Best Portable ECG Monitors In 2020 (Our Reviews)

Best Portable ECG Monitors

A portable ECG (electrocardiogram, also abbreviated as EKG) monitor can be a life-saver as it measures if your heart is functioning properly or not.

However, you might still wonder how to choose the best portable ECG monitor. To help you narrow down the choice and make a wise decision, this write-up features some of the best models available.

​Portable ECG Monitors Comparison Chart

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EDITOR’S CHOICE1. Alivecor® KardiaMobile

  • Exceptional compact design
  • Shareable data
  • Dedicated smartphone app
  • Accurate ECG readings
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RUNNER UP2. CONTEC PM10

  • Great screen
  • Compact handheld design
  • History lookup
  • 10-second ECG
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3. Heart Check Pen

  • Compact pen-like design
  • FDA certified
  • Stores 20 readings
  • Easy to use
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4. EMAY EMG-10

  • Compact and easy to use
  • Li-ion battery
  • History lookup
  • Dedicated computer app
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Our Portable ECG Monitor Reviews

1. Alivecor® KardiaMobile

The Alivecor KardiaMobile is an exceptionally designed portable ECG monitor that you can take with you anywhere.

The monitor itself doesn’t feature any screen since it’s designed for use with a smartphone app.

Besides taking ECG no matter where you are, with the basic package you can also share them with your doctor and keep tabs on your blood pressure. But the premium package has much more to offer.

If you opt for premium, you get unlimited ECG cloud storage, monthly printed reports, and the ability to track medication (with reminders).

Regardless of the package, one of the best features of this ECG monitor is its speed. Once you launch the app and place your fingers on the device, it takes only 30 seconds for an accurate ECG.

In addition, this Alivecor KardiaMobile is FDA-cleared for its ability to safely monitor normal heart rhythm or spot atrial fibrillation.

  • FDA approved: Yes
  • Screen: No
  • Ease of use: Yes
  • Accuracy: Yes
  • Battery life: N/A
  • Warranty: 30 days

Connectivity:Wireless

  • SPECS
  • WHAT I LIKE
  • WHAT I DON’T LIKE
  • Pros/cons overview
  • VIDEO
  • Wireless ECG
  • Monitors heart rate and rhythm
  • 30-second results
  • Easy to use
  • Smartphone compatible
  • FDA-cleared
  • Exceptionally compact

If you account for the compact and easy-to-use design, ECG accuracy, and data-sharing option, the KardiaMobile is among the best portable monitors. In addition, it is reasonably priced.

The screenless design may not be for everybody – there are still senior citizens who don’t own a smartphone. Some might also be turned off by the premium package upsell.

PROS

  • Exceptional compact design
  • Shareable data
  • Dedicated smartphone app
  • Accurate ECG readings
  • FDA-cleared 30-second results

CONS

  • No screen – needs a smartphone and app
  • Upsell package

2. CONTEC PM10

This portable ECG monitor sports a 1.77-inch TFT-LCD display which shows the measurements in full color. In addition to the accurate ECG, the PM10 also displays time, battery life, and pulse.

The PM10 is FDA-certified so you know it’s safe. What’s more, it features a convenient handheld design which makes it a breeze to use.

You can hold the device in your hands or place it against your heart, leg, or forearm and get the ECG in about 10 seconds. The Contec PM10 also gives you the option to save all of the recorded data, which you can print out.

Simply upload the recordings to the dedicated cloud platform for analysis and checkup. This unit has a built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery. The battery is rated for about 500 measurements on a single charge.

  • FDA approved: Yes
  • Screen: Yes
  • Ease of use: Yes
  • Accuracy: Yes
  • Battery life: 500 measurements
  • Warranty: N/A
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth wireless
  • SPECS
  • WHAT I LIKE
  • WHAT I DON’T LIKE
  • Pros/cons overview
  • VIDEO
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Compact iPod-like design
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Large LCD screen
  • FDA passed

The PM10 portable ECG monitor has a nice color LCD that significantly improves readability even in low light conditions. In addition, it delivers fairly accurate results in only 10 seconds.

This monitor also features an intelligent design which makes it very easy to use. And it comes with Bluetooth connectivity and an option to upload the data to the cloud.

For all the things that it does well, the PM10 is by a little-known manufacturer.

