Getting the right activity tracker watch can help you achieve all your fitness and weight loss goals. – But which is best for you measuring calories burned walking and general fitness? Here’s what you need…
Best calories burned watches
Other calories burned watches / fitness trackers
Slim watch design
The Fitbit Inspire HR is a lightweight slim-design stylish watch for tracking your calories burned.
It allows you to track daily activities including your steps, distance walked, all day heart rate and sleep. It receives smartphone notifications and syncs activity and calories details back to your phone. Your activity results can be viewed in the phone app and you can do enter into some motivating competition and banter with friends via the Fitbit tracker app.
The battery is USB rechargeable and typically lasts from 5 to 7 days.
You can choose from three different strap colors. The box includes two size straps, a large that fits wrists from 7.1″ to 8.7″ and a small strap that fits wrists 5.5″ to 7.1″.
The petite design combined with the small strap size makes this ideal if you’ve got small wrists. While the large strap makes it as good a choice if you’ve got extra large wrists.
The next level up the Fitbit devices is the Charge 3. It has all the same features as the Inspire HR plus a few more functions such as altimeter, weather forecasts and notification history.
Choosing between the two mainly comes down to personal preference.
The Charge 3 is the best all round fitness watch for women, where as the Inspire HR is even smaller and lighter so ideal for the smallest of wrists.
If you’re looking for something with more style take a look at the Garmin Vivomove.
The Vivomove has the classic watch face and comes in a small size, well suited for petite wrists.
It’s available in a variety of designs and colors, so you’ll find something to match your style.
The Letscom fitness tracker is a good budget calorie watch, one of the cheapest available.
It monitors your heart rate, sleep, steps distance, calories burned and many different activities.
The big screen is easy to read and it comes in lots of different band colors, which are also available to buy separately and cheaply.
The strap pulls off to reveal a USB block so you plug the watch straight in, with no need for cables.
If you’re looking for something from a bigger brand, the next level up is the Fitbit Inspire.
The Inspire HR has a similar design to the Letcom, but is backed up by the Fitbit name and includes access to their app to share daily step count with friends.
The Fitbit Charge 3 has a slim style, available in 4 different styles and colors.
It measures your heart rate while awake and sleeping, steps, calories burned walking and various other activities. The screen is a nice size for easy reading.
It charges via a cable and cradle and the battery typically lasts 5 to 7 days in between charges.
The watch shows app notifications from your phone and also keeps a record of notification history. It also includes other apps on the watch such as weather forecast.
Activities, steps, calories burned etc are all synced to the app on your phone, which is shareable with your friends via the Fitbit community. This allow you and a select friends to have some daily step competitions to help motivate each other.
The Charge 3 also includes an altimeter, which means it can track you climbing stairs and factors that into your calorie count.
All in all this is the best fitness watch for women looking to start more walking and general calories burned and keep motived.
The Fitbit Inspire HR is slightly cheaper than the Charge 3 and bit smaller profile on the wrist.
The features are very similar. The Inspire HR however does not include an altimeter for measure step climb. It also does not have some of the other app functions like weather forecast and watch notification history.
These are fairly minor functions to sacrifice for a cheaper watch and the choice really comes down to personal preference.
If you want a fitness watch that’s a bit more dressy, see the Garmin Vivomove.
It’s has a classic round watch face, with all the smarts discreetly available at the touch of the screen.
As well as measuring your heart rate and various activities, the Vivomove will also report on your daily stress levels.
Garmin has a similar, though less popular social network to Fitbit, allowing you to connect with friends with other Garmin devices and share daily activities and progress.
It’s available in a several designs and colors.
The Fitfort fitness tracker is the best cheap fitness tracker for measuring your blood pressure.
It has a large slim, color screen with five brightness modes for easy reading.
For charging, you pull the strap off and the face has an integrated USB port, which plugs directly into a USB charger (not included – many cheaply available*).
Once charged it holds charge for one to two weeks, which is much better than many similarly priced and more expensive fitness bands.
