Best fitness trackers 2017: Fitbit, Garmin, Misfit, Nokia and more

Eat, sleep, walk, repeat with these top activity bands
The best fitness trackers

The best fitness trackers are more than just step trackers. The activity band is becoming a wellness device, with an emphasis on 24/7 heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking and sedentary warnings.

The right band for you will be based on your individual needs and how active your lifestyle is. Some will just look for step counting and reliable sleep tracking, others want GPS for running, advanced resting heart rate and VO2 max data. The good news is that there's something out there for everyone.

Essential reading: Best smartwatches money can buy

We've updated our roundup of the best fitness trackers and added a new at-a-glance feature list to try and make it easier to spot the right band for you.

Got any questions? Let us know in the comments section below and we'll see if we can lend a helping hand.

Best fitness tracker

Fitbit Charge 2

Best fitness trackers 2017: Fitbit, Garmin, Misfit, Withings and more

Fitbit raised the bar with the Charge 2, and in spite of the device initially falling slightly short of its own expectations, Fitbit has been improving the wearable since launch, earning it a review score bump-up and a climb to the top of this list.

As well the usual steps and sleep tracking – all logged within Fitbit's superb app – the Charge 2 tracks heart rate continuously, monitors resting heart rate and now rates VO2 Max, a scientific gauge of fitness. New breathing training to combat stress adds to a stellar line-up of wellness features, while Fitbit's new Sleep Stages and Insights, delivered via a software update, make this hugely more effective as a sleep tracker.

Heart rate tracking gets flaky during very intense workouts, meaning it falls short for the more active user, while we still have some small gripes with the interface. It will accurately track running GPS, but only if you take your phone with you.

All that said, the Charge 2 is one of the strongest devices on the market, and right now is our top tracker.

Feature check: Steps, sleep monitoring, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, breathing training, VO2 Max.

Wareable verdict: Fitbit Charge 2 review

$149.95, | Amazon

Runner up

Garmin Vivosmart HR+

Best fitness trackers 2017: Fitbit, Garmin, Misfit, Withings and more

Our Garmin Vivosmart HR+ equalled our best-ever review score when it arrived: it's all-singing, all-dancing and packed with tech, although that still might not make it the perfect choice for everyone.

Yes, the Fitbit Charge 2 has since knocked it off the top spot, but the Vivosmart HR+ offers a great mix of activity, heart rate and GPS tracking, which makes it a no-brainer for those who are thinking of getting a band, but nonplussed by the idea of taking a phone along for a run.

While the band is still a little chunky for some, and the screen is nowhere near as attractive as the Fitbit Alta HR, it offers up around a week of battery life, is devilishly good when it comes to notifications and it's water resistant to about 50m – although the lack of a swimming mode is a disappointment.

Run stats are a little light – if you want more than pace, distance or basic HR data then you'll need to head into proper GPS running watch territory.

Feature check: Steps, sleep monitoring, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, GPS.

Wareable verdict: Garmin Vivosmart HR+ review

$179.99, | Amazon

Best for sleep tracking

Fitbit Alta HR

Best fitness trackers 2017: Fitbit, Garmin, Misfit, Nokia and more

While the Fitbit Alta HR doesn't differ too heavily from its older sibling in the looks department, with the addition of a heart rate monitor into the same sleek device, this is clearly the superior tracker.

It's often said that trackers with screens can't be alluring, but the Alta HR's wide range of interchangeable straps help it become a discreet part of your everyday wear. You can pick up the sporty Classic models at the lower end of the spectrum in black, blue, plum and teal, with the more expensive Luxe bands coming in leather and metal variants.

On the tech side, the Alta HR hones in on the company's strong points: sleep, heart health and general wellbeing. In terms of the heart rate tracking, you'll be clocked at five-second intervals, logging resting bpm and zones during sessions.

But it's sleep that really gets an upgrade. Fitbit's new Sleep Stages have really upped the company's credentials, using the heart rate monitor to track deep, light and REM sleep, as well as periods spent awake. We've found Fitbit's new Sleep Stages to be the toughest critic of our kip so far, and filters out time spent tossing and turning for a true assessment of your rest.

While there's no workout mode or GPS, exercise is automatically detected and logged, which means it's usable in fitness classes. There are still some irregularities during high intensity workouts that enthusiasts will find frustrating, but it generally holds up enough to give you a basic window into your fitness and ticker.

Feature check: Steps, sleep, HR tracking, customisable bands and notifications.

Wareable verdict: Fitbit Alta HR review

$149.95, | Amazon

Best for wellness

Garmin Vivosmart 3

Best fitness trackers 2017: Fitbit, Garmin, Misfit, Withings and more

This all-day tracker successor to the Vivosmart HR+ aims to go toe-to-toe with Fitbit's Charge 2 as Garmin decides to get serious about stress.

On the design front, it still has that sporty rubber band but now packs in a bigger monochrome display, which melds into the curved strap and does its very best to remain discreet.

As well as the standard fitness tracking features it also includes an onboard heart rate monitor for 24/7 bpm data, VO2 Max testing, automatic exercise tracking, Garmin's Move IQ software and rep counting for those who like to lift weights. The decent accelerometer-based run tracking makes up for the missing GPS support as well.

Garmin's big play is with stress tracking, using its heart rate sensor to deliver heart rate variability readings and producing a stress score. Like the Charge 2, it also provides guided breathing exercises to get you feeling calmer. It's a little hit and miss at times, but it's the best option out there if you want to take care of mind and body.

Feature check: Steps, sleep monitoring, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, heart rate variability stress scores, VO2 Max, rep-counting.

Wareable verdict: Garmin Vivosmart 3 review

$140, | Amazon

Best for heart rate tracking

Nokia Steel HR

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Hybrid smartwatches have a tendency to be a little light on hardcore fitness features, but not the Nokia (née Withings) Steel HR.

The top-notch heart rate monitor underneath the stainless steel case keeps tabs on your ticker 24/7 and chucks the data into the award-winning Nokia Health Mate app. What's more impressive is that the Steel HR still boasts a 25-day battery life, putting the likes of Fitbit to shame in both the design and longevity departments.

Steps, sleep and calories are all recorded accurately, and with a long press of the button the Steel HR jumps into running watch mode to track distance and heart rate zones – although with no GPS, it's nowhere near a Garmin replacement.

The OLED screen placed at 12 o'clock can display fitness metrics and offer details on basic notification, and the internal dial at 6 o'clock shows progress towards your step goal. It's the most fitness focused hybrid we've tested and still one of the best looking to wear around your wrist.

The Nokia-branded version won't be available until the fall, but you can still purchase the Withings version on Amazon.

Feature check: Steps, sleep, 24/7 heart rate, 25-day battery.

Wareable verdict: Withings Steel HR review

$179.99.96, | Amazon

Best for simplicity

Misfit Ray

Best fitness tracker

Stylish and sleek, Misfit broke from the traditional design of its circular Shine tracker to offer something a little more discreet.

The Misfit Ray offers steps and sleep tracking, all within Misfit's sleek and clean app, and will alert users to messages and calls from a paired smartphone. You can also add advanced swim tracking but that requires a $10 in-app purchase to make the Ray more pool-friendly.

As far as activity tracking goes, the Ray will count your steps, measure distance walked and estimate calories burned via a 3-axis accelerometer, as well as track activities such as cycling, yoga and dancing. There's no heart rate here, nor GPS.

As far as customisation goes, there are a number of decent strap options from Misfit, and it can also be worn as a pendent. This, mixed with strong (if no frills) fitness tracking and a good price, means you can't go wrong.

Feature check: Steps, sleep, buzzes for smartphone notifications.

Wareable verdict: Misfit Ray review

$99.95, | Amazon

Best for stroller-pushing parents (clip-on)

Misfit Shine 2

Best fitness tracker 2017

When the Misfit launched the Shine back in 2012, it proved that you can count your steps without wearing an ugly piece of plastic around your wrist.

The Shine 2 remains faithful to its original features adding a redesigned action clip, smartphone notifications and vibration alerts. Also, the battery life pretty much kicks the ass of any of the trackers on this page.

Where it really impresses though is data accuracy. When we put the Shine 2 up against a GPS running watch there was 0.1km difference in the readings. If reliable data is your priority, then this is the one to go for.

However, for us it stands out because of its versatility. It ships with a clip, and has modes for attaching to shirts, waistbands, shoes and pockets, meaning buggy-pushing parents can get credit for their walks – a common request on Wareable's comments and forums.

Feature check: Step tracking, sleep monitoring, smartphone notifications, waterproof for swim tracking.

Wareable verdict: Misfit Shine 2 review

$99.99, | Amazon

Best for getting in shape

Moov Now

Best fitness tracker 2017

Moov Now is a small, round element that you clip into a strap to wear around your leg and pair with a smartphone. The aim of the game is advanced sports training plans, at which it excels, with actionable running, swimming and cycling data aimed at making you better at the sports you love.

The band boasts ever-increasing levels of difficulty, which offer a gradual but tangible improvement curve. With both running and seven-minute workouts included, it has all bases covered.

Even better news is that Moov Now – the second generation product – also works as a daily step and sleep tracker, making it a decent activity band when you're not busting out interval times.

Feature check: Steps, sleep, advanced sports coaching, run/bike tracking.

Wareable verdict: Moov Now review

$59.95, | Amazon

Best for a tight budget

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

Best fitness trackers 2017: Fitbit, Garmin, Misfit, Withings and more

Now available outside China, the Mi Band 2 might not be as cheap and cheerful as its predecessor the Mi Band Pulse, but it does now add in an OLED display to check in on your stats. For the sub-$50 price, it still manages to pack heart rate monitoring on to the wrist for an astonishing price.

Xiaomi has shifted more than a million of its bands in China alone, making this possibly one of the best budget fitness trackers.

Feature check: HR tracking, steps, sleep, smart alarms, incoming call alerts.

Wareable verdict: Xiaomi Mi Band 2 review

$33.49, | Amazon

Best for losing weight

TomTom Touch

Best fitness tracker 2017

While it's far from perfect – read our review to find out why – the TomTom Touch is uniquely placed to help users track weight, thanks to its build-in body composition sensors.

Place your finger on the sensor and you'll get a pretty accurate analysis of your body fat and muscle percentages. There's a few percentage points difference between scales, but it's a great way of tracking the benefits of your new exercise regime.

Feature check: Sleep, steps, 24/7 heart rate, body composition.

Wareable verdict: TomTom Touch review

$129.99, | Amazon

Best for multisports

Garmin Vivoactive HR

Best fitness trackers 2017

This everyday sports wearable blends fitness and sports features with reliable notifications in a reasonably priced package. It's not exactly a looker, but don't let that put you off – the Vivoactive HR uses GPS to accurately track running, cycling and swimming with live pace and distances.

It's not perfect – the screen is dull and the heart rate tracking can't beat a chest strap – but as an easy to live with sports companion with access to Garmin Connect, this is a brilliant buy.

Feature check: Daily steps, 24/7 heart rate, GPS run/bike/golf tracking, notifications.

Wareable verdict: Garmin Vivoactive HR review

$249.99, | Amazon

Best for screen quality

Samsung Gear Fit2

Best fitness trackers

When it comes to that AMOLED panel on the front, the new Samsung Gear Fit2 rules the roost. With so many bands trading quality colour displays for longer battery life, they can make for a rather dull-looking crowd. The Gear Fit2 bucks that trend with a sumptuous 1.5-inch screen with an eye-popping 432 x 216, 322 pixels per inch.

On the fitness side there's GPS built-in for run tracking and an optical heart rate monitor – all for a very competitive price tag.

Feature check: Steps, sleep, GPS and optical heart rate.

Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear Fit2 review

$179.99, | Amazon

Best for style

Skagen Hagen Connected Jorn/Hald 2017

Best fitness trackers 2017: Fitbit, Garmin, Misfit, Withings and more

Slimmer and smarter, the Skagen Connected 2017 improves on last year's model with a few choice refinements. Gone is the sub-dial, with the watch hands moving to colors to signify notifications. The buttons on the side are now circles rather than ovals. And oh, it's thinner and comes in two variants: Jorn for men and Hald for women.

There are few companies getting fitness tracking style as right as Fossil. It's impossible to outline the entire lineup, but it's the Skagen Connected that we're plumping for here. It's thin, comes in multiple styles, and does basic notifications, step and sleep tracking.

Feature check: Steps, sleep monitoring, discreet notifications.

Wareable verdict: Skagen Hagen Connected 2017 review

$175, | Amazon


  • sam says:

    You used a picture of the Fitbit Charge HR for Fitbit Charge. 

    Huge difference between the two. 

    • AnnaBeth says:

      Good call, Sam!  Never hurts to be observant.

      • marc says:

        Do any of these trackers that use computers are compatible with Chromebook, Fitbit isn't

        • liltee89 says:

          you should buy a real computer, then :-D

          • Anonymous123456 says:

            Perhaps you're not smart enough to operate a Chromebook?  Your comment helps no one and there are plenty of people using Chromebooks and Chromeboxes as everyday computers.  It's a legitimate question that I had as well after reading the article.

            • Anonme says:

              Running a chromebook requires next to no intelligence. In fact, the intelligent person would go for MAX COMPATIBILITY, and by that standard, they would choose Windows or iOS, so your statement makes no sense.

              • GTyou says:

                Actually genius, the intelligent person would go for the best option available to them considering all of their needs and factoring in constraints.    As I am one of the intelligent people you claim to be familiar with, I really wish you'd stop speaking for us.  We don't know you.  You're not one of us.

                • dooooop says:

                  an intelligent person would have noticed the big smiley, and not replied so seriously and dickish.

                  • drtwocents says:

                    dooooop, thank you. I was wondering when someone would point out that the comment was made in jest. People seriously love trolling far too much.

                    I do have a question if anyone wants to answer it in a thoughtful and considerate manner, I would love to hear various opinions. I have the Fitbit Charge HR and am really unhappy with it. If it worked as it is supposed to, I think it would be among the best trackers out there. The biggest pro I can see is that the app is exceedingly user friendly. However, many users report cracks in the side, enough to tell me that it's a design flaw. I've seen it on two of my friend's so far, and my daughter's side knob fell off. Fitbit did replace hers, but the others were merely offered a discount on purchasing a new one, regardless of how long they had their Fitbit. I was really looking forward to purchasing the Fitbit Blaze when it came out but my current Charge HR stopped working reliably almost two weeks ago and dealing with Fitbit has been a nightmare, enough to turn me off the company altogether. That leaves me looking at an Apple watch, which I would rather not even though I am definitely an Apple/Mac user, or the Garmin. Does anyone have experience with either of those versus the Charge HR? I was interested in the Blaze because of the added benefits of the touch screen and workouts on the device.

