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Best Fitness Tech Gifts Under $200

Need a gift for someone who plans to hit the ground running in 2019? Consumer Reports has some ideas.

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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Garmin Vivosmart HR
Garmin Vivosmart HR

    Garmin Vivosmart HR

    This is one of our top-rated fitness trackers. It checks all the important boxes, earning top marks for heart-rate and step-count accuracy, along with ease of use and water resistance.

    Its 1.1-inch LCD display is easy to read in both low and bright light, making it great for outdoor use. The device will track your calories burned and sleep patterns, while also letting you know when you have a new text, email, or other notification.

    It's easy to put on, comfortable to wear, and has tracking abilities designed specifically for a handful of different sports, including running, golf, and swimming.

    Check our buying guide and ratings for fitness trackers.

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    Bose SoundSport Wireless
    Bose SoundSport Wireless

      Bose SoundSport Wireless

      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. These wireless portable stereo headphones did great in our testing, and they are less expensive than many competitors.

      What you get for that money is a sports-oriented wireless Bluetooth set that combines elements of in-ear and earbud earphones. They're some of the best in terms of sound quality, making them a good choice for the more critical listener.

      Their isolating design both muffles some external noise and limits the amount of sound that escapes from the ear pieces, which means they're best for those who want some isolation from outside noises, or don't want the sound from the earpieces to disturb others.

      Check our buying guide and ratings for headphones.

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      Fitbit Versa
      Fitbit Versa

        Fitbit Versa

        Fitbit’s new smartwatch clearly has the Apple Watch in its crosshairs. It looks very similar and offers many of the same features, but at a significantly lower price. The basic version costs $200. By contrast, a simple GPS-enabled edition of the Apple Watch Series 3 starts at $329. According to our testers, it’s a worthy competitor, though perhaps a bit short on the premium features found in other smartwatches.
         

        The Versa is great when it comes to counting your steps. But, in our testing, it wasn’t quite as good at tracking your heart rate as other smartwatches were. That’s not to say it was bad at that; it scored a very good in our testing. It’s just that many other watches were excellent in that area.


        Check our buying guide and ratings for smartwatches.

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        Ninja Smart Screen DUO with FreshVac CT661V
        Ninja Smart Screen DUO with...

          Ninja Smart Screen DUO with...

          Looking for a post-workout pick-me-up? Ninja full-sized blenders earn a Very Good rating in predicted brand reliability, according to our member survey, and owner satisfaction is high. The Ninja Smart Screen Duo with Fresh Vac CT661V is a vacuum blender, and impressive performance and brand reliability at an appealing price make it a CR Best Buy. Use this blender in regular mode, which earns an Excellent rating in our icy-drinks tests, meaning your smoothies will be smooth with a consistent texture.

           

          Or you can attach the vacuum pump to the top of the blender when you want to pump oxygen out before blending. Why? In vacuum mode, we found that this blender makes smoothies that were less airy, less foamy, even smoother, with less separation. The blender runs on 1100 watts, and the 9-cup container is plastic. 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. Note that this blender is 18 inches high, so check clearance space between counter and cabinet. Warranty lasts one year.


          Check our buying guide and ratings for blenders.

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          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).