Best Pedometers

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 15, 2018
If you don't know how to make a shift to healthy living, start from walking with a pedometer! On knowing your daily stats you'll strive to overachieve your record. A pedometer tracks your steps, distance and calories burnt. This small device will definitely change your life for better! ...Read more ...Read less
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CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE / CONSTRUCTION
SENSORS AND COMPONENTS
DATA TRACKING
SETTINGS
EXTRAS
SIZE
BATTERY LIFE
PACKAGE CONTENTS
WARRANTY
 
PROS

Fits in your pocket, on a belt or bra.Sweat-, rain-, and splash-proof device with a touchscreen. Zip’s smiley face grows as you increase your activity.

CONS
Fine print on a display. All configurations are set from connected devices only.
OUR VERDICT
Enjoy your fitness workouts with this compact pedometer. It tracks your steps, calories burnt and distance covered, and automatically syncs these data to you PC or smartphone.
detailed parameters
TYPE / CONSTRUCTION
Electronic / Clip
SENSORS AND COMPONENTS
3D Tri-Axis Sensor Technology, Bluetooth 4.0
DATA TRACKING
Steps, Distance, Burnt Calories
SETTINGS
Clock, Daily stats, Records detailed motion data for 7 days, Records totals for past 23 days
EXTRAS
Syncs with iOS, Android, Windows
SIZE
1.4" x 1.1" x 0.38" / 0.3 ounces
BATTERY LIFE
Up to 6 months
PACKAGE CONTENTS

Pedometer, Case clip, CR 2025 battery, Wireless sync dongle, Battery toll, Instruction manual

WARRANTY
1 year
PROS

Thanks to the Garmin Move IQ technology, the bracelet will automatically track your activity and, if you don't move for more than an hour, remind you to get up and move. 

CONS

Changing the battery might be somewhat tricky.

OUR VERDICT

This is a convenient bracelet speedometer with a soft strap, which you can wear 24/7 and use for a whole year without a recharge. Waterproof and fitted with the 64-pixel display, it lets you switch data with only one button. The bracelet can be replaced.

detailed parameters
TYPE / CONSTRUCTION

Electronic / Bracelet

SENSORS AND COMPONENTS

3D Sensor Technology,
Bluetooth

DATA TRACKING

Counts steps, Monitors sleep, Calorie counting, Distance

SETTINGS

Reminder to move after an hour of inactivity, Sunlight-visible display, Automatically detects activity, Sleek silicone band

EXTRAS

Syncs automatically or manually with the free smartphone app, Graph and Diagram building

SIZE

7.7 x 0.9 x 0.5 inches

BATTERY LIFE

1 year

PACKAGE CONTENTS

Garmin vivofit 3 Activity Tracker, Regular fit - Black

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS
Due to the Tri-Axis accelerometer the device provides highly accurate data on your activity regardless of its position.
CONS
Cannot be reset manually.
OUR VERDICT
This affordable pedometer automatically tracks your activity and counts aerobic and moderate steps separately. So, by looking through your weekly activity you'd aim to reach for more.
detailed parameters
TYPE / CONSTRUCTION
Electronic / Clip
SENSORS AND COMPONENTS
3D Tri-Axis Sensor Technology
DATA TRACKING
Aerobic Steps, Steps, Distance, Burnt Calories, Steps per minute (pitch)
SETTINGS
Displays week's activity
EXTRAS
Automatic reset at midnight for tracking daily steps and distance
SIZE
1.75" x 3" x 0.75" / 0.7 ounces
BATTERY LIFE
Up to 6 months
PACKAGE CONTENTS
Pedometer, CR 2032 battery, Holder, Screwdriver, Instruction manual
WARRANTY
1 year
PROS

Worn around your neck or carried in the bag, or in the pocket, this pedometer can accurately measure the number of steps thanks to the Tri-Accelerometer technology.

CONS

The belt clip is a little loose. 

