The best fitness tracker 2022on September 6, 2022 at 11:07 Tech Advisor

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We’ve reviewed a whole host of fitness trackers but here are ten of the best, collectively covering the needs of all manner of athletes, from dedicated runners to those who just want to keep a step count or track their health stats.

If you are looking for something with a little more functionality, why not check out our
best smartwatches roundup too.

Happy tracking.

Best fitness trackers 2022

1. Xiaomi Mi Band 7 – Best fitness tracker

Pros

Feature-packed

All-day heart rate, blood oxygen and stress tracking

Support for 120 types of exercise

Large always-on display

Cons

Always-on display comes at a big cost to battery

Not the smartest wearable

No built-in GPS

RRP:



£54.99

The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 is the best fitness tracker around, with a tempting price tag and an impressive array of sensors to track your health, fitness, and workouts.

The large always-on display is a particularly nice addition, helping showcase the vivid watch faces on offer while making it easier to read text at a glance, though the always-on tech comes at a heavy cost to overall battery life.

Fitness tracking includes all-day SpO2 monitoring, new workout metrics (including VO2 Max), and the ability to track more workouts than ever before.

The lack of built-in GPS may irk fitness fanatics, but this is a great little inexpensive tracker for keeping an eye on your general health and fitness.

Read our full
Xiaomi Mi Band 7review

2. Fitbit Charge 5 – Best Fitbit

Pros

Top fitness features

GPS

Colour display

Cons

Occasionally laggy

Some features missing

The Charge 5 is easily Fitbit’s best tracker, which is enough to make it a safe choice for anyone looking for an activity band.

It covers all the basics – tracking steps, distance, calories burned, hourly activity, heart rate, swim-tracking and advanced sleep; not to mention it has most of the company’s exclusive top-end exercise features too, including Active Zone Minutes.

Its built-in GPS and health measurements mean it closely matches the more expensive Fitbit Versa 3 smartwatch too, though bear in mind that the most comprehensive tracking features are locked behind the paid Fitbit Premium plan.

Our only complaints are very occasional performance stutters, the removal of an altimeter (to count floors climbed) and a few features that Fitbit has been slow to add, but those shouldn’t put you off grabbing the Charge 5, as it’s constantly getting improved upon (thanks to frequent software updates from Fitbit).

If you don’t mind a monochrome display, you can also always check out the older
Charge 4 and save some money too.

Read our full
Fitbit Charge 5review

3. Withings Move – Best design

Pros

Elegant design

Well-rounded app

18-month battery life

Cons

Limited feature set

No continuous heart rate

RRP:



From £59.95

When it comes to design, the Withings Move is so classic and simple that it could pass as an everyday watch. It has the longevity of one too, using a standard watch battery that will last for a whopping 18 months.

On the fitness tracking side, the companion Health Mate app does almost everything you need it to and more, combining basic fitness tracking with sleep tracking too.

If you love the sound of the Move but want that little bit extra, check out the Move ECG too, which takes the same design but squeezes in an electrocardiogram sensor.

Read our full
Withings Movereview

4. Fitbit Inspire 2 – Cheapest Fitbit

Pros

Great value for Fitbit

Comprehensive fitness tracking

Tile integration

Cons

Small monochrome display

No altimeter

No built-in GPS

RRP:



£89.99

The Inspire 2 is the cheapest model in the current Fitbit line-up, making it an excellent entry point to tracking.

It’s still more expensive than rivals like the Xiaomi Mi Band or Honor Band, but Fitbit’s software experience and ecosystem are both excellent, so for some it may be worth paying a little extra – though paying more for a smaller, black-and-white display does sting a little.

It helps that you get 10 days of battery life, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, and sleep tracking, while integration with Tile means you shouldn’t ever lose it again either. Just bear in mind that as with all Fitbits, you’ll need to subscribe to the paid Fitbit Premium plan to get every bit of data out of it.

The Inspire 3 has since been announced, so you may want to hold off on grabbing an Inspire for now – we’ll update this chart with our review of the new model as soon as we have it.

Read our full
Fitbit Inspire 2review

5. Withings ScanWatch – Best health tracking

Pros

Elegant design

Well-rounded app

Great battery life

Cons

No GPS

No continuous heart rate

RRP:



£249 (38mm) | £279 (42mm)

Aside from a lack of GPS, Withings’ ScanWatch is a compelling hybrid tracker, with a classic design and rich tracking capabilities.

The name relates to its ability to more accurately get a read on your heart health than any other tracker here, albeit for a premium that makes it more of a niche proposition.

AFib detection, an SpO2 sensor, and detection of breathing disturbances like sleep apnea are smart inclusions, while the small PMOLED display grants some degree of smartwatch-like functionality on top of its fitness-tracking skillset.

If you can spend a little more, the ScanWatch Horizon offers the same excellent health features in a heftier dive watch design.

