The Best Fitness Tracker

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If you’ve been feeling like you’re among the last people walking the planet without a fitness tracker wrapped around your wrist, clipped on your shirt, or dropped in your pocket, perhaps its time to add one to your fitness equipment and start recording your stats.

The Best Fitness Trackers

It’s not easy ranking the ten best fitness trackers. There are so many things to consider in the process. There’s the actual tracking, of course, both for activity and for sleep. Then there are extras to consider, like GPS, heart rate, alarms, and syncing. There’s the app and additional compatibility to think about. And of course, there’s price.

We weighed the pros and cons, considered the highlights and drawbacks, and looked at all the options. Here for you now are the ten best fitness trackers, in order and with commentary.

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Charge HR

The all day activity tracking and all night sleep tracking you get from the Fitbit Charge HR are excellent, but it’s the little things that add up to make this wristband our favourite tracker out there. The HR in the name means heart rate — as in, it’s got continuous heart rate tracking, which opens the door to zone training and all sorts of helpful workout data.

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Misfit Flash

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Withings Activité

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Garmin Vivofit 2

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Jawbone UP3

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Fitbit Surge

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Microsoft-Band

Microsoft Band

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MOOV NOW

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Garmin 920XT

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Fitbit Flex

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1. Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit-Charge-HR
The all day activity tracking and all night sleep tracking you get from the Fitbit Charge HR are excellent, but it’s the little things that add up to make this wristband our favourite tracker out there. The HR in the name means heart rate — as in, it’s got continuous heart rate tracking, which opens the door to zone training and all sorts of helpful workout data.

Other useful features include a five day battery life, smartphone sync with caller ID, a silent alarm, a seven day memory, and your daily stats right on the display. And while there’s no onboard GPS, it can work with your smartphone’s GPS for totally accurate distance details. The Fitbit app is fantastic as well.

The Fitbit Charge HR is comfortable to wear all day, stays on securely thanks to its watchband clasp, and comes in four colours. It’s splash proof and highly durable as well. And, at a very reasonable £119.99, it’s affordable too. If you’re looking for a fitness tracker that does more than the budget models but doesn’t have a bunch of features you’ll never use, we can’t recommend a better model than the Fitbit Charge HR.

Review: Fitbit Charge HR Fitness Band Review: Simply The Best!

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Pros

  • All day activity and all night sleep tracking.
  • Continuous heart rate monitoring for zone training and more workout information.
  • Display shows daily stats and syncs with smartphones for caller ID.
  • Reasonably priced.

Cons:

  • No onboard GPS.
  • Screen is pretty small.
  • No in-depth sleep tracking data.


2. Misfit Flash

Misfit-FlashA newer, lighter, and more colourful version of the highly popular Misfit Shine, the Flash has the same elegant Misfit aesthetic and features at a much more affordable price. It retails for just $29.99 USD — that’s under £20!

What you get for your money is impressive. With its three-axis accelerometer, the Flash tracks calories burned, distance travelled, and more, no matter what activity you’re doing. And when night falls, the Flash will record how long and how well you sleep.

In addition to a great price, the Flash’s strong suit is its looks. The clean design has LEDs around the circumference that light up on demand to denote progress toward your daily goal. The device itself is a coin-sized circle that can be worn on the wrist or around your neck, clipped on your clothes, or slipped in your pocket.

The Misfit app is where you’ll see all of your details and be able to compete with your friends who use Misfit devices. More than this, though, the Misfit Link app allows you to assign actions for total customization of your Flash.

Bottom line: it looks great, it works great, and the price is right!

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Pros

  • Full tracking capabilities.
  • Clean, elegant design.
  • Misfit Link app allows you to customise your Flash.
  • Super low price.

Cons:

  • Not recommended for use in pool or shower.
  • No GPS, heart rate monitor, or any other advanced features.
  • Not compatible with Windows phones.


3. Withings Activité Pop

Withings-Activite-Pop
It may look like an ordinary wristwatch, but the Withings Activité Pop is a full-on fitness tracker. Its £119.95 retail price is good for all it does. It keeps tabs on your running, walking, and swimming (it’s waterproof to 50 metres), tracks sleep data, and shows you how close you are to your daily goal with just a tap of the face.

When synced with the Withings Health Mate App, you can check out all of your stats, set goals, and compete with your Withings-using contacts. You can manually enter your weight, blood pressure, and heart rate for more accurate feedback. The wristband syncs with popular fitness apps like RunKeeper and MyFitness Pal too.

There’s no onboard GPS or heart rate monitor, but on the plus side, the battery is an ordinary button cell that lasts eight whole months and is easy to replace. And with its inconspicuous, watch-like appearance, you’ll never have to worry about it not matching your business attire.

We like the Activité Pop so much because it combines all of the features of a fitness tracker without the rubbery materials of most wristbands. And, because you never have to charge the battery, it’s always ready to go.

