We tried 4 health tracking devices - Here's what we found...
With the growth of technology we are constantly being bombarded with more products and trends that can be impossible to keep up with. One of the most simplistic, innovative ways to monitor health is wearable fitness trackers.
A $14 billion industry, wearable technology has become a huge market due to the likes of Fitbit, Apple, and a plethora of similar companies that offer the latest trends of fitness tracking. While most trackers look similar on the surface and offer many of the same features (sleep monitoring, step counting, calorie & weight tracking, and more...), there are lots of unique components - all of which can be connected to our member's Benovate account. With all of these brands, gadgets, and specs, it can difficult to find which fitness technology fits your needs. But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.
"One of the most simplistic, innovative ways to monitor health is wearable fitness trackers."
Here at Benovate, even our coworkers aim to keep up with health technology by trying new products and fads, so we tested out 4 of the most widely-used wearable health trackers to see which ones are top-notch technology. Here’s what we found..
Fitbit Alta HR ($149.95)
Fitbit has become one of the leading brands in the wearable technology industry, with a 34% share of the market, a revenue of $2 billion, and more than 23 million users. With eight different trackers in their product line, devices range from $50-$250. Fitbits have become very popular due to their ability to track fitness statistics, sleep, and even calls and texts. The Fitbit Alta HR, with a sleek ½ inch band width with a small screen, comes in a variety of colors.
Pros: Affordable, long battery life (4-6 days), reminders, sync capabilities, automatic tracking, wide range of accessories, easy-to-use, app simplicity, tracks heart rate
Cons: Not waterproof, can’t find notifications after it is missed, doesn’t track floors climbed, difficult to see screen in sunlight
Our rating: 7/10
Misfit Ray ($60-$90)
One of the smallest fitness trackers, the Misfit Ray is a sleek, compact tracker that resembles a piece of jewelry more than technology. Although small, this device tracks activity and sleep, and takes into consideration activity rigor level in its unique point system. Included in a Misfit Ray is a social component that allows users to compete with their friends in fitness challenges.
Pros: Waterproof, affordable, non-charging with batteries lasting up to six months, connects to multiple household devices, notifications, movement reminders, alarms, Benovate compatibility
Cons: No heart rate monitor, no screen, no information on device
Our rating: 9/10
Withings Steel HR ($179.95)
The most watch-like device, the Withings Steel HR has the appearance of an analog watch but contains the capabilities of a health tracker. Tracking activity, heart rate, and sleep, the award-winning Withings Steel HR is more of a personal assistant than a health tracker. With this device, you can preset alarms to wake you up during the best part of your sleep cycle to ensure an easy wake-up. Although it has the appearance of an analog watch, at the top of the face sits a small screen with notifications and data.
Pros: Waterproof, continuous heart monitoring, engaging, add-ons available, 25 day battery, Benovate compatability
Our rating: 8/10
Apple Watch Series 1 ($249-$1500)
On the more expensive end of wearable tech, the Apple Watch is a must-have for those who keep up with trends. The entire surface of the watch is a screen and has most capabilities of an iPhone, making it a multi-faceted tool right on your wrist. However, with the Apple Watch, your health is also monitored closely with a built-in sensor that measures heart rate, workout statistics, steps, calories burned, sleep, and even time you spend standing.
Pros: Goal setting, link with friends, iPhone compatibilities, full touchscreen, wide range of accessories, notifications, answering calls/texts
Cons: Not waterproof, expensive, holds a charge for only about 36 hours, only works with iPhones
Our rating: 8/10
Overall, each of these wearable fitness trackers offer many similar features with some distinctive characteristics. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly health apparatus, the most stylish wrist candy, or a top-of-the-line techno-gadget, the wearable health technology market offers devices that will impress and de-stress. What types of trackers have you found to be helpful? Have you connected your current tracker, if you have one, log into Benovate.