Wahoo Tickr Review: Tickr vs Tickr X vs Tickr Fit (Compared)

Among all the heart rate monitors out there, Wahoo Tickr is quite popular. It has a slick design and packs good features.

But here is the problem. They have three heart rate monitors in their lineup that are named and priced similarly. So if you go there to get one, you will get stumped asking yourself which one to get.

Today we are going to review them side by side while also letting you know which one is better from different price points.

1. Quick Comparison

Tickr
VS
Tickr X
VS
Tickr Fit
VS
VS
Type
Chest Strap
VS
Chest Strap
VS
Armband
Connectivity
Bluetooth, ANT+
VS
Bluetooth, ANT+
VS
Bluetooth, ANT+
Connections
Up to 3
VS
Up to 3
VS
1
Heart Rate Tracking
VS
VS
Calorie Tracking
VS
VS
Third-Party Apps
VS
VS
Water Resistant
VS
VS
Rechargeable
VS
VS
ON/OFF Button
VS
VS
Internal Memory
VS
VS
Accelorometer
VS
VS
Running Analytics
VS
VS
Running Cadence
VS
VS
Compatibility
iOS, Android
VS
iOS, Android
VS
iOS, Android

2. Best Overall: Wahoo Tickr Fit

The reason why I put Wahoo Tickr Fit on top is clearly the comfort it comes with.

Chest-strap type heart rate monitors are often very uncomfortable to wear. They also get displaced during exercises. Tickr Fit sits on your forearm or around your bicep and feels more stable whether you are running or cycling.

It comes with two adjustable bands. One is small (10-inch) for your forearm and the other one is large (15-inch) for your upper arm. For its optical measurement technology, it produces the same result regardless of where you wear it.

Besides that, people are more inclined to devices that are rechargeable. Tickr Fit has a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery where the other two from Wahoo are non-rechargeable. The battery life goes up to 30 hours on one charge.

Another way this device is better than the other two is that it has an ON/OFF button. That means you will be avoiding wastage of power when it is not being used.

If there is one drawback in this device, that would be the lack of multi-device support. Right now it can be connected to one device at a time via Bluetooth.

Pros
  • Optical heart rate technology
  • Two adjustable bands (small and large)
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Battery life up to 30 hours
  • IPX7 water rating (waterproof up to 5 feet)
Cons
  • Does not connect to multiple devices

3. Best Budget: Wahoo Tickr

Wahoo Tickr is the simpler and minified version of the other two. If you need a device simply for tracking the heart rate, this should be your go-to product.

Fewer features also mean lesser price. It is significantly cheaper than the other two. So if you are on a budget, you cannot go wrong choosing this one, of course, knowing what it offers.

Which basic features does it have? It allows you to track the heart rate, the calories burned, and the duration of workouts. The data will be transmitted to your connected device in real-time.

Like all other devices here, it works seamlessly with third-party apps. The range of support is pretty broad (50+ apps). So if you are using any known fitness app, this device probably supports it already.

Pros
  • Cheaper than the other two
  • Connects up to 3 devices via Bluetooth
  • Battery life up to 500 hours
  • IPX7 water rating (waterproof up to 5 feet)
Cons
  • Non-rechargeable coin cell battery
  • No ON/OFF button

4. Best Performance: Wahoo Tickr X

Feature-wise, Wahoo Tickr X is at the top of the list. It has some interesting features that the other two do not have.

For example, in my opinion, the top feature of this device is the Running Cadence. It is the evaluation of your form of running. The shorter your cadence is, the better you run. There is a stage called Running Plateau where runners cannot make any progress in pace or length. Cadence will come useful to break through that point.

Another feature that is only present in this model is the internal memory. The other two devices do not allow you to save your data locally, so you always have to, let’s say, keep your smartphone with you. Tickr X comes with an internal memory so that you can leave your smartphone at home and save the last 50 hours of data in it.

There is one more interesting feature called Running Dynamics. What it does is that if you have a smartwatch connected, it will share the data with your smartwatch in real-time. Using this feature, you can see your data and adjust the cadence accordingly.

Like Tickr, Tickr X also does not have any power ON/OFF button that means it is always on. While 500 hours might sound a lot, you will be wasting some power for nothing.

Pros
  • Running cadence and analytics
  • ANT+ running dynamics
  • 50 hours internal memory
  • Connects up to 3 devices via Bluetooth
  • Battery life up to 500 hours
  • IPX7 water rating (waterproof up to 5 feet)
Cons
  • Non-rechargeable coin cell battery
  • No ON/OFF button
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