Best Fitness Trackers Buyers Guide – May 2017

While smartwatches are still somewhat struggling to gain mainstream adoption, the fitness tracker market is seemingly doing much better, with many consumers embracing the idea of streamlined, fitness-oriented wearables. Even if you're one of them, deciding on the right fitness tracker for you might prove to be more difficult than expected given the sheer volume of bands and brands to choose from, so refer to the list below for a quick look at the ten best fitness trackers currently available on the market.

Amazfit

If you're keen to jump into wearables but have never owned a fitness tracker before, Amazfit is one of the best products you can purchase. Due to its jewelry-like design, long battery life, intuitive user experience, and a competitive price point, this gadget is a great introductory point to smart wristbands that will be able to fulfill all of your basic fitness tracking needs.

Fitbit Charge 2

The Fitbit Charge 2 is a significant upgrade over its popular predecessor that provides its users with reliable fitness tracking capabilities, ergonomic design, lengthy battery life, and a large display panel that's easy on the eyes. If you're on the lookout for a versatile fitness band and standalone GPS functionality isn't on your list of must-have features, the Fitbit Charge 2 is an easy recommendation.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

The most expensive Mi Band Xiaomi released to date is still highly affordable in comparison to most other fitness trackers on the market while simultaneously providing its users with a wide variety of features that make it universally useful to consumers with an active lifestyle. Apart from that, the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 also boasts an extremely light build and great battery life, making it one of the best smart wristbands currently available on the market.

Fitbit Alta HR

The Fitbit Alta HR is one of the more curious fitness trackers on this list as Fitbit's recently released wearable puts a much larger focus on general health and sleeping patterns than features aimed at physical exercising. That isn't to say this device cannot serve as a reliable fitness tracker, just that it's the best choice for people who are looking to change their overall lifestyle more than they're interested in going on a two-hour run on a daily basis.

Samsung Gear Fit2

Samsung isn't the cheapest fitness tracker brand on the market, but the company's Gear Fit2 still offers great value for money. Everything from its attractive 1.5-inch Super AMOLED display and ergonomic design to a plethora of apps and comprehensive Android compatibility make this device a great purchase for demanding customers who are seeking a fitness tracker that can do just about anything.

Garmin Vivosmart HR+

 

The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is close to a year old now, but Garmin's connected band is still one of the best fitness trackers on the market. Designed specifically for avid runners, this smart wristband will provide you with a plethora of useful data and features that will help you exercise more efficiently while simultaneously acting as a capable smartwatch.

Amazfit Arc

If the bracelet-styled design of the regular Amazfit isn't your cup of tea but you're still looking for an affordable entry point to wearables, the Amazfit Arc will provide you with all of the capabilities of its predecessor in the form of a regular wristband. This capable and intuitive fitness tracker may not be the most premium option on the market, but it's certainly one of the most accessible ones.

Fitbit Flex 2

Yet another Fitbit-made wearable on this list is one of the company's most affordable ones ever but its low price tag still doesn't force you to make a lot of compromises. Boasting a lightweight, waterproof body coupled with intuitive controls, this fitness tracker is a great choice for people who are on the lookout for a simple connected wristband that's both reliable and convenient.

TomTom Spark 3

TomTom designed its latest offering specifically for runners and shipped a device with impressively accurate GPS and heart rate tracking capabilities. While not exactly the most lightweight fitness tracker on the market, the TomTom Spark 3 is one of the more intuitive ones available and will certainly appeal to all runners looking for a tool that will assist them in improving their daily routines.

Garmin Vivoactive HR

Saying that the Garmin Vivoactive HR is the best currently available fitness tracker would be subjective, but few can argue that this device isn't one of the most versatile connected wristbands that money can buy. The feature-packed wearable can not only serve as a reliable fitness companion but is even capable of replacing your smartwatch if you're only using it for notifications and simple tracking solutions. While Garmin's design may leave something to be desired, the Vivoactive HR is the best option for consumers who are exclusively interested in a device that's a jack of all trades.

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