Testing at CardioCritic

At CardioCritic we are always testing the latest fitness watch, heart rate monitor and cardio healthcare products. Whether it’s the latest top of the range GPS heart rate monitor for triathletes or a simple activity tracker for everyday fitness or a medically certified blood pressure monitor or ECG device. After each test CardioCritic (aka Tristan Haskins) writes an in-depth product review. What CardioCritic also does is publish the test reports on the accuracy and efficiency of the different fitness & healthcare products. These are not clinical / scientific studies, more a comparison to the Gold Standard product in each category eg, the Polar H10 for heart rate monitoring.

Please check back regularly to see what we’ve been testing this month. Don’t forget to visit our regular competition to win one of the products we’ve recently tested – all you have to do is LIKE and SHARE the Facebook post to win these great prizes


Our latest fitness & healthcare tests …

Polar M430 Heart Rate Accuracy

How accurate is the new Polar M430 compared to a traditional chest strap heart rate monitor? I have tested the M430 against a Suunto Spartan Sport and Garmin Edge 820 for over 60 hours and reveal my test results here ….

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Polar M430 Video Review

Polar M430 Video Review by Tristan Haskins

If you’re looking for a new GPS sports watch and want off the wrist heart rate then take a few minutes to watch my Video Review of the new Polar M430 …

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NEW PRODUCT – Kardia Mobile

NEWS – in the office this week is this innovative ECG sensor. The Kardia Mobile is NICE and FDA approved ECG/EKG sensor that pairs with your iOs or Android device ….

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Mio Slice UK release

New - the Mio Slice with PAI

I have received my test sample of the Mio Slice an innovative fitness tracker from Mio. What makes the Slice different from all the other fitness trackers is it’s PAI score – that’s Personal Activity Intelligence …

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Daily Steps Accuracy Tests

Testing the accuracy of step tracking on Polar, Suunto and Garmin

Have you ever wondered whether or not your step counter on your activity is accurate? I have noticed a large variation in steps tracked across many of the watches I have tested. I therefore conducted a short test comparing the Polar M200, Garmin Forerunner 35 and Suunto Spartan Ultra …

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Jabra Sport Pulse – NEW

New product - Jabra Sport Pulse heart rate headphones

I have been aware of this product for some time but never had the pleasure of testing them. A quick email to the UK distributor and a few days later a pair of Jabra Sport Pulse headphones has arrived for testing …

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All videos on ONE page ..

Just a quick update on my video reviews. I have conveniently added all my video reviews to a single page …

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Polar M200 Accuracy Tests

Polar M200 Heart Rate accuracy tests

The new Polar M200 uses the LED sensors on the back of the watch to acquire heart rate. This heart rate accuracy tests highlights the accuracy of the Polar M200 when compared to the Polar H7 chest sensor and a Polar M450 ..

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Chest Strap versus Wrist Based Heart Rate

Here are the results of tests 3 and 4. The objective of all these tests is to see how reliable and accurate the new wrist based (pulse taken from the wrist with optical LED sensors) heart rate monitors are compared to the traditional chest strap style HR sensors like the Polar H7 and the BlueLeza…

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Chest Strap v Wrist Based HR Accuracy

Introduction I am lucky, I get to test some of the very best heart rate monitor watches on the market. I quickly know which will be best sellers and which will fail to appeal. Often their success or failure is a result of the watch’s heart rate functionality and accuracy. A few years ago Mio…

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Suunto Spartan has arrived …

NEWS - Suunto Spartan Sport tests complete

Looking for a GPS equipped, 24/7 activity tracking, heart rate monitor watch in a tough, lightweight polyamide case, protected behind a mineral crystal glass, then I think you might like the new Suunto Spartan Sport and Suunto Spartan Ultra, REVIEWED HERE.

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Vivoactive HR tests complete

7 day average Heart Rate graph shown on Vivoactive HR

2016 has been one of the busiest years for new product releases. Polar have their new M600, Suunto the Spartan and before that we had this brilliant Garmin Vivoactive HR. With smartphone notifications, widgets and applications, built-in GPS and off the wrist heart rate it’s already proving to be a 2016 best seller.

