Disclaimer: I received the Beets Blu Heart Monitor Review in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are my own.
As someone who loves working out, I like to monitor items such as my caloric burn and my heart rate. When working out, it is ideal to know your heartrate because depending on the number, you know your effort – you can pick it up a notch or if you’re going too hard, you can scale back (in addition to the “can you carry a conversation” test). I have had my fair share of heart rate monitors in the past, such as Polar and FitBit. When offered the chance to review the Beets Blu Heart Monitor, I jumped at the chance!
I wanted to see how accurate it was in comparison to my other monitors. The instruction manual was fairly straightforward. Simply adjust the band to your body dimensions and wrap it around your chest (for me, this was beneath the bra line) and click the device in place. The strap itself is adjustable, thin, and very comfortable. I was surprised by that. I also liked that you did not necessarily need to wet the straps beforehand for it to work. That always annoyed me with other straps. It was such a pain, especially if I was short on time and in a rush during my workout, like when I would workout on my lunch break.
Note, the instructions do say you can wet the straps, and it is advisable to do so, as natural skin moisture may not be enough.
The Beets Blu Heart Monitor has an app you can connect it to, that you can download, which I did from the Apple Store. Once the app is open, all you need to do is enter your weight and your gender, and that is it! And then via Bluetooth technology, the device is immediately connected (just give a minute to calibrate).
The Beets Blu Heart Monitor also stayed in place and did not move around, another bonus! Once you are done, simply take off the strap and store it away. The monitor will automatically enter a sleep mode when it loses contact with skin. The monitor’s battery (which it comes with, yay!) should last at least one year, which is great.
Other apps work with the Beets Blu Heart Monitor, at least 35 from the website – and that is just for iPhone. So you are not limited to just using the main app – there are many options to choose from.
When compared to my other monitor, it is on par for tracking. The Beets Blu Heart Monitor is also reasonably priced in comparison to other monitors (it is only $44.95), which retail for a hundred plus dollars. I think the monitor is great for someone who is actively working out and wants to track their fitness or even for someone who is coming off cardiac illness and needs to monitor their rehabilitation. In the end, I am very happy with the Beets Blu Heart Monitor is a great device and certainly something I will be using in the long run.