There are so many fitness trackers out there, it can be hard to work out which one is right for you.
To help you out, we’ve researched and compared a few different kinds of fitness trackers…
Best for serious athletes
Garmin Fenix 3 HR
The Garmin Fenix 3 HR is a bit of a beast. You’ll certainly not be able to hide this one under your sleeves. But what it lacks in subtlety and discreetness, it makes up for in features, tech and usability.
Hefty in price as well as size, this is a fitness tracker for dedicated athletes, for whom the price will be more than justified considering what it’s capable of.
The Garmin Fenix 3 is able to track an astonishing number of sports: running, cycling, swimming, skiing, hiking, golf, rowing, hunting, fishing, the gym and even more.
It also has lots of other features, such as an accurate heart rate monitor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and even sunset times so you know when to head back from your evening run or pitch a tent if out hiking.
This watch is certainly not for the ‘average Joe’ just looking to try and be a bit more active. But, if fitness is something you’re passionate about and you take part in a number of sports, then the Garmin Fenix 3 HR is the fitness tracker for you.
Best for casual swimmers
Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer’s Edition
The downfall of a lot of popular fitness trackers are that they’re not waterproof. This means that for those wanting to track their swimming activity, these trackers aren’t of much use to them.
That’s where the Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer’s Edition is different – an affordable and effective fitness tracker for the casual swimmer.
You can track your lengths and laps in the pool and the coloured LEDs on the display allows you to track your progress towards your goal. You can also track walking, running, cycling, as well as light and deep sleep – making it a great all-rounder.
The Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer’s Edition offers a solution for those looking to improve their fitness with an affordable tracker, whose fitness routine also includes a dip in the pool!
Buy the Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer’s Edition
Best dedicated swimming tracker
There aren’t too many fitness trackers out there that are dedicated to swimming, but the Garmin swim is one of them.
It’s accurate and has the ability to track stroke-type, number of lengths, distance, total swimming time and calories burned.
It’s affordable and does what it promises – tracks your swimming activity. So if the main form of exercise you’re wanting to track is swimming, then you should take a look at the Garmin swim.
Read a review for the Garmin Swim
Best for style
The Misfit Ray is ideal for the style conscious.
It breaks away from the typical ‘watch face’ design of most other fitness trackers. Instead, a small cylinder is attached to a slim band; it resembles a bracelet more so than a watch. This means that for those who don’t want to abandon their timepieces, they can wear both a fitness tracker and their usual watch at the same time.
The colour scheme of rose gold and black also makes it truly stylish, and the simplicity of the design means that it’s versatile enough to wear to the gym, at the office or on a night out.
Looks aside, this fitness tracker is fit for purpose too. Misfit is known for its accuracy and as such it tracks your steps, distance walked, calories burned and sleep activity; often with a lot more accuracy than other activity trackers on the market.
It also tracks activities such as yoga, dance and cycling. Although it lacks a heart rate monitor, the Misfit Ray is waterproof which means you can also take it swimming, unlike many other popular fitness trackers.
The Misfit Ray is affordable and stylish, without scrimping on functionality. Don’t be fooled by its delicate looks, this fitness tracker can truly compete with its more rugged counterparts.
Best for versatility
Misfit Shine 2
The Misfit Shine 2 has very much all the same features as the Misfit Ray.
It’s waterproof, it tracks steps and distance (with an accuracy to rival GPS-enabled trackers) and tracks sleep activity. It also notifies you of mobile phone alerts and – like other Misfit trackers – it has a battery life that cannot be matched by most other fitness trackers on the market.
Where the Shine 2 is different is in its versatility. You can attach it to your shirt, waistband, pocket or shoes. This makes it ideal for those who want a fitness tracker that is more discreet, or for parents who want to track the steps they take whilst pushing a pram.
If you want a fitness tracker that doesn’t shout ‘I’m wearing a fitness tracker’, then the Misfit Shine 2 is the one for you.
Buy the Misfit Shine 2
Have you used any of the fitness trackers mentioned above? If so, let us know in the comments…