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The best fitness trackers to buy in 2022

Update: As of July 2022!
Fitness Trackers 2022
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Are you looking for a fitness tracker? Then you'll find a market overview including hands-on impressions and reviews below. We have reviewed several models over the past few months and relied on our many years of experience in the wearables sector. This should be able to help you find the right model for your needs.

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Product Fitbit Charge 5
Image Xiaomi Mi Band 6 Huawei Band 6 Whoop 4.0 Fitbit Charge 5 Der Garmin vivosmart 5 auf einem Pressebild.
Pros
  • Larger and brighter display
  • Always-on display
  • Bigger battery
  • Many new sports modes
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Always-on display
  • Crisp AMOLED display
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Comprehensive companion app
  • Can be worn in a variety of ways
  • Comprehensive analysis functions
  • No display
  • Finally doesn't look like a refrigerator from behind
  • Enormous feature set including ECG, GPS, SpO2, EDA scan & more
  • Successful operation and app
  • Great app with a wide range of information
  • Reliable pulse and SpO2 tracking
  • High-quality workmanship
  • No subscription necessary
Cons
  • No NFC
  • No GPS
  • No wireless charging
  • Unclear app policy
  • Mi Fitness app is still riddled with weaknesses
  • No NFC
  • No GPS
  • Hardly any improvements compared to its predecessor
  • No wireless charging
  • does not support chest straps
  • long-term expensive subscription model
  • no display
  • Many features require a paid subscription and/or are not ready yet
  • Feature variety with not always clear added value
  • Integrated GPS is disastrous
  • Super expensive
  • No integrated GPS
  • Monochrome OLED display
  • Battery life stands at just 24h with SpO2 tracking enabled
  • Incompatible with Garmin accessories
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Once again, we have only included models that we have reviewed ourselves in our list of "Best of..." devices. We have timed the latest update for July 2022 because our Xiaomi Smart Band 7, Huawei Band 7, and Garmin vívosmart 5 reviews were published shortly before that. Thus, we were able to include a new generation of fitness trackers in this list.

While this generation was anything but exciting and didn't really change anything in our selection, we still want to go into more detail about the mentioned devices. If you have not yet come into contact with the world of fitness trackers, we will summarize all relevant criteria before you make a purchase in our buying guide.

Jump to:

  1. Buying advice: What to look for when buying a fitness tracker?
  2. The best fitness trackers of 2022 in detail
    1. Best all-rounder: Xiaomi Smart Band 7
    2. Best alternative: Huawei Band 7
    3. Best for minimalists: Whoop 4.0
    4. Best smartwatch alternative: Garmin vivosmart 5
  3. Where is the best place to buy your fitness tracker?

Before we begin counting down our list of the best fitness trackers, here is a question. What really matters when you are looking for a good, reliable companion for everyday sporting activities? So let's kick things off with a short buying tip!

What should you watch out for when buying a fitness tracker?

In the following, we will briefly discuss the functions or properties of fitness trackers that might not suit everybody. If you can cross one of the entries off the list, a cheaper model may be more suitable. So if you are not familiar with smartbands at all, the following section will help you get familiarized with the topic.

Do I need GPS or is the smartphone enough?

If you always carry your smartphone with you when you go jogging for safety reasons or use it to listen to music, then you don't need to pay attention to having a GPS receiver in the fitness tracker. This is because almost every fitness tracker offers the possibility of recording the distance covered by working alongside the smartphone.

Fitbit Charge 4 GPS-Tracking
Fitness trackers like the Fitbit Charge 4 can record your jogging route precisely thanks to GPS! / © NextPit

GPS receivers in modern smartphones are often more precise than the modules in fitness trackers. But if you are reluctant to take your mobile phone with you when doing sports, GPS can be essential. If a fitness stacker shines with this feature, we will inform you below.

Music control or music player?

Another pitfall in choosing the right fitness tracker is the difference between music control and music player. A built-in music player allows you to download songs to built-in memory and lets you listen to them on the go without the need for a smartphone. Bluetooth headphones or true-wireless headphones can usually be connected to the fitness tracker for this purpose.

