Top Heart Rate Monitors Over 100 Dollars

In this price range, a heart monitor has many extra features you can use to track your workouts. You must decide which features are the most useful to you and then shop for the monitor that suits you best. Examples of features are personal heart zones with alarms, stopwatch, interval timing, splits, calorie tracking, fitness testing, and computer link.

Wahoo TICKR X Workout Tracker and Heart Rate Monitor with Memory

Wahoo TICKRx Workout Tracker Heart Rate Monitor
Wahoo TICKRx Workout Tracker Heart Rate Monitor. Courtesy of Amazon

The TICKR X will track your heart rate and workouts and show your data on practically any device - smartphones, GPS watches, Apple Watch, or any ANT+ or Bluetooth 4.0 connected heart rate monitor display. It shares its data with all popular workout tracking apps. For strength workouts, its advanced motion analytics count your reps. It has built-in memory so you can leave your other devices at home and view your workout stats later if you wish. The sensor is worn on a soft chest strap.

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Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor

Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor
Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Polar FT7 sells for just over $100.It determines your OwnCal calorie burn. You can upload your data via the Polar FlowLink via either Mac or PC software. Then you can use their web site to track your workouts and recovery. The FlowLink is sold separately for around $50. This unit is good for people who want to keep track of their heart rate workouts. But it still lacks sports watch features you get on Timex models, such as a stopwatch and lap timing.

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Timex Race Trainer Kit

Timex Ironman Race Trainer Heart Rate Monitor
Timex Ironman Race Trainer Heart Rate Monitor. © Pricegrabber

The Timex Ironman Race Trainer is an exercise heart rate monitor and full featured Ironman sports watch. Coupled with the TrainingPeaks web site to download and view your data and get training programs, this is a system that anyone can use for race training, or simply tracking diet and exercise. You can view your heart rate with the time of day and while using the chronograph and timer. I found it easy to move between functions with the Race Trainer. It has a large number display and a night light. While I found the lower model, Road Trainer, to be good, I loved the online functionality of the Race Trainer.

Garmin FR70

Garmin FR70 Sports Watch
Garmin FR70 Sports Watch. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Garmin FR70 is a heart rate monitor and sports watch all in one, plus you can add an optional footpod to get speed and distance data. It comes with a wireless chest strap heart rate sensor. The watch tracks your workout time, heart rate and calories burned. It has five heart rate zones and alerts. The sports watch functions include auto-lap detection, two time zones, alarms, configurable training pages and 20 hours/100 lap memory. You can wirelessly download your workouts to a PC or Mac to see your data on Garmin Connect. However, unlike some other Garmins, it doesn't have GPS to actually draw a map. The watch unit is powered by a replaceable long-life coin battery rather than needing recharging after every use.

Polar FT60 Heart Rate Monitor

Polar FT60 Heart Rate Monitor
Polar FT60 Heart Rate Monitor. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Polar FT60 goes beyond just heart rate to be a personal training computer and coach. With the FT60, you also get teh Polar Star training program. You set your goals and it gives you your weekly training schedule. You can run the Polar Fitness Test with this unit, and it determines your calorie burn and your personal heart rate target zones. You can upload data via the Polar Flow Link (sold separately) with either Mac or PC. Then use their web site to track your training in detail. This unit is also compatible with their S1 footpod to get real-time speed data, and/or their G1 GPS sensor for outdoor training. It's a lot of data. But it still doesn't include the sports watch functions that Timex units do (hint, hint - stopwatch!)

Garmin Forerunner 610

Garmin Forerunner 610
Garmin Forerunner 610. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

This system combines a GPS speed and distance monitor built into a great sports watch and a heart monitor strap (in some versions, make sure the one you select includes the strap). Track your speed, distance, and heart rate with great accuracy to view during and after your workout. You can add an optional footpod if you want indoors speed and distance. The sleek touchscreen lets you scroll to the data you want to watch during your workout. Set your heart rate zones and get a vibration alert. You can download all of your data wirelessly to view on Garmin Connect.

Oregon Scientific Gaiam Touch Heart Rate Monitor SE336

Oregon Scientific Gaiam Touch Heart Rate Monitor SE336
Oregon Scientific Gaiam Touch Heart Rate Monitor SE336. Courtesy of Pricegrabber
I give this heart rate monitor style points. I can wear it as a watch all day and enjoy its big number display, slim line and soft comfortable silicone watchband. It has no buttons, but instead uses a touch screen for commands. It pairs with a chest strap heart rate monitor. Set it on Exercise and it toggles through heart rate, zone alert, time, calories burned and fat burned. I had a bit of difficulty with getting used to the command sequence, but once I got into the rhythm of it I found it easy to use. It doesn't have the range of functions of many heart monitors at this price point, but it makes up for it in style. It does not have a finger-pulse heart rate readout, despite some vendors listing that in their description. It comes in a black version and a pink version.

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