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Best Fitness Trackers and Watches 2018

In today’s progressive fast-paced world, people are turning to technology in keeping their commitment to living a healthy lifestyle. In 2018, the best fitness trackers and fitness watches include an activity tracker, heart rate monitor, and a heart rate tracker. These most accurate best fitness trackers log your weight loss, workouts and more. These healthy sport trackers and new wearable like Garmin fitness tracker, best Fitbit, and more are smart tools. Many of these trackers are water proof and enabled with many tracker features, such as an automatic activity and sleep tracker. With such a variance in price, whether you’re choosing a wearable fitness band or a fitness watch, it can be a time-consuming challenge. We have saved you both the time and effort.

The Best Fitness Trackers and Watches 2018

Before considering the best fitness trackers and watches 2018 for you, you need to look for some important features when buying a fitness tracker.  Here we have mentioned those important features.

best fitness trackers 2018

Based on those features we have picked the top 10 fitness trackers for you.

1. Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband

In our 2018 review of the best Fitbit Charge HR. As one of the best fitness trackers, this health band is most accurate, in the fitness watches/wearable category, as well as an activity tracker. It’s water -resistant, includes heart rate tracker, sport tracker, step tracker, and a run tracker. Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed? No worries, we have handled this task for you, so you will find the best product. We know that for some the phone notifications are of great importance, with the Fitbit Charge HR we did find that while it is supposed to notify you when a phone call is coming in, at times this feature was delayed. However, we still give it a big thumbs up. In its accuracy, and capabilities in tracking sleep, battery life, and excellent service. Keep in mind while no product is perfect, this fitness tracker does perform as well as promised. In conclusion, We rate this Fitbit Charge HR as well worth the money.

BEST for

  • Users of Android and Windows smartphones -Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology.
  • Those in need of continuous wrist-based heart rate tracker and activity tracker.
  • Those seeking a long battery life lasting up to 5 days.
ProsCons
Water Resistance: Charge HR is sweat, rain and splash proof.Sensitive skin issues with the band when sweating.
Wirelessly syncs with your smartphone and computer.Screen timeout: no option of keeping the screen active.
Most accurate watch band for heart rate, activity and stationary time.
Accuracy and capabilities in activity tracking, sleep, and battery life.
Monitors your sleep automatically and wake with a silent alarm.

2. Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate Fitness Wristband

What separates the Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband is the software and social functions. It’s very user-friendly with its exercise auto-detection, movement alerts, and workout modes, it logs your exercise sessions via a connected GPS using your cell phone. You can also use it manually in tracking your bicycle riding, walking or running. Keep in mind it does have a somewhat erratic heart rate tracking technology, blood increases further up your arm, so it is recommended that you wear your tracker higher on your wrist to improve the heart rate signal during workouts. If your exercise routine follows a strict heart-rate zone, this may not be the best pick for you. Furthermore, this Fitbit does use a different type of health band than the original Fitbit Charge and Charge HR.

BEST for

  • Those seeking a wrist-based heart rate and activity tracker.
  • Those wanting to streamline their fitness goals.
  • Those with a healthy lifestyle, but a non-competitive fitness level.
ProsCons
Automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking. Ability to change Band.Trouble seeing the screen outdoors in bright sunlight.
Call, text and calendar notifications on the OLED display.The band sizing runs fairly large.
Has guided breathing and relaxation sessions based on your heart rate.
Bluetooth 4.0 compatible, streamlined App design and user-friendly.
Ability to stream music, and track distance with a built-in GPS.

3. Fitbit Blaze Special Edition

The Fitbit Blaze Special Edition Gun Metal has an awesome auto-track feature for activities such as walking or running. The Fitbit Blaze watch automatically picks up these activities and then logs them based on your movement and heart rate. We’d have to admit this is a very awesome feature-function in our opinion. Keep in mind for activities like cardio, and weights, you will need to manually start this Fitbit watch for these type of activities. However, it still computes the calories burned automatically based on heart rate during these activities. Another big plus with this Fitbit is it is listed as water resistant, yet it is still not recommended to wear it in a long shower.

BEST for

  • Staying connected with smartphone notifications and reminders from apps like Gmail, Facebook and more
    (when a phone is nearby).
  • Those seeking a fitness watch that helps maximize every workout with advanced technology.
  • For setting weekly exercise goals and viewing summarized workout reports.
ProsCons
High-resolution color touchscreen.The GPS functionality is not housed in the device.
Tracks calories burned based on heart rate during activities.For activities like cardio and weights, you will need to manually start.
Has Auto-track feature for activities such as walking or running.
PurePulse(TM) continuous, wrist-based heart rate monitoring.
SmartTrack Enable connected GPS to map your route.

