The best fitness trackers are no longer just cheap, plasticky step trackers. They’ve come a long way since the early days of the first Fitbit. We now have new activity bands from the likes Garmin, Withings and Misfit that pack serious style, 24/7 heart rate monitoring and incredible insights into your health.

Garmin Vivosmart HR+ review broke the record for an all-time high score for fitness trackers and for good reason: it’s all singing, all dancing and packed with tech, although that still might not make it the perfect choice for everyone. The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ offers a great mix of activity, heart rate and GPS tracking, which makes it a no-brainer for those thinking about a Fitbit, but nonplussed by the idea of taking a phone along for a run.

Fitbit Charge 2 tracks heart rate continuously, monitors resting heart rate and now rates VO2 Max, a scientific gauge of fitness. New breathing training to combat stress adds to a stellar line-up of wellness features – so why isn’t it topping the table?

Misfit Ray broke from the traditional design of its circular Shine tracker to offer something a little more discreet. The Misfit Ray offers steps and sleep tracking, all within Misfit’s sleek and clean app. It will also alert users to messages and calls from a paired smartphone.

There are now decent strap options from Misfit, and it can be worn as a pendent. Decent customisation mixed with strong (if no frills) fitness tracking and a good price mean you can’t go wrong with the Ray.

 

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