A good waterproof heart rate monitor is essential to maximizing any workout session or exercise routine.
Apart from its obvious heart monitoring capabilities, a heart rate monitor can also help you safely maintain workout intensity, avoid over-training and resulting burnout, track your progress, and of course, motivate you.
Whether it’s for swimming, diving, jogging, running, or whatever activity it may be, our list of the Best Waterproof Heart Rate Monitors 2018 will guarantee you get the most out of any routine.
Heart rate monitors come in all different shapes, sizes, and varieties, so we’ve sectioned our list into 3 broad categories: Wrist Band Monitors & HRM Watches, Chest Strap Monitors, and Head Strap Monitors.
At the top of our list, and falling into the wrist strap / heart rate monitor watch category, is the Timex Ironman Heart Rate Monitor. It looks like your everyday, run of the mill sports watch, but it’s packed with all the bells and whistles you’ll ever want in a heart rate monitor. The best part is, of all the waterproof heart rate monitors we’ve reviewed, it’s the only one that is water-resistant to 300ft (100m).
- Best Waterproof Heart Rate Monitors 2018 – Wrist Bands & HRM Watches
- Waterproof Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitors
- Waterproof Ear/Head Strap Heart Rate Monitor
- Buyer’s Guide – Should I Go With Wrist, Chest, or Head Strap Heart Monitors? What Else Should I Look For?
Best Waterproof Heart Rate Monitors 2018 – Wrist Bands & HRM Watches
For those of you who want to enjoy the convenience of having your heart rate information at your fingertips, or in this case on your wrist, a wrist-based heart rate monitor may be the best option. Wrist monitors can be easily worn like a watch and after a while, you don’t even remember that it’s there.
Timex Ironman Heart Rate Monitor Watch
Recommended Activities: Running, walking, swimming, diving
- Waterproof rated IPX-8
- Recovery heart rate timer
- Calories burned display
- Doubles as a regular watch
- 50-lap memory
- Strap can break
Our top pick, from Timex, is a wrist strap heart rate monitor that looks like a regular sports watch but comes fully loaded with the trinkets needed in a waterproof heart rate monitor.
A Flex-Tech digital sensor eliminates any potential electronic interference or heart rate monitor cross-talk. It has an Indiglo light-up watch dial, Indiglo night light, and is water resistant up to 330 ft. (100m) subsequently making it IPX-8-rated.
The Timex Ironman features 50-lap chronograph memory, with average heart rate per lap, which is great for jogging and running. Target heart rate zones and average heart rate per workout and lap help you keep an accurate track of exactly what your heart is doing and when it’s doing it. A recovery heart rate timer prevents over-training and over-exertion, and a calories burned display serves as a true motivator. Max heart rate display is read in either beat per minute (BPM) or as a percentage (%).
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Garmin Vívosmart HR Wrist Heart Rate Monitor
Recommended Activities: Swimming, running, cycling
- Waterproof IPX-8
- Integrated barometric altimeter
- Keeps you connected
- Notifications can’t be controlled
This comfortable-to-wear, sleek, band monitors your all-day heart rate without the need for a chest strap. Last, but not least, in the Wrist Strap Category, this accurate heart rate monitor provides optimum heart rate data needed for workouts and training sessions.
Water resistant to 164ft. (50m) – IPX-8-rated, this portable heart rate monitor comes with an integrated barometric altimeter that tracks when you put in that extra effort.
With the Garmin Vívosmart activity tracker, you can stay connected while you workout. It displays steps, distance, calories, heart rate, floors climbed, and activity intensity, meanwhile, you can still receive texts, calls, and check social media alerts.
Garmin Forerunner 310XT
Recommended Activities: Running, swimming, cycling
- Waterproof rated IPX-8
- 20 hours of battery life
- Wireless data transfer
- Rugged, durable, versatile
- Does not collect HR data in water
Simply put, the Forerunner 310XT is a GPS-enabled, waterproof, heart rate monitor that sends data wirelessly to your computer. You can call it a heart rate GPS watch.
Boasting 20 hours of battery life, this Garmin heart rate monitor features innovative USB ANT+ wireless technology that transfers data when the computer is in range. Waterproof up to 164ft. (50m) of water, rated IPX-8, it’s perfect for swimming (only tracks times) and almost any other conditions.
The Forerunner 310XT is ideal for tracking running and biking data, as it accurately records your position, distance, pace, and of course, heart rate. It’s rugged design, built-in GPS, and ability to withstand most conditions, make it the top choice for triathlete’s training.
Mio ALPHA 2 Heart Rate Monitor Watch
Recommended Activities: Running, cycling, walking
- Waterproof IPX-8
- No chest strap needed
- Can set heart rate goals & zones
- 25 hours of data memory
- App is not very user-friendly
This Mio heart rate monitor offers accurate wrist-based heart data during exercise, workouts, and demanding sessions.
With the ability to store up to 25 hours of workout data, this wireless heart rate monitor syncs wirelessly via Bluetooth (4.0) to most popular fitness apps – specifically the Mio PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) app. It’s water resistant up to 100ft. (30m) – making it IPX-8 (3ATM) -rated.
