My Top Recommended Tech Wearables

Tech wearables are the hotness right now but truth be told – they been around for years.  It started out as a basic heart rated monitor (HRM) and then it got smarter and morphed into tracking folks’s sleep patterns, steps and much more.  The longer this trend lasts, the more I hear about new tech wearable devices.  That isn’t a bad thing because I take it that means there is something for everyone.  Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links which means I earn a few coins if you click on a link and/or make a purchase.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Here I share my top recommended tech wearables because I have used them for years, months or weeks and can share my experience (good and bad) with each.  Check it out.

Polar FT4


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This is one of my first REAL heart rate monitors.  I use this when I am in boot camp and it is very reliable.  It comes with a chest strap, it calculates your heart rate as well as calories burned.  It is very basic but dependable.  I highly recommend this.  I bought mine from Best Buy.

Pros:

  • Reliable
  • Accurate
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Has a chest strap – I like the ones without the extra strap

Adidas miCoach Fit Smart

Adidas miCoach Fit Smart

 

I received this as part of my 2014 Fit Gift guide and started using it eventually.  This device is considered a fitness tracker and is very robust.  It comes with a FREE app and has training programs based on the sport you play.  I love the traditional watch face and the fact that once you set up your heart rate zones it displays the color on the side of the band when you are active in that zone.  I used this when I went to boot camp as well as when I went to the gym and running.  It worked perfectly in all of those settings.  I also loved the fact it did not require a chest strap because it reads your heart rate through the wrist.

Pros:

  • Doesn’t require a chest strap
  • Has a traditional watch face which is easy to read
  • Always shows your heart rate
  • Has 3 buttons and is very easy to use

Cons:

  • Is a bit pricey
  • Does allow for more than 1 user but can skew your results if you don’t switch it back and forth properly

Fitbit Charge

Fitbit Charge

 

 

I did a Fitfluential campaign last Winter and received a Fitbit Charge and have been wearing it ever since.  I did have to get a replacement because the side button broke but other than that it has been tracking quite a lot.  This is considered an activity tracker because it tracks not only how many steps you take a day but also your sleep patterns, flights of steps walked up, active minutes and calories burned.  I also like how it syncs with my mobile phone and shows who is calling me.  It vibrates when I get a call and then displays the name of the caller across the bracelet.  I like that feature a lot!  This item comes with a FREE app.

Pros:

  • One of the more popular fitness trackers on the market
  • Has a lot of features and lets you set challenges with your friends

Cons:

  • I’ve heard complaints about the strap wearing down, breaking or becoming worn within just a few months
  • Only tracks steps when you are walking or running – doesn’t track steps when you are working out.

Mio Fuse

Mio Fuse

 

I was excited to receive this because it tracks fitness and activity which are both very important to me.  It tracks your heart rate in fitness mode via the strap on your wrist which I thought was really cool.  I used this while running only and not while I was lifting weights at the gym. I found that it was just ok.  I didn’t like the face on it because it didn’t have the traditional watch orientation and it doesn’t show you your stats until you tap the band and who has time for that?  I want it constantly showing me my heart rate zone and heart rate.  Needless to say this sits in my gym bag right now.  This item comes with a FREE app.

Pros:

  • Doesn’t require a chest strap to calculate heart rate
  • Comes in nifty red or turquoise colors

Cons:

  • The wrist band is difficult for me to maneuver
  • A few times it had difficulty syncing my workout
  • A little pricey

Wahoo Fitness (renamed TICKR Heart Rate Monitor)

Wahoo Fitness

 

I bought this a few years ago when my first HRM conked out on me.  It came highly recommended as it was considered very reliable.  I got it as a birthday present from my husband and it didn’t disappoint.  It comes with a FREE app and I used to turn this on at the same time that I set other apps when I would go running or working out.  It gave me accurate heart rate results.

Pros:

  • Reliable
  • Accurate
  • Comes with a free app
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Requires a chest strap

So there you have it folks.  I have used each of the tech wearables mentioned above and for the most part – they all are a good purchase and worth the money.  It just depends on exactly what you are looking to measure along your fitness journey.

Which tech wearable do you use?

 

9 Replies to "My Top Recommended Tech Wearables"

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    Carla July 6, 2015 (6:49 am)

    I currently love my MIRA but I. Crazy. Too. And. Want. Them. All.

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    KyannaSimone
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    July 6, 2015 (7:48 am)

    I use the FT4 and I am in love with it. I haven’t used anything else because I think my FT4 gets the job done. The only thing I wish it had was a pace tracker like a garmin does so I can check my pace while I check how many calories I burned. But other than that it’s great!

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    Annmarie
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    July 6, 2015 (8:59 am)

    I use all different kinds of Mios (alpha, alpha2, fuse, link) and my fav out of all of them is the alpha2. I also just received a fitbit and have been trying it out but haven’t been consistent with it- still need to figure out how to track my sleep, haha! 🙂

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    Lynne Streeter Childress
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    July 7, 2015 (3:51 pm)

    Thanks for the suggestions. I had a HRM when I was pregnant with my son 3 years ago so I could keep my HR under 140 in spin class. It was very useful. I don’t think I have used it since. Time for an upgrade!

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    Rashida
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    July 8, 2015 (2:41 pm)

    I have the Fitbit Charge HR. So far, I really like it. My only thing is that I have to remove it every now & then because I have gotten some skin irritation from the band.

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      Diatta
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      July 8, 2015 (3:45 pm)

      I’ve heard folks complain about minor irritation every now and then unfortunately.

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    Paula Kiger
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    July 8, 2015 (10:25 pm)

    From April 2012 – August 2014, I used a Polar FT1 (whatever the most basic one is!). Then I was given a gift certificate that allowed me to get a Garmin 220. The Garmin gives me so much more data, easier to understand, etc. etc. I love it (and I have gotten used to the chest strap).

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    Janelle
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    July 9, 2015 (6:48 am)

    Great reviews! A few of these I hadn’t heard of. I have the Misfit Shine, it’s an activity tracker like the Fitbit but not nearly as robust. I got it for a Christmas gift last year and I really like it but it does have some limitations, and it falls out of its wrist strap easily.

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      Diatta
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      July 9, 2015 (6:49 am)

      Oh really Janelle? I’ve seen that one before but have never tried it.

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