4. Garmin Vívoactive Black

The Garmin vívoactive Black comes either with aHeart Monitor (regular strap) or without the heart rate monitor, the average variation in the price between these two features is around $17.00- $20.00. This Garmin fitness tracker is a great tool for those with an active lifestyle. It pairs up nicely with your smartphone, gently vibrates and displays alerts for incoming calls, texts, emails and calendar items plus notifications from social media and other mobile apps. It is customizable with free watch face designs, widgets, and apps from Garmin’s Connect IQ store. Other training features include Auto lap and Auto Pause. Automatic sync with Garmin Connect Mobile gives you a post-run summary, including calories burned and if you scored any personal records, such as your fastest or longest run to date.

BEST for

  • Those with a very physically active lifestyle.
  • Pairing up with your smartphone for calls, texts, emails, and calendar items plus notifications from social media and other mobile apps.
  • Those in need of both water proof, and accuracy in tracking cardio type workouts.
ProsCons
High-resolution, sunlight-readable, color touchscreen display.Sometimes has connection issues during syncing.
Built-in sports apps, GPS-enabled running, biking and golfing plus swimming and activity tracking.Difficult to read the messages indoors in lower lighting.
It is Customizable with free watch face designs, widgets, and apps from Garmin’s Connect IQ store.
Battery charge lasts up to 3 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode, and up to 10 hours using GPS.
Auto Lap and Auto Pause. Automatic sync with Garmin Connect Mobile.

5. Scosche Rhythm+ Armband

The Scosche RHYTHM+ Heart Rate Monitor with Armband is a great activity tracker, and an innovative tracker of your fitness health with it’s Bluetooth SMART it gives you the freedom to work out up to 100 ft. away from your smartphone. Another positive feature of this fitness band is that it works with most popular health and fitness apps, including, Strava, DigiFit Run keeper and more. If you are wondering why training with a heart rate monitor is of any real benefit to you, tracking your heart rate along with your personal heart rate zone intervals allows you to maximize your entire workout.

BEST for

  • Those seeking a most accurate fitness tool that monitors their heart rate during intense training, allowing maximization of workouts.
  • Those seeking the freedom to work out (up to 100 ft away) from their smartphone due to Bluetooth SMART .
  • Those wanting comfort and ease of use, in a breathable health band.
ProsCons
Bluetooth SMART gives you the freedom to work out up to 100ft away from your Smartphone.It does not store data, you must use an app to see and track your heart rate.
RHYTHM plus Heart rate monitor for managing calories burned, distance, pace and more.Not a stand-alone device. Has no display, needs to be linked to a compatible health band  or smartphones with compatible apps.
Works with all Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ enabled devices and equipment.
Ip67 water proof construction can be submerged up to 1 meter.
Breathable lightweight armband.

6. Apple 38mm Smart Watch

This Apple 38mm SmartWatch is not only beautiful, it has some pretty decent apps, the user interface is good as well, it’s like an iPhone buddy. It has a full calendar reminding you of those important events, check and send messages using Siri. It can play some music on your phone, update your Twitter status, make phone calls, and even pay for things using Apple Pay. It is also a decent fitness tool, tracking your heart rate and it even reminds you to get your exercise done for the day. It counts calories that were taken, calories that have been burned and it is a pretty great device in a convenient size sitting comfortably on your wrist, tracking your daily activities. It makes an excellent gift, for yourself or that special lady in your life, be it your mother, sister, or your best friend.

BEST for

  • Those looking for good quality,  stylish fitness watches with changeable faces widget and the ability to change watchbands to match your outfits.
  • For seamless integration with an iPhone for alerts, calls, notifications, apps, and more on its 1.5″ display. It can also connect directly to the internet.
  • Those looking for the next generation of connectivity, Apple’s watch moves your iPhone’s apps and functions to your wrist with plenty of features.
ProsCons
Built-in Microphone, Built-in Speaker.Doesn’t have a sleep tracker feature.
Activity tracker, Ambient light sensorHigh price
Gyroscope, Heart rate sensor.
Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi
Storage Capacity: 8GB

7. Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch

The Samsung Gear S3 is a top pick if you are looking for a Bluetooth enabled international version smartwatch with that sharp classical design and feel. While it may look like a classic analog watch, make no mistake, this is a serious timepiece, equipped with some of the newer sensors, it has a round display and although it is a bit on the larger side, and is bold in its design. It has a bigger battery, GPS, a barometer, an altimeter and while it is not going to fit everyone’s personal style, it is a smart and classy timepiece.

