So you want to track your steps, your sleep and your heart rate. But which fitness tracker is the best for your wrist? With so many options to choose from, your own needs will help direct you to the perfect device. We looked at battery life, smartwatch-style notifications, water resistance and GPS capabilities to narrow down the best fitness trackers for your activity. Check out our wearable technology deals to find the best pricing on the fitness tracker you’re looking for.
Best Fitness Trackers for the Runner
If we run, we sweat. (No, we don’t glisten. Or glow.) For some of us, a water-resistant wearable might be enough. Others may need a full-on waterproof version. There aren’t many out there, so swimmers take note. And for those that want GPS capabilities without hauling their phone around with them on their run, the Polar M400 is a great choice.
Polar M400 — $179.95
The Polar M400 is a waterproof GPS watch. With advanced GPS, activity tracking and heart rate training, this is a fitness tracker for the serious trainer. All your data can by synced to the Polar Flow online service and app, and it can even predict your 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon finish times based on your past progress.
The FitBit Charge — $129.95 MSP
No GPS to be had here, but the FitBit Charge does a fabulous job of all-day tracking, including floors climbed. The battery life ranges from 7-10 days, and includes automatic sleep monitoring and silent alarms. Plus the FitBit app allows for multi-tracker support, so if you own more than one FitBit, the app will detect automatically when you’ve switched.
Mio Fuse — $129 MSP
Waterproof up to 100 feet, the Mio Fuse is a great heart rate, activity and sleep tracker. With configurable heart rate zones, you can earn your PAI — or personal activity intelligence. The app tracks your heart rate in relation to your activity and delivers a PAI score. Mio claims that “keeping a minimum PAI score of 100 is scientifically proven to lengthen your lifespan by up to 10 years.”
Best Fitness Trackers for the Budget-minded
Looking to get a baseline on your personal statistics, but don’t want to spend a ton of money? These are great budget fitness tracker options. If you’re not a serious athlete or training for a big race, these options are perfect for simple fitness tracking.
Jawbone UP Move — $49.99 MSP
Wear it as a clip, or as a bracelet. With a battery life of up to six months, the Jawbone UP2 is definitely one of the slimmest trackers on the market. The battery is not rechargeable, and the device is not waterproof, only “splash-resistant.” But it’s a small activity and sleep tracker, which is appealing. Connect it to the Smart Coach app and it will learn your habits, helping you celebrate your goals along the way.
Garmin Vivofit 3 — $99.99 MSP
This has got you covered with tracking the basics: it shows steps, calories, distance, intensity minutes and time of day on backlit display, as well as monitoring sleep. The Garmin Vivofit 3 also tracks your inactivity; a red bar will appear on the device and grow larger for every 15 minutes you don’t move. Oh yeah, let’s not forget: one year battery life.
Moov Now — $79.95 MSP
Need an audible coach while you work out? The Moov Now might be your perfect tracker. You can choose between seven “moov experiences,” run & walk, swimming, boxing, cycling, or 7 minute+ workout. Instead of just compiling your statistics, the app tells you to adjust your stride on your run or lift your hands up higher while boxing. Nifty.
Best Fitness Trackers for the Fashionable
Not all fitness trackers have to be boring bands and not all have to be worn on the wrist. We love a touch of glam as much as anyone else, especially if our jewelry can track our health stats.
BellaBeat Leaf — $119.99 MSP
We’ve seen smart rings, but this necklace/bracelet/brooch takes the cake. Yes, it tracks your sleep and activity throughout the day by factoring in rest, total calories burned, active time, steps, distance moved and your goals. What sets it apart is the personalized meditation sessions you can participate in, and it will even track your menstrual cycles. You’ll need to buy accessories for this piece — double wrap bracelets are $24.99 and come in four different colors, necklaces come in three colors and are $19.99 each.
Hear us out. We know that this list is FitBit heavy, but with good reason. This is a beautiful version of a FitBit, without having to spend a ton of cash. The only downside is you’ll have to purchase a FitBit Flex to turn this beauty into a real fitness tracker.
Bonus Wearable Tech
Actrek — $279 MSP
The Actrek claims more than 50 features, including respiration sensors and snore detection to help you sleep better. Currently at 61% of their Indiegogo goal, if they can deliver on their promises, we think this could be one of the best fitness tracker options out there. Besides supporting both iOs and Android, the snore management system helps set it apart. Once you fall asleep, Actrek begins to monitor your heart rate, oxygen level, body temperature, respiration and movement. Once your snoring levels are detected, and if sleep quality decreases, Actrek gives you a gentle stimulus to give you just enough of a jolt to alert you. No more slamming your elbow into your partner’s ribs to wake them up.
UPRIGHT Posture Trainer — $129.95 MSP
While not technically a fitness tracker, for those of us who sit all damn day, this gadget might be worth every penny. This wearable uses a small device that attaches to your back, creating a soft vibration which alerts you each and every time you begin to slouch through your shoulders. Using a personal training program based on your profile in the Upright app available on iOs and Android, you only have to wear it from 15 minutes up to one hour each day.
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