Fitness trackers

Who? Don’t buy fitness trackers

There’s no point buying a fitness tracker that won’t accurately track your health, fitness, and weight loss goals, or that’s so uncomfortable you won’t want to wear it at all.

Our expert lab tests separate the best fitness trackers among the models to avoid.

Which one to join? to find out which fitness trackers we named Do Not Buy

What Makes a Fitness Tracker Don’t Buy?

Some of the fitness trackers we tested have record stats that are far from the truth.

This means you might think you’ve taken twice as many steps as you actually have – and be tempted to let go. Or think you haven’t reached your daily step goal, when you actually have.

Some have straps so uncomfortable or awkward to use that they would soon resign themselves to a forgotten drawer in your home, never to see the light of day again.

None of this is ideal given the current cost of living and environmental crisis, as it means you are tempted to waste your money on something useless.

The good news is that we’ve also tested many great fitness trackers that don’t cost much. The best fitness trackers give you an accurate, easy-to-understand snapshot of your daily activity and exercise routine – week after week, year after year.

They’ll have long battery life and motivational tools to inspire you to get active.

How we test fitness and activity trackers

We’ve reviewed all the latest fitness and activity trackers, including Fitbit, Garmin, Huawei and Samsung.

We go further than anyone else in our testing, so you can be sure you’ll find a garment to suit your needs and your budget. We only recommend those that are of good quality, accurate, easy to use and comfortable to wear.

  • We really go the extra mile – we will walk and run to measure the accuracy of step tracking and check if the tracker can accurately tell the distance we have walked
  • Our tests reflect how people use their device every day. We perform a range of household activities, such as loading and unloading a dishwasher and carrying shopping bags. Unfortunately, many (even the good ones) measure steps very accurately when walking or running – when they can recognize your swinging arm – but terribly when you’re just tinkering around the house. But Don’t Buys will measure the steps inaccurately most of the time
  • We give each fitness and activity tracker to users to try out for several weeks, so they can rate them fairly on comfort, usability, and quality of motivational tools or incentives.

Our tests separate the watches and trackers that will really help you monitor your health from the ones that you’ll quickly get bored of using.

Head to our fitness tracker review to see all the ones we tested.