On the negative side, as this is one of the cheapest calorie watches, there is no supporting community to share progress. If you want fitness community that, take a look at the Fitbit Inspire.
The Fitfort is an ideal cheap fitness watch if you want to also monitor your blood pressure.
The Fitfort is as accurate as you can get from a watch. However the most accurate way to measure blood pressure is to restrict the flow (like the doctor does).
The QardioArm provides a band which goes around your arm and temporarily tightens to meausre your blood pressure.
It connects wirelessly to your phone or apple watch* and syncs all data, which is stored in the app for trending and analysis.
It measures your systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels, heart rate and can detect irregular heartbeat.
The Garmin Vivofit 3 has one of the largest wrist straps available. Pick up the extra large size, with a band ranging in size from 6.5″ to 8.8″ (165mm -225mm). Print this sizing guide* if you want to check if it will fit your wrist.
On the down side, the screen is fairly small and not colored, so not ideal if you haven’t got good eyesight.
Garmin do have a newer model, Vivofit 4* available, which now has a colored screen. However as of yet they don’t have any extra large wrist bands for it.
There is no need to recharge the Vivofit, it includes a standard cheap cell battery, which will last around a year before needing replacing.
It’s available in black or white or there’s also an option to buy both straps together at a discount.
The Fitbit Inspire HR is slightly more expensive than the Vivofit but has a nicer design with larger screen area.
Being a Fitbit it also includes access to the popular Fitbit community to share a bit of friendly competition and motivation on daily step count.
The Inspire HR comes with two straps, the large one fits wrists of 7.1″ to 8.7″, so only a smidge smaller than Vivofit.
Classic round watch design
The Vivoactive 3 from Garmin, comes with all the standard fitness tracker stuff, like heart rate, sleep, steps activity tracking and working out calories burned.
In addition it also has on-board GPS. This means unlike most other run of the mill activity trackers you don’t need to take your phone out with you to track your activities. The onboard GPS also leads to a more accurate and reliable tracking, without the occasional lost connection between watch and phone as can happen with other trackers.
It has a big classic shaped screen for easy reading. The strap fits wrists with a circumference of 5″ to 8″ (127-204 mm). If this won’t fit you see Garmin’s vívofit 3 activity tracker for extra large wrists.
Another great feature for the Vivoactive is the contactless payment. Similar to the famous apple watch*, the Vivoactive can be waved at a cashier’s point of sale device to pay. Once you’ve done this a few times, it’s amazing how much you end up appreciating the convenience of such a simple thing.
Activities are synced to the Garmin connect app, which allows you to connect with friends who also have Garmin devices and help keep each other motivated.
The vivoactive 3 is the best fitness tracker for men who are want to start building and maintaining a regular general exercise routine.
If you want something more stylish, see the Garmin Vivomove.
A classic watch style, that tracks sleep, activities, calories and stress levels.
The Vivomove doesn’t have the onboard GPS or contactless payment, but what it loses in tech it makes up for in style and sophistication.
If you’ve got extra large wrists and you’re worried the vivo active or vivomove won’t fit you, then take a look at Garmin’s vivofit 3.
This is sold in an extra large option, with a band ranging in size from 6.5″ to 8.8″ (165mm -225mm).
The Vivomove from Garmin is one of the most stylish fitness watch, matched only by the apple watch*.
It looks like a normal watch but touching the display shows your activity details.
It includes tracking for all the usuals like steps, calories burned, distance, hear rate intensity, VO2 and sleep, but in addition also tracks and reports on your daily stress levels.
When used in smart mode as a fitness tracker the charge lasts for up to 5 days, which is not as good as many others. But when used in watch only mode the charge will last an extra 2 weeks.
There are many different face and strap designs to choose from, so you can fit one that matches your look.
The Vivo move is a very discreet calorie tracker and won’t look out of place on your wrist during your most dressy nights out.
The vivoactive 3, also from Garmin is another classic round faced fitnesss watch, available in a multitude of different face and strap combination.
With onboard GPS the Vivoactive is also more accurate at measuring your walking distance without requiring you to have your phone with you all the time.