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Wireless, Plus Sleep Tracker
Omron
Digital Pocket
Striiv
Smart Pedometer
HRM
Yamax Power Walker
Ozeri
Tri-Mode Activity Tracker
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Good

Made by the leaders in the fitness technology space. Measures numerous variables, including sleep. Synchronizes with convenient, online tracking program.

Easy to read and use. Measures "normal" and "brisk" strides separately.

Smartphone-style touch screen. Interactive web presence. Belt clip, USB charger, and motivational game included.

Extremely compact and basic. 30-day data storage. Known for accuracy.

Large, easy-to-read digital display. Device filters out false positive steps. Auto-sleep improves battery life.

Bad

Small and easy to lose. On the expensive end of the pricing spectrum.

Some durability concerns about connector clip.

Not as many functions as some competitors. There can be a learning curve to operating this device.

String tether can make unit feel "loose" and unsecure. Reset button is highly sensitive and may accidentally erase data.

Bulkier than some other contenders. No USB/web connectivity.

Bottom Line

An extremely helpful measurement and tracking tool for those on a health regimen. The best available.

Although not as sophisticated as the FitBit, this is a high-quality pedometer at a mid-range price.

A versatile, interactive pedometer with a robust internal computer.

An accurate, portable step counter with all the essential functions but no extra bells and whistles.

A simple motivational tool that is preferred by many pros. The best value for the lowest price.

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Best Pedometers

First-generation pedometers were mechanical devices that did one thing fairly well: they measured footsteps. Modern pedometers can do much more than that, and they have become an integral part of many peoples' exercise regimens. Data recovered from digital pedometers can be used to calculate aerobic and walking distances, caloric intake/expenditure, and other important factors. We examined dozens of digital pedometers and came up with a shortlist of products that will meet the needs of both beginning and advanced exercisers.

Products we Considered

Fitbit
Wireless, Plus Sleep Tracker
Omron
Digital Pocket
Striiv
Smart Pedometer
HRM
Yamax Power Walker
Ozeri
Tri-Mode Activity Tracker

Considerations

Design

Because consumers wear their digital pedometers throughout an entire exercise routine, the unit itself should be rugged enough to survive shocks, secure enough to prevent accidental drops, and comfortable enough to avoid interfering with natural body movements. In this section, we also consider factors such as accuracy, size/weight, and battery life.

Functions

Some entry-level digital pedometers only provide raw data about the wearer's number of steps and other basic measurements. Others include advanced features such as caloric intake, aerobic steps taken, heart/pulse rates, and progress charts. This information can often be downloaded to a companion exercise program for further analysis. In this section, we examine each contender's functions and how they fit into an overall diet and exercise regimen.

Additional Features

Different manufacturers include different items with their product. Some digital pedometers arrive with suggested diet plans or exercise routines, for example. Others provide interactive websites where users can share experiences with others or store their progress online. Whenever possible, we note such additional features in this section of our review.

Price

An entry-level digital pedometer will definitely provide essential information about the number of steps the wearer has taken during a specified time period. However, some exercisers seek more detailed information. Our top five contenders span a wide range of capabilities and price points. We discuss the pros and cons of each in terms of overall value and functionality.

Considerations

Design

Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker

The Fitbit One pedometer is made of rugged plastic, but users are encouraged to store it in a two-piece silicone capsule for additional protection. A silicone-encased metal clip protects the wearer's clothing from snags or tears, but it is not completely waterproof. The digital odometer function calculates the user's average stride after a 24-hour break-in period, so it does not have to be worn directly on the outer hip or shoe in order to get an accurate step count. The Fitbit One's compact size could make it easier to lose during exercise routines, but the capsule's metal clip is very secure.

Omron HJ-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer

The Omron HJ-112 digital pedometer has a sleek metallic appearance, although it is actually made of shock-resistant plastic. Instead of a protective capsule, the Omron HJ-112 uses a special clip to hold the unit in place (vertically or horizontally). Our research turned up a few complaints about the durability of that clip, but the pedometer can certainly function without it. The digital display is easy to read, and the smart sensor technology accurately counts steps without the need for a mechanical pendulum. The unit is water-resistant, but potential buyers should note that it is not 100-percent waterproof. Some users find the HJ-112 to be a little bulky.

Striiv Smart Pedometer

Among our top five contenders, the Striiv Smart pedometer is the only one that incorporates an Android or iPhone-style touch screen and interactive web presence. The unit itself appears to be made from aluminum or heavy plastic. The Striiv Smart package includes a belt clip, USB wall charger, and an opening suitable for a carabiner or lanyard clip. We like the fact that it will operate at any orientation, so users can keep it in backpacks or purses during exercise.

