Latest fitness tracker reviews

Garmin Forerunner 935 review: The sports watch of champions
5.0 stars Garmin Forerunner 935 review: The sports watch of champions By Chris Hall

The top-end Garmin Forerunner model has always been something of a chunky monkey, stretching all the way back to the heady days of the Forerunner 101 in 2003. It wasn't until 2013 with the Forerunner 220 that things really started to feel slimline, but... Read more

Fitbit Ace initial review: Doing it for the kids
Fitbit Ace initial review: Doing it for the kids By Chris Hall

What does Fitbit have in common with the iPad? Simple, it has achieved that lofty position of becoming genericised. Not sure what genericised means? Then maybe you need to be heading back to school. Because step into the playground and trademarks don't... Read more

Fitbit Versa initial review: Lacks GPS, but loaded with functions
Fitbit Versa initial review: Lacks GPS, but loaded with functions By Chris Hall

The Fitbit Ionic saw the popular fitness tracking company launch its first "smartwatch". Designed to walk a path that gave you the convenience of the smartwatch - colourful display, apps, wide notifications - with Fitbit's popular tracking platform.The... Read more

Garmin Vivoactive 3 review: Serious multi-sport tracking at a sensible price point
4.5 stars Garmin Vivoactive 3 review: Serious multi-sport tracking at a sensible price point By Cam Bunton

Garmin is well known for producing highly regarded wearables, specifically those for tracking sports activities. Whether you're a runner, cyclist or general outdoors lover, there's a high probability you've already purchased or considered purchasing a... Read more

Fitbit Ionic review: Bridging the gap between fitness tracker and smartwatch
4.0 stars Fitbit Ionic review: Bridging the gap between fitness tracker and smartwatch By Lee Bell

According to Apple, its smartwatch series has proved so popular that it has overtaken Rolex to become the world's most popular wristwear maker. And with rumours that TomTom is pulling out of the wearables race, there aren't many big name fitness-tracker... Read more

Garmin Forerunner 735XT review: Putting in the multisport miles
4.5 stars Garmin Forerunner 735XT review: Putting in the multisport miles By Chris Hall

The Garmin Forerunner family has always been a firm favourite with those who are a little more serious about their sport. Often the device of choice for runners and triathletes, there's now a wide selection of watches to track your every movement, whatever... Read more

Garmin Vivomove HR preview: Hybrid smartwatch with hidden touchscreen and heart rate monitoring
Garmin Vivomove HR preview: Hybrid smartwatch with hidden touchscreen and heart rate monitoring By Britta O'Boyle

Garmin announced several devices at consumer electronic show IFA in Berlin, including the Vivomove HR.On first glance, the Vivomove HR looks like any other analogue watch, but this device has a dirty little secret. It has a hidden touchscreen, as well... Read more

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro preview: Specced for swimmers
Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro preview: Specced for swimmers By Mike Lowe

Earlier this year the second-gen Samsung Gear Fit landed, focusing on fitness fans. At IFA 2017 - the largest European tech show in the  calendar - the Korean giant unveiled its spiritual brother: the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro.So what's different in what... Read more

Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR review: Great multi-sport watch misses a beat
3.5 stars Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR review: Great multi-sport watch misses a beat By Chris Hall

The biggest claim with the Spartan Sport Wrist HR is that it's the first watch with heart-rate that Suunto has produced. While it joins a family of capable devices, that removes the need for a chest strap, making it appealing to a wider range of athletes.That's... Read more

Fitbit Alta HR review: The best everyday fitness tracker?
4.5 stars Fitbit Alta HR review: The best everyday fitness tracker? By Britta O'Boyle

The Fitbit Alta HR brings heart-rate tracking to its slim and stylish fitness tracker, the Alta. The earlier device was fabulous for basic tracking but it missed out on a couple of features, stopping it achieving excellence.The HR, however, aims to... Read more

Withings Activite Steel HR review: Nokia has its finger on the pulse
4.0 stars Withings Activite Steel HR review: Nokia has its finger on the pulse By Britta O'Boyle

The Withings Activité Steel HR is the first device from the company since it was taken over by Nokia. It joins the plethora of beautifully designed devices, from the original Swiss-Made Activité to the Activité Steel, but it adds heart-rate tracking... Read more

Garmin Vivoactive HR review: Multi-sports master, just not much of a looker
4.0 stars Garmin Vivoactive HR review: Multi-sports master, just not much of a looker By Luke Johnson

If you're a general fitness fan rather than someone with a specialist hobby, deciding which wearable is right for you is tough. What sport do you prioritise? Are your morning runs more important to you than your weekend round of golf, or would you rather... Read more

