The Top 5 Best Heart Rate Monitors for Runners, Cyclists and Triathletes
Check out my list of the best heart rate monitors and find one that fits your training ability and fitness level. Get stronger, faster, and fitter and post your best race times ever.
It’s not easy picking out the most outstanding pulse rate recorder. There are hundreds of models on the market and most have some really awesome features. I’m talking things like built in GPS tracking that 20 years ago you would have only seen on old Star Trek reruns. And most monitors are really accurate as well, with most chest strap monitors comparable in accuracy to EKG machines you find in hospitals. It’s tough to narrow down the list.
Table Of Contents
Section 1. Start of the Article
Section 2. The Best All-Around
Section 3. The Top Model for Beginners and Intermediates
Section 4. My Pick for Serious Runners and Cyclists
Section 5. The Most Outstanding Model for Triathletes
Section 6. What You Should Get If You’re on a Budget
As a competitive runner I’m really picky about what I use to help me with my training. You should see me trying on tennis shoes. Whew! (And I think my wife is bad with jeans shopping.) The last thing I want is something that’s all hype but no substance and doesn’t help me one bit. And God forbid I get something that sets me back. So when I started looking at cardio tempo computers to help me train smarter, I really did some serious research. The result is this list of the highest rated devices and really this entire website.
Rather than just pick one monitor and say that this is the best, forget about all the others, I decided it would be more useful to include the best in a variety of different categories. For example, my sister is a triathlete. She does around 5 or 6 competitions a year and usually finishes towards the top in her age group. So she’s good and knows her stuff as far as training goes. She wanted me to take a look at the most awesome pulse beat watch for triathletes, which I did. You can see the highest rated machine in this category below.
You can also check out some of the best in other categories as well so you can certainly find something that will fit your sport, fitness level, or training style. If you’d like me to add another category, just write a comment below and I’ll see if I can help you out and get it up on the site.
A quick note on the criteria I used to come up with this list. I didn’t rely just on my own judgment and point of view. I’m just one guy, and one guy’s opinion, no matter how good (ha!) may not accurately reflect the market as a whole. This meant I needed to go out and really do my research. So, I read magazines, like Runner’s World, Consumer Reports, and, Bicycling Magazine that talked about cardio pace watches. I also read news articles from the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times with the latest on the world of monitors. I also checked out reviews on retailer websites where the owners of each monitor can post experiences and opinions. These are great sources of information and you can really see which monitors rise to the occasion and come out on top.
That said; check out the awesome list on the following pages. I know you’ll be able to find a watch that will help you become fitter, stronger and faster. And that’s what it’s all about.