As technology continues to advance, we see it pervading greater aspects of society, including our health. Fitness tracking has become a popular habit, especially with the rise of neat gadgets like the Apple Watch. Such devices make it easy and fun for people to keep a log of their calories (both consumed and burned), exercise patterns, sleep cycles, and more with the intent to promote a healthier lifestyle. But not all gadgets are created equal; some offer higher quality features than others. To make it easy for you, we’ve created a list that showcases some of the popular choices, listed from best to worst.
Among the great number of portable fitness devices, the Fitbit Ionic comes in as the highest-rated option. At about $300, this watch is a touchscreen with a GPS, a four-day battery life, preinstalled workouts, and a special Adidas edition that comes with its own athletic training app, not to mention it’s waterproof! It also features contactless payment, meaning you can work out without having to lug around your phone, wallet, or purse. The curved screen doesn’t lag behind swipes and offers a clear display of your health stats. Plus, just like other Fitbit gadgets, you can easily swap out the bands to fit your preference. While it may not have the vast app library characteristic of the Apple Watch (the main complaint of the Ionic’s detractors), keep in mind this Fitbit device is designed to be a fitness tracker, for which it does an impeccable job.