Polar Heart Rate Monitors - Reviews

LISTING ORDER >> All products are listed in approximate PRICE ORDER. Obsolete/legacy products are listed towards the END

We have sold all the models of Polar Heart Rate Monitor since 1999. Polar were one of the first companies to embrace heart rate monitoring way back in 1976. In this time they have continued to create innovative products that have helped millions of people achieve their fitness goals at all levels. Still considered by many as the company who started the ball rolling selling their first heart rate monitor in 1977. I bought my first Polar HRM in 1999 and it was a Polar Beat .. it STILL WORKS.

Fitness Watches Reviewed & Tested by HeartRateMonitor.co.uk

Having been involved with Polar products since 1999 we have used, sold, tested and reviewed over 50 different models of their Fitness watches. From the original Polar Beat to the top of the range Polar v800. Testing these great products has always been a pleasure as they always perform as we expect them to, often exceeding our expectations. The whole Polar range comes highly recommended by the whole team at HeartRateMonitor.co.uk and we expect them to be leading the way in HRM technology for years to come. They're so good that's why they're the only brand we sell directly.

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What's the best Polar Heart Rate Monitor?

That depends on who you are and what you want to do with it. For the largest proportion of the population with a desire to get fit, stay healthy, improve activity levels then we would recommend the Polar M400 as their best all rounder. With built-in GPS, activity tracker, smartphone connectivity, step counter, training benefit and more.. please read our Polar M400 review here for more details. If you are in to triathlon and you regularly partake in training activity that involves swim, bike, run in the SAME session then the Polar V800 is for you. Polar's first TRUE multisport heart rate monitor with integrated GPS, the V800 is a high quality performance tracking wrist computer with smartphone connectivity for data upload and notification alerts. For everyday fitness monitoring and activity tracking it has to be the brilliant new Polar A360 with strapless heart rate monitoring.

Strapless Polar HRM models....

YES, they've done it (Oct 2015) !! Polar's first OPTICAL, off the wrist heart rate monitor / activity tracker - the Polar A360. NOTE - a minor downside to continuous HR monitoring directly off the wrist is the inability to extract RR interval data (data found in an ECG trace). One of Polar's key selling points is their Orthostatic Testing and Training Load indication. Taking what is basically PULSE from the wrist does NOT give the wrist monitor enough data to see if the user is OVER/UNDER training.... it just gives pulse rate. Polar's HRM belt extracts a whole load of data from the ECG signal. This data is utilised by  the watch to give a lot more than simple heart rate. The Polar A360 includes a Fitness Test but to utilise this you must use the Polar H7 heart rate sensor belt.

  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps

    Polar H7 HRM Sensor

    Do you train with your smartphone? If you do and it's less than 3 years old, chances are you could simply pair it up with the Polar H7 add a FREE APP like Polar Beat and you have the equivalent of a £150 HRM from 2 years ago. The Polar H7 makes use of the processing power of your phone to give you a fully functional heart rate monitor in your iPhone / Android device.

    The Polar H7 HRM sensor is the perfect solution for those who want to get fit using their smartphone and their favourite training App. The H7 can be paired up with one of dozens of popular sports training Apps like Strava, RunKeeper and Endomondo or Polar's own Beat App making it the perfect HRM for fitness, running and cycling

    Add Heart Rate zone training to your fitness sessions to help keep you focused and motivated. The Polar H7 transmits HR data to most modern Smartphones utilising Bluetooth 4.0

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email

    Polar Loop 2

    Available in several colours including Pink, White and Black the Loop 2 is Polar's latest product intended to get us all motivated and moving. With a bright RED touch button LED display, it's a discrete wrist band until you press the button on the front to get your latest movement stats. Internal accelerometers track your every move - on the path to achieving your daily goal.

