10 Best Pedometers Reviewed & Compared

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There are so many devices on the market that are aimed at helping people get in shape. Not everyone wants or needs a device that can do it all, though. Pedometers have been around before the age of smartwatches and GPS devices. They are a simple tool to monitor and keep track of how much a person is moving throughout the day. By now, we’re all quite aware that sedentary behavior and a lack of exercise is bad for our health. A pedometer isn’t a magic bullet, but it can help you get a real picture of where you are in terms of activity and help you keep track of your progress as you attempt to move more each day. Most pedometers are fairly basic battery operated devices but in recent years, some new options with more features have also been released. Below, you’ll find our ten picks for best pedometers. We’ve included simple no-frills devices as well as those with more advanced functions such as Smartphone connectivity.

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10 Best Pedometers

 

1. Fitbit One

While Fitbit is generally well known for its high tech, attractive activity trackers, the Fitbit One is the perfect basic pedometer for the user who doesn’t want all the bells and whistles of other types of trackers. The One tracks all the data you’ll need to keep track of your progress towards your goals. If you want to see all the detailed information, though, you’ll need to sync the device to a Smartphone via Bluetooth.
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Ease of Use

The small display provides you with your total step count and the companion Fitbit app is super intuitive. One thing it does that some pedometers don’t do is give the time of day. The display is bright and easy to read. It’s also accurate when it comes to step counts. It’s a great simple device with a few extra features if you’re looking for extra motivation as you try to move more on a daily basis.

Battery

The Fitbit One uses a rechargeable battery that’s supposed to last as long as 14 days. It’s not the best battery life for such a small device, but it beats that of larger or more feature-packed devices.

Size & Weight

It’s very tiny, so wherever you put it, it’s unlikely to be noticed. Just be careful not to lose it! Many users commented that they liked to clip it to their bra and felt it didn’t get in the way at all. The tracker is also quite durable.

Extra Features

The device provides basic information like step count, distance and calorie burn. It also gives users information on floors climbed and active minutes. You can also use the Fitbit One to track your sleep and set an alarm that wakes you using gentle vibrations. It’s easy to use for both right and left-handed wearers since the text orientation can be swapped. It also provides move reminders.
Pros
  • Very compact
  • Lightweight 
  • Intuitive companion app
  • Provides plenty of data for such a little device
  • Displays time of day
  • Automatically syncs data
 
Cons
  • No Smart Track feature
  • Battery isn’t great
  • Easy to lose since it’s easy to forget you’re wearing it!
  • Not waterproof 
 

2. Realalt 3DTriSport

The 3DTrisport pedometer comes in four colors including grey, pink, black, and white. It’s easy to use but has an excellent array of features for the fitness minded individual who doesn’t want to bother with Bluetooth syncing and Smartphone apps.
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Ease of Use

The very accurate pedometer is basic enough that using it doesn’t require a huge learning curve. It records steps and comes with an easy to follow user manual that helps users set up the device. Because it doesn’t need to be placed a certain way to count steps accurately, you can clip it, wear it as a necklace or stick in your purse or pocket. The display is also easy to read.

Battery

The 3DTrisport pedometer uses a CR 2032 battery. You’ll need a screwdriver to change the battery when it dies. It comes already equipped with a battery that should last at least a few months before requiring you to pop in a fresh one.

Size & Weight

The compact pedometer is small enough to fit in your pocket. Reviewers liked the overall size of the device saying that it felt lightweight but was large enough so that reading the display wasn’t tricky.

Extra Features

It doesn’t just count steps. It also tracks distance (in either kilometers or miles), calories, and total workout time. The device also features an impressive thirty-day memory so you can see how far you’ve come. The device also displays the time of day and has a goal feature that helps encourage and motivate users.
Pros
  • Accurate
  • Easy set up
  • Lightweight
  • Can be worn in multiple ways
  • 30 day memory
  • Displays time of day
 
Cons
  • No sensitivity adjustment
  • Not as slim as some would have liked
 

3. OneTweak

A simple pedometer that comes in either black or white and has plenty of features to help you reach your goals and get moving. The tracker is accurate and provides all the functions you’d expect with a basic pedometer.
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Ease of Use

The three-button device is simple to use and provides very accurate step counts. No need to remember to reset your steps each day since the device automatically does it for you. You don’t need to remember to shut off the pedometer when you’re not using it either. It does that itself too to conserve battery.

