Welcome to CardioCritic Reviews
The aim of CardioCritic is simple – to provide impartial reviews of fitness trackers and sports watches featuring heart rate monitoring technology.
It’s all about fitness products that promote & monitor a healthier lifestyle. In depth product reports on 2018’s best fitness trackers, running watches, watches for triathlon, performance sports and GPS bike computers.
Over 120 reviews of fitness products from all the leading brands.
2018 Fitness Watch Buying Guide
There are hundreds of fitness trackers and sports watches to choose from. Don’t be confused – take a look at CardioCritic’s 2018 Fitness Watch buying guide.
The BEST fitness watches of 2018 in the following categories –
Fitness & Well-being
Triathlon / Multisport Watches
Outdoor Adventure Racing (with A-B-C features)
And the best ALL SPORT GPS watches. All watches in this list feature activity tracking functionality and built-in wrist based heart rate monitors, many include GPS.
Fitness Trackers for Health & Fitness
The very best fitness bands, activity trackers and other heart rate monitor watches for general health and fitness.
Some of these devices offer just the essential fitband functionality (steps, calories etc) like the Fitbit Alta – others do almost everything such as the Garmin Vivoactive 3.
The Fitbit Charge 2 remains No1 best selling fitness tracker closely followed by the Garmin Vivosmart 3 and Polar A370.
Running Watches with GPS & Heart Rate
All the runner’s watches reviewed here feature built-in GPS & heart rate monitor, specifically designed with runners in mind.
This means they have large clear displays, often with configurable data fields and training pages.
Also expect to find auto-pause, auto-lap and a breakdown of laps and split times.
In this category you’ll find the Garmin Forerunner 35, TomTom Runner 3 and Polar M430 to name just a few of the best GPS Running Watches of 2018.
The breakthrough product of 2018 is the new Forerunner 645 from Garmin with internal music, contactless payment and informative 7 day Training Load feedback with 4 week Training Status analysis
Perfomance Sport Watches (all sports)
A collection of the very best GPS sports performance watches aimed at athletes who take their various sports seriously.
All these products include built-in GPS & wrist based heart rate monitoring.
Garmin Vivoactive 3, Suunto Spartan Trainer and Polar M430 all serious contenders.
Note – these are not aimed directly at Triathletes, more for general ALL ROUND multi-discipline athletes. Please refer to the Triathlon watch section below for dedicated triathlon watches
Triathlon Watches for Multisport Elite
A dedicated triathlete is a special breed of athlete and needs a specialist 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.
When the data is uploaded to Strava, Garmin Connect, Polar Flow, Suunto Movescount or similar you still get a breakdown of each discipline.
This category is dominated by Garmin and Suunto with the Forerunner 935 and Suunto Spartan Sport being very popular.
You will find all our dedicated Triathlon watch reviews here
GPS Bike Computers for Cyclists
CardioCritic reviews the best GPS bike computers from Garmin, Polar and Wahoo Fitness.
Garmin have been market leaders for some time now with their best selling Garmin Edge range, but Polar & Wahoo offer some competent alternatives.
Currently the best value product is probably the Garmin Edge 820 since the introduction of the Edge 1030.
ABC Watches for Elite Adventure Racers
If your exercise takes you to the toughest extremes then this collection of the best hard core adventure sports watches incorporating Altimeter, Barometer and Compass is for you.
All these GPS adventure watches also feature GPS & heart rate monitor.
Expect the very best products here made to withstand the harshest training environments.
Browse the best adventure racing watches here
Medical Heart Rate Devices
Watch our Video Reviews
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New products from Suunto, Fitbit, Polar & Garmin
Suunto released their BRILLIANT Suunto Spartan Trainer (Aug 2017) – complete with GPS and wrist based HR for almost HALF the price of the Suunto Spartan Sport wrist HR. Same firmware, 10 hours GPS battery etc.
Could be the BEST ever value for money Suunto sports watch.
Fitbit released their new Fitbit Ionic (Aug 2017) ahead of the Apple Watch 3.
The Fitbit Ionic is their first genuine smartwatch with integrated GPS and wrist based heart rate. A couple of key features are 4+ day battery life with up to 10+ hours of GPS use. Our initial review of the Fitbit Ionic has now been published
Garmin released three new products in Aug 2017.
The Vivosport will be challenging the Fitbit Charge 2 as the best fitness tracker for 2018 – and with colour display, slimline styling, built-in GPS & wrist based heart rate it’s got a great chance.
Polar released three new fitness products in mid 2017.
Following on from the M460 – the Polar V800 also gets LIVE Strava Segments.
For the fitness tracking masses – Polar have their excellent A370