Best fitness tracker 2020: 7 top activity bands for all budgets

These are the best fitness trackers to buy in 2020. For more than tracking your steps and calories burned...

Best fitness tracker: FitBit versa 2 on woman's arm
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Got some money to spend on the best fitness tracker? Whether you are after something to help track your calories burned at the gym, some encouragement to help you smash 10k steps per day, or, perhaps you are hoping to track your sleep each night? Whatever the reason, we've found the seven best fitness trackers for 2020 and have popped them below. 

Fitness trackers are, believe it or not, for more than just tracking your exercise, calories and steps. They can also help you sleep, they can track your heart rate, you can use them to pay for shopping, to meditate and even to listen to music and read text messages. Or, just to tell the time. From Fitbit to Garmin and Huawei, see the best fitness trackers for 2020 below. One of them even has a personal trainer built in – no need to go to the gym, then!

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The best fitness trackers

Best fitness tracker: Fitbit Inspire HR

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1.FitBit Inspire HR

Best fitness tracker: perfect for first-timers, this is a great all-round buy

Specifications
Battery life: 5 days
Heart rate monitor: Yes
GPS: No
Waterproof?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Slim design +Affordable 
Reasons to avoid
-It doesn't have as many features as other Fitbit models

If you are buying your first fitness tracker so don't want to splash out on something really fancy just yet, the Fitbit Inspire HR is perfect. We love the sleek design of the Inspire HR. It sits on your wrist nicely and isn't really bulky like most other models that scream 'Look at me I exercise!' It still has all the features you would want from a fitness tracker – monitors your sleep, exercise, calories and more it's just pretty, which we like. It's also really affordable, one of the cheapest Fitbits available in fact, apart from the Fitbit Inspire, which is another great option if you are after a basic, affordable Fitness tracker. 

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Best fitness tracker watch: Huawei Watch G2

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2. Huawei Watch GT 2

Best fitness tracker watch: top marks for looks and functionality

Specifications
Battery life: 14 days
Heart rate monitor: Yes
GPS: Built in
Waterproof?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Long battery life+Bluetooth calling 
Reasons to avoid
-The face is quite big 

The newest fitness tracker/smartwatch from Huawei, the GT 2 has the best battery life of all our picks, lasting up for two weeks. It also looks fab, which is always an important factor for us. The screen is large making it really easy to use and you can change the design to suit what you want to show and how you like your screen to look. It tracks steps accurately and records all the workout you would want it to, there's even fencing in there and it will track when you use exercise machines too. You can also look at all your past records to see your personal progress. And the sleep tracker is great for making sure you are getting the recommended amount of zzz's.  This fitness watch also has a Bluetooth calling feature so you can pick up your phone from the watch and receive calls while you are out and about. Not just for telling the time...

Best fitness tracker 2020: Fitbit charge 4

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3. FitBit Charge 4

Best fitness tracker 2020: newly released this year

Specifications
Battery life: 7 days
Heart rate monitor: Yes
GPS: Yes via your phone
Waterproof?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Slimline design that's ideal for working out+Track workouts, heart rate, calories and sleep cycle+Also allows you to use contactless payment and respond to messages
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive due to being a new release

One of the latest releases from Fitbit, the Fitbit Charge 4 offers the latest in health and fitness technology. As you might expect from a fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 4 tracks health and fitness in a variety of ways. From providing feedback on activity levels and heart rate, to encouraging you to hit your daily step count, improve your sleep quality and still your mind through meditation, there's very little this handy device doesn't do. Like other smartwatches available, it's also possible to use contactless payment via your Fitbit. This is great news if you like the idea of going out without a phone or wallet. With a battery life of up to seven days, you won't have to think about charging up your device too often. This is great news given that it's capable of helping you co-ordinate your every day.

