Fitness trackers are getting more powerful, and while the Fitbit Charge 3 is our current best fitness tracker, there are cheaper and more advanced options.
There are some brilliant fitness trackers available for cheap prices – and more that offer technology like heart rate monitoring, detailed sleep tracking and even waterproof for swimming.
But there’s still huge variations in the quality of data you get – so choosing the right fitness tracker app is just as important as what goes on your wrist. Fitbit trackers and Garmin watches lead the way here.
But there’s also price to consider. Fitness trackers generally aren’t expensive and if you’re just looking to make sure your getting enough steps every day, there’s no need to spend over $40.
Make the right choice
Incoming…Fitbit Charge 4
The Fitbit Charge 4 has just been announced, and it looks like it will dethrone its predecessor as our best fitness tracker. It looks identical, but adds GPS and a new metric called Active Zone Minutes, which offers more credit for those working out in the fat burn and cardio heart rate zones.
Elsewhere, there’s direct support for Spotify (but no offline storage), NFC, and it’s still water resistant to 50m. What’s more, it has 20 workout modes built in, tracks heart rate, VO2 Max and blood oxygen. In short, it looks like a much more complete wearable. We’ll update this article when it’s been fully reviewed.
Fitbit Charge 3
Best fitness tracker 2020
Fitbit Charge 3 features
- Heart rate tracking
- Steps and activity tracking
- Sleep monitoring with Sleep Stages
- ConnectedGPS (phone required)
- Fitbit Pay (available in Special Edition)
- VO2 Max
- SpO2 sensor
- Guided breathing exercises
- Works with iOS and Android
- Price when reviewed: $149.99
- Fitbit Charge 3 product page
Before you get stuck in a warning: it’s widely expected a Fitbit Charge 4 release is imminent – so that might affect your purchasing decision.
The Fitbit Charge 3 is the best fitness tracker on the market right now, and for our money, gets our top recommendation.
A total redesign of the previous generation, we now have a slimmer, refined look – and one that’s much more comfortable to wear. If you want to mix up your look or feel, bands can be swapped out with ease, too.
The headline changes are the waterproof body, which makes it an option for swimming, and the improved touchscreen, and you’ll quietly be able to get an entire week of battery from the tracker.
Sleep tracking on the Charge 3 is as good as it gets, with sleep stages and Fitbit’s Sleep Score offering top quality tracking, but also insights into how to use the data for a better night’s kip.
Herat rate tracking is a given these days, but, still, the Charge 3 is one of the leading performers. You get continuous monitoring, resting heart rate measurements and VO2 Max calculations with Fitbit’s Cardio Fitness Score.
And it now packs an SpO2 blood oxygen sensor, which makes use of