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Garmin Vivosmart HR+ arrived …

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ on test this month

It’s going to be a busy month. With new arrivals from Suunto, TomTom and Garmin. Our friends at Garmin have sent us a Vivosmart HR+ to review throughout September. A very compact activity tracker with built-in GPS and heart rate monitor.

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Testing – Vivomove & Vivosmart HR+

Testing soon - Garmin Vivomove and Vivosmart HR+

Testing throughout September, the Garmin Vivomove traditional style analogue watch with MOVE bar and STEP counter and the Vivosmart HR+ with activity tracking, built-in heart rate and GPS !

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Garmin Vivomove has arrived

Testing Soon - Garmin Vivomove

For the customer who wants a TRADITIONAL style analogue watch with real hands … and a built-in STEP counter and MOVE bar to keep you active throughout the day. The Garmin Vivomove is available in several stylish colours including all black, gold and silver with a variety of straps to suit.

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Chest Strap versus Strapless

Which is better? Chest Strap or Strapless heart rate sensors

We’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding the accuracy of the new breed of OFF THE WRIST strapless heart rate monitor devices. Products like the Mio Fuse, Garmin Vivosmart HR, Fitbit Charge HR and Polar A360. We thought we’d do our own little test ride while on a day trip out to North Wales….

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BlueLeza – Bluetooth & ANT+

BlueLeza Bluetooth ANT+ heart rate belt - product test coming soon

Coming soon .. a product test of the BlueLeza HRM chest strap. A clever heart rate sensor that transmits in BOTH Bluetooth 4.0 (Android & iPhones) and also ANT+ (Garmin devices) > CLICK Here

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Fitbit Blaze Test is complete …

Comparison Table - Fitbit Surge, Charge HR and Blaze

The Fitbit Blaze is a proper smartwatch. The Charge HR and Surge have smart notifications and Bluetooth connectivity, but they’re not really SMARTwatches. The Blaze is >> BLOG HERE

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Forerunners just keep getting better

OK Garmin.. here’s the question. When will you stop making the Garmin Forerunner even better? Every time I think, right, that’s it, this is just about perfect, you bring out a new model.

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Music While you Workout

TomTom Spark / Runner2 with music and heart rate

The TomTom Runner 2 or TomTom Spark as it is also known comes in 6 different packages and 2 sizes. I have had the pleasure of testing the top of the range TomTom Runner 2 Cardio + Music.

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Review – Garmin Vivosmart HR

Garmin Vivosmart HR - strapless heart rate monitor / activity band

If you are in the market for a new activity tracker and have been considering the Fitbit Charge HR or the Polar A360 then please also take a minute to read the review of the Vivosmart HR >> BLOG here

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Fitbit Fitness products added to site

It took much longer than we had planned, but we are pleased to announce we now have Fitbit on the website ! Please pop over to their brand page for the latest news, reviews and product tests on the Fitbit Fitness Trackers and Sports Watches. >> BLOG HERE

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Polar A300 Video Review

Activity Bar on Polar A300

Video review of the Polar A300 now live on YouTube

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Polar A300 review update

Win this Polar A300 heart Rate Monitor

Our Polar A300 review has been updated with our own REAL PRODUCT images to help you get a better feel for this new activity tracker / fitness monitor.

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Edge 520 with Strava segments

Garmin Edge 520 tested and reviewed

If you use Strava you will love the new Garmin Edge. Please read our Edge 520 review for the latest news on this great new GPS bike computer.

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Epson SF-810 tests complete

Epson SF-810 taking heart rate off the wrist

We have been testing the new Epson SF-810 GPS Runners watch for just over week. It’s a neat package with built-in optical heart rate sensor taking HR from the WRIST, so no need for a chest strap.

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TomTom Runner Cardio tested

Heart Rate sensor built-in to Cardio Runner

We’ve been reviewing the TomTom MultiSport and Runner GPS sports watches with BUIILT-IN heart rate monitoring. 

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Polar V800 long term test

V800 in Recovery Status Mode showing current status

We have been testing the Polar V800 MultiSport watch for some time and WE LOVE IT. Not only is it the best made Polar watch for many years it’s packed with MULTISPORT features and SIMPLE to use …..

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