The best fitness tracker will give you extra incentive to get active and provide you with a wealth of statistics on your workouts and general health so you have the data you need to achieve your fitness goals.
With so many fitness trackers on the market, it can be daunting knowing where to begin, so we’ve rounded up the top options we’d recommend to help you better understand your health. Whether it’s tracking a run, monitoring your sleep patterns or monitoring your stress levels, there’s a fitness tracker to help.
Top 10 best fitness trackers in UK 2021
Since we want to make your lives easier, we compiled a list of 10 best best fitness tracker in 2021. Check them out below to see which one best suits your lifestyle!
1. Fitbit Inspire 2
If you’re aiming to develop healthier habits, and want a fitness tracker that will give you a gentle nudge to get there, the Fitbit Inspire 2 could be the one for you. It’s not overly complex, but has all the essential features to keep you moving and motivated, and is extremely simple to use.
It’s controlled entirely through its responsive touchscreen and single side button, and will monitor your activity and heart rate all day (with alerts when you hit your goals). There are over 20 workout modes, and several will start tracking automatically when the fitness tracker detects that you’ve begun exercising.
All of your data is collected together in the extremely user-friendly Fitbit app, where you can see patterns over time, set new targets and (if you subscribe to Fitbit Premium) find a whole library of video workouts to follow at home.
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2. Letsfit Smart Watch
Our Letsfit activity tracker can easily monitor your steps, heart rate, distance travelled and more with 14 sports modes and GPS tracking that can be used when you connect your fitness watch to our Letsfit app.
Tracks Your Sleep and Blood Oxygen Saturation: With your smart watch and Letsfit app combined you can track your sleep patterns and see how much oxygen is in your blood.
Get all your messages and notifications sent straight to your wrist with intuitive customizable vibrations. You can also see incoming calls and reject them should you be busy, with other great functions such as sedentary alerts, alarms and more.
Our smart tracker screen brightness is customizable and you can enjoy other great smart features such as music control, timer settings, and more.
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3. YAMAY Smart Watch
I liked this Yamay Fitness Tracker Smart Watch. Compared to similar products, I think this is a fabulous deal. You really get your money’s worth. I like that it is very light and feels great when it is on my wrist. I like wearing this watch when doing exercise such as running and yoga. YAMAY watch will accurately track your all-day steps,calories consumption,distance traveled,heart rate.This watch will auto detect and track your sleep,and analyze your sleep quality. When I select run, the watch will track my time, miles, and heart rate. It will play songs from your phone as you run. What more can I ask for? Great deal!
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4. Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4
The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 is run-of-the-mill affordable fitness tracker, in that it has a slimline design, a smallish color screen with a capacitive button, and a selection of workouts to track.
It has a few great perks for fitness buffs though, like its 20-day battery life, useful heart rate monitor and easy-to-view screen, so if you’re looking for a new heart rate monitor there are far worse devices you can buy.
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5. Garmin Forerunner 745
If you’re a runner or triathlete, I recommend Garmin’s Forerunner series. The latest is the Forerunner 745, which, like all of Garmin’s watches, is one of the most accurate GPS trackers I’ve tried. It’s incredibly light and small, waterproof to record your swims, and has all sorts of performance-analysis tools to help you optimize your workouts for peak performance on race day, like offering suggestions for recovery and predicting your race times. Garmin watches also integrate well with Garmin’s specialized running tools; with Strava, one of the most popular training apps; and it also has a partnership with Tacx, a series of smart trainers.
The 745 is just the latest one on the market, but there are more-affordable versions. If you’re not quite at a place where a $500 watch is a sensible investment, I recommend Garmin’s entry-level models like the Forerunner 35, which have fewer specialized features but great battery life.
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6.Garmin vívoactive 4S Fitness Tracker
Hands down, the Garmin vívoactive 4S is the most capable fitness tracker that we’ve tested. Key features include an integrated heart rate sensor, sleep tracking, and the ability to monitor your body’s energy levels throughout the day — which will help you determine the best times for exercising, as well as for recovering.
The device also guides you through your workouts via on-screen animations and it tracks all the ways you move and exercise. You can log your daily fluid intake, get a feel for your blood oxygen saturation, and track your menstrual cycle. The fitness-tracking timepiece has a large color touchscreen that’s easy to read at a quick glance. Murphy added that she appreciated that you can set up favorites for activity tracking, so rather than scrolling through 20-plus different pre-programmed workouts on the watch, you can pick your top three, which makes them more easily accessible for instant workout tracking.
