Rec­om­mended fit­ness track­ers

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS - By Ji m McDan­nald

The $ 150 Fit­bit Charge HR of­fers the best com­bi­na­tion of fea­tures for the least amount of com­pro­mise.

The $ 150 Fit­bit Charge HR is the fit­ness tracker we’d rec­om­mend for most peo­ple. Ac­cord­ing to our tests — which in­cluded 60 hours of re­search and 10 days of real- world test­ing — the Charge HR is more ac­cu­rate at count­ing steps than most other wrist- worn track­ers, and it works seam­lessly with Fit­bit’s pop­u­lar so­cial ecosys­tem. It has con­tin­u­ous heart rate mon­i­tor­ing; au­to­mat­i­cally ac­ti­vated sleep track­ing with vi­brat­ing alarms; and a screen that uses OLED ( tech­nol- ogy that makes dis­plays brighter and its blacks deeper) with caller ID that is leg­i­ble in full day­light. And unique among track­ers in this price range, the Charge HR uses a strap mod­eled af­ter a tra­di­tional watch band, which means it won’t fall off ac­ci­den­tally. How we de­cided

We sur­veyed 602 Wire­cut­ter read­ers to de­ter­mine which fea­tures are the most im­por­tant. They told us they re­quired a wrist­band de­sign, a built- in screen, and the ca­pa­bil­ity to ac­cu­rately count steps and dis­tance. Though less im­por- tant fea­tures, we also con­sid­ered heart- rate mon­i­tor­ing and sleep track­ing. We tested the Fit­bit Charge, Fit­bit Charge HR, Garmin Vivofit, Garmin Vivos­mart, Ba­sis Peak, Jaw­bone UP24, Peb­ble Steel ( with Mis­fit app) and UP24.

We wore these wrist- based de­vices si­mul­ta­ne­ously and recorded ac­tiv­ity over f ive days. We also tested the wrist- based track­ers against the hip- mounted Withings Pulse O2 for ac­cu­racy, as clip- on mod­els tend to be more ac­cu­rate, be­fore test­ing each tracker in­di­vid­u­ally along with its ac­com­pa­ny­ing apps and/ or soft­ware. In clos­ing

The Fit­bit Charge HR of­fers the best com­bi­na­tion of fea­tures for the least amount of com­pro­mise. For $ 150, you get an ac­cu­rate, com­fort­able, and full- fea­tured ac­tiv­ity tracker, along with a stand­out app that’s sim­ple to use and mo­ti­vat­ing for get­ting vis­ual feed­back about your daily move­ment. This post was done in part­ner­ship with The Wire­cut­ter, a buyer’s guide to the best tech­nol­ogy. This guide may have been up­dated. To see the cur­rent rec­om­men­da­tion, please go to TheWire­cut­ter.com.

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