If a manufacturer sells its fitness tracker with integrated music control, you can assume that you can also control your music via your wrist. You can control the active playback on your smartphone and leave the phone in your pocket. Also, look for Spotify-exclusive music controls on Fitbit, which is what you can find on the Fitbit Charge 4.

Is the SpO2 sensor really useful?

Keeping an eye on your oxygen saturation while on-the-go sounds like a great feature at first. However, my colleague Stefan, who once trained as a fitness trainer, explained to me once again during this comparison test that blood oxygen hardly fluctuates in healthy people. It is, therefore, advisable to check it when exercising in mountainous areas or when you are under extreme stress.

If you do not intend to do this, you should rather disregard a corresponding sensor. In any case, it is available in only a few models, so this should not be a compulsory feature in your purchase decision.

Sleep tracking and mindfulness

A healthy lifestyle isn't just about pumping iron, running, and swimming! You also need to get some rest and fortunately, fitness trackers do help you with that too. The most common and useful feature for this is sleep tracking, which monitors the duration and quality of your sleep. Human sleep consists of different phases: light sleep, deep sleep, and the so-called REM sleep phase. On the topic of mindfulness, by the way, certain fitness trackers also boast of meditation features or breathing exercises. These often rely on your pulse and sees if it changes during the planned rest period.

Compatibility with other hardware

If you want to do more than just run while wearing your fitness tracker, but also want to keep an eye on your pulse during a martial arts session or gymnastics training, you should pick a model from Huawei or Garmin. In the Huawei Health app and Garmin's Forerunner watches, you can use additional devices like chest straps with heart rate monitors. Especially during movements, for example, when you bend your wrist or the fitness tracker slips for other reasons, errors can occur in the measurement. In addition, Garmin's HRM-Run models can also record vertical movement and your ground contact time.

Special features like notifications, contactless payment or telephony

As mentioned at the beginning, it's getting harder and harder to distinguish between fitness trackers and smartwatches. That's because, with new features introduced all the time there are also new selling points, and hence features like wireless payments or microphones and speakers for making phone calls have now landed in fitness trackers as well. While these features are still rare, you can access your notifications, set an alarm, or tell the time with almost all commercially available smartbands. In fact, apart from notifications with an answer function, there are also stopwatches, alarms, timers, and possibly even mini-games or installable apps.

Materials, case and weight

The design of the fitness tracker is similarly unique and depends on your taste, although there are also practical matters to take into consideration. When it comes to leather straps, fabric straps or straps made out of plastic, each of them has its own advantage and disadvantage depending on the type of activity that you are heavily involved in. When swimming, for example, a fabric band can quickly become disgusting, and it is obviously not the most comfortable to wear when you are sleeping at night.

However, bands can usually be bought new and easily replaced, the weight and dimensions are set right from the get-go. If you have the opportunity to try out a fitness tracker at an electronics store, I would definitely recommend it!

Wearing a fitness tracker on your wrist will definitely scare the couch potato out of the house, as it informs you of the number of steps you've taken and helps you check your heart rate whenever you're exercising. But with all of the available options in the market, choosing the right fitness tracker for you definitely isn't easy. This is why we've picked out the right models to cater to every possible type of user.

The best fitness trackers of 2022 in detail

Below, you can read more about the individual models that made it into our best fitness trackers list.

The best all-rounder: The Xiaomi Smart Band 7

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Test
Xiaomi's Smart Band 7 now sports a larger display. / © NextPit

Read our Xiaomi Smart Band 7 review

The biggest change to Xiaomi's super-popular fitness tracker? The name! The Mi Band 6 was followed by the Xiaomi Smart Band 7, and with it came a larger display. It was easier to read in Casi's review of the Smart Band 7, and the rest of the wearable device also proved to be very convincing. Tracking still works reliably, but many sports modes that were unavailable before have been introduced. The larger battery capacity now makes the manufacturer's battery life claims (14 days) a bit more realistic.

However, there is still a lack of GPS to complain about, which becomes really painful in view of the recommended retail price of $59.99 in 2022. Furthermore, there is no NFC support available for mobile payments, without any option for wireless charging, and a confusing app policy. However, all this does not change the fact that Xiaomi's Smart Band 7 is the best fitness trackers to recommend in 2022.