BEST for

  • Those who have an active lifestyle, and are looking for a smartwatch that is both water and dust resistant IP68.
  • Those in need of a long battery life, with a screen that is readable indoors and in direct sunlight.
  • Those seeking the ability to you make or take calls directly from their smartwatch.
ProsCons
Water and dust resistant IP68.It does not support Samsung Tablet & iOS
Long battery life: 380m Ah Need to log onto an available WiFi +have the Spotify Premium to make your S3 fully independent.
The built-in speaker that lets you make or take calls. 
GPS, a barometer, an altimeter.
Gyro Sensor, HR Sensor, Light Sensor.

8. Bellabeat Leaf Urban Health Tracker | Rose Gold

The Bellabeat Leaf Urban Health Tracker monitors your sleep, activity as well as your reproductive health and helps you manage stress with breathing exercises. This Leaf runs on a 6-month battery and can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, and clip. All of which are included in the package. It wakes you up gently in the morning and reminds you to stay active with inactivity alarm. It is compatible with Android 4.3 / iOS 9.3 and newer devices, with Bluetooth 4.0. There is no charging for up to 6-months with this beauty. It has an extended long life battery, plus its 14-day memory. Furthermore, it has an IPX grade 6 water resistance.It is made of wood composite and has a hypoallergenic stainless steel clip.

BEST for

  • Those looking for a versatile health tracker where beautiful meets functionality.
  • Women seeking accurate tracking of their reproductive health, activity, sleep, and more.
  • Those seeking a tracker with the Compatibility for  Android and iPhone
ProsCons
Tracks your reproductive health, providing you with an overview of your menstrual cycle.Difficult to clasp on the wrist, and strap attachment is hard to fasten.
Tracks your steps, distance moved and calories burned, and more Compatibility: Android and iPhoneThe inactive alert can be a little difficult to find at first.
Beautiful and its app is easy to set up and sync.
Has a water resistance of IPX grade 6, with a battery replacement tool included.
Versatile can be worn as a clip, necklace, or as a bracelet.

9. Bellabeat Leaf Nature Health Tracker | Silver

The Bellabeat Leaf Nature Health Tracker is a sleep, activity and reproductive health monitor that helps you cope with stress through built-in stress sensitivity, breathing exercises, and meditation It also tracks your monthly fertile days, ovulation, period, and contraception intake, so that you can have a greater awareness of your reproductive health. It has an option for tracking steps, active time, calories, the distance as sleep tracking, and we found this to be pretty accurate. It is attractive in its appearance as well as being convenient, it can be worn as a necklace, a bracelet, or a clip, and is also Water resistant. The Leaf syncs with the app and all of your data are then transferred wirelessly and a nice feature is one is not required to sync it daily, it includes a secure data backup. Did we mention, it also has a vibrate function in both silent or audible to remind you to be more active, based on your personal preferences. It then keeps your information recorded in its memory for up to two weeks. Furthermore, the Leaf app gives you great health pointers and daily encouragement, and who wouldn’t appreciate this.

BEST for

  • Those looking an attractive fitness tracker, that is versatile, can be worn as a necklace, a bracelet, or a clip, and is also water resistant.
  • Those desiring a health tracker that syncs with the app and all of your data are then transferred wirelessly.
  • Those seeking great health pointers and daily encouragement, with breathing exercises, and meditation
ProsCons
Tracks your reproductive health, providing you with an overview of fertile days, ovulation, period, and contraception intake.Feels a bit heavy when worn as a pendant.
Tracks your steps, distance moved and calories burned, and more.While it’s  splash-proof, it is not a water-resistant or a waterproof product.
Beautiful and its app is easy to set up and sync.
Compatibility: Android and iPhone
As well as an activity tracker, it provides healthy pointers and daily encouragement.
Versatile can be worn as a clip, necklace, or as a bracelet.

10. Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker

Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker we feel it is a recommended tool to have, for those who are interested in keeping a healthier lifestyle. This awesome activity tracker tracks your steps, stairs climbed, distance and the calories you’ve burned, it measures your sleep cycle to help you see how to sleep better, and it can even wake you in the morning without waking your partner. Your stats upload wirelessly via computer or select mobile devices (like the iPhone 4S). Powered by your stats, you can set goals, and track progress. Stay motivated by earning badges or connecting with friends for support or friendly competitions. Log food, workouts and more. While Fitbit devices are water resistant, it’s not good for your skin to wear a wet band for long periods of time.

