Pedometers were designed to be simple and precise devices that measure the number of steps you take over a certain time. But, many will also calculate and estimate how many calories you have burned and how long you have been active. These metrics can be used to analyze how active you are staying and if you are achieving your daily goals. However, as technology advances so do pedometers and while some are kept simple (which can be ideal), you will find some that are designed far and beyond what a normal pedometer can do. Depending on your desires, this can either be good or bad. As such, we have chosen the best of the best and have given you a nice blend of different types of pedometers.
- Fitbit One
- Accurate counting system
- Exceptional battery life
- Fitbit Zip
- Automatic sync
- Easy to use
- Omron Alvita
- Automatic daily reset
- High-quality battery
10 Best Pedometers
Fitbit One Activity Tracker
This all-in-one pedometer and activity tracker will track your distance, calories burned, active minutes, steps taken, and even floors climbed. Also, you can monitor your sleeping patterns and set alarms. As a whole, it performs very well when tracking your steps.
Thanks to the OLED display, which is one of the most advanced display types you will find, you can easily see your daily stats and time on the interface. In general, not too many users have complained about over-complexity.
The battery life of the Fitbit One is superb and Fitbit claims that you can enjoy up to 14 days of battery life on a single charge before you need to charge it back to full power.
With the integrated Bluetooth technology, this device will automatically sync to either your computer, smartphone, or tablet. The accompanying app that you can use with it has been praised for its vast features including daily goals and tracking.
Due to the design of the clip, while it is not the most durable or highest of quality, you can wear this on your belt, bra, or even in your pocket.
It should not be much of a surprise that Fitbit reigns supreme here as they are the leaders of this technology. While you can question the durability of their One model, for pure performance, it is near impossible to beat.
- Holds up well in water and hot weather
- Over time, it has an exceptional amount of battery life
- Tends to be very accurate when counting steps
- Not the best-designed clip in the world, in terms of durability
- Overall, durability could be a concern in the long run
Fitbit Zip Tracker
The metrics that the Fitbit Zip analyzes and tracks, which includes distance, calories burned, and steps taken, it does so very accurate and not too many users have complained otherwise. Plus, you can also set personal goals and view your progress accordingly.
Some may believe that this is the Fit’s best feature; the fact that it is a zero-maintenance device. What this means for you is that there are no buttons that you must tamper with and it only needs to be on to be operational.
The integrated battery is replaceable and does not need to be charged. You can roughly expect, depending on the severity of use, the battery to last up to six months.
This has the capability and technology to wirelessly sync to over 150 devices, including your smartphones, computers, and tablets. When doing so, you can sync your statistics and access fitness applications.
The iPhone and Android application that you can utilize in conjunction with this device is free of charge.
While this still may be too in-depth for some, others will appreciate the useful and abundant features present here (both with the device and the app). Plus, it sports a simplistic nature and a solid battery life.
- It will sync automatically with your Bluetooth devices
- Requires no maintenance on your part
- Works in conjunction with the Fitbit application
- The battery port is flawed and not designed well
- A little too easy to lose, thanks to the design
All the basics are tracked here including total distance, calories burned, aerobic steps and regular steps taken. Thanks to the integrated Tri-Axis technology, this will accurately track these metrics no matter the orientation. In memory, it will store up to seven days of activity.
For a quick and easy set-up, this pedometer will automatically calculate stride based on your height and weight input. In addition, the large buttons allow for quick access to your data.
Due to the innovative and efficient design, as the display powers down when not in use, the battery life is increased over time. If you used it for 14 hours a day, it could last up to six months.
As opposed to the Fitbit models, there are no Bluetooth or wireless syncing capabilities. Instead, it relies more on being a standard pedometer.
After 20 seconds of inactivity, the screen will shut down to preserve and extend the battery over time. Plus, you can strap the device anywhere with the included clip.
