Fitness trackers have come a long way from simple step-tracking bracelets to modern models that can monitor everything from heart rate to how well you’ve recovered from a hard workout. They have various sensors, basic smart features and support for many sports modes. In today’s article, we have collected 6 models that are worthy of your attention in 2022.
How was it evaluated
To compile the rating, we evaluated fitness trackers according to the following parameters:
- Display — the more, the more convenient it is to interact with the functions of the fitness bracelet.
- autonomy — The longer the device works on a single charge, the higher the score. Evaluated based on information about the battery capacity and the duration of work with the maximum number of active functions.
- Built-in GPS — a fitness bracelet with built-in GPS will receive the highest rating. The presence of a GPS module allows you to play sports without a smartphone.
- Detachable strap — in case of wear, you can change. If the bracelet is not removable, you will have to buy a new device.
- The weight — the lighter the gadget, the less discomfort it delivers, especially during sleep.
We rated the fitness bracelets relative to other models on our list on a 5‑point scale for each criterion.
All models in question can track major sports (running, swimming, cycling), have basic smart features and mobile apps to access detailed information.
Top fitness trackers
Prices are at the time of ranking.
FITBIT CHARGE 5
Features of FITBIT CHARGE 5:
- 1.04″ (14.7×21.9 mm) AMOLED color display. Gorilla Glass 3 protects the screen from scratches. Touch control.
- In 3 days, the fitness tracker was discharged from 100 to 10% with the maximum number of functions used (brightness to maximum, constantly active screen, vibration, 3 workouts, alarm clock, timer, several bike rides, etc.). A magnetic charger is used to replenish the battery. A full charge takes 2 hours.
- Equipped with an accelerometer, a heart rate monitor, an EDA (electrodermal activity) sensor to determine the level of stress and track skin temperature, ECG.
- 20 sports modes — running, cycling, swimming, yoga and others. The watch displays 6 types of workouts. The available modes change in the application (which is inconvenient).
- Measures heart rate, saturation level (blood oxygen saturation or SpO2), skin temperature, tracks sleep and stress.
- Smart features — receive notifications with the ability to read messages (no answer), built-in NFC module, alarm clock, timer. Ability to control music. Third party apps, no weather.
- There is built-in GPS, you can use location data from your smartphone to save energy and dynamic mode (automatic switching depending on signal quality).
- A proprietary application gives access only to the basic functions of the tracker. The paid version has a daily readiness indicator DRS (the tracker collects all the information in understandable blocks, for example, if you have a lack of sleep, it recommends skipping a workout), a deeper analysis of sleep indicators, meal plan support, a training guide and much more.
- Silicone strap. Comes with an additional wider bracelet. Straps from previous models cannot be used. Available colors: blue, platinum, black, white, gold.
- The fitness tracker weighs 28g and measures 36.7 x 22.7 x 11.2mm.
The cost of the FITBIT CHARGE 5 smart bracelet is from 22,490 rubles.
FITBIT CHARGE 5 pros:
- good display;
- many functions;
- accurate measurement of heart rate;
Cons of FITBIT CHARGE 5:
- no altimeter (passed floors, elevation changes during training are not considered);
- does not record laps during workouts (can be added after class manually in the application);
- does not accurately count steps (more than a few hundred).
Xiaomi Mi Band 6 NFC
- A 1.56″ color touchscreen AMOLED display with a resolution of 152x486 pixels, a density of 326ppi, an oleophobic coating and protective glass Gorilla Glass 3+ is installed.
- Mi Band 6 NFC is powered by a 125 mAh battery. It lasts for a week with heart rate measurements every 30 minutes, notifications, about 50 time checks and sleep monitoring (no heart rate, no breathing tracking). Without measuring the pulse — about 18 days of battery life. Charging with a proprietary magnetic device from 5% to 100% takes about 2 hours.
- The bracelet is equipped with an optical heart rate sensor, a 3‑axis accelerometer (for determining acceleration), geomagnetic (for determining cardinal points).
- Protected from water up to 5ATM (you can take a shower and swim in the pool).
- There is no built-in GPS, but the location can be determined in conjunction with a smartphone.
- The fitness bracelet works with the Mi Fit app with various settings (for example, you can change the order of workouts) and detailed information about sports and health.
- Xiaomi Mi Band 6 supports 30 sports modes, including badminton, yoga, exercise bike, dancing, jumping rope and others. Automatically recognizes 6 sports — cycling, walking, outdoor running, treadmill, elliptical trainer, rowing.
- Smart features — notifications, music control, weather forecast, alarm clock, timer, stopwatch, find bracelet/find phone.
- The fitness tracker can count heart rate, steps, SpO2, evaluates the duration and quality of sleep, stress level, time needed to recover, there is a PAI metric for individual activity.
- The strap is removable, compatible with Mi Band 5 bracelets, several colors are available (black, orange, blue, yellow, ivory, olive).
