Which Fitness Tracker is Right For You?

Christmas is coming! Do you have a fitness tracker on your list? It’s a great gift, especially if you or someone you know is gearing up for a healthier New Year. There are so many different fitness trackers out there so it can be overwhelming to pick just one. Luckily, we’ve done the hard part and narrowed it down to seven great options.

Personally, I love my Apple Watch! I went through a lot of other fitness trackers though to get to this point. And the Apple Watch is more wearable tech than strictly a fitness tracker. Nevertheless, it makes our list.

1. Apple Watch Nike+Edition: This edition of the Apple Watch is the perfect running partner. Paired with the Nike Run Club app and the Nike Training Club app you enter a world of different workouts and gain access to a variety of fitness experts.

Apple Watch Nike+ Edition: $399+
Photo: Apple

The Specs:

  • Size: 40mm or 44mm screen
  • Band: Interchangeable; fits 130-200mm or 140-210mm wrist
  • GPS: Yes, and has a cellular option
  • Waterproof: Water resistant up to 50 meters
  • Heartrate Monitoring: Yes
  • Battery: Rechargable battery with up to 18 hours of life (pending physical activity and use of other features, I have gotten about 20 hours on my Apple Watch Series 3. Battery life may vary by model)
  • Compatibility: iOS

2. Moov Now: Personally, I have not tried this tracker, but I’ve heard great things. This is a more. “everyday” kind of tracker. It lacks some of the fancy features you’ll get from other fitness trackers, but for the price point, you’ll get your money’s worth out of it. To learn more, check out this review by Tech Radar.

Moov Now: $39.99

The Specs:

  • Band: 1.1 x 0.3 x 8.9 inches
  • GPS: With cellular app
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Heartrate Monitoring: No
  • Battery Life: Six months
  • Compatibility: iOS/Android

3. Fibit Alta HR: I have been a long time supporter of Fitbit. I’ve loved every one of my devices and had great experiences with their customer service. I liked this device a lot. It may not be as technical as some of the other fitness trackers out there, but it was a great every day tracker that kept me motivated. In addition to tracking activity, it also tracks sleep. 


Fitbit Alta HR: $129.95-$149.95

The Specs:

  • Band: Interchangeable bands in small and large sizes
  • GPS: With cellular app
  • Waterproof: No
  • Heartrate Monitoring: Yes
  • Battery: Rechargable battery with up to 7 days of life (pending physical activity and use of other features. I only got about 4-5 days out of it)
  • Compatibility: iOS/Android

4. Misfit Shine 2: One of my friends had the Misfit and loved it. There are some great features with this fitness tracker and it’s reasonably priced. What I like about this one is it gives you the option to wear it as a band (like most trackers) or to clip it on. Sometimes I would prefer a clip over a bracelet or watch style (I really hate things on my wrist) and this is one of the few trackers that allow this option. To learn more, check out this review from Wearable where they gave the tracker 4 out of 5 stars. 

The Specs:

  • Band: Adjustable band, with clip option
  • GPS: No
  • Waterproof: Yes, up to 50 meters
  • Heartrate Monitoring: No
  • Battery Life: Six months, changeable battery
  • Compatibility: iOS/Android

5. Garmin Vivosport: Garmin is great brand for all things fitness. I know many runners that use Garmin products and even bought my boyfriend a Garmin watch a few years ago. This track a variety of fitness modes, which is nice for the size of the band. I’ve noticed with smaller trackers, activities are often sacrificed, so it’s nice to see this isn’t that case with this one. The Vivosport is also of similar design to thee Fitbit Alta, but comes at a cheaper price point. See the full review on Tech Radar.


The Specs:

  • Band: Adjustable band with two size options
  • GPS: Yes
  • Waterproof: Water resistant
  • Heartrate Monitoring: Yes
  • Battery Life: 7 days
  • Compatibility: iOS/Android

6. TomTom Spark 3: TomTom is another great brand for runners and fitness enthusiasts. One of the best features of the Spark 3 is that is has 3GB of storage, meaning you can load music directly on to it for those long runs you don’t want to bring your phone along for. It also has “Route Exploration,” which allows you create a route and directly upload it to the tracker. Get additional information on the Spark 3 by checking out this review by PCMag.

The Specs:

  • Band: Adjustable band with two size options
  • GPS: Yes
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Heartrate Monitoring: Yes
  • Battery Life: 11 hours
  • Compatibility: iOS/Android; plus an additional PC program to upload music. Can be used on Mac, but not as user friendly. 

7. Fitbit Versa: Again, I love the Fitbit brand and if I hadn’t been so sold on my Apple Watch, I would probably still use a Fitbit. According to CNET, the Fitbit Versa is the lower-cost, Apple Watch alternative. The Versa serves as both a smartwatch and a fitness tracker. Like all Fitbit models it tracks steps, but also does activities and sleep. It also adds some nice features like messaging and mobile payments. If you’re not looking to break the bank on an Apple Watch, the Versa may be the best bet.

Fitbit Versa: $199.95

The Specs:

  • Band: Adjustable band with two size options
  • GPS: With mobile phone app
  • Waterproof: Water resistant up to 50 meters
  • Heartrate Monitoring: Yes
  • Battery Life: 4 days
  • Compatibility: iOS/Android

Disclaimer: These are honest reviews of the products. Some have been used by the Muffy’s Fitness Blog team, while others have not, but come from creditable sources. There was no compensation received for reviewing this products. Pricing and availability was correct at the time of publishing. For more information, reference our Disclosure Policy.

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