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Best fitness trackers 2024: Fitbit, Garmin, Apple and more

Runner? Swimmer? Cyclist? Swingballer? There's a fitness tracker out there for everyone. Except maybe the last one


On the hunt for one of the best fitness trackers? Whether you want to track your runs in preparation for a marathon, or simply want an easy way to keep on top of general stats like daily steps, calories burned, and sleep data, there’s a fitness tracker out there that’s right for you.

There are, in fact, far too many, and sifting through them all can take up quite a bit of time. Luckily though, we’ve done all the hard work for you, by rounding up some of the best fitness trackers for all budgets. If you want to check out other fitness tracker articles, see best kids’ fitness tracker and the best cheap fitness tracker as well as heart rate trackers.

Sit back, relax, and visualise all those sweet, sweet calories you’re about to burn…

What’s the best fitness tracker?

We think the Fitbit Charge 5 (buy now) is the best fitness tracker for most people today. Combining a large screen, svelte design, and advanced health-tracking capabilities like stress management, it ticks all the main boxes (including GPS), for a reasonable price.

Other fitness tracker recommendations

Before we jump into the full list of the best fitness trackers you can buy right now, here’s a quick look at our three top picks:

Best minimal fitness tracker

The Oura (buy now) is a ring which manages to cram all the fitness tracking features most people need within its minuscule body. Comfortable enough to sleep in and for all-day wear, it’s perfect for those who would rather have a traditional watch without sacrificing fitness tracking abilities.

Best budget fitness tracker

The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 (buy now) is an amazing budget option for those looking for a worry-free fitness tracking experience that won’t break the bank.

Best Apple fitness tracker

The Apple Watch SE (buy now) offers superb bang for your buck, with fitness tracking, a slick design, and all the smartwatch smarts you need.

The best fitness trackers you can buy today:


1. Fitbit Charge 5

Stuff Verdict

When the Charge 5 gets its most exciting health features turned on, it’ll be a tracker with big appeal for anyone that wants to pay closer attention to their health beyond tracking steps and runs


  • Finally gets a screen upgrade
  • Comfortable to wear 24/7 and solid heart rate monitoring
  • Easy to use interface


  • Data insights locked behind Fitbit Premium
  • Iffy sports tracking accuracy
Fitbit Charge 5 specs
Screen1.04in AMOLED always-on colour touchscreen
Battery lifeUp to 7 days
Water resistance50m
SensorsECG, SpO2, ambient light, optical heart rate
CompatibilityAndroid, iOS

We think the Fitbit Charge 5 is comfortably one of the best fitness trackers, combining a sleek and stylish design, with a host of advanced health-tracking capabilities. The latter include stress management, sleep tracking, and heart rate monitoring, which we find incredibly useful.

With its built-in GPS smarts, we found it can track outdoor activities with precision too, making it an excellent tool for runners, cyclists, and hikers. Its battery life is also impressive, lasting up to a reasonable seven days on a single charge. Another benefit is its compatibility with both iOS and Android devices, which allows for seamless integration with a wide range of fitness apps.

While it lacks some features found in more expensive fitness trackers (such as music storage), it makes up for it with a more affordable price point and generously sized screen. Overall, the Fitbit Charge 5 offers excellent value for money for those who are looking for a reliable and accurate fitness tracker. Also check out our guide to the best Fitbit trackers and watches, too.

2. Apple Watch SE

Stuff Verdict

Watch SE lays down the gauntlet for its more expensive siblings, offering most of the same experience for a chunk of cash less


  • Superb performance, latest-gen chip
  • All the core Apple Watch experience
  • Great value


  • Larger bezels than Series 8
  • Longer battery life next time please
  • Limited choice of finishes
Apple Watch SE specs
ScreenRetina display, 368 x 448 pixels (44mm), 324 x 394 pixels (40mm)
Battery life18 hours
Water resistance50m waterproof
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, heart rate (2nd gen), barometer, always-on altimeter, compass
Weight33g (44mm), 28g (40mm)

It might be more expensive than most fitness trackers, but if you’re an iPhone owner looking for a fitness-tracking smartwatch, then we think the Apple Watch SE (2022 model) is a no-brainer.

