Best Fitness Trackers 2015

Valentina Palladino has tested dozens of fitness trackers for Tom's Guide.Valentina Palladino has tested dozens of fitness trackers for Tom's Guide.

We've 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.

Those on a budget should consider trackers like the Jawbone Up Move ($49.99), which tracks your activity but displays your progress on a smartphone app rather than an built-in display.

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). We've also evaluated the latest running watches.

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—both high-end and budget—for each category.

The FitBit Charge HR is senior editor Mike Prospero's top-pick fitness tracker. Here's why.

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.

MORE: Fitness Tracker Buying Guide

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About the author
Valentina Palladino

Valentina Palladino is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide. When she’s not writing about fitness trackers or phones, she’s probably at a concert, or shopping at a beauty supply store.

  • 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?
  • Microsoft Band is not waterproof.
  • Was the FitBit Charge, Charge HR, and Surge considered / reviewed, but didn't make the cut?
  • 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.
  • @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.
  • The Fitbit is not water proof up to 33ft. It is splasproof at the very best.
  • 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?
  • Thanks for updating the article Valentina.
  • OK...I have the Garmin Vivofit II. Counts steps, gives me an audio warning if I sit for more than an me the time, date/ month, sleep function, heart rate if I use my chest band, times, calories and automatically raise my step goal the more I walk. It also has a back light...and the batteries last a year. I find it works well and is waterproof.....So it has replaced my regular wrist aware the only way to change the time is to sych it will your computer....
  • Thanks mfano. I like the audio warning on sitting ... I have a sit/stand desk at work ... that would be useful. :)