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Best Heart-rate monitors

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Heart-rate monitors

Best Heart-rate monitors

We tested 10 heart-rate monitors to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Heart-rate monitor based on the following criteria:

  • Ease of use and features
  • Type
  • Accuracy
  • Sport versatility

Below lists the Heart-rate monitors that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Heart-rate monitor is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Heart-rate monitors

Best Heart-rate monitor for Ease of use and features

Ease of use includes features, clarity of instructions, and convenience as judged by panelists who used the devices.


This Heart-rate monitor which tested best for Ease of use and features has the following features: Stopwatch, Backlight, Settable target zones and Calorie counter.

Best Heart-rate monitor for Type

Indicates whether the model employs a chest strap mounted sensor that transmitts to a watch, a chest strap mounted sensor that transmits to an iPhone app, a watch that requires the user to touch the rim or button to take an intermittent reading or a watch that takes continuous heart rates from the user's wrist.


This Heart-rate monitor which tested best for Type has the following features: Stopwatch, Backlight, Difficult to use for some exercises and Calorie counter.

Best Heart-rate monitor for Accuracy

Accuracy was measured against a highly accurate electrocardiograph; the higher the accuracy score, the more often the monitor displayed the same heart rate as the reference did.


This Heart-rate monitor which tested best for Accuracy has the following features: Stopwatch, Backlight, Settable target zones and Calorie counter.

Best Heart-rate monitor for Sport versatility

Sports versatility indicates whether a model is difficult or easy to use for all or most sports.


This Heart-rate monitor which tested best for Sport versatility has the following features: Stopwatch, Backlight, Settable target zones and Calorie counter.

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