In today’s world stress sneaks into our lives as frequently as a blade of grass that crops up during rainy days. We can’t put an end to that but we can always monitor our health and how our body responds to different levels of stress. This is where a fitness band comes handy. A fitness band is an all in one device that allows you to manage functions of your phone and wrist watch apart from monitoring your heart health. This calculates heart rate, number of steps taken and even oxygen saturation and menstrual cycles in certain brands. All you have to do is pick the right one.
A fitness band can be used by youngsters and elders alike. For most of these to work you have to download the specific app in your phone and sync the fitness watch with your phone. These are generally compatible with android and apple phones unless specified otherwise. These come with rechargeable batteries and need charging from time to time. Make sure it perfectly fits your wrist so that it can track your bodily activities properly. It may stop working if you drop it on the floor. Do not use them in water unless specified by the manufacturer.
BEST SMART BANDS AND FITNESS ACTIVITY TRACKERS
|1. Mi Smart Band 5||Best Overall Pick|
|2. Honor Band 5||Best for SpO2 Oxygen Saturation Monitoring|
|3. Garmin HRM Run||Best for Professional Runners|
|4. Noise ColorFit 2||Best Stylish Design|
|5. Fitbit Versa 2||Best Overall SmartWatch Tracker|
|6. Noise ColorFit Pro||Best Budget SmartWatch Tracker|
|7. Apple Smart Watch 6||Best Money-Can-Buy Premium Pick|
1. MI Smart Band 5
This fitness and activity tracker from Mi comes with a large 1.1 inch colour display and charging with battery life upto 2 weeks in normal mode and 3 weeks in power saver mode. The personal activity index is simple and tracks all activities like heart rate and fitness levels. It is designed for both indoor and outdoor exercises. It comes with 11 sport modes including – yoga, walking, running, cycling and treadmill. The best thing is it vibrates when your heart rate is unusually high. For women it even tracks menstruation and ovulation cycles. You can sync it with the Mi fit app to keep your health details at your fingertips.
2. Honor Smart Band 5
This Band 5 from Honor like its counterpart from Mi comes with a 1.1 inch screen with up to two weeks of battery life during normal usage. It comes with an oxygen saturation monitor and a heart rate monitor that never rests. It also comes with swim stroke recognition and up to 50 meter water resistance. It comes with smart music and volume controls. It has 10 different fitness modes and comprehensively tracks workout time, distance, strides, frequency and even aerobic training results for a better look at your fitness regime making it a amazon’s Choice product
3. Garmin HRM Run
This fitness and activity band from Garmin is ideally suited for runners and comes with a heart rate monitor. The strap is comfortable and adjustable while the main screen is lightweight and perfectly fits the strap. It provides four running dynamics metric: Cadence- number of steps per minute, Stride length, Stride Length- length of stride from one footfall to another, Ground contact time – amount of time in each step that you spend on the ground while running; measured in milliseconds and Vertical oscillation — degree of ‘bounce’ in your running motion; displays the vertical motion of your torso, measured in centimeters for each step.
4. Noise ColorFit 2 Activity Tracker
This smart fitness activity band from Noise called ColorFit 2 features and is compatible with both iPhones as well as Android phones. It comes with a USB charge port and you can charge using any charger or laptop. It is a complete health tracking device with an optical heart rate monitor, sleep tracker, step tracker, fitness tracker and even an optional period tracker for women apart from 14 sport modes. The 90mAh battery ensures that you can use it up to 5 days in normal mode and 7 days in power saver mode. It notifies you for incoming calls, messages, Facebook and more.
5. FitBit Versa 2 Smartwatch
The Fitbit Versa 2 uses Amazon’s Alexa to check weather, set reminders and do more. It gives you a sleep score based on your heart rate, sleep time and restlessness. You can even control your Spotify app through this. It tracks your heart rate and all other daily activities like steps taken, distance covered, activities and calories burned. A fully charged Fitbit Versa 2 can last up to 5 days. You can connect it to your Fitbit app to track exercises and analyze sleep. It comes with a squarish screen for better display options.
6. Noise ColorFit PRO Activity Monitor
The Noise Colorfit Pro allows you to customize your watch face and also offers swappable straps thus allowing you to change the look of your watch. It comes with a heart rate monitor, sleep tracker, step tracker and even menstrual cycle tracker for women. It offers extended battery life of up to 10 days continuously. It has a 1.3 inch squarish touch screen display. It is waterproof so you can use it even while swimming. It is Bluetooth, android and iPhone compatible. It comes with multi sport modes including yoga, cycling, running and walking.
7. Apple Smartwatch 6
The new Apple watch 6 offers you two screen size options and allows you to change the strap allowing you to create a new look for your fitness band. This is a GPS+Cellular model and allows you to call text and get directions without using your phone. It comes with an all new sensor and app to check your blood oxygen and measure your heart rhythm. It can measure for workouts including running, walking, cycling, yoga, dance and even swimming. You can track daily activities in the watch. You can sync it to other apps and stream music, podcasts and audiobooks.
HOW WE CHOSE OUR PICKS
QUESTIONS USERS LIKE YOURSELF ARE ASKING
In addition to our own extensive review, we pay a lot of attention to negative reviews and questions on Amazon/Flipkart because they help us tell the hidden story through hands-on experience from multiple users in daily usage situations. We identify the common concerns and and put them through our lens to judge if it is a deal breaker or not. Below are some common threads that we found –
Are these specific to a gender – Male or female ?
All smart bands and fitness trackers are unisex. You can change the bands to a color of your preference. Apart from that, certain bands come with menstrual cycle tracker among other features and might be a good pick for our female audience.
Do I need to replace batteries ?
They all come with USB charging support and you do not need to replace batteries for a few years atleast.
Are these suited for swimming ?
Please refer to individual products for their ATM rating which will tell you if they can withstand pressure under water and hence will be suited for swimming and water based sports.
Can I take calls using this ?
Most smart bands will allow you to take calls when they are connected to your phone but you will need Bluetooth earphones for most bands.
Do they come with SpO2 – Oxygen saturation monitoring ?
Currently only Honor smart band 5 comes with this feature. We will keep monitoring and updating this section as more bands come out with this feature.
Do these bands come with a charger and charging cable ?
Yes, all bands and smart watches come with a charger and USB charging cable. You do not need to buy one unless you need an extra pair.
We hope we were able to help you make better shopping decisions in your search for smart digital bands and we are confident that you will end up selecting one of our top picks as your next fitness and activity tracker purchase. We pay a lot of attention to your voice given that you are the center of our BetterShopping universe and would love to hear from you. Write to us – firstname.lastname@example.org