Fitness devices are an excellent tool for monitoring health and activity with little effort. The newest and best devices track your workouts, stress level, heart rate and many other metrics with pinpoint accuracy. Consider them to be an electronic finger regularly measuring the quality of sleep, vitals, step count and, often, more. Many smart bracelets are as aesthetically pleasing as traditional jewelry. With the emergence of so many wearable devices on the market, many of which are specifically focus on fitness.
The following is a list of best fitness devices over the past several years, none of which lean on the upper echelon scale of smartwatches. The below are simply the best fitness devices, not all-around best wearable. These include devices from household names like Fitbit, Garmin, and Samsung; as well as a lesser-known company called Moov. While each of the four options is extremely affordable, they have their own pros and cons, as well, as slightly different features that make them unique.
1 - Fitbit Charge 3
Available for around $120, the Charge 3 is more sophisticated than its predecessor, the Fitbit Charge 2. The device is more lightweight and looks better on the wrist than the Charge 2. The Charge 3 is the best all-around fitness tracker as it provides significant insight into the wearer's overall health. While it delivers a larger and clearer display than the other devices on this list, the screen is black and white. Also, there is no onboard GPS. However, it is waterproof, offers a full fitness suite which tracks a variety of metrics including heart rate. For those who enjoy the entire Fitbit experience, including notifications and the exceptional sleep tracking function, this is one of the company's best.
2 - Garmin Vivosmart 4
As one of the most accomplished devices on this list, the Garmin Vivosmart 4 does not target the serious athlete like various other Garmin products. Instead, it was created for those who wish to track the random bit of exercise while wearing an attractive band. With a larger screen than all other Garmin products, the Vivosmart 4 still boasts a battery that lasts around one-week depending on the usage. The device also features body battery which helps the user learn when is their best time to exercise based on their amount of energy. This is an excellent feature for those interested in general wellbeing as well as recovery as their miles start to clock up. The Garmin Vivosmart 4 is available for just under $100 making it a competitive option compared to the other devices on this list.
3 - Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
Featuring a beautiful 1.5-inch AMOLED display, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro looks amazing on the user's wrist due to its gorgeous design. With integrated GPS, the wearer can leave their phone at home while out for a jog and benefit from the high-end heart rate sensor that delivers some of the most precise readings available from a wristband device. The Fit 2 Pro also tracks your swimming while in the water. Coming in at $114, the number of fitness features makes this tracker well-worth the money for the avid jogger, swimmer or all-around athlete.
4 - Moov Now
Although a few years old, the Moov Now is still one of the best fitness devices available. With a price tag of under $60, the Moov Now still offers everything an avid fitness-goer needs as an everyday tracker. The best aspect of this device is the six-month-long battery life. Yep, you read that correctly, six months without a charge! This device is not only a device for step tracking but is also equipped with boxing and rep-based training, run coaching, swimming mode, and sleep monitoring functionality. While the device does not feature GPS or the other more complicated features, it is an amazing everyday tracker for a price most can afford.
5 - Fitbit Inspire HR
While this is not the most capable fitness tracker on the list, it has many functions and features for a price of under $100. Wearers will also benefit from access to all of Fitbit's top-notch services. The Inspire HR boasts a heart rate tracker, a more comfortable and slimmer design that does not feel heavy on the user's arm. The Inspire HR lacks swim tracking and Fitbit Pay integration which is understandable given the affordable price tag. The good news is, the device boasts a premium design with many tracked metrics, is waterproof and has a five-day battery life.