A wrist-based monitor, Pulsense ($129.99) tracks your heart rate and sleep, records steps and counts calories. The minimalist display uses a range of 5 LED indicators to show which heart rate zone you’re in, so you can train at the appropriate intensity. This was great for me when I was trying to target a certain zone during a rowing workout, but most of my training is calculated around percentages of the weights I’m lifting, not my heart rate. So I would check the app after training to review my activity, but it wasn’t as useful during a session as it would be for someone who does a lot of cardio-based work.
I keep going back and forth on the display. While I like not having a ton of distractions, if a device is on my wrist I also like being able to check my stats right then and there rather than going the extra step of checking my phone. If I want to use my phone, I’ll wear a chest-strap monitor.
I do like that Pulsense calculates sleep quality using both heart rate data and motion sensing. For me, given the slim, low-profile band, this is actually a much better sleep tracker than it is a fitness tracker, as I could wear it to bed very comfortably.