After 9 months researching Garmin heart rate monitors, writing 45,000 words of buyer’s guides and reviews these are my Garmin recommendations – take ‘em or leave ‘em!
Garmin are known for their GPS enabled heart rate monitors. For this reason, Garmin makes the best running heart rate monitors and multisport endurance training watches.
The two I recommend are the Garmin FR60 and the Garmin Forerunner 305. Let’s take a look at why…
Affordable Heart Rate Monitor for the Gung-ho Runner
Garmin FR60 w/Foot Pod
The Garmin FR60 is the most reliable indoor/outdoor running heart rate monitor with a foot pod. The reason I like it so much is because it is only a smidgen above $100 and can be used for a wide-range of activities.
One of my good friends trains for triathlons with it. She loves how simple it is to use, how accurate it is and how long the battery lasts in the foot pod.
It has everything you need: calorie counter, data transfer to computer, interval training timers and is water resistant to 50.
All-Round Top Garmin Heart Rate Monitor
Garmin Forerunner 305
If you fitness train outdoors then this is your ultimate tool. It is the first heart rate monitor that was released by Garmin and has dominated the market ever since.
You will not be disappointed with the ability of this watch to increase you physical fitness levels in little time. It is slightly more expensive than the FR60 but it has more smarts and abilities.
The most notable difference is that the 305 uses in-built GPS instead of the foot pod to measure your speed and distance. For this reason it requires a rechargeable battery that lasts about 10 hours in training mode.
Entire Garmin Product Line
If the above 2 do not float your boat then no worries… I made a rather in-depth page for all the Garmin heart rate monitors: