Best Wireless Heart Monitors Reviewed
The heart is a complicated muscle. Unlike the other muscles in your body, you cannot just feed it quality protein and the best supplements and call it a day. Heart health starts with good cardio, minimal stress and good night sleep, as well as annual checkups.
Unfortunately, our hearts often don’t tell us that there is a problem until it is too late. That’s why keeping wireless heart monitors packed in your gym bag or tucked in your medicine cabinet is a great idea. These little devices not only tell you your heart rate, but they also work as a portable EKG. These tools are a great way to detect abnormalities in the function of your heart before they become bigger problems.
In this guide, we have collected some of our favorite wireless heart monitors so that your ticker no longer remains a mystery.
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Easy to use
Stores previous readings
10 Best Wireless Heart Monitors
1. AliveCor KardiaMobile
Easy to use
Stores previous readings
Must have smartphone
The reason that we selected these wireless heart monitors for the top of our list is that they are simple, easy, and effective. AliveCor doesn’t get bogged down in the weeds of complicated features that you don’t need or want. This device syncs with your phone and gives you an easy to read and detailed picture of your heart.Read more
The thing that users love most about this option from AliveCor is that it is incredibly easy to use. Simply place your fingers on the provided pads, and wait for your results to be shown directly on your smartphone. Not only does it show you your heart activity, but it also lets you know if there is anything wrong that may require that you visit your doctor.
Another thing that we loved about this design is that it functions completely on your smartphone. Simply download the KardiaMobile app, and follow the simple instructions. All of your previous information is stored right on your phone for quick and easy access. This ability to store months of readings is great to take to your doctors for your next visit!
For those that are in the market for something that is incredibly compact and easy to use, this design from AliveCor is one of your very best options. If you know how to operate your smartphone, you have all of the skills that you need to operate this device!
2. EMAY Portable EKG
Easy to use
PC history storage
Antiquated PC software
What we liked most about this design from EMAY is that it doesn’t require a smartphone or even a computer to operate. If you live in a remote log cabin without WIFI in the middle of the woods, you can use and operate this simple device. However, access to a computer allows you to easily charge and download your recordings.Read more
What we liked most about this design is that it can run independently of a smartphone or a computer. To use, simply place your hands on the side of the device and hit the power button. When it is done working, your heart rate, as well as any abnormalities, will show up right on the color screen. The screen also displays the battery life so you know when you need to charge it.
To charge this device, simply plug it into any USB power outlet. What we liked most about this design is that when you need to charge it, you can also offload all of your readings into a folder right on your computer. This allows you to easily track your progress over the years quickly and easily right on your home PC.
For those in the market for something that doesn’t necessarily require the use of a smartphone or a PC, this is a great option. It has a large and detailed colored screen that delivers your heart activity, your heart rate, and it will also alert you to any abnormalities.
3. SonoHealth Portable EKG
Easy to use
The SonoHealth Portable EKG is a great tiny little device that is easy to toss into a tote bag or keep in your medicine cabinet at home. It doesn’t require the use of a smartphone to deliver readings, but using a smartphone or PC unlocks additional helpful features. It’s small, simple, easy to use, and certainly worth checking out!Read more
What we loved most about there wireless heart monitors is that they are small and compact and a cinch to use. Simply place your fingers on the sides of the device (that measures to be just about as wide as a credit card) and wait for your results to show up on the full-color screen. The screen will display your heart activity as well as any abnormalities.
This device can be used on its own (and recharged via a USB charger), or in conjunction with your smartphone or PC. By pairing it to one of your devices, you can obtain quick and easy access to your history of readings. This makes it just a little bit easier to bring it in with you on your next doctor’s visit.
If you are in the market for something that small, simple, and easy to use, this is a great option. The color screen displays all of your pertinent information within a minute without the need for any extra device.