Serving up all the key Apple Watch features for a price that’s more affordable than its Series 8 and Ultra brothers (despite featuring the same latest-gen processor), it has all the sleep, fitness, exercise and GPS- sports tracking you’ll need to keep on top of things.

With a plethora of established apps and features at your disposal (including the ever-useful Apple Pay), you’ll have the best of both worlds, for a rather tempting price.


3. Xiaomi Mi Band 7

Stuff Verdict

A cheap and cheerful fitness tracker with a surprising number of features for the price


  • Affordable price
  • Good array of sensors


  • Not the smartest tracker out there
  • No 3rd party app support
Xiaomi Mi Band 7 specs
Screen1.62 inch AMOLED Touch Display, 192 x 490 pixels
Battery life14 days
Water resistance5ATM
Sensors6-axis sensor, PPG heart rate sensor
CompatibilityAndoird and iOS

The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 is an affordable fitness tracker that’s ideal for those on a tight budget. Despite its price, we’re still impressed with the amount commendable health and fitness tracking features. We’re big fans of its minimalistic design and even bigger fans of its impressively long battery life — it can last up to a whopping 14 days on a single charge.

Affordability and longevity aside, it provides accurate tracking of daily activities, including sleep and steps taken. Naturally, at this price, it lacks advanced features found in more expensive fitness trackers, such as GPS tracking and personalised coaching, but considering the RRP, we’ll let that slide.

Overall, the Mi Band 7 provides excellent value for money for those looking for a basic fitness tracker and is one of the best ways to kickstart your fitness journey.


4. Fitbit Sense 2

Stuff Verdict

A sleek watch made for health and wellness monitoring that’s a poorer smartwatch thanks to some missing features from the original


  • Reliable fitness tracking features
  • Bigger push on stress monitoring


  • Loses features from first Sense
  • Stuttering software
  • Still just okay sports tracking
Fitbit Sense 2 specs
Screen1.58in, 336×336 AMOLED
Battery life6+ days
Water resistance50 meters
SensorsOptical heart rate, electrical sensor (stress), ECG, red and infrared sensors for oxygen saturation (SpO2), gyroscope, altimeter
CompatibilityAndroid and iOS
Weight37.6 g

The Fitbit Sense 2 is at the higher end of the company’s lineup, both in terms of features, and budget. We love the premium, metal design, but there are also a couple of features that propel it beyond most standard fitness trackers.

The first of these is a built-in EDA (electrodermal activity) sensor, which, in essence, measures how much you’re perspiring. This data is then treated with Fitbit’s specially designed algorithms, to determine your stress levels. Not only can it warn you when you’re getting too stressed, but it can also suggest and take you through various breathing activities to help calm things down.

Other notable features include a temperature sensor, along with an ECG sensor for keeping tabs on your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity, in addition to all the regular health and activity tracking you’d expect. If you can get past the lack of GPS and are happy with around six days of battery life per charge, then we think this could be the ideal stress-relieving choice for you.


5. Garmin Vivosmart 5

Stuff Verdict

Its lightweight design might be forgettable, but if you can deal with the dinky screen and lack of built-in GPS, the Vivosmart 5 offers a lot of tracking smarts for a relatively affordable price


  • Lightweight, comfortable fit
  • Streamlined, swappable design
  • Comprehensive tracking features


  • Underwhelming display
  • Slightly fiddly interface
Garmin Vivosmart 5 specs
Screen0.41×0.73in OLED touchscreen, 88×154 pixels
Battery life7 days
Water resistance5ATM
SensorsHeart rate, blood oxygen, accelerometer, ambient light
CompatibilityAndroid and iOS
Weight24.5g (small), 26.5g (large)

If you’re after Garmin’s excellent fitness tracking app’s features but don’t want to spring for one of its pricey watches, then we think something like the Vivosmart 5 could be the ideal solution. It’s pretty smart, as far as fitness tracking bands go, thanks to a pared-back design and textured rubber shell.