Garmin Fenix 5 review: Smart sports watches don't come better than this
5.0 stars Garmin Fenix 5 review: Smart sports watches don't come better than this By Cam Bunton

If you're an avid runner or cyclist, there's a good chance that either you or someone you know well is sporting a Garmin watch. Over the past few years, the company's reputation for building the best sports-tracking wearables has grown.With the Fenix... Read more

Garmin Vivomove review: As good-looking as activity trackers get
4.0 stars Garmin Vivomove review: As good-looking as activity trackers get By Luke Johnson

Activity trackers don't have to be bland slabs of plastic and rubber that scream "look at me". A number of analogue smartwatches have dropped over the past couple of years, pairing timeless, classic designs with all the steps and run-tracking credentials... Read more

TomTom Adventurer review: Great for the great outdoors
4.0 stars TomTom Adventurer review: Great for the great outdoors By Chris Hall

The TomTom Adventurer takes the company's existing sports watch line-up - as familiar in the Runner or Spark - with the added twist of a barometer for additional outdoor activity tracking abilities.TomTom is clearly looking to cement its place in sport... Read more

Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: Fit Up, Look Sharp
4.0 stars Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: Fit Up, Look Sharp By Luke Johnson

Between the Gear S3 Frontier and the Gear IconX smart headphones Samsung already has a healthy collection of wearable tech to hand. The Samsung Gear Fit 2, however, is something different. Not just from what Samsung has on offer, but different from the... Read more

Polar M200 review: A running all-rounder that’s nice to your wallet
3.5 stars Polar M200 review: A running all-rounder that’s nice to your wallet By Luke Johnson

It used to be that the only wearable tech you could pick up for around the £100 marker was a barebones step tracker. Prices have tumbled though. Those steps counters are now available for less than £30, and dedicated running watches, such as the new... Read more

Garmin Forerunner 35 review: An affordable, effective running watch
4.0 stars Garmin Forerunner 35 review: An affordable, effective running watch By Luke Johnson

We've almost reached the point where not owning a fitness tracker is as taboo as loudly answering your phone in a train's quiet carriage or breaking out a selfie stick, well, anywhere. Without even a barebones bit of wrist tech, how else can you compare... Read more

Huawei Fit review: A fitness watch you’ll want to run away from
2.5 stars Huawei Fit review: A fitness watch you’ll want to run away from By Luke Johnson

If, like many, you're thinking along the lines of "new year, new you" then a decent fitness tracker such as the Huawei Fit is probably atop your 2017 gadget wish list.Getting the right one can be the difference between hitting that 10k personal best,... Read more

Misfit Vapor preview: Designer touchscreen watch in a waterproof package
Misfit Vapor preview: Designer touchscreen watch in a waterproof package By Elyse Betters

Misfit has unveiled a designer touchscreen smartwatch with a round screen and waterproofing. But, best of all, it doesn't have a "flat tyre".The Fossil Group-owned company, which is known for making low-power wearables, showed off Vapor at this year's... Read more

Timex IQ+ Move preview: Mensa about motion
Timex IQ+ Move preview: Mensa about motion By Mike Lowe

When it comes to fitness trackers there are shed loads on the market. A bunch of them are plasticky wrist-worn bands that, well, don't look all that. Not so the Timex IQ+ Move: this is one elegant looking proper watch.The concept is simple: take a well-made,... Read more

Polar Team Pro Shirt preview: A heart-rate tracking shirt for serious athletes only
Polar Team Pro Shirt preview: A heart-rate tracking shirt for serious athletes only By Elyse Betters

Polar is at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas showing off its first foray into the smart apparel market.The company, which is known for its fitness trackers and heart-rate sensors, is basically taking wearables to a whole new level. It's... Read more

Fitbit Flex 2 review: Simple, stylish tracking
4.0 stars Fitbit Flex 2 review: Simple, stylish tracking By Britta O'Boyle

The Flex 2 is the sequel to the Fitbit's original all-day activity-tracker. It brings together fitness-tracking and sleep-tracking into a simple yet stylish wrist-worn design.It isn't as feature-rich as the company's Charge 2 or Blaze, it doesn't have... Read more

TomTom Touch review: Out of touch
3.0 stars TomTom Touch review: Out of touch By Britta O'Boyle

Behold the fitness tracker that will not only tell you how many steps you've taken and how high your heart rate is, but also your body's fat percentage. Say hello to the TomTom Touch.The Touch was unveiled when Fitbit launched the Charge 2 and Withings... Read more