OUR VERDICT

This easy-to-control pedometer can be placed in your pocket, clipped to the belt, tossed in the bag, or hung on your neck (the lanyard comes in a set). Monitoring the data is simple thanks to the large display. Plus, you can store records of the last 30 days.

detailed parameters
TYPE / CONSTRUCTION

Electronic / Clip

SENSORS AND COMPONENTS

3D Tri-Axis Sensor Technology

DATA TRACKING

Steps (Walking & Running), Distance (Km & Miles), Calories, Exercise time

SETTINGS

Large and clear easy-to-read display, Built-in clock and step goal

EXTRAS

Stores up to 30 days of your daily records

SIZE

3.2 x 1.2 x 1.6 inches

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 1 year

PACKAGE CONTENTS

Tracker, Belt clip, Neck lanyard, Mini screwdriver for battery replacement, User manual, Support card with contact information

WARRANTY

18 month

PROS
MotionLock prevents accidental activation. Starts counting your steps only when it detects a sequence of continuous steps.
CONS

This pedometer is not sweat-, rain-, and splash-proof.

OUR VERDICT
3D Tri-Axis Bosch sensor ensures superior accuracy regardless of a pedometer's position. This easy-to-use and compact device is perfect for those who strain after healthy lifestyle.
detailed parameters
TYPE / CONSTRUCTION
Electronic / Clip
SENSORS AND COMPONENTS
3D Tri-Axis Sensor Technology
DATA TRACKING
Steps, Distance, Burnt Calories, Fat, Exercise time
SETTINGS
Clock, Records stats for the past 7 days, Sports timer with Auto Sleep technology
EXTRAS
Counts up to 1 million steps
SIZE
1.3" x 2.55" x 0.28" / 0.5 ounces
BATTERY LIFE
Up to 6 months
PACKAGE CONTENTS

Pedometer, Extra CR 2025 battery, Belt clip, Detachable lanyard, Instruction manual

WARRANTY
1 year

Fitbit FB301C

Type and Construction

Fitbit Zip is a digital electronic pedometer. It is rather compact, made of plastic and shaped as a sea stone. This Bluetooth pedometer comes in 4 different colors so you can choose the most appropriate one for you. Owing to the built-in tri-axis accelerometer this digital pedometer is able to give you the most accurate data on your activity. Besides, the pedometer records your steps regardless of its position. It comes with a silicon holder and fits in your pocket, on a bra or a belt. Take a note that the silicon holder should be always used, for a Zip tracker is not meant to be worn in direct contact with the skin.

Review of Fitbit FB301C Wireless Activity Tracker

Settings and Data Tracking

To start using the Bluetooth pedometer you should, first of all, connect it to your PC via Bluetooth using wireless sync dongle. Next step is to download a special app where you will specify your height, weight, gender and other required data. This information helps the pedometer calculate your stats on burnt calories, covered distance, and the number of steps. Moreover, Fitbit Zip records how many calories you've burnt throughout the day and even when you sleep. So, just tap the display to look through your daily stats. You can also invite your friends to compete in activity challenges! Fitbit Zip tracks both 7 days of detailed data on your activity and totals for the past 23 days. So, you'll always be aware of your daily and monthly progress. We're sure that Fitbit Zip is an ideal device to motivate you to move more!

Fitbit FB301C Wireless Activity Tracker in the use

Usability

Fitbit Zip digital pedometer comes with a touchscreen display and is designed without buttons. By tapping the display, you can access a clock, a step counter, your distance, and calories burnt. You will also see an emoticon that indicates your progress respectively to your goal. But you should know that the display is rather small so you can see only one stat at a time. For more detailed information, you should enter the app on your PC or smartphone. The battery in Fitbit Zip lasts up to six months on average and can be replaced with a CR 2025 battery.

Detailed review of Fitbit FB301C Wireless Activity Tracker

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Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker
 

Garmin vivofit 3

Serves as a Reminder

The Garmin Vivofit 3 can become a great accessory for all active people. This tool will not only show the number of steps but also help you track and compare your results, show the number of burned calories and the distance traveled. It can be synchronized with the Garmin Connect both automatically and manually. With this free app, you can store all the data as well as build graphs and diagrams to monitor the progress and plan your exercising. It can also analyze your recordings and set goals for a day. What is more, the Garmin Vivofit is fitted with a reminder that tells you if you lose track of the time and don't move for more than an hour. With this device, you will surely stay active for a whole day.

Apart from walking, this pedometer is able to define different kinds of movement like running, swimming and biking. The Move IQ technology recognizes when your activity changes and shows all details in the app.

Review of Garmin vivofit 3 Activity Tracker

Powerful Battery

The Garmin Vivofit 3 is a functional pedometer that will become handy if you need to track your activity throughout the day. Among the advantages of this model, the one that stands out the most is its incredible time of autonomous work. Equipped with a powerful and capacious battery, this device can serve you for about a year without recharging. This feature allows you to track and compare your progress during the extended period of time. However, changing the battery might be somewhat tricky. Though this fact shouldn’t be a dealbreaker for you.

