Guide to Fitness Trackers

Fitness trackers are becoming increasingly popular - from athletes to those looking to better monitor their activity, it seems like everyone is getting in step! But with so many options on the market, it can feel overwhelming to find a model that will measure what you want, with accuracy, to help better achieve fitness goals. That’s why the research team at put together this helpful guide to help you better make the decision that's right for your lifestyle and wallet.

How Found the Best Fitness Tracker

1.  They broke down the different types of trackers in two three categories: basic fitness tracker, heart rate monitoring tracker, and heart rate monitoring tracker with GPS

2.  They identified key features: wireless syncing, activity notifications, water resistance, a minimum one-year warranty, and unisex design for maximum comfort.

3. They tested models for accuracy and consistency’s Top Picks

      Best Fitness Tracker Under $100 — Garmin Vivofit 3

The Garmin Vivofit 3 had the most features of any fitness tracker and at one of the lowest price points. Throughout testing, this model had no syncing and pairing issues and had a long-lasting battery rather than a rechargeable one, making it require less maintenance.

      Best Heart Rate Monitoring Fitness Tracker — Fitbit Charge 2

The FitBit Charge included a user-friendly app and monitored heart rate and  calorie burn trends, as well as a very intuitive interface to make tracking more simple.


      Best Heart Rate Monitoring and GPS Fitness Tracker — Garmin Vivosmart HR+


The Vivosmart has just about every feature you could want in a tracker (GPS, heart rate monitor, calorie tracker), and is completely waterproof so it can be used to track swimming!

Did You Know?

False positives are more common than you may think in these devices. None of the devices tested were 100% accurate, and often step count numbers were inflated. Remember: if you’re looking for precise health information like your heart rate, speak with your doctor about which device is best for your situation.

Every brand’s sensors use the same base level sensor technology. The main difference is how data is interpreted from the sensors by each model’s algorithm!

Ultimately, comfort and ease of use is the most important characteristic of any tracker. Before you decide on one, shop around and evaluate your needs. For more information and top picks, check out’s full study!


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