In my family, we've used Polar and Garmin watches and love them. I use a different solution. If you have a smart phone, you can purchase a Zephyr heart rate monitor chest strap that communicates via Bluetooth to an app on your phone. A number of free apps are available out there; I like SportsTrackLive and Endomondo. There's a pro version that opens a few more features and reports for around $5 each. There must be at least a dozen apps to choose from. As far as accuracy goes, I've compared them to the Polar and Garmin watch and they give nearly identical results.
The Zephyr chest strap is about $79 (and the apps usually have a $5 discount code that you can use). Polar also has a Bluetooth chest strap that works with the same apps. The Zephyr is very comfortable to wear. It doesn't use replaceable batteries, instead it recharges via a USB port. Charges last about 30 days or so. One nice thing about using a smart phone as the GPS/HRM device is that I can choose the software with an interface I like. Phone apps have frequent updates with new features which is unlikely with watches. I use a little Amphipod waist pack to put my phone in when I exercise and it rides on the small of my back and doesn't bother me a bit.
Not only is my phone my GPS/HRM device, it's also my MP3 player and can be used as a phone in case of emergency. Another neat feature that watches don't have is that it will give me voice feedback as I run, telling me my pace, distance, heart rate, and cadence every so often (user selected by distance or number of minutes or both). I don't have to look down at my wrist or attempt to dig out my phone.
It's one more alternative in the myriad of options for HRMs. It may or may not be something you'd want to consider.
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