Bluetooth fans may be disappointed that there is no functionality but overall, this is a fantastic pedometer perfect for those not looking for an all-in-one type device.
- Automatically resets your data at midnight for daily totals
- There are no tools needed to replace the battery when needed
- Can last up to six months, while being on 14 hours a day
- The exterior is very slippery and hard to handle
- Not the best clip in terms of durability
Yamax Power Walker
No doubt, this excels in accuracy when it comes to tracking your steps. As a bonus, this can hold up to 30 days of activity in its memory and 30 weeks of accumulated data. It is worth noting, though, if you take less than 11 steps and take a five-second break, it will not register the steps.
While the set-up is user-friendly and should not be too much of an issue for you, some reviewers have stated that it can take a few tries to achieve what you are attempting to do.
If you were to use this pedometer on a regular basis, you can expect the battery to last up to one year before it needs to be replaced.
Again, there is no Bluetooth or wireless functionality here but because it stores up to 30 days of activity, you can keep track yourself on an Excel spreadsheet.
Inspired by a Japanese design, this pedometer will work no matter the position it is in or where it is located on your body.
The true reason to invest in this device is the accuracy it provides for you. There are some frustrating caveats that should have been fixed, such as the display powering on whenever the device is moved, but its ability as a pedometer can trump any shortcomings it has.
- Is backed by a one-year warranty
- Will hold up if you accidentally place it in the washer
- It may be the most accurate pedometer in the world
- Any time the device is moved, the display powers on (which can affect battery life)
- Would be nice to be able to start and stop it when you wish
Fitbit Flex 2
You can use this device to track simple metrics such as steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes. Or, it can track advanced metrics such as swimming and your sleep. The LED lights on the interface will light-up to indicate your progress. But, unfortunately, if you do not sway your arms it may not record your steps.
The included app that this works with is user-friendly and overall stress-free to work with.
Before needing to be charged again, the battery should last up to five days (depending on how frequently you use it).
Not only does the SmartTrack automatically recognize your workouts and sync them with the Fitbit app, but the LED lights can display for you call and text notifications from your smartphone.
Because this can be used to track swimming metrics, it is water-resistant and can handle showers, pools, and general bodies of water.
Clearly, this is more than a pedometer. But, at its core, that is exactly what it can be for you. It is just that the Fitbit Flex 2 offers certain features and luxuries that other pedometers do not.
- Features a swim-proof band that is also very slim and comfortable to wear
- It can wirelessly sync to over 200 devices
- The accompanying Fitbit software is user-friendly and fantastic to use
- At times, it can be overly sensitive when it tracks steps
- Does not count steps if your arms are not moving
Thanks to the applications that are installed in this device, with some offering fitness goals that you can set for yourself, there is plenty of fitness fun to be had. For tracking steps, if you regularly update the software, it does so with great precision.
While this was designed to be easy to use with its 2” touchscreen display, an included manual or guidebook would have been ideal. For some, navigating through the interface can prove a daunting task.
This is powered by a lithium-ion battery and while Striiv claims it holds a batter life of a week, many have stated otherwise and have gotten nowhere near that amount.
While you can’t connect wirelessly with this model, you can connect the USB to a computer. You can do so to sync and update the pedometer.
Any way you can think of to hold this, it can be done and performed normally. This could include stuffing it in your pocket, holding it, or attaching it to a band.
In a way, this almost seems like a fusion of a traditional pedometer with an old-school touch-screen device. Ironically, that is probably the best way to describe this piece of tech.
- It comes with a USB cable, starter guide and a keychain
- Features a 2” touchscreen display with included apps
- You can carry it many different ways for optimal performance
- Many have seen their device die too soon
- The quick start guide is decent, but a full-fledged manual would have been ideal
Nokia Go Tracker
Past the traditional tracking of steps, distance and calories burned, this can also monitor your sleep and more than 10 other activities.
With a simple press of the screen, you can access the watch function. In addition, the screen as a whole is incredibly easy to view and visualize.
