Fitbit Charge HR Review- Heart Rate, Activity and Sleep Tracker

fitbit charge hr review

AT A GLANCE: QUICK RATINGS

Heart Rate Functions

80%

Fitness / Sport Features

75%

Ease of Use

85%

Battery Life

85%

Where To Get It

A Deep Dive Into The Fitbit Charge HR

NEWS > There is a new Fitbit Charge 2 which we would recommend over this model. The Fitbit Charge 2 features a much bigger and brighter display.

However, if you are looking for a bargain, our shopping partners could save you as much as 40% from the original price of this popular activity tracker, still very much in demand.

The FitBit Charge HR is a discrete activity tracking fitness band with BUILT IN heart rate sensor (no chest strap required). It’s supported by a BRILLIANT APP available for Android, Windows and iOs smartphones and tablets.

If you’re in the market for a smart looking activity tracker with the ability to monitor heart rate WITHOUT a chest strap, the this FitBit Charge HR could be for you. The Fitbit Charge HR has been reviewed by Tristan Haskins aka CardioCritic.

NEWS > Fitbit’s have a new smartwatch with built-in GPS and wrist based heart rate. The new Fitbit Ionic has been reviewed here

  • Who Is It For?

  • Video Review

The Charge HR is for the person who wants to discretely monitor daily activity, exercise and sleep. They will have an interest in exercising heart rate and be attracted to the built-in, off the wrist heart rate sensors. They are a smartphone user (Android / iPhone / Windows) and will utilise the data upload to Fitbit’s APP for further review and historical record keeping.

Get continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate tracking from the Charge HR. Monitor calorie burn, maintain workout intensity and more—all without a traditional chest strap. With the Charge HR let your heart guide you as you exercise at the optimal training intensity.

The Charge HR allows you to monitor your heart rate automatically and continuously right off your wrist. Armed with heart rate data and your personal stats (size, weight etc) it can accurately track calories burnt, maintain workout intensity based on your Maximum Heart Rate. The Charge HR allows you to maximize training and optimize health—all without a chest strap.

Main Features and Functions

  • Let your heart be your guide with Charge HR
  • Monitor heart rate automatically and continuously right on your wrist
  • Take control of your goals using Charge HR to record workouts and track all-day activity
  • With a comfortable fit and Caller ID, Charge HR lets you stay connected in style
  • Use Exercise Mode to easily record workouts, see real-time exercise stats and have summaries automatically appear on your Fitbit dashboard
  • Get a better picture of your overall health by using Charge HR to automatically track how long and how well you sleep

Succeed – achieve your training goals

OK, it’s time to get fit. The Charge HR will help you to take control of your fitness goals. Use the Charge HR to record your fitness workouts and track all-day activity. Everything is recorded like heart rate, steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes. There’s no room for excuses when you are training with the FitBit Charge HR with instant access to every stat, anywhere you go, you don’t have to look far for motivation to keep moving.

Smartphone Notifications

Stay in the know, on the go with Caller ID on Charge HR, which lets you see incoming call notifications on display when your phone is nearby to. With a comfortable fit and Caller ID, Charge HR lets you stay connected in style.

Closest Competitor

The product from competitors with the closest functionality to the Charge HR are the Polar A360 and Garmin Vivosmart HR. The Garmin has a barometric pressure sensor that provides stairs climbed feedback. Both have OFF the WRIST heart rate monitoring and 24/7 activity tracking

Polar A360

Garmin Vivosmart HR

An alternative approach to Fitness Tracking
In Feb 2017 Mio released their innovative Mio Slice. The Slice is the world’s first activity tracker to include PAI, that’s Personal Activity Intelligence. Rather than “just” count steps, the Mio Slice is looking for elevated heart rate at regular periods throughout the day.

As with all Mio’s products it features WRIST BASED heart rate. If you are looking for a motivational, innovative, stylish, water resistant fitness tracker that really does CHALLENGE you, take a look at the world’s first PAI powered fitness band – the Mio Slice.

Mio Slice the world’s first fitness band with PAI score.

Upload directly to Smartphone

The FitBit Charge HR automatically and wirelessly (via Bluetooth) synchronises your activity data to your computer and  smartphones. It also tracks your progress in detailed charts and graphs keeping you encouraged and motivated to reach your fitness goals.

Track the quality of your Sleep

The quality of your night’s sleep is almost as important to the activity undertaken throughout the  day. The Charge HR like the other FitBit activity monitors gives you an indication of the quality of your slumber.

Get a better picture of your overall health by using Charge HR to automatically track how long and how well you sleep. Sync your nightly stats to see online graphs that illustrate your sleep trends, and wake peacefully by setting a silent, vibrating alarm.

Fitbit Charge HR Sizing Chart

The Charge HR comes in three sizes – Small – Large and X Large

  • Small : 14cm to 16.5cm
  • Large : 16.5cm to 20cm
  • XL : 20cm to 22.8cm

Top Alternatives

Next Model UP


The next model up is the FitBit Charge 2. 

Next Model DOWN

The model below the FitBit Charge HR is…. surprise surprise … the FitBit Charge. Same unit without the built-in hear rate sensor. 

REVIEW SUMMARY

The Fitbit Charge HR has been superseded by the Fitbit Charge 2 however, for those with good eyesight, it still makes an excellent proposition. Fitbit have one of the best iPhone and Android apps that is quick, reliable and informative. I have given the Charge HR a review rating of 4/5 stars in recognition of it’s wrist based heart rate, excellent app and stylish design.

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