    The Loop 2 builds on the success of the original Polar Loop by adding SMART NOTIFICATIONS from both iOs and Android phones. It also features a handy vibrate feature when it's time to move and time to wake up

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps

    Polar A300

    Designed for fitness enthusiasts the Polar A300 helps to keep you looking and feeling great. The attractive A300 is everything a 24/7 activity tracker / fitness monitor needs to be. It is comfortable, light and available in six juicy colors. The best feature of this great new HRM is the easy to understand Zone Pointer that clearly shows when you're BURNING FAT or IMPROVING FITNESS

    The comfortable silicon wristband can be easily changed to one of the other colour straps additional available (purchased separately). The A300 is waterproof (can be worn swimming) and it keeps track of the wearer's activity 24/7 for up to four weeks before needed a recharge

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    Virtual Pacer - race against a previously stored track
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Polar M400

    STOP... this is the one for 90% of users. Assuming you are happy to use the comfortable Polar HR chest sensor when exercising, then this is the BEST VALUE GPS heart rate monitor on the market. It's an activity tracker, HRM, speed & distance, multi-sport, smartphone connected wonder watch !

    The M400 is for people who lead an active life and spend a lot of time training outdoors. The Polar M400 combines the best of GPS and 24/7 activity tracking with advanced sports technology using Bluetooth Smart.  

    it is lightweight and compact with clean, modern looks. The M400 adds style to any outfit, both during and outside of training sessions. A unisex design available in both white and black. The M400 is fully water-resistant featuring a high-contrast / high-res display which makes it very easy to view from any angle in any light conditions.

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Get feedback on recovery progression
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    Virtual Pacer - race against a previously stored track
    Race Pacer - set desired Distance versus Time goal
    Power - compatible with optional Power sensors
    Cadence - provides wireless pedal cadence from optional sensors
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Polar M450 – product test

    Polar M450 GPS Bike Computer to rival the infamous Garmin Edge 25 and other pocket sized GPS cyclo-computers. It has everything from Polar Fitness tests, internal barometric pressure sensor (for accurate altitude data) and even support Polar's Look Keo power pedals.

    This is most definitely the STRONGEST competitive product to come from the Polar camp aimed at re-capturing some of their customers they have lost to Garmin since they introduced the Edge 400

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  • Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email

    Polar A360

    Just when I thought things were going to get quiet good old Polar had to release this BOMBSHELL. Polar's very first OFF THE WRIST optically sensing heart rate monitor. Just like Mio, Garmin and Epson, Polar now have a fitness product that gives accurate heart rate data WITHOUT a chest strap ... YAHOOO !!

    And it looks fantastic. Available in several colours and, importantly, 3 sizes, the A360 has smartphone notification alerts, step counter, calories burnt, time of day, daily alarm, exercise training benefit feedback and plenty more. It's compatible with the latest iOs and Android phone running the Polar Flow APP. It's a very exciting product and we are confident it will be their best selling unit for the next couple of years... it's that good.

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Get feedback on recovery progression
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Race Pacer - set desired Distance versus Time goal
    Power - compatible with optional Power sensors
    Cadence - provides wireless pedal cadence from optional sensors
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Polar V650

    Polar's first bike computer with integrated GPS. The Polar V650 features a large clean full colour display that can be seen in any light conditions from any angle. As from October 2015 the V650 now supports FREE Open Source mapping. You simply select a 450km square area and it downloads the WHOLE MAP.... FREE ... with brilliant street name resolution.

    The V650 has entered an environment dominated by the Garmin Edge units. The V650 is closest in function to the Edge 510. What you get is a great performance monitor with essential "Get Home" navigation features plus a highly accurate barometric altimeter and some excellent post session training load and recovery feedback

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Get feedback on recovery progression
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Swim-metrics eg. efficiency, lengths, avg speed per length
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    MultiSport Support - multiple sports in one session
    Race Pacer - set desired Distance versus Time goal
    Power - compatible with optional Power sensors
    Cadence - provides wireless pedal cadence from optional sensors
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Polar V800

    The V800 has been designed for professional athletes and demanding amateurs. This new Polar multisport watch includes an integrated GPS helping you reach peak performance. It cleverly combines your workout training load with your regular daily activities. Combining the two gives you a true picture of your required recovery before your next training session. The V800 also features a dual transmission Polar H7 Heart Rate belt that provides heart rate feedback while swimming.