BEST for

  • Those looking for a simply motivating activity, plus sleep tracker.
  • Those wanting convenience of uploading their stats wirelessly via computer or select mobile devices
  • Those motivated to live a healthier lifestyle.
  • This heath tracker provides great activity, plus sleep tracking.
ProsCons
Water- resistant, sweat, rain and splash proof.It doesn’t measure or track heart rate.
Wirelessly syncs with your smartphone, computer, and tablets via Bluetooth 4.0It resets your stats every day at midnight, not great for the night shift workers.
An activity and sleep tracker, that provides daily encouragement.
Accuracy and capabilities in activity tracking, sleep tracking and it also has a decent battery life.
Monitors your sleep automatically and wake with a silent alarm.

Comparison Tables Of Best Fitness Trackers 2018

NameFitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity WristbandFitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness WristbandFitbit Blaze Special EditionGarmin vívoactive BlackScosche RHYTHM+ Heart Rate Monitor with Armband
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PRICE



PRICE


PRICE


PRICE


PRICE
Customer reviews38,198
3.5 out of 5 stars
12,413
4.2 out of 5 stars
7,552
3.9 out of 5 stars

1,445
4.0 out of 5 stars


1,284
4.1 out of 5 stars
Display ScreenOLED

OLEDLarge OLEDHI-RES color touch screen W/backlightGreen LEDs
Call text & calendar notificationsYesYesYesYesYes
Heart rate trackingYesYesYesNoYes
Activity trackingYesYesYesYesYes
Sleep TrackingYes Auto +Silent Alarm
Yes Auto +Silent Alarm
Yes Auto +Silent Alarm
Yes Auto +Silent Alarm
No
WaterproofNoNoNoYesYes IP67,
Water-resistantYesYesYesyesYes
GPSYesYesYesYesYes
Bluetooth/WirelessYesYesNoYesYes 100ft Range
USBYesYesYesYesYes
Battery LifeUp to 5 DaysUp to 5 Days5-6 DaysUp To 3 Weeks5-8 Hour Battery
Limited Warranty1 year1 year1 year1 yearLifetime
NameApple 38mm Smart WatchSamsung Gear S3Bellabeat Leaf Urban HealthBellabeat Leaf Nature HealthFitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker
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PRICE


PRICE


PRICE


PRICE


PRICE


Customer reviews1,438
4.3 out of 5 stars

1,684
4.4 out of 5 stars

2,700
4.2 out of 5 stars
4,413
4.1 out of 5 stars
12,712
4.3 out of 5 stars
Display Screen OLED

OLEDNoneNoneNone
Call text & calendar notificationsYesYesYesNoNo
Heart rate trackingYesYesYesNoYes
Activity trackingYesYesYes, Tracks your reproductive health, Stress levels +more
Yes, Tracks your reproductive health, Stress levels +moreYes
Sleep TrackingYes Sleep As Android app

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WaterproofNoNoNoNoYes
Water-resistantYesYesYesNoYes
GPSNoYesNoNoNo
Bluetooth/WirelessYesYesYesYesYes
USBYesYesYesYesYes
Battery LifeUp to 18 hoursUp to 3 Days14-day14 dayUp to 2 Weeks
Limited Warranty1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year

So now you have pretty good idea about the features and offering about all of the top 10 fitness trackers 2018. Now We are selecting the best of the best among different categories.

Our choice For Best Affordable Tracker 2018

heart rate tracker affordable

Because of the price tag is below 100$, our choice for the best affordable tracker 2018 is Scosche Rhythm+ Armband. With this armband, you will receive almost every fitness, activity and sport tracking features using it’s Dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart Optical HR  features. Also, it provides 3 years warranty at this cheap price.

Our Choice For The Best Sport Tracker 2018

Garmin Vívoactive BlackGarmin Vívoactive Black is our choice for the best sport tracker because of its dedicated sports apps that track your stats — even when away from your phone. Simply tap to choose among GPS-enabled running, golfing and cycling apps plus swimming and activity tracking. It’s a great sport tracker due to its long 3-week battery life and 10 hours of continuous GPS tracking features.

Our pick for best fitness Smartwatch 2018

best fitness watch

If you are looking for a great smartwatch having all the features of fitness tracking features like activity tracker, step tracker, then our pick is Samsung Gear S3 FrontierCompatible with Android 4.4+  1.5GB RAM, you can connect with Samsung Galaxy phones, and it will provide you the best experience The Gear S3 has a built-in speaker that lets you make or take calls straight away without ever having to remove your phone from your pocket. 

