In the last few years, fitness trackers like Fitbit and iWatch have become one of the world’s most popular and trendy devices. You’ll find many people wearing fitness trackers to get better sleep, increase their daily fitness level and monitor their heart rate. Others use them as a method to gently prod themself into being more active and tracking the calories they’ve burned.
All of these wearable devices give valuable feedback about the wearer’s health and track their progress. Many offer virtual guidance to the wearer as well, letting them know when to increase (or decrease) the pace.
Intended for use during exercise and activity, as well as when a person is sleeping to monitor their sleep habits, most fitness trackers will tell you your:
- Heart rate
- Blood oxygen levels
- Sleep activity, including REM sleep
- Calories burned
- Track to when you’re swimming
…and several other bits of data
With all of the different brands, features, and benefits, knowing a little more about each fitness tracker is a must before making a purchase. Below you’ll find information about 6 of the top-rated fitness trackers on the market today. Enjoy!
1- The Fitbit Inspire 2 – A Great Fitness Tracker for Beginners on a Budget
If you’re on a strict budget, the Fitbit 2 is a great choice. Not only is it affordable, it’s also an excellent fitness tracker overall. Consider it the little brother of the Fitbit Charge 3, with the same OLED touch display that’s slightly smaller. It also comes with ;
- Sleep tracking
- Heart rate monitor
- Swim tracking
- Smartphone notifications
One drawback is that the Fitbit Inspire 2 doesn’t have its own GPS. However, linking it to your smartphone is possible so that you can take advantage of its GPS.
- Sleep tracker
- Step tracker
- Lightweight and slim
- The OLED display is relatively small
- No GPS
2- The Apple Watch Series 3 – The Best Fitness Tracker for iPhone Users
Technically, the Apple Watch Series 3 is a watch, not a fitness tracker, but it does both and does them very well. What’s surprising is that it’s not the best or the newest Apple Watch, but it does happen to pair with an iPhone the best when using it as a fitness tracker. It’s also much more affordable while still being GPS enabled and waterproof for swim tracking.
- Accuracy is excellent
- Improved fitness tracking
- Battery life is short (Less than 1 day and even worse if you use GPS.)
- Not the best, newest Apple Watch (if that’s what you want).
3- The Fitbit Charge 4 – The Highest Rated Fitness Tracker
Among fitness tracker enthusiasts, Fitbit is the top brand on the market. Right now, the best in class Fitbit is the Charge 4, which is fully loaded to handle all of your lifestyle, fitness, and sleep needs. It also comes with a feature that didn’t come on the last Fitbit; GPS.
Syncing your Charge 4 with your smartphone will give you a plethora of data while you’re out hiking, biking, running, and more. What’s truly epic, though, is that the data can be overlaid onto a map of your route! That way, you can see where you genuinely put in effort and where you were on cruise control. There’s also a pulse oximeter sensor for better sleep data. And get this; the Charge 4 has contactless Fitbit Pay!
- Provides lots of significant data
- FitBit Pay
- Better Sleep Data
4- The Garmin Forerunner 245 – A Runner’s Best Friend
There’s no denying that Garmin makes some of the best sport watches on the planet. The Forerunner 245 keeps up that tradition. Small and lightweight, the 245’s screen is still very easy to see, even in the middle of a bright, sunny day.
While it might not have the features of some running watches, the Forerunner 245 has features most runners want, including data on your VO2 max score and a recovery advisor. Throw in music storage for tuneful jogging, and it’s one heck of a fitness tracker that’s great for runners!
- Easy-to-see display
- Music storage
- VO2 Max Score data
- Long-lasting battery. (A week on 1 charge!)
- Small and lightweight
- Confusing menu
- Fewer features than some other models
5- The Amazfit Band 5 – The Dirt Cheap Fitness Tracker with High-End Features
With stress monitoring, Amazon Alexa, blood oxygen reading (Sp02), and sleep tracking, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Amazfit Band 5 is a high-end, expensive fitness tracker. It’s not, but that doesn’t keep it from being pretty darn good anyway.
It also has a 15-day battery life, which is impressive no matter how you slice it.
- The cost, which is $50.00 (give or take a few cents.)
- Features found on higher-end fitness trackers
- 15-day battery life!
- Fewer features than high-end models
- Not as stylish as other models
- Data provided is good, not great
6- The Fitbit Sense – The Best Overall Fitness Tracker in a Smartwatch
When you realize that the Fitbit sense has an FDA-approved ECG sensor and blood oxygen reading capabilities, you realize that it’s no ordinary smartwatch. Indeed, it’s the #1 smartwatch from Fitbit and has a wide range of wellness features that are more advanced than their Versa line. (It can measure electrodermal activity in the skin and skin temperature too!) In short, it’s the best of both worlds, an excellent smartwatch as well as a top-notch fitness tracker.
- FDA-approved ECG sensor(!)
- Excellent Smartwatch and Fitness tracker in one
- Works with iOS and Android
- The Amazon Halo– Offers Tone analysis and emotion gauges.
- Fitbit Inspire 2– Excellent for newbies.
- Garmin Venus Sq– Top quality at a reasonable price.
- Garmin Vivoactive 4– Stylish with smartwatch overtones.
Like we mentioned at the beginning of today’s blog, there are quite a few fitness trackers on the market from several different brands. We hope that the information we’ve brought you today will help you decide which of those brands and trackers is the best for you! One thing is sure; once you start using a fitness tracker, it’s tough to go back.