Review: Withings Activité vs. Withings Activité Pop – Which One Will You Wear?

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Pros

  • Looks like a watch, performs like a fitness tracker.
  • Great Withings app plus compatibility with other apps.
  • Battery lasts for eight months.
  • Affordably priced.

Cons:

  • No onboard GPS.
  • No built in heart rate monitor.
  • The only feedback from the device itself is goal progress.


4. Garmin Vivofit 2

Garmin-Vivofit-2The Garmin Vivofit was a great tracker, but the Vivofit 2 has a few extra features (at a slightly higher sticker price, natch) that push it ahead of its predecessor. Let’s start with the similarities: the Vivofit 2 tracks all of your walking or running details like distance travelled, steps taken, calories burned, and so on, plus it has automatic sleep tracking.

This device also discourages you from being sedentary with move bar alerts, and to keep your challenged, it automatically increases your daily goal if you’re meeting it regularly. The Vivofit 2’s battery life is a full year, it’s waterproof to 50 metres, and it automatically syncs to Garmin Connect, which is available on mobile and on the web.

What the Vivofit 2 offers that its older brother does not is a more secure clasp, a better selection of colours, a backlight on the display for better readability in low light, and a move beeper, an activity timer. These added features are really nice, though there’s no new big selling points like a GPS or heart rate tracker.

The Vivofit 2 retails for £89.99 — £20 more than the original Vivofit fitness band, but still a great price for a solid tracker.

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Pros

  • Move bar alerts to keep you moving.
  • One year battery life.
  • Backlit display.
  • Full tracking capabilities at an affordable price.

Cons:

  • No onboard GPS.
  • No heartrate tracker.
  • Not compatible with third party apps.


5. Jawbone UP3

Jawbone-UP3Making our list at the halfway point is the newest addition to Jawbone’s UP line, the UP3 fitness band. It’s got everything you’ve come to expect from Jawbone: full activity tracking, all sorts of sleep data, slim design, and lots of compatibility.

What’s new on the UP3 is the addition of bioimpedance sensors to measure resting heart rate tracking. This allows for all sorts of zone training and more detailed workout information. And, its smart coaching feature learns your activity patterns and preferences to keep you motivated and keep you fit.

The Jawbone app is fantastic tool, allowing you to see your data in clean graphics, log food, motivate and compete with your UP using contacts, and more. This is important, as the UP3 has no actual display. However, it’s the UP3’s compatibility with so many third party apps and devices that make it a true standout.

The UP3 is priced at £129.99, which could be considered somewhat expensive given that there’s no onboard GPS. However, this fitness band does offer wireless syncing, a seven day battery, an idle alert, a smart alarm, and lots of other worthwhile attributes. Sure, the clasp isn’t the greatest, but still, the UP3 is well worth your attention.

Face Off: Jawbone UP3 vs Fitbit Charge HR

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Pros

  • In-depth tracking details.
  • Compatibility with other apps and devices.
  • Heart rate tracking for zone training.
  • Helpful smart coaching feature.

Cons:

  • No GPS.
  • Clasp is a bit flimsy.
  • No actual display.


6. Fitbit Surge

Fitbit-SurgeWith so many great models from Fitbit, we had to include a few more on our list. The Surge is an exceptionally well-appointed fitness and health tracker and is perfect for more serious runners and for wearing all day. Its big selling point is the onboard GPS, a must-have feature if you’re training for a race. Additionally, it’s got a heart rate monitor for full workout details and zone training.

But there’s more that makes the Surge so great. The black and white display is crisp, clear, and functional, showing you relevant workout data, call and text notifications from a synced smartphone, and more. You can even use the Surge to control the music you’re listening to.

The big downside is the price. At £199.99, it’s one of the most expensive trackers on our list, though that amount is comparable to other GPS-enabled fitness bands. Ultimately, if GPS is a feature you want, you’ll have to fork over some more dough.

Still, all of the aforementioned features, plus a seven day battery, slim design, full sleep tracking, and the outstanding Fitbit app make the Fitbit Surge an outstanding top of the line tracker.

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Pros

  • Onboard GPS.
  • Heart rate tracking.
  • Smartphone sync for call and text notifications plus music control.
  • Great activity and sleep tracking.

Cons:

  • Expensive.
  • Display is not full colour.


7. Microsoft Band

Microsoft-BandIt looks great. It tracks everything. It’s got a full colour touch screen and can sync with just about every phone. Coming in at number seven is this fitness tracker and smartwatch hybrid from one of the biggest names in the tech game. Currently listed at £169.99, the Microsoft Band is priced somewhat higher than most other fitness wristbands. However, this is because it offers more.