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ review: A fully-packed fitness tracker
4.5 stars Garmin Vivosmart HR+ review: A fully-packed fitness tracker By Chris Hall

There's no shortage of fitness trackers on the market. Since the launch of the Nike FuelBand, just about everyone has had a crack at this lifestyle end of the sports device market. Offering a lighter and simpler approach than more established sports... Read more

Polar M600 review: Top-notch smartwatch and fitness tracker fusion
4.5 stars Polar M600 review: Top-notch smartwatch and fitness tracker fusion By Chris Hall

The explosion of smartwatches and fitness trackers has thrown up some real gems and thrown down some real turds, leaving us all to step carefully when choosing a new device. Polar is an established name in fitness devices, one of the oldest, perhaps,... Read more

Fitbit Charge 2 review: Taking charge
4.5 stars Fitbit Charge 2 review: Taking charge By Britta O'Boyle

The Fitbit Charge HR was the fitness tracker to beat in 2015. It wasn't only one of the best from the company - which also makes the Ionic, Blaze and Alta trackers - but one of the best dedicated trackers with heart-rate monitoring from any manufacturer.Now... Read more

TomTom Spark 3 review: Getting better with age
4.0 stars TomTom Spark 3 review: Getting better with age By Chris Hall

Waking early in the city offers plenty of unique advantages to the urban runner. It's a chance to run as the local population is wiping the sleep from its eyes, going about the routine of preparing for the day, heading to work, heading home from nights... Read more

Withings Go review: Tracking on a budget
3.5 stars Withings Go review: Tracking on a budget By Britta O'Boyle

French company Withings has been central to the activity tracking and health markets for some time. It might not be as well known as the likes of Fitbit, but it has produced some winning devices in the past.Buy into the Withings platform and your options... Read more

Fitbit Alta review: High praise for low-level fitness tracking
4.0 stars Fitbit Alta review: High praise for low-level fitness tracking By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit is arguably one of the most well-known companies when it comes to activity tracking, monopolising around 70 per cent of the market. It not only offers a huge selection of devices in comparison to its competitors, but it also offers an excellent... Read more

Misfit Ray review: Design over delivery
3.5 stars Misfit Ray review: Design over delivery By Britta O'Boyle

Misfit has long understood that an activity tracker doesn't have to look like a wrist-worn rubber band. With some of its products worn in a trainer or sock, plus a partnership with Swarovski, there are a multitude of options on its roster.But if giant... Read more

Under Armour HealthBox review: Under Whelming
3.5 stars Under Armour HealthBox review: Under Whelming By Elyse Betters

Under Armour has partnered with HTC to give us something that only the freakishly active will probably consider: UA HealthBox.This setup (which, yes, does arrive in an actual box) consists of three physical devices: UA Band, UA Scale, and UA Heart Rate.... Read more

Fitbit Blaze review: Trailblazer or fitness failure?
4.0 stars Fitbit Blaze review: Trailblazer or fitness failure? By Britta O'Boyle

Fitbit is well known in the activity tracking field. In fact, with claims of almost 80 per cent of this market, it is probably the company most people will have at least heard of when it comes to devices for monitoring how much you move. Despite this,... Read more

TomTom Golfer 2 preview: Hole in one, or golf GPS watch that's par for the course?
TomTom Golfer 2 preview: Hole in one, or golf GPS watch that's par for the course? By Chris Hall

TomTom has released a new version of its golf GPS wearable, appropriately called the Golfer 2, looking to put all the information you could want onto your wrist.It replaces the current Golfer, expanding its functionality and following the same lines as... Read more

Garmin Epix review: Life-saving reliability
5.0 stars Garmin Epix review: Life-saving reliability By Luke Edwards

When you venture out into the wild, even if that's just a walk in the not-so-local woods, you want a GPS device you can rely on. Garmin, with years of experience in that area, is a name that generally offers peace of mind. When it comes to the Epix watch... Read more

Garmin Vivoactive HR preview: The complete training solution
Garmin Vivoactive HR preview: The complete training solution By Luke Edwards

Garmin has unleashed a new version of its popular and impressive Vivoactive called Vivoactive HR because, you guessed it, this one records heart rate.The Vivoactive HR uses a wrist worn, light-based heart rate monitor to track beats per minute for a more... Read more

TomTom Spark Cardio + Music review: Feature-packed for fitness fun
4.0 stars TomTom Spark Cardio + Music review: Feature-packed for fitness fun By Chris Hall

TomTom has diverged from personal navigation, seeing the company embrace sports devices in recent years. After an initial partnership with Nike, it stepped out on its own with the Multi-Sport and Multi-Sport Cardio sportswatches, the predecessors to this... Read more