There is no charging required on your part with the Nokia Go. Instead, the internal battery is designed to last up to eight months of normal use.
This can be automatically synchronized to either your iPhone or Android smartphone. When doing so, you can receive coaching feedback to improve your overall fitness.
Being able to be worn in several different manners, such as in your pocket, on your wrist, or clipped to your pants, everyone should find a style that suits them best.
One of the downsides of a device that is solely dependent on another is if it can’t sync to it, it can’t be used. Unfortunately, that is what makes the syncing issues of the Nokia Go frustrating. But, it can’t be understated, when you get this synced up, it is utterly fantastic.
- It is water-resistant up to 50 meters making it suitable for a quick dip
- Features automatic sleep tracking
- The display is bright and easy to see, while also managing power efficiently
- Many reviewers have stated that they have had issues with syncing from time to time
Using the latest Tri-Axis technology, this pedometer will accurately track your progress no matter the position and orientation. It will store up to 30 days of data from calories burned, exercise time and steps taken.
While the manufacturer claims the set-up to be hassle-free and painless, with an included user manual, many have claimed otherwise. It does not help that within ten seconds without giving a command, the device will exit set-up mode.
Just like several other models, this battery does not need to be re-charged and should last you up to one year.
As basic as it can really get, there is no reason to concern yourself with smartphone connections or Bluetooth technology of any kind.
Besides the traditional locations, you can place this, with the included clip, the included Lanyard allows you to wear this around your neck.
Just because a device is basic does not mean it is insufficient. This pedometer proves otherwise and past its frustrating set-up process, it should satisfy those looking for a pedometer and nothing more.
- Features a large and easy-to-read display
- Comes in various colors
- Keeps track of 30 days of data in memory
- The set-up process is not hassle-free
- You can only set goals in multiples of 1000
Everything you would expect from a pedometer is integrated here. This includes the tracking of steps, distance, and calories burned, up to seven days of activity monitoring, an automatic reset of the data at midnight, and Tri-Axis technology for improved accuracy and precision.
Not too many users have complained about the interface or the complexity of the device as a whole.
While it may vary from user to user, the internal battery should last most up to one year of extended use before needing to be replaced.
Being a basic and inexpensive model, there is no Bluetooth or wireless technology that can be found here.
With the included clip holder, you can clip this device almost anywhere that you can imagine.
This may not be an overly-impressive pedometer or even one that turns your head at all. But, it ditches all the aesthetics and advanced technology for a device that performs well.
- At midnight, it automatically resets your steps and distance
- Will store up to seven days of information
- Integrates smart sensor technology to prevent it from miscounting steps
- Tends to have issues when you take slow steps or stop mid-way through your walk
Onetweak Exercise Tool
Based upon Fit&Me, this is actually the number one pedometer in terms of accuracy. In conjunction with its ability to track time, calories burned, and hold up to 30 days’ worth of information, it blows away expectations in terms of performance.
There have been many, nearly every reviewer, that have griped and complained about the set-up process. It is a hassle and while the manufacturer offers a setup service, it should not be this much of a pain.
With normal use, the lithium-ion battery should provide you with an utmost of one year of life.
This device is a pedometer at its core and nothing else. It does not sport the bells and whistles of Bluetooth technology and the ability to sync your smartphone for additional activities.
When it is not in motion, the pedometer will go into a hibernation mode. Then, it will reactivate with motion. This can enhance the battery life and prevent you from needing to turn the device on and off.
The accuracy that OneTweak provides for its users is superb and it automatically makes this model a worthy investment. For those looking for more, however, you will be a tad bit disappointed.
