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The best fitness trackers 2021

Dennis Steimels, Alex Walker-Todd

If you enjoy exercising and want to continuously monitor your physical activities, a fitness tracker is ideal. But there is a wide range of options, and the choice is not easy. We list the best trackers.

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Fitness trackers help you measure and log your activities - from simple step counting to equipment training, swimming, and more. Our English colleagues have tested a number of fitness trackers. Here are ten of the best models with which - overall - any type of training can be controlled and documented. The different trackers focus on different functions - the order of the models presented is therefore not a valuation.

Fitbit Charge 4 - best overall performance

The Charge 4 is by far Fitbit's best all-round tracker and can even compete with some Fitbit smartwatches. The tracker covers all the basic functions: steps, distance, calories burned, hourly activity, climbed floors, heart rate, swim tracking and extended sleep. Not to mention that it also has most of the top workout features, including Active Zone Minutes.

Yes, it lacks the larger color screen that you get with a smartwatch and also the built-in music storage. But with the built-in GPS and the new health measurements, it comes very close to the more expensive Versa 3 smartwatch. Choose the Charge 4 if you can live with the smaller, monochrome screen and no voice assistants.

Fitbit Versa 2 - most versatile

While the Versa 3 fixes the biggest shortcoming of its predecessor and has GPS on board, it's not a big update over the Versa 2 because it was already so good. Therefore, we would still opt for the Versa 2 and not the successor from 2020, which is around 50 euros more expensive.

The Versa 2 covers all aspects of a health and fitness watch; it measures steps, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, hourly activity and sleep. It offers on-screen notifications from your phone, silent alarms, cardio fitness levels, workout and other exercise modes - like swimming and weights -, female health tracking and wellness functions. There is also music control and even Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.

It also beats the cheaper Versa Lite as it has a better screen, onscreen workouts, an altimeter, music storage, Spotify, and Alexa functionality.

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 - strong price / performance

Xiaomi impresses once again with a budget fitness tracker. Not only is the Mi Band 5 affordable, it also offers a range of features that range from simple step counting and heart rate measurement to sleep monitoring and app notifications.

If you own the Mi Band 4, we would upgrade because of the new charging system alone, because you no longer have to remove the tracker from the band. Also new in this version are a larger, brighter AMOLED display, new sport modes and tracking functions - including menstrual cycle and stress - and a PAI health scoring system. The price-performance ratio is really good.

Fitbit Sense - The best for wellbeing

The Fitbit Sense adds a ton of new health features to the higher end of the Fitbit lineup. You could call it the hypochondriac's smartwatch, it's so full of warning signs. But there are a lot here that indicate serious health issues that you can then work on.

Taking care of your health is very important. Stress, for example, can affect us all - and coping with it will quickly bring not only mental but also long-term physical health benefits.

For comprehensive monitoring of physical and mental health, the Sense is a tracker with all the trimmings - provided you can handle the high price.

Withings Move ECG - Best Design

In terms of design, the Withings Move ECG is so classic and simple that it could pass for an everyday watch. On the fitness tracking side, the companion Health Mate app does just about anything you need and more while being scientifically backed.

If you've simply fallen in love with the classic design of the Withings Move watch but want that little bit extra, this is the wearable for you.

Fitbit Inspire 2 - packed with features

The fitness features of the Fitbit Inspire 2 cover the basics very well. While it lacks built-in GPS and an altimeter (so it doesn't count the floors you climb), it's otherwise just as powerful as the more expensive Charge 4.

The heart rate sensor deepens the training analysis of the device and makes the sleep tracking much more demanding. If activity monitoring is what you're looking for, the Fitbit Inspire 2 delivers an affordable package.

The price is good for a light, elegant device with a solid range of functions. Fitness fanatics will want something a little more advanced, but for most users, the Inspire 2 will be all you need.

Withings ScanWatch - Best Health Monitoring

Apart from the lack of GPS, the Withings ScanWatch is a convincing hybrid tracker with a classic design and extensive tracking functions. The name refers to its ability to track your heart health more accurately than any other tracker here. Even if for an extra charge that makes it more of a niche product.

Atrial fibrillation detection, an SpO2 sensor, and the promise of sleep apnea detection via an update are smart ingredients, while the small PMOLED display offers some level of smartwatch-like functionality in addition to its fitness tracking capabilities.

Withings Move - Best battery life

The Move is a stylish fitness tracker from Withings that is ideal for anyone who wants to keep things simple. It only offers the basics: activity and sleep tracking, but no heart rate. The analog form factor keeps things neat and easy to read.

The 18-month battery life is obviously a major selling point, and the customizable design is also a huge draw - you can customize everything from the bracelet to the watch face and even the color of the watch face.

A heart rate monitor would really seal the deal (this is where the Move ECG comes in), but for the price, that's an understandable oversight. And with waterproofness, sleep tracking, and great app support, everything else about Move is easy to love.

Huawei Watch Fit - Great for guided workouts

In addition to the affordable price, the Huawei Watch Fit features a number of pre-installed, guided workouts that you can perform anytime, anywhere with minimal to no equipment.

It's easy to follow your workout thanks to the large 1.64-inch AMOLED touchscreen display. The Watch Fit also offers water resistance, an optical heart rate sensor, a high-quality design and long battery life - all at an attractive price.

Amazfit GTR - Great aesthetics

The Amazfit GTR poses a triple threat: it has a classic design, it has everything you need for fitness tracking, and it comes at a low price compared to other smartwatches on the market.

Amazfit GTR 2 (e): Inexpensive Apple Watch alternative with a 3-week battery

This Huami model offers GPS, heart monitoring, sleep tracking, water resistance, goals for your steps and much more. It doesn't necessarily have all of the fancy features a more expensive smartwatch would have, but the price makes it okay.