31 Best Fitness Trackers, Wearables and Top Rated Activity Bands Reviewed 2019

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You asked, (or googled) and you shall receive!

I created this comprehensive collection of 31 of the best fitness tracker reviews organized into 11 different categories and summarized in a table for side by side comparison so you can find the perfect fitness tracker for your needs.

All of the best activity tracker brands are represented, including 9 of the most popular Garmin Fitness Trackers, 10 of the hottest Fitbit Activity trackers, plus we have Polar, Samsung, Suunto, Apple and Gymwatch brands included.

I don’t want to waste your time, so let’s get to steppin’!

TOP 31 Best Activity and Fitness Tracker Reviews 2019

Young active woman wearing fitness watch

Best Activity Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor

Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch

Brief Description: The 1st Fitbit to incorporate Fitbit pay, the Fitbit Ionic released in 2017, is one of only two Fitbit trackers with built in GPS.

You can use the GPS without your smart phone tagging along. Not only that, but the Iconic stores up to 300 songs you can carry for on the go motivation.

That’s good news for runners, hikers and cyclers who want to lighten the load and lose the cell phone when they workout.

  • Award Star: Iconic Stands on its own
  • Battery Life: 5 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: Yes

Editor Rating:

Pros
  • Built in GPS.
  • First Fitbit to sport “Fitbit Pay”.
  • Store 300 + songs on the Iconic.
Cons
  • Can not reply to texts.
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Fitbit is showing its tech muscle with the release of the Iconic in 2017 and the Versa in 2018.

It used its own “Fitbit OS” an operating system developed in-house and recently developed their own Fitbit App Gallery, displaying their aptitude as a forward thinking tech company.

Another strong player in the Fitness tracker arena is Garmin.

Garmin is a technology company known for their use of GPS in all kinds of devices from GPS navigation for cars and the aviation industry, to fitness trackers and wearables like the Garmin Fenix 5, next in my list of best activity tracker with heart rate monitor.

Garmin Fenix 5

Brief Description: The Garmin Fenix 5 is a first-rate GPS smart watch with built in Heart rate monitor.

This Garmin uses HR data to calculate calories burned and workout intensity. This tracker goes beyond GPS by incorporating GLONSS satellite reception to track virtually anywhere.

Training status, Anaerobic training effect and training load are specialized metrics you will find on the Fenix 5 making it not only a great HR monitoring watch, but a excellent choice for performance athletes.

  • Award Star: Superior metrics, Analytics and GPS
  • Battery Life: 2 Weeks in smartwatch mode, 24 hrs in GPS mode
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: Yes

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • GPS, Compass with Gyroscope and barometric altimeter.
  • Long battery life, Up to 2 weeks.
  • Receive emails, texts and call notifications.
CONS
  • Screen not as crisp and colorful as others.
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It is hard to improve on a smart fitness tracker like the Fenix 5, but not everyone wants or needs that much performance data, or is willing to pay the price to have it.

Less expensive options like the Polar M430 GPS watch have accurate Heart rate monitoring and built in GPS at a lower price point.

Polar M430 GPS Running Watch

Brief Description: Built in Heart rate monitor, GPS and call, text and email notifications make the Polar M430 a solid choice.

The M430 sets itself apart from the M400 with all new sleep tracking, advanced running metrics and optical heart rate sensor. Plus it is lighter than the M400 with an improved battery life.

  • Award Star: Running, GPS and Lifestyle Tracker
  • Battery Life: Varies based on GPS usage from 24 hrs to 5 days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: Yes

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Running index, training load and recovery status data.
  • Optical Heart rate sensor.
  • Precise route, distance and speed tracking.
CONS
  • Oversized grainy black and white screen.

Best Activity Tracker for Women

Here are the top 4 best activity tracker for women. For a complete list, check out my article covering the top activity and fitness trackers for women.