Yes, it tracks activity and sleep, but it does so with an onboard GPS, three-axis accelerometer, gyrometer, and sensors for both skin temperature and skin response. It’s great for running, cycling, and pretty much any activity that doesn’t involve water. (It is splash resistant, though.) And, the Microsoft Band is hugely compatible with lots of third party apps.

Then there’s how it looks. More than a flimsy piece of silicone, the Microsoft Band is a thermal plastic health band with a full colour touch screen. This looks like an advanced device — and it is.

Throw in smart notifications, social network syncing, and a relationship (yes, relationship) with Cortana, aka Microsoft’s personal assistant, to keep your calendar and remind you of what you need to do, and you’ve got a winner.

The Microsoft Band is highly accurate and highly functional, and it looks good enough for all day wear. If you want a quality and sleek fitness tracker that you’re going to use a lot, this is a solid choice.

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Pros

  • Onboard GPS plus lots of sensors.
  • Great aesthetic with full colour touch screen.
  • All sorts of notifications and syncability.
  • Cortana handles the details.

Cons:

  • More expensive than a lot of other trackers.
  • No built in heart rate monitor.
  • Battery lasts two days tops.


8. MOOV NOW

MOOV-NOWIf Spiderman wore a fitness tracker, it would probably be the MOOV NOW. This just-released update on the highly regarded MOOV is lighter and more breathable than its predecessor, with a webbed look and lots of curves. It’s not a fitness tracker, the developers of Moov insist — it’s a personal fitness coach! It’s definitely interesting looking, but the best part is under the hood.

MOOV NOW is able to detect precise motion, allowing it to track just about any activity, including swimming. It syncs with your smartphone for real time audio coaching and feedback, encouraging you during challenging parts, giving you advice to improve your form, and letting you know how you’re progressing. And yes, it tracks sleep, too.

It does all of this thanks to its accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer working on nine axes. (There’s no heart rate monitoring or GPS, though.) Recharging isn’t necessary, thanks to its six month battery (just change the button cell when needed). The corresponding app is thorough, with lots of data about your workouts. Plus, the MOOV NOW comes in a few colours.

And then there’s the price: you can pre-order it for $59.99 USD, or under £50. If you can get past the ridiculous name, the MOOV NOW is an amazing device for much less than the competition.

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Pros

  • Tracks almost any activity.
  • Real time audio coaching and feedback.
  • Battery lasts six months.
  • Incredibly inexpensive for all that it does.

Cons:

  • No heart rate monitoring.
  • No GPS.
  • No display.


9. Garmin Forerunner 920XT

Garmin-Forerunner-920XTIf you’re a runner or triathlete who’s looking for a beefed up sportswatch with onboard GPS and all the bells and whistles that you can still wear all day, you’d do extremely well to consider the Garmin Forerunner 920 XT. Oh, but you need to have some serious cash to drop, because at £389.99, this health band is not cheap.

The 920XT measures everything about your run or your swim; with compatible sensors, it can track your cycling as well. This isn’t just distance travelled or steps taken — this is cadence and contact time, stroke identification and count, drill logging and recovery advising.

There is a colour display offering lots of information, and the 920XT automatically syncs with Garmin Connect for full details, live tracking, and a social component. Sync it with your smartphone for call, text, and email notifications.

The battery life is unimpressive, at somewhere between one and two days, depending on GPS usage, though that’s standard for smartwatches of this calibre. Still, it’s got a heart rate monitor, a stunning array of performance features, and all day tracking capabilities. The 920XT is perfect for serious athletes — with some financial means, at any rate.

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Pros

  • GPS and heartrate monitoring built in.
  • Lots of performance details and tracking for multiple sports.
  • Smart notifications.
  • Full colour display.

Cons:

  • Really expensive.
  • Short battery life.
  • Probably not practical for casual users.


10. Fitbit Flex

Fitbit-FlexNot everyone’s an athlete, and that’s OK. Maybe you’re just looking for a tracker to keep you motivated and give you an idea of how much you’re moving, and maybe you don’t want to spend a whole lot to get that information. In that case, you’ll want to check out the fitness bracelet that grabs the ten spot on our list: the Fitbit Flex.

The Flex uses an accelerometer to track the standard metrics: steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned, and active minutes. Once you’re asleep, the Flex will record your sleep stats, like quality and total time asleep.

Sync it with your smartphone, and the Flex will automatically transfer your stats to the corresponding app. You can also round out your profile with personal details, set goals, and get a total picture of your activity. The Flex is compatible with lots of third party apps as well.

There’s no true display, just some LEDs that show you how much you’ve progressed toward your daily goal. It’s a simple, attractive fitness bracelet, and while the £79.99 price is more than some other trackers that do more, you may not want more. The Flex is a great entry into the world of trackers.

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Pros

  • Simple fitness wristband that gives you the basics.
  • Compatible with many third party apps.
  • Looks good and reasonably priced.

