Scosche Rhythm Plus Review: Heart (Rate) on Your Sleeve
If you want to monitor your heart rate while you’re working out in a comfortable and accurate fashion, then what’s the solution? For more and more individuals, the Scosche Rhythm+ Heart Rate Monitor Armband is it.
Reliable Heart Rate Monitoring
A heart rate monitor can provide essential data about your fitness level as you’re exercising. This is crucial data when you’re working on zone training or when you just want to know how you’re progressing in your workouts.
However, there are a lot of problems with the way we currently monitor heart rate during exercise. Chest straps, while highly accurate, are uncomfortable when you’re in the middle of an intense session and can feel restricting as you’re trying to pull more air into your lungs.
Wrist-based heart rate monitors, such as those on fitness trackers and sports watches, are more convenient, but they’re just not as accurate; you find lots of inconsistencies reported among users. Plus, they can slide around a lot on your wrist and get banged up pretty easily.
Feels Good, Looks Good
The Scosche Rhythm+ is a heart rate monitor that you wear high on your forearm, just under your elbow. It’s out of the way, completely comfortable, and best of all, extremely accurate.
In fact, the average and maximum heart rate numbers it records are, with hardly any variation, the same ones recorded by chest strap monitors. Consumers should note, however, that while the Rhythm+ is great for monitoring heart rate, that’s all it does; this is not a full fledged fitness tracker.
The armband itself is made of neoprene, which is breathable, soft, and comfortable, with just the right amount of stretch. When you order a Rhythm+, you get a small and a large band, and you can slip the monitor in the one that fits you best. And while it probably won’t win any awards for beautiful design, it’s simple and unassuming, which is exactly what you want from this type of workout gear.
Scosche Rhythm Plus – Specs to Consider
The Rhythm+ measures heart rate using an optical sensor made that utilises green and yellow lights; according to Scosche, having yellow lights in addition to green lights allows it to accurately gather heart rate data from people of all skin tones.
The device is powered by a rechargeable battery, and you should be able to get up to eight hours on a single charge. And, like most heart rate monitors, the Rhythm+ is totally sweatproof. In fact, it’s even waterproof up to one metre, so if you do get it wet, you don’t have to worry about it cutting out.
However, the Rhythm+ is not meant for swimming — its heart rate monitoring functionality won’t even work underwater — so if you’re a serious pool rat, this is not the device for you. If you prefer land based workouts, though, it’s perfect.
Plays Well With Others
An important aspect of any standalone heart rate monitor is its ability to work with other apps and devices. The Rhythm+ scores high marks here, as it’s compatible with all sorts of things, thanks to its BlueTooth LE signal that provides a totally reliable connection within a 100 foot range, as well as ANT+ compatibility.
As for the specific devices and apps it works with, there are over 200. The partial list includes Endomondo, Runtastic, MapMyRun, Nike+, the Apple Watch and its Health app, and many more. There’s no Scosche app to pair it with, but that’s probably a good thing, since you don’t really need it.
Positive Feedback for the Scosche Rhythm+
When it comes to the benefits of the Scosche Rhythm+, you don’t just have to take our word for it, as there are loads of positive professional and consumer reviews on this gadget.
- A 2014 writeup on PCMag called the Rhythm+ “a solid piece of equipment that you don’t have to wear on your chest.”
- A 2015 review on The Gadgeteer called it comfortable, accurate, and easy to use, proclaiming it a “great device.”
- Also in 2015, Runblogger ran careful trials on both the Rhythm+ and the Mio Link, a comparable arm-based heart rate monitor, and declared that the Rhythm+ was the superior product because of its comfort level. “If you’re looking to ditch your chest strap heart rate monitor,” it explained, “and already have a device that syncs with ANT+ or BlueTooth Smart sensors, the Scosche Rhythm+ would be my recommendation over the Mio Link. Both are great little devices, but the flexibility offered by the strap options for the Rhythm+ make it a better choice in my experience.”
Priced to Move
The Scosche Rhythm+ retails for $79.99 USD, though it can be found on Amazon for just under £70. Again, this is just a heart rate monitor and not a complete fitness tracker; you can get an inexpensive tracker with heart rate monitoring for the same price, but you probably won’t get the accuracy that the Rhythm+ provides. Plus, Scosche stands by their products for life. If your Rhythm+ stops working, you can send it back and have it repaired under the lifetime warranty.
Best of all, the Rhythm+ is available now — this is not a product that’s in development or delayed by any means. It’s definitely not for the person who’s casual about his or her fitness, but if you take your workouts seriously and want to make the most of your zone training, the Scosche Rhythm+ Heart Rate Monitor is a great device to have in your kit bag.