Battery

An auto shut-off feature ensures that battery life is maximized. The battery is replaceable (the pedometer uses a CR 2032 battery) and thanks to its power saving features it shouldn’t need to be replaced too often.

Size & Weight

The small pedometer is very lightweight, so it’s comfortable and easy to wear. Reviewers appreciated the small-size and felt the pedometer didn’t stick out or start to feel annoying after hours of wear.

Extra Features

What does this compact pedometer track? The accurate device provides information on your step count, distance and calorie burn. The display also shows the time of day. Unlike other basic pedometers, the OneTweak can store up to thirty days of data. It can also provide you with a cumulative step count if that interests you.
Pros
  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to use
  • Accurate
  • Lightweight
  • Good memory (30 days)
  • Battery saving auto shut-off 
 
Cons
  • Clip doesn’t always attach securely 
 

4. Omron HJ325 Alvita

4. Omron HJ325 Alvita
This Omron pedometer comes in either bright blue or grey. It provides users with plenty of data and works great if you’re trying to keep track of how much you move on a regular basis. It’s super simple to set up and use and is very lightweight.
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Ease of Use

The Omron HJ325 is extremely simple to set up. All you need to do is tell it how much you weigh and how tall you are and it’ll automatically calculate your stride length. No need to calibrate and measure out your stride like with some other pedometers or devices. The large display shows you your step progress and the time of day. It’s also accurate no matter how you choose to wear the device.

Battery

The device uses a CR 2032 battery that’s easy to change. No tools are required to swap out the old battery for a new one.

Size & Weight

The super lightweight little pedometer weighs under an ounce so no matter where you clip it, you’ll be comfortable. The tracker is small but features large ergonomic buttons that are easy to press and use.

Extra Features

The pedometer can log up to seven days of history so you can check in on your progress. It provides the basic step count you want in a pedometer and also provides distance walked and calorie burn information. The pedometer also has a unique aerobic step tracking feature, which means it can accurately track your steps even if you choose to run or walk briskly. The screen also shuts off after a certain time - while still counting steps - to save on battery life. The pedometer also resets when the clock strikes midnight, so you don’t have to do so manually.
Pros
  • Accurate 
  • Easy to set up
  • Comfortable and lightweight
  • Screen is easy to read
  • Great price 
  • Displays time 
  • Daily auto reset 
Cons
  • Clip is not super secure
  • Doesn’t pick up small steps
  • No manual reset option

5. Star Uno Core Max Abs Machine

5. Star Uno Core Max Abs Machine
This device isn’t strictly a pedometer. It’s actually meant to track the time elapsed during gym workouts and guides users who want to count their repetitions when strength training. But it also counts steps!
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Ease of Use

The little tracker features a magnetic backing, so it’s super easy to attach and remove the device. It’s very basic, so if you’re not interested in tracking your workout time or your strength training reps, it might be wise to look for another option. However, if you are into gym training, it’s an excellent little tracker that provides rep counting, which is not very common in even advanced fitness trackers.

Battery

There’s no information on the battery type featured in this tracker, but it’s safe to say that the little device won’t sap too much battery power.

Size & Weight

The fitness monitor is very lightweight and compact. It attaches to clothing using a magnetic clasp at the back. Its height is 2-inches, so it’s small enough to use while working out at the gym.

Extra Features

It can provide step counts but also provides rep counting and can track the length of your workout. It also provides information on how many calories you’ve burned.
Pros
  • Compact
  • Inexpensive
  • Counts reps 
  • Easy to use
  • Sturdy magnetic clip
 
Cons
  • Not as accurate as other options 
 

6. Omron HJ-320 Tri-Axis Alvita

6. Omron HJ-320 Tri-Axis Alvita
A simple and accurate pedometer from a reputable company. Can be worn however you want and still provide reliable step counts and is specially designed with unique sensors to ensure non-steps don’t accidentally register.
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Ease of Use

It has a display screen that’s clear and easy to read, so you can quickly take a peek at the step counter and see your progress. It doesn’t need to be worn a certain way to provide accurate data. Wear it in any orientation and get accurate readings. At midnight, it resets itself, so you don’t have to remember to do so. Some users with poor eyesight did have some trouble reading the text, and one reviewer mentioned that the memory function had its limitations. After seven days, the memory is wiped, so those who forget to check their step count for the previous day on day seven are out of luck.