Garmin vivofit 3 Activity Tracker in the use

Smart Design

As we have already mentioned, the main advantage of this model is that you can wear it 24/7 for the whole year without taking off. Moreover, with such a sleek design, it is extremely comfortable to wear. You could easily wear it on your wrist while sleeping to monitor the quality of your sleep and it wouldn't cause you any discomfort. Another benefit is that the device is waterproof, meaning you could safely go take a shower or swim in a pool while wearing it.

The Garmin Vivofit 3 doesn't look a lot different from other pedometers. It comes with a fairly large square-shaped 64-pixel display which can be easily read even under the direct sun and you can choose it with a black or white bracelet. The good news is, bracelets are replaceable so when the old one wears out you'll be able to get a new one. The device looks slim and has no extra buttons to fumble with. There's only one button on the side for switching settings.

Summing up, if you're searching for a functional and high-quality gadget that will let you track your physical activity with precision, the Garmin Vivofit 3 pedometer should suit you to a tee. Designed with cutting-edge technologies, this device will serve you a long while and provide reliable and accurate readings.

Detailed review of Garmin vivofit 3 Activity Tracker

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Omron HJ-321

Type and Construction

Omron Tri-axis digital pedometer uses a 3D sensor that doesn't miscount your steps. It comes with a holder clip and whether you wear it vertically or horizontally, in a pocket or a bag it still gives you highly accurate results. But you should know that this pedometer will not record a thing if it is lying flat. What is important, Omron Tri-Axis Pedometer is silent so you can wear it without drawing attention.

Review of Omron HJ-321 Optimized Pedometer

Settings and Data Tracking

Omron Tri-Axis tracks your aerobic steps and moderate steps, and counts them separately. In addition, it shows total distance travelled and calories burnt. Unfortunately, this model doesn't upload your stats to a PC or smartphone, but you can always write them down. Omron Tri-Axis pedometer has a seven-day memory and resets at midnight to record your activity for the next day. So, day by day you can pursue you goal of beating your own record!

Omron HJ-321 Optimized Pedometer in the use

Usability

This pedometer comes with a digital monochrome display where you can see your ongoing results or totals. The numbers on the display are large and easy-to-read. The pedometer has 3 control buttons for changing the settings, skipping through the displayed data, and for reviewing your stats on the past days. Omron Tri-Axis pedometer operates on a replaceable battery that features 6 months' lifespan. In addition, the device comes with a screwdriver to simplify battery replacement.

Detailed review of Omron HJ-321 Optimized Pedometer

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Omron Tri Axis Pedometer
 

3DTriSport Walking 3D

So Easy to Use

Not all people need high-end gadgets that can often be quite difficult to tweak. If you can't describe yourself as a tech-savvy person and you simply need some small and easy-to-use device to monitor your sports or...well...just everyday activity, then the Realalt 3D TriSpor can be your best choice. Unlike wristband models, this one comes with a clip allowing you to attach it to your pants the same way you'd attach an electronic pager and is very easy to setup and use. You don't need to know a thing about pedometers to be able to tune it. The Realalt 3D TriSpor includes a straightforward and easy-to-follow user manual that will make its setup a breeze. Since we've mentioned a pager, it'd be fair to note that the Realalt 3D TriSpor quite looks like one, with its rectangular housing, digital interface, and three push buttons on the front. It doesn't need to be connected to other apps or gadgets and the whole procedure of adjusting the thing takes no more than two minutes so you can start using it literally out-of-the-box. The thing we like about the Realalt 3D TriSpor the most is that it's got a large screen and that it shows data in large font so you can see it under any lighting conditions and even in the bright sun. All this makes it well suitable for people of all ages.

Review of 3DTriSport Walking 3D Pedometer with Clip and Strap

Accessories

Aside from simplicity of use, what we like about the Realalt 3D TriSpor pedometer is that it includes all needed accessories for its comfortable wearing. The manufacturer supplies this model with both a belt clip and a neck lanyard so you can have a few options how to wear it. One other benefit of this pedometer is its powerful battery which holds sufficient charge for all-year use. A nice bonus is that the package contains a small screwdriver so when it's time to eventually replace the battery, you'll be able to quickly open the battery compartment. Compared to many other pedometers we've seen on the market, the Realalt 3D TriSpor stands out for its simplicity of use and budget-friendly price. With that, it doesn't lack in functionality department offering all functions necessary for tracking the user activity and setting new goals for them.

