Best With No Screen
- Whoop 4.0
Best Watch Aesthetic
- Garmin Vivomove Sport
- Fitbit Charge 5
Managing your fitness levels is one of the more difficult parts of modern life. There are many ways to take it easy and eat poorly while staying or getting fit requires time, effort, and dedication. Thankfully, you don’t have to have the fitness regime of an Olympian to get fit. Even just taking regular walks can be enough to make a significant difference.
One of the valuable tools modern technology can offer to help is the fitness tracker. These often take the form of a smartwatch as they are a convenient and accepted form factor, and the functionality crosses over quite well. The fitness tracker can monitor your heart rate, blood oxygenation levels, stress levels, sleep quality, and more from your wrist.
Of course, you can get budget-friendly models and high-end ones, but you’ll often find the best balance of price and feature set somewhere in the middle. To help you find the best deal, we’ve drawn up our list of the best mid-market fitness trackers in 2022.
- Contactless payments
- Readiness Score and advanced tracking
- On-board GPS
- Battery life: up to 7 days
- AMOLED display
- 1.04 inch display
You can’t really have a list of fitness trackers without at least one Fitbit – and the latest generation of Fitbit devices is definitely the way to go. With incredibly accurate monitoring and sensing functions for heart rate, body temp, O2 saturation, heart rate variability, and stress levels, you’re getting a lot of tasks in a tiny tracker model. It’s also lightweight and has a range of alternative bands if the default one doesn’t suit you.
The Charge 5 boasts up to 7 days of battery life and is available with various design features, most of which require you to buy extra straps. The device itself is also available in multiple casing colors. The 5 is overall a pretty massive improvement over previous generations, especially when it comes to accuracy. It has dropped the music control feature the 4 had but replaced it with new functions such as the day readiness score and the impressive sleep track functions. The Fitbit app further adds to the Charge’s appeal – it’s a solid program with lots of functions and customization features for the tracker and the overall Fitbit experience.
- No screen
- IP68 Water resistant
- Wireless charger
- Battery life: 4-5 days
- Display size in inches: n/a
- OS: Custom
The Whoop 4.0 is a different fitness tracker, focussing on strain vs. recovery rather than exactly how far and fast you ran. It also uniquely doesn’t have a screen at all. All controls and stats can be seen in the smartphone app. While this can help your focus, it makes it harder to check your stats during a workout. The battery lasts for 4-5 days and is recharged wirelessly. The Whoop and the wireless charger are both IP68 rated, so you don’t need to worry about taking it in the shower or a pool.
The band has been designed to be easily swappable, so it can be integrated into Whoop’s clothing, too, meaning you don’t even need to wear it on your wrist. One critical thing to be aware of is that the Whoop is only available as a subscription. You can’t buy the device outright. While this can make it cheaper to start as there are no significant upfront costs for hardware. It will continue to cost money in the long run, potentially making it more expensive.
- Subtle screen
- Analogue clock
- Available in three colours
- Battery life: 4 days
- Display size in inches: 1.57
- OS: Custom
The Garmin Vivomove Sport is designed to be a subtle smartwatch with the screen hidden in the face of the watch. The actual clock functionality is analog, and all intelligent functions and data are displayed on the embedded screen. It comes in three colors, black, white, and light green, with the color covering the band, watch shell, and the watch face.
The claimed battery life is four days, though several user reviews say that two and a half is the maximum battery life they’ve been able to get. Many features require a smartphone to be actively connected to work. For example, it can use your phone’s GPS but doesn’t have an integrated one. It can also alert your emergency contacts if it detects an incident, assuming your phone is connected. Other features like pulse ox, heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and women’s health tracking work with integrated features.
- Fitness-focused smartwatch
- Music storage and Spotify support
- Two screen sizes
- Battery life: 8 days
- Display size in inches: 1.3 or 1.1
- OS: Custom
The Garmin Vivoactive 4 is a particularly fitness-focused smartwatch. It deliberately focuses on fitness and health tracking, and it does a great job. It even has some dedicated yoga and Pilates workouts that you can watch on your watch to follow along. Even if you’re not into yoga, this watch offers a lot of cool stuff – for example, the built-in pulse ox can measure the oxygen in your blood.
Beyond that, it has excellent sleep statistics and various other health analysis functions. Couple that with the robust and week-long battery life, and you have a great fitness watch on your hands! The Vivoactive 4 is also a little more affordable than competing flagship watches, so it’s definitely worth looking at if you’re not dead set on a Samsung or Apple watch.
That was our roundup of the best mid-market fitness trackers in 2022. Have you recently bought a mid-market fitness tracker? What sold you on it, and what has your experience been with it so far? Let us know down below.