Halfords Heart Rate Monitor review

Plenty of functions despite the budget price.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £29.99 RRP
Entry level heart rate monitor, no bells or whistles but it does the job

Our review

If you want to improve your fitness a cheap heart rate monitor like this is a better bet than a cycle computer
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Entry-level heart rate monitors used to cost about £60 a few years ago. Now you can pick them up for half that. Most budget HRMs, like Polar’s F1, work fine but have few functions. This Halfords HRM has plenty.

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They are: current heart rate; average heart rate; maximum heart rate; settable target heart rate zones (with an alarm if you go outside the zone); exercise time counter; time spent in target zone; time spent over target zone; clock; stopwatch; and calories expended (which I’d take with a pinch of salt). There’s a backlight, it’s water resistant, and it comes with handlebar mount if you don’t want to wear it on your wrist.

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It didn’t interfere with my computer’s wireless signal and the readings seemed accurate. Operation is no more complicated than most bike computers, and the two-tier display (e.g. heart rate and stopwatch) is easy to read. If you’re serious about improving your Personal Bests, a cheap HRM like this should prove a better investment than a computer. If your heart rate is on target, you’re going as fast as you sustainably can; and if it ain’t, you ain’t.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Heart Rate Monitor
Brand Halfords

Available Colours Black
Further Features Back Light Handlebar Bracket Water Resistant
Time Functions Clock Riding Time Stopwatch
Activity Type Cycling
Heart Rate Monitor Functions Average Heart Rate Calories Burned Current Heart Rate Max Heart Rate Target Zone Target Zone Alarms
Heart Rate Monitor Type Chest Strap
Watch Functions Alarm Date Stopwatch Time
Weight (g) 125