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Health monitoring devices began as a basic premise, starting years ago with the pedometer, consistently evolving to include more and more functionality such as displays, heart rate monitoring, and connection to smartphones. Today, devices that can fit on your wrist pack more computing power and sensors than the rockets that took man to the moon!

With that, we wanted to offer our perspective on the top five best fitness trackers that you can buy in 2017.

Please note: we excluded the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S3, and other wearables that are marketed as smartwatches as opposed to fitness trackers.

Fitbit Surge ($249.95)

The Fitbit Surge is a versatile fitness tracker that comes with a bunch of features. The product is high quality and comes with a rugged build, produced by one of the most ubiquitous wearables companies. It offers real-time stats and heart rate monitoring during your workouts and also comes with active sleep monitoring features.

The onboard GPS allows it to measure steps that were taken or distance covered during cycling with great accuracy, removing the need for a constant connection with your smartphone. It offers the best features of smartwatches and fitness trackers in a single package, supporting calls and text notifications, along with a large touchscreen. The accompanying mobile app offers easy setup and usage and a great dashboard to track your stats.

All the features combined make the Fitbit Surge a well-rounded package.

Pros

  • Very accurate measurements
  • Standalone GPS
  • Real-time workout stats
  • Support for push notifications

Cons

  • Relatively limited battery life
  • Expensive price

Moov Now ($59.95)

Moov Now is a uniquely designed fitness tracker that offers tremendous value for money. It comes with many features, including a swimming mode, sleep monitoring, boxing and rep based training, and run coaching.

Moov Now comes with no display of its own. All of the workings are controlled via the companion app, and the tracker relies on the GPS of your phone for location tracking features. It offers one of the best battery life among fitness trackers, lasting around six months.

Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • Low price
  • Expansive activity tracking

Cons

  • No display

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ ($179.99)

It is both an activity and fitness tracker. The waterproof nature and rugged build allow it to be used under rough conditions, including swimming. The tracker can be controlled via the companion app that is available for both iOS and Android, offering easy set-up and control for the tracker.

Overall, the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is a great device that comes with an excellent feature set.

Pros

  • Good battery life
  • Accurate measurements
  • Waterproof body
  • Standalone GPS

Cons

  • Generic design
  • Higher price

Samsung Fit 2 ($179.99)

The Samsung Fit 2 is a fitness tracker primarily aimed at those that are style conscious. The tracker features an attractive waterproof design with a beautiful 1.5-inch AMOLED display covering the front. The product offers a comfortable grip and does not weigh much as well. For a fitness tracker, this product packs some impressive specs including: a dual-core processor, 4 gigs of onboard storage, and 512Mb of RAM — ensuring smooth and snappy operations throughout.

It comes with an impressive set of features as well, including a heart rate tracker, activity tracker, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, three days of battery life, and GPS sensors. Such features allow it to work with great accuracy without any connection with the smartphone. It offers something for both the beginners and advanced users. This tracker can also work as a smartwatch by allowing access to text and call notifications.

The versatile nature of the Fit 2 makes it an excellent buy for anyone who wants a stylish and high-tech fitness tracker.

Pros

  • Excellent feature set
  • Beautiful design
  • Crisp AMOLED display
  • Smooth operation
  • Standalone GPS

Cons

  • Buggy software
  • Higher price

Misfit Ray ($79.99)

The Misfit Ray is a simplistic fitness tracker that comes with a unique design that is customizable, with many attractive straps available. This product comes with a wide variety of features including a step counter, sleep tracking, an activity tracker, distance-measuring, and calorie usage. Extra features such as swimming mode can be added to the Misfit Ray for an additional $10.

The product does not come with a display — all of its functionality is controlled via the companion app. The device vibrates to inform the user about notifications received on the connected smartphone. Overall, the product offers great value for the price. The unique design, accurate tracking, and a six months battery life make it a great buy for anyone who wants a stylish tracker at a pocket-friendly price.

Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • Attractive and highly customizable design
  • Sleep tracking
  • Low price

Cons

  • No display

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