According to the International Data Corporation, vendors shipped 78.1 million wearable units in 2015. This showed triple-digit growth for the industry with no signs of slowing down. The growing fitness and wearable market means more options, but can also lead to uncertainty about choosing the right one for you.
Budget may be a factor in your fitness tracker choice, but keep in mind that more expensive doesn’t always signify higher quality. Start by choosing functionality over style. Opt for a fitness tracker and wearable that offers the technology necessary to reach your health goals, whether that means training for a marathon or keeping track of calories burned. Need ideas to get started? Here are five fitness trackers and wearables that are worth the price:
FitBit Charge 2
The Fitbit Charge 2 features precision PurePulse heart rate to keep track of multi-sport activity. Users stay connected to GPS, and can also place calls and texts to stay in the loop with family and friends while working out or on-the-go. FitBit also has a helpful Guided Breathing Sessions feature for regulating breathing during sprints or strenuous sports so you can maximize your workout. Five days of battery life makes the FitBit an ideal choice for travelers who want to keep tabs on their activity, distance walked and calories burned while on the road.
Apple users can look to Fitlist as an all-in-one workout log and fitness tracker that’s built to be intuitive no matter your activity level. Use it with your Apple smartwatch or Apple iPhone SE, with its slim body, for a great companion on your next run. Choose Fitlist if you’re planning to track multiple workouts and exercises from a list of over 1,000 options, or add your own customized activities. You can go back to old exercises and compare your strength and calories burned.
Apple devices come with a native Health app to keep track of activity data, and can also consolidate data from third-party fitness apps to give an overall look at your fitness and activity level. Use it in tandem with Fitlist to expand your fitness goals and tracking ability.
Samsung Gear Fit 2
Samsung’s latest wearable works on all Android phones and offers iOS support. The smartwatch features the slick AMOLED display that Samsung smartphones are known for as well as a fitness tracker and inactive timer so you can see exactly how long you’ve been stationery. Once you start moving around again, Samsung knows if you’re running or doing a light yoga routine and can adjust its tracker accordingly. The Gear Fit 2 is also a good choice to keep track of calories, as well as your heart rate, but is best suited as an overall fitness tracker. Serious runners and those training for marathons would be better suited for a tracker designed for runners, like the Garmin Vivosmart HR+.
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Runners will love the highly accurate tracking of the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ that values functionality over style. An improved heart rate sensor and GPS-enabled features makes it easy to both track your fitness on a long run and find your way back if you decide to explore. The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ can also handle activity tracking beyond the running trails and monitor your sleep and overall fitness while deploying notifications on how you’re doing.
Get a fitness tracker that reads your body fat while tracking your heart rate. The Tom Tom Touch features a hip and stylish design with a monochrome OLED touch display. Tap the screen to scroll through the functions to read your heart rate or just read emails you received during your workout. Use the Tom Tom for long-term health and fitness goals to work toward your ideal weight or track your endurance levels while running.
At the end of the day, a quality fitness tracker should be intuitive and convenient to use as a companion to help stay on task with daily exercise. Weigh the expense of a tracker with the features and overall health goals to find the best fit for you.