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Wearable technology is becoming more advanced by the day, but the space is getting crowded. There is a lot of crossover between new tech, simple tech, and something that can actually give you helpful data about yourself—which is the gold mine of innovation we are looking for. As competition gets stiff, the better, more accurate, and quicker these devices get.
To help narrow in on WTF you should buy, we’ve rounded up 11 fitness trackers that are doing it the best right now. They each have their own speciality focus with mechanisms that might more accurately track something like steps, heart rate, or sleep cycles.
To find the one for you, zero in on what your goal is. You might do better with, say, a Whoop band if you’re focused on optimal recovery, but better with a Garmin if you’re training for a marathon. If you just care about getting steps in, maybe it’s a FitBit for you. And if you want more of a smartwatch with activity tracking built right in, the Apple Watch and Google Pixel watch reign supreme.
Series 9 Smartwatch
The Apple Watch is still the best in the game when it comes to a smartwatch with excellent activity tracking capabilities. This Series 9 one is the latest version with GPS and cellular connectivity are quick and precise. It’ll measure your fitness along with blood oxygen and ECG levels, too.
Pixel Watch 2
Another option for a smartwatch with fitness capabilities is the Google Pixel Watch 2, the most recent iteration. Google acquired FitBit, so the tracking in here is elite: Heart rate and rhythm, steps, skin temperature, you name it. It’s also a bit easier on the old bank account than the Apple option.
The Oura Ring is technically an activity tracker, but after testing one of these for more than two years, I can tell you its strong suit is really in sleep. It makes sense: It’s a bit harder to get all that activity info when the sensors are on your finger rather than your wrist. But as someone who doesn’t love the experience of something on my sweaty wrist while I workout, this has been much more wearable. I take the fitness tracking with a grain of salt; I live and die by my REM cycle data.
SuperKnit Band 4.0
The Whoop is one of the most loved activity trackers in the fitness community and for good reasons: It is incredibly accurate. It tracks your activity and rest with the most accuracy we’ve seen, which makes its recovery features really shine. That’s part of what makes athletes love this so much: The app does the math for you, measuring how much energy you’ve exerted versus how much you’ve recovered and tell you how much movement to engage in the next day.
For a fitness tracker that doesn’t look anything like a fitness tracker, Withings is it. This wearable tracks your heart rate and steps, along with calories burned and distance traveled. Along with sleep cycle tracking, it also has an option for a vibrating alarm for a very gentle wakeup call. You can choose from a variety of face colors and watch bands to make it feel as personal to you as you want.
Charge 6 Fitness Tracker
Fitbit’s latest, the Charge 6 fitness tracker, has one job: Track fitness. And you know, it does that job exceedingly well, with a precision that other trackers are still aiming to have. It’ll tell you your heart rate during activity, how well you’ve recovered after sleep, and when you’ve been sitting too long and could use an exercise snack.
If you’re on team Android, the Ticwatch is going to be your most seamless smartwatch pairing. This watch is especially great for fitness activities you might be doing outside like going on hikes or backcountry skiing. There are more than 100 sports modes (this is huge) with GPS, barometer, and compass for ultimate safety.
Forerunner 965 Premium GPS Watch
If you’re training for a marathon, the Garmin Forerunner is the best you can get. It’s fast, accurate, and gives you the clearest data on how fast and far you’re running, as well as your energy exerted during it. The highly visible screen is both convenient for daily life and ensures you can stay safe and read that screen when you’re out in the elements.
Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
Samsung’s latest galaxy watch has made some upgrades in its precision on tracking fitness, sleep, and heart rate, as well as making a longer lasting battery. Samsung improved its sensor, which helps give a better read on your heart rate and auto-recognizing your workouts as you begin them. Plus, you can also get an on-demand read of your body composition data.
Montblanc’s stainless steel and leather watch looks nothing like a wearable and everything like a very expensive watch, of which it is both. It is the best for tracking fitness, sleep, VO2Max, and recovery while you’re on the go or traveling a lot. It syncs up to the Timeshifter app, which provides feedback and advice on how to best prevent jet lag while traveling.
Sometimes you want all the add-ons and bonus features and sometimes, you really just want to know if you hit your 10,000 steps. For a simple, accurate, and reliable tracker that does its job well in a lightweight construction, the Fitbit Altra is it. It’ll track your heart rate and let you know once you’ve hit your preferred workout zones.
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