Best fitness tracker on a budget: Huawei Band 3 Pro

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4. Huawei Band 3 Pro

Best fitness tracker on a budget: affordable with a sleep tracker built-in

Specifications
Battery life: 12 days
Heart rate monitor: Yes
GPS: Yes built in
Waterproof?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Great sleep tracker+Connects to Huawei phones+Affordable 
Reasons to avoid
-The GPS isn't always the most accurate 

Another great affordable option the Huawei Band 3 Pro, has all the features you would want from a fitness tracker. What we like best about this tracker is the sleep tracker feature, we think it's the best of all our picks. It was developed with Harvard Medical School’s CDB centre so the tracker can not only monitor your sleep but can offer suggestions and solutions to help improve your sleep. You can connect your tracker to the Huawei Health app so you can closely monitor all your stats and you'll find all the advice it has to offer on sleep and exercise on there too. 

Best fitness tracker with heart rate: FitBit Versa 2

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5. Fitbit Versa 2

Best fitness tracker with heart rate: monitor and track your heart rate while working out or resting

Specifications
Battery life: 6 days
Heart rate monitor: Yes
GPS: Yes via your phone
Waterproof?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Suitable for all sports+FitBit app is one of the best 
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive -GPS isn't built in -Battery life isn't as long as others

This is probably the most technical fitness tracker around, and it definitely has the most features. This is obviously reflected in the price, but if you are big into lots of different types of sports and like to track your heart rate quite often, the Fitbit Versa 2 would be your best bet. It very accurately monitors your steps, exercise, heart rate and sleep plus it looks really stylish and isn't too bulky. But it has so many more features once you connect it to the FitBit app. There you can use it to create a completely personalised exercise and diet programme – you can set fitness goals and track calories all on your watch. This watch is also compatible with Alexa so you can check the weather, set alarms and reminders as well as ask questions. You can store songs on the watch too – up to 300 – so can keep entertained as you are out exercising. 

Best Garmin fitness tracker: Garmin Forerunner 45

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6. Garmin Forerunner 45

Best Garmin fitness tracker: all the features you'll need are inside this fitness watch – even a PT

Specifications
Battery life: 7 days
Heart rate monitor: Yes
GPS: Yes built in
Waterproof?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Notifications come through+Personal training on screen
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best looking

The Garmin Forerunner 45 does all the basics you would expect – monitors your heart rate, tracks all your activities and your exercise – it also has GPS built-in so you can easily track your runs, walks and jogs. But what we love about it is the personal training element. With this tracker, you get a PT on your wrist that will help you reach your fitness goals. Plus the free Garmin app assists with running, cycling, indoor track, treadmill, elliptical, cardio and your yoga sessions. Your texts, emails and notifications can also come through to your fitness tracker which is great if you are running long distances and need to be able to stay in touch with people. 

Best Fitbit for swimming: Fitbit Charge 3

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7. FitBit Charge 3

Best fitness tracker for swimming: track your breaststrokes and front crawls

Specifications
Battery life: 7 days
Heart rate monitor: Yes
GPS: Yes via your phone
Waterproof?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Slim screen for comfort+All the features you would want+Connects to apps on your phone
Reasons to avoid
-GPS isn't built in

How to buy the best fitness tracker?

Battery life
One of the first things to check when buying a fitness tracker is its battery life. Some last five days, others last weeks. Just note how often you'll need to charge yours to monitor your steps, calories burned, heart rate and more, all day every day.

Heart rate monitor
Not an essential but helpful for some, selected fitness trackers offer a heart rate monitor function. This can be used to track your resting heart rate, average heart rate or your heart rate while exercising. Take the guesswork out of checking if your heart is healthy.

GPS
An ideal feature to look for if you are a runner, having GPS built into your smart tracker means you can leave the house without your smartphone, and your distance, speed and more will all be tracked.

Waterproof?
An essential feature in our eyes, it's a smart idea to ensure your new fitness tracker is waterproof. Whether you like to swim and track your lengths or you often forget to take jewellery off when showering, it's an easy way to avoid accidents.

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