Best Fitness Tech Gifts Under $200

Need a gift for someone who plans to hit the ground running in 2020? Consumer Reports has some ideas.

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Need a gift for a tech-obsessed fitness buff? Or does that special someone need a new tech toy to jump-start their fitness resolution in the New Year? Either way, we've got some good ideas for you that won't slim down your wallet too much.

The fitness tracker, headphones, smartwatch, wireless speaker, and blender featured here all scored well in CR's ratings and are available for under $200.

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CR’s take: While technically a fitness tracker, this model offers more of a watchlike feel. You get a 1.3-inch monochrome display that shows you your step count and real-time heart rate. The Forerunner 35 has a built-in GPS and a claimed battery life of nine days, and it made good on its water-resistance claim of 164 feet. In our testing, it received top marks for heart-rate-tracking and step-count accuracy, as well as for being easy to use.

For more options: Best Fitness Trackers

CR’s take: Workouts are a lot easier to get through when you have your favorite tunes playing. For help with that, we recommend this set of headphones. The Samsung Galaxy Buds are one of the best-scoring portable Bluetooth headphones Consumer Reports has ever tested, beating out more popular rivals like the Apple AirPods. That’s all the more impressive given their true wireless design. The Galaxy Buds produce exemplary audio quality packed into a pair of unobtrusive earpieces, complete with easy-to use touch controls for playback, volume, and skipping tracks. According to Samsung, they have a 6-hour battery life and come with a powered carrying case that will recharge the earphones for up to 7 additional hours of playback on the go. The case itself can be charged with a wireless charging mat, and it’s particularly small compared with the cases that come with many true wireless models.

For more options: Best Headphones Under $200

CR's take: The Fitbit Versa 2 is a smartwatch with a 1.4-inch touchscreen color AMOLED display, compatible with iOS and Android, and includes step counting, sleep tracking, and calories burned. Unlike its predecessor, the Versa, this smartwatch comes with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant built in. It also does a better job at tracking your heart rate, earning an Excellent rating in that test.

For more options: Best Fitness Trackers

CR’s take: Looking for a post-workout pick-me-up? Ninja blenders garner a Very Good rating in owner satisfaction in our member survey. The 1,100-watt Ninja Smart Screen Duo with FreshVac CT661V is a CR Best Buy and comes with a battery-powered vacuum pump that attaches to the top of the blender when you want to vacuum out air before blending. Why would you want to do that? Our tests found that in vacuum mode, the Ninja makes smoothies that are smoother, less foamy, and more consistent in texture than smoothies made in regular mode. Two 20-ounce plastic cups with lids are included—use them to vacuum out air, blend, then take with you to work or a workout.

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Bree Fowler

Bree Fowler

I write about all things "cyber" and your right to privacy. Before joining Consumer Reports, I spent 16 years reporting for The Associated Press. What I enjoy: cooking and learning to code with my kids. I've lived in the Bronx for more than a decade, but as a proud Michigan native, I will always be a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan no matter how much my family and I get harassed at Yankee Stadium. Follow me on Twitter (@BreeJFowler).