1. Key considerations
  2. Fitbit Inspire 3
  3. Xiaomi Mi Band 8
  4. Whoop Strap 4.0
  5. Oura Ring 3
  6. Ultrahuman Ring Air
  7. RingConn 
  8. Hybrid smartwatches
  9. Withings ScanWatch Light
  10. Withings ScanWatch 2
  11. Garmin Vivomove series
  12. Withings ScanWatch Horizon

Best discreet clip-on and non-watch fitness trackers

Updated: More discreet tech from Fitbit, Withings and more
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Wearing a fitness tracker doesn't mean having to advertise the fact you're trying to nail your daily step counts. Some wearables can keep tabs on your health more discreetly.

If you'd rather not have a smartwatch or a fitness band on your wrist but still want to capture your stats, there are alternatives – and from big-name brands such as Xiaomi and Fitbit.

If you're looking for a wearable that fits that profile, we've served up the standout devices you can hide away and still stay on that journey to a fitter, healthier you.

Key considerations

Heart rate data

If you don't wear a tracker on your wrist, or against your skin, it won't be able to read heart rate – and that means forgoing many of the main features of today's wearables. 

Wear it on clothes or somewhere else?

If you're eyeing up a tracker that can be worn on clothes, pay close attention to the types of clothes it can attach or live on. Some discreet trackers also need dedicated garments. Alternatively, there are "hybrid" wearables, that track heart rate and health metrics but appear like normal "non-smart" watches.

Think about durability

This is one to consider for all wearables, but make sure you understand the level of protection the tracker has against moisture and dust. Can you keep it on when you go for a swim, or is it one that can hold up well against some bumps and knocks? It might be out of sight, but that doesn't mean it still needs a good level of resistance to everyday damage.

Battery life

If you're all about discreet tracking, then you won't want to be charging every day. Luckily, most of the devices on our list are good for around a week of battery life. 

Fitbit Inspire 3

FitbitFitbit Inspire 3 in clip


Fitbit Inspire 3 Key specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 5ATM water resistance (50m)
  • Up to 10 days of battery life
  • 1.55-inch, full-color display
  • Connected GPS

The Inspire 3 is a fitness tracker that is primarily worn on the wrist – but you can opt to clip it to clothing with the purchase of an extra accessory.

The clip will let you secure the Inspire 3 to the waistband of your trousers or you can also wear it on a belt or bra.

When clipped, you can track steps, estimate calorie data, and monitor sleep.

Because it won't track heart rate when clipped, you will forgo in-depth features such as the Health Dashboard and advanced sleep metrics. You will have to place it back on the wrist if you care about heart rate tracking, using Fitbit's Active Zone Minutes feature, and getting the most accurate sleep data.

But you'll still get a step count, and inactivity alerts, plus it'll dish out phone notifications for messages, texts, calls, and calendar appointments.

The Fitbit Inspire 3 offers the best battery life numbers you'll find on a Fitbit, with 10 days achievable between charges.

It costs a little more than the Mi Band 8 (below), but the excellent Fitbit app makes it worth the extra cost in our opinion.

Xiaomi Mi Band 8

FitbitFitbit Inspire 3 in clip


Xiaomi Mi Band 8 key specs and features:

  • 16-day battery life (around 7 days in testing)
  • 1.62-inch AMOLED display
  • Connected GPS (via smartphone)
  • 5ATM/IP68 water resistance

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 8 has finally arrived globally, and it goes bigger on alternative wearing options than ever before thanks to its new Pebble Mode.

It can be worn via a clip or even a pendant, as shown below from our review period. What's more, it can be clipped to your shoe to deliver running metrics from the foot, and in our review time, it did a fantastic job of serving up seriously deep running form metrics such as cadence and strike patterns.

Again, it does mean data such as heart rate, stress, and SpO2 monitoring are off-limits until you put it back on your wrist. But information like step counts and distance covered can still be tracked. 

The display has been boosted and is larger at 1.64-inch, with a 192 x 490-pixel resolution. And it's now brighter and can reach 600 nits of brightness. 

We found that data accuracy was below the standard of rivals such as Fitbit, and we did have issues with step counts specifically.

Read our full Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 8 review

Whoop Strap 4.0

Free with $30/£30 subscription | Whoop

WareableWhoop 4 and boxers

Whoop Strap 4.0 key specs and features:

  • Can be worn inside Whoop garments
  • Tracks heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature
  • 5-day battery life
  • Connected GPS

The most advanced option on our list, the Whoop collects serious health stats. It works via a subscription, rather than an up-front price, and it's one of the more expensive options here.