Read our full
Withings ScanWatchreview

6. Polar Pacer – Best for runners

Pros

Very comfortable

Excellent battery life

Accurate tracking with GPS

Cons

Notification experience irks

Manual syncing to app

No on-board music storage




Best Prices Today:


£169.50 at Polar

If you want a running watch that lasts several days on a charge, tracks your workouts effortlessly, spits out insightful data, and won’t bug you with notifications, the Polar Pacer is it.

The Pacer supports a variety of exercise types but the focus is on running, with GPS tracking and a post-workout ‘running index’ to let you know how you’ve performed across a variety of metrics.

If you’re trying to get into running, or even if you’re already hitting the trails, the Pacer will prove an excellent addition to your kit with strong battery life, a superbly readable display, lightweight construction, and the smarts to show you how you are performing and to help you improve.

Read our full
Polar Pacerreview

7. Huawei Watch Fit 2 – Smartwatch substitute

Pros

Slick, low-profile design

Responsive and easy-to-read display

Supports calling via Bluetooth

Huawei Health app is easy to navigate

Cons

No NFC

Milanese mesh wrist strap is a little loose

Pricey for a tracker

RRP:



From £130 | Model reviewed: £190

The Huawei Watch Fit 2 is a great-looking and easy-to-use wearable that sits somewhere between a smartwatch and a fitness tracker.

It’s geared towards health tracking, but compared to simpler trackers it comes with some useful extra features such as the phone locator and Bluetooth calling.

You still get a lot of the benefits of trackers though, including a weeklong battery life and a slim, low-profile design.

Getting the best of both worlds affects the price though, and this is essentially expensive for a fitness tracker, but cheap for a smartwatch.

Read our full
Huawei Watch Fit 2review

8. Fitbit Ace 3 – Best for kids

Pros

In-app Parent and Kid Views

Hardy, colourful design

Family challenges

Cons

Underpowered compared to adult Fitbits

May not appeal to every kid

RRP:



£69.99

The Fitbit Ace 3 is built to suit childrens’ rough-and-tumble lifestyle, providing both kids and parents with simple but insightful activity and sleep tracking data.

The Ace 3 serves as a way to motivate kids to get more active, but in a roundabout way, could also incentivise the whole family to get fitter together (provided everyone involved has a Fitbit of their own to wear).

Older kids might want to look for a tracker with a little more oomph, however, as the Ace 3 offers a cut-down range of fitness and notification features compared to Fitbit’s ‘adult’ trackers. It counts steps, logs Active Minutes, and monitors basic sleep patterns, but lacks heart-rate tracking.

Read our full
Fitbit Ace 3review

9. Honor Band 6 – Best on a budget

Pros

Large display

Stress & sleep tracking

Excellent battery life

Cons

Only 10 exercise types

No GPS or NFC

Inconsistent SpO2 measurements

RRP:



£44.99

Best Prices Today:


£31.49 at Amazon |
£31.49 at Amazon

The Honor Band 6 is one of the cheapest fitness trackers around, even coming in cheaper than Xiaomi’s latest.

Despite that you get a large colour display, 5 ATM water-resistance, both stress and sleep tracking, and a brilliant two-week battery life.

You’ll have to put up with a limited selection of exercises, and there’s no GPS or NFC, but at this price that won’t matter much.

Read our full
Honor Band 6review

10. Fitbit Luxe – Fitbit, but fashion

Pros

Fitness and wellness features

Colour touchscreen

Fashion accessories

Cons

Average battery life

Inspire 2 is better value

RRP:



£109.99

The Fitbit Luxe is essentially an Inspire 2 with a colour AMOLED display. It features the same tracking tech and smart features as its cheaper cousin, but at a higher price to accommodate the full colour screen.

It’s designed to look the part in more ways than one though. The metal body is a step up in sturdiness from the Inspire 2, and it not only comes in a variety of colours but also features a whole host of different swappable bands (sold separately, of course).

That makes this the Fitbit for anyone who cares about style as much as substance, though either the Inspire 2 or Charge 5 will do better if performance is your priority.

Read our full
Fitbit Luxereview

Your buying guide to the best fitness trackers in 2022

Fitness trackers help you measure and log a myriad of activities each day; from a simple step count to weights sessions, swimming and more.

The biggest challenge when choosing one that suits your needs is that there are just so many to choose from and not all of them offer the same functionality or track fitness to the same degree or quality. 

Brands like
Fitbit dominate the conversation and while the company’s wares are undoubtedly competent, there are lots of other trackers out there that excel in areas your average Fitbit doesn’t.

There are also different types of fitness tracker to consider, influenced by factors that affect their designs and prices; two things that are no doubt high on your list when searching for the right wearable.

Some users will want something that counts steps and doesn’t require frequent charging, others might be in the market for a new marathon companion.

Do you want to be able to log your routes using integrated GPS or is tethered GPS (pulling location data from your phone in real-time) enough? Do you need constant heart-rate monitoring? Does your tracker need to be water-resistant? Is integration with other fitness services, like Strava, essential? These are all additional aspects to consider before buying. 

Find out
how we test wearables.

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