Top 5 Best Fitness Trackers for 2021

The best fitness trackers are able to provide us with insight into our workouts.

This, in turn, helps us to fine tune those workouts so that they can provide us with greater health and strength benefits. 

So, we put a bunch of fitness trackers to the test and these were our top 5 picks.


Best Fitness Trackers

GOTHIC

Garmin Vivosport Smart Activity Tracker

Stylish and comfortable with a nice screen – the Garmin Vivosport comes a close second.

CLASSICAL

Fitbit Charge 4

The best fitness tracker thanks to onboard GPS and very keen pricing to keep it competitive.

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Amazfit A1608B Bip Smartwatch

Lightweight, comfortable and very well made with an amazing battery life.


Fitbit Charge 4

There’s no doubt about it, the best fitness tracker for a reasonable price at the moment is the Fitbit Charge 4.

It has on-board GPS (unlike its predecessor) and you can easily leave the phone at home and track your runs on it. 

It also supports contactless payments, so you can leave your wallet at home too.

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Quick Fact: The Fitbit Charge 4 uses an Active Zone Minutes tracking system which charts all your activity which is more energetic than a brisk walk – it’s perfect for cardio training.

PROS

1. The on-board GPS makes this a steal at this price point
2. We also like the fact that is has full Spotify controls, we like to use earbuds while running
3. The form factor is slim, neat and effective

CONS

1. The clasp isn’t very well made and can be cumbersome
2. Battery life is more like 4 days than the advertised 7
3. Some users have complained that they found the set up complicated


Garmin Vivosport Smart Activity Tracker

This is for the more casual athlete. The Garmin Vivosport is a bright, cheerful model which provides a lot of Garmin’s functionality in a light attractive band-style tracker. 

It has built in GPS and we found it a very easy tracker to set up and get started with. 

It’s waterproof and has a decent battery too.

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Quick Fact: This tracker can be used in conjunction both with the Strava App and the MyFitnessPal app which is very useful if you want to drill down into the data.

PROS

1. Really vibrant, attractive design which just feels fun
2. Waterproofing is excellent
3. Works with a range of apps

CONS

1. Seems to miss the occasional rep 
2. Can be slow to find a satellite at times – GPS needs coverage to work properly
3. Sleep tracking doesn’t seem to be very accurate


Amazfit A1608B Bip Smartwatch

There’s one good reason to buy an Amazfit A1608B Bip and that’s its incredible 30-day battery life. 

Well, that’s the advertised life and we found that while it wasn’t quite 30 days in our tests, it was very close. 

It’s very well made and it’s a very light tracker at just 1.1 ounces – so, if you’re looking to keep the weight off your wrist, that’s another great reason to buy it.

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Quick Fact: The Amazfit has many smartwatch capabilities too and when you’re not working out – you can receive emails, texts, etc. on it too.

PROS

1. Fantastic battery life even with the display always on
2. Screen is very clear and easy to read even at a distance
3. Very lightweight ideal for use with a home gym

CONS

1. Customer support seems to be an issue for some customers
2. Standard app doesn’t support Strava
3. Sleep tracking isn’t perfect


Oura Ring

Some of us just don’t want to wear a watch like device and that’s where the Oura ring comes in. 

It’s worth noting that there aren’t many fitness tracking rings now that Motiv has been withdrawn from sale. 

However, the Oura doesn’t short cut things and the sensors are very good quality and their algorithm is great at working out information and providing it in a way that’s usable.

oura ring

Quick Fact: You do NOT get raw data from an Oura Ring it provides data based on a two-week baseline and deviations from it. This helps you better measure progress.

PROS

1.Cuts down on anxiety with a focus on gradual progress
2. Really well made and looks fantastic
3. Temperature sensor is excellent

CONS

1. Doesn’t provide as much data as a band
2. Doesn’t provide as many functions as a band
3.
It’s quite expensive


Apple Watch Series 6

It’s hard not to mention Apple in these things but we have to stress, we can only recommend the Apple Watch Series 6 if you’re already entrenched in the Apple ecosystem, otherwise, there are better buys to be had. 

Of course, it has full iPhone interoperability features and an excellent GPS tracker. 

It still can’t compete with the best chest strap heart rate monitors, though.

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Quick Fact: This is the only watch in our trial that can measure your blood oxygen saturation point which can be important in times of Covid.

PROS

1. Very well featured and more powerful than most fitness bands
2. Elegant, good looks as you’d expect from Apple
3. Works best with an iPhone

CONS

1. Very expensive comparably to other fitness trackers
2. Not a good buy if you don’t use an iPhone
3. Can be hard to get hold of, it’s a popular model


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Stephen Oliver
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