Fitbit Charge 2 is one of the best fitness trackers in its category. And even today it is still one of the most popular ones. Fitbit Charge 2 has a great sleek design a wide range of performance elements that make every dollar spent worth it. All those standard things available in every tracker like steps made, calories burned, sleep time, etc. are on board. In addition, this tracker has a heart rate monitor and shows phone notifications on the screen. Also, how about a great mobile app to analyze your performance and monitor your activities? Yes, this model has its own app for that. That is why we think that Fitbit Charge 2 hits that sweet spot in terms of being useful for fitness, useful for activity and sleep tracking, plus, it also looks nice.
This model is a perfect blend of everything, so if you want to get just one device for everything related to sports and activity tracking, this Fitbit Charge 2 is your best bet. However, it is not very cheap, and depending on the region where you are buying it may still cost up to $150 or so. That is why we decided to scan the market for the best fitness tracker alternatives for this model in all popular categories (fitness, running, etc.).
If you love running or cycling, then look no further because we present you the best fitness tracker for both these activities. This is an update for the very successful model by Garmin that was marketed as Vivosmart HR Plus back in the day. With GPS built-in this small device, it can collect data like your route, your speed, the distance covered – all of that stuff. That is why getting any other tracker without GPS is not the best idea for runners and cyclists. Just based on the fact that Garmin Vivosport has GPS, we think this model would be the best fitness tracker for anybody who is running a lot. The updated version looks much better overall – it is sleeker, slimmer, and features a color display.
Garmin Vivofit 3
This is our top pick for the fitness category. For everyone doing weight training or maybe CrossFit or any other sort of training where you are really getting the heart rate up, it would be smart to utilize a chest strap heart rate monitor. After testing and comparing a dozen of trackers, we ended up with Garmin Vivofit 3 being the best for fitness. Sure, right now they are selling the 4th version of Vivofit but considering its rather high price and not enough improvements for the previous model, we think it is better to go with Vivofit 3. It is still good and much more affordable. What we really love in Vivofit 3 – its incredible battery life, which allows using the gadget up to twelve months on a single coin cell battery.
On top of that, you will get your heart rate data from the chest strap heart rate monitor. The gadget is super durable, waterproof, and still very comfortable to wear. You can bang it around on things or hit with weights, and it will continue to work as it was nothing. Long story short, if you need a fitness track purely for tracking really hardcore workouts, then Garmin Vivofit 3 is exactly what you need.
Fitbit Alta HR
The most stylish everyday life fitness tracker we could find. We love it for its style because there are a lot of people out there that don’t want to tell everybody that they are wearing a fitness tracker, don’t want to tell everybody they are trying to lose weight, etc. This one can be more covert, but it still comes with a built-in heart rate monitor, has a decent display, relays the incoming notifications from your phone (calls, text messages). And if you don’t like the original band, you can get another one for a small price. Make your device look more or less sporty, more appropriate for the office and look like a classic watch. So, just from the style point of view, it is a really great choice. Plus, you don’t make many compromises by wearing it, at least for the average person that wants a fitness tracker that looks nice.
Misfit Ray 2 / Misfit Shine 2
There are two winners for the budget category – and they both are produced by the same company. If you are looking for a cheap fitness tracker, this is the way to go. Both these trackers are supported with a really good mobile app and know how to calculate all the basics including steps, calories, etc. Also, they do look really nice with that look like an aluminum body. They have different shapes, though. Misfit Ray is more cylindrical, while Shine is more like a little pebble. The bottom line – they are really affordable and have pretty good fitness tracking features. If you don’t want to spend a whole lot of money, then consider choosing between these two models.
Garmin Vivomove HR
The prize for originality goes to this device. It is not just a fitness tracker, it is more like a hybrid smartwatch, really. And it also looks like your classic watch with a standard clock face. Despite this fact, it is still a pure play fitness tracker. It looks nice and has interchangeable bands, so if you want you can get yourself a brand-new leather band that will look awesome on your hand. While Vivomove HR looks like a watch, it has all the capabilities of a top-tier fitness tracker: steps made, calories burned, distance walked, and it also comes with a heart rate monitor. You can use all of that to track your activities and exercises. Also, Vivomove HR has a hidden display that can be activated by a simple double-tap. It allows you to see things like the current date, step count, incoming notifications. You can even pause and play music that is playing on your smartphone. There are a lot of gadgets there in this watch form factor, but this one is our favorite hands down. It is not cheap in comparison with some other models on this list, but if you really want a watch-style fitness tracker, this is one of the best you can get.