Cons:

  • No true display.
  • No advanced features like GPS or heart rate monitoring.
  • Some other trackers do more for less money.


Go Forth and Track!

So there you have it — the ten best fitness trackers, ranked in order. Of course, the best tracker for you depends on what you want from a device, as well as how much you have to spend. Consider our choices, factor in your budget and preferences, and go forth and track!


How We Test

It’s not an exact science, but we wore each tracker for a minimum of 48 hours. We were very mindful that many users of these devices might not have a lot of confidence in their ability to use wearable technology, so ease of use was important.

We also wore more than one at the same time to check for inter-tracker accuracy. Finally, we cross checked our findings with what other tech professionals had to say, and we made sure it looked good with what we were wearing on Friday night.

We walked, we jogged, we swam if we could, we checked out the apps, and we slept. Then, we looked at our numbers, we recharged, we price-checked, and we assessed using the categories below.

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Our Fitness Tracker Testing Parameters

  1. Activity tracking: We’re referring to a tracker’s ability to measure steps taken, distance travelled, and calories burned. A bit of a given for devices like this, but just so you’re aware.
  2. Sleep tracking: Also a given for most fitness trackers, sleep tracking refers to things time asleep, restlessness, and sleep quality.
  3. Display: Many wearers like to see some sort of readout on their wrist as they go about the day, while others dislike the distraction. For our purposes, display refers to an actual numerical readout (either digital or analog-appearing). Some trackers have LED lights for communication, but we didn’t consider those to be displays.
  4. Colour display: Nothing says progress like a tiny TV screen on your wrist. If you want to see full colour when you look at your tracker, these devices have it.
  5. Elevation: A useful metric for individuals who are engaged in more serious athletic training, elevation is not only a helpful bit of data to know, but it can help your tracker better calculate calories burned.
  6. Waterproof: Most trackers are splashproof and sweatproof, but our rough cutoff question is: if you forget to take it off in the shower, will it still be OK?
  7. Swim tracking: The majority of all-purpose fitness trackers can’t keep tabs on water activity, but some can. A few will even keep count of laps, and even fewer will recognise strokes. A check in this box means you’ll get some sort of metric recording in the pool.
  8. Onboard GPS: A built in GPS sensor chip is so helpful for accurately measuring distance, following training plans, and finding your way back home. The trade-off is that it brings up the price of any tracker significantly
  9. Heart rate monitoring: For zone and interval training, along with just general heart health information, heart rate monitoring is essential. It’s more and more standard on trackers, but the more budget-minded models tend to not have it.
  10. Smart notifications: If you want to use your tracker as an extension of your smartphone, notifications about texts, calls, emails, and more are extremely helpful.
  11. Silent alarm: A kinder, gentler way to wake up in the morning, and a feature on many fitness and sleep trackers, the silent alarm is especially nice if you wake up earlier than your partner.
  12. Food and health tracking on app: The tracking features are great, but many wearers want full health integration: calories in vs. calories burned, weight monitoring, heart rate data, and so on.
  13. 5+ day battery: If your tracker’s battery is dead, do those steps count? If you prefer to charge once a week or less, this is an important detail to consider.
  14. Looks good for all day wear: Yes, this is totally subjective. What we’re looking at is how well the trackers blend in with ordinary clothing. Anything that overtly looks like a sports watch did not make the cut.
  15. Under £100: £100 seems to be a round and common (if not arbitrary) cutoff for how much people are willing to spend on a gadget.
  16. Under £50: If you’re really trying to keep to a budget but still want a tracker, you’ll be happy to know that you can snag one for under the £50 mark.

The Best Fitness Tracker For Every Job

There’s no one single best tracker on the market — there’s only the best tracker for you. It all depends on what you want to get out of the little device that you strap on your wrist, clip on your clothing, or slip in your pocket.

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You want a good fitness tracker, of course: one that works how it’s supposed to, gets accurate data, and helps you reach some modest fitness goals.

However, the market is currently saturated with hundreds of different models — which one do you buy? Where do you even begin?

Some preliminary research will show you that there are all sorts of rankings for the best trackers out there. But the thing you really want to know is, what’s the best tracker for you?

Ultimately, that depends on a few things, like your activity level, your goals, and what kind of data you’re looking for. There is no one best fitness tracker — there are only best trackers. Depending on your specific interests, here are the fitness trackers we’d recommend.

running-manBest Fitness Tracker for Running

If you’re using a fitness tracker for running, there’s one very important feature that you want: built in GPS for the most accurate distance data. Here is the fitness tracker for runners that we like.

TomTom Runner Cardio

It’s no surprise that this one made the list, as it’s made by a company known primarily for its navigation products. The QuickGPSFix technology it offers does not disappoint.

