Best Fitness Trackers

Looking to get in shape? You don't have to spend a lot to get a great fitness tracker.

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If you’re behind on your fitness goals and need a little extra incentive to get up and moving, a fitness tracker can provide just the right nudge.

Today’s models tend to be very accurate at counting steps and monitoring heart rate, according to our testers. And for people new to wearable devices, they’re often easier to master than a smartwatch. They’re far less pricey, too.

The top-ranked fitness tracker in our ratings (featured below) sells for $150, for example. The top-ranked smartwatch? Try $530.

More on Fitness Trackers and Smartwatches

That doesn’t mean you can’t find a decent smartwatch for under $300. It’s just that a fitness tracker can make more sense for people with simple needs.

We have more than 20 fitness tracker models in our current ratings. Some of them have smartwatch features such as GPS, built-in music storage, and email, text, and phone call notifications. Here’s a look at some of the top models, all priced under $200.

For detailed test results, Consumer Reports members can check out our full ratings.


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).