While variety is great for consumers, sometimes it’s nice to have one product you know is the best. In the case of fitness trackers, there isn’t always a clear, top choice.
Need proof? Ask a group of people what their favorite fitness tracker is, and you’ll probably get five different answers.
There are many reasons for this divide, and a major one is preference. Whether someone favors functionality over design or battery life over water-resistance, it makes no difference. People have to compromise because companies haven’t satisfied all of those needs with one device yet.
Accomplishing that is easier said than done, but it left us with an idea — if we could build the perfect fitness tracker, what would it look like? We stole the best attributes from different devices on the market and created the fitness tracker we’ve always wanted.
Design: Samsung Gear Fit 2
The Fitbit Alta HR has a case here, but the Gear Fit 2’s combination of comfort, looks, and screen resolution gives it the edge. Samsung basically put a condensed phone screen on its latest tracker, and the result is absolutely beautiful.
Activity Tracking: Fitbit Charge 2
At the core of any good fitness tracker is accurate activity monitoring. The Fitbit Charge 2 does it better than most by providing real-time feedback on steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, and hourly activity.
Sleep Tracking: Jawbone UP4
The Jawbone UP4 tracks advanced sleeping metrics, such as the time spent in deep sleep and REM sleep, and provides tips to help improve your overall sleep quality. Its slim design also doesn’t interfere with your rest, unlike other fitness devices.
Multi-Sport Options: Garmin Vivoactive HR
While Garmin markets the Vivoactive HR as a GPS smartwatch, it’s much closer to a fitness tracker than a smartwatch. Numerous trackers have multi-sport options, but the Vivoactive HR is one of the few that actually provides stats specific to that sport. Other devices might classify a cycling workout as such, but they don’t offer anything beyond activity feedback.
Heart Rate Monitoring: Mio Slice
Mio was the first company to incorporate ECG heart rate tracking into a wrist-based wearable, so it’s no surprise to see one of its products here. Continuous heart rate monitoring helps the Mio Slice produce some of the most accurate heart rate readings of any fitness tracker.
Built-In GPS: Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Garmin makes some of the best hiking and outdoor watches, so GPS is one thing the company has down. The Vivosmart HR+ tracks both distance and pace as it accurately maps out your workout.
Battery Life: Withings Steel HR
While it resembles an analog watch, the Withings Steel HR mainly functions as a fitness tracker. And as far as trackers go, the Steel HR’s 25-day battery life outclasses just about every other device on the market with a rechargeable battery.
Water-Resistance: Fitbit Flex 2
The Fitbit Flex 2 is waterproof down to 50 meters, so users can take in the shower and the pool. It also automatically tracks your swimming workouts and is small enough to not get in the way.
Disagree with any of our choices? Give us your thoughts on your favorite fitness trackers in the comments!