Top 8 Fitness Trackers
1. FITBIT CHARGE HR
Whilst other trackers such as the Garmin Vivo Active and Withings Pulse provide a great deal of information, the FitBit Charge HR with it's continuous heart rate monitoring provides more accurate feedback on caloric expenditure and overall activity.
In addition to its continuous feedback and all round great features, the design is one of the more streamlined styles. It sits perfectly on the wrist without being bulky like some others and still provides a screen with all the data you need unlike the Jawbone UP3. It also the best value tracker for most people!
2. FITBIT SURGE
The Fitbit Surge is clearly very similar to its predecessor The charge HR. It still provides all the great features with a much greater on-wrist display. However, this does make it more bulky. The Surge, with its built in GPS designed for both running and cycling combined with wrist heart rate monitoring, puts it at the top for the runners.
3. GARMIN VIVOACTIVE
This fitness wearable puts all the fitness and sporting features together for a reasonable price. The GPS feature alongside specific training modalities allows great accuracy and live feedback.
A key difference between this and other trackers is the heart rate monitoring. Unfortunately it is not continuous on the wrist, yet the upside to this is using a chest strap, allowing for greater accuracy.
4. BASIS PEAK
The Basis Peak is one of the more underrated trackers on the market. It is definitely a top contender. If your looking at Garmin Vivoactive then you should really consider the Basis Peak! Using REM, deep sleep and "toss and turn" data for sleep tracking, this is potentially the best device when it comes to analyzing your sleep. It automatically tracks running, walking and cycling and is good in the pool, edging toward a more multi-sport tracker, similar to the Garmin Vivoactive. In terms of the features, it may also be considered much nearer the top, with most standard features plus more unique ones such as galvanic skin response (sweat). So why is this not at the top? The design, application and compatibility are its downfalls when looking at a overall rating.
5. WITHINGS PULSE 0x
Similar to the Charge HR the Withings Puls 0x is great for general use. Offering an overall good design plus a handy 'clip it' module so you can put it in your pocket and still track. Unlike other trackers, it has an oximetry function which allows you to access your blood oxygen levels. It also has a heart rate sensor, but this brings us to one of its downfalls. Although it beats other trackers without heart rate sensing, it is not a 24/7 on the wrist tracker nor is it a chest strap, rather it is a fingertip pulse sensor. This is still great for checking resting heart rate and heart rate recovery, but cannot monitor heart rate 24/7 or whilst exercising.
6. GARMIN VIVOSMART
The Garmin Vivosmart does all the basic features really well and it sits nicely on the wrist, giving you the data you need without a bulky screen. Although heart rate tracking is one of its downfalls for most people, for some it could also be more beneficial than others. The Vivosmart is compatible with chest strap heart rate monitoring which is more accurate than the other wrist monitoring systems yet it is much less convenient and can't really be done 24/7. Garmin will be soon releasing the Vivosmart with wrist heart rate, worth looking out for! With the current Vivosmart, strap and heart rate monitoring let it down.
7. SAMSUNG GEAR FIT
Currently the gear fit is sitting in the middle between a smart watch and an activity tracker. This means it has great phone notifications and even email, yet it is lacking substance in the fitness tracking department. Still it covers most of the basic features and has a great display. With more frequent releases, it could well become a great overall smart watch with good fitness tracker abilities.
8. JAWBONE UP3
It is clear that if you are after a simplistic tracking device nothing comes closer than the Jawbone UP3. It sits on the wrist perfectly, seamlessly tracking throughout both day and night. Obviously this type of design means it doesn't allow you to see on-wrist data and won't monitor heart rate in any way. This puts it at the bottom of our list. Yet, it should not been ignored as it is great value for people seeking simplicity on the wrist.
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