Bowflex Hybrid Heart Rate Monitor Review

Bowflex Hybrid Heart Rate Monitor Review

The Bowflex Hybrid heart rate monitor provides the option for both strapless heart monitoring as well as providing a strap for continuous monitoring of your heart rate.

The Bowflex Hybrid Heart Monitor seems to do exactly what it claims to do: it monitors your heart rate accurately and has a handful of bells and whistles to make it a desirable product. The one touch feature is handy for exercises that would make it difficult to try and go through a menu on the go. Basically, the idea here is that you can touch the watch anywhere near the face and it will instantly give you an accurate heart rate reading. It has alarms for the high and low zones of your heart rate, alerting you when you reach either and telling you whether you need to speed up or to slow down. It displays the percent of your maximum heart rate that you are currently at and even tells you your average heart rate as you exercise. On top of that, it tells you how many calories and how much fat you''ve burned. It''s got some pretty useful features. Finally, the watch has some features of a normal watch, such as a traditional watch setting and an alarm, so it has a utilitarian approach towards daily functionality.

Bowflex Hybrid Heart Rate Monitor
Bowflex Hybrid Plus Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Includes Chest Strap)

The package includes a chest strap to be worn that will continuously measure the heart rate and help to keep the user in their target heart rate zone. Amazon has the device at a $44.66 price tag, which seems reasonable for what the device is able to do. There is some dissension, though, as to whether or not the device works quite as well as it should.

There are some users out there who complain that the chest strap is prone to malfunction; one user even claims that his strap stopped working completely in less than a week. Then there are mixed messages about other features of the watch. There are some users who claim to have had difficulty with the one touch system, some claiming that if the watch accumulates any moisture, such as sweat produced during exercise, the one touch function just simply stops working for a time; consider wiping your finger dry before touching the bezel. Then there are even some users who claim that the watch works infrequently, if at all. Some of the users complain not just of the inaccuracy of the heart rate monitor, but of the monitor''s tendency to not give any reading at all for no apparent reason. A quick look at some of the customer reviews of the product on confirm this- the device comes in with a flat 3 star rating with polarized reviews on either side. It seems like a distinct possibility that several purchasers unfortunately managed to get a malfunctioning product while those giving extraordinary reviews got product that functioned as intended.

Customer Review:

And here''s what some of the customers who bought the Bowflex Hybrid Heart Rate Monitor have to say about it:

    ..."This Heart Rate Monitor Watch does not work as advertised! The heart rate display function rarely works during my daily running and is inferior to other monitors that I have used."...

    ..."Great watch/monitor. Finger sensor works very well."...

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