How to Compare Polar Heart Rate Monitors

Polar heart rate monitors are generally used for obtaining constant heart rate readings. Though most of the monitors are capable of doing this, polar monitors along with proving constant heart rate readings are capable of recording the exercises, calculating burned calories, providing body measurements, setting particular target heart rate according to the requirements of the user and providing the average exercising heart rate for each user.

Each and every polar monitor has its respective application and hence to achieve the maximum result, it is recommended to purchase the most suitable one according to the requirements of the user.

Transmitter Function

Polar monitors contain a transmitter band which is required to wear about the chest of the users. It is the transmitter that receives the exercising heart rate. Usually there are two different types of transmitter: coded and non-coded.

As the coded transmitters have a specific code they do not interact with other people’s transmitters and therefore most appropriate for getting the accurate reading in crowded places such as the gymnasiums.

The non-coded transmitters on the other hand are suitable for using in more secluded places where there is nobody else who is using a polar monitor. Transmitter bands are available in a wide range of sizes for the convenience of the users in choosing the most appropriate size for them.


Polar monitors may remarkably vary in their prices. The monitors with more additional features are likely to be more costly. The price of the RS100 model with both transmitter and watch is about $125, but if the user want all the fitness features that could possibly be found, the price may rise up to $300.

So it is intelligible to have a definite idea about the requirements for purchasing polar monitors with suitable features.