Serious runners and joggers need more than just step counting — they need accurate distance information, heart rate data, and real time feedback as they race to crush their previous personal bests. The TomTom Runner Cardio does all of these things and then some for its moderate £169.99 price tag.

The built in heart rate monitor allows for zone and interval training, and TomTom’s patented QuickGPSFix technology keeps track of your precise location so you know exactly how far you’ve gone and exactly how far you have to go. The Runner Cardio measures pace, speed, distance travelled, and calories burned. Plus, there’s a large 22x25mm display that shows you real time information, and it’s easy to navigate through the menus with one-button control.

The Runner Cardio looks sporty, but it’s fairly low profile and lightweight at just 63g. It’s also good for indoor running and jogging, though some syncing is necessary for accuracy. Battery life is modest, at just eight to ten hours, but that’s standard for devices with power-burning GPS sensor chips. Use the corresponding TomTom MySports app to give you a complete picture of your training so you can run your best time at your next race.

Additional Reading: Garmin Forerunner 15 Vs. TomTom Runner

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swimBest Fitness Band for Swimming

There are lots of fitness trackers that are waterproof, and there are a handful that can count laps, but ultimately, those aren’t dedicated fitness trackers for swimming.

Garmin Swim

The Garmin Swim, however, is a tracker with one function: to help you improve your performance in the pool. With its list price of £129.99, it will probably appeal to serious swimmers only, but it will suit their needs quite well.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Garmin Swim is that it can actually detect what stroke you’re swimming. It’s a helpful detail for later analysis of your workout. In addition to that, the Swim can also track your time, distance, lap segment time, and pace, and it can tell you your SWOLF score, or your overall swimming efficiency. It can also do interval training, drills, and timed sets. All you do is tell it the size of the pool you’re in, and it takes care of everything else.

Essential Reading: Splish Splash – What is the Best Waterproof Fitness Tracker?

Paired with the Garmin HRM swim heart rate monitor chest strap, which is designed especially for use in the pool, the Garmin Swim can show you just how well you’re progressing in your training. It doesn’t sync automatically with the corresponding Garmin Connect app, unfortunately (you need to tell it to sync, but at least it does so wirelessly), and it won’t be able to measure much if you’re swimming in a natural body of water. For pool swimmers, though, it’s tough to top the Garmin Swim as the best tracker for swimmers.

Review: Laps with Garmin Swim: Is it the Best Swimming Tracker?

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Best Activity Tracker for The Gym

Out for a gym workout? Need a fitness tracker for the gym that counts reps, recognises exercises and gives tips? This is the fitness wristband for you.

The Atlas Wristband

This tracker isn’t even available for purchase yet (though can pre-order one), but it’s already making big waves in the press. The biggest appeal of the Atlas Wristband is that it can identify any activity you’re doing and then analyse it thoroughly. No need to tell your Atlas that you’re doing butterfly curls — it knows, it’s counting your reps, and its determining if your form is ideal.

Atlas is small, but it’s powerful. The display gives you real-time information on your current activity. The built in heart rate monitor allows the Atlas to keep tabs on how many calories you’re burning as you exercise. Plus, thanks to its three-axis motion tracking, it can give you a form score on just about any activity to help you improve. It’s an odd-looking asymmetrical device — the Atlas is no Apple Watch. However, what it lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in incredible functionality.

The corresponding app has smart coaching plus full details of every gym workout. Atlas is currently available for pre-order for $249 USD (about £160), and the company expects it to ship later this year. If you’re a serious gym user who moves from machines to weights and back again, the Atlas Wristband might be your very best investment in your fitness.

Preview: The Atlas Wristband – A New Fitness Wristband

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Best Fitness Tracker for Weight Loss

For weight loss you’ll probably be looking for a fitness tracker that will keep you moving, give you full stats, stay on top of how many calories you’re burning, and pair with a choice of fitness apps.

Polar A300

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced tracker to lose some weight, you’d do quite well to consider the Polar A300. It’s a chunky sports watch that measures everything and never lets you forget why you’re wearing it. For weight loss, it’s exactly what you need.

First of all, the A300 will keep track of steps taken, distance travelled, and calories burned. It will help you set a challenging daily goal, and it will vibrate if you’ve been sedentary for too long. There’s no built in heart rate monitor, but that’s standard on all Polar devices. Instead, the A300 can pair well with Polar’s H7 heart rate sensor chest strap for completely accurate heart rate data.

More than an activity tracker, the A300 also measures sleep time and quality, and it can wake you up with a gentle buzz. Paired with the Polar Flow app, you can watch your weight and see the full details of your progress. Don’t like Polar Flow? No problem — the A300 is compatible with a few other popular fitness apps too. The Polar A300 retails for £94.50, is available in six colours, and can keep you on track to shed pounds so you can look and feel your best.

