Best fitness tracker 2020: the top 6 fitness watches you can buy now

The best fitness tracker can help you exercise and stay motivated without a gym or PT

The best fitness tracker: keep fit while social distancing with these gadgets
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Looking for the best fitness tracker? Now is a great time to invest as we can't go to the gym or fitness classes at the moment, and are turning to runs, walks and at-home workouts. Fitness trackers can help you track all of these and keep you motivated in these weird social distancing times.

Keep scrolling to shop our pick of the best fitness trackers and head over to our home gym hub page for more workout tips. 

Fitbit Inspire HR

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1.FitBit Inspire HR

The best fitness tracker – if you are a first-timer and want a good 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 would be perfect. 

We love the sleek design of the Inspire HR, it just 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. 

Fitbit Charge 3 Advanced Fitness Tracker with Heart Rate

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2. FitBit Charge 3

A great fitness tracker – and if you want to step up to one that's more advanced, it's for you

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
-The screen can start to fade

The FitBit Charge 3 is a good option if you want something more advanced but still nothing as too chunky. The screen is only slightly wider than the Inspire HR but you get a few more features. 

It has a longer battery life of seven days, tracks exercise accurately and is also a great sleep tracker. It links to your phone and keeps all your fitness apps up to date plus it can send notifications to your phone for personal reminders and you can make calls, send texts and use your apps.  The FitBit Charge 3 is still an absolute bargain too. 

Huawei Band 3 Pro

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3. Huawei Band 3 Pro

A great fitness tracker for a great price, plus the sleep tracker is unrivalled

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. 

Garmin forerunner

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4. Garmin Forerunner 45

The best fitness tracker for runners

Specifications
Battery life: 7 days
Heart rate monitor: Yes
GPS: Yes built in
Waterproof?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Empty List
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

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. 

FitBit Versa 2

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5. Fitbit Versa 2

A great fitness tracker with watch: it's as close to a smartwatch as they come

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 

This is probably the most technical fitness tracker from our pick of the best, and definitely has the most features. This is obviously reflected in the price, but if you are big into lots of different types of sports 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. 

Huawei watch

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6. Huawei Watch GT 2

A great fitness watch that does everything you would expect and looks super swish

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/smart watch 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 a little large but it does make it really easy to use and you can change 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 zzzs. 

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. 

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