Best activity trackers and fitness watches
Top 5 fitness watches and activity trackers for step tracking
By Hannah Walsh
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Every fitness watch or activity tracker will capture your steps. It's a useful metric for those wanting to keep an eye on their daily activity levels. But not all of them are equal when it comes to the accuracy of their tracking or the motivational tools they use to get you moving more.
We’ve found several fitness watches and activity trackers that overstated or understated steps taken by more than 30% during everyday tasks, clocking up steps when our test participants were simply flipping the pages of a magazine. But it’s not all bad news, as we’ve also found lots of trackers that are strides ahead when it comes to accuracy.
Not only will they do a great job of monitoring your daily steps, but they’ll be comfortable to wear and provide plenty of rewards and motivation to keep you moving, too. We’ve got great options for every budget.
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Best fitness watches and activity trackers for step tracking
Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of June 2018.
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How to buy the best accurate step tracker
A pedometer is the most basic sensor, and it's one you’ll find in every fitness watch or activity tracker for counting your steps.
We’ve tested step tracking devices that range in price from less than £20 right up to nearly £500. But, price has no correlation with the accuracy of tracking. In fact, we’ve found a £20 tracker that counted steps completely accurately, while some pricier devices struggled.
To check the accuracy of step tracking, our test participants walk on a calibrated treadmill at 4.8km/hour for 10min and run at 9-10km/hour for 10min. They go through a series of daily tasks, including carrying shopping while walking up steps, sweeping the floor, loading and unloading the dishwasher and reading a magazine.
To find out more about the lengths we go to, head over to our how we test fitness watches and activity trackers page. And, before you buy a fitness watch or activity tracker, make sure you read our full reviews to find out how accurate they are.