Best Fitness Tracker Review? (Fitbit, Polar, Garmin)

Before we delve into which Fitness Tracker is Best? (Fitbit, Polar, Garmin) I think its important to lay out the important stuff first such as the price, features, the pros, and cons, of each activity tracker mentioned so you the consumer can decided for your self which Fitness tracker is best for you.

What will be at the top of most people’s priority list will slightly differ to the next person, some may choose based on the price, some may choose based on the brand name, some on a word of mouth from a friend, or some on research they do on line.

Lets first look at the most important point in this review which is the price.

Price

This product review will be based on the facts of each brand and what they offer, both the Fitbit and the Polar are entry level products within their respected product range.

The Polar Loop comes in at a price of around $89 and the FitBit HR at a price of around $149 which is a fairly average price point for both these health trackers. On the other hand, the Garmin is slightly more-pricey at around $199.

So the question remains is it worth the extra $50? Let’s take a look at what each fitness tracker has to offer and you the consumer make your own choice.

Fitbit Alta HR       

Fitbit’s are possibly the most well-known health tracker on the market, but that doesn’t always mean they’re the best.

Features:                                      

  • Heart Rate tracker
  • Step tracker
  • Distance tracker
  • Calorie tracker
  • Cardio fitness score
  • In-depth sleep tracker
  • Exercise tracker
  • Links to your smartphone
  • 7-Day Battery Life
  • Touch-screen display
  • Wireless synchronization to computers

Fitbit may not be offering a tracker with a lot of the bells and whistles, but it has everything that most people want and does the basics as well. The Alta HR displays your resting heart rate alongside your daily step count and sleep information, tracking not only the length of your sleep, but also the quality, too, it comes with a sleek design and easy to navigate screen which makes your navigating as easy as a slide away.              

Polar Loop 2

Features:

  • 24/7 Activity Tracking
  • Activity Goal
  • Active Time
  • Steps and Distance
  • Activity Summary
  • Activity Benefit
  • Inactivity Alert
  • Sleep Duration and Quality

In terms of features, the Polar is more basic to navigate through as appose to the Fitbit. It’s simple, easy to use, and might be a good choice for anyone who just wants the pure basics from their tracker. As an entry level option it may be to basic for the fitness enthusiasts, there’s not much more it can offer above and beyond the product giant, other than an option to link up with a heart rate monitor which is sold separately being the Polar H10.

Garmin Vivosmart 3

Coming in at the higher price tag, the Vivosmart 3 boasts more interesting features than the other two trackers.

Features:                         

  • Heart rate tracker
  • Calorie tracker
  • Sleep tracker
  • Rep counter
  • Stress level tracker
  • VO2Max Score
  • Relaxation and breathing timer
  • Changeable watch faces
  • Stopwatch & Countdown Timer
  • Waterproof
  • Move IQ
  • Sleek design
  • Touch screen

Now, these aren’t all the features that Garmin offer, but they’re the main bulk that extend above and beyond that of Fitbit and Polar. If you’re really looking for a full profile of your health and fitness, then the Garmin will definitely be the best option. VO2 Max testing is something that most trackers don’t offer.

Another important featutre if you do strength training is it can track your reps and sets and rest time in between and categorize the exercise that you’re doing.

It also holds automatic exercise detection (Move IQ) so even if you forget to track your workout, the Garmin has got you covered.

However, the step counter has gained a reputation for not being as accurate as the others. Although, no step-tracker is going to be completely accurate and should be used as a rough guide anyway. The obvious downside is the price-tag, but what’s $50 more for the variety of information the tracker can offer?

So, Which Fitness Tracker is Best?

After reading through the review above and taking a look at price, features, and reputation, here’s how the health trackers stack-up:

1. Garmin Vivosmart 3

2. Fitbit Alta HR 

3. Polar Loop 2

Conclusion

Garmin holds the top spot simply because of how in-depth their Fitness tracker is, but if you want a cheaper option that simply does the basics, then the Fitbit is still a solid choice. Garmin also offers an always-visible color display making it easier to use without a mobile phone, alongside GPS, and a strong seven-day battery life.

Thanks to its waterproof capabilities, it can track every activity you want – including swimming. Polar only seems to offer the standard variety of features which is why its an entry level product.

Although the Polar is waterproof, the Fitbit is a much easier product to navigate through and ease of design, and if you’re looking for a good screen, tracker, and feature list, then the Garmin is worth the additional money, making the Polar number 3 option in this review.