Best alternative: Huawei Band 7

Whoop 4.0
Visually, hardly anything has changed with the Huawei Band 7.

Not even the name of Huawei's competitor has changed. Like its predecessor, the Huawei Band 7 convinces with a crisp AMOLED display including the Always-On function in the review. The pretty Huawei app still displays the gathered data clearly and nicely, and the user interface is still particularly intuitive.

Like the Xiaomi Smart Band 7, the Huawei tracker lacks technical updates in 2022. GPS is unavailable and you also have to make do without NFC. Thus, the only updates to the predecessor are the new always-on display and narrower display borders. However, these updates make it sufficient as an alternative to the Smart Band 7.

Fitness tracker for minimalists: Whoop 4.0

Whoop 4.0
The Whoop 4.0 doesn't have a display - not even for the time / © NextPit

To the detailed review of the Whoop 4.0 at NextPit

The Whoop 4.0 is a "fitness tracker" in the very original sense. There are no smartwatch functions here, no display, not even a time display. The best features are a vibrating alarm clock and a battery level indicator via LED.

In return, the fitness tracker is very light and compact, comfortable to wear and almost indestructible. You can also use the Whoop 4.0 while swimming or even in the sauna. The electronics are well protected in the smart wristband. And if you want to have your arms completely free, you can also find various other holders at Whoop, up to special boxer shorts or sports bras.

The Whoop 4.0 really wants to track your activities 24/7—which is also reflected in the clever charging system. Instead of putting the fitness tracker down for charging, you simply dock a powerbank while wearing it, which recharges the internal battery.

However, there is still one drawback: You cannot buy the Whoop 4.0, but only subscribe to it. Depending on the contract period, this will cost you between 20 and 30 Euros per month, which will naturally add up quite a bit over the years. At least, if your contract runs for at least another six months, you'll get new models for free. In any case, I find it exciting that Whoop is a different approach on the market.

Best smartwatch alternative: Garmin vivosmart 5

Garmin vivosmart 5
You have to pay a relatively high price for the Garmin vivosmart 5. / © NextPit

We were very surprised (negatively!) by the performance of the Garmin vívosmart 5 in our review. The fitness tracker from the best manufacturer for fitness sports watches costs just under $150 does not really offer more than the models from Xiaomi and Huawei. At the same time, the design of the vívosmart 5 is not quite up to date for the year 2022. The main reason is the monochrome pixelated display.

As for its advantages, we could note the reliable tracking for its heart rate and blood oxygen saturation. However, the biggest advantage is the Garmin app, which works utterly great with in-depth processing of your data and easy usage. The fact that Garmin does not let its fitness tracker work with its extensive catalog of accessories is also very unfortunate. However, if you like the design, you can achieve reliable and seamless tracking here as well.

Where is the best place to buy a fitness tracker?

Last but not least, I'll give you a few tips on buying a fitness tracker. As already mentioned in the section about size, the devices are often released with just one standard size. It is rather rare to come across fitness trackers with different case sizes, which is far more common on smartwatches. So if you have either particularly thick or thin wrists, the bands might end up being a poor fit.

It is therefore advisable to try out the desired device before buying it. You have the advantage that fitness trackers are not only sold by electronics retailers, but there are also devices from Fitbit, Garmin, and others in sports shops. The staff on duty there can also help you out with accessories or additional products. In addition to the store staff who are trained to attend to your questions, you can also ask your doctor for assistance or recommendations. They may not be able to give you technical advice, but you can ask them to help interpret your vital signs.

Your doctor may be able to share some of his or her own experience and tell you which manufacturer's protocols he or she has worked with.

Finally, we hope that after reading this article, you have either already found a fitness tracker or at least know how to home in on the right model for you. What are your requirements for a fitness tracker and what insider tips should we include in this list for the next update? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.


This article was updated and republished on July, 2022. Previous comments have been retained.

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  • Kris R 9 months ago Link to comment

    Good article!


  • Sajibuzzaman Nov 6, 2019 Link to comment

    Thanks


  • itprolonden Dec 15, 2017 Link to comment

    I'm happy with my Gear S3.