- Overall, is a very accurate device in terms of counting steps
- Will automatically reset at midnight
- You can buy it in either black or white
- Very cheap clip and easily pops off
- Several users have griped and moaned about the tedious and annoying set-up
Criteria Used For The Evaluation
How Well it Performs and What it Performs
In the beginning, it was described what exactly a pedometer is. In general, it is a device that is designed to monitor the number of steps that you are taking in a specific day, over a week, etc. But, as you quickly realized throughout this list, many pedometers allow functionality past just steps taken. Even if they are basic, most should also keep track of the calories that you have burned and the amount of time you have been active. But, more advanced models may also allow you to set personal goals for yourself and even monitor your sleeping to see if there is room for improvement.
However, at the end of the day, pedometers live and die with how accurately they track your steps. All will do so, but some may not do so with great precision. If you take 1000 steps in one day and the device only registers around 700 of them, you are not getting an accurate interpretation of how much you are walking which can defeat the purpose of owning the pedometer in the first place.
How Simple It Is to Use
This is the primary reason why some people may prefer pedometers without additional functionality and features. In general, these are not meant to be full-fledged computers and smartphones with a complex and in-depth operating system. Instead, they are supposed to be simple devices that should do the work for you. However, some are and some are not. At least, when it comes to the initial set-up. Several times throughout this list, you saw a reference to a pedometer that many users had issues with in terms of the set-up. Clearly, it is nice when the manufacturer includes a user manual as a point of reference.
Past the set-up, the display and overall complexity of the device are factors to look out for. Those that are not designed to be used alongside an application should sport an interface that is easy to navigate through and see without squinting constantly. Of course, this also means that those that use apps in conjunction with their pedometer, need to use apps that are user-friendly. No need to be confused with a device that is supposed to be as simple as it gets.
The Battery Life on One Charge or Lifespan
In terms of batteries, there are two types (speaking in general) that normal pedometers will sport. One that either needs to be charged after it dies or one that is designed to last for a certain time before needing to be replaced. Typically, the pedometers that feature Bluetooth technology and advanced features are the versions that utilize the former battery. With these, you want to know how long they will last on one charge. In will quickly become a nuisance if you need to recharge the battery every few days. Instead, shoot for a model that will last one or two weeks without needing to be charged.
Then, the other type of battery, which is commonly used for classic pedometers, can be seen as more convenient as you do not need to charge them. They will simply last a certain amount of time, whether six months, eight months, one year, etc., before they end up dying. At this point, you simply need to replace the battery.
Bluetooth and Wireless Syncing Capabilities
This is what transforms a classic pedometer into a modern piece of technology. However, this may not be something that you are interested in. Bluetooth technology is something that is not required for a pedometer to perform well, but, instead, is used to add convenience and extra functionality for them. So, what exactly will Bluetooth on a pedometer allow you to do? For starters, when you are able to sync the device to your smartphone or tablet, you then have the capability of uploading the data on any platform you wish. Thus, this allows you to log your fitness data and this may help you strive to do better.
Also, with Bluetooth, you then have access to the plethora of fitness applications that are available in the massive world of the internet. These can have their own functionality and special features that you can utilize and exploit. But, for some people, Bluetooth is simply unnecessary and adds a form of complexity that they could live without.
Any Additional Convenient Features
Besides maybe features that enhance the battery life, such as the display powering down after a few seconds of inactivity, or that make the device water-resistant and suitable for showers and swimming, the one that showed up the most was how you can wear the pedometer. Depending on how it is designed, whether with a clip, a band, etc., you may be able to get away with holding it and wearing it many different ways. This is also where Tri-Axis technology comes into play as this will ensure that no matter the orientation that the pedometer is located, it will perform the exact same way. As such, you could feasibly wear the pedometer (if it has a clip) clipped in your pocket, on your bra, on your belt, etc.
Or, for some, you can simply place it in your pocket in an instance where you did not want anyone to see it or you wanted to keep it more secure.
Q: How Many Miles Are 10,000 Steps?
