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Pros / Its lightweight, Bluetooth-enabled design is convenient. All your data is automatically transferred to charts and graphs in the app so you can analyze your day-over-day and week-over-week fitness.

Cons / The screen doesn’t always wake up on the first tap. You have to tap the screen hard and very precisely to turn it on.

 Verdict / The Alta HR is a great heart rate monitor for all-day wear. It’s colorful, easy to hide under shirt sleeves and continuously tracks data on a minute-by-minute basis.

TopTenREVIEWS - Silver Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set
TopTenREVIEWS - Excellence Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

The Fitbit Alta HR heart rate monitor watch is a slim, lightweight device that provides you with real-time fitness data. This version is similar in all aspects to the regular Fitbit Alta model but has a built-in heart rate monitor. The Fitbit Alta HR is our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award winner for top heart rate monitor not just because it comes in six colors, but also because it’s so lightweight and the app is incredibly convenient.

  • Heart Rate Accuracy
  • Weight
  • Waterproof
  1. Higher accuracy watches give you a better picture of your heart fitness.
    Higher is Better.
  2. 2  Fitbit Alta HR
    94.4 %
  3. 95.7 %
  4. 92.0 %
  5. Category Average
    93.54 %

Heart Rate Monitoring

The best heart rate monitor is an accurate heart rate monitor. During our tests, we found that the Alta HR was 94 percent accurate. It’s not the most accurate device in our review, but it’s near the middle of the pack. The Alta HR was neither consistently high nor low in its readings, just very close in either direction to the actual BPM in most cases. The higher your heart rate, the less accurate the tracker – we found this to be universally true for the monitors we tested.

The Fitbit Alta HR also has a touchscreen that displays your heart rate right on your wrist, so you don’t need to open the app to view it. The heart rate sensor is on the underside of the tracker and uses light technology to track your heart beats.

With all the features and continuous heart rate tracking turned on, expect the battery to last about seven days. If you turn off Bluetooth and only check the screen infrequently, the battery can last longer.

Activity Tracking

This wrist heart rate monitor tracks other metrics like steps, distance and calories burned. All are customizable in the app, and you can set goals or make one a priority over the others. The Fitbit Alta HR also has an altimeter so you can track the number of stairs you climb.

The customizable watch face can display information in different orientations and different fonts, and you can choose which metric, such as heart rate or steps, shows on the first screen. You tap the screen twice to turn on the display and keep tapping to filter through all the other data. Our review team found that tapping just right can be a bit tricky and requires some patience since it may take a few tries for the screen to turn on. There aren’t any buttons, so tapping is the only control method.

Connectivity & Design

The Fitbit Alta HR is a Bluetooth heart rate monitor, so all your data automatically or manually transfers to the app. You don’t need to enter a specific mode, push a button or anything else. You just set a frequency setting, and every time you open the app, your tracker syncs.

Fitbit hands-down makes one of the best fitness and heart rate tracking apps. It’s highly customizable – you can have the tracker factor in your stride length, body measurements, BMI estimate and more. If you already have a favorite fitness app, the Fitbit is compatible with many third-party programs.

The Alta HR has smartwatch-style notifications and vibrates with notifications for calls, texts and calendar reminders. There’s a silent alarm function too, which vibrate to wake you up or remind you to move during the day. The Alta HR isn’t water-resistant, which is one of its only real downsides. Since it isn’t waterproof, you can’t track your heart rate during swims or in the shower. Carefully wipe off sweat too, and don’t submerge your wrists while doing the dishes.

Help & Support

The Fitbit Alta HR comes with a one-year warranty. The warranty starts when you connect your Alta HR to the app, so you don’t need to register or do anything else. Fitbit provides support over email, phone and live chat on its website. When we contacted Fitbit during our testing, reps provided quick, intelligent responses. You can also view an extensive list of FAQs and the user manual on the company’s website.


The Alta HR is one of the best heart rate monitor watches in our review thanks to its slim design, quality app and overall customizability. The battery life is short, but it’s a great tradeoff for smartphone notifications and an intuitive touchscreen.

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