Withings Activite Steel review: Step-tracking with style
4.0 stars Withings Activite Steel review: Step-tracking with style By Britta O'Boyle

Withings is no stranger to beautiful design. Its original Activité fitness tracker was one of the most wearable wearables of 2015, which is probably why the cheaper Activité Pop and newer mid-level Activité Steel both adopt a similar design.All three... Read more

Garmin Forerunner 630 review: Deep dynamics set a new pace
4.0 stars Garmin Forerunner 630 review: Deep dynamics set a new pace By Luke Edwards

When it comes to GPS running watches the Garmin Forerunner range has been leading the race for wrists for years.In 2013 the Forerunner 620 was a big jump forward in the range thanks to a colour touchscreen, Wi-Fi and running dynamics. In a bid to further... Read more

Microsoft Band 2 review: Function over form
3.5 stars Microsoft Band 2 review: Function over form By Britta O'Boyle

Microsoft introduced the original Band in October 2014, bringing a device that combined an array of fitness tracking features with a few smartwatch-like functions. Despite being great in terms of functionality, it was heavily criticised for its rigid... Read more

Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smart review: One seriously stylish activity tracker
4.0 stars Mondaine Helvetica 1 Smart review: One seriously stylish activity tracker By Stuart Miles

Mondaine, the famous Swiss watch maker, has entered the world of smartwatches with the Helvetica 1 Smart, a device that offers a smart yet fully analogue experience. Similar to the Withings Activite, the Helvetica 1 Smart bundles an activity tracker and... Read more

Polar Activity Loop 2 review: Function over form
3.5 stars Polar Activity Loop 2 review: Function over form By Britta O'Boyle

Polar has been on the fitness tracking scene for a while - like 40 years - creating devices for those who take their activity monitoring a little more seriously. The runners and cyclists of this world who want plethora of stats including heart-rate monitoring... Read more

Sony SmartBand 2 review: Life tracking that misses a beat
3.5 stars Sony SmartBand 2 review: Life tracking that misses a beat By Chris Hall

The latest addition to Sony's SmartWear range is the SmartBand 2, a fitness tracking band with an updated Sony Core unit - the main heart of the device which slips into the accompanying wristband - that now adds heart-rate monitoring to the party.In a... Read more

Withings Aura Total Sleep System review: Dreams can come true
4.0 stars Withings Aura Total Sleep System review: Dreams can come true By Britta O'Boyle

Tracking sleep is always something we have been a little sceptical about. Firstly, it's almost impossible to determine how accurate a device is at monitoring your sleep - it's not like being in a lab under observation. Secondly, if you've had a bad night's... Read more

Garmin Forerunner 25: Running down the price (hands-on)
Garmin Forerunner 25: Running down the price (hands-on) By Mike Lowe

Running watches are a common companion for many, but for newbies looking to get from sofa to 5K the idea of spending a small fortune on a fitness companion is unlikely to make sense. That's where the Garmin Forerunner 25 comes in, the company's entry-level... Read more

Asus VivoWatch review: Pretty but not perfect
3.5 stars Asus VivoWatch review: Pretty but not perfect By Britta O'Boyle

Asus is no stranger to good design. Its ZenWatch was greeted with showers of praise when it launched last year and many have high expectations for its successor, the ZenWatch 2, which was announced back in June. It's a company with heaps of potential... Read more

Sony Smart-B Trainer first run: Your Walkman sports coach
Sony Smart-B Trainer first run: Your Walkman sports coach By Britta O'Boyle

Sony is no stranger to the wearable or music markets, it's been a player in both for years and its new device combines the two in a bid to help runners of every level, well, run. The Smart B-Trainer is a type of Walkman, but it has been designed for... Read more

Jawbone UP3 review: Up there with the best of them?
4.0 stars Jawbone UP3 review: Up there with the best of them? By Britta O'Boyle

There are plenty of fitness tracking devices available these days and Jawbone's Up series has been one of our go-to favourites. Now in its third generation, the Up3 is more capable than ever before.But unlike the Fitbit and Withings products of this world,... Read more

Fitbit Surge review: Bridging the gap between activity tracker and sportswatch
4.0 stars Fitbit Surge review: Bridging the gap between activity tracker and sportswatch By Britta O'Boyle

Described as the ultimate fitness superwatch, the Fitbit Surge places the company in the sportswatch category for the first time, competing against the likes of Polar and Garmin.Fitbit claims to now have a fitness tracking device for everyone. We've tried... Read more