10,000 is typically the number of steps that you will see doctors and physicians say is a strong amount to walk. But, sometimes it is hard for you to judge how much you are walking simply by seeing a random total of steps that you have taken on a given day. Most people will be more interested in knowing how many miles that equates to, as they can relate a little bit more to miles than steps. So, what would 10,000 steps be in miles? Well, you can’t exactly use a constant algorithm as there would be one variable that would vary from person to person and that is the stride. Depending on your stride, the number of miles that 10,000 steps are will either be larger or smaller.
For this example, let us assume you have a normal stride (around 2 feet). 10,000 steps would equate to around five miles.
Q: What Are Aerobic Steps?
You may have seen reference to this term a few times in this guide but during your search, you will eventually become witness to the term aerobic steps. The question that you may have is what are they and are they the same as normal steps? Speaking from a general sense, aerobic steps are the steps that are measured to help people stay healthy. They are a form of a high-intensity workout. For example, Omron uses an algorithm like this. Once you have taken 60 steps in one minute for ten minutes, the following steps will be counted as aerobic. While it may sound insane at first, these steps are the ones where you are pushing your body to its physical limits (much like you would do with any other type of exercise).
But, if you take a rest of less than one minute after a continuous walk of 10 minutes, this will still be regarded as part of the steps. As soon as a break is taken that exceeds one minute, you must start over.
Q: What Should You Set Your Goal At?
For those who love setting personal goals for themselves, which is also why a pedometer that allows you to do so is convenient, you may be wondering what that goal should be per day? Each person is going to be a little different and it really depends on the amount of walking that you currently do. If you are new to this, then perhaps you should go for a walk and set your initial amount. Let’s say that you walk for 3,000 steps on the first day; use this is the yardstick and strive to walk more than this each day.
But, an amount that is widely recommended by several doctors and health organizations (as was mentioned earlier) is 10,000 steps per day. To keep yourself active and healthy, walking 10,000 steps per day is a fantastic goal and if you can achieve it, you will be in good shape.
Q: How Should You Not Wear or Use a Pedometer?
You have a good indication of how to wear a pedometer, depending on the design of it. But, there are some methods that you should avoid as they may compromise the performance and precision of the pedometer. At all costs, you should avoid carrying the pedometer or using it in these ways.
One, do not place it in a bag or any place that would cause the device to move vigorously while you are walking. Two, make sure you are walking at a consistent pace. For example, do not shuffle your feet constantly or frequently start and stop. Third, do not expect it to work (most of them) if you are constantly climbing up and down and standing up and down. Finally, do not walk too slow as the device may register that you are not moving.
Q: Does a Pedometer Work for Jogging and Running?
Anytime you see a reference to a pedometer and how it works, you will most likely see the term “walking”. Technically speaking, pedometers are designed to measure your steps taken but that does not necessarily indicate you need to be walking. While the accuracy can’t be stated for every single pedometer in the world, there is a high chance that it will continue to count your steps at a high precision rate no matter if you are walking, running, or jogging. In addition, some specific versions will actually have a running feature as it will increase the stride length (as this will increase when you are running as opposed to walking). In the long run, this type of a feature will measure miles more efficiently and accurately.
Q: How Do You Know When It Is Time to Replace Your Battery?
Besides the obvious and pointless answer to this question that could be stated, “when the device does not turn on again”, usually you will see an indicator light on the pedometer when the battery is reaching a critical level. It depends on the type of battery used, but some will run longer at low levels. Still, when you see this indicator light you should immediately replace the battery because it may not count your steps correctly.
Again, it depends on the model, but to do so you need to remove the port cover on the back (which may be secured with small screws). Simply remove the screws, take off the cover and carefully take out the battery. Then, invest in the same exact battery for compatibility and place it inside of the pedometer.
Pedometers are neat little devices that can come in handy for people who are looking to improve their fitness and walking exercises. They will not necessarily automatically lose weight for you, as they are simply designed to be a tool and a motivator. However, all you may need is a number in front of you telling you how many steps you need to take for you to become motivated in your quest to get healthier.