    The V800 is used by top athletes such as IRONMAN world champion, Frederik Van Lierde. Featuring an integrated GPS the V800 supports multiple sports, from running, cycling and swimming to skiing and triathlon.

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback

    Polar FT1

    REPLACED by - Polar A300

    The Polar FT1 was a brilliant HRM, in it's time. However, we've moved on in technology and expectations. Please consider either the Polar A300 with activity tracker, HRM and smartphone connectivity, or, simply add the Polar H7 to your smartphone and make use of the Polar Beat APP.

    Forever popular entry level heart rate monitor from Polar. The FT1 comes with a comfortable T31 coded HR strap. Essential HR training zone alarm with time of day watch function. The Polar FT1 has been very popular since it's launch due to it's LARGE display and ONE button operation. Post session feedback giving average HR and time spent training.

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback

    Polar FT4

    REPLACED by - Polar A300

    The Polar FT4 was a competent heart rate monitor when it was released in approx 2010. However, technology and customer expectations have moved on some since it's release. Please consider either the Polar A300 with activity tracker, HRM and smartphone connectivity, or, simply add the Polar H7 to your smartphone and make use of the Polar Beat APP.

    In our opinion, this is the most suitable Polar heart rate monitor for 60% of the customers I've worked with since 1999. It has the essential HR zone, to train at the most suitable intensity - PLUS, it gives accurate calories burnt information, based on age, sex, weight and HR. Post session review provides time spent in zone, average HR and calories burnt.

    The FT4 comes with the supremely comfortable Wearlink chest strap with self change batteries in watch and strap.

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback

    Polar FT7

    REPLACED by - Polar A300

    The Polar FT7 was an innovative HRM when it was released with a clear indication of when the user was Fat Burning or Fitness Improving. It's still a good option from a discount store if you can find one. However, technology and customer expectations have moved on some since it's release. Please consider the Polar A300 with activity tracker, HRM and smartphone connectivity. The A300 takes all the best bits of the FT7 and brings it up to date.

    The Polar FT7 is for those who want to know if they’re improving their fitness or burning fat. The FT7 will give you clear training guidance and an easy start to HR based training. The Polar EnergyPointer tells you if the main effect of your training is fitness improvement or fat burning. This HRM displays real-time calories burned with heart rate zone control

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps

    Polar Loop

    REPLACED by Loop2

    The Polar Loop is smart and very easy to use. The Loop will measure your activity during the day: from the very first choices in the morning to monitoring the quality of sleep at night, and counting the total number of steps and burned calories in between.

    the Loop even has the ability to give motivational guidance on how to reach your daily activity goal. Unlike some other activity trackers, the Loop can also display heart rate when paired with Polar H6 or H7 heart rate sensor. It is waterproof and can even measure activity when swimming. A great product. Discrete and highly effective.

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Get feedback on recovery progression
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Cadence - provides wireless pedal cadence from optional sensors
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start

    Polar RC3 GPS HRM

    REPLACED by - Polar M400

    You will probably see Polar RC3's for sale on discount websites and auction sites... I'd STRONGLY ADVISE that you consider the newer replacement instead > the Polar M400. It's better all round with Bluetooth connectivity to smartphones and built-in 24.7 activity tracker and even smartphone notifications.

    The RC3 is a brilliant all round GPS HRM for the customer who wants to train hard and get feedback on how hard / easy a session was and the recovery needed to prevent overtraining. The RC3 was Polar's first integrated GPS/HRM watch (previously the GPS had been worn on the arm) and it's a brilliant watch. The display is big enough to be handlebar mounted on a bike. Sports modes to give breakdown of time spent training in different disciplines and much more.

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  • A Brief History…

    It all started in 1996. As a sports science student I wanted to promote the use of Heart Rate Monitors in exercise. The business went online in 1999. In 14 years we sold HRM's to over 300,000 customers.

    After a short retail back we're now back with the new online store selling ONLY Polar. We still offer impartial advice & test other heart rate monitor brands. Our aim however, is to introduce you to Polar's products as an alternative to Garmin, Fitbit, Suunto or TomTom.

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