3DTriSport Walking 3D Pedometer with Clip and Strap in the use

Multiple Wearing Options

Having covered all the most important aspects, it's time to turn to usability features. The remarkable thing about the Realalt 3D TriSport pedometer is that it uses advanced Tri-Accelerometer technology which makes it possible to carry it in any position without affecting the accuracy of results. So if you wanted to, you could wear it around your neck, place it in your pocket or bag, or attach it to your belt and the device would measure your activity without errors. What you could even be running and the Realalt 3D TriSport would show the precise number of your steps.

We've mentioned earlier that this pedometer can't sync with other devices. Yet, the manufacturer makes up for this minor flaw by fitting the device with the ability to store 30 last records allowing users to track their progress for the length of one month. Though this isn't very long, most customers find it to be more than sufficient for their needs.

In all, the Realalt 3D TriSport is one of the simplest gadgets we've seen. It's convenient to carry and convenient to use. Adjusting it isn't difficult either. It includes everything needed for you to start to use it out-of-the-box. So if you're looking for an easy-to-use pedometer that will help you stay fit, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better option than the Realalt 3D TriSport.

Detailed review of 3DTriSport Walking 3D Pedometer with Clip and Strap

 

Ozeri PD4X3-2

Type and Construction

The Ozeri 4x3razor is an electronic pedometer with a built-in 3-axis accelerometer. This model uses 3D sensor technology to count your steps regardless of pedometer's position. The device is rather compact and thin, thus it perfectly fits in your pants pocket or/and can be clipped to your waistband. The Ozeri 4x3razor comes with a lanyard strap to back up the pedometer in case a plastic clip unclasps. In addition, you can choose one of the 4 available housing colors to fit your garb.

Review of Ozeri PD4X3-2 Step Counter

Settings and Data Tracking

This pedometer shows the number of steps, distance, calories burnt, fat burnt and exercise time. Ozeri 4x3razor counts up to 1 million steps and features 30-day memory. In addition, it includes a built-in clock and sports timer. For your convenience, the pedometer records the number of steps for the past 7 days. Thus, you'll be able to keep tabs on your activity. Ozeri 4x3razor pedometer has a loop memory. So, the data on a new day replaces the information on the oldest one.

Ozeri PD4X3-2 Step Counter in the use

Usability

The Ozeri 4x3razor features a large monochrome display sectioned into 2 parts. It has 2 lines where you can see both your ongoing results and distance covered. The pedometer is easy to setup. All the buttons are really large and well-labeled. So, this model is perfect for all-age. The Ozeri 4x3razor pedometer operates on a replaceable battery that lasts up to 6 months. And when it is time for battery replacement the included screwdriver will help you change the battery effortlessly.

Detailed review of Ozeri PD4X3-2 Step Counter

VIDEO
Ozeri Pocket 3D Pedometer
 

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Comparison of Pedometers

What Is a Pedometer?

Movement means life. This expression is the fundamental truth for people who care about their health and longevity. It is recommended to walk about 10,000 steps a day to maintain your physical fit. But how do we know the number of steps we take on average per day? Here a pedometer will come in handy. This device counts each step you take by detecting the motions of your hand or hips. Moreover, a pedometer displays a distance traveled, calories burned and time elapsed. On knowing your ongoing results, you can try to reach for more and beat your own score!

However, if you are a professional athlete and you need to have an accurate information on your activity we'd recommend you to look through our review on running watches.

What Features to Compare

Type and Construction

Electronic and electro-mechanical types of pedometer have key distinctions in their functionality. Electro-mechanical pedometers use pendulums to detect movements and then convert them to an electric pulse. They show you how many steps you've done during a day on a small LED screen. Such devices are usually quite inexpensive and are no slouch in terms of functionality and performance. The only downside to electro-mechanical pedometers is that they may falsely count your other movements as steps, making it less convenient to track your activity accurately. More expensive pedometers have no moving parts in design and measure your steps with an accelerometer instead of a swinging pendulum. Thanks to this, they measure your activity and steps accurately, without any deviation.

