Fitness trackers offer a lot of varied functionality, from counting calories, accurate step counting, reliable sleep tracking or constant heart rate monitoring. Fitness trackers also known as activity trackers have greatly evolved from being simple pedometers from the years of the ipodnano, into stylish, portable and practical machines of wonder. Over time they have evolved and refined so much that their popularity has been noticed by many, which has led to an oversaturated marketplace.
There are many wearable healthcare products in the market, mostly aimed at busy people who are exercise-conscious. Companies such as FitBit, Jawbone and Withings have dominated this niche of healthcare technology. Other major tech companies such as Samsung are also looking to follow suit.
Due to the oversaturation of wearable health tech devices, it can be an overwhelming task to select the best fitness tracker most suited for you, as each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Hopefully this list will help you narrow down your search and find the one best suited for your needs and will more effectively lead you to a better, healthier version of yourself.
Without a doubt this is the most stylish fitness tracker that Fitbit has introduced by some distance. Calling it a fitness tracker is a disservice as this is a fully-featured smartwatch with added benefits of health monitoring. It has all the features you would expect from a fitness tracker of this caliber, including heart rate monitor, sleep monitor, workout goals and summaries of each workout to track fitness progress. Fitbit’s trademarked SmartTrack automatically recognizes and records exercises, so you’ll get credit for a workout even if you forget to log it.
Moreover it has basic “smart” functionality at hand including multi-faced clocks, call attending/ forwarding and music playback functions. Not to mention it’s so damn sophisticated and stylish with the option to change the wristbands for every mood or occasion. It currently costs $230 from the Fitbit website.
This is the second iteration of Samsung’s foray into the health smartwatch niche of technology. At first glance it will look like all the generic fitness trackers with its slim silicone neon colored strap, but a closer look will keep user hooked at its AMOLED display. The mesmerizing 1.5 inch display, which Samsung claims is twice as big as the previous version, with eye-popping clarity of 322 pixels per square inch will be enough of a selling point for most. On the fitness side, there’s GPS built in for run tracking and an optical heart rate monitor – all for a very competitive price tag of $179, not to mention all the standard stuff such as steps, sleep, exercise tracker. A disadvantage of GearFit 2 is that it will only work Android devices, unlike most other fitness trackers which can work with other devices such as PC as well.
It will show entire maps of running or cycling routes after you’ve finished your routine, and it will also bring notifications from your smartphone to that beautiful display. But the true selling point, for me at least, is the on-hand Spotify app. This is a huge step in the world of fitness trackers, as Samsung being only the second company to partner with Spotify after Pebble. Now you can listen to Smells like Teen Spirit after lying in your own sweat after a tiring workout, and who doesn’t enjoy that, eh?
Withings, located in Moulinex France, was cofounded in 2008 by Eric Careel and Cedric Hutchings. Withings came to mainstream attention when it launched its Activite’ watches. Activite’ is a Swiss made watch that tracks health data, such as steps taken throughout the day, and user’s sleep patterns. Using this data it develops a personalized activity and wellness plan by syncing the data to an iPhone through its affiliated Health Mate app. Moreover it has the capability to automatically switch time zones when a user travels to a different country. The watch is currently available in two colors: A sleek black pattern with an orange accent and a sophisticated white face with a blue accent and will retail for $450, which might be expensive for someone looking for a basic fitness tracker, but given its high quality Swiss craftsmanship, it is good enough to replace your regular wristwatch.
This smartwatch was made keeping in mind the fashionista in all of us.This is without a doubt the best-looking fitness tracker money can buy, at least currently. It also comes with a silicon strap option for extreme working-out sessions. So now you can turn heads, even if it’s not for your body, but still it’s a win in my books.
This is the most minimalistic fitness tracker on our list. Its stylish, comfortable and lightweight design, which is available in a variety of colors gives it a real classy, sophisticated appearance. Not only is it simple and stylish, it nails all the basic functionality with graceful ease.The UP software is extremely user friendly as well, but it’s the data analytics that really set it apart from the competition.
Its automatic sleep tracking is really comprehensive, accurate and reliable. By monitoring a user’s heartbeat in beats per minute (bpm), respiration rate, body temperature and galvanic skin response, it can give you your Rapid Eye Movement (REM), light and deep sleep stats. It costs $130 and is completely justified for people looking to develop better sleeping habits.
Fitbit Charge consists of all the features that made Fitbit a household name for all tech and fitness enthusiasts, and combines them with refined functions such as SmartTrack, which automatically recognizes when you exercise and automatically records in the Fitbit app.
It’s comfortable wristwatch style clasp strap allows for maximum grip and keeps things smooth and minimalistic. As it offers continuous heart-rate and pulse monitoring, it can give constant stats about calories burnt, steps taken and keeps the regimen intensity going.
A fair bit of warning though it can be a bit inconsistent about its readings, which is not uncommon in such gadgets, but at $150, most users will want a bit more practicality and reliability.
Those looking for the best bang for your buck can’t go wrong with the Chinese tech giant’s Band Pulse fitness tracker. With $27, you get features such as wireless syncing, clean, water-proof, dust-proof, but sadly not idiot-proof design gives it a cheap yet cheerful exterior. Xiaomi has shifted over a million of its bands in China alone, possibly making this the ultimate fitness tracker.Packed with a heart-rate monitor, to manage your health-tracking goals, what else can you ask for?
This list features just some of the fitness trackers that grabbed my eye, and deserved a deep analysis. There are many more fitness trackers that are out there, that could meet your needs more precisely. So whenever you’re in the market for a new fitness tracker do your own research before buying and focus on the needs that deserve more priority. This list is a good guiding tool to give you an idea on some noteworthy devices to take you on your way to a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Note: Fitness trackers are meant to be an accessory to support one’s health goals and should not be used as medical devices for say heart or pulse monitoring. Under extreme health conditions it is better to seek proper medical help.