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Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 3 models in activity trackers to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score is based on step count accuracy, calorie accuracy and the product's features and ease of use score. The score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Step count accuracy
    Combined step count accuracy for walking for five minutes on a level treadmill at 3 mph, using an elliptical exerciser for five minutes, walking up and down several flights of stairs and picking up toys from the floor.
  • Calorie accuracy
    Combined calorie use accuracy from walking on a level treadmill at 3 mph for five minutes and using an elliptical exerciser for five minutes.
  • Ease of use and features
    Ease of use includes clarity of instructions and how easy it was to operate the device, and important features.



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The activity trackers on the market today are highly evolved cousins of pedometers from yesteryear. Also called body activity trackers or body measurement trackers, they're much smarter, more accurate, and do a whole lot more than measure how much you walk. Paired with companion activity tracker software or a mobile app, the best activity tracker for you will give you new insight into the habits that make up your lifestyle. Most activity trackers still count how many steps you take, but also tally the miles you travel, show you day-by-day how much physical activity you get, calculate the calories you burn, and often collect data about your sleep patterns. When narrowing your choices from among the best activity trackers, weigh features such as the ability to sync with heart monitors, smart bathroom scales, and other devices to give you more accurate readings of what's going on with your body. If you're looking for information about activity trackers, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ unbiased activity tracker reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. We also provide unbiased activity tracker Ratings to help you choose the best model for your needs.

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