Heart Rate Monitor Comparison

 

With so many makes  and models it can be very difficult to figure out which one will best satisfy your needs. To add to this difficulty there are some features that that essentially are the same but different manufacturers use different terms. To help you with deciphering this maze of technical specifications we have put together a table that shows all the models reviewed on this site.

The below table includes a link to the individual review articles that will give you a more detailed level of information. For each items we have listed the warranty period, calorie and energy pointer feature, GPS, water resistance and battery life. you can sort the table by each feature to narrow down your search by each category.

NameWarrantyCalorie CalculatorEnergy Pointer*GPSWater ResitantBattery LifeAmazon
New Balance N42 YearYesNoNoYes 30m1 YearUnder $100
New Balance N72 YearYesNoNoYes 30m1 YearUnder $100
Omron HR-100C1 YearNoNoNoYes1 YearUnder $100
Omron HR-2101 YearYesNoNoYes1 YearUnder $100
Omron HR-3101 YearYesNoNoYes 50m1 YearUnder $100
Polar CS3002 YearYesYesNoYes 50m2 YearsUnder $200
Polar FT12 YearNoNoNoYes 30m2 YearsUnder $100
Polar FT22 YearNoNoNoYes 30m2 YearsUnder $100
Polar FT42 YearYesNoNoYes 30m2 YearsUnder $100
Polar FT402 YearYesYesNoYes 30m1 YearUnder $200
Polar FT602 YearYesYesNoYes 30m18 monthsUnder $200
Polar FT72 YearYesYesNoYes 30m18 monthsUnder $100
Polar FT802 YearYesYesOptionalYes 50m1 YearUnder $200
Polar RC32 YearYesYesYesNo12 hours***Over $200
Polar RCX52 YearYesYesOptionalYes 30m11 monthsOver $200
Polar RS1002 YearYesNoNoYes 50m2 YearsUnder $100
Polar RS300X2 YearYesYesNoYes 50m1 YearUnder $100

Polar RS4002 YearYesYesNoYes 50m1 YearUnder $200
Polar RS800CX2 YearYesYesYesYes 50m20 hours***Over $200
Suunto Ambit2 YearYesYesYesYes 100m1 to 30 days**Over $200

Suunto M12 YearYesNoNoYes 30m1 yearUnder $100
Suunto M22 YearYesYesNoYes 30m1 YearUnder $200

Suunto M42 YearYesYesNoYes 30m1 YearUnder $200

Suunto M52 YearYesYesOptionalYes 30m130 hours**Under $200
Suunto TD62 YearYesYesOptionalYes 100m300 hours**Over $200
Suunto Vector2 YearYesYesNoYes 30m18 months**Over $200

Timex Ironman Global Trainer1 YearYesYesYesYes 50m15 hours***Over $200

Timex Ironman1 YearYesNoNoYes 100m3.5 YearsUnder $100
Timex Ironman Run Trainer1 YearYesYesYesYes 50m8 hours**Under $200
Timex Personal Trainer1 YearYesNoNoYes 30m2 YearsUnder $100
Timex T5G9411 YearNoNoNoYes 30m2 yearsUnder $100
Timex T5J0311 YearYesYesNoYes 30m3.5 yearsUnder $100

 

*Indicator that tells you whether current exercise is burning fat or improving fitness
**dependent on amount of exercise taken
***in continuous GPS mode

Choosing the right heart monitor is essential to ensure that you get the most out of your training. People often are disappointed once they receive their chosen model because they were not fully aware of certain functional limitations. Our comparison table and the linked product reviews will help you better prepare for your ultimate choice.

It can be really frustrating to end up with a device that does not do what you expected or has limitations that are not clearly advertised. By having all the information before you make your buying choice you will ensure that you do not end up with a heart monitor that does not quite do what you really expected.