Welcome to Cardio Critic

The main aim of this website is simple – to provide impartial reviews of consumer products that incorporate heart rate monitoring technology. At CardioCritic.com you will find in depth product reports on the latest fitness trackers, running watches, watches for triathlon and GPS bike computers. We have reviews of over 120 fitness products from leading brands including Polar, Mio, Suunto, Garmin, Fitbit and TomTom.

HeartRateMonitor.co.uk rebranded as CardioCritic.com

As of 5th March 2017 HeartRateMonitor.co.uk has been rebranded as CardioCritic.com. Nothing else has changed other than the new domain name. All reviews have been researched and written by Tristan Haskins

Health Monitors for Medical Use

You will also find reviews of many popular medically related cardiac health products (from user’s perspective, not clinical accuracy). This includes portable ECG machines, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters and fetal doppler monitors (for baby’s heart rate).

Fitness Trackers

Fitness Watch Reviews

FITNESS – fitness bands, activity trackers and other heart rate monitor watches for general health and fitness. Some of these devices are simple fitbands like the Fitbit Alta, others do everything like the Vivoactive HR.

Best in class? Fitbit Charge 2 & Polar A360

Running Watches

The Best Running Watches Reviewed

RUNNING – all the running watches reviewed here feature built-in GPS & heart rate monitor, specifically designed with runners in mind. Garmin Forerunner 235, TomTom Runner 3 and Polar M400 to name just a few.

Best in class? the Forerunner 35 & Polar M200

Bike Computers

The Best GPS bike computers reviewed

CYCLING – the best GPS bike computers from Garmin, Polar and Wahoo Fitness. Garmin have been market leaders for some time with their Edge range, but Polar & Wahoo offer some competent alternatives.

Best in class? the Edge 820 & Polar M450

Triathlon Watches

TRIATHLON – a special breed of athlete needs a special breed of GPS sports watch. The triathlon watches featured here all have LONG battery life and can record your swim > bike > run in ONE file with transition times.

Best in class? Forerunner 735XT & Polar V800

Adventure Watches

Alti-Baro-Compass – A hard core selection of the toughest and roughest adventure sports watches incorporating Altimeter, Barometer and Compass as well as GPS & heart rate monitor. Expect the very best products here.

Best in class? Suunto Ambit 3 Peak & Fenix3 HR

Swimming Watches

Reviews of the best swimming watches

SWIMMING – all the watches featured in the this section incorporate a clever accelerometer unit that can accurately count your lengths as you swim in an indoor pool. Get post swim feedback including SWOLF score etc.

Best in class? Garmin 920XT & Garmin Swim

Strapless Heart Rate

No Chest Strap heart rate monitors reviewed

STRAPLESS – heart rate monitors with No Chest Strap. This innovation arrived in 2014. All the main brands now have strapless models. Join the strapless revolution and train without a chest strap.

Best in class?  Polar A360 or Forerunner 35

Smartphone Connected

Heart Rate & Fitness accessories for smartphones

iPHONE & ANDROID – adding heart rate monitoring to your iPhone or Android phone is simple with these Bluetooth connected fitness accessories. As well as heart rate we have speed and cadence sensors.

Best in class? Heart Rate > Polar H7 & Wahoo Tickr

Medically Focused

Blood Pressure, ECG and Pulse Oximeters reviewed here

MEDICAL – we are also interested in medically focused devices like portable ECG machines, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters and fetal doppler monitors (for baby’s heart rate)

Best in class?  Omron M7Ti or Kardia ECG

Win !

Win a fitness watch in our monthly tracker

MONTHLY COMPETITION – every month we give away one of the fitness watches we’ve been testing. All you need to do is LIKE and SHARE our Facebook page for a chance to win a great prize

Previous Prizes? TomTom Spark 3 > Vivoactive HR

Latest Reviews

Every month I review the latest heart rate watches from the leading brands. Whenever possible I take photographs and also make a short 10 minute video of the product. My objective is to give a potential owner a clear idea of what the watch offers, how it works and it’s main pros and cons. Here’s a couple of the latest online reviews.

Mio Slice

the Mio Slice fitness band with PAI reviewed here

Mio Slice with PAI – Mio were the first to bring us wrist based heart rate monitoring. Now they present the world’s first fitness band with a PAI score – Personal Activity Intelligence

Polar M200

Polar M200 GPS running watch reviewed here

Polar M200 – a highly recommended GPS running watch with wrist based heart rate monitor.  Supported by Polar Flow app and web service. The M200 is a serious alternative to the Garmin Forerunner 35