The Best Fitness Trackers for 2020

These small but powerful gizmos became popular in 2009, with the advent of the Fitbit bracelet. It is very common to see someone with one of these – actually to the point where they are replacing traditional mechanical watches. Their users almost always seem to be happy with their purchase – and for good reasons. They will tell you how it measures steps, tells them the weather and aids with receiving messages.

So it seems these things are worth their money, if you can find use for them. Most athletes will have one, and will also invest in one which is expensive and trusty.

But it will not be easy to pick one if you make up your mind to get a fitness band. The market is flooded with devices, ranging from cheap and almost unusable gimmicks to expensive bracelets which rival smartphones in processing power. Which to buy? And to answer this question we compile a list of 5 best options. Perhaps you will not buy any of these listed here, but at least you will be more informed as to what makes a good bracelet.

Place#
Product
Editors Rating
Editors Opinion
#1
Fitbit Versa 2 Health & Fitness Smartwatch with Heart Rate
9.9
/
10
Editors Pick
#2
Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Activity Tracker
9.7
/
10
Best Battery Life
#3
Xiaomi Mi Band 4
9.6
/
10
Best Budget
#4
Garmin vívofit 2
9.2
/
10
Quick-charging and long-lasting
#5
Lintelek Smart Watch
9.1
/
10
Quick and powerful watch with advanced components
Fitbit Versa 2 Health & Fitness Smartwatch with Heart Rate
#1
Editors Pick
Editors Rating:
9.9
/
10

This model is equipped with an interesting piece of software called Alexa. It is developed by the Amazon team and will allow you to do a multitude of jobs, like setting alerts and timers, controlling devices at home and many other things. Many options and features are present here, that are lacking on other devices.

Pros:

  • The bracelet measures vital signs, like pulse and also sleep quality. It can even differentiate between heavy and light sleep.
  • As the Bit has voice recognition and a quality microphone, you can use it to do virtually anything on the Web, just using vocal commands.
  • The screen is on the large side of the range and it will not strain your eyes to look at it. It can be put on “permanently on”, albeit this will run the battery down and force you to charge it often.
  • The Fitbit will also record distance walked, burned energy, time active and number of steps today. It can remain in contact with a phone at distances up to 6 meters.
  • The battery life gives it 6 days on average, though the time can vary due to circumstances.
  • Using voice commands you can dictate short messages to reply to friends on social networks.

Cons:

  • Does not have even a rudimentary speaker. That would be desirable to communicate with Alexa.

Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Activity Tracker
#2
Best Battery Life
Editors Rating:
9.7
/
10

Advanced fitness-bracelet, capable of measuring heart rate, energy burn and other vital signs. Its voluminous battery allows for 7 days of uninterrupted use.

Pros:

  • This bracelet has 15 modes, among which there are settings for biking, running and many other common sports. Records quality of sleep and shows the sleep modes you went through at night.
  • The device is obviously designed for swimming, because it is totally waterproof and resistant to water damage to 50 meters below surface. It can also handle temperatures from -10 to 45 Celsius.
  • Will easily connect to GPS and use it to measure speed and distance.
  • Interfaces with smartphone apps to show you quick info on weather. Also gives you notice when your social net accounts receive messages.
  • Comes with a small and large band that fits different arm diameters.
  • Bluetooth syncing range is up to 6 meters

Cons:

  • Does not dim well by itself at night – still remains very light. The screen can even wake you up, because it is so bright.

Xiaomi Mi Band 4
#3
Best for Android Users
Editors Rating:
9.6
/
10

This one from Xiaomi is a high-quality buy, even though it is assembled in China. Its quality rivals the best, and the features it offers put it among bracelets of the premium level.

Pros:

  • The amazing battery life extends to 20 days of non-intensive use, and the charging never takes long. The 135 mAh battery retains its charge for longer, if the bracelet is not used often.
  • Everything in the menus is fully translated to English.
  • Monitors health by showing you your pulse and alerting you to sudden changes. Also watches your sleep quality and alerts you if idle for too long.
  • Waterproofing up to 50 meters below surface.
  • Large screen – an inch in diagonal length. Uses an AMOLED matrix and has a resolution of 120 by 240.

Cons:

  • Some users did not like the app and the menu. However that is a personal opinion and many people did not find anything wrong with them.

Garmin vívofit 2
#4
Quick-charging and long-lasting
Editors Rating:
9.2
/
10

This tracker is good at everything, but its major strong point is battery life – if used sparingly it gives you a whole month of use on one charge. And it charges to 100 percent in an hour‘s time.

Pros:

  • Uses the latest development in the area of sensor technology to track your heath rate and sleep modes. Uses a few novel sensors that are absent in other fittrackers. For example it is one of the few that track blood pressure. Other things it tracks are energy burned and distance walked.
  • Can receive notice from your smartphone about updates on social accounts and other things on the Internet. Also will tell you if you‘ve been sitting too long.
  • Is compatible with all builds of Android over 4.4 and iOS over 8.0.
  • Battery can be charged to full power in one hour and its capacity provides power for a month of limited use. However, if you are a heavy user, the accumulator will be depleted in a week.
  • Has a USB port – therefore no special charging cable is needed.
  • Can handle a little water – like washing, rain and shower.

Cons:

  • The app is still glitchy. It must get more development before it gets to be really useful.

Lintelek Smart Watch
#5
Quick and powerful watch with advanced components
Editors Rating:
9.1
/
10

This fittracker can do much more than mere monitoring of pulse and sleep. With all its advanced abilities it has a very lower power usage, so its accumulator lasts long, while remaining light. It is also waterproofed.

Pros:

Wide 1.3 inch screen based on LCD. It is covered with hard, unscratchable glass. The strap is matte and ergonomic. Overall a sturdy and practical design.

Many functions – aside from the basic abilities of pulse and sleep measuring this fitbracelet can do many other things. It can remind you if you have received a message on your smartphone, work as an alarm, control playing music and count steps. It works seamlessly with iOS and Android.

Charges quick and stays charged for a long time. It needs under 2.5 hours to get enough juice for 10 days time. But in standby mode it lasts over 40 days.

Cons:

  • There are a few negative reviews, and they all have something to do with the heart rate meter not working. However, there are almost no negative reviews about this watch.

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