Highly Accurate - 98 to 99% - Yamax Power Walker

The Yamax Power Walker EX-510 is extremely compact. Thanks to its dual-axis technology, users can get accurate results regardless of the unit's vertical or horizontal position. It does not have a standard clip, but it does have a short string tether with a clip connection. For this reason, the Yamax Power Walker may feel a little loose if worn on a belt or other workout gear. We suggest keeping it secured in a pocket or bag for maximum benefit. A lithium battery (with an estimated one-year lifespan) powers the unit. The Yamax Power Walker EX-510's reset button can be extremely sensitive, so users may experience an unexpected "zeroing out" during workouts.

Ozeri Pocket 3D Pedometer and Activity Tracker

The Ozeri 4x3sport pedometer and activity tracker uses the latest "Tri-Axis" technology to measure steps from any position. The casing is made of rugged plastic with a silver finish. The unit is a little bulkier than some of our other contenders, but it will still fit easily into a standard pocket. The Ozeri 4x3 arrives with a belt clip and a lanyard strap that attaches to most clothing. We have some concerns about the durability of those clips, but we've only found a handful of consumer complaints. The digital display is large and easy to read, and the unit is powered by one non-rechargeable button battery. An auto-sleep mode helps improve battery life, but some customers do report battery drainage problems after several days. We appreciate the less-sensitive reset button (compare to the Yamax!). This feature cuts down on the number of accidental erasures users sometimes experience.

The Ozeri 4x3sport Pocket 3D Pedometer and Activity Tracker uses the latest "Tri-Axis" technology to measure steps from any position.
Considerations

Functions

The Fitbit One digital pedometer has all of the basic functions experienced runners and walkers have come to expect, such as linear step counts, aerobic stair step counts, distance traveled, and calories burned. A digital clock and straight chronometer (for other athletic events) are also included. One function offered by the Fitbit that is not often found in other digital pedometers is a sleep tracker. The Fitbit's interactive wristband measures the user's wrist movements during sleep hours; movement indicates wakefulness. Sleep data can be accessed on the main Fitbit One unit the next morning. Owners also find the FitBit's silent alarm to be a very useful feature.

The Omron HJ-112 may lack some of the features found in high-end digital pedometers, but it does cover the basic measurements most casual walkers and runners expect: steps, aerobic steps, time, distance, calories burned, and fat grams burned. There is also a real-time clock display and a seven-day memory. This style of odometer calculates steps by first receiving stride measurements from the user. (These measurements should be taken from toe-to-toe or heel-to-heel during a normal walking routine.) The wearer inputs this average distance into the device, and the device counts steps based on vibrations and other movements. We like the fact that the Omron pedometer measures normal strides and brisk strides separately. Some users report false positive readings during activities such as driving and bicycling, but in general, the unit is accurate enough to meet most consumer expectations.

Striiv Smart Pedometer

Compared to some other digital pedometers we examined, the Striiv Smart has a relatively limited number of functions, but the most important ones are included: steps taken, aerobic steps taken, distance, and total time. The unit's touch screen makes it easy for computer-savvy users to toggle between functions and upload their daily results, but it may be too complicated for beginners. We do wish it were a little more user-friendly, but the Striiv Smart pedometer's versatility makes up for some of the initial confusion. The interactive touch screen will periodically send messages of encouragement or motivational contests to users, and there is a reward system for completing those challenges.

Highly Accurate - 98 to 99% - Yamax Power Walker

The Yamax Power Walker EX-510 is a basic pedometer for consumers who want an accurate step count without many bells and whistles. (It does provide all of the essential functions users would expect in a digital pedometer: number of steps taken, calories/fat burned, distance walked, and total activity time.) Customers appreciate the Yamax's 30-day data storage window; this makes it easier for owners to chart their progress. The manufacturer claims an accuracy rate of 98-99 percent, and based on what we've heard from satisfied customers, this is not just hype. We do have concerns about the initial set-up process. Users must be sure to input their stride measurements and other personal data very carefully. The sensitivity of the mode buttons can also cause problems, so the unit should not be carried in very tight spaces.

Ozeri Pocket 3D Pedometer and Activity Tracker

The Ozeri 4X3sport Pocket 3D Pedometer delivers on most features users have come to expect: daily steps taken, stairs climbed, distance traveled, calories burned, and exercise time. It also contains a 12-hour clock setting, a basic sports timing mode, and a calendar. The manufacturer claims that the Ozeri 4X3sport pedometer has a 30-day memory, but we have read reports of data being deleted after seven days. The unit's set-up process is generally straightforward, but the user will need to input personal information such as height, weight, and stride length. Making adjustments to these initial settings is not always easy to do on the Ozeri 4x3sport's multi-function display panel. The main reset button, for example, can only be accessed with the tip of a paper clip or other small tool. We do praise the Ozeri 4X3sport for its accuracy and its ability to filter out "false positive" steps during a day's workout.

