Fitness Trackers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 17 Sources
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The Best Activity Trackers for Fitness
by Jill Duffy
Our AssessmentEditors test 14 different activity
trackers, including both wrist-style and clip-on trackers. They do not say how
they test the trackers, but include a full review and 5-point score for each.
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors include three activity
trackers that can be read in real time and three that require a link to another
device for feedback. Each model is evaluated on its features, convenience, step-counter
accuracy and how accurately the tracker measures calories burned. Testers climb
stairs, use an elliptical machine, walk on a treadmill and pick toys up from
the floor to test the trackers.
26 Fitness Trackers Ranked from Worst to First
by Ben Taylor
Our AssessmentBen Taylor of FindTheBest.com scores
26 of the most popular activity trackers for this article. To rank each device,
Taylor combines reviews from sources like Wired and Men's Health with product
features, such as weight and battery life.
Best Fitness Tracker Bands
by Editors of LiveScience.com
Our AssessmentThe staff at LiveScience.com tests
nine activity trackers for this review. After wearing the wrist-style trackers,
testers rate each on design and comfort, user-friendliness, value of
information, and how much the device inspired or motivated activity.
The Best Activity Tracker: Fitbit Flex
by Andrea Smith
Our AssessmentAndrea Smith spends a week testing
four models of fitness trackers: the Fitbit Flex, Nike+ FuelBand, Jawbone Up
and Misfit Shine. She rates each on simplicity of design, accuracy, battery
life and charging, data syncing, integration with fitness apps and built-in
Watches and Wrist Devices
by Editors of CNET
Our AssessmentThe editors of CNET review six
activity trackers in their comparison of smart watches and wrist devices. With
a score of 8.7 out of 10, the Fitbit Force gets the highest rating. Other top
performers include the Basis B1, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One and Nike+ FuelBand SE.
(The Fitbit Force has since been recalled and is no longer being sold.)
How My Body Rejected Activity Trackers and the 'Quantified Self'
by Danny Sullivan
Our AssessmentTo understand the benefits and
accuracy of fitness trackers, Danny Sullivan tests five devices: the Jawbone UP,
Nike+ FuelBand, Fitbit One, Fitbit Flex and BodyMedia FIT. Though several have
standout features, Sullivan didn't find a tracker that meets all his needs.
Fitness Apparel Reviews
by Editors of DigitalTrends.com
Our AssessmentDigitalTrends.com offers in-depth
reviews of several activity trackers, including the Fitbit Flex and Basis B1,
each in separate reports. Reviews include a 5-star score, a summary of pros and
cons and a full write-up on features, performance and usability.
Know Your Fitbit from Your Fitbug: A Guide to the Best Activity-Trackers on the Market
by Paul Sawers
Our AssessmentPaul Sawers includes eight devices in
his list of the best activity trackers. He reviews features and shortcomings,
but doesn't mention specific testing or include numerical scores.
Wearable Devices Nudge You to Health
by David Pogue
Our AssessmentDavid Pogue compares two fitness
trackers in this article: the Jawbone UP and the Fitbit Flex. He weighs
features side by side, analyzing the design, fitness app, sleep tracking and
convenience of each. Pogue doesn't specifically recommend one over the other,
saying both excel in separate ways and work well to help you improve your
Top 5 Activity Trackers 2014
by Editors of SmartWatchNews.org
Our AssessmentSmartWatchNews.org, which offers news
and insight into the smart-watch market, lists the five best activity trackers
for 2014 and five favorite trackers still in development. Editors don't mention
any testing methods, but provide a summary of each model's top advantages and disadvantages.
How to Find the Best Fitness Tracker for You
by Brent Rose
Our AssessmentBrent Rose lists the most helpful
features every fitness tracker should have and explains the pros and cons of
clip-on versus wrist-style devices. He tests dozens of trackers over a year and
a half (though he doesn't mention which models), but names three as top models:
the Fitbit Force, Withings Pulse and Basis B1. The Fitbit Force was recalled in
February 2014 and is no longer being manufactured.
Fitness Trackers Still Need to Work Out Kinks
by Rachel Metz
Our AssessmentAfter testing three devices -- the
Nike+ FuelBand SE, Fitbit Force and Jawbone UP 24 -- author Rachel Metz isn't
sold on fitness trackers. None are comfortable enough for 24-hour wear. With their
drastically different step counts, Metz has concerns over their accuracy as
well. The Fitbit Force was recalled in February 2014 and is no longer
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com includes fitness trackers,
smart watches and GPS watches in their wearable fitness-technology category. Only a few activity trackers have more than a
dozen reviews. The most-reviewed models include the Fitbit Zip, Fitbit Flex and Withings Pulse,
each with hundreds of owner comments. Amazon.com also carries trackers by
Polar, Misfit, Nike+ and Basis.
Pedometers & Activity Trackers
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentAbout a dozen different activity
trackers at BestBuy.com have more than a handful of owner reviews. Fitbit is
the most-reviewed brand, with thousands of reviews for models available here.
Reviews for activity trackers by Polar, Jawbone, BodyMedia, Withings, Misfit,
iHealth and Striiv are also available.
The Best Activity Trackers for Staying Fit
by Christina Tynan-Wood
Our AssessmentAuthor and tester Christina
Tynan-Wood tries out a number of activity trackers, wearing up to three a day.
She recommends eight different models from brands iHealth, Fitbit, Nike+,
Jawbone, Misfit, BodyMedia, Withings and Polar. She includes a short
description of each activity tracker, but no performance notes or comparative
Wired Up! Ready to Go!
by James Wolcott
Our AssessmentIn this lighthearted review, James
Wolcott tests two activity trackers: the Jawbone UP and the now-obsolete Fitbit
Ultra. Wolcott briefly outlines some of each device's perks and drawbacks, discussing
the concept of self-tracking in the bulk of the article.