Fitbit Versa

Brief Description: Fitbit Versa is the latest smartwatch from Fitbit. I has almost everything Fitbit’s first smartwatch, the Iconic, does, except the Versa does not have built in GPS and it has a 4 day battery live vs. the Iconic which has 5.

The Versa is also missing the Iconic’s higher price tag. The Versa is about 2/3 the price of the Iconic, making it a great deal.

  • Award Star: Affordable, full featured smart watch
  • Battery Life: 4 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • First watch to include Fitbit’s Female Health tracker.
  • Includes Fitbit’s relax breathing and Mindfulness feature.
  • Download music for phone free access.
CONS
  • Can not reply to texts.
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No doubt, the slimmer profile of the Versa vs the Iconic, and the fact that the Female health Tracker was released along with the Versa make it a great choice for women.

However, the Iconic has the Female Health Tracker available too. If you run or cycle you may appreciate the Iconic’s built in GPS feature over the Versa’s GPS, which simple connects to your Smartphone.

Motiv Ring Fitness, Sleep and Heart Rate Tracker

Brief Description: This wearable ring is the only tracker of its kind. It is the smallest activity tracker I know of that incorporates a HR monitor, which is pretty amazing considering its size.

This ring has no alarms or vibration, and provides all notifications via its Smartphone app.

  • Award Star: Smallest HR Monitor Tracker
  • Battery Life: 3 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Inconspicuous wearable ring style tracker.
  • Tracks steps, HR, Calories, Activity and sleep.
  • Waterproof, shower safe.
CONS
  • No call or Text notification.
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The Motiv ring Activity tracker is a good choice for those who want to know their basic lifestyle health metrics without wearing a clunky band or second watch.

It is easily one of the best wearable fitness trackers due to its inconspicuous character.

However, those looking for more robust data might like a traditional activity tracker band like the Alta HR below.

Fitbit Alta HR Fitness Tracker

Brief Description: The Alta HR is the slimmest Fitbit band to include a heart rate monitor.

It has a stylish appearance, sleek black and white OLED screen, and a battery life that is days longer than others in its class. The Alta HR tracks sleep and exercise automatically, making it effortless to use.

  • Award Star: Slimmest HR monitor band
  • Battery Life: 7 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Heart rate data used to accurately track calories burned.
  • Automatically detects specific workout activity.
  • Automatically tracks sleep with stages.
CONS
  • Must move arms to count steps.
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The Alta HR is one of the best looking fitness band style trackers and it has a great battery life.

But, if you want a activity tracker that looks like a classic analog watch, check out the next review of the Garmin vívomove HR.

Garmin vívomove HR

Brief Description: If you like the idea of hiding your activity tracker in the form of what appears to be a sophisticated analog watch, the Garmin Vivomove HR may be the tracker for you.

An inconspicuous text display, classic round face and wear anywhere styling is perfect for someone who wants the benefits of activity tracking without the clunky look of a fitness band.

  • Award Star: Incognito Activity tracker
  • Battery Life: Up to 5 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • HR data used to calculate Vo2 Max, Fitness age & Workout intensity.
  • Includes all day stress tracking feature.
  • Text and Call notifications.
CONS
  • No GPS, not even tethered GPS.

Best Everyday Fitness Tracker and Lifestyle Trackers Overall

Fitbit Flex 2

Brief Description: The Fitbit Flex 2 is a stylish, discreet, water resistant tracker that’s comfortable to wear all day, everyday, and attractive enough to fit in anywhere you need to be.

Track advanced Health and fitness metrics automatically and effortlessly with the Flex 2, which is 30 % slimmer than the original Flex.

  • Award Star: Well rounded & inconspicuous – the Perfect Fit!
  • Battery Life: Up to 5 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Safe for shower, pool or rain.
  • Automatic exercise and steps tracking.
  • Reminders to move when inactive.
CONS
  • No Heart Rate Monitoring, No Screen.
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Everyday fitness trackers like the Fitbit Flex 2 offer busy everyday folks to track basic fitness data like steps taken, hours sleeping, total activity and a total of all the time you spent sitting on your behind.