Large color screen
Easy to use
Not smartphone compatible
What makes these wireless heart monitors stand out from the pack is that is has a screen that is much bigger than many of the standard options out there on the market. It is incredibly easy to use, and the results are clear and simple to read when they are displayed on the screen. While it doesn’t sync to your phone, it does come with free PC software to sync your results for quick and easy access.Read more
What makes this style a little different is that it only takes one touch of the button found on the right side to create a reading. Simply place your thumb on the reading button along the side and hold it there between 30-60 seconds. Once completed, the device will tell you your activity, your heart rate, and if there is anything you need to be concerned about.
It runs off of a single lithium battery that can be recharged with the use of USB cables that is included with purchase. It comes with free PC software that gives you the option to download all of your history (even for multiple users) onto your computer so that you have to option to e-mail it to your doctor if you need to.
For those in the market for something that is simple and easy to use, this is a great option. It has a full-color screen that is quite a bit bigger than other options out there on the market. Plus, it comes with free PC software that makes it easy to download all of your information right onto your computer for easy access.
5. Wellue Health Tracker
Easy to use
Limited lead use
What we liked most about this design from Wellue is that while it can give you a quick and easy reading, it can provide more detailed readings as well. While it can give you detailed readings, it can also provide detailed reports about the findings in a variety of formats that make it easy to send it along to your health care professional.Read more
There are a few different ways to check the status of your heart with this device. Simply place your hands on the side of the detection electrodes for a quick reading that takes anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds. For more detailed readings, place the wired electrodes on your body and allow them to take a reading for 5 minutes.
When you are done taking your measurements, the information provides can be exported in a number of ways. You can plug it into your computer for a quick download, but it can also be sent to your smartphone as well. The provided app can tell you your history, allow you to quickly glance at previous readings, and it even provides PDF formats to send it off to your doctor.
For those in the market for something that provides readings that are a little more detailed than other options out there on the market this is a great option. Not only can it take an incredibly detailed 5-minute reading, but it can also send along the results in PDF form for easy access.
6. Omron Complete
Easy to use
Big and bulky
Odds are, you have an Omron device that already lives in your medicine cabinet. It should come as no surprise that this small healthcare electronics brand is making our list at least once. What we liked most about this device is that provides detailed pictures of your heart and it is fairly easy to use. Plus, it offers up just a little more than heart activity and heart rate.Read more
The thing that we noticed first about this design is that it also measures your blood pressure as well. Using the cuff that is included with purchase, you can check to see if your blood pressure is too high at the same time that you check your heart activity. This means that a finished report delivers any abnormalities, your heart rate, and even your blood pressure.
It has a large and easy to read full-color screen that delivers your results. This device is also able to be synced via Bluetooth to your smartphone via the free Omron app that is available for download. This app allows you to organize all of your information and allows you to share it with your doctor at your next visit.
For those in the market for something that comes from a trusted brand that is easy to use, this is a really great choice. The inclusion of the blood pressure monitor allows you to get an incredibly detailed picture of the health of your most important muscle.
7. Wellue Wearable Health Tracker
Easy to use
Uncomfortable chest strap
Wellue is making our list year again with the option of this wearable device. While the other Wellue device has a full-color screen to deliver your results, this design does not have a screen and only works with a compatible app on your smartphone. What users love about this design is that it works in a number of ways.Read more
This design comes with two modes that allow you to take readings. The first device is a loose battery-powered device where you place your fingers to create a reading that is displayed on your phone. The second method is to wear a strap around your chest that you keep on throughout the day. What users love about this device is that you can check your readings at any time throughout the day, even when you are at work.
What users love about this option is that the app provided is incredibly easy to use. It stores all of your previous readings in a user-friendly list with all of the pertinent details of your reading. The app also allows you to download your readings into PDF format that makes it a cinch to send off to your doctor’s office
For those in the market for something that comes from a trusted brand and it easy to use, this is a great option. Users love the chest strap design that allows them to check in on their hearts even when in the middle of working.