You'll notice there's no screen, so it's a lot more discreet even on the wrist. But the reason Whoop 4.0 is so powerful as a discreet tracker is the sheer amount of wearing options.

It does need to be placed against the skin to work, but it can be worn on the wrist, upper arm, or bicep using the adjustable strap, so it can be placed out of sight, and still deliver killer insights.

What's more, Whoop has a host of Whoop Body garments with slots for the Whoop 4.0 to be placed against the skin, out of sight.

You won't find any step count data here. The Whoop 4 is focused on your training, sleep, and recovery needs – and is one of the best at doing it. 

Whoop is a top-quality sleep tracker that studies your daily activity and workouts and then melds this into a daily recovery core. It advises you on your daily sleep need, which is adjusted based on how hard you worked out, or your general well-being.

It tracks daily core wellness metrics that it displays via a daily health dashboard, and is compared against baselines, using a traffic light system. It's superb at telling you if you're fatigued or getting sick.

It also compiles comprehensive weekly and monthly reports based on your stats, and lifestyle choices.

If you like the look of the Whoop and its approach to tracking and you're willing to pay up for those garments then there's a good experience for fitness lovers here.

Oura Ring 3

$299/£299 with £5.99/$6.99 a month subscription | Oura

WareableOura 3

Oura Ring 3 key specs and features:

  • Tracks heart rate, steps, sleep, and temperature
  • 100m water resistance
  • 4-7 days battery life
  • Connected GPS

Smart rings are big news in wearables – and the Oura Ring 3 is the best you can buy right now.

It looks more ring-like than any other smart option, with a choice of finishes and colors.

But for such a discreet device, there is a lot of health-tracking power here. The optical sensor delivers heart rate, body temperature, respiratory rate, and blood oxygen (soon) data to help you better understand when your body is ready to exercise. 

There are also sensors here to track steps and enable some of the best sleep tracking you'll find on a wearable.

Like the Whoop 4.0, you'll need to pay for the ring and the subscription to put it to best use, but if you're not sold on fitness trackers that live on the wrist and like the idea of a smart ring that looks like a regular ring, this is might be the one for you.

Ultrahuman Ring Air

Price: $349 / £280 / €325 | Ultrahuman

WareableOura 3

  • Tracks heart rate, temperature, blood oxygen, sleep
  • 2.4g
  • Comes in black, or really dark black

The Ultrahuman Ring Air is the company's second-generation smart ring. It's lighter and smaller than its predecessor, at just 2.4g, making it more comfortable to wear.

We've included it here because smart rings are more discreet alternatives to smartwatches – but the Ultrahuman Ring Air did seriously stand out during our testing time. You need to be accustomed and suited to chunky rings for this to work.

The feature set is very similar to Oura. Sleep is the main focus, and there's a sleep index that takes into account a wide range of data and metrics. We found that sleep tracking was largely reliable, with accuracy that took up well to Oura and Whoop. 

It also puts a focus on recovery – and helping manage circadian rhythms, including managing stimulants and prompting healthy wind-down times. These aren't hugely advanced in terms of tracking, but interesting additions that sit well alongside the deep insights.

There's also a recovery score, which also tracks metrics such as resting heart rate, heart rate variability, and body temperature.

These are compared to established baseline scores, and there's a traffic light system to show if these are outside of your personal norms.

It costs $349 / £280 / €325 without on-going subscriptions, so is a good alternative to Oura in terms of cost. 

Read our full review of the Ultrahuman Ring Air.


$279/£220 | RingConn

WareableOura 3

  • Weight: 3-5g 
  • Sensors: PPG heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope
  • Color options: Black, silver, gold

The RingConn smart ring, a recent addition to the smart ring market, presents a compelling alternative to competitors such as the Oura Ring.

Its design echoes the sleekness of the Oura Ring, featuring a titanium construction and offering various color choices.

During our testing period, we found it to be one of the most comfortable rings we've worn, exhibiting minimal movement on the finger, which contributed to accurate heart rate data collection.

Features include step counting, sleep monitoring, heart rate tracking, and stress insights. But tracking workouts isn't supported.

In terms of sleep tracking accuracy, it's on par with the Oura Ring, with advanced metrics such as heart rate variability, SpO2 levels, and respiratory rate.

The RingConn stands out with impressive battery life, lasting up to five days, and its smart charging case can provide up to 18 recharges.t.

And RingConn is a more wallet-friendly option, without the need for an ongoing subscription.

