heart rate monitors have a wide range of models, and a wide
range of prices, some for the same model even!
Polar is, hands down, the industry leader in
wireless heart rate monitors. They are the number one choice
amongst commercial gyms and professional athletes. All Polar
heart rate monitors include a 2 year warranty so are all pretty
With all the different models and their features,
it's very easy to get lost unless you're a coach or an employee
of Polar. Amongst the various models, some will measure more
vital signs that your local Accident and Emergency department.
For the majority of everyday runners and cyclists, a basic
unit is more than
Some Polars heart rate monitors can measure
more vital signs than your local Accident and Emergency department!
For most recreational runners and cyclists, a basic unit is
more than satisfactory.
Let's take a closer look at some of the latest
unitls that Polar offers, and who they're best designed for.
You can find Polar heart rate monitors categorized into three
This is your basic, entry level series, which simplifies heart
rate monitoring for beginners and is intended for easy incorporation
into everday exercise.
Heart rate monitors in this series are designed
for the more dedicated fitness user. They will offer features
such as, OwnCal, OwnZone, and OwnIndex.
These, higher end, Polar heart rate monitors can predict nutrition
ependiture, VO2 max, as well as conditions such as temperature
and altitude. Some heart rate monitors, within this series
also enable you to link directly to your PC for visual analysis
of your performance data.
If you're thinking of buying on line, and know
where to look, you can save between 15%-20% off retail prices.
However, there are literally thousands of web sites that sell
heart rate monitors. Our suggestion is to stay with well known
and established on line stores.
The following models will take you to our suggested
Internet retailers. Series A will direct you to The Sports
Authority, which is one of the top on line fitness stores
for an A Series Polar heart rate monitor.
Those listed under the M Series and
S Series will direct you to Online Sports. They are
a higher end Internet retailer that offer Polar monitors at
10%-15% lower than retail cost.
The A Series
A1 Polar Heart Rate Monitor
you're just looking to measure your heart rate, while you
jog, cycle, or work out at the gym, then this is the Polar
heart rate monitor that will do it for you. You may think
that it looks slightly cheap, but in actuality, it is cheap!
The prices on this particular model range between $50.00 to
$60.00, depending on where you shop. If you're on a budget,
this is a good one to pick!
Polar Heart Rate Monitor
This unit enables you to store your heart rate zone when you
exercise. Unfortunately, this is the only extra feature that
this model offers, and is really not worth the extra $30.00
over the A1 model.
Polar Heart Rate Monitor
The A5 model includes some additional and valuable
features compared to the others in this series. The A5 will
allow you to calculate the number of calories that you've
burned and also your BMI, body mass index. It features an
excellent walking fitness test facility, on which you can
base your routine, and it can also double as a watch. This
A5 model is available on line for less than $100.00.
The M Series
M Series is where the features and the prices start to add
Polar Heart Rate Monitors
The only difference between the M21 and M22 Polar heart rate
monitors is their color. They are both designed for users
that are trying to manage their weight with options that are
based around calorie burning. Costing $40.00 more than the
A5, from Series A, these two monitors are essentially the
same, but at a higher cost.
Polar Heart Rate Monitors
Like the previous models in this series, the
M51 and M52 are differentiated only by color. Just a little
more expensive than the M21 and M22, these two monitors offer
far more beneficial features. A great feature of these two
monitors is a fitness test that the user can do, based on
their heart rate, sex, age, weight, height, and activity.
They also enable you to store up to two profiles, so is perfect
if you need to share it with someone when you're not using
it. If the price of $170.00 is within your price range, this
is the best monitor for non-professional athletes.
The S Series
Polar S 210 Heart Rate Monitor
The Polar S 210, at $200, is the lowest priced heart rate
monitor in the S Series. This model can estimate your VO2max
and energy expenditures, and allows you to set up to 3 target
zones, also enabling you to carry up to 6 different profiles,
for various work outs. Not the best looking Polar heart rate
monitor, but it will more than do the job.
Polar S 510 Rate Monitor
Ideal for Triathletes, the S 510 has all the same features
as the S 410, but also includes wireless cycling functions
to measure speed and distance. This unit boasts a larger screen,
giving it easy hadlebar viewing, and also allows you to file
two sets of wheel sizes.
Polar S 610 Heart Rate Monitor
Nearly the most powerful Polar heart rate monitor
on the market. Priced at $280.00, this model is directed at
serious amature or professional athletes and commercial gyms.
Able to measure you VO2max, average heart rate, and calorie
expenditures. It can also record and analyze your training
data via a link to your PC, which can be downloaded in seconds
with an IR interface. However, the PC link up costs an extra
$40.00, so it may be something that you want to consider before
Polar S 710 Heart Rate Monitor
The absolute Polar heart rate monitor around, for cyclists.
Priced at $310 it's directed towards serious amateur and professional
cyclists. Like the S 610, it measures your VO2max, average
heart rate, and calorie expenditures. Also like the S 610,
you can download your performance data to a PC for an extra
In summation, stick to the Polar heart rate
monitor that only includes that features that you need. Even
the most serious athletes don't need anything more than the
S 210 unit.