These everyday trackers are versatile and do not command attention. They fit in at home, the office, an after hours drink, the gym and wherever else you need to be without looking out of place.

The next Activity tracker is a smartwatch by Samsung that looks like a nice watch, but acts like a top notch fitness tracker.

Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch

Brief Description: The Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch is classy enough for the office and has customizable faces to fit your style. It looks like a well-designed watch, and is not large and overbearing.

The watch has an innovative and useful rotating bezel that allows you to effortlessly scroll through texts and apps, making a small screen useable.

  • Award Star: Practical revolving bezel navigation
  • Battery Life: 2 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • S Health app tracks Calories, Water, Caffeine and more.
  • Reply to text msg with Voice to text feature.
  • Rotating bezel surrounds face to select apps and scroll.
CONS
  • Weak notification vibration, short battery life.
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The Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch is attractive, and I just love the rotating bezel for navigating the watch face, some people may find the watch too nice or fancy to meet their needs at the gym or on the field.

In that case we can turn to one of the top activity tracker brands, Fitbit, to give us something a little more resilient and down to earth. Enter the Fitbit Charge 2, one of the latest wrist bands from Fitbit.

Fitbit Charge 2

Brief Description: The Fitbit Charge 2 Fitness Wristband incorporates a heart rate monitor, automatically tracks exercise, reminds you to get up and move if its been a while, tracks sleep patterns and incorporates the Fitbit “Relax” feature giving you access to brief guided breathing and relaxation sessions.

What more could you ask for?

  • Award Star: The wristband for a better you
  • Battery Life: 5 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Large Screen, thick sturdy band.
  • Automatic Exercise tracking.
  • Automatic sleep cycle/stages tracking.
CONS
  • Vibration notification is weak.
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For the price, the Fitbit Charge 2 is a standout fitness band wearable. It is one of the best affordable activity trackers I can think of.

If you want all the functionality the Charge 2 encapsulates, but fancy a stylish smartwatch instead of a sporty tracker band, the upcoming Fitbit Blaze may fit the bill.

Fitbit Blaze

Brief Description: The Fitbit Blaze is one of Fitbit’s early forays into the smartwatch world.

It is compatible with the Fitbit Fitstar app, a subscription service that doles out short guided, on screen workouts you follow using no extra equipment.

You can control your music and it automatically tracks exercise. It has an angular, metallic, old school look, which some people really love, and others, not so much.

  • Award Star: Affordable basic smartwatch
  • Battery Life: 5 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Large high Res color touch screen.
  • Use with Fitstar app guided workouts on screen.
  • Built in Heart rate Monitor.
CONS
  • Not waterproof, can not use in the shower.

Everyday trackers are perfect for people who want a well rounded view or their overall health and activity level, but what about people who participate in specific sports like swimming, running, hiking, weight lifting or cycling?

A specialized fitness trackers give athletes specific performance enhancing feedback.

Let’s take a look at 4 of the best activity tracker for runners on the market today.

Best Activity Tracker for Runners

Searching for the best activity tracker for running?

I review four of the best right here.

Garmin Forerunner 935

Brief Description: One of Garmin’s Most popular Fitness trackers, the Garmin Forerunner is the ideal tracker for runners.

Why?

It was designed with advanced dynamics running metrics. Not only can this watch tell you your speed, distance, and location precisely, but it also knows your stride length, Vertical oscillation, Vertical Ratio, Cadence and Ground contact time.

And that’s only naming a small fraction of data this watch collects. It truly is a masterpiece for the avid runner (and Cyclists, Swimmers and Triathletes too!).