8. Heal Force
Easy to use
No smartphone compatibility
No rechargeable batteries
What we liked about this design from Heal Force is that it is super easy to use right out of the box. What makes it stand out from the pack is that it also comes with a series of electrodes and leads that allow you to take a more detailed picture of your heart. It has a large screen that is easy to read, and you do not need a smartphone in order to use it.Read more
The size of this screen is about the size of a credit card and relays your heart heath results in full color. It has a small and compact frame that is easy to toss into a tote or store in your medicine cabinet. SImply press your fingers on the side of the device to get a quick reading in under a minute. For more detailed readings, affix the electrodes to your body for about 5 minutes.
The bad news about this option is that the batteries are not rechargeable. It takes 2 AAA batteries that will need to be replaced over time. These batteries are not included with purchase, so you will need to purchase them ahead to time to use it right out of the box. The electrodes, as well, are something that will need to be replaced over time.
If you are in the market for something that provides an incredibly accurate reading of your heart, this is an excellent choice. It comes with all of the things that you will need for your detailed reading, for the exception of the batteries. It also doesn’t sync with your phone, which can make sharing information with your doctor difficult.
9. Sec Portable
Easy to use
Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to these wireless heart monitors from Sec Portable. This simple design easily slips into the pocket on your shirt or your purse, and it doesn’t take that much room in your medicine cabinet. It is incredibly easy to use and provides detailed information you can take with you to your next doctor’s appointment.Read more
To use this device, you need to download the corresponding app to your phone (compatible with both Android and iOs devices). Once your device has been paired to your phone via Bluetooth, simply place your fingers on the electrodes to create your reading. The app stores all of your readings that you can take with you to your doctor.
The downside to this device is that it comes with a singular battery that cannot be recharged. This means that when the battery level becomes low, you will need to make a trip to buy a special CR2016, which could prove a little difficult to track down.
For those in the market for something that is simple and easy to use, this is a great option. It has a basic frame that you can keep in your pocket, and pull it out when you need to check your numbers.
Easy to use
Pairs with phone
What we liked most about this design from HealthWood is that it has a simple and easy design that you can use right out of the box. It has a full-color screen that doesn’t require the use of a smartphone of PC in order to use. However, if you would like to sync your information all in one place to take to your doctor’s office, it is able to be synced to your phone via Bluetooth.Read more
To use this device, simply place your fingers on the electrode points that are found on the side of the unit. It will take anywhere between 30 and 60 seconds to create a reading that displays on the full-color screen. To store your readings in an easy to access place be sure to download the app and sync your device to your phone.
One thing that users really liked about this design is that it is able to be recharged. Once the battery level gets too low (there is an indicator light on the color screen) simply plug the USB cable into a power source.
If you are in the market for something that is small and compact and easy to use, this is a great choice. You can use it alone, or pair it with your phone for the full benefits that it can offer.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
At the end of the day, you just need something that is accurate.
If there is one thing that can send your otherwise average heart rate through the roof, it is the sight of an abnormal reading! There were a few things that we took into consideration to make sure that you never fell victim to the false reading.
One of the things that we considered was the brand that manufactures each product. While there are a lot of brands out there that are household names, there are others that fly under the radar. Brands such as Omron may already live in your medicine cabinet, so you know that they are made from quality components.
Other brands, such as AliveCor, may not be as recognizable as Omron. Omron is a great company that makes a whole line of similar products that range from blood pressure monitors to these wireless heart monitors. It is important to note that we did our research on all of the brands that may not be as well known to ensure that they are made from quality materials.
AliveCor, for instance, was founded in 2011 and only makes products that measure your heart. This means that the time and research spent on the development of their products when completely to the measurement and monitoring of your heart.
Another thing that we considered to ensure that each and every product was accurate was to comb through hundreds upon hundreds of user reviews to weed our products that were a little less than reliable. If a product isn’t consistent, previous users are quick to condemn the product as lower quality.
Ease of Use
The last thing you want to do is tinker with difficult to use products.
To keep your heart healthy, you need to limit stress as much as you can, and wresting with finicky Bluetooth is a one-way ticket to high blood pressure. We wanted to make sure that we selected designs that were incredibly easy to use.
