Welcome to CardioCritic Reviews

The aim of CardioCritic is simple – to provide impartial reviews of consumer products that incorporate heart rate monitoring technology. It’s all about cardiovascular healthcare products that promote & monitor a healthier lifestyle. In depth product reports on 2017’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

New products Suunto, Fitbit, Polar & Garmin

Suunto have released their BEST product since the Suunto T3/T6 way back when. The new Suunto Spartan Trainer (released 10th Aug) comes 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 have released their new Fitbit Ionic (Aug 28th) 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 have also released three new products today (Aug 31st) We have the new Garmin Vivomove HR – a hybrid smartwatch, the Vivoactive 3 replacing the Vivoactive HR and the Vivosport replacing the Vivosmart HR+. The Vivosport will be challenging the Fitbit Charge 2 as the best fitness tracker for 2017

Polar have released two new fitness products for May. The Polar M430 fitness watch with GPS and wrist based HR builds on the popular M400. For cyclists we have the Polar M460, a new GPS bike computer with LIVE Strava segments.

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Health & Fitness

The best Fitness Watches Reviewed here

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 & Garmin Vivosmart 3

For ALL Sports

The Best all round sports performance watch with GPS and heart rate

SPORTS PERFORMANCE – the very best GPS sports performance watches for people who like to take their sports seriously. All with built-in GPS & heart rate monitor. Garmin Vivoactive, Suunto Spartan Trainer and Polar M430 all serious contenders.

Best in class?  Vivoactive 3 & Spartan Trainer

Watch our Video Reviews

We have short video reviews of over 40 Fitness Watches like this one of the Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR

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For Runners

The Best Running Watches Reviewed here

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 M430 to name just a few.

Best in class? the Forerunner 35 & Polar M430

For Triathlon

Watches for Triathlon - Run, Swim and Bike

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 935 & Spartan Sport HR


For Cycling

The Best GPS bike computers reviewed here

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 M460

For Adventure

Outdoor Adventure Watches with GPS, Altimeter, Barometer and Compass

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 Spartan Ultra & Fenix5

Strapless HR

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 A370 or Forerunner 35

Medical (BP/ECG)

Blood Pressure Monitors, ECG and Pulse Oximeters reviewed here

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

Best in class?  Omron M7Ti or Kardia ECG

Latest Reviews

These are just a couple of the latest reviews published by CardioCritic.

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 M430 Review

Polar M430 running watch review

Polar M430 – a highly recommended GPS running watch with wrist based heart rate monitor.  Supported by Polar Flow app and web service. The M430 is a serious alternative to the Garmin Forerunner 235