What are the Best Fitness Trackers to Buy in 2019?
In a world of gym rats, fitness freaks, and kale, it’s clear that health has increasingly become more and more important in people’s lives. Fitness tracking has always been around. Originally people would have used those unheard-of contraptions called a pen and paper. Now, however it’s all digitised and automated (thankfully), having been transformed into advanced devices which do all the work for us in a fraction of the time.
Wearable fitness trackers, usually worn around the wrist tracks your levels of activity for you, but it normally comes at a price. But what exactly are you getting for your money, and is it worth it? To make sure you’re not getting ripped off we’ve put together our list of top five fitness trackers of 2019.
Who are the heavyweights of the fitness tracker world? (let’s face it actually, we probably buy these to become less heavy!)
Garmin is a popular brand among fitness enthusiasts and its Vivoactive 3 is an absolute genius, especially if you’re one of those outdoorsy people. Plus, it has tonnes of other handy features for when you’re on the go! It’s on the expensive side at around £170/$200+, but, we can safely tell you, without question, it’s VERY worth the price tag (that’s why it’s triumphed at the top of this very list!)
☆ TITANS TOP PICK ☆
Product Name: Garmin Vivoactive 3
Product Description: Your sports and your purchases are a tap away with Garmin Vivoactive 3. This sporty smartwatch includes built-in GPS, more than 15 preloaded sports apps including yoga, cardio, strength training, running, swimming, golf and many more. The GPS allows you to track where you've been on your activities outside. Garmin Pay mobile payment solution lets you pay for purchases with your watch so you can leave your phone and wallet at home. When your compatible smartphone is nearby, but tucked away, stay connected with smart notifications and automatic uploads to the Garmin Connect online fitness community, where you can see your personalised data on cool graphs, compete in weekly challenges and connect with other fitness friends around the world. Wrist-based heart rate helps monitor your VO2 max and all-day stress. Garmin Vivoactive 3 features Side Swipe interface for quick access to widgets and lists. It's safe for swimming and has a battery life of up to 8 days.
- Features & Performance - 9.8/10 9.8/10
- Battery Life - 10/10 10/10
- Price - 9.2/10 9.2/10
- Looks / Design - 8.9/10 8.9/10
|Size||43.4 x 43.4 x 11.7 mm|
|Water rating||Swim, 5 ATM|
|Display||Sunlight-visible, 1.2” diameter|
|Battery||Up to 7 days in Smart Mode|
|Memory||7 timed activities, 14 days of tracking data|
- Fantastic battery life
- 24/7 Heart Monitoring
- Lightweight for the amount of tech, doesn’t intrude too much on the wrist
- Feature rich
- Create your own workouts, or choose from pre-loaded ones
- Not the prettiest wrist piece, but certainly no ugly duckling
- Can be construed as a little pricey, although, we believe this tech is worth the tag for people looking to invest in their fitness
THE WRITE UP
From playing to paying and measuring heart rate to keep tabs on your health levels, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 is the perfect all-round smart watch which can accurately track your activity. Pre-installed with tonnes of health-related apps, VO2 max and fitness age estimates, as well as all-day stress tracking and a relaxation-based breathing timer, this watch will really look after you – almost like a personal trainer and health professional strapped to your wrist.
This tracker is waterproof and the Garmin Chroma Display™ is easy to read even in dazzling sunlight making it the perfect tracker for any weather. Additionally. the watch is Garmin Pay ready and is built to receive smart notifications so it’s built to keep up with you and your life.
DESIGN & BATTERY
The Garmin Vivoactive 3 comes in 6 stunning(ish) designs, which resemble really classy, upmarket traditional watches. One could argue though that Garmin isn’t for everyones taste – so it’s really down to the person (I love it). You can personalise your display with thousands of free watch faces, apps, and widgets so you can create the perfect tracker for you. The Black with Stainless Hardware, and Blue Granite with Rose Gold Hardware also allows you to download up to 500 songs to listen to using Bluetooth headphones, whilst the remaining four designs do not allow for this (why? Not too sure).
You might look gross and sweaty when your running hell for leather around the local track, but at least your watch will look slick! Seemingly this was what HUAWEI was going for with this one, and why not? It might be advertised as ‘elegance on your wrist’, but is it just a pretty (watch) face? Let’s find out.
