A little while back I received an email from Beets BLU asking if I would like to review their bluetooth heart rate monitor.
As my husband is trying to get fit I thought it would be a great product for him to try out on our behalf. (And also good reason to make him go to the gym -“come on I have to write a review!”)
Beets BLU specialise in wireless sensors with bluetooth smart technology, and their products include bluetooth scales and a keyfinder, as well as the heartrate monitor.
About the Beets BLU heart rate monitor
The Beets BLU heartrate monitor comes in the form of a chest strap with a heart rate sensor attached. No adapter is needed, you simply put on the chest strap, switch on bluetooth on your smartphone (both iPhone and Android devices are compatible) and download one of the recommended apps, which you can find a list of on the Beets BLU website. The heart rate monitor transmits the data to your phone and off you go!
Depending on which app you choose you can track your heart rate, number of calories burned, and current heart rate zone amongst other stats. It’s probably worth having a look at a few of the apps before you start so that you can make sure it gives you all of the information you’re after.
What we thought of the Beets BLU heart rate monitor
We used the heart rate monitor with a Samsung Galaxy S6. Initially we downloaded the Beets BLU app but couldn’t get the heart rate monitor to pair with the phone. We tried Runkeeper next but again couldn’t get the app and monitor to sync. We got a bit frustrated with it and gave up for a few days, when we went back to try again the Beets BLU app worked ok.
It was easy to connect the monitor to the strap and the strap is fully adjustable to fit all sizes. It’s comfortable to wear, and quite discreet so isn’t obvious under your t-shirt.
My husband has used other heart rate monitors in the past including one with a watch, and found the Beets BLU device to be of the same standard as others he has used. The stats are useful, and it provides all of the information you need to track your workout.
If you are using it in the gym it’s great as you can prop your phone up on the treadmill and have a glance at how you’re getting on every now and then. My husband found it a little harder to use when going for a run outdoors as he wears his phone on an arm strap and didn’t want to keep stopping to have a look to see how he was getting on. You can however set alarm to warn you if your heart rate hits a certain level, so once you’re used to using it you don’t really need to look at your phone until you finish.
A Good value heart rate monitor
At £29.95 with free delivery we thought that this heart rate monitor was very good value, and we would recommend the Beets BLU heart rate monitor to anyone wanting to keep track of their heart rate when working out. Once set up it’s easy to use, and you don’t need to be a technology whizz to work it.
Disclaimer: We were sent the Beets BLU heart rate monitor for free to review, however all of the opinions in this post are honest and our own.
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