PROS

  • Great screen
  • Compact handheld design
  • History lookup
  • 10-second ECG
  • FDA-passed

CONS

  • No-name brand

3. Heart Check Pen

The FDA clearance ensures the safety of this compact ECG monitor. In addition, the Heart Check Pen features a small LCD screen which shows the ECG, battery life, and time.

As its name suggests, this is a pen-like design. Just turn on the unit, hold it with both hands, and wait 30 seconds for the results.

After the measurement is over, you can save your data by pressing the OK button. The unit can create a small database of 20 heart rhythm recordings for uploading.

Upload the data to your PC would allow your doctor to easily take a look at the recordings. On the other hand, there is no smartphone app to complement this unit.

However, you can easily send the data directly to the physician, rather than print it out. The Heart Check Pen is accompanied by a free GEMS Home software that enables the uploads.

This unit comes with a 3-month manufacturer warranty.

  • FDA approved: Yes
  • Screen: Yes
  • Ease of use: Yes
  • Accuracy: Yes
  • Battery life: N/A
  • Warranty: 3 months
  • Connectivity: USB
  • SPECS
  • WHAT I LIKE
  • WHAT I DON’T LIKE
  • Pros/cons overview
  • VIDEO
  • User-friendly design
  • History lookup
  • FDA cleared
  • 30-second results
  • Uploadable data
  • 2 AAA batteries

The things that go in favor of this portable ECG monitor are its intuitive design and ease of use. Like most other ECG monitors, it is also FDA cleared so you don’t need to worry about the safety.

It is great that the unit stores 20 recordings that can be easily uploaded via the GEMS Home software.

This monitor is in the upper price range and for the price, it would be nice to have a smartphone app. In fact, it works best on Windows machines, not Macs.

PROS

  • Compact pen-like design
  • FDA certified
  • Stores 20 readings
  • Easy to use
  • 2 AAA batteries

CONS

  • Upper price range
  • Incompatibility issues with Mac

4. EMAY EMG-10

The Emay EMG-10 is a portable ECG monitor that allows you to get quick readings at home or on the go. This device also features a really nice screen for such a compact unit.

The 1.77-inch full-color display shows ECG waveform, heartbeats, battery life, and readout time (about 30seconds).

In addition, this ECG monitor is very easy to use even if you have no prior experience. After turning on the device, place your hands in full contact with the metal plates and wait for 30 seconds.

The EMG-10 comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery which can take about 500 recordings between charges. What’s more, this device allows you to upload unlimited ECG recordings free of charge.

There is a Windows/Mac-compatible software to complement the Emay EMG-10. Connect the EMG-10 to your computer via USB and upload your data. You can also download it in PDF to share with your doctor.

  • FDA approved: No
  • Screen: Yes
  • Ease of use: Yes
  • Accuracy: Yes
  • Battery life: 500 readings
  • Warranty: N/A
  • Connectivity: USB
  • SPECS
  • WHAT I LIKE
  • WHAT I DON’T LIKE
  • Pros/cons overview
  • VIDEO
  • 30-second measurements
  • Detects 12 cardiac conditions
  • PC compatible
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Uploadable data

The EMG-10 monitor’s main draws are its compact size, quick and accurate readings, and battery life. You can also easily store and download all of your ECG data via the computer app.

This portable ECG monitor can also spot 12 different heart conditions – which is another feature that makes it stand out from the competition.

Overall, the Emay EMG-10 performs great as a portable ECG monitor but the company hasn’t bothered to send it off for an FDA clearance (which is really just a badge and not a measure of accuracy).

PROS

  • Compact and easy to use
  • Li-ion battery
  • History lookup
  • Dedicated computer app

CONS

  • No FDA approval

FINAL VERDICT

All of the portable ECG monitors in this write-up deliver reliable and accurate results,though one model stands out.

The Alivecor® KardiaMobile has all the features you need for continuous ECG checkups and analysis. It is quick, precise, and wireless. On the other hand, if you need a built-in screen, the other 3 choices may suit you better.

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Andrew Wyatt

Andrew Wyatt

Andrew Wyatt from Texas has been the best-selling author in 2014. He was the most appreciated writer in 2015. Different organizations have honored him with different awards and memberships as well. He is a tech shop owner and completed graduation in Electrical Engineering.

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