  • Award Star: Best Running Metrics and GPS
  • Battery Life: 2 weeks in Watch mode, 24 hrs in GPS mode
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: Yes

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Advanced running, training and recovery metrics.
  • Lightweight, 49 grams.
  • GPS, GLONOSS Satellite, barometer; altimeter and electronic compass for precise location stats.
CONS
  • No Music controls or text reply options.
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The Garmin 935 is perhaps the most advanced GPS Watch for running and Triathlon, but it comes at a price.

The Forerunner 935 is also a little fixated on Running and athletic stats at the expense of modern niceties like touch screen capability, ability to reply to text and control music.

If you want a great running watch that has a lower price point and a few more smart watch type features, take a look at the Samsung Gear S3 coming up next.

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

Brief Description: This amazing running watch has some great features geared towards runners, and it also has advanced tech features like text meg reply, making and receiving hands free phone calls using the watch, Samsung pay feature so you can leave your wallet behind, and a rotating steel bezel to easily navigate the screen.

Running focused features include built in GPS, tachymeter and built in S health app.

  • Award Star: Running/Smartphone in one
  • Battery Life: 2-3 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: Yes

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Integrated Heart Rate monitor and GPS.
  • Leave phone and wallet behind while running with Samsung Pay and ability to make and take calls.
  • Includes a free year of Under Armour’s “Mapmyrun” app subscription.
CONS
  • Running Metrics are not as robust as the Garmin Forerunner 935.
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The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is great for the more casual runner who wants a well rounded phone that performs like a Smartphone and tracks runs well.

The Next Running watch is a less expensive Garmin running watch that has some basic but useful running features, built in HR Monitor, Built In GPS and all at a price tag that is down to earth.

Garmin Forerunner 35

Brief Description: If you looked at the Forerunner 935 and felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of statistics available, and hefty price tag, this Forerunner 35 may be a better bet.

It tracks cadence, distance in real time, accurately maps your run thanks to built in GPS, and it even has a built in heart rate monitor, all at a price that is one third the price of the Forerunner 935, making it one of the Most affordable GPS running trackers on the market.

  • Award Star: Affordable GPS Lifestyle & Running Tracker
  • Battery Life: 9 Days in watch mode, 5 hours in GPS mode
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: Yes

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Tracks distance, pace, cadence and speed.
  • Tracks steps, calories burned and daily intensity Minute totals.
  • Reminder to move is you have been sitting too long.
CONS
  • Must move your arms to count steps and track runs.
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The Garmin Forerunner is simple, has a reasonable price for an activity tracker with built in GPS and HR monitoring, and a small profile that looks good on smaller wrists.

While it has no where near the amount of metrics the Forerunner 935 has, it also does not have the high price tag either.

The Forerunner 35 has only 3 built in sensors, GPS, HR and Accelerometer.

The Forerunner 935 has 8 Sensors: GPS, GLONASS Satellite reception, HR, Barometric Altimeter, Compass, Gyroscope, Accelerometer and Thermometer. It’s easy to see why there is a sizeable price difference between the two.

Next up is the Suunto Ambit3 Run. If you have never heard of the Suunto company before, they are a Finnish company that got their start in 1936 making compasses that were at the time, technologically advanced.

Suunto maintains their focus on innovation and has an entire line of some of the best rated fitness trackers available.

The Suunto Ambit3 Run is only a few bucks more than the Forerunner 35, but the running data and metrics it provides are superior to the pricier Forerunner 935. The Suunto Ambit3 Run is really worth checking out.

Suunto Ambit3 Run HR Monitor

Brief Description: I could write a book on all this running watch can do, but instead I will point out just a few features ardent runners will appreciate.

This watch is perfect for trail runners with its track back feature, Ghostrunner app has you run against a ghost with perfect pace as the watch displays your distance from the ghost.

Running Performance Level displayed on the phone combines your physical fitness and your running efficiency to help you manage fatigue on long distance runs and find the proper pace during races.

