Polar Heart Rate Monitors

The Polar heart rate monitor range of products includes a variety of different wireless monitors, which means each device requires a chest strap and a special wrist watch to function. Just like any other brand, some of the Polar heart monitors are more comfortable, versatile and easy to clean than their counterparts.

The following are the details of the Polar heart rate monitor range of products, with the key differences between each model in the range highlighted:

1. Polar FT1 Heart Rate Monitor. Although this model is the entry level monitor from Polar, it’s still one of the most reliable heart rate monitors on the market. As the base model it doesn’t come with all of the fancy extras that some of the other ones do, like a countdown timer. However, if you’re looking for an easy to read, intuitive heart rate monitor that you can depend on, then you should definitely check out the FT1. As a plus, this model doesn’t command as high of a price tag as some of the others – in most locations, you can find the basic FT1 around £30.

2. Polar FT2 Heart Rate Monitor. The Polar FT2 is very similar to the FT1 but comes with a few upgraded options including automatic heart rate zones based on your age. With the Polar FT1 you will need to calculate these yourself.

3. Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor. The Polar FT4 contains more workout features again compared to the Polar FT2. The key main upgrade is the storage of previous training session information to review whenever you like. The Polar FT4 stores information from your previous 10 workouts, while the Polar FT2 only stores the information from your last workout.

4. Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor. The Polar FT7 features an Energy Pointer function which tells you if you are the right zone for either fat burning or cardiovascular training. The amount of previous workouts stored in the monitor also increases to 99 compared to 10 for the Polar FT4.

5. Polar FT40 Heart Rate Monitor. The main improvement between the Polar FT7 and the Polar FT40 is the inclusion of a Polar Fitness Test, the test measures your aerobic fitness based on your resting state (VO2 max) and monitors and reports on improvements on this assessment over time.

6. Polar FT60 Heart Rate Monitor. The Polar FT60 is the first of the Polar Heart Rate Monitors which can also calculate speed and distance while you are running. This is done through the addition of the G1 GPS sensor or S1 foot pod. The Polar FT60 is also the first Polar HRM to feature the STAR training program, which tells you how much training to do and at what intensity and also introduces OWN Zone which is a trianing feature based on your current heart rate at the time of exercise.

7. Polar FT80 Heart Rate Monitor. The Polar FT80 is the top of the heart rate monitor in Polar’s fitness & cross training category. The key upgrades from the Polar FT60 are the introduction of Strength Training Guidance which tells you how long to rest between each set based on your heart rate. Other upgrades include the Polar Flowlink for transferring data from your watch to your computer and the Polar OwnRelax test which tests how relaxed your body is.

8. Polar RS100 Heart Rate Monitor. The Polar RS100 is marketed by Polar as the entry level to their running range, as opposed to the FT range which is marketed as their fitness range. In reality some of the watches are interchangeable and Polar FT60 and Polar FT80 are both more advanced heart rate monitors that the RS100. The main difference is that the Polar RS Range features a lap function that is not available in the FT range.

9. Polar RS300X Heart Rate Monitor. The main difference between the Polar RS300x and the Polar RS100 is the inclusion of support for the G1 GPS sensor and S1 foot pod in the former. In addition, the RS300X keeps information on the last 16 training sessions compared to the last 1 with the RS100.

One of the key benefits to using a Polar heart rate monitor is that you can continuously monitor how fast your heart is beating – the wireless transmission allows for seamless data tracking, which means that you don’t have to stop your workout and activate a sensor to check your progress.

The best part about the Polar heart rate monitor range is that they are a well known line of heart monitors known for their excellent quality and construction – you won’t be disappointed with your purchase. However, it’s also important to make sure you are purchasing a model that comes with a large enough screen so that the text is readable in all exercise conditions.