Over the last few years, using a power meter to measure your training effort has become increasingly popular. Even some of the best power meters you can buy have become cheaper as new manufacturers have entered the fray, making them accessible to more people than ever before. With power meters available to suit a range of budgets, is it time to power up if you're still riding without?
Lightweight and reliable: Rotor 2INPower SL
Impressive for the money: SRAM Rival AXS Power Meter
Can switch between road and off-road: Garmin Rally RK200 Dual-sensing Power Meter pedals
Hard to fault in operation: Giant Power Pro Ultegra R8000 Power Meter
A sensible amount of money for power: 4iiii Precision 3 Power Meter Shimano 105 R7000
Accurate and very well built: Power2Max NGeco power meter
Very easy to use: Favero Assioma Duo power meter pedals
The original power meter: SRM Origin Power Meter
A power meter is a tool that can be used to help you become a stronger and fitter rider. When combined with a heart rate monitor, you can truly gauge how hard you're working using two very informative metrics.
Your power, expressed in watts or watts per kilogram (w/kg) of your bodyweight, provides you with extra data, that if used correctly can be beneficial for you in many ways.
> How to get the most from your limited training time
The most widely-used type of power meter uses electronic strain gauges to measure how much force you're putting into the bike, and from that will calculate your power. They are typically integrated into components such as cranksets, pedals or chainrings.
Previously, power-measuring rear hubs were a common method to obtain power data, but cranks and pedals are now the components most often used to house a power meter.
Previously, you would have needed a cycling computer to record data from your power meter as almost all power meters use ANT+ for communication - but some of the best smartwatches are also now capable of connecting to power meters via ANT+.
Some power meters also use Bluetooth which you'll need if you want to use, say, Strava on a phone to record your data.
Most power meters cost in the hundreds of pounds, which is a pretty significant purchase, but they can help you make the best use of training time and can be a satisfying way of gauging progress and maintaining your drive to achieve PBs, or just get faster and fitter.
Hopefully there is something for everyone in our picks below, and you'll also find some extra handy buying advice under our selections too...