Additional Reading: The Best Polar Watches, Trackers And More For Your Active Lifestyle

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Best Fitness Wristband for Sleep Tracking

Just like many tracker owners use their devices to meet their fitness goals, some wristband wearers use theirs to help them reach their sleep goals.

For users in the latter category, a lightweight and low profile tracker that can accurately detect sleep cycles is crucial. Try the Basis Peak for keeping tabs on your shut-eye data.

Basis Peak

It’s partially the real time heart rate monitoring that makes the Basis Peak so great for sleep tracking. The other element is its app, which breaks down your night of slumber into periods of light, deep, and REM sleep. Plus, there’s no mode switching: it automatically detects when you nod off and starts tracking. If sleep data is something you’re a bit obsessive about, you’ll find that you get much more useful information from the Peak than from just about any other wrist-worn wearable.

There are other big advantages to the Basis Peak, too. It’s loaded with sensors, such as a three-axis accelerometer as well as sensors to measure skin temperature and galvanic skin response. As an activity tracker, it does the usual: steps taken, calories burned, and distance travelled. You can set goals and habits to push yourself further, and you’ll get a notification if you’re doing well or need to move some more.

Looks are also a big selling point for the Basis Peak: its sleek industrial design looks great whether you’re working out or working on a promotion. The latest firmware update adds smart notifications as well. It retails for $199.99 USD (about £130), it’s comfortable, and it charges easily. And of course, its sleep analysis cannot be beat.

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Basis Peak -Best Fitness Wristband for sleep tracking

Best Health Wristband for Heart Rate Monitoring

There is an increasing number of fitness trackers with built in heart rate monitoring on the market today, but for continuous heart rate data at a price that won’t break the bank, you’ll want to take a close look at the Fitbit Charge HR.

Fitbit Charge HR

Considered to be one of the best all around trackers, the Fitbit Charge HR features a more manageable price point (it costs about half as much as its more well-appointed cousin the Fitbit Surge) and keeps tabs on activity, offers really good sleep data, is comfortable to wear, and pairs with the Fitbit app and a handful of other popular health and fitness tools. It’s really the total package, and what sets it apart from other mid-range trackers is its heart rate monitoring.

What’s so great about heart rate monitoring? It opens the door to several kinds of advanced athletic capabilities that you won’t get with a lower-end device. These include zone and interval training for a more efficient and effective workout. It also helps with sleep tracking and gives you a more accurate number of calories you’re burning.

If you’re a more serious athlete, the Fitbit Charge HR may not be enough of a sports watch for your liking. However, for the more casual user who wants to be in good physical condition without being overwhelmed with information or equipment, the Fitbit Charge HR is perfect. In fact, the only things that the Charge HR doesn’t do when compared to the Surge is track via GPS and give you the ability to control your music. And, at £199.99, the price is much lower than a lot of other higher end training wearables.

Review: Fitbit Charge HR Fitness Band Review: Simply The Best!

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fitbit charge hr - Best Health Wristband for heart rate monitoring

Best Fitness Tracker with GPS

Fitness trackers with GPS aren’t for serious runners only, because being able to track (and post!) your jogging distance is worth a lot to many hobby runners.

Garmin Forerunner 220

It only makes sense that the best fitness tracker with GPS is from a company that specializes in navigational devices. The Garmin Forerunner 220 is a must-have sports watch for runners who are training for distance — and not just because of the GPS. It keeps track of all sorts of data, like pace, heart rate, personal bests, and more; plus, most of your vitals can be accessed in real time.

The 220 also works with the Garmin Connect app, which has a strong social component for challenges and motivation, as well as a smart coach feature with training plans and more. Syncing is automatic as well. On top of all that, it has a high-resolution colour display, it’s easy to use, and it’s comfortable to wear.

And of course, there’s the built in GPS, for the best data information so you can analyse your training routes and improve your stamina and time. You can also turn off the GPS, which can extend the battery life up to six weeks; when it’s on, you’ll get ten hours tops. The Garmin Forerunner 220 is priced at £159.99, which is comparable to other GPS-enabled watches.

Additional Reading: All the Best with GPS: The Best GPS Running Watches

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Garmin Forerunner 220 - best fitness tracker with gps

Best Fitness Tracker App

Lots of fitness tracker users want more than a glorified pedometer — they want an all-in-one collector of their activity information stored in an app for their phone. Many Fitness Tracker Apps will notify wearers of new notifications, messages, and more, but we like this one the best.

Nike+ Fitness App

Actually, Nike has a trio of free apps that are top notch for all of your fitness needs. The Nike+ Running app has everything that a serious or aspiring runner needs to get better, like distance, time, pace, and more. If running isn’t your only activity, or if you’re more into the weightlifting side of things, you’ll want to check out Nike+ Training Club Community. Both of these apps are available for iOS and Android, and they both contain a robust social component for keeping up with your friends’ activity and motivating one another to go further.

