As one of the leading brands of health monitors, Fitbit offers several fitness trackers that frequently rank high in professional comparisons. "Fitbit is one of the most well-known names in the fitness-tracking space, and for good reason," says Paul Sawers with TheNextWeb.com. At the top of most expert lists is the Fitbit One (Est. $100), praised for its accuracy and user-friendly design. This lightweight device is slender enough for a pocket, or slips into its silicone clip to discreetly attach to a belt or bra. "The Fitbit One performed well in all my testing, doing an outstanding job of collecting, aggregating, and displaying data across walking, running, stair climbing, sleeping, and eating," says Jill Duffy with PCMag.com, who designates it as an Editor's Choice. She recommends it for everyday users who want to improve their overall fitness and health.
The Fitbit One replaces its popular predecessor, the Fitbit Ultra, with an improved OLED display that provides instant feedback on your daily step count, calories burned and overall activity level. To track the quality of your sleep, slip the One into the included wristband; a vibrating alarm gently wakes you in the morning. "If you're looking for a device that can track walking/running and a second or third activity, like bicycling or swimming, you'll have a hard time finding a gadget that does it better," writes Duffy. Danny Sullivan with CNET finds the One very accurate, saying, "for inline skating, the Fitbit surprised me in measuring that activity better than either my Nike or Jawbone bands." With the built-in timer and Fitbit website, users can easily chart many other activities as well.
According to the editors at CNET, "The real strength of the One, as with Fitbit's other devices, is its ability to connect to the company's online service." Most reviewers agree, and appreciate the web account's expanded tracking. Jill Duffy calls it "an excellent companion Web account where you can add even more information, like what you've eaten, as well as other activities that the Fitbit can't track on its own, like lifting weights or cycling." The Fitbit app's ability to log food intake is easier than many; experts say linking it with the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale (Est. $130) gives users an extra leg up for managing weight loss. From the web account users can also customize daily activity goals and set the vibrating alarm.
Fitbit fitness trackers sync this information easily and automatically using a wireless dongle that comes with the device. They can even sync through your mobile device with Bluetooth connectivity. The result is that your stats update frequently and automatically, so you don't have to think about the process. Fitbit covers their activity trackers with a 45-day money-back guarantee and a one-year limited warranty.