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.
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.
- Has a chest strap – I like the ones without the extra strap
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.
- 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
- 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
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.
- One of the more popular fitness trackers on the market
- Has a lot of features and lets you set challenges with your friends
- 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.
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.
- Doesn’t require a chest strap to calculate heart rate
- Comes in nifty red or turquoise colors
- The wrist band is difficult for me to maneuver
- A few times it had difficulty syncing my workout
- A little pricey
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.
- Comes with a free app
- Easy to use
- 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?