If you’re an iOS user, you’re in luck: the new Nike+ Fuel app is a complete way to track all of your activity. It also syncs with the Apple Health app, so all of your data is in one place. There’s also a big emphasis on social exercising: you can see all of your Nike+ using friends, share images to Instagram, and get loads of tips and challenges.

They’re all compatible with Nike wearables and a host of other devices, including wearables by Garmin, TomTom, and more. And in fact, you don’t even need a separate wearable to use many of the features. Best of all, these are all free, so you can try them without feeling like you’ll be out a few quid.

Nike-Plus-Running-App-best tracker app

Best Health Wristband Battery Life

If you’re looking for a fitness tracker with long battery life, you probably don’t want one that you’ll have to recharge every night, or even every other night. Instead, you’ll want to find one that uses a replaceable button cell, which will get you several months of use at a time.

Withings Activité Pop

With the slim, watch-like Withings Activité Pop, you get an amazing eight months per battery, a number that’s really hard to top.

How does Withings do it? It’s mostly because the Activité Pop has more standard watch face than a power-hogging AMOLED colour display that’s always on. Still, don’t mistake the Activité Pop’s ordinary appearance for reduced functionality. This is a fully-fledged tracker that keeps tabs on activity and sleep, shows you progress toward your daily goals, has a silent alarm, and can even be used to track swimming.

The Activité Pop comes in light grey, dark grey, azure blue, and coral pink. It retails for £119.95, and you won’t find a charging cable in the box. Instead, you’ll get a small tool to help you pry off the back and replace the battery — which, again, you’ll have to do once every eight months. Now that’s power that’s empowering.

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withings activité pop - Best Health Wristband battery life

Best Fitness Wristband for The Money

MOOV NOW and Xiaomi Mi

If you’re anxious to get your hands on a new fitness tracker but don’t have much money to spend on one, you’re in luck: there are some models out there that do a lot without breaking the bank.

It’s hard to choose just one best budget fitness tracker. Do we go with the one that’s priced so low that you don’t even have to think about buying one, or do we choose the one that is priced a bit higher but so loaded with features that it’s the best value deal? In the end, we decided to tell you about both fitness trackers that you can get for under £100.

The MOOV NOW is priced at just $99.99 USD, but it can be purchased for a limited time for just $59.99 — that’s under £50! And, this is no bargain basement device. The MOOV NOW can track anything: running, swimming, boxing, you name it. It counts reps and gives you feedback in your headphones about form and motivation to go further, all as you’re working out. No other tracker on the market give you as much for the sale price, and few offer as much for the retail price.

However, if you’ve got only 15 quid and you want a fitness tracker that will handle the basics, then there’s just one choice for you: the Xiaomi Mi band. It’s comfortable to wear, it tracks the usual activity metrics (steps, distance, calories) as well as sleep, and it’s waterproof. For the price of one night’s takeaway, you can have a fitness tracker.

Review: Xiaomi Mi Band: What the Experts are Saying

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Best Fitness Band for Cycling

Garmin Vivoactive

It’s a full-on activity tracker that makes for an awesome cycling computer. With onboard GPS, a full colour touchscreen display, and loads of real time feedback at the swipe of a finger, the Garmin Vivoactive is great for both serious and hobby cyclers. Smart notifications keep you connected and even encourages you to move when you’ve been inactive for too long, all on its OLED touchscreen.

For a more detailed picture of your fitness, it syncs with the Garmin Connect app to show you your progress and help you set attainable goals.

Training for a triathlon, or need some data analysed after your recent spinning round or mountain biking tour? This is the wearable that can help with that. Its £199.99 price tag is high, but comparable with other GPS-enabled devices.

Additional Reading: The Best Garmin for Cycling: Two Wheels Good

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garmin vivoactive - Best Fitness Band for cycling

Best Activity Tracker for Walking

Fitbit One

While it’s not for serious athletes, the Fitbit One is an ideal tracker for anyone who just needs to move more. Its small size means that it can easily clip onto a pocket, belt, or even bra, and its Fitbit power means that it tracks everything: steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned, floors climbed. The small display gives you basic stats, and it automatically syncs with the app for full details and goal setting. For sleep tracking, just slip it in the included wristband. For £79.99, it’s a great little device for keeping track of your walking and hiking activities.

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fitbit one - Best Activity Tracker for walking

Best Fitness Bracelet for Weightlifting

The Atlas Wristband

Unlike a lot of other weightlifting trackers, the Atlas can both automatically recognise lifting exercises and count your reps. It’s an oddly-shaped wristlet, and it’s definitely not meant for all day tracking, but it fits right in at the gym and especially for weightlifting, as well as bodybuilding. Doing a brand new exercise? No problem — just tell Atlas what it is, and it will be added to the long list of recognised workouts. Pre-order it now for around £160.