- The Xiaomi smart bracelet measures 47.4 x 18.6 x 12.7mm and weighs 12.8g.
The cost of the Xiaomi Mi smart Band 6 NFC fitness bracelet is from 3,350 rubles. There is a more affordable version without NFC at a price of 2,850 rubles.
Pros of Mi Band 6:
- affordable price;
- decent autonomy;
- large, color display;
- Lots of sport modes, useful smart features, and health tracking with accurate resting heart rate readings.
- compact, lightweight, waterproof.
Cons of Mi Band 6:
- there is no built-in GPS, which may cause inaccurate training data;
- heart rate measurement during high-intensity training is incorrect;
- incorrect sleep tracking (if you lie still, the bracelet considers this time as a light sleep);
- no voice assistant support outside of China.
Garmin Vivosmart 4
- The screen is very narrow (6.6 x 17.7 mm), which causes problems with the choice of parameters (with moving around the interface, everything is in order) and the display of text (it is not always fully visible).
- With heart rate measurement and sleep tracking, the battery lasts 4–5 days. With the help of a branded device, it is fully charged in about an hour.
- Garmin Vivosmart 4 is equipped with sensors for heart rate, light, Pulse Ox for SpO2 detection, barometric altimeter and accelerometer.
- Garmin Connect app with detailed statistics, many settings (including removal and addition of sports modes) and the ability to compete with other users.
- Sports modes — running, swimming in the pool, walking, yoga, strength training, and more. Automatic activity tracking (walking, swimming, cycling and elliptical training) and counting repetitions (for training in the gym).
- Measures blood oxygen levels, sleep, stress and recovery time, athletic age. Body Battery function available — reflects the level of energy based on the received data on classes, sleep, stress level (for more effective training planning).
- Intelligent modes include checking the weather, controlling music, finding a smartphone / bracelet, displaying incoming notifications on the phone (Android has the ability to answer), remote control of the camera. No support for third party apps.
- The strap is non-removable. Available colors are burgundy with a gold border, silver, blue with silver, and black.
- Weighs 20.4g and measures 15 x 10.5 x 197mm. Also available in large size (15 x 10.5 x 223 mm, 21.5 g, black only).
The cost of the Garmin Vivosmart 4 smart bracelet is from 14,369 rubles.
Pros of Garmin Vivosmart 4:
- holds a charge for a long time;
- Body Battery function to track energy/fatigue levels;
- Accurately counts the pulse.
Cons of Garmin Vivosmart 4:
- narrow screen, there are problems with responsiveness (sometimes does not respond);
- no GPS and no link to smartphone navigation (because of this, it does not count distance and pace);
- detachable strap.
Huawei Band 6
- Huawei Band 6 received a 1.47″ AMOLED color touch screen with a resolution of 194 × 368 pixels, an oleophobic coating.
- Battery capacity 180 mAh. With daily workouts and automatic blood oxygen measurement, the battery lasts up to 10 days. From 5 to 90% charged in half an hour, full charge — less than an hour.
- Works in conjunction with the Health app. To install it, you must first download the AppGallery branded application store from the huawei website.
- Huawei fitness tracker supports 96 sports modes. 11 are immediately visible on the watch (running, walking and cycling on the street / simulator, swimming in the pool, elliptical and rowing machines, jump rope), the rest are hidden in the “Workouts” → “Widgets” section. Automatic detection of the type of training (including swimming style and pool length).
- The smart bracelet can track sleep, stress, automatically measure the level of oxygen in the blood. Tracking women’s health only works in conjunction with Android smartphones.
- Of the intelligent functions, there are notifications, weather, alarm clock, stopwatch, timer, phone finder, flashlight. Camera control is available only for owners of Huawei smartphones. Music can only be controlled on Android smartphones.
- Installed heart rate sensor, accelerometer, pulse oximeter, gyroscope.
- There is no built-in GPS, it uses the phone’s GPS.
- Water resistance 5ATM.
- The strap is detachable, but third-party bracelets cannot be used.
- The fitness tracker has dimensions of 43 × 25 × 11 mm and weighs 18 g.
The cost of a smart bracelet Huawei Band 6 is from 3,290 rubles.
Pros of Huawei Band 6:
- good screen;
- solid battery life;
- many training modes, including swimming;
- SpO2 monitoring throughout the day;
Cons of Huawei Band 6:
- no GPS;
- limited access to the application;
- inconsistent SpO2 measurements (first 99%, then 86%).
- 1.1‑inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 126 x 294 pixels (color, touch).
- 100 mAh battery. With constant notifications, periodic measurements of SpO2 and heart rate, maximum brightness and no training, the tracker worked for 10 days. With continuous measurements — 3 days. Charging is inconvenient — you need to remove the capsule from the bracelet. It takes 70 minutes to fully charge.
- The data can be synchronized with the HeyTap Health app.
