Forget, for a moment, all of the advanced fitness tracking functionality that's available now, covering everything from heart rate to skin temperature — you just want something to count your steps, and count them well.
The trusty pedometer is the tool for the job and has been around for some time. You'll find plenty of different options out there to go walking with.
Essential reading: How to use your fitness tracker
To help you spend less time choosing and more time step-counting, we've picked out some of the best devices on sale at the moment, covering a variety of price points. Many of these devices offer a selection of extra features to take advantage of too.
Yamax Power Walker
The Yamax EX-510 Power Walker claims to be 98 to 99% reliable when counting your steps. Now, a lot of that is down to you inputting your own stride, like many of these other pedometers, but it's also down to Yamax's 11-step filter. So if you walk less than 11 steps and take a five second break with no motion, those 11 steps don't count. Basically, this allows the Power Walker to get rid of the potential mistakes and focus on your actual walking.
Striiv Smart Pedometer
Despite being upstaged by newer fitness trackers from the company, the Smart Pedometer is still one of the top pedometers on the market. Strive says advanced internal sensors help it avoid the 'fake' steps that other trackers pick up. While it'll give you solid step counts, the online dashboard no longer works. So you'll have to make due with a standalone pedometer, but if that's all you want, that's all you're getting here.
Jawbone UP Move
Of all the Jawbone, we'd say the Move is the most robust of the family of fitness trackers and is an excellent pedometer that won't sting your wallet. You can clip it on to clothes, a pocket or pretty much anywhere you like. It can track your sleep, too, and thanks to Jawbone's companion smartphone app you can review your step history, set targets for the future and get smart coaching advice.
You can't buy one directly from Jawbone anymore, but it's still knocking about on other online retailer sites if you're still interested.
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Omron Alvita Ultimate Pedometer
From Japanese healthcare giant Omron comes the Alvita, a pedometer that really keeps things simple. Thanks to its highly accurate 3D sensor, it's able to detect different walking speeds, from a brisk strut to a lazy amble, and you can use the special Action button to record unusual activity outside your daily routine. The gadget is also capable of showing daily averages, burned calories and more besides, and it's able to keep track of distance travelled.
Oregon Scientific PE320
Of the Oregon pedometers, the PE320 is the most straightforward. It measures distance walked, steps taken and shows the time, to boot - all for just a handful of your change. You can also set customized targets and store up to seven days of history on the device itself. Plus, you can adjust the step-counting sensitivity.
Ozeri 4x3 Motion
Ozeri claims that the triple-axis sensors built into its devices make them some of the most accurate pedometers on the market, and this model measures steps, distance, speed, calories and time in one compact unit you can place anywhere on your body. Like a professional athlete you can record your split and lap times as well as daily totals as you go. The clock, calendar and timer features add some extra functionality to the device as well.
Fitbit makes trackers in all shapes and sizes, but the straightforward Zip is perhaps the most appealing for pedometer fans (even if all its products count steps). The simple dongle can be clipped anywhere on your body to monitor steps taken, distance travelled and calories burned. It syncs data back to your phone and the Web wirelessly and offers personalised advice and tips for upping your fitness levels. You also get to pick from five different colours: charcoal, blue, white, lime and magenta.
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CSX Walking 3D Pedometer
The CSX Walking 3D Pedometer comes across as a good deal whichever way you look at it: not only do you get a device which tracks steps, distance and calories, you also get an 18-month warranty and a bundled ebook called Walk Yourself Fitter. The tri-axis walk sensor works from anywhere on your body, while the seven-day memory gives you instant feedback on your daily activity time and helps you keep track of your goals as you progress.
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