Best fitness trackers 2016: Jawbone, Misfit, Fitbit, Garmin and more

A watch for your fitness needs? That idea seems too futuristic, right? Well, that was before. But with today’s advanced technology  it’s a regular thing to own one.

 

Picking out the best fitness tracker is a mind-bogglingly difficult prospect. It’s not just about Fitbit and Jawbone anymore. Now everyone wants a piece of the action.

The right activity tracker for you will be based on your individual needs; whether that’s accurate step counting, reliable sleep tracking or 24/7 heart rate tracking. There’s definitely something for everyone out there.

The new tech and sensors on the latest bands blur the lines even further. Fromcontinuous heart rate monitoring like the tech that’s found on the Fitbit Charge HR to smartwatch style notifications, there are a dizzying array of features to choose from.

Essential reading: Best smartwatch round-up

Now that we’ve had our chance to live with the latest new Fitbits, we’ve completely reworked our round up of the best fitness trackers and added a new at-a-glance feature list to try and make it easier to spot the right band for you.

Got any questions about fitness trackers? Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll see if we can lend a helping hand.

Best overall fitness tracker

Fitbit Blaze

The Fitbit Blaze is the company’s best looking fitness tracker by a country mile, and while it’s not bringing anything groundbreaking to the party, it’s proof that Fitbit has not lost touch with what makes a good fitness tracker.

Essential reading: The origins of the fitness tracker

The new colour display is a step up from the Surge’s monochrome affair, the software is easy for beginners to get to grips with and it still delivers good all-round activity tracking stats.

Hardcore fitness lovers will be disappointed by the lack of GPS or a heart rate monitor that’s built for intensive training. But if you’re looking for something that does what a fitness tracker should do best, it deserves to be top of the pile.

Feature check: Step tracking, sleep monitoring, 24/7 heart rate monitoring.

Read our comprehensive Fitbit Blaze review and check out our essential Fitbit Blaze tips and tricks.

$249.99, fitbit.com | Amazon

Best for notifications

Garmin Vivosmart HR

Best fitness tracker

Given the company has now started to incorporate optical technology into its running watches, a heart rate monitoring fitness tracker from Garmin was an inevitability. Add to the bpm metrics a pretty nifty notification feature set and you can understand why we’re so …

 

Read more: http://www.wareable.com/fitness-trackers/the-best-fitness-tracker

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