Featured 5 Heart Rate Monitors
Need help finding the perfect heart rate monitor? Our Featured 5 (or in this case Featured 6) heart rate monitors suggest our most recommended and best selling heart rate monitors in each feature category. Take a few minutes to read the suggestions below and there's a good chance you'll find the HRM you are looking for.
Feature Set: Basic
User Skill Level: Entry Level
Don't let the basic feature set and entry level user skill level rating steer you away from the Polar FT1. The FT1 features high and low target zone alarms and simple 1 button operation. Target zone indication and alarms are the most used feature in heart rate monitors and the FT1 has them. In addition, the FT1 features a backlit display, last workout recall, and a swimmer-friendly T31C chest transmitter that is preferred for swimming. The bottom line is the FT1 is all most users need, unless you want calorie counting or other enhanced features.
Feature Set: Enhanced
User Skill Level: Entry Level - Intermediate
The Polar FT4 is hands-down our best selling heart rate monitor. It requires just a bit more setup (age, height, weight, etc) but rewards that effort with very accurate calorie burn data. The FT4 recalls the most recent 10 workouts, has a backlit display, and gives visual and audible indication of your target zones. The FT4 also includes the latest H1 chest transmitter and SoftStrap for enhanced comfort. If you are a general fitness user looking for a simple HRM with accurate calorie counting, the Polar FT4 is ideal for you.
Feature Set: Intermediate - Advanced
User Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced
The Polar FT60 is Polar's top-of-the-line fitness heart rate monitor. The FT60 features all the common features like target zones, calorie burn, etc, and takes it to the next level with actual fitness coaching. The Polar Star training program sets realistic goals for you and coaches you to meet those goals. The FT60 stores 100 workouts on your watch and can upload data to the free Polar Personal Trainer website with the optional FlowLink interface. The FT60 is perfect for the tech savvy fitness user looking for coaching and tracking.