Fitbit One
Fitbit One

Best fitness tracker

The Fitbit One combines accurate tracking and user-friendly convenience in a sleek clip-on device. The screen is bright and easy to read, displaying user stats and motivational messages. It automatically syncs to many devices and uploads data to a free Fitbit.com account that experts and owners like for its ability to track non-step exercises, food intake and sleep patterns.
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Fitbit Flex
Fitbit Flex

Best wristband fitness tracker

The Fitbit Flex is the most reliable wristband-style fitness tracker you can buy, say experts and users. The tracker is consistently accurate and syncs effortlessly to most platforms. It tracks steps, overall distance, time spent doing cardio and calories burned. Plus, while the Flex's look is compact and sleek, optional bands and accessories are available to personalize it to your style.
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Jawbone UP
Jawbone UP

Best sleep-tracking activity band

The Jawbone UP's standout feature is its unique sleep-monitoring capabilities. A vibrating alarm can wake users at the best point in their REM cycle to program the right length for a power nap. It's a top fitness tracker, too, putting together a comprehensive picture of your health by counting steps and monitoring food intake. The fitness app is a reviewer favorite.
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Basis B1 Band
Basis B1 Band

Best fitness tracker with heart monitor

The Basis B1 Band is the top activity tracker for serious athletes and fitness enthusiasts, say reviewers. It features continuous, automatic heart-rate monitoring and senses skin temperature and perspiration levels to better track your activity level. It can differentiate between types of activities, and even moves automatically into sleep mode, tracking both the length and quality of your sleep.
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BodyMedia FIT
BodyMedia FIT

Best armband-style fitness tracker

The BodyMedia FIT Link Armband is one of the most in-depth activity trackers, monitoring skin temperature, perspiration and heat flux for first-rate accuracy. It's excellent at tracking non-step activities -- such as bicycling and weight lifting -- and also provides sleep-cycle analysis. BodyMedia's web account is highly interactive, with detailed reports and advice on setting fitness goals.
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Fitness trackers can help improve your overall health

Even 10 minutes of brisk activity -- like walking fast or climbing the stairs -- can help you lose weight and stay in shape, according to recent studies. But making sure you are getting enough daily exercise can be challenging. Enter in the fitness tracker: a small wearable device that charts your activity, calories and sleep. "Whether your health goals are modest or you're hoping for a full fitness transformation, using a personal fitness tracking device can go a long way toward helping you understand if the exercise and health habits you keep are contributing to the new you," explains Jill Duffy with PCMag.com.

Fitness trackers go a step beyond pedometers, which typically only count steps and tally distance. Also called activity trackers, body measurement trackers or wearables, these small devices can chart bicycling, climbing stairs, running and swimming. Most even track the quantity and quality of your sleep. Users keep the tracker on their body 24 hours a day, worn on the wrist or arm or clipped to clothing. Some fitness trackers measure other biometrics such as heart rate, skin temperature and perspiration to more accurately measure calories burned and exercise intensity levels.

A key advantage to fitness trackers is that they upload all of this data to your computer or smart device, where a fitness app graphs your averages and totals. Advanced apps offer customized weight-loss plans and help you manage your fitness goals. Some connect to social media to share your progress or motivate you even more with friendly competition. Though many smartphones offer apps similar to a fitness tracker, experts say these aren't as accurate as a device dedicated to tracking activity, which usually uses a 3-axis accelerometer to measure motion.

Fitness trackers run between $50 and $250, but the best models typically cost about $100. For a less expensive step counter, consider spending about $20 for a pedometer; we cover the best models in our pedometers report.

When selecting a fitness tracker, you should consider the type of activity you commonly do, what data you wish to track and the tracker's compatibility with your computer or smartphone. Also, because you will wear it all day, every day, comfort and design are important considerations.

ConsumerSearch editors analyzed expert and user reviews as well as side-by-side comparisons to narrow down the list of the top fitness trackers. To find the top-performing fitness trackers, we looked for devices that are accurate, easy to sync, comfortable to wear and include an effective fitness app. One of these will help you reach your fitness and activity goals.

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