                    • Garminswitcher says:

                      I had a fitbit charge hr that I used for 7 months until i lost it somewhere in New York.i already noticed that it had the tendency to release automatically from its clamp and true enough it fell off from my wrist without me noticing it. Needless to say i was so unhappy about what happened. I liked the mobile app in IOs. 

                      Anyway, I was so close to buying the fitbit Surge had it not been for the bulky sides, it felt too big on my wrist. I check apple watch, apart from the cost the big let down for me is the battery, it only lasts for 18hrs. I dont Feel the need for other features when i have the iphone anyway.

                      My search brought me into this site and this is where I found the review on Garmin VivosmartHR. I bought it at Target just today.  So far so good, i love that i can just swipe through the screen, the notification is a bonus- i still think the fitbit app is better in terms of synchronization and ease of use, but then I only have the garmin app for a day, will se.........

                      • kwhip says:

                        I have to completely disagree, my fitbit HR has been a nightmare to sync and I have needed replacement parts 4 times in 5 months. Now the HR strap has broken away from the computer part. I would NOT get another fitbit HR unless they gave me a new one. It worked great for 3 months and I even used it for the silent alarm and sleep info. However, this is a disposable item and I think that my next purchase would be Garmin. This watch is serious junk.

                        • Chillin says:

                          You can call Fitbit and they will send you a new one, at no cost to you:)  I agree with you, Fitbit's workmanship is horrible!  I've had to have mine replaced 4 times.  They were all Charges and this last time I told them I did NOT want another Charge because there is a know issue with this device, the sent me a Charge HR which is of no use to me either!  The wrist strap has already changed color.  I would NOT buy another fitbit no matter what style.  They probably cost 5 cents to make.  I don't understand WHY companies dont make more fitness trackers that are waterproof.  Especially since we sweat.  Thanks for listening!

                    • kerry says:

                      If you go on the chat boards at Fitbit, everyone loves theirs - until you get to the Charge HR discussions, then there are many, many unhappy customers.  My first one was a lemon, Fitbit replaced it and it doesn't work much better.  I am currently looking for something else, too.  My problem is that I react to latex so I'm having a tough time finding something with a band I can use.  I wanted to respond to you about the Apple watch, though.  Just to make sure you realize it only takes your pulse every 10 minutes and only if you're not moving your arm.  I've heard it doesn't register if you're below 60 bpm, any of these make it useless for me.  

                      • CRL says:


                        I've read that people are having sucess with applying moleskin to the part of the strap that touches the skin. Hope this helps!


                      • Iamnoone says:

                        I would ask that you re-check that... our Vitality program basically offers Fitbit primarily and over 3 years I can tell you not a single one has lasted a year yet.  They replace if in a year but the last two they gave me did not work and I quote "it is a warranty replacement and does not come with a warranty."  They would not replace the non-working ones they shipped to me.  I have glued together the last two I had from Fitbit for the last time.  Buying something else but not sure what yet.  Garmin due to its water proofing is coming to the top right now.

                        Research outside of the manufacture's website is all I mean by this reply.

                        • ttromde says:

                          Wallys now sells FitBit replacement bands at a reasonable price.

                        • mlritten says:

                          I have had nothing but issues with Fitbit.  However, some of the other brands are only compatible with their own app.  Fitbit works wtih MapMy.......everything, with My Fitness Trainer and more.  I have had 4 different Fitbits.  None of them have been of any quality.  I now have the Surge, and the battery lasts less than 30 hours.  And I only use it as a watch and pedometer now.  Nothing else seems to work, and the battery drains even faster if I try to use anything else.  I have been round and round with Fitbit, and they keep telling me that I need to update or reinstall my app.  I have done that a million times.  It won't sync half of the time, but the other half it does, and the settings are the same on the same app all the time.  They won't send me a new one, because apparently mine works.  I want to buy a different brand, but have no idea where to go with this.  Fitbit is all I have ever owned.  So frustrated!

                    • RichRob61 says:

                      Give a serious look at the Fossil Q line! The top line combines fashionable watch styles with connected tracking ability and the more moderately priced tracker only devices work extremely well with long battery life and don't look like a rubber band around your wrist.

                    • NewestMember says:

                      Sorry to hear that your daughter's side knob fell off.

                      How is she doing now?

                    • Drummagal says:

                      In january i acquired a charge that someone had abandoned at my sisters work and it worked great....until it started coming unglued after about 5 months...last weekend it finally fell apart and I sent an email to fitbit to see if they would do anything. they offered me a free replacement, then they upgraded me to alta since they no longer manufacture the charge. i am very happy so far.

                    • gvos says:

                      I purchased the Garmin Vivoactive HR recently and love it. Its my first fitness tracker and I purchased it because you can swap between different sports/activities.  My biggest gripe about the tracker is that I can't pause mid-activity.  So, if I go for a long bike ride and stop for lunch, the tracker either stops the activity, and I have to make sure I restart, or it continues to track, and really brings down by average speed.

                  • Keepsmiling1928 says:

                    why does everyone have to get so damn personal? A simple question was being asked and the ugliness comes out in everyone! Isn't this world hard enough with all the shit going on that on a simple site like this, the negativity can be left at home!?!

            • anonymus123456 says:

              Perhaps you need to rethink your position.   The Chromebook is hot garbage and basically a brick with electricity.   Let me know if you need any advice on how to select a real computer.

              • smellll says:

                Chromebooks are affordable web browsing computers that suit so many people's needs. Why all the Chromebook hate?! I have a powerful gaming desktop PC but also needed something portable for word processing and browsing when I'm travelling. There was no point shelling out the money for a more expensive windows laptop as I just don't need all those features, and a Chromebook at £200 is a hell of a lot more stable and reliable than trying to get a low end laptop for that price that will inevitably be much slower as it is running a full OS on low specs. My Chromebook is perfect for my needs, as is the case for so many people. 

                • Computerless says:

                  Computer snobs, I never knew they existed. Maybe I'm one of the dumb ones because I don't have a computer unless you count my iPhone. I have access to one when or if I need one. 

          • Mantracker99 says:

            HA Ha Ha!

          • Anonymous1 says:

            and this contributes to the question/discussion how?  you are dismissed...

            • GermanSheppard says:

              Why don't you leave this conversation or agree with people's biases. That's plain rude Anonymous1. 

          • tcollins says:

            REALLY!!?? That was down right RUDE!!! I was a good question that I am sure others have had as well. If you are so my much better than everyone, why don't you purchase them a new computer or GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE!!! No one should be made to feel stupid for asking a question. You are only stupid for NOT ASKING the question to better ones' self.

            • Sparky says:

              Well,that escalated quickly!!

            • kryanth says:

              Pair the fitbit with your phone (I'm using android/bluetooth) to do the data xfer, and just use the chromebook to charge it. Another option might be to use ARCWielder to run the android app on Chrome (YMMV) (untested by me, but hey its worked for other things and it only needs to talk to the the bluetooth and the internet!) 

              • pjamies says:

                Chromebooks are getting so called native Android app access .. tho you might need to get a new Chromebook to get this feature to work for you (and the app developer will probably need to rewrite their code to allow for screen and other changes ..)

        • GreatG says:

          know how u feel use your phone

        • coldclimber says:

          Yeh fitbit does not work on Windows 10, I bought the Surge yesterday could not get it to even start could not connect with samsung s5 spent 5 hours working with it gave up and sent it back for a full refund, I have heard alot of bad stories about Fitbit stopping working/connecting to devises etc stay well clear.

        • Randomman123 says:

          Hmm. I do not think so as I'm a mac/iOS guy, but probably not. Chrome OS is niche, so not a lot of wearables/ third party devices support it, unlike Windows/OSX

      • Joeybellic says:

        only took a month to reply!?

    • JHW says:

      I don't see any mention of Life Trk. I am particuliary interested in the C400 model since it's only about $65 and has heart rate without wearing a chest band. I am 65 and go to the gym everyday and play softball and golf and in 2007 I had a stent inserted in my heart so I'm only interested in that function. It seems to be what I'm looking for.

      • Demonsimi says:

        I too was missing the reviews on Lifetrak products. I personally have the lifetrak c410 and have for 8 months now. I love love love this tracker. The two best features for me is that it is waterproof. Swimming, showering, I never take it off And the battery life is advertised at around 1 Year.. it has a regular watch battery so you can replace it when it needs but mine is still going strong. I don't have to worry about charging as I did with my jawbone and has a display which I truly enjoy. It has heart rate monitoring, though it's not automatic. You do have to press and hold a button.  I do it when I first get up, to show resting heart rate.. a few more times during the day and when I am working out so that it tracks everything. The biggest flaw is that you have to be someone who swings their arms when they walk. It's not a sensitive to movement as other trackers  I swing my arms  so mine tracks accurately (I've worn both the lifetrack and the jawbone up and gotten the same step counts) but I knew a few people that do not swing their arms much when they walk so it does't track as well for them. The second flaw is that the only apps that seem to work with the lifetrak is the lifetrak app and Argus. I've participated in several walk challenges, use myfitnesspal, and map my fitness apps and none of them are compatible. That being said. I love this tracker you cannot beat the battery length, that it's fully waterproof, has a  heart rate monitor and the most expensive model is 129.99

    • fb_146414395751 says:

      I agree with you, But I recommend best quality fitness tracker for every fitness loving person, I just bought best one from, they have best quality fitness trackers in store.

    • yabbie67 says:

      I have owned 4 fitbit HR's in the last 8 months, this is only because they keep failing on me, I had been a faithful fitbit owner for many years and their customer service is amazing, unfortunately the fitbit HR is not, if it is working it is fantastic unfortunately my experience is it fails on a regular basis. If someone could match the fitbit customer service with Garmin tech they would make a killing and as everyone knows Garmin customer service is a joke, I know as I have owned their products.

    • heathee48 says:

      Since you pointed that out I want to go ahead and mention that I HATE my Charge HR.

    • funnypedo123 says:

      the picture is not the Fitbit charge HR it is the Fitbit Charge 2, the latest Fitbit product ya faking spud

    • DA60 says:

      FitBit Charger is a waste of money!!!!  Received as a gift and the first one would not charge.

      Had to wait to get a replacement.  This one keeps changing times by the hour even though I am still in the same time zone.  Also, there is NO easy way to change the time

      Save your money or buy a different brand!!!!

  • jauhari says:

    Hello Tim, can you give us a review about accuracy? Example on FitBit Charge

    Does this Step Count increased when you swing FitBit Charge Device using your hand without moving?

    I was test on Garmin Vivosmart and the step count increased by swing this device.. it's not good.

    • JDonk says:

      Well, I'll tell you what i posted on the fitbit page about my experience!! I'll just copy and past! really disappointed to say the least!

      I returned one today i had for 2 days that died! Got a replacement and they told me the price went UP!!! +$30 ! I'm returning mine and my wife's tomorrow, Sync page is BLANK! Uninstalled, reinstalled,reloaded the page countless times, had words on the page twice only to receive an unexplained error!!! Can't even set it up to start! I'll be ordering a different one from a reputable company. This product is garbage, no in store support, the people selling it have no idea how to fix these problems! Just an expensive, overpriced rubber band with a $2 old tech kids watch that displays the wrong time! absolute garbage!!

      I would recommend anything other than Fitbit!

      When loading the dash board i get a grey screen, no dash board. Very poor product to say the least. Did i mention not to go near fitbit?

      • marylee18 says:

        My experience, too. Bought three fitbit charges for myself and family for Christmas. Only ONE is still working, and only ONE was able to be credited within the return period. I thought maybe the SURGE will be different -- but they have been saying that it will ship in 3-4 weeks SINCE NOVEMBER. Not a company to have confidence in.

        • smtdlb says:

          I have lost 3 fitbits due the way the band is made on the Fitbit charge.  Everytime I contacted the company they replaced it with no problems.  Best customer service ever!

          • MovingOn says:

            I also lost 3 fitbits due to the way the band is made.  The company replaced the first 2 but not the 3rd since it was over the one year warranty period since I purchased the original.  The 3rd one lasted the longest (6 months).  They offered a 25% discount for me to replace the last one.  No way, it truly was my "last one".

          • Brniydgrl says:

            Bought a Fitbit Charge in November of 2014. Last October it stopped holding a charge & basically quit working. Called them & they replaced it. Here we are less than a year later & while it is still working, it is literally falling apart. I called them & rather than stand behind their crappy product, they offered me a 25% discount to buy another one...why would any logical person want to throw good money after bad to be in the same situation less than a year from now??? Anyone that's thinking about buying one...DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!! I'm sure there are plenty of other trackers out there that are better made and for a lot less money.

      • Selena83 says:

        I've always used FitBit and it never disappointed me. Don't know why your luck is THAT bad... I used to have the FitBit Flex that worked just fine. I upgraded to the Fitbit Charge HR simply because I was fascinated with the screen. It tells my time AND date ACCURATELY, current stats (steps, calories burned, heart rate, floors climbed), and is also a caller ID. I've had this for several months now and I have yet had a single problem with it.

        • Jtweis says:

          You have only had it a few months. See if it lasts a year!! Most of them don't and then they won't replace it :(

      • CPTLaurion says:

        Bought a FitBit Surge for my birthday. Incredibly disappointing. Sleek design with potential, but the heart rate monitor didn't work, the exercise apps wouldn't load to the watch (so all you could do was track a run, not a bike, yoga, workout, etc.), and the battery life without the heart rate monitor or GPS on was almost a full day. Returned immediately and won't shop fitbit again.

        • datutter says:

          I have used my Fitbit surge for a week now. Still got battery left and the heart rate tracker is always on and working like a charm. Cuz I manually calculated my pulse before use and it seems to show correct. So for me it's been the best fitness watch I ever used so far. 

           I would recommend Fitbit surge ! I use it with my iPhone 6s Plus and had not problem syncing. 

          They also have a great support chat that helped me set up the right time zone. 