  • Award Star: The best Running Watch. Period.
  • Battery Life: 2 Weeks in watch mode, 15 hours in GPS Mode
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: Yes

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Locates GPS signal with lightning speed.
  • Stats captured include Pace, Ave Pace in real time, cadence, stride length and more.
  • Allows for lap comparisons and measures running performance.
CONS
  • It’s complicated! If you are a techie, you will love it!
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I saved the best for last. The Suunto is easily my favorite running watch. The quality, price and features make the watch practically impossible to beat.

I give it my only 10 out of 10 rating. If you are a data junkie and a serious runner, I insist you check this watch out!

The Polar M430 GPS Running Watch reviewed earlier is also an excellent Running watch, so be sure to check out that review.

Best Low Price Fitness & Activity Trackers Under $100

If you are looking for the best activity tracker under $100, I found 3 models for you to consider.

Fitbit Flex

Brief Description: This is one of Fitbit’s classic activity bands and is a great everyday fitness and lifestyle tracker.

The Flex has a respectable battery life tracks all day activity and monitors sleep automatically, is slim with a bracelet like fit, has many different style and color bands available and has a price tag just about anyone can afford.

  • Award Star: Classic Activity Band Under $100
  • Battery Life: 5 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • LED lights show steps progress.
  • Automatically tracks sleep and has a silent vibrating wake up alarm.
  • Connects wirelessly with the Fitbit Smartphone app for even more tracking options.
CONS
  • Arms must be moving to count steps.
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Still looking for the best cheap activity tracker? The Fitbit Flex is a classic, released in 2013.

If you are looking for something more current, take a look at the Garmin Vivofit 3, released in 2016.

Garmin vivofit 3 Activity Tracker

Brief Description: The Garmin Vivofit offers a lot relative to its small price tag. It counts steps, calories, distance, intensity minutes, displays the time of day on the face and monitors sleep.

All that and it reminds you it is time to move if it has not detected activity in a while. Plus, you never need to worry about charging it. The battery lasts well over a year before you replace it.

  • Award Star: Many features for a fair price
  • Battery Life: 1 year, replaceable not rechargeable
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Captured exercise and activity automatically.
  • Audible alarm prompts you to get up and move after 1 hour of inactivity.
  • Adjusts your step goals based on your personal activity level.
CONS
  • Intensity Minutes calculated using arm movement. Using heart rate would be more accurate.
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While the Vivofit 3 has a really low price and a good number of features, what it does not have is a built in heart rate sensor.

It is challenging to find a fitness tracker with built in heart rate for under $100, but the Garmin Vivosmart 3 manages to provide a built in heart rate tracker and is priced just under $100. It might be the best cheap activity tracker available today.

Garmin Vivosmart 3

Brief Description: The Vivosmart 3 is an upgrade from the Vivofit 3 because it has a built in Heart Rate monitor, Stress and Wellness monitoring thanks to the heart rate data, and it has a rep counter, which is a nice feature if you lifts weights.

The vivosmart is shower proof and even tracks floors climbed. It notifies you of emails, texts and social media notifications and you can read them on screen.

  • Award Star: Inexpensive Tracker that has it All
  • Battery Life: 5 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Stress and wellness feature with guided breathing.
  • Automatically tracks activity.
  • Displays Vo2 Max and Fitness age based on HR data.
CONS
  • Does not track machine based cardio well.

Best Waterproof Activity Trackers

Waterfi Waterproof Fitbit Alta HR

Brief Description: This Fitbit Alta HR has been professionally waterproofed by Waterfi so you can take it to the pool, beach, Hot tub ad even shower with it on every day.

It even captures your heart rate while you are in the water. The waterproofing is done on the inside of the unit and will not fail you. The Waterproof Alta HR does everything the standard Alta HR can.

