I have never used a fitness tracker in my life. I’ve thought about looking into it but somehow got distracted along the way. Then I had someone ask me about them which motivated me to look into them for real. Now when I say I don’t know anything about these type of trackers, I really don’t know anything. I know the name Fitbit and I’ve seen Garmin on Amazon but that’s pretty much the extent of my knowledge. From what I can tell, these are the two big names when it comes to fitness trackers. But that’s not all you have to consider when making your decision. Both Fitbit and Garmin have many different types of trackers to their name. It actually gets quite confusing. To simplify things, I looked at some reviews and found out that the top rated trackers were the Fitbit Charge HR and the Garmin Vivosmart. Both are wristbands which is a huge benefit (from what I’ve read) but they each have some different features to keep in mind. I reviewed the sales pages for each and this is what I found.
Fitbit Charge HR
Look: Sleek design in 3 fun colors and black
PurePulse heart rate monitor: Continuous & automatic heart rate and simplified heart rate zones
Workouts and activity: Tracks workouts, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes and steps
Notifications: Connect with other devices to get call notifications and daily stats
Exercise tracking: Get run stats, review routes, and workout summaries
Battery life: Up to 5 days
Sleep: Monitors sleep and doubles as an alarm
Wireless syncing: Can sync stats automatically to smart phones and computers
Water resistant: Sweat, rain, and splash proof
BOTTOM LINE: If you’re a social person, this is the tracker for you. It seems to be able to sync to your other devices easily so you can access your stats wherever you are. You can even share your stats with your friends to keep you accountable. This would be perfect for the very active exerciser. Looks to be super simple to operate.
Look: Slim design in 5 different colors plus black BUT the color is actually the underside color. The outside is always black as shown in the picture above.
Tracks: Steps, calories, distance and time of day
Notifications: Syncs to your smartphones and alerts you with calls, texts and emails
Inactivity: Will alert you when it’s time to get your butt moving
Battery: Lasts up to 7 days
Sleep: Tracks your sleep (shows you total sleep hours, as well as periods of movement and restful sleep) and also functions as an alarm clock.
Goals: The tracker learns your current activity level and assigns an attainable daily goal for you, updated as you reach your goals.
Community: Free online community where you can earn badges and view progress
Syncing: Automatically syncs with your connected Bluetooth mobile device
Bundle: Can purchase the bundle which includes a heart rate monitor. ($179.99)
BOTTOM LINE: If you’re having some trouble sticking to your goals, this one is sure to keep you on track with daily goals, an online community, and alerts when you stop moving. Seems to be a tracker that you’ll want to wear all day long but is slim enough that you can easily do that.
These two trackers are very similar in their function so it really just comes down to your personality and what you’ll be using it for. If you want to easily stay connected and sync everything to your phone or computer, you’re best choice would be the Fitbit. If you want to get goals for yourself and become more active in your everyday life, I’d go with the Garmin option. If you’re dead set on a heart rate monitor and want it all on one device, you’ll need to go with the Fitbit as the Garmin does not have that feature. I would personally go with the Garmin Vivosmart. I like the fact that it’s constantly pushing you to be more active. That’s what I need in my life.
Which one would you go with and WHY? Let me know in the COMMENTS!