Feature-wise, it ticks most boxes, including the usual fitness and sleep-tracking skills, along with a pulse oximeter, stress tracker, and Garmin’s body battery energy monitor. The addition of smartphone notifications and music controls also lends it some smarter functionality, without entering full smartwatch territory.

In our review, we found the battery life is decent, if not great, with around 7 days of use per charge on offer. If you’re set on using Garmin’s well-established app, then this could be one of the best entry points before potentially upgrading to something more fully-featured in future.

6. Fitbit Inspire 3

Stuff Verdict

Comfortable, and with a new colour screen, the Fitbit Inspire 3 means maybe you don’t need a smartwatch


  • A colour screen (finally)
  • Great sleep tracker
  • Best battery life on a Fitbit


  • Some insights require Fitbit Premium
  • It’s a small display
Fitbit Inspire 3 specs
Screen72x128px AMOLED
Battery life10 days
Water resistance5ATM
Sensors3-axis accelerometer, optical heart rate monitor, red and infrared sensors for blood oxygen (SpO2) monitoring, ambient light sensor
CompatibilityAndroid and iOS
Weight17.7 g

With a great battery life, minimal-yet-smart design, and a price that’s at the more affordable end of Fitbit’s lineup, the Inspire 3 has plenty going for it.

Sure, you won’t get more advanced features like sweat-based stress tracking or GPS for phone-free runs, but if you want to enter the world of Fitbit’s tried and tested ecosystem while tracking activities, sleep, steps and more, the Inspire 3 won’t let you down.


7. Withings ScanWatch

Stuff Verdict

A fitness tracker for analogue watch fans, the subtle ScanWatch will track everything from steps to oxygen saturation and ECG


  • Great design for analogue fans
  • Impressive battery life


  • Not much information displayed on device
  • Notifications are a little pointless
Withings ScanWatch specs
ScreenAnalog dial + small PMOLED screen
Battery life30 days
Water resistance5 ATM
SensorsMulti-wavelength PPG heart rate/SpO2 sensor, stainless steel electrodes, MEMS 3-axis accelerometer
CompatibilityAndroid and iOS
Weight58g (38mm), 83g (42mm)

We’re big fans of Withings’ ScanWatch as it’s a rather unique offering that blurs the lines between fitness trackers, smartwatches, and regular timepieces. Thanks to the combination of a regular analogue face and a built-in miniature display, it offers all the charm of a traditional watch, with advanced features including an ECG sensor, oxygen saturation detection, and sleep apnea detection. This unique combination makes it one of the best fitness trackers in our opinion.

With sleep tracking, 24/7 activity tracking, heart rate tracking and more all included as well, it’s the perfect watch for fitness fans who want a more traditional aesthetic on their wrist. And, thanks to the lack of a large display, it can last up to 30 days on a single charge too, embarrassing the rest of our picks on this list in the longevity department.


8. Huawei Band 7

Stuff Verdict

A super lightweight and affordable fitness tracker with blood oxygen monitoring and heart rate tracking


  • Lightweight
  • Decent battery life


  • Sleep tracking could be better
  • No third party app support
Huawei Band 7 specs
Screen1.47 inch AMOLED, 194 x 368 pixels
Battery life14 days
Water resistance5 ATM
SensorsAccelerometer, gyroscope, optical heart rate
CompatibilityAndroid and iOS
Weight 16 g

The Huawei Band 7 is one of the cheapest fitness bands available from a known manufacturer, but we don’t think you’d guess that by looking at it. With a smart, elongated appearance and large display, it looks far fancier than its price tag would suggest.

We found the large 1.47-inch AMOLED display is a beauty to behold, while its incredibly light 16g weight makes for a device that you’ll barely feel. Features include blood oxygen monitoring and heart rate tracking, in addition to sleep tracking, 96 workout modes, and the ability to view notifications and weather updates.

