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Best Fitness Trackers 2015

Best Fitness Trackers 2015
By , Michael A. Prospero

Valentina Palladino has tested dozens of fitness trackers for Tom's Guide.Valentina Palladino has tested dozens of fitness trackers for Tom's Guide.If you’re looking to get ready for swimsuit season, or simply want to be more active, a fitness tracker can help you meet your goals. But with so many now available, which is the best for you?

We tested dozens of fitness trackers, spending hours on the treadmill, running, biking, swimming--and even sleeping--and found that the Fitbit Charge HR ($149.95) is the best overall choice for the money. It's comfortable enough to wear all day, continuously tracks your heart rate and automatically monitors your sleep without you having to lift a finger. Plus, it's splash-proof.

If you're willing to spend $200 or more, other fitness trackers have special features such as GPS (great for runners who want to know their pace and distance) and smartphone notifications (texts, emails and more). The lines are blurring between fitness bands and smartwatches, and that’s a good thing for shoppers looking for an all-in-one device.

Those on a budget should consider trackers like the Jawbone Up Move, which tracks your activity but displays your progress on a smartphone app rather than an onboard display.

To help you select the right fitness trackers for your needs, we’ve evaluated all of the latest models based on design, performance and ease of use. Here are our top picks.

How We Test Fitness Trackers

For each new fitness tracker, we evaluate its hardware design and comfort. You need to be able to wear the device all day. We also evaluate the features, including movement detection (such as step counting and sleep monitoring), distance calculations and when applicable, heart rate and GPS accuracy. Lastly, we test how well the device pairs with its companion app, and evaluate the experience of using the two together.

Other Top Fitness Trackers

MORE: Jawbone Up2, Up3, Up4: What's the Difference?

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    sallyobrien27 , March 19, 2014 8:09 PM
    This one isn't out until June, but since they previewed at CES 2014, do you guys have any info on it? better yet, a review?
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    akamorse , November 20, 2014 1:55 AM
    Microsoft Band is not waterproof.
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    Mumbling Mac , January 23, 2015 6:36 AM
    Was the FitBit Charge, Charge HR, and Surge considered / reviewed, but didn't make the cut?
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    lafn , January 28, 2015 5:47 PM
    I am trying to find a watch to monitor sleep and heart rate for my dad that doesn't need a smart phone. Anyone know of one? Thank you.
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    mprospero , February 2, 2015 12:57 PM
    @Mumbling Mac - Our reviews for the Fitbit Charge, Charge HR and Surge are now up. The Charge HR is now our favorite overall, and the Surge is our favorite fitness tracker watch.
    @Iafn - You can use the Charge HR with just a notebook or computer.
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    Aldanavg , April 7, 2015 5:33 PM
    The Fitbit is not water proof up to 33ft. It is splasproof at the very best.
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    Senduci , April 17, 2015 1:25 PM
    I'm trying to decide on the UP 3 or the Fitbit surge. I got the UP 24 for Christmas and am NOT happy with it's sleep tracker, nor is it comfortable to wear. From what I have read online, the faulty sleep mode seems to be a big problem with the UP 24. I'm returning it!! With that said, I am curious if the UP 3 has the same problems. I still want a fitness tracker, especially one that has a sleep tracker without bugs. UP 3 or Fitbit Surge?
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