  • Award Star: Pool, Ocean, Shower, Waterproof
  • Battery Life: 7 Day battery life
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Completely and professional waterproofed.
  • Heart rate data used to measure calorie burn, workout intensity and sleep stages.
  • Automatically recognizes and tracks exercise.
CONS
  • Does not calculate swimming laps, only tracks time in water and intensity.
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The Waterfi Alta HR is an ideal everyday lifestyle fitness tracker, but if you need a waterproof activity tracker that has more and better water sports data, the Garmin Quatix 5 is worth investigating.

The Garmin Quatix 5 is one of the best waterproof activity tracker with heart rate monitor available.

Garmin Quatix 5

Brief Description: Whether you sail, swim, water ski or drive a speed boat, this waterproof fitness tracker covers virtually all water sports. It sports advanced navigation features due to included GPS, GLONOSS Satellite Reception, altimeter, barometer and compass.

It also tracks lifestyle fitness statistics like steps, floors climbed, amount of time active and distance traveled. It also receives email, text and social media notifications.

  • Award Star: Advanced Water Sports Fitness Tracker
  • Battery Life: 2 Weeks in watch mode, 24 hrs in GPS/HR mode
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: Yes

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Counts laps, strokes, distance per stroke and speed.
  • Tracks Lifestyle fitness metrics like steps and calories burned, in addition to the watersport specific tracking.
  • ANT enabled Entertainment controls.
CONS
  • Watch may be overkill for the most people.
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The Quatix 5 is an excellent watch if you sail, boat or are a water sports enthusiast who needs the robust data, navigation and controls the Quatix 5 offers, but for everyone else it may be too much.

The next watch is a multisport waterproof tracker with a lower price tag that the Quatix 5, and some great features so there is something for everyone.

Polar V800 GPS Sports Watch

Brief Description: The Polar V800 is one of the best waterproof activity trackers with heart rate sensor I found.

It uses the polar H7 chest strap heart rate sensor which can track heart rate even while swimming, which many sensors can not do. This watch is geared toward Multisport, Triathlon and Ironman athletes.

In addition to the sport specific features of this watch, it also tracks everyday activity and has a reminder to move if you have been sitting a while.

  • Award Star: High Performance Triathlon Training Tool
  • Battery Life: Watch mode 30 days, GPS and HR mode, 13 to 50 hours
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Built in GPS: Yes

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Swim metrics, including ability to count laps manually or automatically.
  • Running Program race training Smart Coaching feature creates custom training plans.
  • Includes live STRAVA segments.
CONS
  • The HR monitor is a strap, it is not built in.
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Up next is a fitness tracker dedicated to Hikers, Trekkers, Explorers, Hunters, Fishers and Adventurers the Suunto Traverse Alpha, one of the best activity tracker with GPS and GLONASS Satellite Reception.

Best Activity Tracker with GPS and GLONASS – Best Hiking Activity Tracker

Suunto Traverse Alpha

Brief Description: The Suunto Travese Alpha, paired with the Suunto app Movescount, allows you to create your own route, follow routes others took before you and throw down a trail of digital breadcrumbs incase you need to go back and retrace your steps.

With GPS and GLONASS Satellite reception you can have confidence in the navigation of the watch.

The watch also monitors speed, altitude, barometric pressure and about a million other details. It also tracks lifestyle fitness metrics including steps, calories, and provides phone/text notifications.

  • Award Star: The Adventurers Fitness Tracker Watch
  • Battery Life: Up to 100 Hours
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Built in GPS: Yes

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Built in Hunting and Fishing tools, including shot detection and tracking.
  • Weather alerts, Barometric trends, storm alerts & sunrise/set times based on location.
  • Tracks speed, distance, route and altitude.
CONS
  • Battery life varies a lot according to your settings.

Best Waterproof Activity Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor

Garmin vívosmart HR

Brief Description: This everyday activity band fits a wide variety of lifestyles and is one of the best activity tracker with heart rate monitor at a great price.

The built in heart rate monitor collects data that is used to measure calories burned and activity intensity.

It will give you a little jolt of vibration to remind you to stay active when you are sitting too long. You can even control music and receive text, call and social media notification on screen.

