In this era of increasing number of health conscious people, tracking or monitoring one’s fitness goals has become the norm and that is where these Fitness Trackers come into play.
Yes, using these best fitness bands, you’ll not only be able to track your steps but also know your burned calories, distance traveled, sleep patterns, heart rate, blood pressure and many such useful health statistics.
These Smart bands does not add any weight to your wrists as they are extremely lightweight and some people can’t even notice that they’re wearing a health tracker device.
To ease your process, we’ve personally tried and tested the most popular fitness wearables in the market to present you with the Top 10 fitness tracker bands based on their features, accuracy, battery life, tracking capabilities, water resistance etc…
|Fitness Band||Features||Battery Life||Ideal for|
|1.Fitbit Charge 3 (The Best Activity Tracker)||GPS integration, Tracks biking, swimming & elliptical training, Highly accurate||7 Days||Athletes, High Fitness Needs|
|2.Honor Band 5 (Feature Rich Fitness Band at Budget)||Premium design, Smart music control, Accurate tracking, SpO2 detaction||14 Days||Advanced Fitness Enthusiasts, Bodybuilding|
|3.Mi Band 4 (Best Budget Fitness Tracker)||Multiple exercise modes, 24/7 heart rate tracking||20 Days||Regular Gym Goers|
|4.GOQii Vital 2.0 (Best BP Monitor Band)||Blood Pressure monitor, Free Personal coach||7 Days||Senior People with Health Issues|
|5.Mi Band 3||Best battery life, Phone finder, Best sleep tracker, Watch faces||20 Days||Regular Use|
|6.Noise ColorFit 2 (Best Smart Band for Women)||Female health tracking, Built-in USB for charging, HR Monitor, Remote camera||5 Days||Regular Use|
1.Mi Smart Band 4
Xiaomi has recently launched their latest fitness band named ‘Mi Smart Band 4’ in India at a reasonable price.
Of all the smart bands that we listed in this article, the Mi Band 4 is our #1 choice, mainly for its amazing features at a budget price tag.
The Band 4 sports a 39.9% larger AMOLED color full-touch display when compared with their previous version (Mi Band 3).
It comes pre-installed with beautiful watch faces and you also have the option to choose from your gallery.
It comes with 24/7 heart rate monitoring feature that helps in accurate tracking of your calories burned and aerobic activities.
The band tracks variety of activities like running, walking, cycling, treadmill and swimming.
It is water resistant up to 50m with swim tracking support. It records 12 different data metrics such as swimming distance, stroke count etc…
There is also a feature called ‘Music Control’ that lets you change the song on your mobile using your band. You can also increase/decrease the volume from your wrist without lifting your mobile.
All your smart notifications like calls, text, social media apps etc..can be viewed on your wrist. You can even silence/reject calls on the band.
You can monitor all your stats on your Smartphone by installing the Mi Fit app, that is available for both iOS and Android.
The battery lasts for up to 20 days on a single charge.
- Best at this price range. Nothing can beat this.
- Just black. They could’ve provided 3-4 other color variants.
2.Honor Band 5
Another fitness band that is almost similar to the Mi Band 4 is the Honor Band 5.
It also comes with same features but a different design.
The Band 5 sports a 0.95 inch AMOLED color touch screen with adjustable brightness feature and home button control. The band supports multiple watch faces.
It features TruSleep, a scientific sleep monitoring technology that collects and analyzes your sleep data thereby giving you tips to get better sleep.
SpO2 monitor helps track oxygen saturation levels in your bloodstream so that you can adjust your workouts or adapt your body while hiking at high altitudes.
Smart music & volume control feature helps you control your smartphone without touching it. You can change the song, adjust the volume effortlessly using your smart band.
It also has a remote camera shutter feature so that you can click group pictures without touching your mobile.
TruSeen is another feature that tracks your real-time heart rate 24/7 and gives you warnings when the readings cross the recommended levels.
The band supports multiple sports modes like running, cycling, swimming etc….
The band is also water resistant up to 50m.
On a single charge, the Honor Band 5 gives you a battery life of up to 14 days.
- Design is better than Mi Band 4.
- Accurate tracking
- SpO2 monitor
- Smart music & volume control
- Remote camera control
- Real-time heart rate monitor
- Better sleep stats and suggestions
- Watch faces are limited unlike Mi Band 4. Not a deal-breaker.
3.Samsung Galaxy Fit e Smart Band
Well, this is the mini variant of the Samsung Galaxy Fit Smart Band but come with slightly less features compared to the later.
The Fit e Smart Band sports a 0.74 inch PAMOLED display (128×64 px) and the strap is made of rubber material.
The display shows date, time, alarm clock, call and text alerts.
It tracks your heart rate, steps, calories, distance covered, sleep and blood pressure.
It comes with Pogo charging dock, unlike the latter which comes with Wireless charging dock.
It has 6 days of battery life and is water resistant up to 50m.
- Decent looks
- Samsung Brand
- Accurate monitoring
- Not so great battery life
4.GOQii Vital 2.0 Activity Tracker with BP Monitor
This is another unique fitness tracker that is primarily recommended for people with high/low blood pressure.
The band measures your systolic and diastolic blood pressure in just a minute.