 

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  1. I have a Fitbit and have had a Fitbit since they started making Fitbits! As you mention, the ease of use is what draws me to them. I have had no issues with any of my multiple trackers (I keep getting new ones because I keep upgrading with the latest and greatest.). With that said, I do like how the Garmin is waterproof, and I think that could be a make or break deal for someone who likes to swim. I know Garmin is extremely reputable in the fitness industry and if I hadn’t started getting Fit-bits in the first place, Garmin would have been my go-to.

    • Thanks for the comments you left, what i like about each item was its own separate features it has, as you bought a Fitbit it makes sense that you find it easy to use.
      Thanks

  2. Great review on these products. I agree that the Garmin is one of the best choices as a family member of mine has also tried both the Fitbit and the Garmin. Garmin has higher quality features by far.

  3. Your review comes at the perfect time due to me trying to find something I like and can work with.
    I personally like the Garmin, yes it is a bit high in price but seems to be worth every penny.

    I like the fact that it’s touch screen which allows easier access in my opinion, along with the water resistant which will allow me to wear it more frequently and not have to remove it when I’m accessing water areas.

    Thank you for such a great review and in-depth information on these products.

  4. I love the Garmin, it has so much. But I have had my eye on getting a fitbit, and I do love the price compared to the others. Great review! So many choices for sure.

    Gonna go to the fitbit link now 🙂

  5. Thanks for the info. I have been thinking about getting a fitness tracker. The breakdown between all of them helps me with my decision on which one I need to get.

  6. I’ve been thinking about getting a fitness tracker but didn’t think they were all that good. Your review on the Fitbit Alta HR has told me otherwise. I’ll go with this one as it has a heart rate tracker and distant tracker, AND the 7-day battery life (the price is right too). Cheers for all the help

    • Hi no problems, glad to help in you making a decision that will pay for it self as its helping you improve your fitness and keeping you accountable as well.
      If you need more info please let me know?

  7. Thanks for a great review and I have to agree with you on the ranking. I have the Garmin device and I have to say, It’s the best tracker I’ve tried. It’s comfortable too so for me the extra cost was worth it for the extra features!

  8. Hi there!

    I really liked your comparison. I always struggle to find a great smartwatch. Actually I have since 2017 the Amazfit sportwatch and it makes wonders. What is your expert opinion on it? Thanks a lot and have a great day!

    Marco

    • Hi Marco,

      Thanks for leaving your comments, I like the Amazfit as a smart watch and all that it entails, if i was very active on mobile devices and the like I would look into this unit, but for fitness I would stick with the brands mentioned as they specialize in this area and have been around for a good amount of time.
      All brands mentioned have an extensive range of products the ones I mentioned are more entry level and for those starting out with fitness trackers.
      Hope this helps you?

  9. Thank you for this post, I have been looking into getting a fitness tracker but to be honest haven’t taken the time to investigate them fully. I am glad I came across this, I think I will be opting for the Garmin, I don’t want to replace it very often so I want one that covers all bases. Thanks

  10. Hi Charlie,
    I use the Fitbit Alta HR. I can set goals on my mobile device and it will send me a notice when goals are met on both the wrist and phone. I like the interface with the mobile device as the information is a little tricky to get on the Fitbit screen.
    Bands can be changed quickly to match your current dress attire. Charging is easier than most because of the way it is set up, and it will give you plenty of warning before it goes dead after about seven days.
    This device does what you ask of it. Purchased mine last year.
    John

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for your comments, I am glad you are enjoying your fitbit, either way the best thing about each fitness tracker is that it keeps you accountable and motivated to move and keep fit, keep on going and enjoy it.
      Thanks

  11. Great information. I am thinking about replacing my fit bit blaze. I was always interested in the Garmin but because of the fit bit app and my family and friends being on there I haven’t changed. But my fitness is more about me than them so I think you sold me on the Garmin. thanks for the review and information. Great info on this site

  12. The garming does look great! As someone who suffers from anxiety I would love to know my heart rate and stress levels in certain situations that trigger me, not to mention its waterproof and has a timer! Will definitely have to look into getting one of these

  13. Hello Charlie,

    I was just about to purchase new fitness tracker as the current one I had is destroyed. I have decided to go with Fitbit as you are saying in your review it does not offer many fancy functions but it has everything most people need, which is exactly what I am looking for. Also, my friends are quite happy with it too. Thanks again for useful comparison 🙂

    • Hi thanks for the comment you left, glad to have helped you make an informed decision that improves your health, if you click in the link I provided it should led you to the best price out their.

  14. Hi Charlie, thanks for the great comparison of the fitness tracker. I have been looking into them for Christmas. I just assumed Fitbit was the best because it’s Apple. Now I know different. Great site and post.

    • Hi thanks for the comments you left, yeah theirs alot of choices out there I personally like polar as I have used 2 different types and they have been good.

      Let me know if you would like more information?

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