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Heart Rate Monitor Watches - Consumer Reports

heart rate monitor watchesIn its February 2009 issue Consumer Reports journal featured exercise equipment, including treadmills, exercise bikes, heart rate monitor watches and pedometers. The full report is for subscribers only. However, you can read a summary of the results at USA Today's A Better Life website. It said:

Among top-rated machines reported in the February issue:

• Non-folding treadmills. Best buy: PaceMaster Platinum Pro VR, $2,000. Also recommended: Landice L7 Cardio Trainer, $3,300; SportsArt TR32, $2,700.

• Folding treadmills. Best buys: Epic View 550, $1,300; Sole F63, $1,000. Also recommended: Bowflex 7-series, $1,500; Proform Crosswalk 580, $500; Gold’s Gym Maxx Crosswalk 650, $650; LifeSpan TR2000, $1,400.

• Elliptical exercisers. Best buy: LifeCore Fitness LC985VG, $1,100. Also recommended: Diamondback 1260 Ef, $2,600.

• Recumbent stationary bike. Best buy: Spirit XBR25, $1,200.

• Upright stationary bike. Recommended buy: Schwinn 130, $350.

• Heart-rate monitor. The top-rated chest-strap type is Timex Personal Trainer 5G971, $55; a close second: Acumen EON Basix Plus, $50. The top-rated wrist monitor with pedometer: Sportline Solo 960, $100.

• Pedometer. Best buy: Omron HJ-112, $30. Ranked second: Accusplit AE190XLG, $35.

When it comes to exercise equipment, “our advice is always try before you buy,” says Gayle Williams, deputy health editor for the magazine. “No matter what we say, the one best for you is the one that fits you.”

Here are links to some information on the top ranked heart rate monitor watches:

* Timex Personal Trainer 5G971 (picture) - read my own report on this hugely popular device. It is also worth checking the Timex Store at Amazon.com, for special offers and promotions, as well as numerous user reviews and information about new products.

* Acumen EON Basix Plus - read my own report of Acumen monitors.

* Sportline Solo 960 - read my own report of Sportline monitors.

See also my Guide to Buying the Best Heart Rate Monitor. And check out the heart rate monitor bestseller rankings at Amazon.com to see what people are currently buying.

November 24th, 2009

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