Battery

Uses a CR 2032 battery. It uses very little power so it shouldn’t require you to change the battery too often. Users seemed to agree than the battery lasts an average of 6-7 months. The device has a display shut-off feature that helps conserve battery power.

Size & Weight

A little larger than other options but still pretty lightweight. The clip-on design makes it easy to attach to most pieces of clothing, and while it’s bigger than some other pedometers, it’s compact enough to fit in a pocket. The pedometer is also fairly durable so that extra bit of size seems to help keep it protected if dropped.

Extra Features

The HJ-320 pedometer also features a seven-day memory function so you can see how well you did during the week. Provides distance in addition to step data. It also has two step-tracking functions.
Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Durable
  • Very accurate 
  • Records in any position
  • Lightweight 
 
Cons
  • Does not provide calorie burn 
  • No sensitivity adjustment 
 

7. Garmin vivofit

7. Garmin vivofit
If you’re a Garmin fan and want a simple step counter, this is the pedometer for you. It’s a basic, easy to use device, that’s both lightweight and has an incredible battery life. The vivofit is a solid buy that’s worth every penny.
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Ease of Use

The wrist-based pedometer tracks your steps accurately and provides an easy to read display that lets you know how far you’ve walked or moved during the day. You don’t even have to input your goals since the vivofit figures out the best target for you and automatically sets new ones each day.

Battery

The battery is purported to last up to a year so you won’t have to worry about needing to charge your tracker every few days.

Size & Weight

The wristband is a little bigger than other options, but it’s comfortable enough. It definitely looks somewhat sporty, though, so unless you wear long sleeves at work, the look might not suit everyone. The band is also lightweight, so you’ll probably end up forgetting you’re even wearing it at all. It also stays put and won’t fall off.

Extra Features

The wristband tracker can monitor sleep and also provides helpful reminders for you to move. The ‘Move Bar’ fills up if you’ve been sitting too long and after an hour of inactivity reminds you to get up and walk a bit. The watch is also water resistant. In addition to displaying your step count, the vivofit also gives you information on your total distance and your calories. It can also be paired with a heart rate monitor. Used with the Garmin Connect platform or app, users can view their progress on the web or via their Smartphone.
Pros
  • Water resistant
  • Inexpensive
  • Excellent battery life (one of the best!)
  • Lightweight
  • Can be used with heart rate monitor
  • Convenient move reminders
  • Easy to read display
  • Easy to use
 
Cons
  • Garmin app and web platform aren’t super intuitive
  • Occasional connectivity issues 
  • No backlight 
 

8. Fitbit Flex 2

8. Fitbit Flex 2
A slim wristband activity tracker with simple to understand progress lights. It doesn’t have a display screen, but more detailed data can be gleamed from the Fitbit app. Bonus: it’s waterproof. So there’s no need to remember to take it off when showering or bathing.
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Ease of Use

While you can get additional data from the Fitbit app, the wristband itself is super easy to use. A simple tap enables the indicator lights and gives you an idea of what kind of step count you’ve achieved for the day. The lights flash in multiple colors to let you know when you’ve reached your step goal. If you prefer to wear the tracker around your neck, that’s no problem. The tracker can be removed from the wristband and used with a necklace or bracelet. Basic tracking provides steps, total distance, and calorie count.

Battery

The little rectangular tracker can be removed from the wristband and recharged via USB. The indicator lights let you know when the tracker is fully charged. It does need to be charged more frequently than other basic pedometers that have simple CR 2032 batteries, but that’s because it has more features.

Size & Weight

The wristband is very lightweight since the actual tracker is so tiny - it’s a little mini rectangle that can be popped out and swapped with other band or accessories.

