Owning a fitness tracker is the best way to monitor your activity. Using it is in most cases very easy. Such a wearable device provides an unmatched accuracy. Just think of it as an electronic finger placed on your blood pulse. But the heart rate is not all it can quantify; it can also measure the quality of your sleep, your daily step count and so on. The fitness wristband market is stuffed with some irresistible devices. Here’s a list with some of the best devices on the market, considering their features, design, price and software connectivity.
10. TomTom Touch
It’s not the most original fitness tracker, but it’s great to help you track your weight training, because has build-in body structure sensors. It can show you the body muscle and fat percentages. Overall, it’s a nice way of recording the advantages of your current exercise regime.
Specific Features – Steps, sleep, body composition, 24/7 heart rate.
9. Moov Now
This amazing device is a tiny, circular component that you just clip it into a band to wear around your arm or leg. Last part is to combine it with your smartphone. The Moov Now is great for leading sports training plans like swimming, cycling and running. The data aims to motivate you doing the sports you love most. Moov Now is at its second generation, working as a day-to-day sleep and step tracker.
Specific Features – Sleep, steps, run/bike recording, advanced sports trainer.
8. Xiaomi Mi Band 2
Mi Band 2 is now available outside China. It’s probably not that so unexpected and cheap as its predecessor, Pulse, but still, new additions such as the OLED display. It can track your heart rate, sleep and steps. Xiaomi has sold more of these than most of you believe. Around 1 million wristbands are used at the moment in China. This is possibly the first of the finest budget fitness trackers.
Specific Features – steps, HR tracking, sleep, incoming calls, smart alarms.
7. Garmin Vivosmart HR+
This amazing wristband makes a great combination between tracking your activity and your GPS location. You don’t have to carry a phone for measuring a relaxing run.
For some the band can look a bit chunky. The screen is not so appealing like the Fitbit’s Blaze. But it offers about a week of battery, you can even use it for reading messages and is water resistant.
Specific Features – Sleep monitoring, GPS, 24/7 heart percentage monitoring, steps.
6. Mistfit Ray
Mistfit broke the usual design and came with a circular bright tracker which is more discreet, stylish and smooth.
As all others, it can track steps and monitor sleep. Data can be visualized in Mistfit’s sleek app. From a associated smartphone, the user will be alerted of any messages or calls. It can also approximate calories burned through its three-axis accelerometer and measure the walked distance. Other activities which can be tracked include swimming, yoga, dancing and cycling. It can definitely be used as a bracelet and as for the customization, there are many respectable strap choices from Misfit. Unfortunately, in doesn’t have heart rate and GPS sensors.
Specific Features – Sleep, smartphone notifications, steps.
5. Fitbit Charge 2
Fitbit Charge 2 logs in the your sleep and walking patterns and can provide amazing graphs in the Fitbit app. It can record the heart rate and estimate VO2 Max (the maximum rate of oxygen consumption – a scientific indicator of fitness). Minor problems have been reported, mostly on the screen responsiveness. The interface can be a bit awkward for first time users.
Specific Features – VO2 Max, breathing training, steps, sleep control, 24/7 heart percentage monitoring.
4. Fitbit Alta HR
The stunning Fitbit Alta HR doesn’t distinct to much from its elder sibling. In the looks department, some many consider it more attractive. Alta HR’s large array of interchangeable belts add to this. You can choose the sporty Classic model with the inferior end in plum, blue, teal and black. Luxury bands come in metal and leather.
This unit can track your heart, sleep and common well-being. The heart tracker logs resting zones and bpm during sessions. It doesn’t have GPS, which means it’s better suited for fitness classes.
Specific Features – Sleep, steps, notifications and custom bands, HR tracking.
3. Withings Steel HR
Under the stainless steel case there is a first-class heart rate monitor that keeps tabs on your 24/7 and adds your data into the award winning Withings Health Mate app. Another amazing thing about the Steel HR is that it boasts a 25 day battery life, which puts the appreciation of both longevity and design above Fitbit’s products.
It can records burned calories, sleep and steps accurately. By long pressing the middle button, Withings Steel HR enters in the running watch mode. This tracks heart rate sections, distance (although it doesn’t have a GPS).
Specific Features – 25 day battery, steps, sleep, 24/7 heart rate.
2. Samsung Gear Fit2
If you are looking for the best AMOLED panel on the front of your fitness tracker, the new Samsung Gear Fit2 really rules the roost. With so many fitness trackers on the market trading quality color displays for some longer battery life, Samsung really stand out the crowd. The Gear Fit2 kicks off that trend with a very sumptuous 1.5 inch and 432×216 (322 pixels/inch) screen.
On the sensors’ side we discover a GPS built-in for tracking runs and a very cool optical heart rate monitor.
Specific Features – GPS, heart rate, sleep, steps.
1. Garmin Vivoactive HR
It’s a everyday sport wearable that is perfect for fitness and sport features, with some pretty good notifications and coming at a reasonable price. It doesn’t have the sleekest design, but don’t let that change your mind. Vivoactive HR uses GPS and has an amazing accuracy when it comes to track running, swimming and cycling with live distance and pace meters. Overall, it’s an easy to wear sports comrade with full connection to Garmin Connect app.
Specific Features – GPS tracking (running, biking, golfing), 24/7 heart rate, daily steps.
Each of these wristbands above offers a wide range of features. Almost all track heart rate, steps and sleep patters. The premium ones come GPS enabled and with dedicated smartphone apps. Taking price into consideration, it’s just a matter of deciding which is the one to suite you best. Before buying one, think about your needs. Which type of exercises do you do more frequently? Leave your comments below.