Our Choice For The Best Fitness Trackers 2018

Finally, we are announcing our choice for the best fitness trackers 2018. The market leader Fitbit has offered many fitness trackers. Among them,

Fitbit Charge 2 has won our choice for the best fitness tracker 2018 due to its highly positive feedback in the consumer reporting and rating.
Garmin Vívoactive Black
It covers all of our key features mentioned in the first infographic, for example, heart rate monitoring with its PurePulse Heart rate monitor,  multi-sport features, long time GPS tracking, sleek look, 5-day long battery life. Its large OLED display helps you get fitness and activity tracking information easily and smoothly.

Some features you need to look at before buying the best fitness tracker 2018. They are mentioned below.

What is the OLED technology?

OLED panels are made from organic (carbon-based) materials that emit light when electricity is applied to them. Since OLEDs do not require a backlight and filters (unlike LCD displays), they are more efficient, simpler to make, and much thinner – and in fact, can be made flexible and even rollable.The traditional LCD brightness is adjusted by simply increasing or decreasing the amount of light emitted by a backlight. But that’s not possible with an OLED display, as each pixel on an OLED screen emits light individually.OLEDs generally have two layers of glass. Not all OLEDs are RGB, some use white emitters instead to reduce the differential aging problem, and add a color filter layer to the stack.

What does IP68 stand for?

IP, or Ingress Protection, is a universally known measurement of varying degrees of dust and liquid resistance.
The best fitness trackers supported by an international standard rating of IP68 is deemed fit enough to withstand, dirt, dust, and sand, and are resistant to submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5 meters underwater for up to thirty minutes.

What is IPX grade?

It’s just an IP (Ingress Protection) rating. The X is there simply because there is no dust rating specified.

IPX0 – This means it’s not water resistant at all. Think of what happens to paper when it gets wet. It’s a mess and your novella is ruined.

IPX1 – This will protect a device from some water drops that are falling vertically on said device. I guess it’s possible for this situation to actually occur but so is winning the lottery. If you or someone you know has won the lottery, sharing is caring.

IPX2 –  This will protect your tracker from some water drops when the device is tilted up to and including 15°. If you have your device at 16°, you are screwed, sorry but there are limits in the world.

IPX3 – Getting better, you can now spray your gear up to 60° from the top of the device. So that’s cool, I guess.

IPX4 – Now we are getting somewhere. This will keep “yo ish chill” from splashing water from any direction. So if you drop some cubes of ice into your iced tea and it splashes, there is no need to worry. Well, except for those drops of tea that didn’t make it into your stomach.

IPX5 – (This is where the super soaker is allowed). Will protect your stuff from water jets in any direction. Spray away kids, spray away.

IPX6 – Protects from powerful water jets. So if you modified your super soaker with an air compressor and an aftermarket tip, your stuff is still safe.

Usually, the best fitness trackers have IPX6 grading.

What is Hi-res?

Hi-res stands for high resolution or denser image quality. Images are made of tiny pixels (picture elements), or squares of color. You usually don’t notice individual pixels because they all blend together to form the picture that you recognize.

Diagram of High resolution

Image Diagram of High resolution

What is Green LEDs?

A light-emitting diode (LED) is a two-lead semiconductor light source.LEDs are comprised of compound semiconductor materials, which are made up of elements from group III and group V of the periodic table.The Rhodopsin contained within the rods in your eyes are less sensitive to the color red within longer wavelengths of light. The military used to use the red light to read maps and preserve their night vision. Although, now they are using green light or a blue-green light instead of the red.

What are  GPS and Glonass?

GPS (Global Positioning System) is a network of orbiting satellites that send precise details of their position in space back to earth. The signals are obtained by GPS receivers, such as navigation devices and are used to calculate the exact position, speed and time at the vehicle’s location.GLONASS is an acronym, which stands for Globalnaya Navigazionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema, or Global Navigation Satellite System. GLONASS is Russia’s version of GPS (Global Positioning System).

GPS - GLONASS is Russia's version of GPS

Conclusion

In conclusion, fitness trackers let you modify your lifestyle by way of tracking your health and fitness activity with various sensors, monitoring your regular activities, targeted workouts, or tracking your sleep, stress levels, or even your heart rate. These tools add to the healthily balanced lifestyles of today. We are a generation seeking balance, a healthier lifestyle for ourselves and for our future generations. Whether you are aiming for a healthier lifestyle or you are one in training for the Olympics, fitness trackers are important tools that track where we are and where we are going on our health and fitness journey. These trackers are parts of Biometric technology, it is everywhere today. This amazing technology was named after the Greek words “bio” meaning life and “metric” meaning to measure. Now today, biometrics has exchanged to the universe of well-being, and adding to living a balanced life. We hope that we have made it a little easier for you in picking the best health tracker. If you liked this article, please don’t forget to read our review article on the best hair dryers 2018.

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