Whether you’re trying to get fit, you want to analyze your performance in-depth, or you’re just looking to keep tabs on your general health, there is a fitness tracker for you. For most people, the Fitbit Charge 3 is the best choice. It’s light and stylish, has plenty of stamina, and offers smartphone notifications alongside all the fitness tracking you need. It’s also very affordable. We can suggest a few different alternatives for anyone who doesn’t fancy the Fitbit, whether you’re after something with more features, something specialist, or something a bit cheaper.
Having worn, tested, and reviewed more than 100 different fitness bands & trackers in India at Digital Trends, we’re well qualified to tell you which are the best and these are the devices that really stood out for us. For a wider selection of recommended, full-featured wearables for the wrist, check out our picks for the best smartwatches.
Fitbit Versa Lite Edition
Hear me out: Yes, the Versa 2 came out this year and it’s Fitbit’s most attractive Versa yet, with useful features like an always-on display and onboard Alexa. But you still can’t quite go phone-free with it. If you’re going to carry your phone with you, you might as well save $40.
Right now, the Versa Lite is still the best fitness tracker for most people and at the best price. It works with both Android and Apple phones. It has an easy-to-use app that lets you communicate with Fitbit’s enormous user community and check their comprehensive sleep-tracking features, which Apple has yet to bake into Apple Health. And you still can’t beat the battery life.
Apple Watch Series 3
If you’ve been wondering if you should get an Apple Watch, take the plunge: Apple recently announced that they will begin selling the Series 3 for $199. If you have an iPhone, this is a killer price for a smartwatch that is still a perfectly capable fitness tracker. It has the Workout app and will let you close rings; it’s waterproof, so you can take it in the pool. However, it does have a two-year-old processor and won’t be able to detect your falls or take ECGs.
Fitbit Ace 2
Fitbit nailed it with its kid’s fitness tracker, the Ace 2. We strapped two of the fitness trackers on our kids, and the pair survived being dropped, stepped on, lost in the backyard for a week, and more. The tracker has a soft band that fits comfortably on a kid’s wrist and is adjustable to accommodate a variety of sizes. We had no problem fitting it on kids ranging from 5 to 11 years old. The band is available in either Night Sky and Neon Yellow or Watermelon Teal and is replaceable if it breaks or your child wants a different color. The Ace 2 also is waterproof up to 50 meters, a must-have feature for kids who like to jump into the pool, pond, or ocean.
The tracker has a kid-friendly interface that tracks steps, active minutes, and sleep. You can choose between a variety of different clock faces from a simple digital watch face to animated faces that change as the child reaches their fitness goal. The spaceship animation was a favorite among my kids. The watch has several data screens that show the daily step count and active minutes. These real-time stats allow kids to track how much they move during the day and see whether they are close to reaching their goals. At night, kids can get reminders to go to bed and see how long they slept each night.
The watch syncs to the companion Fitbit app, either using the parent’s device or the child’s mobile device. The dashboard is customized for kids with an easy-to-use interface that shows the child’s stats with little to no social features. Kids can view messages from parent-approved friends, but there is no tie-in to Facebook or any other social network. If the child has a phone, then the watch can be configured to receive messages from these trusted contacts.