      • MikeS says:

        I have to admit, my FitBit Charge HR is a piece of garbage. It does very little of what it is advertised to do with any sort of accuracy. The only thing it CAN do is tell time. It is a poorly designed and poorly engineered product. Same goes for the app.

        It doesn't read heart rate with any accuracy, and by FitBits own admission, it only samples heart rate. Sleep tracking doesn't work. You have to grossly over enter you stride length to get a close walking distance. The count of flights of stairs isn't consistent. It shuts off during a workout with no evidence you ever started. The band is made of a cheap not replaceable material. The method of charging is just dumb. The GPS tracking function of the app is unable to track you via GPS. While other free apps out there track you precisely. With every firmware update and/or app update there are bugs that brick devices, adds useless features, cause diminished battery life, adds spam to your phones drop down menu that cant be removed, and the list goes on.

        But don't take my word for it, stop by the FitBit Help discussion forums and feedback section for their app. Let all the negative discussions keep you from purchasing a FitBit. There are very few happy customers. All FitBit cares about is that first sale. They don't care about repeat business, their current customers or engineering a reliable product.

        • SteveR says:

          Mike, I completely agree.   They make a very poor product and once the tracker is outside the 12 months, you're done.  They do not stand by the product at all.  They did make an exception for me since I had to replace two within 8 months and the replacement they sent could not hold a charge for more than a day.   They refused to replace the replacement.  I am done with Fitbit

      • KMF says:

        Ever since they had an update on their firmware, the fitbit is awful. Goes through battery life in 2 days. Tracking is always off. All you have to do is shake the watch to get the steps to go up, accurate heart-rate only lasts for so long. On my second HR and you couldn't pay me to get another. Don't call customer service, its out of the country and no one speaks any recognizable for of English. I could hear my representative arguing in a foreign language with her manager. And the whole idea of you can tell who is calling is bs. The watch doesn't realize it has a call until the caller has already been pushed to voicemail. 

        Don't waste your money on the company!

        • Rbutch says:

          My wife had a Fitbit for 6 months and then it started to fall apart. The rubber on the band separated from the device, the surround around the setting button dropped off and the charge lasted for 1 day at most. The band is a very poor design and she and others that I know have nearly lost the FitBit when it dropped off their wrist. The Fitbit is very poorly designed and not worth 1/10 the price.

          • yellowrose says:

            My husband gave me the Charge for Christmas 2014. The band separated from the device in 4 months of recommended fit and normal wear. Fitbit Customer Service replaced it. The replacement device would not hold a charge for more than 24 hours. Fitbit replaced it. The band on the third one began to separate in 2 months. Fitbit replaced it with a large size at my request.  After three months of wear the same thing separating from the device. I just contacted Fitbit once again and requested a refund. It has stated that the refund will be processed. I am in the market for a wearable fitness device that is well-made (as should be expected) AND I sold the FIT stock I bought at its IPO.

      • Anns says:

        I also have switched from the fitbit, due to poor quality and customer support.  I bought two fitbit flexes over the past 18 months.  Both of them stopped holding a charge.  The company gave me a discount on buying a new one.   I now have a Misfit and LOVE IT!  Works on a battery, so no recharging.

        • yemaiden says:

          I bought misfit and it died within 2 weeks, Changed battery still no results. It also kept falling out of band. Not a fan.

        • Swing0158 says:

          Their products are only made to last a year then be thrown away. My wife had a Fitbit Charge that fell apart in less than a year. They sent her a refurbished replacement that fell apart in less than a year. Their solution is to offer me 25% discount to buy an new one. Why would I spend money more money to buy something that is made to only last a year then be thrown out ?

    • ldesaus says:

      Hi there, I have used both simultaneously and here is a portion of the review I posted on Amazon on the Vivosmart:

      * Steps are way off as far as I can tell. I've had it be anywhere from 200-3000 steps away from my FitBit (again, wearing both simultaneously). In one particular instance I was pushing my daughter on the swing with my Garmin hand and racked up several hundred steps, but racked up no steps on my FitBit when I switched to that hand. I must say that I've noticed that FitBit tends to do very well at recognizing/ignoring unusual movements and not registering them as steps.

      * Similarly, distance tends to be way off. Walking a trail I knew for a fact to be 4.5 miles, my FitBit gave me a 3.9 hike and my Vivosmart gave me a 2.3. (I am currently wearing my FitBit on a different wrist than I usually do and no matter what wrist I wear it on, the numbers are closer to accurate). For those that are interested in the GPS stuff, I've found that pairing a newer phone with your device and tracking a trail that way provides the most accurate distance counting. I also have experience with the FitBit Surge and the GPS on that is not great...have not yet tried a Garmin device with GPS but my understanding is that they do GPS really well so I'd encourage anyone looking at an activity tracker that does GPS to look at the Vivofit or Forerunner 920XT. Distance on a non-GPS unit is only as accurate as the step calculations on the unit and from what I can tell, the Vivosmart does not count steps that accurately (disclaimer that I have done the stride measurement and have the same stride measurements in my FitBit account as I do in my Garmin account, so that should not be a factor in the discrepancy).

      * Sleep is ridiculous on this. It seems to detect bed/wake times fairly well but it's giving me a different hours total than my FitBit does, and given that I have a 9 month old and waking up several times a night, I'm going to assume that my sleep total is closer to 6 hours than the 9.5 hours my Vivosmart seems to think I'm getting. It looks like it does not factor quality of sleep into your total sleep count (which FitBit does), so that's another area where FitBit outperforms.

    • xX_ANONYMOUS_Xx says:


      The fitbit charge is accurate. So you cant cheat by swinging it. You can also assign gestures like clicking you fingers to change information.

      Hope this helps

    • yabbie67 says:

      No fitness tracker will ever give a 100% accurate account of steps as they work on movement, they are a guide at best. find the one that suits your application, and service requirements from the provider and you can't go wrong

  • Teekay says:

    How come basis peak wasn't included in this review?

  • THoff says:

    MS Band is better than all of these by a ling-shot. I have one

    • axeage says:

      What is the MS band?

    • ichthyosaurus says:

      Yea, I don't believe the MS Band is not even mentioned!

  • Mia says:

    Can you please compare Jawbone up24 and Fitbit flex?

  • bethmcevoy says:

    I'm trying to decide on the UP 3 or the Fitbit surge.   I got the UP 24 for Christmas and am NOT happy with it's sleep tracker, nor is it comfortable to wear.  From what I have read online, the faulty sleep mode seems to be a big problem with the UP 24.  I'm returning it!!  With that said, I am curious if the UP 3 has the same problems.  I still want a fitness tracker, especially one that has a sleep tracker without bugs.  UP 3 or Fitbit Surge?  Any comments on either one?

    • bethmcevoy says:

      Or UP 3 compared to the Fitbit Charge HR

      • qaukercgt says:

        fitbit surge. I've had mine 2 days and I am happy with it.

    • PaulaT says:

      just got the Fitbit surgeHR and soooo bummed it doesn't have the smart alarm that the up24 does. So disappointing that is a great feature and it's missing. 

  • geektoogeek says:

    I hate that they didn't include trackers that you don't have to wear on your wrist! I tried the Fitbit flex about a year ago and it was awful! It would put itself into sleep mode if I was pushing a cart across a parking lot and it was far less accurate than my husband's who got the fitbit one. You don't always move your arms when exercising so how could it possibly be accurate?! I would definitely recommend the Fitbit One! It is extremely accurate and not as inconvenient as I once thought despite the fact that you don't wear it on your wrist.

    • Sparkles says:

      I wear my Shine in my bra. If I remember, I put it in my shoe for cycling. It seems pretty accurate :-)

    • mzgigi says:

      My experience with the Fitbit One has been disappointing to say the least.  Received the first one in May, 2015.  Stopped syncing within 90 days, went through all the trouble steps, (reset, uninstall, reinstall), still did not sync.  Oh and did I mention I was right in the middle of challenges where I was ahead!!! Called Customer Support, received a new one, from the beginning it would not sync, next day it began to sync, middle of the day it DIED!!!  Nothing!!!! I am fit to be tied!!! SInce it was a Saturday after Customer Service was closed, I did an on-line chat.  No success, told it was being escalated and I would receive an email, still waiting after 4 days.  When I called back I was told there was a back up in emails, not ETA as to when I'd be contacted.  Now that ought to tell you something!!! Ugh!!! So you may want to rethink that Fitbit One. IJS

      • asumom says:

        I have had my Fitbit One for 2 1/2 years.  It is very accurate and still works great.  I was considering getting a new one to wear on my wrist, but after seeing all the problems everyone is having I think i will stick with my One.

        • slantedcoffee says:

          Same here. I have had mine for a long time and have had no issues. I wear it on my underwear typically. I was thinking about upgrading but see that all the wristbands have issues. I use run keeper for my running stats. I just use the fit bit for steps/activity tracking. So I think I will stick with what I have until I have to get a new one (if I lose it or it breaks).

  • Vick81 says:

    hi maybe a silly question but I do most of my exercise in the gym, will it be able to record this and also swimming? 

    Thank you

    • s.charara says:

      Hi Vick81, which tracker are you referring to? 

  • Edin says:

    one of best fitness band is not included, Mio Fuse...?

    It is extremely accurate, has EKG heart rate reading used for medical purpose and water proof, you can swim with it. It looks great and is very comfortable to wear...

    • Liz says:

      I was going to ask the same question!  Thanks,


  • LynneC says:

    Can you swim with any of these products?

    • j.stables says:

      Misfit Shine/Flash is great for swimming.

      • maju says:

        Not good for swimming. Got the flash it didn't last five minutes in the pool. Now a $40 paperweight. 

    • Liz says:

      You can swim with MIO Fuse.  It will track your heart rate while swimming too - without a chest strap.

    • Liz says:

      You can definitely swim with the Mio FUSE.  It will even record your heart rate while swimming - without a chest strap.  

    • BrynSwim says:

      I use the Moov in the water. It accurately tracks strokes & distance and provides a detailed analysis of the workout via the Moov Swim app. MooV is introducing the next generation device late 2015 along with an update Moov app which will combine all fitness specific apps (swim, run, bike, box, 7+ min workout, sleep & other activities). I use both the Moov and Fitbit Surge for out of pool workouts. 

  • maju says:

    got a misfit flash took it to the pool didn't last five minutes. I now have a $40 paper weight. NOT GOOD FOR SWIMMING! 

  • IrenaZharkov says:

    Misfit hasn't been a good wearable in my experience. It took too long to track workout and the workout it tracked was inaccurate.

    However, I use Moov, it's the best wearable I've used for exercising. It motivates you with a coach unlike the other wearables.

    Check it out here:

  • Glynnda says:

    this site helped a little, but I'm looking for a fitness watch that does sleep, swimming, walking, heart rate, time etc and so I'm still confused as to which  would be best for me.  I'm a female and retired.  Would like more detailed information and would appreciate your help.

    • j.stables says:

      Hi Glynnda

      If you can live without heart rate tracking, the Misfit Shine/Flash seems best for you. 

  • Courtney says:

    Do any of these fitness trackers accurately track cycling? That is typically my method of cardio and it's not much arm movement 

    • PGS says:

      Just use Strava on your phone

    • Sanjohn30 says:

      I believe that some of these trackers, if not all, can be worn in places other than your wrist. Just wear it on your ankle while cycling and you should be able to accurately track.

    • Robo211th says:

      Strava app is the best for biking, Tracks your times on segments of your ride and gives you a personal best with audio cues.

      Also getting premium is good for viewing & learning other routes and the timings of others Plus you can create your own ride on a map for the distance you'd like to ride.

  • jodieb says:

    looking for the best watch to track my movement basic footsteps etc just had a baby and am easing back into losing weight.

    Own a Samsung galaxy note and ipads

  • btr1976 says:

    What is the best fitness tracker with sleep monitoring that HAS a display? I like the Misfit Shine and/or the JawboneUp3 but I really would like one with tracking (steps, notifications, calories, etc.) displayed on the band.  I also like the Basis Peak, but I've heard it has issues. Plus it's on backorder.

  • btr1976 says:

    What is the best fitness tracker with sleep monitoring that has activity displayed right on the device (steps, calories, etc). I would like to track my fitness on the device, phone notifications would be nice (texts, calls), but most importantly I want to be able to capture REM/Deep/Light Sleep, Toss-and-Turns, Interruptions and Sleep Quality.

    The Basis Peak seems like it does all this but reviews say it's buggy. Plus it's on backorder.

    Is there anything else like it?

    • j.stables says:

      Sorry, just read your expanded comment. It's got fairly poor sleep tracking, but it does log toss/turns. Honestly though, I wouldn't get too hung up on it. That data really does get uninteresting, quite quickly.

      • btr1976 says:

        Ha. Thanks. I'm betting you're right. I actually like that the Fitbits sync up with MyFitnessPal, so I'm probably going to go with the Charge HR!

  • jackienorton81 says:

    hi I'm looking for one that won't break the bank and I need it to show full text messages, track sleep, alert me when I should move, water proof. It would even be nice if it was able to wake me up like some of those do when it thinks I will be the most refreshed in the a.m. since I can't have my galaxy s5 around at work which did most of that stuff

  • SimonDK says:

    I am using both the Jawbone Up24 fitness tracker and the Withings WS-50 weight tracker and it works perfectly - also together in sync.

  • X_stine says:

    I have had my Fitbit One since November 2012 and I love it. I love the Fitbit interface and that I don't have to wear the One on my wrist, I can clip it to my pocket.

    However, I am looking to cut down all my fitness gadgets and have an all in one if possible. I currently use the Garmin Forerunner 305 for my runs, the Polar FT60 for my other activities. My husband talked me into the MS band. Bought it Thursday, returned it Saturday. The inaccuracy was disappointing. They seem to have an identity confusion on being a fit tracker or a smart watch. Not to mention they seem to cater to their phone user group instead. At least it the test run with the band pushed home what I am looking for as a heavy fitness tracker user. And whether a product is currently out there that can meet most of my needs.

    That long rambling aside. Suggestions for a daily tracker (wrist or band) that uses EKG heart tracking?

  • hatchj says:

    I am new to the fitness-tracker market but would like to start monitoring how many calories etc. I actually use during my many gym classes. Most of my exercise is done indoors (I have a Garmin forerunner for running outside) in the form of spinning, boxing circuits and full body toning classes. I am not too bothered about the sleep tracking and I don't have a smartphone so I will be monitoring my progress on the PC. I would however, like some display on the tracker to tell me my current progress. I am looking at a Fitbit Flex, ChargeHR, Garmin Vivofit and Vivosmart but I'm really struggling! If there is one that can monitor my spin classes this would be perfect. Any help would be appreciated.

    • j.stables says:

      Hi Hatchj

      Working out in the gym is a nightmare for most trackers, so you need one with heart rate tracking to get an accurate picture of your workouts. Charge HR is probably the best of those you just listed.

      However, I love spinning too, and the Wahoo Tickr X (review incoming) actually has a spin class mode. It's a chest strap that links to your smartphone (just put it on the floor next to the bike) to track cadence, RPM and heart rate zones. It also tracks reps in the 7 Minute Workout, too. I'm not finished testing yet, but I have been very impressed so far. Of course, it doesn't have a screen, but if you have time to look at your HR the you're not spinning hard enough ;-)

      • hatchj says:

        Very true! Thanks for this. Does the Wahoo Tickr X only work with smartphones or will it sync to a PC (as I don't have a smartphone)?



  • kirby says:

    I have seen several pro and cons.

    I am more confused then ever!!!

    I am looking for these features:

    1.) waterproof

    2.) steps

    3.) calories burned

    4.) sleep quality

    • Coga19000 says:

      The Mi Band can do all that with just 15 bucks, so if you dont want anything else from your tracker, and dont mind the lack of a display, this is the one fir you.

  • mikeai says:

    You didn't list features, so I didn't find this information really useful at all.  What does each one do or not do?  Might be worth adding that back in.

    • j.stables says:

      We've reviewed each tracker in detail and there's a link to each in the text, should you need that level of detail.

  • pennylou says:

    I have a fitbit that is two weeks old and I have broken out in an allergy to the silicon band does any one have a suggestion I want to keep up the work I have done but cant wear silicon, this is a new allergy never happened before HELP   

    • marylee18 says:

      Very common. Check out their site's FAQs.

  • Sarah says:

    I was checking out the polar website and I'm wondering why this watch wasn't reviewed. Im looking for a HR, movement and sleep tracker that will help me count calories burned during my kickboxing circuit, and occasional gym workout. I use My Fitness Pal, but see that a few of them do connect well with that app. What would you suggest for me?

  • Kayemaree says:


    I am looking for something to replace my vivo fit.   I need it for steps, active calories burned, swimming,  heart rate (strapless) sleep and ideally body temp.  I'm looking at the peak and mio.   Any feedback or suggestions ? 

  • SuziAck says:

    I am looking for a wearable that can buzz or vibrate every 15 minutes to remind me to drink water, plus count steps.  Basically, a pedometer and timer?  Any suggestions?

    A heart rate monitor would be great, too.  Thanks.

    • emofish says:

      From what I can tell, the Jawbone Up24 (out at the moment) has the option of setting several alarms, but I don't know neccesarily about a timer. I have used it to remind myself to move on to different tasks at work, and it does a nice job.

    • corival says:

      I believe the new Fitbit Alta has this as an option

  • bubsy says:

    I cycle, so if I wear a Fitbit on my wrist ,( wich doesn't move much when riding). How can it monitor my activity, (steps). Or should I be wearing it on my ankle ?

  • Rebeccalbeach says:

    So why exactly is the Swarovski Shine "Best for Women"? I assume because we all like sparkly things as nothing else in the review really explained it.

    • Daisy_Lynn says:

      I'm super unimpressed with the data that the misfit gives you.  It's nice because you can put it in different accessories.  But the app is not very informative.  I stopped wearing mine.

      • Latasha242004 says:

        Hi would you like to give it away to a beginner who's jus starting to workout and need extra motivation or possibly sell it?

  • stremelj says:

    I have a Fitbit Flex, and would like to upgrade to a tracker with a heart  monitor.  When I first got my Flex, I had nothing but trouble with it, and was on my third one before I could get it to properly charge. I know others personally and from the forums that many others have had a variety of function issues.   I am reluctant to go with a Fitbit Charge HR for fear of this type of quality control issues.  What can you tell me about consistent quality across the Charge HR?

  • emcafee415 says:

    Hey, I too am new to the fitness tracker community, I was told by a friend that Moov was the one I had to try. She, my friend whom recommended Moov, said it was great for running and swimming. She trains a lot more than me though, any other thoughts her recommendation.

    Thanks, Bella

    • j.stables says:

      Hi Bella

      As a runnning trainer, Moov is great. We have a full review going up within the next 7 days. I've been trying it, and it's really cool – if you want to learn how to run. There are simpler, more versatile trackers for running, however.

  • Abhinav says:

    hi i am new to trackers and want one which can be used for swimming primarily as a sport....suggestions please....what i understood is that the new UP3 would be 10m water resistant but i need it urgently and cannot wait for 3 months or so...quick guidance pls

  • Iceebox says:

    I like the misfit flash, is there anything that has all of misfit qualities with a heart rate monitor ?

  • Lori says:

    Hi, I have been looking and comparing brands. However, I am not sure exactly which one is best suited for me. I definitely need a fitness band that has: reminder to move, easy to use, comfortable to wear, counts steps, sets goals per day, reminder that you have or have not achieved that goal, tracks sleep, calories burned and also connects with my phone (IOS). I have looked into Fitbit Charge HR, Nike+ FuelBand SE, German VivoSmart. Any ideas or tips that will help me decide? 

  • Huey says:

    I purchased Jawbone, and noticed that it may not be very accurate. Seen Fitbit so I purchased it too (with intention of taking back which ever one was not accurate.) I'm finding neither of them are very accurate. Went for a walk and Fitbit was only off by 180 steps, jawbone was out in left field. At then end of my day, Fitbit is at over 10000 steps, but Jawbone is only showing 8323 steps. Anyone else having trouble with accurate counting? Any way to correct the steps?

    Plus note - I like that Fitbit shows miles, steps, down side not very waterproof like Jawbone. Any suggestion would be appreciated

    • CindyC says:

      I purchased a Jawbone 24 at Christmas 2014 and around August it started having sync problems and didn't seem to keep track of my sleep accurately at all.  It used to tell me when I would get out of bed or slept light or whatever and it stopped doing any of that very early on.  I took very good care of this and didn't get it wet or damage it and kept it charged, but it just was a pain to have to try and re-charge or sync it all the time when it was supposed to be automatic.  I had bought my husband a jawbone UP24 also this July for his birthday because the BASIC model he had died after about 5 months.  Total piece of junk that wouldn't sync on a regular basis.  His Jawbone had troubles after about 3 months which not syncing correctly and it didn't seem to show the correct sleep either.  I'm very disappointed because I loved all of the features and what it was supposed to do, if it would only do it!

  • Marieke says:

    Why... The swarovski the ULTIMATE ladies fitness tracker.

    It looks nice, so yes I would wear it to a party.

    But on my mountainbike, horse, running in rain and mud  it is not useful at all. It will not survive a month..

    With the word "Ultimate" it gives me the idea that this is the best one for woman, which it isn't. The best one, is one who tracks what I want to know and gives me the information to become healthier and more fit , faster or whatever.

    This description gives me the feeling that woman are a  sort of aliens, who want the Bling and do not  care about functionality.

  • Marieke says:

    And to add : I will wait for the Jawbone up3 , hope it will come asap to Europe.

    I have the polar loop atm. It gives not enough  information. ( walk, run, sit, lay down and sleep )

  • Ceyrse says:

    I am new to fitness but need to lose some extra weight. I don't care for the look bulky watches as I have to dress up each day but I do like the look of the Swarvoski shine. I really need something that monitors sleep and heart rate for calories burned. I am not a runner so gps wouldn't be necessary I am not opposed to a chest strap during workouts what's one more thing in my bra. But is there something that could do both or communicate between the two?

  • lswaters says:

    I currently have a Body Media Core armband which I love.  It tracks sleep time, steps, calories burned, calories consumed, METs, and I can download it all to the Body Media website and see each of these as a function of time. The calories burned is especially interesting to see finely binned in time, it shows my entire daily profile in great details.  But Body Media is no longer made, and although their website is still up so I can enter data, equipment is starting to break down and is no longer supported.  Do any of the current wearable trackers duplicate what Body Media could do? I've searched, but can't seem to find a duplicate. I love the armband, and really hate to have to think about wearing a wristband.

  • LeighJ says:

    Looking for a fitness tracker that will not break the bank. I love to crossfit, run and do interval/Hiit workouts. A few features I'm looking for is calories burned, heart rate monitor and sleep monitor. Phone notifications would be nice as well and one that is easy to use. I do own a garmin 220 and have a heart rate monitor starp. I've been looking at Garmins vivofitsmart and the Jawbone up3 but the price YIKES! Now considering the fitbit charge HR. Is there another one I'm over looking that might be better for what I'm looking for? HELP PLEASE!!

  • lulark says:

    Is vivofit compatible with fitbit altra smart scale?

  • Tasha says:

    I am also new to these fitness trackers and have recently signed up to Vitality health and they give a few brands to choose from to sync with. 

    I am looking for one that does more or less most of things such as Calories count, steps, heart rate tracking, sleep monitor ... The sleep isn't much of a requirements but the rest are but I'd like it all in one device and not having eg. A separate heart monitor. 

    The brands I can go for are 

    1. Garmin 

    2. Fitbug

    3. Fitbit 

    4. misfit 

    5. polar 

    What would recommend I purchase that does all the these things.. I'm very confused.

    Thank you

    • j.stables says:

      Based on the fact you want heart rate tracking, it means the Fitbit Charge HR is possibly the best for you. It's also our 'best fitness tracker' too. Hope that helps.

  • Prairie-Clover says:

    I noticed in the "Best for a budget" category, you didn't mention the Fitbit Zip.  Could you explain why?  I got one for Christmas, and I have replaced the battery several times now.  It seems like this is a common issue, and most have given up trying to "fix" the problem, and moved on to a different brand.  Did this factor into your reviews at all?

  • Malatryx says:

    I have been testing out a friend's Samsung Gear Fit as I am looking into getting a fitness tracker. I have a small wrist so it fits nice and isn't huge looking on me. Atm I have a Samsung phone but that might change in the future (will still be on android thought). I love the features of the Gear Fit but i have not found another fitness tracker that does all it does. Notifications from apps and texts, media controller, sleep tracker are the ones I'm after to be included with the other fitness tracker features. Water proof (minimal splashes from washing hands, maximum showers) would be a bonus.


  • emxo says:

    I am looking at getting a Misfit Shine (I love the design) or a Samsung GearFit...I'm a fairly small-boned woman, so finding a tracker that isn't gawky is important to me. I get most of my exercise from pilates and want to take up jogging, but I really want a good tracker for sleep. What would be my best choice, the Shine, GearFit, or something else altogether? I'm looking for a decently-priced option!

  • pb3 says:

    I don't see the iHealth Edge mentioned here.  I'd bought one since I also have their weigh scale & blood pressure cuff and thought since their app integrates all the data in one spot that it would be the best way to go.

    First one that was delivered was DOA.  Gave it a full 12 hours to charge and even though it showed the battery at full capacity, it refused to respond to taps or wrist movement to turn on and would not link to the phone.  A replacement was shipped out.  Also DOA but different problem.  It was stuck in a reboot cycle.

    Gave up and am looking for something else now.

  • pikeman says:

    I have a Windows phone and don't get not having full coverage for the three OS. Despite it's shortcoming, Fitbit doesn't discriminate.

    • j.stables says:

      Misfit also has a Windows app

      • mbirdlowry says:

        Not a good Windows app, though. According to one of the several Misfit help department people I have dealt with, the sleep monitor is not supported in Windows. Also, when you sync, be prepared to lose your data even if the data did not successfully upload. For some reason, sometimes the app thinks that my Shine is associated with another account and reverts to that message randomly. I did not buy a used or refurbished Shine and the box was sealed when I bought it.  I am not a happy camper but am having a hard time giving up and moving on to another fitness band.  After lots of research, Misfit would have been my ideal.  Unfortunately, it does not work as advertised.

  • hecker says:

    Are any/all of the Fitbits swimmable.

  • hecker says:

    Are any/all Fitbits swimmable?

    • j.stables says:

      Not swimmable – sorry. try the Misfit Shine.

      • mbirdlowry says:

        Only if you don't have to change the battery on a regular basis.  Every time you remove the casing, you reduce the life expectancy of the seal.  I am on my 4th battery in 6 months so I don't wear it in the pool anymore.  It didn't track water aerobics or any other aerobic activity very well no matter where you wear it.  If you are swimming, it might be okay.

  • Breev says:

    I am looking for a watch that will allow me to control my music without having to try and do it on my IPhone that I wear on an armband. I saw an ad on my Runkeeper app about the Magellan Echofit. It allows you to control your music from the watch. I don't see that option on any of the other watches more frequently mentioned. I know it doesn't have a GPS, which I'm not sure I need since I usually take my phone with me when running, but it doesn't seem like any one has one or mentioned it.  Am I missing something? Help!! Any info would be helpful. Thanks!

    • Sjc-wiltshire says:

      The fibit surge hr lets you control your music there are also a 2 new trackers coming out in the next couple of months i think the Blaze lets you control music and see text too. Help this helps.

  • Mixter says:

    what about Jaybird Reign? What's verdict on that?

  • 56nfit says:

    Suspiciously missing is the Mio Alpha 2.  No custom heart rate zones for HIIT on the top picks. 220-your age is silly if you're in better than average shape.

  • HelenaG says:


    I am having trouble knowing knowing which fitness tracker I should choose.For me the watch fuction and sleep function is the two most important ones. Though it also have to sit okey on the wrist. There comes the problem that at the moment the only one that has sat okey is the Garmin Vivofit 2. And what I have read, pretty many thinks that their sleep monitoring is not at all good. 

    Do you have any good suggestions?

  • Jeremyd says:

    Hey guys  I'm looking for the best of both worlds.... I want basically a fitness tracker and smart watch in 1. I want to have steps, sleep, calorie, heart monitor.... Along with text, calls etc....I have a note 4. I've read and read and just can't come up with the answer.... 

    • TesandRoss says:

      Check out the FitBit Surge. I would have got that one since it has everything I want, but it is a bit bulky for a small wrist...

