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What is a good, lower cost, alternative to FitBit?

Asked by Seek (34769points) February 23rd, 2016

I was blazing the clearance aisle at my local big box store and picked up what is quite possibly the world’s least accurate digital pedometer. On the upside, it’s not even compatible with my Android phone (though the packaging says it is… liars)

Anyhoo, I thought it’d be fun to have an activity tracker to nag me off the couch occasionally. I’m especially interested in the ones that track heart rate and sleep quality.

I understand the FitBit brand runs about $100+. Are there any good activity trackers with those features for less?

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zenvelo's avatar

There are a variety of competitors to the FitBit. But they are all in the same price range, between $100 and $150.

I have a Fitbit Charge HR. The heart rate monitor function seems to be the thing that pushes the devices to a higher price point. It is definitely worth shopping around. (I got a deal on mine through work, you can occasionally get 20% off a FitBit product at REI during sales).

jca's avatar

I got Striiv Bio, based upon recommendation from LuckyGuy. It was 79 bucks on Amazon. I like it. Easy to set up, easy to use.

jca's avatar

Striiv Bio has heart rate monitor.

CWOTUS's avatar

There are free Android apps that purport to do many some of the same things. I’d check out “activity monitors” on the Play Store and see where that takes you.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Well, activity trackers are all nice and stuff but I have found that the novelty wears off fast. I use the GPS feature on mine to track distance more than anything else. Heart rate on occasion and I don’t even look at steps anymore. Once you get a feel for your activity level you don’t need the tracker to tell you if you are being active or lazy.

Seek's avatar

I have a bad habit of not forming good habits. Literally having something on my arm and in my phone nagging me to take a walk might actually make me do it.

I hope.

ibstubro's avatar

What’s this?

How cheap?

Wish I had a clue what you’re looking for.

cazzie's avatar

Does it count coughing as a stomach firming exercise? It should. My last two weeks are showing some real progress.

Seek's avatar

I won’t lie, I ate some raw oysters at an Asian buffet. Either the oysters would be good, or they would be bad and I’d hit my goal weight with a few days of food poisoning. Win/win.

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