☆ TITAN 2 ☆
Product Name: HUAWEI TalkBand B5
Product Description: The Huawei Talk Band B5 Smart Band is a hybrid fitness tracker that serves as a Bluetooth headset and a health tracker. It is crafted to perfection and has a lightweight build so that you can wear it for long hours comfortably. This high-end smart band sports a 1.13inch AMOLED color touchscreen for ease of use. It easily transforms into a Bluetooth headset when you remove it from the strap. It is high on functionality and offers you a real and clear call environment, thanks to the HD Audio service, triple-core audio chipset, and the dual-mic noise-cancelling solution. Also, this Huawei B5 smart band measures the heart rate accurately for 24 hours in the day and analyses your sleep patterns in the night. It is designed to track and monitor your outdoor running, walking, and riding. All the more, this smart band runs on a 108mAh battery that lets you use it for long hours on a single charge.
- Features & Performance - 9.2/10 9.2/10
- Battery Life - 9/10 9/10
- Price - 9.4/10 9.4/10
- Looks / Design - 9.6/10 9.6/10
|Size||58.2x 23.3 x 12.9mm|
|Strap Material||Silicone/ Leather/ Metal|
|Water rating||IP57 (leather strap not waterproof)|
|Display||Full arc 2.5D glass, 1.13”|
- Looks stunning, great design
- Sleep tracker is very good
- Awesome calling quality
- Great overall features (although some are overkill)
- Water resistant, not fully waterproof.
- Battery life not amazing
THE WRITE UP
The HUAWEI TalkBand B5 is larger than the Garmin Vivoactive 3, but is actually lighter, meaning that the screen is larger and easier to use when you are on the move and it is comfier to wear! With a variety of colour options and high-quality materials, you can look great whilst you work it out! Let’s take a closer look.
DESIGN AND BATTERY
When you’re on the move, you don’t have time to be faffing about, which is why HUAWEI have made the screen 2.4x bigger than the previous generation, so it’s easier to use and interact with whilst exercising. The watch looks sleek, and the beautiful metal body is a great match for whichever strap you choose: silicone, metal, or leather. The 1.13” AMOLED screen boasts brilliant colour even in the brightest sunlight (although if you’re UK-based like me, the sun probably isn’t so much of an issue- you’d be better off checking how it fends for itself in the rain.)
Turns out you’ll be fine come rain or shine. The watch, all but the leather strap is waterproof, so those early morning, drizzly runs won’t be a problem.
Fitbit is probably the first thing that sprung to mind when you saw the phrase ‘Fitness Tracker’. Unquestionably, the company has made a great name for itself, and it has become the go to brand. It sits between £130-£170 depending on the design you choose, so it’s reasonably priced compared to some of your other options. Let’s take a closer peek at why this made our top Titan List..
☆ TITAN 3 ☆
Product Name: Fitbit Charge 3
Product Description: Get a deeper understanding of your body, your health and your progress with Fitbit Charge 3. This water resistant advanced fitness tracker does more than count steps-it tracks 24/7 heart rate, calorie burn, 15+ exercises, goal progress, sleep and more. Every day, you'll find valuable insights about your health that will empower you to take action, improve yourself and reach your goals.
- Features & Performance - 8.8/10 8.8/10
- Battery Life - 9.6/10 9.6/10
- Price - 9.1/10 9.1/10
- Looks / Design - 9.3/10 9.3/10
|Size||0.5x 1.1” (face), strap varies|
|Strap Material||Silicone, Polyester|
|Display||Black and White|
|Battery||Up to 7 days|
|Memory||7 days of minute-by-minute activity, 30 days of daily totals|
- Waterproof up to 50M
- Tonne of features
- Dramatically enhanced battery over the Charge 2
- Looks pretty slick in some colours, some others look rancid
- Heart rate monitoring
- Interface can be really annoying sometimes (fiddly)
- Limited apps
THE WRITE UP
Whilst some criticised the Charge 3 for not being all that different to the previous generation, why fix something that’s not broken. The features might be pretty similar, but there are some subtle differences that really refine the design and showcase Fitbit’s eye for detail.
DESIGN AND BATTERY
The Charge 3 loses the chunky design of the previous model, and introduces a display, set with resolution boost, that is 40% larger with a proper, fully functional touch screen. This is fundamental for ease of use whilst you’re on the go. The watch is thinner and lighter to wear too, which is a great bonus in terms of comfort. The model comes in 2 designs, with an additional two special edition designs which include bonus extras: a spare black classic band and Fitbit Pay ability. Even the special edition models come in cheaper than the Garmin and HUAWEI and considerably easier to find!