  • iamkuchibhatla says:

    I am looking for a fitness tracker which can track my gym workouts accurately? Which would you suggest. I am considering the following

    Misfit Flash


    Garmin Vivofit 2

    Jaw Bone Up2

  • HarpersMom says:

    Husband purchased me a Misfit Shine for my birthday..I love that it can be worn on the wrist, shoe, bra, pocket...However, the only instructions it comes with is how to install battery & how to sync it to your phone.

    There should be step by step instructions & "how to's" for not so tech savvy users.

    It was ordered the package it arrived in there was a disclaimer stating that the company could help you set it up &/or help you with any issues for $59.95 per incident...< seriously!?!

  • KingNine says:

    I have a Mi Band which I actually love and have had for a few months.  The charge holds for 30 days or more which I find amazing.  Pretty simple but functional for my needs.  The software app could use some more features but keeps getting better.  It monitors my sleep and everything without me have to set anything and is quite accurate.  It vibrates on my calls on my IPhone 6.  The only draw back you can currently set only 3 alarms. I need a one hour alarm for me to get up from my desk due to rods in my back but you can't go wrong with it.  It also doesn't have a display.  If you're planning on purchasing one order it from Hivetech on Amazon which comes from the USA and not the slow boat from China.  

    I upgraded yesterday to a Garmin Vivofit 2 and not quite sold on it yet.  Doesn't have automatic sleep mode and doesn't have vibrating alarms and have yet to hear the audible.  Just an FYI I enabled it in device settings on another yet website to go to outside of the app.  Love the display which is backlit and you can see the info.  I fell asleep and didn't get a chance to put it in Sleep Mode but did get the information from Mi Band on the other wrist.  Going from the app to the website is quite annoying and time consuming.   Im trying to give it a fair chance but might return it for the Fitbit Charge HR.  The Vivofit does come with 2 bands small and large and has a better wrist locking system then the Vivofit 1 which I read a lot of people lost due the lock coming a part easy.  Any suggestions on the Fitbit or the Jawbone.  The Jawbone app is awesome and uses data provided to Apple Health app.  Just an FYI there is a awesome IOS app called 24/7 MotionX that uses your IPhone 6 motion capabilities if you are able to carry your phone with you all day and you wouldn't even need a fitness tracker at all.  It even records your snoring while sleeping and it scared the hell out of me hearing my snoring.  Check it out. 

    • oldfolkie says:

      The Garmin Vivofit 2 does now have an automatic sleep mode. On the website, you simply set your normal sleep hours and it will automatically change to sleep mode when the time is around those hours (give or take an hour or so on either side). When you sync, it should update the software to do this. I believe you can still use sleep mode on the device for naps during the day.

      I agree on the alarm--I've yet to hear it.

      What I love about the Vivofit 2, compared to the Jawbone I had before, is being able to see my progress on my wrist throughout the day without connecting to anything. That, plus having the time and date (I can use it as a watch), being able to swim and shower with it, plus not having to recharge it every few days. The only thing missing, that I would have liked to have had, is a heart rate monitor.

  • DerekJohnson91 says:

    Which is the watch in the cover photo w/ the guy holding the glasses.

  • starlinguk says:

    I don't understand why Fitbit is recommended. Mine counts only 2/3 of steps, and the other day it didn't count *any* steps. It also needs regular resets because it stops counting stairs if you don't. The app (and synching) also gets worse with every update.

  • Lucy says:

    I'm a massage tharepist  looking for a good tracker I can Wear on my ankle 

  • Sam20 says:

    I can't wait until the Moov Now is released! The current Moov was going to be my choice in fitness tech but I figure I'll wait for the new model!

  • Jozefsan says:

    Ok here is my story about Fitbit hr.

    Is it good? Yes and no. Steps counting is horrible and inaccurate,  you walking even if you just writing on pic,  you can trick it and set tracker as non dominant hand and it will be bit closer to true steps. Stairs counting is another rubbish feature as last time I drove my car I find out I did manage 13 stairs.heart rate I get check with my doctor and again it's way out of reality. Food database in app or Internet is ....hard to tell what it is,but definitely nothing what will make life easy as basic food there to find is challenge on its own. Updates for app are getting worse and worse, you hitting days when watch and whole purpose of them is non existing. Way too many problems and overall I accurate gadget not worth money what it cost. 

    Only good point is that thus is sane like any other status gadget, it's cool,keep people to the and motivate them to move but it doest work properly and its inaccurate.

    And most funny for me personally is that if I eat my calculated amount of carbs/protein/fats it still calculate deficit for me, and If I follow percentage I will overdo my numbers to unhealthy stage. Sound like developers trying rewrite book of diet and producing some rubbish product :-D

  • jkcpenn says:

    I am highly disappointed in the new UP2. I lost it again.... I say again because it keeps coming undone. It's so light sometimes you don't even realize that it has fallen off. Thank goodness jcpenneys found it and held on to it for me. I was able to the "find my band" feature which is nice. But, lost it at Walmart and now, naturally,  it has not been turned in. I need a good one that will stay latched. 

  • dandrews216 says:

    I am surprised with your experience. I have a Surge and bought my wife a Charge HR. We've had no problems. However since I usually take my phone with me when I jog, I have to say there is nothing that that Charge HR can do (with your phone) that would suggest purchasing a Surge. That is, if I could do it over again, I would have bought two Charge HR's. Unless you really feel the need to have GPS on your watch or you're jogging w/o your phone, save $100 and get a Charge HR.

  • nstan says:

    I swim with Mio ALpha 2, it seems like it tracks pretty accurately in the water as when I'm running I just make sure to make it vry tight on my wrist as per instrucitions ... I read that Mio Fuse is also waterproof... 

  • santiagodraco says:

    Why the F does this story say Oct 1 2015? It's a fugging year old? Journalistic integrity, zero.

  • Digityogi says:

    I am leaning towards the fitbit HR because all the reviews seem to say it's the best all-rounder, but I am needing a couple other features : smart alarm and GPS. Are there certain apps that can work with the charge HR that allow for a smart alarm (wake up during lightest sleep cycle). Regarding GPS, which bands (NOT watches)  do you recommend that have GPS capability? I understand the Samsung gear is great but bad at monitoring heart rate (imprecise) and the Microsoft band might also be good. Do these work without a phone? Thanks for your help!! 

  • Amireallystupid says:

    So these fitness watches - do you need your phone with you always so that they work??

    • j.stables says:

      Hi, not a stupid question at all. These fitness trackers monitor your steps independently of a phone, but will sync to a phone app so you can see the results. 

  • Gingerbreadman says:

    Please help! I want to buy the better half a fitness racer,  as currently when he goes anywhere he takes his huge gps tracker in his rucksack, bless him! His main sports are jogging, swimming and kayaking. Is there a tracker suitable for these 3 sports to monitor speed, distance, calories, heart rate? Would need to be waterproof.

    Secondly I would like one for myself. I cycle, swim, walk and play tennis. I would like to monitor distance, speed, calories.

    We are not fussed about the whole sleep monitoring thing, we know we don't get enough sleep as e are shift workers!

    Would really appreciate advice!

    • j.stables says:

      Waterproofing is your problem here. Nothing in the above list will do HR and survive a dip out of a kayak. The Basis Peak would, but its app is awful. For your partner, maybe you should take a look at something like the TomTom Spark sports watch review incoming today). I think that would serve him well.

      For yourself maybe the Misfit Shine 2/Flash would be a good option. Waterproof, decent for swimming and walking, and will report on your calories burned from tennis. 

  • Ochie says:

    I had FitBit initially but had problems with the bands falling apart within 3 months and then the charging was difficult after 6months.  In all it lasted 12 months.  I have had friends not even lasting a weekend.

    I then moved onto the UP3 as reviews were good.  I was happy with it until exactly 3 months into it the unit would not charge.  When I checked the battery started to leak (or at least a lot of rust coming out of the internals).  And I never used it in water.

    So I am giving up on these devices for now until a more reliable one comes out.  Interested in Apple Watch but the one I want is too expensive so will wait.

  • sniper1949 says:

    Does any of the trackers get anywhere near my what my Body Media Armband did?

  • vickiam says:

    My daughter bought me a fitbit charge for my birthday and I'm very disappointed.  Today for instance it tells me that I have climbed four stairs and it is actually over 60.  I put the steps on 0 when I left home this morning and drove to work.  When I checked my fitbit before getting out of the car it had 147 steps.  I think I'll return it and just get a pedometer.

  • Dio says:

    properly adjusted, the charge does everything as advertised. I waited until a couple of my coworkers had used them for a while before buying.  Would buy again. 

  • ajswanson says:

    My Son had a Fitbit. It lasted about two weeks.  It fell off when he went trail running and haven't seen it since.

  • Terrijo says:

    I'm looking for an activity tracker for my father. He had  a heart attack in september and a defib/pacemaker device put in two weeks ago and I have heard the heartrate style trackers can't be used with a pacemaker. What would you recommend

    Thank you

  • KRMarlo says:

    I did start skimming after a while, but at a glance I'm surprised to not see any mention of the issue involving rashes given by Fitbit's wrist-wearable trackers. This is an ongoing issue with the Charge and Surge pieces, and should definitely be a consideration as people weigh out what to buy.

    I owned a Surge, and despite following their guidelines with absolute precision, I developed the rash anyway. When I wrote Fitbit, they accepted a return of the watch directly and refunded everything, including the tax, without a single question. This is a very telling practice.

    It's upsetting, as I truly liked the Surge device and all of its features. Research these trackers before you purchase, and definitely google "Fitbit Rash" (it is still an issue as of this writing, by research of a quick Twitter search yielding complaints from users).

  • Daffy says:

    I have a really tiny wrist and most feel too clunky on me, does anyone have a suggestion for a tracker to suit someone small? Thanks

  • Daffy says:

    Hi, I have a tiny wrist and most trackers are too wide and clunky.  Does anyone have any suggestions for a suitable tracker on a small wrist?


  • Poo11 says:


  • veege says:


    I would wholeheartedly disagree that the UP is the one of the best fitness trackers.  I have had the UP24 and about 7 of my friends have either the UP24, UP2 or UP. ALL of them have broken after a few months and stop tracking or wont' hold a charge. Seriously, everyone I know who has a jawbone has had it replaced at least once, and now they have changed their policy and won't replace it.These things are pieces of junk and not worth the cost of even the plastic. 

    • yvette1371 says:

      agreed... I have the jawbone up 2. it tracks steps but it fluctuates as well. one second it will say 5,000 steps, then jump back down to 4,500 steps in 2 seconds. It fluctuates all the time. Frustrating and not accurate AT ALL!

      returning mine today

  • dniProd says:

    "Streets ahead"... ahahaa... nice reference.

  • ser says:

    I think the best activity tracker is the Pebble! steps, sleep and activity with Missfit app and smart alarm with sleep track with morpheus. You can buy it from 69€ and you have apps, a lot of faces, notifications that you can reply, voice actions, voice replies and 10 days of battery with the pebble time steel. 

  • Flipper364 says:

    This article is dated Dec 15, 2015, but the comments date back to Dec 2014. Just how recent / relevant is this information?

    • m.sawh says:

      Hi, we continually update this page to make sure it includes the latest products as soon as we've reviewed them. Hope that helps!

  • Devislu1 says:

    I'm missing the Garmin Fenix3, which for me is the very best and has a very nice design too. Only the sleep stats are quite weak compared to the data I got from my Polar M400. The Garmin mentioned here, Vivoactive, has an awful design...

  • panzer1241 says:

    I have MS Band.  If has great features.  I  ware it everyday, and am not happy with the battery life.  If I use it in sleep mode, then walk mode for an hour, it will run out of battery life, or be very low (10%) after a golf game.  I have had this for a year and have had two replaced by Microsoft.  I have to take a fingernail brush to the contacts every couple of days to recharge the Band.  Overall I would look for a device that you do not have to charge all the time.  I am in the habbit of charging it when I drive the car also.

  • Donno says:

    Just got a Fitbit charge HR for Christmas from my wife and must say I'm pretty impressed what it can do. I've just started back running again after a long break and used to use a polar with the heart rate chest band, was accurate but uncomfortable. These new watches with the wrist based heart rate tracking technology is fantastic. Only downside is the screen, it's difficult to read on a sunny day. Checking your heart rate is a challenge. I found set up was easy, the watch, the app and PC dashboard. I like how small it is on your wrist, you barely know you're wearing it. I'm not sure how the Fitbit compares to other similar brands on the market but as an entry level fitness watch I think it's great value for money. I've not major issues with it. Everything works and seems to be accurate. A great Christmas present. Very happy. 

    • Sooner says:

      Be glad you got a Fitbit. The Jawbone UP I received for Christmas quit working in 2 weeks. Their support is worthless. Their idea of support is to say, "We are having issues and will get back with you when they are resolved." They will not replace the bracelet! So I am struck with a $100 rubber band on my wrist that does nothing but increase my frustration level. The stores should quit carrying these items.

  • amandachiro says:

    I can't believe you say the FitBit is the best for heart rate monitoring when they're being sued for inaccurate heart rate monitoring.  I let mine continuously track for a month and I know it was consistently reading much lower than my real heart rate.  This could cause some people to have some seriously health issues!

  • fb_1127817 says:

    I just want to warn everyone not to purchase a Fitbit Charge. I got mine for Christmas 2015 and wore it for one day and it fell off when I was walking in the city.  Just fell off, and of course, it's impossible to get it back because I don't know where I lost it (didn't feel it come off).  Checked online and spoke to some friends who also owned (or had owned) Fitbits and it was incredible how many people have had the same experience.  Fitbit even has a FAQ devoted to the problem on their website and people have invented  little sliders you can buy on ETSY to fit over the band to keep it from falling off.  But you shouldn't have to do this.

    The band design clearly has a design flaw.  The tab that is pushed into the slot on the band is too flimsy -- the slot doesn't hold it in place.  The plastic bracelet always tends to flex outward -- that pressure will pull the tab out and you won't feel it and pop there it goes -- $120 down the drain. 

    The Fitbit company is clearly aware of it the problem but offers no help other than suggesting you download a blue tooth app to try to find it (or you can try to re-sync with the device you have synced to it) but those methods only work if you're within 20 feet of the lost fitbit.  Personally, I really hope they get a class action lawsuit initiated against them because the design flaw has caused so many people to lose them that the product clearly fails the "implied warranty of merchantability" legal test.  That is, if a product can't do what the seller says it will do, customers are entitled to their money back, no matter what.   

