We admit we have a problem. Instead of, you know, exercising or playing sports, we sat at our computers for hours comparing every facet of the 27 fitness trackers on the market. But before diving into the rankings, here are the three most important things most people should keep in mind when choosing a fitness tracker:
What to Look For
1) Get Something that Feels Good and Looks Great
It doesn’t matter how many bells and whistles a fitness tracker has: comfort is more important than anything else. Consider spending a bit more if you find something elegant, simple, or especially comfortable. So before you buy a chest strap fitness tracker, think about whether you want to fee like you’ve got a corset on 5+ hours per day.
2) Automatic Syncing is Crucial
The last thing you want to do after a long day of exercise is fiddle with syncing options and settings. As such, we calculated an Ease of Syncing Score for every fitness tracker, then incorporated this score into our overall Smart Ratings. The best trackers will sync seamlessly, uploading your steps, calories burned, and other information without you lifting a finger, cord, or barbell.
3) Make Sure Your Tracker is Compatible with Your Device(s)
Before placing your order, confirm that your favorite tracker will sync with the device you want to use—usually, your phone. Many trackers work only with iOS and Android, while a few are designed exclusively for one or the other. If you’re planning to review your progress on a computer, you’ll want to check laptop compatibility as well.
Without further ado, here are the final scores: