fitbit app.
Not so good: Unfortunately, it is not equipped to allow you to respond to texts or calls and its slim design makes the touch display difficult for some people to use.
Bottom Line: Overall, if your fingers are small enough to operate the screen and you don’t mind using an actual phone to answer your calls and texts, this Fitbit is a good heart rate and health tracker.
Good: This traditional-looking watch has one of the easiest-to-understand interfaces we’ve seen, plus a host of other fitness, health, and lifestyle functions.
Not so good: The wristband is apparently too large for many people and this watch doesn’t have a very long battery life.
Bottom Line: Overall, if you’re a fan of circular watch faces, have mid-sized to thick wrists, and need a watch with an easily comprehensible display, this is not a bad option.
Good: Includes a heart rate monitor, text and call notifications, sleep pattern monitoring, and even an idle alert – all packed onto a small screen.
Not so good: It doesn’t have some of the advanced abilities that the higher-priced models boast, like complete waterproofing, guided breathing, or GPS.
Bottom Line: With pretty much everything you should need to monitor your heart rate and activities (but without a hefty price tag), this small hybrid watch/wristband is actually quite impressive.
Good: The Apple Smart Watch takes things to the next level with installable apps, phone call and limited text ability, step counting, activity tracking, and more.
Not so good: Only compatible with iOS products such as iPhones, meaning that Android and Windows users will not be able to connect the watch to their devices.
Bottom Line: Assuming that you are an Apple fan who has use for all of the features packed into this item, you should be very satisfied with this heart rate tracking watch.