Recommended fitness trackers
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.