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What are the best fitness trackers out there?

All fitness trackers have the same basic features in common: they help you reach goals by tracking steps and counting calories burned, all from the convenience of your wrist!

Many others track sleep quality, or capture heart rate. Others have touch screens and GPS sensors. Some look very plain, blending into clothing, while others are designed to stand out — to be worn as fashion accessories or even as watches.

How you plan on using your fitness tracker determines the features you need, and whatever your needs are, there's a fitness tracker available that's perfect for you. Here are a couple fitness trackers to consider as you pick your favorite one!

Jawbone UP Move

Jawbone UP Move

The Jawbone Up Move is a clip-on activity tracker with the option of being worn on the wrist. You have to purchase the optional wrist straps separately, however.

The tracker itself is a beveled disc made of hypoallergenic TPU rubber. It's mounted in a clip, which is composed of a hypoallergenic TPU rubber frame and an anodized aluminum back. On the disc are 12 white LEDs, one orange LED, and one blue LED. The LEDs light up as your activities progress during the day, displaying the time as well.

A unique benefit of Jawbone's fitness trackers is Smart Coach. Smart Coach is part of Jawbone's fitness app, UP. Smart Coach helps you to make healthy lifestyle choices and encourages you to meet your fitness goals. The longer you use it, the more personalized the advice it gives becomes.

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Withings Go

Withings Go

If you love to swim, take a look at the Withings Go. It's one of the few fitness trackers designed with swimmers in mind.

It tracks all of the usual fitness metrics such as steps, calories burned, and sleep, and adds the ability to automatically recognize when you're swimming or running.

On top of that, it offers detailed sleep tracking, letting you know not only how long you slept, but also how long it took you to fall asleep, and the length of time spent in deep sleep versus light sleep.

If you've used other fitness trackers before and struggled to see the screen in bright sunlight, then you'll appreciate the Go's E-ink screen, which is always on and visible, no matter the lighting. It's also easy to read underwater.

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Fossil Q Dreamer and Reveler

Fossil Q Activity Tracker

Designer accessory and watch maker, Fossil enters the fitness tracker space with the Fossil Q Dreamer and Reveler, which it bills as jewelry with activity trackers inside.

The Q Dreamer and Q Reveler are identical in terms of features but vary in looks. They both track the basics like steps, but also let you know when you receive a call or a text message.

The Q Dreamer features either a stainless steel or a patterned acetate plaque on a premium leather wristband, while the Q Reveler is available in stainless steel and leather only. Additional leather wristbands are available for either style in a variety of elegant colors.

If you are looking for a basic fitness tracker but don't want the world to know you're wearing one, give either Fossil Q style a try.

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Fitbit One

Fitbit One

If you're looking for a basic fitness tracker with a display that you can clip on instead of wearing on your wrist, the Fitbit One provides a good value for your money.

The One has an altimeter, giving it the ability to track how many floors you've climbed — pretty handy if you go up and down stairs all day — in addition to the basics like step tracking.

It has an OLED display that shows your daily progress toward your fitness goals, other fitness metrics, and the time. To cycle through them, simply press the button on the tracker.

The tracker itself is made of TPU plastic, while the clip is silicone. It comes with a strap that you can insert the tracker into to wear on your wrist while you sleep.

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Fitbit Flex

Fitbit Flex

The Fitbit Flex is one of the most customizable fitness trackers on the market right now. If you want an attractive fitness tracker with a variety of aesthetic options, you can't go wrong.

Its wristbands — made of a flexible elastomer — are available in your choice of 10 shades, all of which may be bought separately for a different look.

If that's not enough customization for you, Fitbit has teamed up with designer Tory Burch to bring you a line of accessories for your Flex, including leather wristbands and designer pendants.

Along with the standard fitness tracking parameters, a recent firmware update from Fitbit gave the Flex an additional two metrics: hours active, and hours stationary.

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Jawbone UP2

Jawbone UP2

The Jawbone UP2 is a stylish wristband fitness tracker that comes in various patterns and colors. You're sure to find a style that you'll love.

Made with medical-grade TPU rubber and anodized aluminum, it's strong, durable, and comfortable to wear all day. It's splash-proof, so if it gets wet in that downpour as you run from the office to your car, you don't have to scramble to get it into a bag of rice.

It tracks all of the fitness parameters that you care most about, from steps to how well you're sleeping, and its battery lasts up to 10 days before you need to charge it again — you can wear it all week without interruption.

If you're looking for a stylish fitness tracker with a long-lasting rechargeable battery, the UP2 may be the one for you.

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Fitbit Alta

Fitbit Alta

Fitbit's Alta is designed with customization and versatility in mind. If you want a fitness tracker that you can comfortably wear to the gym and then to a party, you'll love the Alta.

Its herringbone pattern elastomer band comes in four colors — black, blue, plum, and teal. You can also get accessory bands in metal and the leather, which turn the Alta into a high-fashion bracelet.

As far as fitness tracking, the Alta adds one unique feature, reminders to move, which sends little vibration alerts to your wrist throughout the day to encourage you to move 200 steps every hour for the defined time period you set in the Fitbit app.

Similar to Fitbit's Charge HR and above, the Alta features SmartTrack, Fitbit's automatic exercise recognition system. Whenever you exercise for longer than 10 minutes, the Alta will recognize this and record it in the Fitbit app for you. No more forgetting to log your exercise.

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Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit Charge HR

Featuring PurePulse technology, Fitbit's Charge HR measures your heart rate in real time and lets you know at a glance whether or not you're in your target heart rate zone during your workouts.

In addition, it features SmartTrack, a system that recognizes and logs your workouts automatically, which is great when you're a busy person and often forget to log your workouts in the Fitbit app.

The Charge HR is an excellent choice for runners and other athletes who want a basic fitness tracker with a heart rate monitor.

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Fitbit Surge

Fitbit Surge

If you're looking for a fitness tracker that has a lot of features, the Fitbit Surge fits that bill.

It's one of the few fitness trackers that are available with on-board GPS; most of the others rely on the GPS function of connected smartphones. GPS is great for mapping out routes and for accurate speed estimates.

The GPS on the Surge also has its own dedicated battery, which lessens the load on the device's battery — important if you're running a distance. You don't want your device to drop out before you do.

Additionally, it has a multi-sport mode, which lets you track various activities such as running and cycling with onboard apps specifically for those activities.

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Garmin Vivoactive HR

Garmin Vivoactive HR

As robust as Fitbit's Surge, but with more smartwatch features, Garmin's Vivoactive HR gives you a good balance between smartwatch and fitness tracker.

The Vivoactive HR has a heart rate monitor and is one of a short list of fitness trackers with onboard GPS.

You can wear it in the shower and to swim, and it has built-in apps for tracking various sports activities, including running, cycling, swimming, and more. Additionally, it supports interval training by vibrating to let you know when an interval has ended or begun.

Smartwatch-like features include smartphone alerts for calls, texts, calendar alerts, as well as alerts from other social media apps and music control.

If you want a smartwatch-fitness tracker hybrid that you can take a dip in the pool with, grab yourself a Vivoactive HR — you can't go wrong.

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What do you think?

It's hard to keep track of the myriad fitness trackers available, and harder still to decide which one makes the most sense for you to spend your money on. We've given you our two cents on which fitness trackers we think are worth your money, but what do you think?

Let us know in the comments!