Heart rate monitor, fitness bracelet or smartwatch: the borders are fluid, in particular because the product categories influence each other. In general, however, it can be said that heart rate monitors are aimed more specifically at ambitious and professional athletes. An important distinction – at least in our testing procedures – is that we only include heart rate monitors with GPS. Because unlike simple fitness trackers or smartwatches, it is important for a sports watch that a smartphone does not have to be worn on the body to record the route.
Heart rate monitors often also support sports that are not offered by the competition, such as golf or triathlon. In addition, training units and objectives can be defined more precisely here. The Garmin Forerunner 945, for example, has the so-called Climb Pro function, an app that can be used to better assess individual slopes when running or cycling. Some models even offer some kind of coaching and comprehensive training plans.