The best fitness trackers for every level of skill (and motivation)

You can't buy motivation. But, you can buy a fitness tracking device that lights a fire under your ass to take more than 500 steps in a day, and that's not nothing.
The rhetoric around fitness has changed quite a bit over the past few years (as made clear by Every Fashion Brand Ever releasing a line of matching leggings and sports bras). We can thank the self-care revolution for this one. Actively monitoring your fitness progression isn't just for athletes or people training for their hometown's 5K — and this was not the case when I was in high school. It's a building block of wellness that people are baking into their daily groove, just like keeping up with a skincare routine or eating your vegetables. Read more... More about Fitness Trackers , Mashable Shopping , Tech , Consumer Tech , and Health



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BEST OVERALL

Apple Watch Series 6


Apple's cutting-edge tech blazes past rivals with ECG, a new SPO2 sensor, and 911 calls from anywhere.

Battery life: 18 hours


Built-in GPS/cellular: Both


Water resistant: Yes


Tracks: Steps, calories, sports (including underwater), heart rate, ECG, SPO2, time asleep, fall detection, women's health tracking


$399 from Amazon





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BEST EVERYDAY TRACKER

Fitbit Charge 4


With built-in GPS and the same week-long battery life, you can't argue with Fitbit's latest Charge.

Battery life: 7 days


Built-in GPS/cellular: Just GPS


Water resistant: Yes


$149.95 from Amazon





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BEST FOR RUNNING

Garmin Forerunner 745


Smarter training insights and better tracking of a runner's favorite paths make the 745 a true running buddy.

Battery life: Up to 7 days


Built-in GPS/cellular: Just GPS


Water resistant: Yes (50 meters)


Tracks: Steps, calories, sports (including underwater), heart rate, personal running maps, SPO2, fall detection, recovery, women's health tracking


$249.99 from Amazon





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BEST SAMSUNG WATCH

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3


Samsung's latest is a true Apple Watch challenger, featuring better sleep tracking and the beloved rotating bezel.

Battery life: 24-36 hours


Built-in GPS/cellular: Both


Water resistant: Yes


Tracks: Steps, calories, sports (including underwater), heart rate, ECG, SPO2, VO2 Max, sleep stages, fall detection


$399 from Samsung





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BEST NON-BRACELET WEARABLE

Oura Ring


The chic ring beloved by the NBA tackles sleep troubles with unique sensors for temperature and pulse.

Battery life: Up to 7 days


Built-in GPS/cellular: Neither


Water resistant: Yes (100 meters)


Tracks: Sleep stages, steps, heart rate, body temperature deviation


$299 from Oura





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BUDGET PICK

Amazfit Bip U


Battery life that runs laps around Apple and more fitness modes than most Fitbits.

Battery life: 9 days


Built-in GPS/cellular: Neither


Water resistant: Yes (50 meters)


Tracks: Sleep stages, steps, sports (including underwater) heart rate, SPO2, fall detection


$59.99 from Amazon





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BEST FOR STRESS

Fitbit Sense


Fitbit takes on health tracking in a new way by keeping you mindful of stress levels with a novel EDA sensor.

Water resistant: Yes (50 meters)


Battery life: Up to 6 days


Built-in GPS/cellular: Just GPS


Tracks: Steps, calories, sports (including underwater), heart rate, ECG, SPO2, fall detection, stress levels


$329.95 from Amazon





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BEST INTRODUCTORY FITBIT

Fitbit Inspire 2


Score must-have health features like sleep stage detection and workout recording for under $100.

Battery life: 10 days


Built-in GPS/cellular: Neither


Water resistant: Yes (50 meters)


Tracks: Steps, calories, heart rate, sleep stages, Cardio Fitness Score, women's health tracking


$99.95 from Amazon





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BEST FITNESS TRACKER FOR KIDS

Fitbit Ace 2


A cool companion for kids who have a smartphone, the Ace 2 is a bit more advanced — but still fun.

Battery life: Up to 5 days


Built-in GPS/cellular: Neither


Water resistant: Yes (50 meters)


Tracks: Steps, distance, in-game movements, time asleep, completed tasks, plus calories burned, body fat, and women's health tracking at age 13


$69.95 from Amazon





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BEST SMARTWATCH WITH GPS FOR KIDS

Verizon GizmoWatch 2


Verizon's Apple Watch-like design offers the full smartwatch experience with GPS, fitness tracking, and task scheduling.

Battery life: Up to 4 days


Built-in GPS/cellular: GPS, cellular optional


Water resistant: Splashes fine, but don't submerge


Tracks: Steps, in-game movements, completed tasks, location


$99.99 from Verizon


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