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Review of Polar FT1 Heart Rate Monitor

Very Good
4.20 stars
Price Range
Reviewed on: April 24, 2013
Author: BoolPool.com

Pros & Cons

  • The chest strap is very flexible and comfortable
  • User friendly with large display
  • Easy battery replacement
  • Quality product
  • Effective in aiding weight loss
  • Efficient in tracking heart rate accurately
  • Wireless
  • Battery drains very quickly
  • Not intuitive
  • Chest strap hook is flimsy
  • Chest strap sensor is not reliable
  • Doesn't give correct calorie count readings

Review Summary

This is the summary of consumer reviews for Polar FT1 Heart Rate Monitor. The BoolPool rating for this product is Very Good, with 4.20 stars, and the price range is $39.99-$59.99.

The Polar FT1 Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) is a great starter tool for assessing your heart rate regularly while exercising, running, walking or even while stressing out about not being able to make it on time for dear daughter's dance class! With a large and easy-to-read display this HRM helps to easily lose weight and improve your fitness regime. The big numbers can easily be read in dim light too, so if a twilight jog you fancy, just strap the HRM on and get going!

This wireless tool comes with a flexible and comfortable chest strap that works 'hand in strap' with the digital wrist timer to measure your accurate heart rate. For the uninitiated here is the definition of Heart rate (beats per minute bpm) - Heart rate is the measurement of the work your heart does. Most reviewers are full of praise for the precise bpm reading but there is a twist in this tale. To make sure the chest strap really connects with your heart, one should wet the strap's sensor or smear it with conductive gel. (Yes, you could really sweat it out too!) If it is not lubricated well, the chest strap doesn't pick up signals very well, thus rendering it ineffective and reducing the heart rate monitor to just another digital clock! Also the strap has to be really tight and close to your chest to take a reading, so get ready for a bear hug!

While you figure out the best way to water down the sensor, make sure you handle the hooks like fragile china as many reviewers feel that the hooks are quite flimsy. The instructions are not very concise and to figure out all the bells and whistles, one needs to really 'monitor' the manual closely! Here's one tip - only the readings from the last session are saved, so you need to record the numbers manually if you want a log of previous readings. Though the heart rate measurement is accurate, the calorie counter stretches the truth a little...err sometimes a lot! So do give this tool a benefit of doubt when it comes to your calories.

Overall, the Polar FT1 Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) is functional, easy to program and use. If you're looking for a basic heart rate monitor to help you measure and track your heart rate effectively, this is THE inexpensive tool to strap on.

User Voice

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Review Group #: 1
(4.00 stars)
23 Reviews
The monitor is easy to wear and remove The watch face is easy to read Though battery replacement is effortless its life is short
Review Group #: 2
(4.50 stars)
11 Reviews
Heart rate monitor is functional and performs well Helps loose weight
Review Group #: 3
(3.50 stars)
15 Reviews
Can be inconsistent if not used frequently Initial set up not easy
Review Group #: 4
(3.50 stars)
13 Reviews
Need to moisten chest strap Strap hooks are weak
Review Group #: 5
(3.50 stars)
13 Reviews
The monitor is effective only if the chest strap sensor works
Review Group #: 6
(4.50 stars)
14 Reviews
Tracks heart rate well Can set minimum/maximum heart rate before workout May not give accurate calorie count

Where to Buy

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eBay$41.30Price varies by color and seller.
Amazon$59.95Men's Size
REI$59.95Men's Size
Target$59.95Black color

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