The best heart rate monitors at a glance

Fitness tracker, smartwatch or heart rate monitor? The boundaries are fluid, not least because the different categories influence each other. In general, however, one can say that a heart rate monitor is aimed more specifically at ambitious and professional athletes.

An important distinction – at least in our test procedures – is that we only include heart rate monitors with GPS. Because in contrast to simple fitness trackers or smartwatches, it is important for a watch for athletes that a smartphone does not have to be worn on the body to record the route.

Heart rate monitors often also support sports that are not offered by the competition, such as golf or triathlon. In addition, training units and goals can be defined more precisely here. The Garmin Forerunner 945, for example, has the so-called Climb Pro function, an application that can be used to better assess individual inclines when running or cycling. Some models even offer a kind of coaching and entire training plans.

In the following table you can see the three most exciting models in the test. You can find more information about the heart rate monitors as well as specific tips and information about the test in our comprehensive purchase advice.

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