    Bottom line, it makes me sick seeing people continue to buy this device when I know that a really large percentage of them will have their fitbit fall off and will never be able to find it.  Please don't waste your hard earned money on this product. 

    • odschneider says:

      I agree about the design flaw. I've lost two, although when I complained to the company, they have replaced them. I have a third sitting in a box, waiting until warm weather comes so that it won't get pulled off when I take off my coat. A simple fix, like the band clasp they have on teh HR would fix this flaw easily. Don't know if there is a way to retrofit (no pun intended) this. Otherwise, I've liked the product

  • flintza says:

    Of all the trackers you've tried, can you suggest an inexpensive one with a really strong vibrating alarm and multiple alarm settings?

    I'm not really interested in the tracking features, but I'm looking for a band that I can use to wake me (I'm a very heavy sleeper) multiple times a night. I've tried a Xiaomi Mi Fit but that vibration is way, way too weak

  • Mummy2016 says:

    Got a FitBit charge for Christmas 2015 it was worn for 14 days and has now stopped working. Nothing shows on the screen, can not reset/restart it and it is making a funny ticking noise. It wont sync and none of my pc's or laptops can recognise it. 

    FitBit are replacing it for me but geewizz i have read so many comments about the same problem occurring with literally hundreds of people that if the replacement dies i will be switching brands.

  • digitall says:

    My FitBit Charge HR used to be OK, despite some obvious shortcomings:

    - the charging port is ridiculously unique; proprietary and takes some effort to position. In this day and age, how difficult is it to have a micro USB port?

    - the app (iOS) syncs only when it's open. Sync is excruciatingly slow and you have to ensure the phone screen doesn't lock, else the sync will stop. "All day sync" feature is a joke.

    But since 3 months now, the app just stopped syncing altogether. It just shows "Syncing..." and the progress bar never proceeds beyond half. Last update to the app was some fancy dashboard for the heart rate, but how would that help if something as basic as sync doesn't work.

    I wish I could return this tracker. I am utterly disappointed with such appalling service and after sales support. No wonder its stock price is down 50% since 3 months ago. If I could, I'd short it; I'd be surprised if they are still around a year later.

  • odschneider says:

    My wife has a very small wrist (4" circumference). We haven't been able to find a band with a heart rate monitor that is small enough to fit her. Any ideas?

  • jjmc says:

    After much research it was Garmin Vivosmart HR for me for XMAS, because:

    1) Display notif's & screen approaches the MS Band 2 w/o batt-life sacrifice.

    Text & mode detail is much more complete than comparable $$$ FitBit Charge HR.

    2) Can't beat discreet check of notifications allowed b/c I wear mine on INSIDE of wrist, 

    & inside of wrist bone!  Though Garmin recommends outside+outside, I see no HR diff!

    This wear position with the rubber latching band is VERY COMFORTABLE for me.

    Will write Garmin on what I'll observe inside wrist, but you can't beat this discreet and very comfortable position which does not show operation/sensor differences in my testing!

    3) Batt-life of 4-5 days equals my 3800 mHr Droid Turbo2 (w/ GPS) - Bluetooth always on!

    Why pay in batt-life for GPS twice when the Droid GPS route trackers are so good?

    I also can adjust screen backlight, time-out etc. w/ custom personal settings to MAX batt-life.

    4) Up to 5 Atms swim use fosters joint-rest to my hill-climb hike & bike ride aerobic training!

    5) The Garmin app experience is approaching FitBit's #1... now a very close 2nd place!

    Style NOTE: Fernando would say of the midnight blue w/ black, "you look marvelous!"

  • jjmc says:

    After much research, I went Garmin Vivosmart HR for Xmas'15 because:

    1) Display & robust notifications approach MS Band2 w/o the batt-life sacrifice!

    Clear readable text&graph display w/ adjustable backlight, time-outs etc...

    is much better than Fitbit Charge HR for comparable $$$.

    2) Near 5 day batt-life matches my 3800mAhr Droid Turbo 2 – Bluetooth ON!

    Why pay for batt-life 2X when phone GPS Droid mobile-tracking apps are so good?

    3) Discreet & easy checking of notifications when worn on INNER wrist & inside bone!

    Garmin recommends OUTER+outside, but my testing shows little/no HR or steps diff.

    IMO - can't beat the discreetness & great comfort of the rubberized band OUT, face IN.

    I'll write Garmin on what operations/wear hit is taken in this INNER position?

    4) Wet & pool training with wearable tracking!

    With up to 5 Atms of pool laps wear, I save joints vs my predominantly hill hiking &

    road biking aerobic sessions!

    5) The Garmin Express apps are now a close 2nd to #1 Fitbit's mobile & PC experience!

    Sleep, resting & activity HR avg improvements have been an eye-opener! I also see

    which classes stress my stats - with better prep, is something I'm able to act on.

    STYLE note: Fernando would say of the midnight blue w/ black, “you look marvelous!”

  • TCS says:

    I would stay away from the Charge HR by Fitbit. I have had two major problems since purchasing mine. Both are programming problems that cause the Charge HR to not report correctly. First, it wouldn't record exercise when you pushed the side button. Was told for weeks that this was a known issue and the programmers were working on it. Now, I can't sync my Charge HR and the time is incorrect. Again, they are saying that this is a known problem and programmers are working on a fix. I am in the process of trying to get a refund so that I can purchase a tracker that works. 

  • heyabbott says:

    What are your thoughts on the Samsung Gear fit?

  • gwtp says:

    Warning: do not buy the jawbone UP3/4.

    I have had two of these devices now and both have had hardware failure. I requested a refund after the 2nd one failed and they refused. 

  • mac2320 says:

    I have had a FitBit Surge for around 3 months now and can honestly say that it has worked without fault. Battery life lasts for around a week with everything working, also all apps seem to be pretty accurate to what I have been doing. I've fortunately not seen any type of rash that has been mentioned in previous posts.

    The Dash board does seem a little slow to load on occasions, however put that down to the areas I was and poor internet connections, due to this I tend to link it with my iPhone 6 and they work fine together. Within the dash board I did actually begin to try and input my daily intake also, but gave up on this as was taking to long and I have no patience, however can state that the dashboard is simple to work out, as well as this you can link to groups online and try and beat each other!!.

    The one issue I have found with the Fit Bit Surge, and probably the same as the rest of these devices is that they are addictive!!, every day I go out and try to beat my previous days achievements, it has got to the point where my wife has now told me to screw the nut and stop being a Dick!!!

  • Gman13 says:

    FFS just train, mass consumerism in action now wonder the planet is in a mess.Run, swim,hit the gym and listen to your body for feedback.

  • q8wii says:

    • Thank you 
  • drtwocents says:

    ((I had posted this previously, but I think it may get lost where I posted it, since I can't find it now myself...))

     I have the Fitbit Charge HR and am really unhappy with it. If it worked as it is supposed to, I think it would be among the best trackers out there. The biggest pro I can see is that the app is exceedingly user friendly. However, many users report cracks in the side, enough to tell me that it's a design flaw. I've seen it on two of my friend's so far, and my daughter's side knob fell off. Fitbit did replace hers, but the others were merely offered a discount on purchasing a new one, regardless of how long they had their Fitbit. I was really looking forward to purchasing the Fitbit Blaze when it came out but my current Charge HR stopped working reliably almost two weeks ago and dealing with Fitbit has been a nightmare, enough to turn me off the company altogether. That leaves me looking at an Apple watch, which I would rather not even though I am definitely an Apple/Mac user, or the Garmin. Does anyone have experience with either of those versus the Charge HR? I was interested in the Blaze because of the added benefits of the touch screen and workouts on the device.

  • Soconfused says:

    Im sooo confused after reading all these comments. I use the miCoach Smartrun and love it. Had it for three years and not a single issue. It has GPS, HR, mp3 and does everything I need. The Discovery Vitality group in SA is now parting ways with Adidas and I can no longer submit my training results to my medical aid company so need to find a different solution. I have to choose between Garmin, Fitbit, Jawbone, Polar or Samsung S Health. After reading all this, I dont want any of these....oh what to do...?

  • fishstick says:

    why does this lady look like a nipple

  • kwalk12 says:

    What does anyone know about the apple watches...yes I know they are expensive but I have all apple products and I like them and I am used to them.  Other than price, two friends have them that I know and really like I am just curious if anyone has other opinions on this as far as comfort, reliability, and accuracy for the fitness apps

  • nweakley2 says:

    I hope the author of this article is a "Community" fan... the rating for the Microsoft Band 2 almost made me fall off my chair. And if you have to ask, then you're streets behind.

    Also, great article, very helpful :)

  • jzak says:

    what is the best fitness band overall?

    I am looking for heart rate and sleep tracking. No budget

  • tsalyards says:

    I'd never recommend a Fitbit HR.  I've had mine for only 1.5 months and the display has already broken in the corner because they designed a WATCH with all of these fragile, hard plastic corners.  They refused to honor the warranty due to my "neglect" which was really just normal use.  The hard angles on the Fitbit HR are a design flaw.  They are fragile!  Look elsewhere.

  • joeandmelissav3 says:

    Hey! :) So, I needed to know if anybody can help me out with figuring out which fitness tracker would is best suited to monitor calories burned by using an elliptical? I am really interested in finding a fitness tracker, and I would need one that could accurately calculate how many calories I burn when I workout on my elliptical. 

    Just so you can better understand why I need this, here is a little bit about my background. I've always been an avid athlete, and have always had a passion for working out and staying fit. Back in 2006 however, I was in a very bad car accident, and I sustained some very bad injuries, including 3rd degree burns on my left foot, right leg, and a traumatic brain injury. With respect to all of that, I have not been able to run as a primary source of exercise like I used to due to the 3rd degree burn I sustained on my left foot and right leg. When I try to run for an extended period of time, my left foot will give out on me in conjunction with where it turns inward toward my right leg (which is also a result of the accident), and ultimately I end up tripping over it. I still count my blessings everyday though, because all of the doctors said that I wasn't even going to survive, so to have a few impairments to live with is a minor inconvenience with respect to the bigger blessing of it all in my opinion. Therefore, the elliptical is a fantastic alternative for me since I do not have to actually lift my feet while exercising. 

    Lastly, and once again, the aforementioned is why I would sincerely appreciate it if anyone could help me to figure out which fitness tracker would be the best option for me to use in order to calculate the calories I burn on the elliptical, my sleep quality and patterns, and my heart rate. Thank you very much in advance to anyone who responds to this! God bless.

  • Zink88 says:

    just need a fitnesss tracker with GPS on the cheap(Already own a fitbit charge hr)....I'm leaning towards a polar m400..The review for the Garmin Forerunner 15 says it doesn't sync up with the Garmin connect smartphone app....Any advice??

  • mashaben says:

    Hi, thanks for the great review. I've been using Jawbone for years now and currently have their Up2, which I love. But I started looking for something..not advanced and accurate..I guess. I got more into strength training and both Jawbone's Up app and MyfitnessPal don't give any accurate calorie burn information. In up you can't even add how heave were weights that I've used and how many reps I did. So I was wondering if you can recommend me something. I've read about Polar today, can you say something about them? Also I am definitely more in simplicity (like UP2) and in no need of something huge and with hd screens :) thanks a lot. Masha

  • cycling says:

    What's the best one for simplicity that includes monitoring distance traveled on a bicycle?

  • Annyq says:

    The Misfit Flash is not waterproof! I purchased it because the research I had done said it was. As a swim & water aerobics instructor I needed something to wear in the pool. It kept getting water in in and shorting out. I had it replaced 3 times and then Misfit told me it wasn't really made for swimming and that I would need to upgrade to the Shine (& that no they would not give me a discount or credit towards that) if I really wanted a truely waterproof one. I was extremely disappointed and went and purchased a Basis Peak instead and have been very happy with that.

  • Shaelee says:

    Hi there, 

    Just wanting a recommendation. 

    Looking for a fitness band that has accurate sleeping and steps as well. Not overly athletic but still want to keep a track. Any extra features are a plus. 


  • MissFit says:

    Does anyone know the SAR on these? Not sure it's a smart idea to wear something that tracks my fitness but gives me cancer at the same time! The smaller the device, the higher the radiation. Also, SAR levels are performed on larger than average people, so I look for very low SAR since I am in the smaller range. Thanks.

  • fbait says:

    I'm amazed at how few fitness trackers are fully waterproof.  For a device that you're supposed to wear constantly, I don't understand why so many aren't.

    I spend a lot of time on a beach, on a boat or near a pool and for me, if it isn't fully waterproof, its a non-starter. I don't care how many features you pack into it.  Garmin has figured it out as well as Basis and others.  Fitbit - Are you listening?  If it isn't waterproof, its a non-starter.

  • forestbird says:

    Hey, I feel completely lost in the jungle after reading and re-reading all the reviews :( I am not running / cycling / swimming but need to pick the right activity tracker for 24/7 heart rate monitoring, calories counting, step & sleep tracking. No need to be waterproof or have GPS, used for running. I want something more suitable for pilates / yoga / walking and would be grateful for your advise and suggestion.

  • j.stables says:

    Fitbit Charge HR/Fitbit Blaze/Jawbone UP3.

  • Daveyjay1984 says:

    I'm still struggling with the fact that with all these years of development, fitbit still can't make a waterproof tracker. I love almost everything about the blaze but I do a lot of surfing, kitesurfing and backcountry trips with occasional deep water crossings (short swims). My basis peak is excellent but I would love some of the fitbit features that are missing from it.

  • Tgr says:

    I'm still confused which tracker to get that's more accurate- I got Fitbit blaze but I feel it's totally wrong and the heart rate is off when I'm doing intense workouts- the calories too! I want heart rate- sleep and multiple fitness tracking- I'm doing lots of different intense classes and want to track it all- what's the best one? 

  • matmojo says:

    MiBand the best.

  • matmojo says:

    Xiaomi Mi Band/ Pulse the best...

  • VikiBennett says:

    Is there a device out there that measures more data to get a better view of overall health, not just fitness? I'm thinking blood pressure, oxygen levels, that sort of thing?

  • tri-mii says:

    I want something waterproof, that holds a multi day charge.  I also want it to have inductive charging so I don't need to plug it into anything.  Swimming, cycling, running, sleeping, heart rate, everything except check my prostate. 