There are two different designs out there on the market- those that need to pair to your phone to be able to work and those that have a built-in screen that can take your reading in the middle of the woods while camping.
The benefits of a design that doesn’t have a screen that needs to be accessed means that it has a very small frame and profile. You can simply slip it into your pocket or purse for a quick and easy reading when you are out on the go. Plus, due to the fact that it doesn’t need a screen means that the battery life will last a long longer than those with a screen.
If you hate the idea of being tied to your smartphone for yet another reason, you may want to opt for a screen option. These designs come with a full-color screen that displays your information for a quick reading that also stores previous readings. The good news is that some of these options can also pair to your phone if you want to keep all your info in one place.
We wanted to select products that came with a few extra features to help to gain a clear picture of your ticker.
Below, we have gone into a little bit of detail about some of the extra features that we found on some styles, and the reason it may be beneficial to your needs.
A blood pressure monitor is a great way to gain an overall picture of the status of your heart. Products that include a blood pressure monitor often have electrodes located on the side of the device that can take your blood pressure and measure your heart all at the same time. These designs often have larger screens (and are a little on the bulky side) that go into great detail about all of your numbers.
We also liked products that included electrode pads and leads with their devices. Many of the simple options out there have silver electrode buttons along the side to place your fingers for a reading. If you want to gain a more accurate reading (like an EKG at a doctor’s office), using electrode pads around your heart may take a little bit longer to read, but it will provide a more detailed reading.
A hands-free design was something else that we found was very helpful. There were some designs out there on the market that straps to your chest to wear under your clothing and syncs to your smartphone. This design allows you to check your numbers at any point throughout the day without skipping a beat.
When we talk about style, we are talking about the size of the unit and how easy it is to take with you on the go.
We wanted to ensure that we selected designs that were small and sleek and weren’t too bulky. Below, we went into a little bit more detail about the different styles out there on the market.
The screenless designs are the styles that sync with an app on your phone. Your phone is something that is basically glued to your hands, and you make be reading this sentence on your phone as we speak. Therefore, for these options, the only extra gear you need to carry is a small electrode pad that slips easily into your pocket or gym bag.
When selecting designs that come with screens, we wanted to make sure that they were small and compact enough to take with you on the go. The screened styles that we selected often come with a full color-screen for easy to read results, and often run about the same size as a credit card. While they may have the same dimensions of a credit card, they are often a lot bulkier so carrying it in your pocket may prove to be a challenge.
When devices can connect with our phones or computers, our lives get that much easier.
While many of the styles and options ut there on the market are able to store your previous results in the device itself, accessing these features involves a deep and painful dive into the instruction manual.
To save yourself this very specific headache, many designs are often able to be synced via Bluetooth to an app on your smartphone. The benefit of using the included smartphone app allows you quick and easy access to many of your previous readings. Plus, if you happen to have an abnormal reading some designs offer a PDF format that allows you to e-mail it to your physician’s office before you head into your appointment.
Some of the other designs out there on the market allow you to plug in your device directly to your computer. This allows you to connect to your PC without the headache of finicky Bluetooth connections. By plugging it into your computer, you can offload all of the information on your device and it lets you organize it on your PC in a very organized fashion.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
A possible Afib means that the device detected an irregular or quivering heartbeat that can be an early warning sign to more serious complications such as a stroke, blood clots, or even heart failure. The key to living a long and healthy life is to be able to detect problems with your ticker before it can do any real damage.
To make your heart strong, raising your heart rate with hardcore cardio is a great way to give it a good workout. However, it is important that your heart rate doesn’t get too high or it can cause some real damage. Ideally, your MHR should be 220 - your age. So, if you are 35 years old, your heart rate should never be over 185.
While an abnormal heart rate may make you want to jump up and head to the ER, you want to want to reconsider. If your abnormal reading isn’t accompanied by any scary symptoms (such as labored breathing, dizziness, or pain), it may be something that can wait until you can make a doctor’s appointment.
