Heart rate monitors to track your vitals while on the run

Devices to check your heart rate during your workout, rollercoaster ride, presentation, or everyday life.

woman running on road
Know when to push yourself and when to cool off.Emma Simpson via Unsplash

Heart rate monitors can tell you when you need to pick up the pace or that you're pushing your limits. These heart rate monitors will give you a more accurate reading than your Apple Watch or that old treadmill at the gym.

Polar Ft1 Heart Rate Monitor

Polar Ft1 Heart Rate Monitor
Just one button.Amazon

The Polar Ft1 heart monitor watch comes with a chest strap that is adjustable up to 55 inches. This monitor displays your heart rate in large numbers, so it’s easy to see while you’re on the move. When you push your exercise outside your set heart rate zone, this watch will set off an alarm telling you to slow down.

Polar H10 Heart Rate Monitor

Polar H10 Heart Rate Monitor
The Polar chest-strap heart rate monitor comes in both blue and black.Amazon

You can pair the Polar H10 with your iPhone, Android, or Apple Watch to track your heart data through Polar’s app with Bluetooth. The soft, lightweight strap will fit anywhere from an XS to an XXXL chest. If you’re a swimmer, this monitor is for you. A note: this watch only remembers one workout session at a time.

Wahoo TICKR Heart Rate Monitor

Wahoo TICKR Heart Rate Monitor
Ditch your phone during your workout. Wahoo will sync your stats later.Amazon

The Wahoo chest strap has all the bells and whistles you’re looking for in a heart rate monitor, including a long-lasting memory that other devices don’t offer. Besides heart rate, this strap measures how many reps you’ve done, your spin cadence, and your running analytics. Wahoo touts that this monitor is both waterproof and sweatproof. Plus, Team Sky—who won the Tour De France—wore these.

Letscom Fitness Tracker HR

LETSCOM Fitness Tracker HR
Don’t worry if you forgot to track your heart rate during your workout, this watch does it automatically for you.Amazon

The Letscom displays your heart rate during your workout on its slim screen. After you finish your workout, it will give a report on your maximum, minimum, and average heart rates. While you can run in the rain with this watch on, you can’t swim laps in it like you can with the Polar H10.