  • Mitzi says:


    Since I have a dumb phone which of these trackers would be the best useing a computer.

    Thank You


  • vicle says:

    Outdated since new Vivoactive HR is not included!

  • Magda says:

    hi, i'm after a bit of advice. I'm a fitness tracker newbie. i want something that has heart monitor, sleep activity too, i can use it when i go running, hiking and swimming (i only spend about 30 mints in the poole at 1 given time and i do not dive). oh, and it must be within £60-80 range! a lot of comments here from users very helpful (well, mainly making me realise a lot of the trackers designs are poore and they don't sit in their "bands" as well as they should) but i am hoping ppl can recommend something specific for me. thanks in advance! 

  • Melii says:

    Which products is the most accurate for calories burned?

  • Nina says:

    Of the products you reviewed, which truly are latex free bands?

  • junkisjunk says:

    The FitBit Flex is worthless, poorly made technology  In the last 30 days I have had two FitBit Flex's die. The company is more than happy to send another, but really junk is junk. This product simply does not work consistently. I have been using a FitBit Flex for more than three years. In the last year, I have had four die on me. My cut...the quality has gone out the window. The customer service in the Philippines can offer two things: a replacement or a 25% discount for another product. There are good alternatives now. Skip the aggravation and go with an alternative product.

  • Ekeppeler says:

    I am looking for a tracker that is:

    1. Accurate(in steps, calories burned, etc)

    2. Can be used as a watch as well

    3. Isn't super expensive

    Any suggestions?

  • Jeanine48 says:

    Anyone ever heard of the SmartFit by Vista?  I got an email and they are on sale for $30 - but, I can't find it on any comparison sites?

  • JimboH says:

    I find it odd that you recommend the fitbit blaze as the overall best choice when the review you gave said it was only average as a wearable. Poor heart rate tracking, not intelligent software interaction, poor built in work outs. From recollection, the positives were slim design and battery life. Recommend for beginners..?

    • randomjoe says:

      @JimboH Wareable is tricky like that sometimes, but they're actually pretty consistent.  They rate the Blaze as the best choice for *fitness* tracker.  Some of the things that the Blaze gets dinged for are things they would look for in a smartwatch (e.g., notifications).  I think what the Blaze has going for it is doing an 'above average' job across multiple categories -- even if it's not killing it in any.  Heart rate tracking is on par with others (same as most that offer, worse than the best); fitstar is mediocre (better than most, since it doesn't exist in most, but worse than the best); etc.  In other areas, design is not bad (better than many, worse than the best), battery life is pretty solid (better than many, given features), continuous HR monitoring (better than many), ecosystem is user-friendly (better than most).  GPS exists (better than most) but requires a phone (worse than the best).  It's a decent recommendation for beginners, since it gives you a little of everything and at a level that's generally good enough.  Cost is reasonable for what you get.

      If you have specific needs, there are trackers that work better (e.g., swimming, need a lot of GPS tracking, want more sophisticated notifications).  Ultimately, I think browsing their different reviews and picking which one is best for you would be the thing to do.  But as a generic recommendation, Blaze seems not too bad.

  • vicle says:

    How come the new Garmin Vivoactive HR is being ignored by this site? No review since it came out. For more this is the real winner! 

  • crt534 says:

    My mom wants a tracker to wear on her arm. Problem, she doesn't use any smart phone or computer. Is there any that read directly on the watch? 

  • Rlbock67 says:

    learned I need to take my fitbit Alta back due to my top activity is swimming and want a heart monitor. Design and changeable bands are not enough to meet my needs. Lol. Thanks for all the great comments and info. Love your indeother review. Will share with friends. 

  • amorty says:

    what what you recommend to have for gym use lifting weights and doing sprints ?

  • VitaminCeCe says:

    Up3 is now only $66 on Amazon

  • Herbieruth says:

    The misfit flash is definitely not swim proof. In fact I bought it primarily because this article said I could swim with it and after it died in the pool the tech support people at misfit informed me that it was not designed for swimming.  I did like it thought.  I will just have to upgrade to a shine which can track swimming.

  • amyddd says:

    Does anyone know if something exists that can be clipped on in the day to measure steps and then can be worn as a watch at night for sleep and also as a heart rate monitor? I think the misfit shine would be good, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't work as a heart rate monitor? Does anyone know how it works as a watch?

  • dav says:

    What is a good tracker for counting calories? I do alot of walking everyday and interested in ease of use, durability, calorie counting, step tracker.

  • Cherie says:

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and want to get a fitness tracker.  I want it to have a nice, easy-to-read screen and to be able to connect to my phone.  Most important to me is one that I can challenge my family members in steps, etc... can you recommend one?

  • abootsma says:

    I am looking for a activity tracker that suits for elderly people.
    just counting steps will do.

    the person should be able to see their progress during the day, without having a smartphone,
    and furthermore, the supporter/coach/therapist should be able to read the week-month summaries for more than 20 persons.

    Can you help me out?

  • MikeBlueRealtor says:

    Fit Bit is garbage...I have the Surge$249 Rubber watch.....the features have never worked, the unit has been replaced 4 times for "firmware" or other issues. And the companies response to a 5 month old Rubber watch is "pay for the return of your item, and we will see if it is covered."

    SO for that kind of money don't waste it on a product that has been know for issues, functions that don;t work , and issues that they ignore yet are referenced by hundreds of users.

    To add to this now our fit bit surge has started to just power itself off, 3 times last 2 days.......fitbit is a catchy name, but a horrible quality product. 

  • Undecided says:

    I recently gave up my Basis Peak due to their recall.  I loved the watch/tracker and never had any issue with it, but I started to have reservations about charging it, so I returned it for a full refund.  Now I am trying to determine what to get.  I liked the Basis because it looked like a watch and not just a band.  I am bouncing between the Fitbit Blaze and the Garmin Vivoactive HR.  Any suggestions or thoughts?

  • ConnieS says:

    Dreem headband should be included there!

    Here is the Sleep quiz they made:

  • THOJ says:


    I bought a Garmin Vivofit2 on Sunday and have set it up Sunday night and worn it since. i am going to take it back tomorrow as i am not happy with it. it is nowhere near accurate and was adding steps when i was driving to work (some 2081 steps!) 

    Can anyone recommend a fitness tracker that is accurate please.????

    Thank you

    J x

  • GoDsHades says:

    up3 is now about 70$, does it is the best under 100$

  • TheSagittarius says:

    up3 is now ~ 70$, does it be the best under 100$

  • lucy51h says:

    I have a pacemaker would I be better without the heart monitor?

  • lorenamm says:

    Hello, which one do you recommend if my common excersice is swimming, misfit shine 2?. I would also like to have heart rate tracker and sleep tracker. 

  • Nielsen_Thomas says:

    here you can buy the latest smart watches

  • THSSFC says:

    Which of these wearable trackers are waterproof?

  • THSSFC says:

    Which of these trackers are waterproof for wear in a pool?

  • mellochacha says:

    Help me! Im currently using Xiaomi Mi Band Pulse. Its a great fitness tracker - for walking/running only. Can anyone give me suggestions on which tracker should I purchase for zumba/aerobic/dance workouts? Thank you.

  • elfbab says:

    Fitbit sucks. Stopped working after 8 months and they sent me a new charger which lasted for about 6 months. They then sent another charger which lasted for a week.

  • lucya says:

    I am looking to buy a fitness tracker for my husband. Ideally I would like a tracker with a heart rate monitor. His main sports are cycling, running and swimming so I need somthing that will track these and are waterproof. 

    Any suggestions for what is best?

    Thanks in advance

  • fitwit says:

    I am new to fitness tracking. I am in my late 40's and want to track steps mainly and my boyfriend is in early 50's just diagnosed with blockage to his arteries and family history of heart conditions so I would like something with HR monitor for him. We lift weights for toning and some cardio on treadmill. We are both monitoring calorie intake and steps on myfitnesspal, but I usually wear dresses so it is inconvenient to carry my phone around the office to track my steps. Not going to be a die hard fanatic, but want reasonably accurate, dependable information and a durable device. Also I am not tech savy (he is) so I do not want something difficult for me. Tracking sleep would be nice but not a decision making point for me. He plays golf and has a garmin for golfing already. (S2 I think) but i have no clue what it does.  I am a single mom so expense is a concern. I want to buy his for his birthday present. I have read all of the reviews posted and am more confused and concerned with making the right decision. Thank you for any advice and/or help! 

  • MalloryKnox says:

    I would love to see something that does Not require the use of data in any way. I don't need all these bells and whistles. Steps, distance, calories. BOOM. That's it. I have an excellent pedometer and it have proven over and over again to be more accurate than any fitness tracker. I hate to think that someday this thing will finally give out and I will be left with no options. 

  • lokeshkumar says:

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  • Noob says:

    how much will it cost to build a fitness tracker prototype

  • Noob says:

    what will it cost to build a fitness tracker prototype?

  • soumen4u says:

    Hi Guys, 

    I am afraid i don't have any good news regarding Fitbit Charge HR. I used it for last 4 months and suddenly few days back it got blank for no reason. I tried several options but couldn't replace it. Finally called the customer care and they are sending a replacement. 

    I am now seriously looking for a watch/tracker with GPS enabled , Heart rate monitor....

    I am seriously considering Garmin for it. The Forerunner 35 which was launched recently looks good. I am thinking whether to go for Forerunner 35 or Vivo Active HR. 

    I would appreciate any comments

    Thanks in advance

  • MissBehavin says:

    I've had three (3!) defective FitBit Charge HR's since Christmas. They keep sending me replacement ones although this time they were quite bold in suggesting it was my fault by either swimming with it on (nope!) or charging it for more that 1-2 hours ("it would get too hot" he said!?). So they offered me a 25% off coupon towards another FitBit product. As if I would give them another dime of my money, since they can't get me a product that lasts a year for the $200 I spent in December. Of course each replacement doesn't come with a new one year warranty. So if this one peels on Dec 26th I'm out of luck.
    Not FitBit, ever again.

  • paullie says:

    I need to share this disappointing news and now that I've read through comments, i see I am not the only one disappointed. I'm an educator. I also work with my school staff to promote the use of our Humana Vitality health program. So, long in short I did a silly thing. I ran right out and purchased a Fitbit, because it seemed to be the device of choice. Normally I do a thorough investigation before making a quality purchase. Last July 2015 my husband purchased me a HR Charge as a back to school gift. Nice! I have loved it. Taken the exact care recommended and tried to not over tighten the band. I promoted it to my staff. Two weeks ago the band began breaking away from the device inside. I contacted Fitbit with one simple question. How or whom do I send this to in order to get it fixed? I got an immediate response, but had to answer questions that can clearly be answered via my personal app page. I did that. Three times. No answers on how to get it fixed. Finally I got a reply saying,"Your Fitbit device was registered on July of 2015. Therefore, your one year warranty has run out". No kidding. Okay, so my question is "how do I get his $150 device fixed?" 

    The reply was, "Fitbit will give you a one time 25% discount on any new device you purchase directly from our site". My reply, "What a racket! What you are telling me is there is no way for you to fix these bands. You know that consumers are going to be forced to purchase a new device every year." "You haven't fixed the issues". Is Fitbit is counting on their customers to be so hooked on their product that they will keep spending $150 every year? People think about how many people you know that have gone through three of these devices since they came out a few years ago, because they fell apart. I don't care how spiffy, cool their app is or haow great the marketing is.....if it's defective, it's defective. 

    The silliest part of my story is once mine fell apart, I started asking around about other's bands. Every single teacher that had a Fitbit had experienced the same exact issues. One guy was on his third in two years. Not me. I can't afford that nonsense on teacher's pay.

    I hope this long story helps just one person to think twice about purchasing a Fitbit device.

    • timarmstrong says:

      They just sent me an Alta after I pitched a huge fit.  Been through two bands in 21 months, and took meticulous care of them.  The first one broke at within 10 months and was replaced free of charge by Fitbit. The second one broke in 11 months after meticulous care. I was told the replacement was not under warranty and offered a 25% discount on another Fitbit product. I asked to speak to a manager and, after a lengthy discussion, eventually got him to agree to send me a new one. Unfortunately, the only color Charge available in my size was the purple one. He said he would send a black Alta instead. When it arrived, it looked like a ladies bracelet, so I called back to ask if I could swap it for a Charge2 and pay the difference. I had to go up a couple more levels and was told they would have to call me back. I'm sure I'll never hear from them again, but they will not hear from me again either. I am not going to spend my money on a product that the company expects to fail within a year, and will not back the replacement. Looking at selling this Alta while it is unopened and purchasing a Garmin of some sort.

      Tim A.

  • mareehcb says:

    Hi, I would like to ask a fitness tracker reviewer what product they would recommend for me. (I want the product to have an accurate step monitor/counter, and accurate sleep monitor with more than just graphs to show asleep and awake but also showing deep sleep and an accurate heart rate monitor (maybe with the ability to link into a chest strap). The rest of the stuff fitness trackers do I'm not interested in. 

  • JDonk says:

    Avoid fitbit! I bought a fitbit charge for my wife at dick smith. The first one did not work straight out of the box, would not charge at all. Dick smith replaced immediately, same day as purchase. A few months later the new one stopped charging. Again, Dick Smith replaced with a brand new item. Now, 9 months later, this 3rd fitbit charge will not charge, the battery will not charge. 

    Subsequently, Dick Smith has closed down in my area so I can not return for a refund. 

    I contacted Fitbit, who are saying the original purchase is out of warranty but they will replace with the same model, but will not refund. They don't have enough faith in their own product to give a warranty on the brand new replacement fitbit charge thats only 9 months old!! I asked if the replacement they are willing to send will have a warranty but they didi not reply.

    They also will not allow me to pay the difference to upgrade to a better model!!

    Well, if you ask me thats pretty poor, they should write a book on how to lose customers because thats what they've done in this situation. Not only me but everyone I know I tell how bad the product is and the lack of faith they have in their product. I strongly recommend buying a more reputable brand. 

    Fitbit is a waste of money and you will more than likely be disappointed.

