Watches Reviewed by Activity

This page was last updated on 3rd October 2017 to reflect several new models from Polar, Fitbit & Garmin.

We are all living longer lives due to advancements in diet, medicine and the environment. Keeping fit and healthy to enjoy life should be for everyone, not just those who partake in sport.  To help you select the most appropriate fitness watch they have been split in to categories based on activity. Start by selecting the category that most closely describes your primary activity or sport. A vast majority of these watches include a heart rate monitor. This is either via traditional chest strap sensor or more frequently wrist based, no chest strap required.

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  • General Fitness – for general health & fitness, jogging, gym, cardio etc
  • All Sports – for serious athletes partaking in various indoor / outdoors sports
  • Running – for runners of all levels and abilities from joggers to competitive athletes
  • Cycling – GPS bike computers & wrist worn watches with cycling support & functionality
  • Triathlon / Multisport – watches dedicated to multisport with a specific Triathlon mode
  • Adventure Racer – advanced ABC watches with Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and basic A-B waypoint navigation
  • Swim – watches that count your lengths and monitor your swimming efficiency / speed
  • Medical – for portable ECG monitors, pulse oximeters, blood pressure monitors & more

Fitness Bands & Activity Trackers

A range of recommended heart rate monitors for Fitness

This category is aimed at the exerciser who doesn’t want any medals and isn’t trying to beat a National Record. All this person wants to do is stay fit and healthy and be able to look as good as they can with the limited number of training hours available. We have a combination of bracelet style activity trackers and more traditional watches

CardioCritic 5 Star Awards

In October 2017 Garmin released a new fitness tracker, one that all others will be judged on in 2018. The Garmin Vivosport gets our Best on Test award with built-in GPS and wrist based heart rate. The Best In Class is the Garmin Vivosmart 3. We have awarded our Highly Recommended to the Polar A370. The Best Value fitness tracker is the Letscom ID101HR. Please click the widgets below to go directly to our shopping partner (Amazon) for low prices and great deals or scroll down for the in-depth product reviews.

The best FITNESS watches of 2017


Running Watches

A range of heart rate monitor watches for RUNNERS

All of the specialist running watches recommended here can provide heart rate, speed, distance and include a stopwatch with laps and splits. They all include a built-in GPS. Some require a chest strap for heart rate, but most new models take it directly off the wrist with LED sensors on the back of the watch.

CardioCritic 5 Star Awards

The Best In Class award goes to the Polar M430. We have awarded our Highly Recommended to the Garmin Forerunner 35. The Best Value GPS Running watch is the TomTom Spark 3. Please click the widgets below to go directly to our shopping partner (Amazon) for low prices and great deals or scroll down for the in-depth product reviews.

Special Mention

In October 2017 Garmin released a new fitness tracker, one that all others will be judged on in 2018. The Garmin Vivosport gets our Best on Test award. Smaller than a Fitbit Charge 2 and Polar A370 amazingly it features built-in GPS as well as wrist based heart rate. It has all the essential features of a running watch including auto-laps, pace alerts, heart rate zone training and even VO2 max prediction ..

The Best RUNNERS watches of 2017


GPS Bike Computers

Heart Rate Monitors and GPS computers for cyclists

 

If you just want essential speed and distance then it’s the Edge 20/25. Add heart rate functionality and optional cadence and/or power and Polar M460 or Edge 520. Need to know where you going, get live routing information and know how to get back home, plus the performance features of the Edge 520, then it’s the Edge 820 or the new Edge 1030 (review coming soon)

CardioCritic 5 Star Awards

Garmin still dominate this market place with their BRILLIANT Garmin Edge products.. but the new Polar’s are VERY GOOD, in particular the M450. We have awarded the Best In Class to the new Polar M460. The Garmin Edge 520 receives the Highly Recommended award and the Best Value bike computer is the Garmin Edge 25.

If you are a Triathlete, please take a look at the multisport section, especially the Forerunner 935, Polar V800 and Suunto Spartan Sport

The Best CYCLISTS Bike Computers


Triathlon Watches

A range of heart rate monitors most suited for Triathlon, Duathlon Multisport

All of these specialist triathlon watches have everything a triathlete need to monitor their performance and progression. They all provide feedback on heart rate, bike speed, pedal cadence, running pace, distance, transition times, even swim-metrics (from their on-board accelerometers) providing feedback on the efficiency of your swimming.

CardioCritic 5 Star Awards

The Best In Class is the Garmin Forerunner 935. We have awarded our Highly Recommended to the Suunto Spartan Wrist HR . The Best Value Triathlon watch is the Garmin Forerunner 735XT. Please click the widgets below to go directly to our shopping partner (Amazon) for low prices and great deals or scroll down for the in-depth product reviews. If money is no object and you simply the want the best watch that can do everything and go anywhere … please take a look at the Garmin Fenix 5

The best TRIATHLON watches of 2017