10 Best Pedometers Reviewed & Compared

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Many fitness trackers measure practically anything you can think of—steps, weight, GPS, mileage, calories burned, heart rate, calorie intake, water intake, weight exercise, and sleep patterns.

However, not everyone wants an all-in-one device that tracks everything—for many, a simple pedometer will suffice. They are easy to use and monitor your steps throughout the day, so you can consistently keep track of your daily steps.

The earlier we begin to live active lifestyles, the better—and oftentimes the easiest way to begin doing so is by walking more. Simple as that. In fact, the best pedometers available will help you track your steps and set intentional goals. For example, walking 10,000 steps a day burns enough calories to put us on a path to success!

While not even the best pedometers available are the perfect solution for those of you beginning—or continuing—your active lifestyle, they are definitely a great to tool to keep us on track and accountable each and every day. While most pedometers are simple to use, battery operated devices, there are also some with additional technological features—such as Smartphone connectivity.

Last Updated: June 3, 2018
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By Giselle Killebrew:

This update brings theFitbit Zip, Xiaomi Mi Band 2, LETSCOM, and the Harmin Vivofit 4. All three of these options are great new additions we are sure you will love. The Fitbit Zip is a simple to use clip on option while the other 3 are sleek, wristband options you can wear at all times.

Fitbit One
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Realalt 3DTriSport
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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 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 feature that other pedometers don’t have is 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 women 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

This 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 kilometers and 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 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. Xiaomi Mi Band 2

4. Xiaomi Mi Band 2
This pedometer is an excellent, lightweight, and easy to use option. It's highly affordable, sleek in design, and has several additional options aside from counting steps.
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Ease of Use

This Xiomi Mi Band 2 automatically tracks your steps, distance, pace, heart rate, sleep quality, and calories burned. This device also syncs all of your data so you can track your progress and also lets you know when you have been idle to long.

Battery

This device has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 20 days.

Size & Weight

This device is worn like a watch and has a sleek design. At 4.8 ounces, it is extraordinary lightweight.

Extra Features

At just a little over the price of a basic pedometer, this tracker offers several additional and useful features. It will automatically sync your data online so you can keep continuous track of your progress. It will also track your steps, sleep patterns, distance, pace, and your calories burned. It will also buzz and let you know if you haven't walked or moved after a specific period of time--so you get up and jeep moving. Lastly, this tracker can also sync to your phone and alert when you receive calls/texts/etc.
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Sleek design
  • Durable
  • Tracks your steps pace, distance, and calories burned
  • Tracks your sleep patterns
  • Syncs your data automatically
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Sends you alerts from your phone
Cons
  • Needs to be re-charged frequently

5. LETSCOM

5. LETSCOM
This device is another pedometer that comes with additional features. It is highly affordable--not much more than a basic pedometer. This is an excellent option for those of you looking for a pedometer that offers additional tracking.
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Ease of Use

This tracker is simple to use and automatically tracks all of your data. You simply wear it like a watch. It comes in several color options and has a sleek design.

Battery

This device comes with a rechargeable battery that you recharge with a usb block once a week.

Size & Weight

This devices is worn like a watch and is extraordinary lightweight.

Extra Features

This device can do more than just count your steps--it also tracks your distance, heart rate, sleep, active minutes, and 14 additional exercise modes. You can also sync it with your phone's GPS to keep track of your pace, route, and pace. It can also send you notifications from your phone and its' apps--so you you consistently stay up to date with everything.
Pros
  • Highly affordable
  • Simple to use
  • Comes in several color options
  • Sleek design
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Tracks several steps and many more
  • Syncs to your phone
Cons
  • You have to recharge weekly 
 

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 4

7. Garmin vivofit 4
If you love Garmin then you will love their simplest option. This pedometer is basic, easy to use, and has a great battery life. This is an excellent option for everybody and well worth the cost.
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Ease of Use

This device is simple to use. You wear it on your wrist and it automatically tracks for you throughout the day. It has an easy to read display and its' sleek design goes with everything.

Battery

This device is known for its long battery life--you only have to replace it once a year!

Size & Weight

This wristband is bit larger than other options but its sleek design makes it minimalistic and allows it to go with almost anything--so you don't have to take it off.

Extra Features

This tracker isn't just a pedometer--it comes with several other options, which justifies its price point. This device keeps track of your steps, distance, how many calories you burn, monitors your sleep, and allows you to set a daily step goal. It also allows you to save your data on Garmin Connect so you can track your progress.
Pros
  • Simple to use
  • Several color options
  • Sleek design
  • Great battery life
  • Tracks steps, calories burned, sleep, and distance
  • Allows you to set a daily step code.
Cons
  • Expensive 
  • A bit bulky 

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

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 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. Fitbit Zip

The Fitbit Zip is one of the options here that offers a few additional technological features. Its simple and sleek in design, easy to use, and an excellent choice for those of you looking for a pedometer that offers additional features. While its definitely one of the pricier options--it's a perfect choice for those of you looking for something that will help you stay on track to accomplish multiple fitness goals.
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Ease of Use

The Fitbit Zip is easy to use and easy to wear and keep on your person. You simply clip it anywhere you'd like, and you are all set! Your data will then automatically sync to your phone or computer, so you can keep track of your progress. It will track your steps, distance walked, and calories burned.

Battery

The Fitbit zip has a long battery life--and will last up to 6 months. It uses a coin cell battery that you can easily replace when you need to (which will probably be only twice a year!)

Size & Weight

This option is small and lightweight. Its' minimal weight of 2.4 ounces makes it so light you won't even notice it's there.

Extra Features

While this is not like a fitness tracker--which track almost anything you can think of--it does offer some additional technological features. It automatically syncs, counts each of your steps, the total distance you have walked, and keeps track of how many calories you burn throughout the day.

 

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

  1. NA, Is the calorie count on my pedometer accurate?, Fitness & Weight Loss Website,
  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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