Hybrid smartwatches

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

You can check out our dedicated hybrid smartwatch guide, but we've selected some options below:

Withings ScanWatch Light

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The ScanWatch Light is smaller, lighter ScanWatch – and pleasingly cheaper too. It comes in an even smaller 37mm case, which is given a glow-up compared to the reserved ScanWatch 2.

It drops the advanced health features, so ECG, SpO2 and temperature tracking and all cut.

But the Light still features heart rate and sleep tracking – both delivering decent accuracy.

It’s more a fitness tracker than a health watch, without those key health sensors – so it’s better suited to those who want to keep tabs on step count and general heart health. 

Read our full ScanWatch 2 Light review

Withings ScanWatch 2

WareableOura 3

The ScanWatch is one of the most advanced "discreet" wearables going – and the new ScanWatch 2 adds a temperature sensor. This can track changes from your personal baseline, which can be a leading indicator of illness and also offer insights into the menstrual cycle and exercise recovery.

It still features the same small monochrome OLED screen on the dial, for basic stats and notification alerts – and comes in 38mm and 42mm sizes. 

> ScanWatch 2 vs. ScanWatch Light

The ScanWatch 2 is a good health tracker, with largely accurate heart rate from our testing, and solid – if not world class – sleep tracking. And it has ECG too, for the tracking of Afib, and will monitor for signs of sleep apnea, too.

It’s also a capable tracker of workouts too – and no slouch when it comes to your yoga class or spin session. It will also tap into your phone’s GPS for run tracking, which won’t be as accurate as proper built-in GPS but does a job.

As a health hybrid, it’s the best out there. 

Read our full Withings ScanWatch 2 review

Garmin Vivomove series

WareableOura 3


Garmin Vivomove series key specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Connected GPS
  • View notifications
  • Tracks runs, swims, and cycles
  • Up to 5 days of battery life
  • Step and sleep tracking
  • Heart rate and SpO2 monitoring
  • 5ATM water-resistant rating

There are multiple models in Garmin's Vivomove series collection including the Vivomove 3 (pictured above) and sleeker, pricier versions like the Vivomove Luxe. All share the same features and approach to delivering those smarts in a form factor that hides away those connected features.

You get a mix of physical hands and a hidden digital display that only comes into sight when you want to check data on it. That data includes blood oxygen data, heart rate, sleep, and sports tracking metrics when you use the supported connected GPS.

You can also view notifications, calendar appointments, weather updates, and make contactless payments with Garmin Pay to make sure you get a good mix of smartwatch features here as well.

Whether you pick up the cheaper Vivomove models or go for the Style or Luxe versions, you'll get surprisingly normal-looking watches with some very useful fitness, health, and smartwatch skills.

Withings ScanWatch Horizon

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Withings ScanWatch Horizon key specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Connected GPS
  • View notifications
  • Tracks running, swimming, and cycling
  • Up to 30 days of battery life
  • Step and sleep tracking
  • ECG sensor for detecting Atrial Fibrillation
  • Heart rate and SpO2 monitoring
  • 5ATM water-resistant rating

The Withings ScanWatch is another hybrid smartwatch that looks like a beautiful watch but doesn't scrimp on the smarts.

There are cheaper versions of the Scanwatch, but the Horizon offers high-grade case materials with the option of metal and rubber straps to swap from formal to fitness-friendly looks.

Great looks aside, the Horizon hosts a small AMOLED screen, which can display information such as notifications, heart rate, and activity tracking stats, and can track sleep if you want to keep it on in bed.

Withings also includes an ECG sensor, which is designed to deliver a level of heart rate measurement accuracy that can help detect signs of arrhythmia. There's additionally room for a SpO2 sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels and it can also be used to monitor breathing disturbances during sleep.

It's also capable of tracking exercises like runs and swims, with connected GPS support available to improve outdoor tracking accuracy. Throw in a lengthy 30-day battery life and the Horizon gives you a smartwatch that feels and looks like a high-grade watch that doesn't easily give away its onboard smarts.

How we test

James Stables


James is the co-founder of Wareable, and he has been a technology journalist for 15 years.

He started his career at Future Publishing, James became the features editor of T3 Magazine and T3.com and was a regular contributor to TechRadar – before leaving Future Publishing to found Wareable in 2014.

James has been at the helm of Wareable since 2014 and has become one of the leading experts in wearable technologies globally. He has reviewed, tested, and covered pretty much every wearable on the market, and is passionate about the evolving industry, and wearables helping people achieve healthier and happier lives.

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