Extra Features

Users can enable move reminders, and phone notifications via the app. The lights light up in a certain way to give you a signal that you’re receiving a phone call. The Fitbit Flex 2 comes in a variety of band colors, too. It’s easy to switch them out if you get bored. Just pop out the little dongle. The Fitbit Flex 2 is waterproof and also features SmartTrack, which automatically tracks and categorizes activities of 15 minutes or longer (including swimming). No need to bother starting or stopping an activity like with other watches. The Flex 2 can track your sleep, too, and you can set a silent alarm that vibrates to wake you up gently.
Pros
  • Attractive design
  • Lightweight 
  • Easy to use
  • Waterproof 
  • Durable 
  • Adjustable fit 
  • Intuitive app 
Cons
  • No ability to tell the time with the band 
  • Needs to be recharged frequently 

9. Jawbone Up Move

9. Jawbone Up Move
A small budget activity tracker with an attractive design. It comes in five color options and is easy to clip on and get started. It can also be used to track sleep. Works with a companion app that works with either iOS or Android.
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Ease of Use

The little clip works sync with the UP app. There’s no display, so the idea is that you get all your progress info on the app, which works with either iOS or Android. It offers users the ability to track their food and have all their health info in one place. The tracker clips on easily and can be worn on the wrist to monitor sleep. One thing to note is that since there’s no display on this tracker, you do need to have a Smartphone to get anything out of it, but you don’t need to have your phone on you constantly since the device can sync up with the app at any time. The app ('UP') is intuitive and easy to get the hang of.

Battery

It’s sold with a CR 2032 battery already included. Since the device sync via Bluetooth, battery life is a little less impressive than other mini pedometers but replacing the battery is inexpensive.

Size & Weight

It’s small enough to clip onto a waistband or bra and when worn with the wrist strap doesn’t feel heavy or uncomfortable.

Extra Features

Track your food, too, using the UP app. Users can also track sleep by switching the UP MOVE’s position to the wrist (with the wrist strap purchased separately). A Smart Coach feature via the app helps users with their particular goals.
Pros
  • Great value
  • Accurate
  • Small size
  • Clips anywhere
  • Tracks sleep, too
  • Comfortable to wear
Cons
  • It lacks a display
  • No way to check progress without the app

10. Pedusa Tri-Axis

10. Pedusa Tri-Axis
The Pedusa is a simple budget pedometer that can easily attach to a belt or waistband. It comes in nine different colors, provides accurate step data and is an excellent option for anyone who just wants the basics.
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Ease of Use

The Pedusa pedometer can be worn either vertically or horizontally, so there’s no need to worry about orienting it a certain way. It’s not a fancy pedometer, so there aren’t a ton of features you won’t use or get confused by. Getting started is super simple, and it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to get everything set up right out of the box. It’s also durable, so don’t worry if you accidentally drop it.

Battery

Uses a CR-2032 battery, which is easy to find and purchase should the battery need replacing. The battery should also last a while. There’s also an indicator that lets you know when the battery is running low, and the screen isn’t always on, which helps to conserve battery power.

Size & Weight

It’s small enough that it won’t get in the way of regular activities. The screen is big enough to read, however. Some folks complained that the buttons were a little small, but overall the pedometer is easy to hold when programming. Most reviewers found it lightweight enough to feel comfortable for daily activities.

Extra Features

The little pedometer comes with attachments and straps so you can wear it elsewhere than your waistband. It’s a fairly basic pedometer, but it does have features such as goal setting and a progress bar to let you know how far along towards your goal you are. It’s also pretty good at weeding out false readings.
Pros
  • Great value
  • Comes in a variety of colors
  • Ergonomic
  • Fairly easy to use
  • Goal setting feature
  • Accurate
  • Durable 
  • Lightweight 
Cons
  • Sometimes accidentally resets
  • Instruction manual is difficult to read

 

Evaluation Criteria Explained

How did we evaluate and pick the listed pedometers? We chose options that were easy to use, had decent battery life, were compact and lightweight enough to wear all day, and we looked at any extra features that might be of use to users, such as waterproofing or Smartphone connectivity.