Electronic pedometers rely on inertial sensors and modern software to count your steps. Most of them are based on 1, 2 or 3-axis acceleration detection. In layman's terms, pedometers like these record your steps in 1D, 2D or 3D. Among these three, pedometers that use 3D tri-axis sensor technology are considered the most accurate. Unlike the other two, these ones are able to detect what it is you're doing at the moment - running, walking, or jumping, which is a great advantage, especially for those who're engaged in some kind of sports. Another advantage to the pedometers with 3D technology is that they can be carried in any position and placed where you want, allowing you to wear one on you while doing some activity. Cheaper models would need to be fixed securely in place in order to provide you accurate data. Besides the technologies used, pedometers may come in various designs. The majority of models have a special clip that lets you attach the device to your wrist or clothes. And if you don't like wearing gadgets, you can choose among wristband models that are presented in abundance.

Settings and Data Tracking

Another aspect we'd like you to pay attention to is what settings and data tracking options are present in a pedometer you choose. Most devices produced today can do both measure your steps and track your traveled distance. Many will also be able to count your burnt calories, the number of aerobic steps, and the time you spend covering a certain distance. Knowing your results, you'll be able to compare and beat your own records. If you're an owner of iPhone or iPod, we'd recommend you get yourself a device with a syncing function so you could store your recordings as well.

Usability

A pedometer should be convenient to use, no one would argue with that. So before you go buy a pedometer check out whether it's going to feel good on your hand. Consider its design and overall dimensions and make sure it won't look massive on your wrist. You should also find out how good its battery is and how long it holds charge since buying a pedometer presumes that you will be wearing it all day long. There are models that will work for up to 6 months on one recharge! Also, it wouldn't hurt to check out how many functions are included in the device and how easy it is to customize them for your personal preferences.

A piece of advice: to make sure that a pedometer measures your steps accurately, it is recommended to erase your previous results and make 100 steps. If a pedometer works fine, it will show you this exact number.

Did you know?

Since a lot of people tend to have a desk job, exercising becomes essential for their health and well-being. It’s not a secret how hard sometimes it may be to find time or motivation for any sports activities. However, there is always a way out. Even if visiting a gym or doing fitness at home is not an option for you, you can significantly improve your health by simply walking.

How Many Steps per Day Should You Make?

An average number of steps that a person makes a day is around 3,000. However, the recommended number is 10,000, which is about 5 miles. Increasing the number of your steps is a great idea that will have a positive impact on your health. But you have to do it wisely. If you haven’t exercised for a long while, you need to start adding the walking distance gradually.

To begin with, you should count how many steps you actually do every day. And that’s why we recommend buying a pedometer.

How Can a Pedometer Help?

If you decide to monitor your fitness activity, pedometers and other step trackers can become your best assistants. They will show you the accurate number of steps you make every day. Knowing this number, you will have an opportunity to improve your results by adding additional 500 steps each week. It will be wise to take notes of your progress in a notebook, however, a lot of pedometers can collect and save this data and even turn it into diagrams or logs for convenient comparison. If you feel like the recommended number of 500 steps is too much for you at the moment, take it easy and add fewer steps. Eventually, when you feel more comfortable, you'll increase this number.

There are plenty of ways how you can start walking more. It is better to start with some simple things, like, for example, turning your friendly get-together, which you usually arrange in a cafe, into a walk around the town. You can also start using stairs instead of the elevator. And if you are a dog owner, add more time when walking with your pup. It will make you healthier and your pet happier.

Some step trackers are fitted with a function that informs you if you spend too much time inactive. This convenient feature will remind you to move throughout a whole day.

Pedometers also serve as a great motivation tool. Since some of them are connected to your smartphone, they allow you to share your success and look through the results of the other people in the app. And since the spirit of competition lives in all of us, you won’t be able to give up that easy without reaching your goals. Speaking of the latter, pedometers can set goals for you as well. Try to complete them by adding some time to your walks or increasing your speed. Within a short time, you will notice the first improvements.

How Does Walking Help?

Walking is a simple way to prevent obesity and heart diseases. Being the most accessible cardio exercise, it helps lower your blood pressure. It is also a great way to become more slender. You will lose weight and make your waist smaller. That’s why you don’t have to spend long hours, sweating in the gym to improve your body shape.

In conclusion, walking is a great option for improving your health and keeping fit. This type of exercise is not hard to pick up. And if you need a little push, purchasing a pedometer can be a wise decision. This device will set goals for you and help you achieve them.

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