The ALPHA 2, as expected, tracks workouts, routines, and exercises, and includes information on steps, calories, and distance.
Q-YEE Waterproof Heart Rate Monitor Sports Wristband
Recommended Activities: Cycling, running, climbing
- Waterproof IPX-7
- Bluetooth (4.1)
- 24-hour heart rate monitor
- USB charge
- App required for syncing
This sports heart rate monitor, featuring a humanized design, is a comfortable sports wristband that offers accurate, up-to-date heart information ideal for most fitness routines.
Its IPX-7 waterproof design makes the Q-YEE great for outdoor sports, especially those exposed to moisture and the elements. Bluetooth (4.1) compatibility allows for wireless data syncing and this wrist heart rate monitor comes with a USB charging port.
The humanized design of the Q-YEE features a gesture recognition function that causes the display to automatically illuminate once you raise and turn your arm. A sweat-proof resin strap fits snugly to your arm as you enjoy the benefits of 24-hour heart rate monitor, calories and food energy conversion, step tracker, sleep quality tracker, and SMS/call support.
Waterproof Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitors
It may not always be convenient to purchase or wear a wrist heart rate monitor, and for a few reasons. Compared to wrist and head strapped monitors, sometimes chest heart rate monitors prove to be more accurate, more affordable, and even carry longer battery lives. Chest monitors are very popular in swimming and water sports.
Suunto Smart Belt
Recommended Activities: Running, swimming, cycling
- Computer compatible
- iOS & Android compatible
- Replaceable battery
- Battery lip cover breaks easily
Weighing in at 1.4 oz, this lightweight chest strap heart rate monitor stores your heart rate data and transfers it wirelessly to either the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00LVNANAW” locale=”US” tag=”atwte-20″]Ambit3 watch[/easyazon_link] or the Suunto app.
Housed in textile and plastic material, yet ruggedly built, the Suunto Smart Belt is fully computer compatible, supported by Bluetooth smart devices such as Android and iOS. It carries a user-replaceable battery and is suitable for swimming.
The sensor stores heart rate data and wirelessly transfers it to your device via the Suunto app or to your Ambit3 watch. With the Suunto app, users can analyze, review, and share every movement that was made.
Polar H7 Waterproof Chest Heart Rate Monitor
Recommended Activities: Swimming, running, workout routines, gym
- Waterproof rated IPX-8
- Lightweight & slim
- Good battery life
- Requires an app for use
This slim, lightweight, waterproof chest heart rate monitor is the top of our list in Chest Strap category.
This exercise heart monitor by Polar is ideal for planning, training, analyzing, and sharing exercise routines. It provides real-time heart rate information and is compatible with mobile training apps such as, Polar Beat and Polar Flow – via Bluetooth technology.
Compatible with iOS and Android devices, the H7 features optimal battery life – it’s recommended you detach the transmitter from the device after use to ensure optimal battery life expectancy. As advanced as this waterproof heart rate monitor is, basic calorie burn count and heart rate-based features keep training simple.
Wahoo TICKR X Waterproof Workout Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor
Recommended Activities: Swimming, running
- Waterproof rated to IPX-7
- Compatible with Android 4.3 & iPhone 4S and above
- Built-in memory
- Distance accuracy impacted by cellphone distance from the unit
This heart rate monitor detects and sends heart rate data to your smartphone in real-time and accurately, and also features information on training zones and calories burned.
This chest strap is the official heart rate monitor of Team Sky (Tour de France champions). Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ technology make connectivity to smartphones, tablets, Garmin and Polar GPS watches possible. It is compatible with iPhone 4S and later, and Android 4.3 and later.
This is heart rate monitor features automatic rep count when used with the Wahoo 7 Minute Workout or Pear Sports apps. A built-in memory gives you the freedom and option to train without a phone – it captures data and syncs it to your phone later.
Bestart Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor
Recommended Activities: Running, swimming, cycling, gym
- Waterproof rating IPX-7
- Bluetooth compatible
- Bluetooth low energy (prolongs battery life)
- Real-time data transmission
- Requires bluetooth device and app
Thanks to Bluetooth 4.0 technology, you can transmit real-time data to your phone or tablet. This device is great for running, swimming, and cycling.
Waterproof to IPX-7, this waterproof heart monitor pairs with your Bluetooth device (phone or tablet) and transmits data in real-time. It’s also compatible with many apps like Endomondo, Wahoo Fitness, MapMyRide, Cyclemeter, AlaCoach, Runtastic, RoadBike and more. Compatible with iPhone and Android.
This waterproof chest strap heart monitor, apart from heart rate data, captures distance, calories, and pace – making it ideal for most outdoor and gym activities. Bluetooth compatible, it will switch off automatically if no device is found within 20 seconds.
Waterproof Ear/Head Strap Heart Rate Monitor
Although they’re not as popular, head mounted heart rate monitors have still earned their place in the world of HR monitors. Popular in the swimming community, they are quite accurate but prove to be cumbersome, inconvenient, and slightly annoying. However, we’ve still added the FINIS Aqua Pulse heart rate monitor to our list.
