Here’s a handy guide to the best selling fitness trackers of the year. All of these fitness trackers offer excellent value for money, and offer excellent ways to track your bike rides and all associated stats.
Wearable tech is steadily making its way into our hearts – and onto our bodies. More and more people are using fitness trackers, and making them an important part of their lives. I have been at international conferences on topics entirely unrelated to fitness trackers, and watched with interest as people aged from 25 to 75, hailing from countries as diverse as Australia and the Russian Federation, have compared with interest how many steps each of them has achieved that day.
“I did 11,500 steps today, but that’s because I had to get through San Francisco Airport – I got lost 3 times!”
Professionals who used to compare Rolexes are now competing to see who has walked the most steps. To my mind, it’s a good thing. At least it’s got us moving more!
All that said, what are most people buying in fitness trackers? I did some research to find the best selling fitness trackers.
No. 1 Best Selling Fitness Tracker: The Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate Plus Fitness Wristband
The new Fitbit Charge 2 rates no. 1 in THREE categories on Amazon – Running; Cycling Accessories; and Heart Rate Monitors. No wonder – it’s a slim little powerhouse, using PurePulse to automatically and continuously track your heart rate and figure out your calorie burn. Track your sleep; then be gently awoken by a silent vibrating alarm. You can pair the Fitbit Charge 2 with your phone to get smart notifications. And you can use it to plan how to improve your health.
The connected GPS enables you to track your pace and distance as you exercise. And finally, the Fitbit Charge 2 will remind you to stop and breathe when your heart rate is less than calm. As someone who is working on being calmer and more conscious, I personally find this feature very useful.
For those seeking all-round heath improvement in an attractive and affordable package, you can’t go far wrong with the Fitbit Charge 2. Not surprising it is the best selling wearable tech in the world!
No. 2 Best Selling Fitness Tracker: Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS Smartwatch
This is one of my personal favorites in fitness trackers. I just like the chunky look of it, plus all the features and ease of use – such as the fact you can see the display clearly in bright sunlight. It also happens to be on sale right now.
The Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS Smartwatch ranks no. 1 in Amazon’s Running GPS units and in Handheld GPS units, and ranks no. 2 in Pedometers. Not too shabby!
The popularity of the Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS Smartwatch stems from the fact that it offers tracking for such a wide variety of sports. You can use its color touchscreen to track your cycling, swimming, running, and golfing. Of course you can also pair it with your phone to get smart notifications. As it has a built-in GPS and heart rate monitor, you don’t have to carry any other equipment on your rides to record all of your ride stats. Best of all, it has great battery life – if you’re not using GPS, the battery will last for 3 weeks!
Below is my video that shows unboxing my Garmin Vivoactive HR, plus how easy it is to set it up and connect it with your smart phone and any other fitness apps you are using. Note that before you can connect this fitness tracker to your phone, you do have to download the free Garmin Connect app to your phone. The latest version of the Garmin Connect app is very slick – great looking, and easy to customize. I have been using Garmin Connect to record my bike rides for years, and am very happy with how great it has become. Plus it connects to all my other apps, such as My Fitness Pal and Apple Health.
Bear in mind however that the Garmin Vivoactive HR is quite a big watch – it is slightly longer and thicker than an Apple watch. If you have tiny, petite wrists, you may be better off with a smaller fitness tracker, such as our #3 pick, the Fitbit Alta.
The video below shows how the Garmin Vivoactive HR watch works. It’s really quick and easy to use this watch to record your bike rides.
No. 3 Best Selling Fitness Tracker: Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker
The Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker ranks as the no. 1 best seller in fitness trackers AND activity trackers. And it’s also no. 3 in Fitness Technology.
There are good reasons for the massive popularity of the Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker. Fitness trackers are supposed to motivate, and that is exactly what the Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker does. Unlike many of these devices (including the Apple Watch), this device is smart enough to automatically know when you are exercising.
One thing I find really frustrating about my Apple Watch is that when I forget to tell it I am exercising, it often doesn’t seem to know. Not so with the Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker!
As with all Fitbits, you can track your sleep, and be gently awoken with a silent, vibrating alarm. Sleep is a badly underrated but very important aspect of health. If you’re planning to improve your health, the foundation has to be getting enough sleep. The Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker can help with that!
It’s also easy to keep your Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker looking good, as there are a range of different bands available for it. And you can keep it on in the shower!
No. 4 Best Selling Fitness Tracker: Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch
My personal top favorite, I believe. I reviewed one of Fitbit Blazes for weeks, and I still feel a bit sad remembering the moment when I had to put it in a box and send it back. I kind of LOVED that Blaze. And I’m not the only one. It’s the no. 1 best seller in Men’s Smartwatches. I have a full review of the Fitbit Blaze here. In short, it’s comfortable, it looks great, and it does everything you could want a fitness tracker to do. The Blaze also has a neat feature: you can pop the watch easily in and out of its strap, which means that you can buy different straps for it and achieve different looks – much like an Apple watch.
All of these fitness trackers offer excellent value for money, and offer excellent ways to track your bike rides and all associated stats.