A runner checking their fitness tracker.

If you’re behind on those New Year’s 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 $170, 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 30 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

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Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro Fitness trackers

Price: $170

Ease of use
Heart-rate monitor accuracy
Step count accuracy
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Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness trackers

Price: $150

Ease of use
Heart-rate monitor accuracy
Step count accuracy
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Fitbit Alta HR Fitness trackers

Price: $150

Ease of use
Heart-rate monitor accuracy
Step count accuracy
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Garmin Vivosmart HR Fitness trackers

Price: $150

Ease of use
Heart-rate monitor accuracy
Step count accuracy
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