FINIS Aqua Pulse
Recommended Activities: Swimming
- In-ear audio announcements
- Takes long to charge
Think of this heart rate monitor as the voice of your heart. The FINIS Aqua Pulse announces your heart rate into your ear as you move, preventing you from having to stop and check your watch.
Fully waterproof – making it excellent for swimmers, bone conduction audio announcement verbally conveys your heart rate directly into your ear via the bones in your inner ear.
This is great for 2 reasons:
1. It eliminates the need for stopping and checking a watch.
2. It eliminates annoying earbuds that never stay in your ear while swimming.
An infrared sensor is responsible for picking up your heart rate through your earlobe.
The Aqua Pulse is easily attached since no chest strap or watch are needed to monitor heart activity. It can be secured by slipping it inside your goggle strap. It’s accurate and reported to be quite comfortable. Read an in-depth review here.
Buyer’s Guide – Should I Go With Wrist, Chest, or Head Strap Heart Monitors? What Else Should I Look For?
As always, we at All Things Waterproof try to give you, our friends, some tips, hints, and general guidance in choosing waterproof products. In this case, we’ve outlined a few tips to keep in mind when choosing the best in waterproof heart rate monitors.
Wrist, Chest, or Head Strap Heart Monitors – Which One?
Our comparison table below shows the advantages and disadvantages of each category of heart rate monitors. i.e Wrist, Chest, or Head monitors. Let’s have a look.
What Else Should I Look For?
Here are a few things you should look out for when buying waterproof heart rate monitor.
It’s in our nature, and our name, to always consider waterproofing as top priority in choosing any product. In most strenuous activities perspiration is quite likely to occur. With outdoor activities, exposure to moisture may be inevitable, incidents involving water are always a possibility, and of course, you may want to simply use your heart rate monitor for swimming or other water sports. With that said, always check the IP-rating and its subsequent meaning – which can be found here. In addition to IP-ratings, an equally important rating to check is the atmospheres, or ATM, rating. We’ll explain that further in this article.
Monitoring your heart rate is essential to maximizing your workout routine or exercise session, but equally as important is your comfort level. Naturally, the more comfortable you feel during a workout, the more you’ll be motivated, and subsequently, the more satisfying your workout experience will be.
Choosing a comfortable waterproof heart rate monitor that doesn’t require many adjustments once it’s attached is great for added comfort. Likewise, heart monitors, such as the FINIS Aqua Pulse, contribute significantly to your overall session by eliminating the need to stop the session to track progress or check heart data.
Compatibility can be considered an extension to comfort. Waterproof wrist, chest, or head monitors that can be wirelessly connected to your smartphone, tablet, or mobile device, are great for monitoring workout trends, progress, and data – especially real-time trackers. After all, what use is a workout routine in the pool if you can’t review the data.
There are a number of additional features that will definitely make you feel like you’ve earned your keep in purchasing waterproof heart rate trackers. Things like:
1. Notifications that alert you of excessive heart rates.
3. Sleep trackers to monitor quality of sleep.
4. In-ear audio announcements of heart data.
5. Wrist monitors that double as watches and/or clocks.
6. Wireless connectivity and real-time data transmission.
7. Features that allow you to set heart rate zones and goals.
8. Movement bars that prompt you to get going when you appear to be inactive.
9. Calories burned calculator or recorder.
10. Features that prevent or reduce outside interference.
11. Phone call, SMS, and social media notifications.
You may see this term, ATM-rating, pop up once or twice in the wonderful world of water pressure. But, what exactly does it mean, and what exactly does it refer to? Well, simply put, although certain devices such as; watches, smartphones, and media players – to name a few, may be able to withstand a certain level of water exposure, there’s a limit to the pressure these devices can withstand. The same can be said of waterproof heart rate monitors.
Yes, they are waterproof but can only withstand so much water pressure. Pressure tests are measured in ATMs, which stands for atmospheres, and we’ve created a table that simplifies the meaning behind these ATM ratings.
|1 ATM||Pressures equivalent to 10m||Rain and light splashes|
|3 ATM||Pressures equivalent to 30m||Rain, splashes, accidental submersion, showering|
|5 ATM||Pressures equivalent to 50m||Rain, splashes, accidental submersion, showering, shallow swimming, shallow snorkeling|
|10 ATM||Pressures equivalent to 100m||Rain, splashes, accidental submersion, showering, swimming, snorkeling|
|20 ATM||Pressures equivalent to 200m||Rain, splashes, accidental submersion, showering, swimming, snorkeling, surface diving, water sports|
General care and preventative maintenance, similar to what you’d carry out on your typical waterproof devices, will always play a role in extending the lifespan of your waterproof heart rate monitor. Most ATM and IP tests are conducted in fresh water, so after salt-water use, it’s always a good idea to give your device a rinse and thoroughly dry with a clean, dry cloth.
There are many reasons you might want to invest in a waterproof heart rate monitor. Well, whatever the reason, we’ve given you the best the market has to offer, along with expert tips and hints in choosing the perfect heart rate monitor that suits your needs.