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atlas wristband Best Fitness Bracelet for Weightlifting

Best Fitness Tracker for Treadmill

Misfit Shine

Lightweight and smooth, with no buttons to snag on anything and no annoying beeps or buzzes, the Misfit Shine is a simple looking yet deceptively intricate device.

Like the Jawbone Up24, it’s put out there as a fitness tracker, but its wide range of useful tracking capabilities earn it a spot on our list.

There’s not much the Misfit Shine can’t do. However, one thing it can do better than a lot of other trackers is record your activity on a treadmill and for cardio training. It’s best if you wear it on your wrist or your ankle (rather than around your neck or in your pocket), and it’s a good solution for indoor runners. Throw in its affordable $69.99 USD (around £45) price tag and its sleek industrial design, and you’ve got a winner.

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Misfit Shine - best fitness tracker for treadmill

Best Fitness Band for Calories Tracking

Jawbone UP3

Calorie tracking is what Jawbone’s new UP3 does well, thanks largely to its heart rate-measuring bioimpedance sensors. The Jawbone app lets you log everything you eat, so you can get a complete picture of calories in versus calories burn. At £129.99, it’s on the higher end of the price spectrum for its capabilities, but if your focus is on calories tracking, it’s the one you want.

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jawbone up3 Best Fitness Bandr for Calories Tracking

Best Fitness Tracker for Design

Withings Activité

You’d never know from looking at the Swiss-made Withings Activité that it’s a fitness tracker. It’s got a clean, round watch face, a gorgeous calf leather strap, and scratch-proof sapphire glass for protection. Under the hood, however, it can track all of your activity and your sleep on a battery that needs replacing just once every eight months. It retails for a gasp-worthy £320, but we probably don’t have to tell you that high fashion never comes cheap.

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withings activité - Best Fitness Tracker for Design

Best Activity Tracker for Guys

Mio Alpha 2

A lot of fitness trackers are designed to be slim. That’s OK, but they tend to look a bit feminine. For a chunky, male-looking tracker, check out the Mio Alpha 2. It’s a device for serious training: it measures heart rate and all of your movement, and the LED display can be customised to your liking. It’s not that girls can’t wear the Mio Alpha 2 (they certainly can!). It’s just that the Mio Alpha 2 won’t look thin and dainty on a man’s wrist. It retails for £149.95.

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Best Activity Tracker for Guys - Mio Alpha 2

Best Fitness Tracker for Girls

Misfit Flash

On a woman’s wrist, the Misfit Flash could easily be mistaken for a funky piece of jewellery. It’s got a sleek design, the only readout is the circle of LED lights that indicate progress toward your daily goal, and it comes in seven fun colours. Don’t want a wristlet? No worries — the Flash can be worn anywhere on your body (including maternity clothes for moms) and still track your calories, distance, steps, and sleep. Best of all? This awesome fitness tracker for ladies is $29.99 USD (£20) price.

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Best Fitness Tracker for Elderly

Fitbit Zip

As we get up there in years, our fitness focus tends to be simple: keep moving! We don’t need to be bombarded with all sorts of training data, and we don’t want to fumble with awkward wrist clasps — we just need the basics, and we don’t want to spend a lot. That’s why the Fitbit Zip is the best fitness tracker for elderly steppers. It clips easily onto a jacket or belt, it has a small readout for stats, and it syncs easily with your smartphone (if you have one) for more details. And at £49.99, it’s affordable for most older adults who just want to stay on top of their activity as they get older.

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Best Fitness Tracker for Kids

Fitbit Flex

A tracker for kids needs to be durable, stay on their wrists at all times, not get in the way of their activity, and not cost too much (because kids like to lose things). The Fitbit Flex is all of these things and more. It’s a visually attractive fitness tracker for kids, a real workhorse, it’s well-made, unobtrusive, and fairly priced at £79.99. Plus, it comes in ten different colours so kids can look good while they’re wearing it. And it’s compatible with most Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices.

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Best Fitness Tracker for Kids - Fitbit Flex

Which Fitness Tracker is Right For You?

When buying a fitness tracker, it’s important to figure out what your purpose is. Do you just want to track steps, or are you more interested in full-on training? Are you a runner, a cyclist, a weightlifter, or do you engage in some other activity? Are you on a tight budget, or are you interested in an attractive device at any cost?

We just shared with you 20+ of the fitness trackers we like the most, and there are still so many more out there.

Our best advice is to seriously think about why you are investing in a fitness tracker, how much you have to spend, and what you hope to get out of it.

Basing your purchase on these personalised specifics will help you choose one that you’ll enjoy using.

The Breakdown


Features
9
Usability
9.5
Display
9.3
Sleep Tracking
9
Activity Tracking
9.6




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