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 – 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
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 – 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
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 – 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
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
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 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 – 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