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7. Fitbit Versa 3
One of its best features is Fitbit’s brilliant sleep tracking data which is some of the most accurate we’ve tested.
You can also get extra metrics – with seven days of heart rate variability, resting heart rate and breathing rate all shown in the Health Metrics section. If you’re a Fitbit Premium user, you get a month’s worth of data, and your personal range is shown within the app.
It’s a device for HIIT class go-ers, park runners and those who want to keep a real eye on the details of their health.
But if you keep a close eye on your health, and you’re absolutely certain a smartwatch isn’t for you, this is the best fitness tracker available today.
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8. Xiaomi Mi Band 5
The all-new Mi Band 5 ups the ante with a larger 1.1-inch screen, while retaining the traditional feel of the budget band. However, you do get a lot. 11 sports modes, connected GPS (via your smartphone) plus a heart rate monitor used for 27/7 tracking, stress monitoring and keeping tabs on your activity via the PAI score.
Sleep is now tracked better than before, and you can turn on REM tracking and personalised insights, although we found that the nightly sleep score was far more generous when compared to gold-standard, rival sleep tracking devices from Fitbit and Withings.
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9. Amazfit Band 5
The Amazfit Band 5 is a $50 fitness tracker that promises many of the marquee features found in this year’s premium smartwatches, but at a fraction of the price. It has blood oxygen (SpO2) reading, stress monitoring, high heart rate alerts, Amazon Alexa built-in, sleep tracking and several other tools found in high-end offerings.
In our testing, the fitness and sleep tracking on the Amazfit Band 5 were good, not great, but respectable for the low cost while still offering more than other trackers of its price. Better yet, the 15-day battery life meant we didn’t need to worry about charging it all the time.
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10. Garmin Vivosmart 4
Despite its age, the Garmin Vivosmart 4 remains an excellent fitness tracker. Alongside the usual slew of fitness tracking functions – including heart rate, step, calorie, staircase, sleep and stress tracking – the Vivosmart 4 introduces blood oxygen saturation tracking and broader “Body Battery” tracking. This last feature calculates your body’s overall resources and gives you an idea of when you should be working out – and when you should be resting.
Simply put, the Vivosmart 4 is a durable, well-rounded fitness tracker that suffers only from a lack of GPS. If a Fitbit doesn’t appeal but you don’t fancy compromising on features, you won’t find much better at this price.
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How to choose best fitness trackers for you
When buying a fitness tracker, you should first evaluate your needs. What do you want to track? If you’re only using it at the gym to count your steps and your heart rate, a simpler, less expensive fitness tracker will suit you fine.
If, however, you plan to do more outdoor activities, such as running or biking, you may want a fitness tracker with built-in GPS, so you can more accurately see where you’re going, and where you went. Dedicated runners and athletes will want to check out our best GPS watches page, too.
If you plan to use the fitness tracker for swimming, you’ll want to make sure it’s not only waterproof, but that it can also track your laps in the pool.
Many of the best smartwatches have fitness-tracking capabilities, too, and have additional features such as responding to text messages and paying for purchases. But there are trade-offs. However, smartwatches as a whole tend to be more expensive and have shorter battery life than dedicated fitness trackers.
How we test the best fitness trackers
For each new fitness tracker, we evaluate its hardware design and comfort; you need to be able to wear the device all day, and we’ve found that some larger trackers don’t fit well on smaller wrists. If the device has a touchscreen, we look to see how readable it is, especially in bright sunlight. We also examine how easy it is to navigate the fitness trackers’ menus; you don’t want to have to dig through multiple screens to change your music if you’re out running.
We also evaluate features such as step counting and sleep monitoring, distance calculations and when applicable, GPS and heart rate accuracy. And, we see how well a manufacturer’s battery life claims hold up in real-world testing.
Finally, we test how well a device pairs with its companion app, and evaluate the experience of using the two together. We also look to see what features the device’s app supports, such as coaching and diet tracking, and if it can sync data with third-party apps, such as MyFitnessPal.
With so many good fitness trackers on the market and promising ones on the horizon, it’s hard to contain them all in just one list. We’ve limited our picks here. We update this article often, so make sure to check back for our latest recommendations.