Garmin Vivofit and Polar Loop are the top two activity bands in the market. They are the only ones in the world that offer real-time data for heart rate. Choosing between them is an uphill task for consumers as questions arise as to which is the better band. Below is a Polar Loop vs Garmin Vivofit comparison.
Polar Loop has bright LED lights that make an excellent display, particularly in workout rooms whereby lights are turned down low. Garmit Vivofit does not have a Bright LED display, and utilizes a standard screen having a backlight in order to conserve energy. One merit of Garmit is that the user only has to change batteries once in a year. On the other hand, with Polar, the battery has to be recharged every four days or so. However, it sacrifices the more readable LED light display so as to conserve battery.
When it comes to reading calories, Polar has always been among the world’s most accurate companies. This is because they have carried out more Human Performance Lab VO2 testing when compared to other companies. Both bands calculate calories, steps and sleep monitoring, and are water resistant. Garmin is lighter and does not require custom fitting as is the case with the Polar Loop. The two bands measure heart rates and display time/date, and both can wirelessly transfer data. In addition, both bands can measure the intensity of cycling with heart rate. This is something that other bands fail since accelerometer technology does not perceive activity while the wrist is static.
Polar Loop vs Garmin Vivofit
|Polar Loop||Garmin Vivofit|
|Key features||- Made in USA
- Worn on your wrist, tracks your activity 24/7 and provides guidance and motivation to reach your activity goals
- Shows daily activity, calories burned, steps taken, time of day and activity feedback on 85 LED display; Plus monitors sleep patterns
- Automatically syncs to free Polar Flow app and training community via Bluetooth Smart. For best results use updated Flow app version 1.0.1. Refer the user manual for product help and support.
- Custom fit bracelet is waterproof for swimming and has rechargeable battery; Battery life 5 days in continuous use||- Move Bar - Motivates you to be active throughout the day by displaying a red move bar after one hour of inactivity. Additional segments light up for every 15 minutes of inactivity. Just walk for a couple of minutes to reset.
- 24/7 Wearable
- Long battery life
- Achieve your goals - Vivofit learns your activity level and assigns a personalized goal each morning. Count calories - Records calories burned throughout the day including base metabolic rate.
- Monitor your sleep - Set the sleep mode when you go to bed to track the quality of your rest.|
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The answer to which band is better will probably depend on the needs of the user. Women are likely to find Garmit Vivofot better since it is lighter, is available in more colors and fits smaller wrists better. However, Polar Loop has the advantage of LED light display for readability in the case of older women who use reading glasses.