    • timarmstrong says:

      No, the replacement will not be under warranty. I've had two Fitbit Charges in the last 21 months. Both bands broke. The first one broke at within 10 months and was replaced free of charge by Fitbit. The second one broke in 11 months after meticulous care. I was told the replacement was not under warranty and offered a 25% discount on another Fitbit product. I asked to speak to a manager and, after a lengthy discussion, eventually got him to agree to send me a new one. Unfortunately, the only color Charge available in my size was the purple one. He said he would send a black Alta instead. When it arrived, it looked like a ladies bracelet, so I called back to ask if I could swap it for a Charge2 and pay the difference. I had to go up a couple more levels and was told they would have to call me back. I'm sure I'll never hear from them again, but they will not hear from me again either. I am not going to spend my money on a product that the company expects to fail within a year, and will not back the replacement. Looking at selling this Alta while it is unopened and purchasing a Garmin of some sort.

      Tim A.

  • kristinaswenson says:

    Is there a fitness tracker that is manufactured in the USA?

  • akak says:

    I am looking to get into Wearables. I bought a Forerunner 225 few days back, and I like it. My biggest issue is that I had a crazy calorie count on one day, something like 36,000 calories reported, now there is no way to delete that day and start fresh. I tried to delete the entire account, but their web site says you can not delete an account, the best you can do is to delete personal information and let the account be idle. That is really dumb, you can not delete an account? Sounds like Garmin is still in the 1990s when it comes to Account Management tools.

    So this brings me to my ask. Which of the companies, clearly Garmin is not one of them, have software and history management where things can be added/adjusted/deleted manually? Do any of the brands allow full control to change past steps, calories, distance, time and do they allow you to delete your profile and start fresh? We all know we start diets and exercise regimens every Monday, at least I do, it would be nice to be able to delete all past histories and start fresh. Which app and company allows to do this? I want to be able to do this when I dont feel like looking at the past, or if the data is wrong or missing. This will enable me to stop using the watch for some period of time when I am bored and start using it again when I am into health mode.

    If you dont have experience with the different brands, please advise what your experience is with your own brand/app, and we can compare notes.

  • SaraT says:


    Jawbone batteries are faulty and can explode after some time of use!!! I gave a Jawbone Up3 to my daughter as a present and that battery one day just exploded and made her bad injuries on the wrist, she is only 16 years old.

  • aelizarov says:

    Is there one tracker you could recommend that would work well for tennis players. I spend 3-5 hours a week on a tennis court and would like really like to measure steps, calories burned, etc while playing. Fitbit Alta doesn't seem to do the job. Please advise. Thank you in advance. 

  • Gnic says:

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  • amee says:

    Thanks for your article Wareable. Having started my journey to become healthier, I was a bit reluctant to get myself a fitbit, but managed to get a great discount at over here in Sri Lanka. Glad that I did as a general fitness tracker worked perfect for my first experience!

  • Bbb says:

    Does anyone know what shoes the misfit shine is clipped to in that picture? I love them!

  • Sash says:

    I cannot recommend the fitbit tracker.Once the band is broken you cannot replace it and need to buy a new one. That is in a world with a shortage of ressouces a no go. We should start shitstorm on a company like that. 

  • Fitty25 says:

    I'm looking for more reviews and experiences on the Misfit Ray fitness tracker. I love the simplicity of it and all the bands you can buy/replace with. Ive been an avid Fitbit user, but I've now been through 3 fitbits due to the bands bubbling and coming apart. Fitbit decided to change their glue, and this is the result.. I don't want to take my chances and purchase another Fitbit. 

  • ibraheemexotic says:

    the gear fit 2 is the best one out of all these.the fitbits have display with really low resolutions.

    • nikoszog says:

      I have read some views about the Samsung gear fit 2 and haven't right indiactions. 

  • nikoszog says:

    good afternoon from Greece. Have idea if xiaomi mi band 2 have compatibility with 's health samsung app ?

  • cb33 says:

    DO NOT BUY FITBIT.  I've had nothing but problems that came to an end when they pushed a firmware update that completely broke the device and they offer no resolution except to buy a new device.  #BoycottFitbit

  • khalid says:

    how can I fix the heart rate measuring ? I keep getting symbol of a wrench then -02

  • amoeba2315 says:

    hi I was wondering if there's any wearables that can track how high you jump or how fast you can run

    • m.sawh says:


            There's plenty of wearables out there that's great for running. The Moov Now for example is a good option. As far as monitoring jumps, you can take a look at Vert, which provides advanced jump metrics.

  • deehuffman68 says:

    I am looking fit monitor for Christmas present. And reading these comments makes me more confused as ever. Im looking for something easy to use at a reasonable price??

  • Schila says:

    The shoes on the picture where you have the Misfit Shine 2, any idea on the brand and model?  Love the shoes.

  • Schila says:

    The grey tennis shoes where you have the Misfit Shine 2, any idea on brand and model?

  • esme says:

    hi so i'm looking for a fitness tracker that i am also able to use for work as an EMT - like to take other peoples vitals... so the watch would need a seconds hand or timer as well it needs to be pretty durable. any ideas? thank you!

  • MrsOC8 says:

    Just trying to get some input on which tracker to use. I am between Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Fitbit Charge 2. 

    Important details about me: I have a Galaxy S7 and therefore SHealth. I plan to primarily and purposefully use the tracker for running. I am an athlete, but at this time only involved in running (outside, but maybe on a treadmill if I ever get one). 

    I am also a nurse so I will likely wear it to work to include this activity (walking for 12 straight hours) as part of my overall level of activity.

    What I like/am considering: 

    On the Fitbit I love that it (supposedly) has continuous heart rate monitoring including when not involved in an activity. Alternately, I have read the Samsung only checks your HR at random infrequent intervals and if it detects you (or you manually) start an activity. 

    On the Samsung I like the GPS and music features. I think the Fitbit looks nicer on me (a small lady), but the Samsung screen is phenomenal looking with color and clarity.

    Also as a side less important question, does anyone know if the Samsung "blue" is more like teal? I can't tell online and haven't seen it in person. Does it in any way look feminine?

    Any input to any of the above-mentioned questions/musings would be helpful and appreciated. Thanks!

    • Randomman123 says:

      Rading your comment, the Fit 2 suits you in my opinion, because all-time hear rate is kind of battery-draining, and cause you're Samsung, it adds another level of direct compatibility to your phone.

  • Randomman123 says:

    Honestly, I prefer the Charge 2 due to its easier-to-use app, compared to the cluttered mess of Garmin Connect.

    • MrsOC8 says:

      Thanks for your reply under my comment. Was this quoted one also to me?

  • Randomman123 says:

    Also BTW, what's all the hype about Charge HR. It's not even on here

  • brerlou says:

    I've been working in digital electronics since 1978, so I know that the electronics are reliable and good, (except for complaints about the tardiness of the Fitbit heart monitor, by the athletic elite.) My complaint however is not about the functionality of these devices, but about their wearability. If I am going to sleep in the blooming things, to make sure I'm getting enough deep sleep, which I'm not, shouldn't the monitor have a strap that I can wear 24/7 as I do with most modern watches. What's with the cheap impermeable, non breathing, plastic straps which don't allow the skin to breathe, causing it to begin to peel off after the first 24 hours or so.

    I had to stop wearing my Charge HR Fitbit device after the first week, although it cured me of a number of minor and not so minor symptoms which I attributed to aging, but which I discovered were due to my not getting enough restful sleep at night. Any time I get more than 5 or 6 hours of deep restful sleep, all the dizziness, lack of balance, blurry vision, usually disappear. Even some of the joint pains which 60+ old timers like myself have been told to expect and accept disappear. However the cheap plastic straps make wearing my monitor impractical, especially since the strap is NOT detachable so that I can upgrade it with a regular watch strap. That's a bummer!

  • bsoyka says:

    The Fitbit Charge 2 does NOT need a phone to track runs.  It CAN use the phone's GPS, but you can dismiss  the "Connect your phone" alert.

  • ruthierodriguez says:

    Never buy anything from Misfit Wearables.

    I am still waiting on someone to get back to me about the device I purchased weeks ago (way before Christmas) that does NOT work.

    Nobody is responding to emails anymore, because I asked for a refund.

    When they were responding they were NO help, they just sent me the same Google links I already tried.

    When I asked for a replacement, they sent more Google links for troubleshooting, that didn't work.

    So then when I asked for a REFUND, they asked if I wanted a replacement.

    When I told them NO, I want a refund because I don't want anything to do with their company because I am SICK of the run around, they stopped responding to emails altogether!

    There is NO phone number to call to get a hold of anyone.

    Then I found their FB page, and left a comment about it.

    They told me to message on Facebook... So, I did, and nobody is responding! Their page says they respond instantly. Well, not to me they dont!

    This company is a total JOKE.


    They do not care about their customers or their products. 

  • TLC says:

    The UP3 will break and they will not stand behind there product !

  • svl says:

    I owned a Microsoft Band 2 which was an excellent activity tracker smart watch. My battery quit working and I had to send it back to Microsoft. At this time Microsoft is no longer making them. I've not seen another activity tracker that has the nice band clasp. The type I previously had, had a rubber band and pegs to hold the band on broke after a few months. With the great accuracy and nice band and band clasp. Which activity trackers would be the closest to the Microsoft Band 2?

  • Becca says:

    I'm curious if anyone has info/reviews on Bellabeat's Leaf??? Seems like a pretty stylish piece- not much info on their website regarding how the technology actually works- or with what... just looking for some opinions out there- Thanks!!!

    • jek says:

      Becca, i am asking the same question...moreover, does the Bellabeat leaf connect to existing apps like dashboard DHS app which my fit bit used too....if you find out let us know! jk

  • Juan_Helo says:

    None of these  devices compare to the new Helo - Health and Lifestyle Oracle. Just check it out on

    Checks not only my heart beat but also blood pressure, makes an EKG, mood, sleep, energy, steps, soon to come sugar and alcohol level.

  • Question1234 says:

    can anyone tell me what a good fitness tracker is for kids and adults? I'm looking for something for my 10 year old and myself to use togerher and competitively. I'm hoping that there's something out there with a decent app that will be fun for him to use. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!! 

  • synergy1 says:

    Fitbit's software does not support me accessing their software if I'm using a VPN.  Before I buy again I need to know if that functionality exists and where.



  • rdlindg says:

    Don't know anything about these monitors. All I need is "step counting" and want it to be waterproof. Need suggestions on what brand/style would be adequate.

  • MicheleKayJones says:

    I need a tracker/watch that works for laps in the pool as well as counting steps.  I don't need GPS, but want something that really works with as long as possible battery life. Heart rate monitoring can be an option but not required.  What is your recommendation?

    • smile1220 says:

      I really love my ONVO fitness tracker, which helps me stay fit.I walk more because of the ONVO fitness tracker, and Obesity is far away from me. I've lost 2.5kg in one month just by pushing myself to walk at least 10K steps a day; no dieting, no gym.

  • Kkar says:

    What about Polar A360? 

    It seems to be also a good choice, have anybody comments or experience if comparing to those others?

  • davidbaskey says:

    How about a band which is not only a fitness tracker.....but a Health Monitoring device?

    There is a Band which captures real time the following: Blood Pressure ECG/EKG Breath Rate Heart Rate Distance covered, steps taken, calories burnt, sleep analysis (as existing in any other band in the world) Remote Monitoring [ This band helps one remotely track the vital stats of even the loved ones. Also, this sends notification to guardians incase any vitals go beyond normal level - life saving feature] Panic Button - This functionality helps send SOS message to loved ones and guardians incase of any danger or life threatening situation with GPS coordinates. Future updates that will be available on the same device will be

    Blood Sugar Blood Alcohol Blood Oxygen Body Temperature Mosquito Repellent With all these features, which are available in NO OTHER Band in the entire world, makes this the BAND OF THE FUTURE!!

    Do we have a taker??

  • markfleming says:

    Our top 11 best activity trackers for 2017 review will help you to plan your hectic daily life into a healthy day eventually. My fav fitness tracker Garmin Vivosmart HR+

  • PeteyD says:

    The best "Fitness Device" I have bought recently does not actually track anything. It was the FX-Sport VRX headphones [on the ear style]. They have an integtrated 8GB mp3 player [sound is great] and arrive preloaded with hundreds of workouts in all sorts of categories. I mean there are workouts for everything and lots of them. Even multi-week running programs. They also have real trainers on there [male and female] talking you through any workout you choose. You can still listen to your own music as the workout instructions play over your own tunes. No wires, no need for my phone and I am getting pushed by a real trainer. I have never trained better or harder.

  • scubababy907 says:

    I absolutely love my MOOV Now, and MOOV Sweat. I bought the Moov Now 2 pack so that I could do their cardio boxing coached workout and get feedback from both sides of my body. The heart rate monitor is accurate and comes along with a nice selection of HIIT workouts that are great for beginners through athletes, and it will track your heart rate during the regular workouts tracked by Moov. They have settings for treadmill runs, outdoor runs, and indoor and outdoor cycling. They're also WATERPROOF and fantastic in the pool! This is an incredible, comprehensive fitness app. It tracks your sleep and calories burned as well. The only thing it doesn't do is tell time, but who needs that?! :) Very reasonably priced. The batteries in the Moov Now last a while and are pretty easy to replace once you get the knack of getting the sensor open. The Sweat is rechargeable! Super convenient. 

    Check it out:

  • thebounder says:

    As a lot of folks here i really like the FITBIT bands ... but have had NOTHING but issues with them .... the fact that their customer service replaces them easily enough does not warrant my shelling out $150 a time for something that doesn't last 4 months .. the Garmin looks viable ... why o why o why don't APPLE make a simple wearable without all the fancy watch functions .. i would be there in a moment 

  • Floyd says:

    I'm 65 and retired, I have set a goal  for myself in January,  bot a fitbot flex and so far I've lost 33 pounds only 90 pounds to go. I'm thinking of up grading to the fit bit charge 2.But I started reading about the garmin voviomin (not sure of spelling) I'm not sure witch display application would work best I really like the fit bit app. I keep track of every thing good intake,water,steps calories etc. And have friends on fit bit. If I switch to garmin and I transfer all my information or lose it. 

  • Wolfattwilight says:

    Which tracker is best for heavy duty training and day to day? i work at an engineering company and have had bad luck when it comes to trackers, they always break or crack or gets damaged somehow. 

  • PornchaiChantha says:

    Wearables have become such a cultural norm that it seems as if people have them just to have them. I know heart-rate is important to know, but I really don't think half of people who purchase wearables did so for the heart-rate updates. 

    I think the development of wearables could have more influence on cultural norms, future of fashion then fitness and health. Thoughts?

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