These fitness trackers can help you meet your exercise goals.
Need some help keeping your workout routine on track? Try using a fitness tracker to stay on top of your goals. Fitbit, Apple and others offer products that can help you track your progress to remain motivated, as well as highlighting areas that need improvement. They're also packed with helpful features for monitoring your sleep patterns, and some can even let you know when you should be taking a rest day. So read on if you're looking for the best fitness tracker 2023 has to offer.
There are dozens of dedicated fitness tracker options to choose from that come in the form of wristbands, shoe insoles with activity-tracking features and smartwatches. We've rounded up six of our favorite trackers based on price, form and function. Each of them requires a mobile app to track your progress and some let you see phone notifications on your wrist.
Fitness tracking is great for keeping you motivated, but remember that not even the most advanced activity tracker will do the work for you. Still, no matter your health and fitness goals, any one of the activity trackers here will help you achieve peak performance. We'll be testing and updating this best fitness trackers list periodically. If you're looking for more smart features and advanced fitness insights, make sure to check out our list of best smartwatches for 2023 with recommendations for the top Garmin, Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch and Polar wearables.
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The Charge 5 improves on earlier Charge models by adding a color screen and an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) app on top of the already-strong fitness and sleep tracking Fitbit is known for. There's a built-in GPS so you can track outdoor workouts without your phone, plus a blood oxygen sensor. With the recent addition of a new Daily Readiness Score, the Charge 5 can also tell you if your body is up to taking on a workout, or if you should take a rest day. But many of Fitbit's most useful features, like this score, are only available as part of Fitbit's $10-a-month Premium service. Without a Premium subscription you can still use the Charge 5 for fitness and health tracking, it just won't give you the most in-depth metrics and trends over time. The battery should last you at least four full days and it's compatible with iPhone and Android.
If you're looking for a fitness band that's discreet (and more affordable), you may consider the Fitbit Luxe. You won't get the built-in GPS or mobile payment options, but it has health and fitness tracking essentials, including heart-rate monitoring, automatic workout detection and a detailed sleep analysis.
This fitness band is also the closest thing to jewelry that I've worn so far, especially if you pair it with the Gorjana link bracelet. You can also swap out the bands for more traditional silicone ones if you're worried about sweat or using it to track swims. The biggest downside is that for some people, the screen and text may be too small to read without a lot of effort (or glasses).
For around $50, the Mi Band 7 is the best value fitness tracker on this list. It has a large color AMOLED touchscreen, 24/7 heart rate and sleep tracking. Battery life is also great, with about six days of use before needing to charge. The main downside is that heart-rate tracking for intense workouts does tend to be spotty and some features like contactless payments are not available in the US.
These $300 smart insoles can turn any old running shoe into a high-tech tracker, giving you more fitness tracking information about your run than any wrist-based tracker we've ever tested. Each insole has 16 sensors that detect the pressure you're putting on your foot with every step you take. Together with the app and trackers, they can measure everything from step length to foot strike balance to give you real-time feedback on how to reduce injury or improve your time.
The Series 8 may be a little more sophisticated, but the $249 Apple Watch SE has everything you need in a fitness tracker with added smartwatch features. Both watches share the same variety of exercise modes, sleep tracking, heart-rate monitoring, ability to detect irregular heart rhythms and cardio fitness notifications. There's also a redesigned new Compass app to help prevent you from getting lost on your next run. The Apple Watch SE is also compatible with dozens of fitness apps like Strava, Nike Training Club and Apple's own Fitness Plus. It lacks the Series 8's ability to take an ECG, measure wrist temperature and monitor blood oxygen. But for those who just need some extra motivation to close their Activity Rings, the Apple Watch SE has plenty to offer at a lower price than the Series 8.
If you're not quite ready to give up the look of a traditional wristwatch, but want something with smart features, consider the Garmin Lily. This is a tracker designed for smaller wrists and has a cool pattern etched in the background of the watch that gives it a unique look when the monochrome screen is on or off. Despite its tiny footprint, it doesn't skimp on all the important features you'd expect, including blood oxygen, sleep tracking and 24/7 heart-rate monitoring. Unlike some of the other trackers on this list, the Lily doesn't have any onboard storage for music, or built-in GPS.
The third-generation Oura Ring is a set-and-forget wearable. Wear it like a regular ring, and it will track your sleep, skin temperature, heart rate and blood oxygen levels in the background. Oura distills health metrics into easy-to-understand scores that put data into context, helping you understand whether you got a good night's sleep and are ready for a tough workout at a glance. Oura also updates the ring over time with new features, such as the newly launched chronotype metric, which should tell whether you're a morning person or night owl. But most of its features are locked behind a $6-per-month subscription, which can feel like a lot on top of its $300 price. Check out this story from CNET's Scott Stein, who spent six months wearing the Oura ring to learn more about it.