Most heart rate monitors either come with a strap or are wrist watches without a continuous reading of the heart rate. Below is the rare group of heart rate monitors that offer continuous readings while at the same time not using a chest strap.
ePulse 2 Strapless Heart Rate Monitor
Editor’s Top Continuous HRM Pick w/o Chest Strap!
- One of the highest, most reviewed heart rate monitors of the strapless variety
- One of the few monitors that offers a continuous reading of your heart rate without a chest strap
- Great for cyclists, since it would very hard to use strapless models that require touching the monitor for a heart rate reading
- Counts calories as a feature
- Large, easy to read screen
- Comes with a 90 day limited warranty
- Standard Complaints among strapless heart rate monitors that it fails to work.
- Low Battery Life – one reviewer offers a solution – the Energizer Ultimate Lithium Battery to increase battery life
- Some reviewers complain about inaccurate heart readings – a common complaint among all strapless heart rate monitors
- Warranty not terribly long – one reviewer complained of the monitor dying a few months after the warranty expired
- One of the few heart rate monitors without chest straps offering continual heart rate readings
- Essentially an advanced version of the myTrek monitor (see below)
- Unlike the myTrek, Scosche comes is water/sweat proof, dust/debris proof, comes with a removable armband, protective sealing, is sleak/lightweight, comes with cloud support, and has up to 6 hrs of battery life compared to myTrek’s 4-5 hours.
- Requires a device to use such as an iPod Touch (3rd-5th gen), iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet.
- A newer product – only 1 review so far.
See below to look at Rhythm’s predecessor – myTrek.
FINIS Aqua Pulse
- One of the highest rated continual heart rate monitors on Amazon, but it doesn’t have many reviews
- Excellent choice for those wanting a heart rate monitor without a chest strap for swimming
- Provides an audible reading of your heart rate in a given interval (choose between 10s, 20s, 30s 45s, 1min, 2min, or 5min) or press button for the last recorded reading
- Provides up to 8 hours of battery, although depending on the settings you use, it could be less
- Great solution for swimmers who don’t want to readjust their chest strap as they swim
- Probably not a good idea to use it for anything other than swimming
- Some complaints of the heart monitor readings being inconsistently accurate
- One reviewer complains of a poor overall design
Scosche myTrek Heart Rate Monitor
- One of the few heart rate monitors without chest straps the offers a real time, continual heart rate display – no need to touch the monitor for an “on demand” reading like most other strapless models.
- Control what music you listen to from the armband.
- Shows calories burned
- Look at your previous workout statistics and see how you’ve improved
- Can track distance and speed of workout
- Complaints about the myTrek app freezing up – one reviewer suggests the Digifit App as the solution – using that instead of the myTrek app
- Requires using a device such as an iPhone, iPod Touch (3rd/4th gen), iPad, Android smartphone, or Android tablet – device must be within 33 feet of your armband while working out
- Some reviewers say their monitors failed after using awhile/got wrong readings – a typical complaint for heart rate monitors without chest straps
- Has mediocre ratings on Amazon – the ePulse 2 rates better as of writing this.
Pure Lime Sports Bra with built in Heart Rate Sensors
- Close to the heart – likely resulting in an accurate heart rate
- Built into a sports bra so very similar to a HRM with a chest strap without the annoying feeling
- Excellent reviews with remarks such as – comfortable, easy to use, accurate
- Amazon product description claims that the bra works with all transmitters with snap attachment
- Limited to one gender.
- You’ll need to buy a trasmitter and receiver separately in addition to this sports bra
- The number of reviews on Amazon is very limited – only 3 as of writing this
You also might be interested in the Mio Alpha, a new continuous heart rate monitor. It doesn’t have a listing on Amazon as of writing this, so it’s difficult to review, but it may be of interest if you’re wiling to pay a premium price.