garmin vivoactive 3 fitness tracker

Best Fitness Trackers 2019

(Last Updated On: February 10, 2019)

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!)


1TOP TITAN PICK – GARMIN VIVOACTIVE 3 

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 ☆
garmin vivoactive 3 fitness tracker

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.

Overall
9.5/10
9.5/10
  • 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

The Specs

Size 43.4 x 43.4 x 11.7 mm
Weight 43g
Strap Material Sillicone
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

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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).

The battery is impressive, really impressive. Lasting up to 7 days in smartwatch mode, up to 13 hours in GPS mode without music, and up to 5 hours in GPS and Music mode.
Bottom Line

The watch does what it needs to and more. You can monitor your fitness level with VO2 mac and fitness age estimates, as well as keep track of how you handle stress! So, when you’re about to explode at work, give the boss a flash of your watch and take 5. You can’t argue with the Garmin.

It really fits you and everything you want to do, suitable for all weather types, swimming and showering, you don’t have to worry about any kind of damage. It features a Slide Swipe interface, which makes for quick scrolling and navigation, vital when you’re on the move. It has fifteen preloaded sports apps, plus the ability for you to download and create your own workouts, so whether you prefer it all done for you, or whether you want to be a bit more creative, the functionality is all there!

Plus, it’s set up for Garmin Pay and to receive all smart notifications, so if you’re heading out on a run, you can leave your phone and wallet safe at home!

Titan Score:  9.5/10

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2TITAN 2 – HUAWEI TALKBAND B5

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 ☆
Fitness Tracker Huawei

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.

Overall
9.3/10
9.3/10
  • 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

The Specs

Size 58.2x 23.3 x 12.9mm
Weight 40g
Strap Material Silicone/ Leather/ Metal
Water rating IP57 (leather strap not waterproof)
Display Full arc 2.5D glass, 1.13”
Battery 3-3.5 days
Memory 512KB RAM

Pros

  • Looks stunning, great design
  • Sleep tracker is very good
  • Awesome calling quality
  • Great overall features (although some are overkill)

Cons

  • 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.

The battery life at first instant looks significantly poorer than the Garmin, with a 3-3.5-day average. However, this is because most of the features are pretty energy sapping, but worth it.
Bottom Line

The TalkBand never stops working. Whether it’s monitoring your stress levels at work, tracking your activity in one of four exercise modes, or even analysing your sleep patterns! That’s right, it doesn’t even power down when you do. Sleep is probably the most neglected aspect of health, so the fact that this piece of kit will collect data on this, really puts it head and shoulders above the rest.

From the four exercise modes, it’s probably plausible to conclude that this is a watch mainly designed for runners, rather than swimmers for example. The watch is protected from immersion in water, but not continued and complete submersion. Using Firstbeat calculations, the TalkBand B5 can construct the perfect running plan just for you and provide professional activity evaluations including scores, VO2 max levels, and recovery recommendations. So, if you’re one of those crazy people trying out for a marathon, this would be an ideal purchase!

Another handy little feature is the Phone Finder. If you’re one for misplacing your phone, this is great. As long as your phone is in Bluetooth range, the HUAWEI TalkBand B5 will trigger your phones ringer, even if it’s on silent! Brill!

Titan Score:  9.3/10

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3FITBIT CHARGE 3

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.

Overall
9.2/10
9.2/10
  • 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

The Specs

Size 0.5x 1.1” (face), strap varies
Weight 1.06ounces
Strap Material Silicone, Polyester
Water rating 50ATM
Display Black and White
Battery Up to 7 days
Memory 7 days of minute-by-minute activity, 30 days of daily totals

Pros

  • 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
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • 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.

Bottom Line

The Fitbit Charge 3 takes everything that was good about the Charge 2 and excels with it all. So, alongside the heart rate monitor, step and calorie tracking, sleep tracking, and multi-sport tracking, you can also take this model swimming as it is waterproof up to 50 metres! Don’t know how many of you are planning on swimming so deep, but just in case.

Ladies, as an added extra for you, is a Female Health Feature with functions like ovulation tracking, to give a solid all-round health and fitness device. So all in all the Fitbit Charge 3 shares the same core features as the previous generation but it’s jazzed other ones up to, as well as completely adding fundamental features such as swim-proofing, and that longer battery life.

What it lacks, sadly is GPS tracking, which is a given on most other watches. But, if you can go without, you can save yourself a buck or two!

Titan Score:  9.2/10

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4SAMSUNG GEAR FIT 2 PRO

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.

☆ TITAN 4 ☆
Samsung Gear fit 2 pro

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

Overall
8.8/10
8.8/10
  • Features & Performance - 9/10
    9/10
  • Battery Life - 8.9/10
    8.9/10
  • Price - 8.3/10
    8.3/10
  • Looks / Design - 8.9/10
    8.9/10

The Specs

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

Pros

  • Fantastic display
  • Compatible with IOS and Android
  • Very accurate activity tracking
  • Some good all-round features

Cons

  • Battery life is a let-down
  • Expensive for what it is compared to Titans 1 and 2 on this list
 

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).

Bottom Line

4 built in apps will see you stay motivated, from UA recording which tracks your activity, sleep and exercise stats in one dashboard and the provision of health and fitness insights, to run plans, calorie and food intake tracking and Endomondo, the global community of fitness enthusiasts!

Plus, the 5ATM rating means that you can go from running laps around the tracks to swimming laps in the pool, so no matter what your sport, Samsung has your back. If you jump into a game of tennis, or into the ring for a round of boxing, your watch will automatically detect activity and take the notes for you. Plus, all day heart rate monitoring will really help you understand your current fitness levels so you can decide what steps to take next!

With more than 3000 apps, including Spotify Offline, pretty much all bases are covered. Aside from a slightly clumsy setup processor and the expense, this one is a pretty decent choice for serious fitness freaks.

Titan Score:  8.8/10

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5MISFIT RAY

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.

Overall
8.6/10
8.6/10
  • 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

The Specs

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

Pros

  • Waterpoof
  • No big screens to scratch
  • actually looks pretty damn nice and discreet
  • VERY cheap
  • No charging needed (battery replacement every 3 months)

Cons

  • 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.

The batteries are non-rechargeable and need replacing every 4 months (roughly) which may initially sound like a pain in the arse, but is actually a great thing. Not having to charge your battery, means you can leave your watch on all of the time. This means the data it collates is more accurate and is processed and analysed over a longer period of time. Effectively your watch will get to know you better than you know you. Great, if not slightly discerning.

Bottom Line

Don’t let the slim, small and light design fool you. It’s small but pretty damn good at what it does. You can rely on the Misfit Ray to automatically track steps, distance, calories, and sleep. You can also tag specific activities like cycling or even yoga! You just need to download the corresponding apps: Misfit App and Misfit Link App and you’re ready to go!

If you’re more of a water bug, then enjoy the in-app Speedo Lap-Counting which will keep count for you for when you inevitably lose count of how many times you’ve tumble turned! It acts like your personal swim coach, tracking swim distance down to the meter, counting laps for 25- and 50-meter pools, and counts down a set swim time.

For the price, you can’t really grumble at all the great stuff this little thing can do! Simply set up your account, pair with your device and go!

Fitness tracking has never been easier. But with so many options and variations you need to get the tracker that works for the types of activity you do. And preferably one that doesn’t require you to sell a kidney to afford it. The six fitness trackers above indicate your variety of options and a rough price range so you can find the perfect one for you. Happy buying!

Titan Score:  8.6/10

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