The Charge 2 previously offered up to 5 days of battery life depending on how much you used the features. This model takes it one step further, offering up to 7 days battery life. Obviously, the heavier the use, the lower the longevity. And you’d have to ignore most of its awesome features to manage to go 7 days without charging.
Big, bold and beautiful, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro looks and feels good to wear, but it’s more than just a pretty face. With tonnes of goodies and handy functions, it’s a great choice for fitness fanatics who don’t want to splash out on the very expensive Garmin models.
Product Name: Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro Product Description: See your activity, sleep, and workout stats in one dashboard and get insight into your health and fitness levels. Plan and track your routes with real-time maps and capture every run, ride, and walk. Eat smarter and achieve your health goals by keeping track of the calories you consume and burn With more than 3,000 apps and watch faces to choose from, including Spotify, you can customise your Gear Fit2 Pro to make it work for you The Specs Pros Cons
☆ TITAN 4 ☆
Size 51.3×25 mm Weight 35g Strap Material Sillicone Water rating 5 ATM Display Curved Super AMOLED, 1.5” Battery Typical Usage 3-4 days, GPS Usage 9hrs Memory RAM: 0.5GB, ROM: 4GB, Available: 2GB
Product Name: Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
Product Description: See your activity, sleep, and workout stats in one dashboard and get insight into your health and fitness levels. Plan and track your routes with real-time maps and capture every run, ride, and walk. Eat smarter and achieve your health goals by keeping track of the calories you consume and burn With more than 3,000 apps and watch faces to choose from, including Spotify, you can customise your Gear Fit2 Pro to make it work for you
THE WRITE UP
There haven’t been any hefty design changes from the Gear Fit 2, but a few subtle improvements really do make all the difference. Whilst not the cheapest at £179, it’s also not the most expensive, so if you want a high-end model, but not a ‘I need to re-mortgage me house’ level model, this could be a good compromise.
DESIGN AND BATTERY
The Samsung boasts a sleek, sexy design, available in both black and red. It was born to stand out. It looks great, and has a big beautiful AMOLED display which makes it super easy to see your stats and notifications at a quick glance. The watch will ride out for 3-4 days on typical usage, up to 5 days light usage, and 9hrs with GPS usage. As you can see, it doesn’t quite square up to the top 3 titans on the list, but looks wise can be a preference (also the display can be a great selling point for this one).
The Misfit Ray is a great, nifty little device, which is cheap but functional and it looks stunning (honestly, we can’t see what the bad reviews are about for the price!!!). It’s definitely a watch that is stupidly ignored by so many people. In fact, some customers who have tried some of the more expensive brands have actually openly stated that the Misfit Ray range is their favourite – and we’re no exception. Sure it’s no Garmin, but damn, for the money, it’s pretty damn neat! We haven’t even included a Budget Buy Titan in this article, as we believe this is not only in our top 5, but is the best budget buy also!
☆ TITAN 5 ☆
Product Name: Misfit Ray
Product Description: The Misfit Ray sleep and fitness tracker has a rather unique feature that most trackers on the market cannot and do not offer. This tracker does not need to be charged, instead, it uses replaceable batteries to give you a far better battery life than most. You will only need to change the batteries every couple of months which means there is no need to remove the tracker. The more you wear it the more data it can collect which will give you a much more accurate depiction of your daily activities.
- Features & Performance - 7/10 7/10
- Battery Life - 9.5/10 9.5/10
- Price - 9.5/10 9.5/10
- Looks / Design - 8.4/10 8.4/10
|Size||12x38mm (device only)|
|Weight||8g with battery|
|Strap Material||Sport or leather|
|Water rating||Water resistant up to 50m|
|Display||None, aluminium device|
|Battery||4 month (replaceable batteries)|
|Memory||Storage through the app|
- No big screens to scratch
- actually looks pretty damn nice and discreet
- VERY cheap
- No charging needed (battery replacement every 3 months)
- lacks features of its rivals
- Not the most accurate
THE WRITE UP
At under £50 (only £8.99 in their anniversary sale!!) this fitness tracker is the bees knees, and really it hasn’t even fallen too short on the tech side. It still has all the features you really need, it looks great, and it can still receive alert notifications. Basic but brilliant.
DESIGN AND BATTERY
The design comes in an astonishing 20 different colour combos, so you can really pick the one which suits you. The swim-proof, anodised aluminium cylinder with multicolour LED progress display means you can switch from running to swimming without worrying about damaging your watch.