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The Best Fitness Trackers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written before about the best workout gear according to professionals, the home-gym equipment worth the investment, and the most reliable sports bras and leggings, here we went deep on the best fitness trackers and sports watches on Amazon, to help you start tracking your progress with those 2019 goals. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best overall fitness tracker

Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

“I’ve been wearing this every day for half a year now and I can confidently say that is has changed my life for the better. Just being aware of my various biostatistics really helps me to make better choices in my life. I think my only complaint would be that the heart-rate monitor sometimes doesn’t work if I’m too sweaty, but a quick swipe of the sensor takes care of that immediately. It is comfortable to wear (I don’t even notice it anymore unless it’s not on my wrist) and the battery lasts for several days even when on constant-update mode. It is easy to wear, easy to use, and easy to configure settings to work the way I want them to. I also like its social aspect; I can connect with my friends who also have Fitbits and compare information that I want to share with them. I like that I can charge it in my car and not miss out on any steps or sleep. One of the best functions is the sleep monitoring, which measures when I am in deep, light, REM sleep, or awake.”

Best fitness tracker for triathletes

Garmin Forerunner 935 Running GPS Unit

“Best choice on any activity-measuring tool I’ve bought yet. It replaced three other programs and devices, yet is more accurate and dependable than any of the others. I like the way I can incorporate all my important metrics into one screen, from food intake to all aspects of performance to heart-monitoring to even more. Worth it. Recommend it. I am a triathlon athlete who is busy with life, family, and work, and this tool helps a lot.”

Best fitness tracker for swimming

Apple Watch Series 3

“I never thought I would get an Apple Watch, but wanting to add some tracking/encouragement to working out, I went for it. I also swim, so that was a big seller for me. I am SO happy with this watch. Simple to use and works great. Charge always last me at least a full day, if not two. I got a Velcro strap for it, but the one it comes with is fine and comfortable. The tracking is accurate, and the swim tracking is insane: it tracks each specific stroke (free, back, etc) … ”

Best fitness tracker for running

Garmin Forerunner 35, GPS Running Watch

“I think this watch is clunky and unattractive. Having said that, I can’t stop wearing it. I love running with it … keeping an eye on my heart rate, clocking my laps and pace on runs, and seeing notifications and texts that come in on my smartphone. I rely on this watch so much that I can’t stop wearing it. I know the more expensive model looks neater, but I just couldn’t justify spending more. It runs out of juice in four to five days, depending on data usage. I’m confident it will work just fine for a whole marathon, since I just ran 16 miles with it and it only went down two bars after I completed the run.”

Best fitness tracker for cycling

Garmin Forerunner 235, GPS Watch

“I can’t say enough about this watch but many reviewers have already. I’m a cyclist mainly and this is perfect to track my bike rides around town. I’m a tech-gadget enthusiast and this here is one of the best watches I’ve ever owned. I wear it all the time and I’m thoroughly impressed by the intuitive interface and full-featured web apps. Kudos to Garmin on a great product!”

Best fitness tracker for kids

LeapFrog LeapBand Activity Tracker

“My daughter loves her new watch. She has played with this every single day since receiving it on Christmas day. I usually hate giving my children electronics, but this is one ‘toy’ that will keep her active in a fun way. She loves to run around and do all of the activities that the watch asks her to do. Now, you must know, my daughter is a TV watcher. If she could watch TV 24/7 she would be in heaven. However, since getting the watch, she’d rather play with it than watch an episode of her favorite show. The battery life is great, thank goodness. The watch gives her challenges that lasts roughly 15 seconds each. Some include hopping or jumping, but all of them keep her up and moving. Thank you, LeapFrog, for the awesome product!”

Best fitness tracker with long battery life

Garmin vivofit 2 Activity Tracker

“This watch is amazing! I replaced my Fitbit with this one. I’m finally reviewing after two and a half years of owning it. I’ve never replaced the batteries and there is no recharging. That alone is a reason to own this watch. Also, it’s completely waterproof. I wear it for months at a time without ever taking it off. It goes through the shower and swimming with no issues. It’s got all the functions I need and the app is good.”

Best fitness trackers under $50

Apirka Activity Tracker Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

“I’ve been using this fitness tracker/smartwatch for about two weeks now and I can say that it is amazing value. Like, seriously. It offers a ton of functionality for a fraction of the price of a Fitbit or Apple Watch. It can track your sleep, your steps, your heart rate, etc. It can even notify you of calls or messages, which is an awesome function that most fitness trackers in this price range don’t have. Battery life is really decent — I’ve been basically charging it around once a week and it has not once died on me during the day. It’s also waterproof so you don’t have to take it off while washing your hands or doing dishes.”

LETSCOM Activity Tracker Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

“I bought myself one of these to determine if I needed to spend $150 on the brand-name product to get the functionality and quality I wanted. I loved the one I bought for myself and have now purchased one for my husband and one for my grandson. We all find the fitness tracker to be motivational. The LETSCOM is well-made, nice-looking, easy to set up, and has great functionality. I really like the sleep tracker, which measures total hours of sleep, hours of deep sleep, and hours of light sleep. It also has functions for all the sports we participate in and more. I highly recommend this fitness tracker. I would never switch to a more expensive brand now that I’ve seen what this inexpensive model can do.”

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The Best Fitness Trackers, According to Amazon Reviews