Other Factors to Consider
When you go to the doctors for your yearly checkup, it is unlikely that you will have an EKG done. In most cases, the doctor will only order one if you have mentioned symptoms that may call for this specific test.
In reality, most people do not report their symptoms to their doctor because they are random, mild, or they just flat out forget. With the use of an easy to operate wireless heart monitors, you can perform the detailed tests on your heart right at home! With devices that connect to your phone, you can even send your results right along to your doctor in an easy to read PDF form.
Taking care of your heart is as important (if not more important) than taking care of your muscles and bones. When training, we often wear protective gear such as knee sleeves and gloves to protect your ligaments and tendons from wear and tear. Taking care of your heart isn’t as simple, so it is important to check in on it every once in a while!
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Why do I need a heart monitor?
It is incredibly important that you take very good care of your heart. You take supplements and protein to build muscles in the rest of your body, and you ice muscles that become too fatigued or strained. It only makes sense that to take that same level of care for your heart.
The reason that it is difficult to care for your heart is that it doesn’t talk to you the same way a strained calf muscle speaks to you. Problems with your heart often arise as increased heart rate (that sometimes can go unnoticed), fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, or palpitations. Many of these symptoms can come and go and you may even forget to bring them up to your doctor.
Using wireless heart monitors regularly is a great way to check in every once in a while to make sure that there is nothing wrong. When you go to your doctors for a check-up, an EKG isn’t on the menu for a standard exam. If you are engaging in hard cardio or exercise, it is always a good idea to check in on your heart every now and again.
q: What are the difference between blood pressure, heart rate, and wireless heart monitors?
The heart is a complicated muscle and therefore needs complicated devices to measure it. There are a few key differences between these three devices, and we wanted to get into a little bit of detail below.
Blood pressure is a way of measuring how fast or how slow your blood travels through your veins. Instead of measuring your heart at the source, it detects how good of a job it is doing delivering blood to the rest of your body.
Heart rate monitors detect how many times your heart beats per minute. Ideally, you want your heart rate to be under 100 when at rest, and never over around 220 when exercising (of course, these numbers vary from person to person). Simple devices like smartwatches can detect your heart rate.
Heart monitoring, on the other hand, is a little more complicated. These devices check how many times your heart beats per minute, but it also measures each and every beat checking for abnormalities. If it detects something is off, it will alert you of possible problems that you can show to your doctor.
q: Are they just for older people?
Absolutely not! The stigma that health problems only arise in the elderly is a little problematic. Senior citizens do not have a monopoly on health problems- they can happen to people of any age. If you work hard at work, run off of little sleep, and train really hard at the gym- it means your heart is working just as hard.
This means that it is important to check-in every once in a while to make sure that you are in good shape. In fact, many heart problems that happen later in life can actually be avoided if they are detected and treated early on. This means that checking in on the status of your heart at 25 means you could potentially avoid some pretty serious health problems at 65.
q: How do I know when something is wrong?
When your reading is displayed on the screen, it looks like a heart monitor reading you would see at the hospital. Most users wouldn’t know an average EKG reading from an abnormal reading- and that is perfectly alright.
These devices do not expect you to be able to read your chart. Instead, it reads it for you! All of the designs out there on the market are able to detect abnormalities in your heartbeat and will tell you if there is possible afib at the end of your reading.
q: How do I know when to go to the hospital?
So, you just finished your reading and you get the result that you have a possible afib. Alarm bells start going off in your head, and your first instinct is to run to the emergency room. Before you make any sudden moves, consider if you feel like you need to go to the hospital.
Serious complications that require immediate attention are often accompanied by serious side effects like pain, difficulty breathing, or a racing heart that feels like it wants to explode out of your chest. If you aren’t feeling any of those symptoms, it may not exactly be an emergency.
However, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make an appointment with your doctor. Many of these devices store the information, or it even allows you to e-mail it to your doctor. Once you make an appointment, they will be able to check to see if it is a real problem and if any further steps need to be considered.