The Best Fitness Tracker Showdown: Which One Should You Get?

Best Fitness Tracker

Best Fitness Tracker

Fitness trackers are everywhere these days, and with good reason too. In the past we had to rely on personal trainers that charged huge fees to stay motivated and get feedback on our activities. Nowadays we can get the same job done with just a sub-$200 device and its accompanying app. Today we’ll be comparing 5 of the best fitness trackers you can buy.

Fitbit Flex

Best Fitness Tracker

Best Fitness Tracker

The Fitbit Flex is one of the more known fitness trackers out there. It’s an incredibly simple device to look at and use. It tracks your body movements, sleep and calories. So it’s got you covered on the exercise part. The accompanying app is excellent at display activity data in a variety of different ways. The Flex can work on a single charge for around a week, and is fully water resistant, to the point of splashes and some submersion in a liquid. Don’t expect to go swimming with it though.

Pros:

  • Simple and easy-to-use
  • Can track your sleep
  • Robust companion app
  • Water-resistant

Cons:

  • 1 week battery life is a bit short
  • No display
  • Easy to lose (it’s very small)

Jawbone Up24

Best Fitness Tracker

Best Fitness Tracker

The Jawbone Up24 is an impressive fitness tracking system that is held back just because of the lack of an on-board display. Still, even that doesn’t stop us from recommending it. The Jawbone Up24 can record your sleep, steps and calories which it can then relay to your iOS device over Bluetooth. The accompanying tracker app is superbly designed and does more than just tell you your fitness stats. It will make suggestions when it feels that you’re lacking in an area. For example if you sleep less, the app will tell you that need to sleep more, as well as make suggestions through out the day about how you can stay fit.

Pros:

  • Great companion app
  • Precisely measures sleep data
  • Water and sweat resistant
  • Simple, minimalist looks
  • Light weight and comfortable

Cons:

  • No on-board display
  • 1 week battery life
  • You’ll need an iOS device

Withings Pulse

Best Fitness Tracker

Best Fitness Tracker

The Withings Pulse is a pedometer that can monitor your sleep as well as your heart rate. What’s different about this fitness tracker is that it includes a small OLED display that gives you real-time data of the activity you’re doing. This is a refreshing feature that’s missing on most fitness trackers these days. There are a few quirks however. The included wrist strap won’t really help it because it is not water or sweat resistant. And the accompanying app is a bit stale.

Pros:

  • OLED display
  • 2 week battery life
  • Cheap at $99
  • Excellent design

Cons:

  • Wrist band is badly finished
  • App does not make suggestions

Misfit Shine

Best Fitness Tracker

Best Fitness Tracker

The Misfit Shine is the most interesting fitness tracker out there. Why? Just look at it. It looks like something out of a sci fi movie. The design is very basic, and very minimalist, but very stylish as well. There’s no display, there aren’t even any buttons. You simply tap it and it will tell you the percentage of your preset goal you’ve achieved. It’s a bit confusing at first, as you can’t always tell which way is up. It is fully water-proof though, so you can swim with it and even shower with it. The pairing process to the app is a bit awkward as you have to literally place the device on your smartphone to initiate a connection. Over all, we’d say this is a good fitness tracker that has a dash of style.

Pros:

  • Sleek design
  • Water-resistant
  • 4 month battery life(really)

Cons:

  • Confusing to use
  • Very easy to lose
  • Closed app ecosystem

The Best – Fitbit Flex

The Fitbit Flex remains our favorite fitness tracker to date. It’s light and easy to use but has a sufficient amount of acitvity tracking features. The accompanying app is very useful as well and there’s a large number of fitness apps that support the device. The competitive pricing of just $99 is also very reasonable for such a widely supported device.