    • Jauhari Dec 18, 2017 Link to comment

      I'm happy with my Apple Watch 3 Nike Edition


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    Deactivated Account May 14, 2017 Link to comment

    I have the Garmin Viofit 3 and the Vivoactive HR. I love the Viofit 3 because you never have to charge it Battery has lasted almost a year and still going will replace it soon just so it won't go dead. Vioactive I like because of the GPS feature when you go on a hike it gives you a map of where you have been, but battery life with GPS is not that great. In my opinion Gamine is the best love all their stuff.


  • ANAM AKHLAQ Nov 17, 2016 Link to comment

    When we talk about the technologies then we talk about its compatibility and its features. Fitness tracker comes up with the different features and there are varieties of different trackers which have different features and incompatibilities

    i think Garmin vivosmart hr+ is good according to its features. Because of GPS system and retrieving of notifications , automatic sleep detection , tracks heart rate 24/7 , device features Move Alert , compatible with both iOS and Android.
    Health occupies the main part in our life in all aspects. this is the best thing which tracks each and every thing that we do . heart rate , steps and others.

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  • Affan Khan Nov 17, 2016 Link to comment

    In my friends, Fitness trackers gadgets is becoming
    important and most of your friends bought , and
    they gave me some reviews about that gadgets.
    On those reviews i like this gadget.
    Read About these fitness trackers...


  • Fouzia Irfan Aug 8, 2016 Link to comment

    Best Fitness Trackers in 2016: Complete Buying Guide
    You have finally decided to take care of your health and fitness matters and that is why you are looking for the best fitness trackers so you can take care of your daily activities.

    Good Decision!

    In this busy world, you cannot put your health and fitness matters as a second priority in any case.

    But Now that you have decided to buy a fitness tracker or a fitness band which is the best fit for your needs. You are definitely confused and overwhelmed because of the plenty choices.


  • Jianar Saro Jul 12, 2016 Link to comment

    I am using skylet colorful replacment bands for jawbone up move and feel very good. You can find it on amazon.


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    Deactivated Account Jan 25, 2016 Link to comment

    Motorola, Garmin, Fitbit.


  • Paul Warner Jan 24, 2016 Link to comment

    My wife bought the Garmin Vivofit 2 mainly because it had a 12 month battery, bigger dispaly and was water resistant. The equivalent Fitbit had to be recharged every day or two


  • GT Ohh Dec 2, 2015 Link to comment

    Gee whiz I wonder how the human race even survived before fitness trackers came along.... lmfao


    • Your Friend Jan 24, 2016 Link to comment

      True that! Just like - how did we buy things without Samsung pay, Google pay or apple pay or fill in the blank pay.


  • Gloria Hackler Nov 27, 2015 Link to comment

    I'm using Fitbit change and I would highly recommend it. It shows 100% accurate results.


  • gizaddict Nov 26, 2015 Link to comment

    I would say the Xiaomi Mi band 1s is a better choice than the mi band with the heart rate monitor. Though it is $15 expensive. I grabbed one 2 weeks ago from GeekBuying and it arrived this Monday. You AndroidPit may consider to review it:)


  • Amanda Sep 17, 2015 Link to comment

    This real time fitness tracker and coach is going to be shipped soon, and promotion will end soon, too. Grab and try this risk free. It would be sweet if you could join the promotion using my referral


  • Mark S. Sep 12, 2015 Link to comment

    I have a mi band as well - it's excellent. I can also get 60+ days on a single charge. Accuracy is comparable to the vivofit and fitbit (the only other ones I've tried). I really like the sleep tracking and vibrating alarm.


  • dharr18 Sep 12, 2015 Link to comment

    My personal pick, Mi Band. I have had it since February and I am seeing two months on a charge. I am not overly active, so I do not want to spend smart watch money on a tracker.

    The only other I would consider is the Activité Pop. It looks like a watch and performs that function beyond tracking. Having seeing it in person, it is a very nice size.

    My issue with most trackers I have tried on, I have a 8 inch wrist, most trackers do not fit me. The two I mentioned do. Also the Huawei Talkband 2 fits nicely and does a great job. I use it for the headset function more than anything else.

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