The FitBit's interactive wristband measures wrist movement during sleep hours; movement indicates wakefulness. Sleep data can be accessed the next morning.
Denise
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Denise
Health Care Professional

Denise has a background in healthcare and physical therapy. She also has the unique experience of raising three boys. Through the years, she has coached her sons and many of their friends through their share of childhood health problems and accidents. When not helping others recover from their injuries, you may find Denise working in her garden or reading.

Considerations

Additional Features

Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker

The Fitbit One pedometer is designed to be part of a larger exercise regimen, and it has a USB connection for uploading up to a week's worth of data to the user's free web account. This secure information can be used later to identify deficits in workouts and evaluate calorie intake and burning rates. If the user opts for a FitBit phone app, he or she will receive motivational messages from time to time. Conveniently, the Fitbit One's pedometer software can distinguish between legitimate steps and "false positives" generated by the vibrations of cars, bicycles, and other exercise equipment.

Omron HJ-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer

The Omron HJ-112 does not arrive with many additional features. (For example, it does not include USB connectivity or website access.) However, it does have some user-friendly programming that owners appreciate. Data is automatically reset every 24 hours (relieving users of the chore of clearing out the information daily), but the Omron's memory chip retains the collected information for seven days before deletion. The pedometer shuts off automatically after five minutes of inactivity, saving power and ensuring that the exerciser's actual step count is accurate.

Striiv Smart Pedometer

While the basic functions of the Striiv Smart pedometer may be somewhat limited, its additional features make up for that drawback. The Striiv Smart has a surprisingly robust computer that will sync with other devices. There is a Farmville-style point collection game called "MyLand" that will motivate many users. Bonus points accumulated during daily exercise challenges can be "spent" later on upgrades and improvements. There is also an option to use the points to donate real items, such as bottled water, to charitable organizations.

Highly Accurate - 98 to 99% - Yamax Power Walker

As a basic digital pedometer system, the Yamax Power Walker EX-510 does not arrive with many additional features. The string tether and small clip do a decent job of attaching the device to clothing, but many users prefer to keep the pedometer in a pocket or bag. The unit conveniently resets itself at midnight. There are are no external USB cables, so data cannot be uploaded to a computer or other devices. However, this is not necessarily a negative thing, since users still have access to 30 days of data. Some people favorably compare the Yamax Power Walker EX-510's to the basic pedometer apps that are available for smartphones. What the Yamax Power Walker lacks in interactivity, it more than makes up for in accuracy and portability.

Ozeri Pocket 3D Pedometer and Activity Tracker

The Ozeri 4x3sport Pocket 3D Pedometer and Activity Tracker uses a proprietary program called "Steps2Target" to motivate users -- especially those who are very close to reaching a milestone. The default daily steps setting on the Ozeri may be 5,000 steps instead of the more common 10,000 step goal, however. (Instructions to modify this and other settings are included with the original packaging.) There are no USB dongles or web connections on the Ozeri pedometer, but many people prefer to keep their exercise monitors on the simpler side, anyway. According to the manufacturer, plenty of professional athletes use the Ozeri 4x3sport during their personal training sessions because of its straightforward design and ease of use.

Many professional athletes reach for the the Ozeri 4x3sport Pocket 3D Pedometer during personal training sessions because of its straightforward design and ease of use.
Considerations

Price

Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker

At $99, the Fitbit One digital pedometer and sleep tracker is among our more expensive contenders, but we believe the unit's numerous functions and the rugged quality of its silicone capsule justify the additional investment. Other pedometers can be bulky and must be worn in specific locations for maximum accuracy. The Fitbit One can be clipped to practically any piece of clothing or easily stored in a pocket without problem. The USB-chargeable ion battery has an impressive lifespan of one to two weeks between charges, and the unit is fully supported by a well-known name in the fitness business.

Omron HJ-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer

The Omron HJ-112's retail price has varied over the years, but it's current listing of $69 is a good mid-range price for such a high-quality digital pedometer. Higher-end pedometers like the Fitbit One may offer more bells and whistles, but many customers tell us they rarely use those features, anyway! If your goal is to reach the recommended 10,000 steps a day, the Omron HJ-112 pedometer will provide that count no matter where you choose to attach it during your workout regimen. Other pedometers in this price range can require specific positioning on specific body points in order to get accurate readings.