Huawei reckons you can squeeze up to 14 days of use per charge in typical use cases, but we found its more like 10 days if you’re really pushing it. Both estimates are impressive, and at this price, we can’t even complain about the lack of built-in GPS.


9. Oura Ring Gen 3

Stuff Verdict

A big upgrade over its predecessor, the Gen 3 Oura ring gets an upgraded heart rate sensor, seven temperature sensors, and a new SpO2 sensor


  • Gives an overall view of health, rest and recovery
  • Comfortable to wear all day
  • Advanced tracking such as SpO2 and menstrual cycle


  • Much chunkier than a traditional ring
  • Not the best for proper workout tracking
Oura Ring Gen 3 specs
Battery lifeUp to 7 days
Water resistance100m
SensorsOptical heart rate sensor, blood oxygen, infrared photoplethysmography (PPG), skin temperature sensor, photodiodes, 3D accelerometer
CompatibilityAndroid and iOS
Weight4 – 6 g (depending on ring size)

Want a fitness tracker but don’t want to clutter your wrist and/or sacrifice your beloved traditional timepiece? Enter the Oura — a fitness tracker that’s cleverly incorporated into an honest-to-goodness ring, letting you wear it on your finger of choice for unintrusive tracking.

Covering everything from sleep and heart rate, to steps and body temperature, it’s one of the best solutions for minimalists who don’t want an obvious smart device messing with their fashion Feng Shui.

How to choose the best fitness tracker for you

Overwhelmed by the vast choice of fitness trackers out there? Fear not, for Stuff’s wearable experts are on hand to grace you with their expertise.

The first step is deciding on a form factor — we’ve gone mostly for more minimalist “band”-type trackers, as they’re fitness-focused rather than offering all the apps, bells, and whistles served up by, say, some of the best Android smartwatches. That’s not to say you can’t opt for a smartwatch, mind. In fact, we’ve included the likes of the Apple Watch SE above as it’s a great choice for iPhone users looking for fitness tracking and other smarts in one device.

For the most part, though, you’ll want something compact, thin, and light, with a smartwatch-beating battery life of around five days or more. Waterproofing is a must if you’re swimming, and practically every fitness tracker is weather/sweat-resistant at the very least, for obvious reasons.

Built-in GPS is a bonus if you’re looking to track outdoor activities without having to bring along your bulky smartphone, and other extras like music playback can come in handy for the same reason.

With most fitness trackers offering the same core experience — namely, steps counted, calories burned, heart rate, sleep tracking, activity tracking, and more, you’ll want to decide on which brand you feel most comfortable with. Some fitness trackers offer more comprehensive stats for particular sports like swimming, and if you’ve already got a device from a particular brand, you may want to stay within their ecosystem so that you don’t lose any of your existing app data.

If you’re still set on a smartwatch though, then no problem. Simply read Stuff’s guide to the best smartwatches, and you’ll be golden.

Finally, if you’re serious about getting fit, check out Stuff’s guides to the best workout shoes for the gym, the best running shoes, and the best GPS watches.

How we test the best fitness trackers

We’ve used and reviewed countless fitness trackers over the years — since their very inception, in fact.

We’ve tried and tested most of the products in this guide, and used a combination of our own experiences, specs, and reviews to pull together a list of what we believe to be the best fitness trackers for most people.

We’ve covered various form factors and budgets, and for more information on Stuff’s rating and review process, feel free to read our page on how we test products.

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Esat has been a gadget fan ever since his tiny four-year-old brain was captivated by a sound-activated dancing sunflower. From there it was a natural progression to a Sega Mega Drive, a brief obsession with hedgehogs, and a love for all things tech. After 7 years as a writer and deputy editor for Stuff, Esat ventured out into the corporate world, spending three years as Editor of Microsoft's European News Centre. Now a freelance writer, his appetite for shiny gadgets has no bounds. Oh, and like all good human beings, he's very fond of cats.

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