Wahoo Fitness BlueHR Heart Rate Monitor Strap for iPhone – In Depth Review

 

Today we are continuing on our  journey to learn more about Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitors, and the best way to choose the right one. Today we review the Wahoo BlueHR Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Monitor For iPhone 4S and later.

 

 

 

Before we get started, we should mention that the Wahoo Fitness BlueHR heart rate monitor is a Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor. It is designed to work with the iPhone 4s and later iPhones. It does not work with the 3G, 3GS, and iPhone 4. If you are looking for a heart rate monitor strap that works with the 3G, 3GS, and iPhone 4, check out our review of the Wahoo Fitness Run/Gym Pack for iPhone. If you want to learn more about Bluetooth Smart or Bluetooth Smart ready, check out our page “What’s the Difference Between Bluetooth, Bluetooth Smart, and Bluetooth Smart Ready?

 

What’s in the box?

Here is the product box:

 

And here’s what’s inside:

The product includes the Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor strap, transmitter, manual, and box.

So what are the features and specs?

The Wahoo BlueHR Bluetooth Smart heart rate sensor is designed to be used with an iPhone 4s or later. The features are shown below:

  • Compatible with iPhone 4S and later iPhones
  • Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0) transmission
  • Typical transmit range greater than 10 feet
  • Battery life up to 1 1/2 years with typical usage
  • User replaceable battery CR2032
  • two-snap connection is easy and fast and includes adjustable length strap
  • waterproof up to 5 feet
  • Soft, washable strap
  • Weight – Sensor Pod: 0.6 ounces, strap: 1.0 ounces, Total: 1.6 ounces

 

Using the Wahoo Fitness BlueHR

Before I could use the strap, I needed to decide what software I would use to log my workouts. I found that the free Wahoo Fitness app, Strava, RunKeeper, Runmeter, MapMyRun, Endomondo, Endomondo Pro, Runtastic, MapMyFitnessMapMyRide, Cyclemeter, MotionX-GPS, and 321Run all work with the BlueHR.

The strap connected to all the apps listed above.  The strap felt great and worked well, with no dropouts or issues. As is usual when testing a new heart rate monitor, I wear the heart rate monitor strap all day to see how comfortable it is. It was very comfortable, and I didn’t really notice it at all. It was easy to put on and take off, and it is easy to clean. A quick rinse it all that it takes to clean up.

Thoughts, Opinions and Summary:

So, after using it for a while, what did I think of the hardware? The device paired easily, and the strap felt good. I wore the strap for the day to gauge its comfort, used it during workouts, and it alway felt comfortable. It is as comfortable as any strap on the market. The Bluetooth connection was great, with no signal or dropout issues noticed in my data. Wahoo Fitness has a large number of apps that work with the strap We will be doing a separate post on all of the apps that work with the BlueHR. Claimed battery life is better for the Bluetooth Smart heart rate straps than the standard Bluetooth HRM’s, but we have not verified the 1 1/2 year battery life of the Wahoo Fitness BlueHR.

 

Pros:

  • The connection was great.
  • The strap was soft and comfortable.
  • Claimed battery life is excellent for a Bluetooth Smart HRM.

 

Cons:

  • As usual, with any phone application, all of the data that is based on GPS location information, such as speed and distance, is only as good as the GPS capabilities of the phone. The iPhone is pretty good, but not as good as a good GPS HRM watch. This has nothing to do with the app, but the phone.
So would I recommend the Wahoo Fitness BlueHR Bluetooth Smart Low Energy HRM? Definitely! If you are using an iPhone 4S (and also if you are thinking about buying an iPhone 5 when it comes out), this is a great HRM to buy. The retail price of the Wahoo Fitness BlueHR is $79.99.

The only other heart rate monitor strap that works with the iPhone 4s and later is the Polar H7. If you want to learn more about the Polar H7, check out or review at “Polar H7 Low Power Heart Rate In Depth Review

We will leave you with a few videos of the Wahoo Fitness BlueHR. Here is a how to video:

How to pair your BlueHR with the Wahoo Fitness App:

Wahoo Fitness BlueHR – The first Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor:

As always,

Happy Training!!

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  6 Responses to “Wahoo Fitness BlueHR Heart Rate Monitor Strap for iPhone – In Depth Review”

  1. I’d like to know if this HRM will work simultaneously with Endomondo, MapMyRide and Strava. Currently I use all 3 at once for testing purposes and backup and it would be great to include HRM data as well. I run an GLaxy Nexus phone. Thanks in advance.

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  5. I have had my wahoo harm for 2 years and have had to change the battery apx every 2 months. I use it for about 3hrs a week at the most. It is advertised that the battery should last 1.5 years. Why am I getting short battery life?

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