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Best fitness trackers 2017: Fitbit, Withings, TomTom, Moov, Samsung and more

Wondering what the best fitness trackers of 2017 are? Your motivated self has come to the right place because Recombu has rounded them up for you.

Good intentions are just that without motivation – especially when it comes to fitness. That is why fitness trackers have taken the world by storm. They are cheaper than a gym and kinder than a trainer yet stay with you 24-hours a day to keep you motivated.

Now fitness trackers and the ye olde world of GPS watches have begun to merge to create devices that not only track daily activity, they also accurately measure training. Some even offer training plans to keep you motivated towards your goals.

The end result is a fitter you.  Assumimg, of course, you put in the work. So which are the best options out there right now? Do you need to spend a lot for all the high-end extras like GPS, heart rate and body composition? Our best fitness trackers for 2017 article will help you decide.

Be sure to check out our round-up of the best budget fitness trackers for 2017 while you are here. In case your budget is somewhat limited.

Fitbit Charge 2

The Fitbit Charge 2 is a fitness tracker in the true sense – it uses motion sensors alone rather than GPS for activity monitoring. That said, it does go beyond step, sleep and activity tracking thanks to a built-in heart rate monitor.

Those beats per minute can be seen at a glance on the OLED display, ideal for training. Meanwhile the Charge 2 will keep going for five days before you need to plug it in, features a comfortable strap and costs £130.

Withings Steel HR

Fitness tracking is never about having the most sensors and data – it can be about style, too. That is where Withings specialises right now, with analogue watches designed to look good while still tracking daily activity. All for a decent, watch replacement price of £170.

The Steel HR is able to measure steps taken and displays that number using an analogue hand on a dial set in behind the clock hands. Of course, it will also connect to your smartphone so all data it has gathered can be seen in the app for a clearer picture of your progress over time.

Plus a digital OLED section of the display offers alerts to calls, heart rate thanks to built-in monitor and more. All that and it has a hefty 25 day battery life before needing a charge.

Garmin Vivosmart HR+

This is a serious one-stop-shop wearable in the shape of a fitness tracker. Despite its slender build, the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ includes heart rate monitoring, activity tracking and even GPS for proper run tracking minus a phone.

The battery should keep going for a week and all your data can be analysed from the Garmin Connect app. Water resistance to 50 metres makes short work of showers but the lack of swim tracking is a bit of a waste here – still, something for a future update perhaps? It will track sleep though, making it a decent all rounder and reasonably priced at £170.

TomTom Touch

If you want to really focus on changing your body by using a fitness tracker, the TomTom Touch is the one for you. This slender wrist wearable uniquely offers body composition sensors that are able to determine your body’s fat and muscle percentages.

It will still track activity using motion sensors but rather than simply showing steps, calories, distance and sleep, you can actually see the effect it all has on your body.

You will need to spend £130 for the privilege of owning the TomTom Touch, but if that actually changes your health it is money well spent, right?

Samsung Gear Fit2

Samsung has been making wearables for years and its screen manufacturing prowess offers some of the best at-a-glance readouts on a wrist-worn device. The Gear Fit2 features a 1.5-inch 432 x 216 resolution 322 pixels-per-inch AMOLED display for clear and colourful fitness data so it is no different.

The Gear Fit2 fitness tracker also features GPS, meaning you can train without a phone, and has dedicated sports modes for running, cycling and elliptical training. The price for this slender wearable with heart rate built in? A competitive £170.

Misfit Ray

This £80 fitness tracker is affordable, but it still manages to offer a better design than most. This metallic beauty will track all the usual, from steps and distance to calories and sleep, while making a fashion statement.

The Misfit Ray features a smart button for controls of a connected phone (to take a photo, for instance) and also vibrates for alerts when you get calls and texts or for movement alerts and alarms.

The water-resistant Misfit Ray lasts four months before a battery change is needed, meaning you rarely need to take it off.

Moov Now

The Moov Now (get it?) goes beyond fitness tracking beyond with smart coaching. The device itself can be worn with an ankle or wrist strap, can withstand 30m water submersion and has a battery that lasts six months. But it’s the app that’s really innovative.

Use your headphones with the app on a connected phone and you can be talked through training to help you get the most out of exercise. When running you are told to lengthen or shorten your stride, when boxing your punch pattern is read out and when cycling cadence tips are offered.

There’s even a seven-minute HIIT workout selection on offer. All very impressive for that £60 price.

Fitbit Blaze

The Fitbit Blaze has all the best bits from a fitness tracker fused with the smarts of a full-on training watch. That means it looks good and can track your daily steps, calories burned, sleep and distance covered. But it will also offer GPS training for accurate pace and speed.

Plus, thanks to the built-in heart rate monitor, you can train to plans that are specifically tailored to your abilities. Which may be non-existent.

Beyond training, the Fitbit Blaze is also a smartwatch, of sorts. It will connect to your phone via Bluetooth and offer notifications for calls, emails, texts, social alerts and more as well as act as a controller for you music.

All that and the battery should last five days before needing a charge. Not badly priced at £160 when you consider how much high end GPS watches cost.

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