Ease of Use

Pedometers are an attractive option to some because they don’t have all the bells and whistles of more complicated devices like GPS watches. They allow for simple tracking, have fewer settings and functions, which makes them easier to control. Pedometers are a good choice for those who are less technologically savvy or anyone who wants to reduce tech-clutter in their life. Most of the pedometers on this list are easy to use.

Battery

The downside of more feature-heavy devices is that they drain battery power very quickly. The beauty of pedometers? They don’t need to be recharged every few days. Most of the options on this list are battery powered so even when the battery is dead, all it takes it a quick battery swap to get the pedometer working again.

Size & Weight

Who wants to wear a device that’s heavy and cumbersome all day to track their steps? The answer is probably no one. We selected pedometers that users rated as lightweight and comfortable to wear. Many of the options on this list can be worn anywhere on the body or can be popped into a bag or purse.

Extra Features

We also examined any extra features each unit had. Extra features include waterproofing, Smartphone connectivity, and sleep tracking. Basic battery-powered pedometers don’t have too many extra features but some do provide goal setting options and daily automatic step count resets.

Other Considerations

What else do you need to consider when shopping for a new step-tracking device? Accuracy is important and so are the design and price of a unit.

Accuracy

Generally, more expensive units will provide you with a more accurate step count, although that’s not always true. Omron pedometers, for instance, are highly affordable but are well-known to provide exceptional accuracy. Not every pedometer can be worn however you want, though. Tri-axis units are capable of counting steps regardless of where and how the pedometer is placed. You can clip it upside down and it will still be able to accurately provide you with step count data. Some devices allow users to alter the sensitivity of the unit so not every movement is picked up as a step. Other pedometers only count steps when you take more than a certain amount of them, this helps to eliminate false-readings.

Design

The look of a pedometer is somewhat important, especially if you’re going to be using it to track your steps 24/7. Compact clip pedometers can be attached underneath your clothing so they are not visible to others and won’t look out of place if you need to dress up for work or an evening out. Wrist-based pedometers are a little more conspicuous, but options like the Fitbit Flex 2 are quite elegant and don’t look like a fitness tracking device at all.

Price

As mentioned previously, while pricier units are often the most accurate, this isn’t always the case. The more money you do spend, though, the more likely you are to get more features. The most expensive options on our list can track sleep in addition to steps and connect to your Smartphone via Bluetooth.

FAQ

Q. How many steps should I be aiming for?

A. There is no special number, start small and work your way up. Any increase in steps is a move forward (literally). Work on walking more in your daily life and you’ll gradually see your average step count increase. Some pedometers will even help you by slowly increasing your goal each day or week.

Q. Can I swim with my pedometer?

A. You’ll need to check whether the option you have purchased is waterproof. Some pedometers are water resistant so they can handle being caught in the rain. Waterproofing is a feature that will likely cost more money.

Q. Does it matter where I wear my pedometer?

A. It depends. Models like the Omron pedometers feature special technology that allows users to wear the pedometer in any orientation on the body and still pick up an accurate reading. Check the user manual for your pedometer to see the manufacturer’s suggestions on how to wear it.

Q. Is a more expensive device more accurate?

A. Sometimes but generally, if you’re paying more, it means you’re getting additional features. If you want accuracy, look for a pedometer that can be set and programming for your particular stride length.

Q. How does my pedometer calculate calorie burn?

A. Most basic pedometers take the information you entered during the setup process to help calculate calorie burn. This information includes age, height, and weight. Don’t assume the calorie burn you see on your pedometer is totally accurate since it doesn’t take into account your effort level or heart rate, etc.

Q. I don’t have a Smartphone, what kind of pedometer should I look for?

A. Choose a basic battery-powered option that doesn’t require Smartphone connectivity. If you don’t have a Smartphone, you shouldn’t pick a Fitbit, for instance, since these devices are meant to be used with the companion app.

Sources

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  2. Lisa M. Wolfe, How Accurate are Pedometers?, Fitness Website, Sep 11, 2017
  3. Wendy Bumgardner, How to Choose the Best Pedometer, Health Website, Jun 18, 2017
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