The 9 Best Fitness Trackers of 2020

Stay on top of your health goals

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Our Top Picks
"The perfect device to get you on the right path."
"Get all of the benefits of a smartwatch without the large price tag."
"The Fitbit Alta HR is low on bulk at about 1/2" in thickness."
Best Heart Rate Monitor:
Apple Watch Series 5 at Apple
"A powerhouse when it comes to accurately tracking your heart rate."
"Improve your health with this high-performance tracker."
"An 'upgrade' of the beloved Fitbit Versa."
"Can be worn on the wrist, clipped to clothing, or put on a necklace."
Best Style for Women:
Garmin Hybrid Smartwatch at Amazon
"Consider this stylish tracker from Garmin."
"Fossil seems to be leading the pack in everyday, versatile design."

Best Overall: Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Tracker

If you’re ready to build healthier habits (like, yesterday!) and boost your health, research shows that activity trackers can be quite useful. The Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Activity Tracker is the perfect device to get you on the right path. Fitness fanatics worship at the altar of Fitbit for a reason: This little device does a lot. In addition to gauging and recording all activity, the Fitbit monitors your food intake, measures the quality of your sleep, and provides you with personalized tips based on your specific health trends and goals. Users can choose from over 15 exercise modes that include circuit training, biking, and yoga, and even get email, text, and call notifications during workouts.  

Best Budget: LETSCOM Activity Tracker Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

You don't have to spend big to stay on top of your health goals. This tracker comes at a very affordable price and lets users track their heart rate, steps, calories, and sleep, and it can all sync to your phone. Besides keeping track of your fitness, it can also display your text messages and calls when connected to your phone, so you can get all of the benefits of a smartwatch without the large price tag.

Best for Slim Design: Fitbit Alta HR Fitness Tracker

For those looking for a device that is big on accuracy but low on bulk, the Fitbit Alta HR is just that at about 1/2 inch in thickness. This wristband allows users to see a continuous pattern of their heart rate, which in turn gives a more accurate result of calories burned.

When synced with PurePulse, this Fitbit can monitor sleep stages based on heart rate. Like other trackers, it also stores your steps, calories, and automatically recognizes which exercise you’re doing. It's available in three different sizes for an accurate fit and five different colors. 

Best Heart Rate Monitor: Apple Watch Series 5

Boasting an arsenal of revolutionary features—from cutting-edge EKG sensors to fall detection capabilities—the brand-new Apple Watch Series 5 is more effective than ever at measuring your heart rate with medical-grade accuracy. In fact, the latest Apple Watch’s sensors are so advanced that it will soon be able to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) of your heart, which is a function that’s typically reserved for medical devices.

The Series 5 has also been redesigned from front to back, resulting in a larger screen and the sleekest display yet; plus, the watch has new interactive faces, superior workout features, and a full 18 hours of battery life. When it comes to accurately tracking your heart rate, the Apple Watch Series 5 is a total powerhouse. 

Best for Multipurpose: Garmin fēnix 5 Plus GPS Smartwatch

With the brand-new Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Premium Multisport Smartwatch, fitness will never be far from your mind—get ready to increase your activity and improve your health when you invest in this high-performance tracker. Whether you’re sweating out your weight in water at hot yoga or taking a leisurely stroll through your neighborhood, this top-rated fitness tracker will provide you with an accurate activity assessment, so that you can start to build a healthier lifestyle. Conveniently, the Fenix 5 Plus also has routable color mapping, 10-day battery life, 100m waterproofing, and storage for up to 500 of your favorite songs on Spotify.

Best Smartwatch: Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch

The sleek, stylish Fitbit Versa 2 is the upgraded version of the beloved Fitbit Versa. It still looks great with any outfit and tracks your steps, heart rate, and calories burned, but it also comes with lots of other great features. The big one? Alexa.

Say her name to check the weather, read the news, or control your smart home devices. You can opt in to smartphone notifications like calls and text messages, and the battery lasts for at least six days.

Best for Body: Bellabeat Leaf Urban Smart Jewelry Health Tracker

Not into wearing something on your wrist? The Bellabeat Leaf can be worn on the wrist, clipped to clothing, or put on a necklace. This is also a fitness tracker, right?

Women specifically enjoy the app features, which include: menstruation tracker, a gentle vibration when you’ve been “inactive” for too long, and a stress sensitivity analysis. The app pools together your data and provides tips on which areas of health need improvement (sleep, steps, etc.).

Best Style for Women: Garmin vívomove HR Sport Hybrid Smartwatch

Fitness trackers can also look bulky and block-like, which isn't the most fashion-forward look for something that is so visible on your body. If you plan on wearing your tracker often and want it to match with more work-appropriate looks, you should consider this stylish tracker from Garmin. 

The vívomove HR Sport Hybrid Smartwatch looks like a classic watch that you might buy at a department store, but it offers all of the great features other sporty-looking fitness trackers have. The tracker can monitor your heart rate, fitness age, stress levels, steps, and more. It also has smart notifications so you can see who calls or texts you, or you can play your music from your wrist. We love the pretty rose gold design, but the watch comes in three other colorways: gold, silver, and black.

Best Style for Men: Fossil Men's Gen 4 Explorist HR Touchscreen Smartwatch

While many activity trackers are shifting from the more “athletic”-looking designs to those for more everyday, versatile wear, Fossil seems to be leading the pack in this realm.

The Fossil Gen 4, in particular, has many different style options to suit your needs. The face can come in black, rose gold, or gray. The band has a leather option or a stainless steel model.

This stylish smartwatch includes a GPS and heart rate tracker, and you can use it to pay almost anywhere you can use a credit card. Worried you'll miss an important text on your run? You can also sync notifications so you'll get a pop-up on your watch.

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Our writers spent 468 hours researching and testing the most popular fitness trackers on the market. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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