- Sensors — 3‑axis accelerometer, optical heart rate and SpO2.
- Water resistant up to 5ATM.
- There are 14 sports modes available. In addition to running, swimming in the pool and cycling, there are cricket, badminton and running for fat loss — based on the heart rate, you need to often look at the prompts on the screen, for example, to increase the pace. There is no automatic tracking. For many activities, only basic indicators are available, for example, for swimming — duration, calories, pace (excluding style, heart rate, number and frequency of strokes).
- There is weather (but displayed only in the application), breathing exercises, music control (not possible during training), alarm clock, stopwatch, timer, camera shutter control.
- The fitness tracker can track sleep, machine gunners measure the level of oxygen in the blood and pulse.
- The bracelet receives notifications from selected applications (not all have icons, emoticons are not supported, instead of them there are squares). You can reject the call or turn off the vibration of the bracelet.
- Bracelet dimensions — 40.4 x 17.6 x 11.45 mm (with heart rate sensor — 11.95 mm), weight — 22 g.
The cost of a smart bracelet OPPO Band is from 3,228 rubles.
Pros of OPPO Band:
- light and comfortable;
- bright screen with good response;
- two straps included;
- water resistance;
Cons of OPPO Band:
- notifications needs improvement;
- in many activities, only basic parameters are tracked;
- no GPS and NFC;
- No barometer (cannot count floors).
Samsung Galaxy Fit 2
- 1.1″ touchscreen display with a resolution of 126 x 294 pixels.
- The Samsung Galaxy Fit2 is powered by a 152 mAh battery. With constant measurement of stress and heart rate, notifications (without sports), the charge lasts for about 9 days. During testing, the battery with notifications turned on and a 45-minute workout drained by 10% daily. With more intensive use (for example, longer sessions), this figure approached 15–20%.
- There is moisture protection according to the IP68 standard. The bracelet can be used at a depth of up to 1.5 m for half an hour.
- The smartphone’s GPS is used to track the location.
- Functional application Samsung Health, you can compete with other users.
- About 100 sports modes are available (including cross-country skiing, martial arts, bowling, windsurfing), 10 types are displayed on the watch (can be configured in the application). The tracker automatically detects running, walking, dynamic training, rowing and ellipse. In many views, only basic information (pulse, calories, and duration) is available. Does not count the number of repetitions and approaches (the exception is swimming, where information is available on the style, number of strokes, duration, pace, distance, calories, etc.).
- You can control music from the tracker screen, notifications are displayed, messages can be answered with pre-prepared templates (configured in the application), there is a timer, stopwatch,
- Sleep monitoring, heart rate and stress measurement. The bracelet does not know how to measure SpO2.
- Dimensions — 46.6 x 18.6 x 11.1 mm, weight — 21 g.
The cost of a smart bracelet Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 is from 3,990 rubles.
Pros of the Galaxy Fit 2:
- bright screen;
- holds a charge well;
- many sports modes, including swimming, you can reply to messages;
- great app.
Cons of the Galaxy Fit 2:
- without GPS and NFC module;
- does not measure SpO2;
- no barometer.
For convenience, we have collected all the information for evaluation in one table.
|Model / Parameter||Display||autonomy||GPS||Detachable strap||Weight, g|
|FITBIT CHARGE 5||1.04″||No data on battery capacity (3 days from 100 to 10%)||built-in||Yes||28|
|Xiaomi Mi Band 6 NFC||1.56″||125 mAh (7 days)||Uses smartphone signal||Yes||12.8|
|Garmin Vivosmart 4||0.74″||No battery information (4–5 days)||No GPS and binding to smartphone navigation||Not||20.4 / 21.5|
|Huawei Band 6||1.47″||180 mAh (10 days)||Uses the phone’s GPS||Yes||eighteen|
|Oppo Band||1.1″||100 mAh (3 days)||Uses smartphone GPS||Yes||22|
|Samsung Galaxy Fit 2||1.1″||152 mAh (10 days)||Uses smartphone signal||Yes||21|
Thus, the considered fitness bracelets received the following ratings:
|Model / Parameter||Display||autonomy||GPS||Detachable strap||Weight, g||Average score|
|FITBIT CHARGE 5||2||one||5||5||one||2.8|
|Xiaomi Mi Band 6 NFC||5||3||four||5||5||4.4|
|Garmin Vivosmart 4||one||2||3||four||2||2.4|
|Huawei Band 6||four||5||four||5||four||4.4|
|Samsung Galaxy Fit 2||3||four||four||5||2||3.6|
The best in our ranking were Xiaomi Mi Band 6 NFC and Huawei Band 6. Both models offer a lot of features at an affordable price.
FITBIT CHARGE 5 is the only model on the list with built-in GPS.
The Garmin Vivosmart 4 and Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 have excellent smartphone companion apps. And OPPO Band has a second strap included.