  • Award Star: Everyday Waterproof HR Activity Tracker
  • Battery Life: Up to 5 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Automatically adjusts your steps goal based on activity to keep you challenged.
  • Links to MyFitnessPal and Garmin connect for more in depth Health tracking.
  • Music controls and stay active alert.
CONS
  • Can not change or customize the strap.
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Segue Paragraph: Everyday Lifestyle activity trackers like the best rated activity tracker Garmin Vivosmart HR work well for most folks, but some athletes need a little more.

The next section focus on the best activity tracker for weight lifting and CrossFit and best activity tracker for gym. The following list includes the top 3 best activity tracker 2019 for CrossFit, Weightlifting and the gym.

But…

We also have an article dedicated to activity tracker for weight lifting and CrossFit if you want to see more.

Best Activity Trackers for Weight Lifting, CrossFit and Gym

STRENX GYMWATCH

Brief Description: I admit, the name of this tracker is misleading. It’s actually not a watch, it doesn’t have a screen.

What it does have is a great way to track strength training activity without resorting to pen and paper.

You connect it to the Smartphone app, create a custom workout and select what you want to track, e.g., sets, reps, weight. Strap it to your wrist or leg, and then get lifting.

  • Award Star: Weightlifting specific tracker
  • Battery Life: Up to 30 days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Evaluates Range of motion, Time under tension of each rep.
  • App displays graph of weight and lifting speed so you can analyze the set.
  • Real-time feedback on form and speed of each lift.
CONS
  • Does not track lifestyle health metrics or cardio, just weight lifting or body weight exercises.
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I am surprised the Strenx gymwatch is not shown more love. I think that what the gymwatch has to offer is somehow lost in translation.

The watch was designed by German Sports scientists at the University of Darmstadt, and the Gymwatch has a huge catalog of over 900 exercises available to choose from.

Next up is a Smart watch you may not necessarily associate with body building or CrossFit, but with the right app, I think it can do a great job of tracking your strength training routine.

Apple Watch Series 3

Brief Description: One of the best things about the Apple watch is the ability to use third party apps.

Third party apps like Gymatic, Fitbod and Gymaholic can be downloaded and used with the Apple watch to Track individual exercises and count reps.

The Gymatic app. is able to learn your exercise routine and automatically start counting so you interact with your phone less during the routine.

  • Award Star: Tracks Weight Training with 3rd Party apps
  • Battery Life: 18 Hours
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: Yes

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Can be used as a weight training tracker, smart watch and lifestyle health tracker.
  • Can be used to make or receive calls, texts and social media alerts.
  • Water resistant, pool, shower safe, gym and sweat safe.
CONS
  • Pricy, less than one day battery life.
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There is no doubt that the Apple Watch Series 3 is a great smart watch and many would argue it is also the best activity tracker 2019, but if you are looking for a tracker that is focused on the gym, and only the gym, this next beast may be what you are after.

Beast Athlete Motion Sensor Gym

Brief Description: This Beast Athlete wearable is pretty innovative and quite accurate.

You can wear it on your arm, leg or even attach it magnetically directly to the weight you are lifting. There are two ways to enter your workout routine.

You can either enter each exercise as you go, which adds a minute or two between each set, or you can use the web page to plan a workout in advance.

  • Award Star: Accurate Weight training and CrossFit Tracker
  • Battery Life: 8 Hours
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Tracks Power output in watts, speed of lifts, total time under tension and reps.
  • If an exercise is not in the database you can create it and train the beast to recognize it next time.
  • Tracks bodyweight exercises.
CONS
  • Only tracks weight training related exercises. This is a very specialized tracker.
SEGUE PARAGRAPH

The beast is a fitness tracker specific to bodybuilding and lifting weights.

It is constructed to accurately track motion and speed of your lift, which is why it has three each of Accelerometers, Gyroscopes and Compasses.

