With so many different options, it is not easy to pick the perfect fitness tracker. After all, this is something you will probably strap to your wrist 24/7 for the foreseeable future.
The right wearable will be based on your individual needs; whether it’s step counting, sleep tracking or 24/7 heart rate tracking, there’s something for everyone. That said, you shouldn’t have to scour the internet for days and weeks to do research and filter down your choices.
Essential reading: Compare fitness trackers with our interactive tool
We are dedicated to helping consumers make sense of this fast growing market and stay up-to-date on the latest health and fitness tech industry news and product releases. This space is now awash with manufacturers each fighting for a slice of the wearable pie.
While some of these devices may seem pretty similar, a closer look reveals small but important differences. To that end, we have created a tool which allows you to pick any 10 fitness trackers, and compare them side-by-side to view features, technical specifications and Amazon ratings.
|Fitbit Alta HR||Fitbit Charge 2||Garmin Vivosmart HR+||Jawbone UP3|
(Sizes depend on type of band)
Small: 14 cm - 17 cm in circumference
Large: 16.5 cm - 20.6 cm in circumference
XL: 20.6 cm - 23.6 cm in circumference
|Wrist circumference: 5.4" to 7.6" (136.0 to 192.0 mm), regular; 7.1" to 8.8" (180.0 to 224.0 mm), x-large||220mm x 12.2mm x 3.0mm-9.3mm|
|Material||Wristband is made of a flexible, durable elastomer. The tracker is made with surgical-grade stainless steel, and the buckle is made with aluminum.||Fitbit Charge 2's wristband is made of a flexible, durable elastomer material similar to that used in many sports watches. Fitbit Charge 2 also has a surgical-grade stainless steel buckle.||N/A||Anodized Aluminum, TiN coated Stainless Steel, TPU|
|Charging||USB||USB. Charge time: One to two hours.||USB||Magnetic USB cable|
|Battery||Lithium-polymer||Lithium-polymer||Lithium battery||Rechargeable lithium polymer, 38 mAh battery|
|Battery life||up to 7 days||up to 5 days||Up to 5 days watch/activity tracking mode (24/7 heart rate monitoring, no GPS) or up to 8 hours using GPS||Up to 7 days|
|Water-resistance||Sweat, rain and splash proof||Sweat, rain and splash proof.||Up to 50 metres (5 ATM)||Water resistant up to 10m|
|Weight||15 grams||36 grams||31.0 g (1.1 oz), Regular; 33.0 g (1.2 oz), X-large||29 grams|
|Sensor||3-axis accelerometer, Vibration motor, optical heart rate sensor||Optical heart rate tracker, 3-axis accelerometer, altimeter, vibration motor||3 axis-accelerometer, altimeter, heart rate monitor, vibration alert, GPS||Accelerometer, Bio-impedance, Skin Temperature, Ambient Temperature|
|Display||OLED||OLED||Touchscreen LCD 160 x 68 pixels||Three single-color LEDs, Blue for sleep, orange for activity, and white for notifications|
|Screen size||1.4-inch, 128 x 36 pixel resolution||3.8 cm||1.00" x 0.42" (25.3 mm x 10.7 mm)|
|Colors||Black, Blue/Gray, Coral, Fuchsia||Black, Plum, Blue, Teal, Lavender Rose Gold, Black/Gunmetal||Black, Imperial Purple, Midnight Blue||Various|
|Galvanic skin response||Yes|
|Running features||Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod), personal records, virtual pacer (compares current pace to target).|
|Other||Clock, auto sleep detection, silent wake alarm, auto exercise recognition.||Guided breathing||Clock, music control, auto goal, move bar||Pace, Respiration, Ambient Temperature|
|View on||Amazon | Best Buy | eBay||Amazon | Best Buy | Target | eBay||Amazon | Garmin | Best Buy | Target | eBay||Amazon | eBay|
|Amazon US rating||4.1 out of 5 stars||4.3 out of 5 stars||3.8 out of 5 stars||2.9 out of 5 stars|
So, if you want something discreet and simple, you’ll probably opt for the Alta HR or UP3. For a more feature-packed device, the Charge 2 or Vivosmart HR+ might fit the bill. Neither one look quite right? No problem – there are hundreds more to choose from.
The interactive tool can be found on this page.
*Featured image source: Flickr user Don Le (no changes made)
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