Striiv Smart Pedometer

Considering the level of technology and web interactivity built into the Striiv Smart pedometer, its retail price of $129 is a pleasant surprise. We're not sure that beginning walkers would necessarily need all of those extra features to get started, but many advanced or tech-savvy users will appreciate the interactivity and motivational reinforcement the Striiv Smart provides. We have noted some customer concerns about reduced battery life and sporadic customer service, but these issues shouldn't deter customers from giving the Striiv Smart a proper road test at home.

Highly Accurate - 98 to 99% - Yamax Power Walker

At a retail price of $36, the Yamax Power Walker EX-510 is an affordable alternative to complicated digital pedometers with a learning curve. Once the Yamax Power Walker is properly programmed, it will do its job quietly and unobtrusively in any position. While similar pedometer apps exist for iPhones and other devices, beginning walkers may not want to carry a bulky phone everywhere they go. The Yamax Power Walker EX-510 allows users to gather all of their data on a device that is barely three inches in length. We've heard reports from satisfied customers who originally bought the Yamax Power Walker as a temporary device but decided to keep it because of its phenomenal accuracy.

Ozeri Pocket 3D Pedometer and Activity Tracker

Those who seek an entry-level digital pedometer that won't break the bank should look no further than the Ozeri 4x3sport. At a low retail price of $18, the Ozeri provides most of the same measurements and data of pedometers that cost twice as much. Competitors at this price range often use older technology that depends on a strict vertical orientation. The Ozeri 4x3sport uses an advanced x,y,z axis technology that senses a walker's position and tabulates steps at any angle. Other pedometers may use a mechanical pendulum to detect steps, but the Ozeri 4x3sport uses electronic impact sensors for more accurate results. For the price, the Ozeri 4x3sport provides honest, dependable feedback without the need for weekly uploads or daily battery recharges.

The Fitbit One uses a USB connection to upload vital statistics. It also provides motivational messages from the user's personal and secure web account!

Best of the Best

When it comes to exercise regimens, a person can never collect too much feedback and data. The Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker provides an extraordinary amount of personal information, both on and off the walking track. All of that useful data can be easily uploaded to the user's personal web account or to other devices. We especially appreciate the FitBit's ability to sync with other websites that measure caloric intake and other diet-related factors. For these and many other reasons, we enthusiastically declare the Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker to be the Best of the Best.

Other pedometers simply collect raw data throughout the day. While this might be enough information to notice some progress, the Fitbit One doesn't stop there. Getting enough sleep is also important to a person's health; the Fitbit One includes a special wristband and wireless program that measures the wearer's sleep patterns overnight. Other digital pedometers are self-contained with little or no connectivity to the online world. The Fitbit One uses a USB connection to upload vital statistics. It also provides motivational messages from the user's personal and secure web account! The Fitbit One may be more expensive than its competitors, but the extra investment is rewarded with interactive and motivational features that are not easily found anywhere else. If you seek an exercise monitoring device that is connected to a much larger health and fitness system, then we say go with the Fitbit One!
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The FitBitOne may be more expensive than its competitors, but the extra investment is rewarded with interactive and motivational features that are not easily found anywhere else.

Best Bang for your Buck

Budget-minded consumers who start new exercise regimens don't want to invest in high-end equipment and expensive gym memberships only to lose interest a few months later. They may want to own an accurate pedometer that monitors their daily steps, but they don't necessarily need another "smart" device with complicated settings. The Ozeri 4x3sport digital pedometer is an entry-level tracker and monitor that provides advanced technology at a budget-friendly price. It's the Best Bang for Your Buck on our shortlist -- especially if your exercise monitoring needs are simple and straightforward!

Some pedometers use a mechanical pendulum to calculate steps, but the Ozeri 4x3sport uses a tri-axis electronic measuring system that rejects most "false positive" steps. Some pedometers will continue to register steps if the user is in a vehicle or engaged in activities other than walking or jogging. Once the wearer inputs his/her stride length and other vital statistics into the Ozeri 4x3sports' memory, the unit will record only the natural impact of actual steps taken. The Ozeri is a little bulkier than some of its competitors. However, because of its sophisticated technology, owners can place the Ozeri in the location/orientation that's most comfortable without worrying about accuracy. If you're in the market for an affordable digital pedometer that provides dependable data and intuitive controls, the nicely priced Ozeri 4x3sport will not disappoint!
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The Ozeri 4x3sport digital pedometer is an entry-level tracker and monitor that provides advanced technology at a budget-friendly price.
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