Best clip-on and non-wrist fitness trackers

We pick the wearables that won't put your monitoring on show
How to keep fitness tracking discreet
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Wearing a fitness tracker doesn't mean having to advertise the fact you're watching your health, nor wear some nasty plastic on your wrist.

The market has moved well away from discreet fitness trackers – and that means trackers you can clip on waistbands, belts or bras are few and far between.

But there are still a few left worthy of your consideration – but bear in mind that you may now be better served by embracing newer devices, such as hybrid smartwatches that put advanced health tracking into an analogue watch.

Clip-on fitness trackers

If you don't want to wear it on the wrist, you can always move the tracking to somewhere where it's plain out of sight.

There's a bunch of fitness trackers that offer the wearing alternative of clipping the wearable to the waistband of your trousers or jeans or even attach it to a bra or t-shirt that you're not planning to have on show during the day.

Fitbit Inspire 2

Fitbit Inspire 2

Fitbit has canned its clip on trackers – but few people know that the Fitbit Inspire 2 as an accessory that enables it to be worn anywhere on the body. Just take the module out from its strap and you can afix to your belt, bra or anywhere else.

There's little point in plumping for the heart rate tracking version, as that data can only be gleaned from the wrist – so it's all about the standard steps, sleep and estimated calorie data.

However, if you're looking for something cheap and discreet, the Fitbit Inspire is our top pick.

£69.99, fitbit.com | Amazon + Clip Accessory

Xiaomi Mi Band 6

Xiaomi Mi Band 6

The Mi Band 6 is another fitness tracker module that slots into a wrist band – and you can buy clip-on accessories to wear it on a waist-band instead.

It's the latest generation of the budget fitness tracker brand, and comes with a colourful and punchy display.

It's a 1.56-inch AMOLED display, with a 152 x 486 resolution that punches out at 450 nits. The real-world difference is the colors feel more punchy and sharp.

For daily activity tracking, the Mi Band 6 uses the onboard accelerometer to track daily steps, distance covered and calories burned. There's still no altimeter to measure elevation or floors climbed.

If you do transfer it back to the wristband at night you'll get some decent sleep tracking insights, and make sure of the heart rare monitor. It will also track SpO2 levels.

Given that so many of the Mi Band 6's features derive from the heart rate monitor, which won't work when clipped onto a waist-band, it might be prudent to pick up an older Mi Band 5 for slightly less.

£39.99 Amazon + Clip accessory

Bellabeat Leaf Urban

Bellabeat Leaf Urban

A real surprise package, the Bellabeat Leaf Urban has been a hit, thanks to its distinct design and aptitude as a clip-on device. The data is a little basic, with just steps and sleep tracked – but there are some unique features.

Aimed at women, it can be clipped on as a brooch or worn on the wrist – and the app as some pretty cool manual features on top of the step tracking.

The app features, menstrual cycle, fertility tracking and meditation. Those are not automatically tracked, but it puts a lot of wellness data in one place – more so than the likes of Fitbit and Misfit.

£119, bellabeat.com | Amazon

Moov Now

Moov Now

It's getting pretty ancient but the Moov Now is still a capable fitness tracker – although it's sport focused, and doesn't track steps.

It's a full on sports coach that will deliver actionable insights and guided training plans for running, cycling, swimming and even boxing.

It can be placed anywhere on the body to do its thing – with plenty of data to peruse through.

Wareable verdict: Moov Now review

£59.99, moov.cc | Amazon

Oura Ring

Oura ring sleep and fitness tracking smart ring

With a big focus on fitness and sleep data, Oura provides you with a simple, intuitive readiness score for the day.

Its sensors focus on providing insights into three areas; Readiness, Sleep and Activity.

Plus, it makes personalised suggestions and can show you trends over time. Oura comes in two models and ring sizes US6 – US13. In its second iteration, this smart ring is significantly slimmer and sleeker than its predecessor.

It packs in multiple sensors, including infrared optical pulse measurement, a 3D accelerometer, gyroscope and body temperature sensors.

From £275, ouraring.com

Hybrid smartwatches

They look like analogue watches, but are actually fitness trackers in disguise. If you don't want to show off your tech, choose a hybrid instead.

Fossil Hybrid HR

Fossil Hybrid HR

Fossil is no stranger to hybrid smartwatches, with an impressive back catalogue of options for both men and women, but the Hybrid HR is something a little bit different.

Instead of a hidden screen or smart dial, the Hybrid HR instead brings the smarts in an E Ink display that works around the physical watch hands.

This is still far away from the functionality you'll find in a touchscreen watch, but it does impress by taking the hybrid concept and pushing it into a place we haven't really seen before.

With the Hybrid HR range, there's five different styles to choose between - three from the men's Collider range and two for women, the Charter.

The E Ink display beneath the screen shows off the likes of notifications and weather updates, as well as activity metrics, such as heart rate, steps and calories.

However, through the Fossil app, these can all be customized to show whatever you're interested in. And users can also swipe through screen to view notifications or expand music control.

Each model will also last around two weeks on a single charge, meaning features like sleep tracking are available, too.

Check out our full Fossil Hybrid HR review.

Price when reviewed: From £189


Withings Move ECG

Withings Move ECG hybrid smart watch

Something a little more complex, this is the first hybrid to let you take an ECG reading - which can point to the signs of atrial fibrillation.

The Move ECG is water resistant up to 50 meters and will automatically track activity – and will borrow GPS from your phone if you take it for a run.

And you don't need to worry about charging it before exercising it, either, with 12 months of battery available from the button cell battery.

Unfortunately, this one is currently still undergoing clinical validation from the FDA in the US, though it is available in the EU already.

If you can't wait, there's always the regular Withings Move to consider, too, which is even cheaper.

Wareable verdict: Withings Move ECG review

£129.95 withings.com | Amazon