Up next I will review a completely different category/ Lifestyle wearables.

These track everyday fitness stats, but instead of being watches or bands, they are wearable.

Best Wearable Fitness Tracker

Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker

Brief Description: The Fitbit one is a classic wearable, one of the first fitness trackers on the market. This clip style tracker measures steps taken, distanced moved, calories burned and stairs climbed.

  • Award Star: Classic Wearable Tracker
  • Battery Life: 14 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Silent vibrating alarm, plus sleep tracking.
  • Wear it discreetly.
  • Clear OLED display.
CONS
  • Not Waterproof.
SEGUE PARAGRAPH

The clip style wearable is ideal for people who absolutely can not wear a band, but it is a little old school.

Plus it is not practical for all day wear since you must replace it each time you change clothes.

The next wearable is the Bellabeat, designed for women, and it can be worn all the time as a necklace or bracelet.

It is one of my favorite best wearable activity tracker 2019 for women.

Bellabeat Leaf Urban Health Tracker

Brief Description: The Bellabeat Leaf is an activity and lifestyle tracker in the form of a piece of jewelry.

It is designed for women and includes a breathing and relaxation app and menstrual cycle tracker.

  • Award Star: The wearable just for Women
  • Battery Life: 6 months replaceable
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • IPX6 grade waterproof, can be worn in the shower.
  • Tracks steps, distance, calories, sleep, menstrual cycle and stress.
  • Includes silent wake up alarm and “move” reminder.
CONS
  • The stress tracking may not be accurate, according to some users.

Best Activity Tracker for Kids

Are you in the market for the best activity tracker for kids?

The truth is, there are not many fitness trackers made especially for children, but the two most popular activity trackers for kids are reviewed below.

Vívofit Jr 2

Brief Description: The Vivofit Jr 2 by Garmin is a fitness tracker designed just for kids. Parents can download the parent app for their phone and set reminders for their kids to brush their teeth or feed the dog.

The family can get involved in a little competition with a daily step challenge.

It works as a watch so children always know what time it is, the band is completely waterproof and has a battery that lasts well over a year before you need to replace it.

  • Award Star: Well Built Kids Fitness tracker
  • Battery Life: 1 Year
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Tracks sleep and activity level.
  • Parents can set alarms and reminders for kids using the phone app.
  • Tracks children’s sleep patterns and syncs the data to parents phone.
CONS
  • No child location tracking.
SEGUE PARAGRAPH

The Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 band comes in lots of fun patterns and has some useful features for parents too.

But…

Before you decide what the best activity tracker for kids is check out the brad new Fitbit ace.

Fitbit Ace

Brief Description: The FitBit Ace is the newest fitness band from FitBit and is aimed at kids.

It tracks steps, activity time, sleep all viewable through the app on the parents phone. Parents can set activity and steps goals and the phone displays a motivating fireworks display when the goal is reached.

  • Award Star: Latest Fitbit Children’s Activity tracker
  • Battery Life: 5 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Built in GPS: No

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Shower proof and durable.
  • Tracks sleep and parents can set a silent wake up alarm to get kids going in the morning.
  • Parents can use the app to check in on their children’s progress.
CONS
  • Band is small, no child locater.

Best Fitness Tracker for Cyclists and Cycling at a Low Price

Fitbit Surge

Brief Description: The Fitbit surge is a reasonably priced fitness tracker that accommodates cycles because it has the distinction of having both a built in heart rate monitor and built in GPS.

This means you do not need to bring your smart phone along for the ride. The Surge also tracks lifestyle fitness metrics like sleep and steps, and displays the time like a watch.

  • Award Star: Built in GPS and HR monitor
  • Battery Life: 4 Days
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
  • Built in GPS: Yes

Editor Rating: 

PROS
  • Built in GPS.
  • Built in Heart rate Monitor.
  • Low Price Point.
CONS
  • GPS mode drains battery pretty quick.

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