It sports a broader OLED color display and supports smart notifications like SMS, calls, email and WhatsApp.
The ‘exercise mode’ lets you track your daily activities like steps, heart rate, duration of exercise, calories burned etc…
The band lasts up to 10 to 15 days on a regular usage. The USB is integrated into the strap and hence separate charger is not required. You can simply connect the strap to USB port of laptop/power bank/mobile charger for charging your device.
The band is waterproof and swim friendly.
Along with the GOQii Vital 2.0 tracker, you get 3 months of personal coaching for free.
- Blood pressure monitor
- Large display
- Built-in USB (no separate dock required)
- GOQii personal coaching free for 3 months
- Accurate tracking using phone’s GPS
- Decent battery life
- No support for watch faces
- Mobile App should be improvised, especially on the iOS
5.Mi Band 3
The previous version of the Mi Band 4 is still one of the best selling fitness bands in India, mainly because of its built quality, features and price tag.
The Mi Band 3 sports a 0.78 inch OLED touch screen with adjustable strap.
The band shows smart notifications like SMS, call alerts, social media notifications etc… on the display.
It comes with continuous heart rate monitoring, step tracking and advanced sleep analysis.
It has phone unlock feature (Android only) i.e., you can use your smart band to unlock your mobile without using the fingerprint or password.
The band lasts for up to 20 days on a single charge. If automatic heart rate feature is enabled, you’ll get 5 to 9 days.
- Looks beautiful & lightweight too
- Battery life
- Frequent firmware updates
- Sleep tracking is accurate
- Phone finder
- Phone unlock feature
- Outdoor visibility of screen is average
- Sometimes step count is misleading, especially when you walk for a distance and then ride a bike or car.
6.Noise ColorFit 2
It is one of the beautifully designed fitness trackers in India with stylised look and premium feel.
The ColorFit 2 sports a 0.96” full color LCD display and is available in 3 color straps.
It supports smart notifications like calls. Sms, app alerts etc…
You can choose from 14 different sports modes in the NoiseFit Sport App such as walking, running, cycling, yoga etc…
Female health tracking is one feature that I like the most about this activity band. You can enter your menstruation dates and the app will automatically calculate your periods and menstruation cycles.
The band is IP68 waterproof and can even be worn in the rain.
You get a battery life of up to 5 days and a standby of up to 7 days.
- Premium look and feel
- 14 different sports modes
- Heart rate monitor
- Female health tracking
- Built-in USB port for charging
- Battery life is average
- No music control
7.Mi Band HRX Edition
This is the mini version of the Mi Band 2, but without a heart rate sensor. If you don’t have the need to track your heart rate, then this basic fitness band will just be fine for you.
The Mi Band HRX sports a 0.42 inch OLED display and comes with durable band strap.
It can track your steps, calories, distance etc…and shows the metrics on the band as well.
It supports smart notifications (calls, messages, app alerts) using vibration alerts. There is also the silent alarm (vibration) to remind you or wake you up from sleep.
If you’re sitting idle for long hours, the band will alert you with a vibration reminder to get up and take a walk.
The band supports smartphones running on iOS 7.0 and above or Android 4.4 and above.
The Mi Band HRX battery lasts for more than 20 days on a single charge.
- Decent looks
- Vibration alerts
- Durable band strap
- Accurate sleep tracking
- Longer battery life
- Not scratch proof. Get a screen cover.
- No heart rate tracker. Of-course, that is why the band is available at this price tag.
8.Samsung Galaxy Fit Smart Band
Samsung has recently launched this premium Galaxy Fit smart band that comes with 0.95 inch full color AMOLED display (240×120 px) and premium finishing.
The band can track all your activities like steps, calories, sleep, heart rate and even blood pressure.
You can monitor your stress levels and when they’re high, the band provides you with guided breathing exercises to help you relax.
The screen displays time, date, alarm clock, call and text alerts. It even supports notifications of all the popular social media apps.
You can connect the band with your Smartphone using the Samsung Health app on both iOS and Android platforms.
It is water resistant up to 50m and has a built-in LiPo battery that lasts for up to 7 days.
You get a wireless charging dock to charge your smart band.
The strap is made of premium quality rubber material that is durable and lightweight at the same time.
- Stylish and durable
- Accurate tracking up to 99%
- Clear display under sunlight
- 7 days battery life (with all features for up to 3.5 days)
- A little pricey for the specs but it comes from the brand ‘Samsung’ and you can’t argue for it.
- Mi Band 4 & Honor Band 5 are the best alternatives if you don’t want to waste your money just for the ‘brand’ sake.
9.Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Activity Tracker
Fitbit is well-known for their accurate health tracking wearable devices, but don’t know why they’re lacking in the race in recent times.
The Charge 3 model is one of their best fitness bands with amazing specifications.
The band comes with automatic exercise recognition like runs, swims, elliptical etc…
It tracks your resting heart rate to calculate your calorie burn. The real-time heart rate zones help you pick up the fat burn, cardio or peak zones to maximize your workouts.
There is also the 24/7 heart rate tracking feature. It even has built-in GPS.
The sleep tracking is highly accurate and it automatically tracks your time spent in light, deep and REM sleep stages & provide you with tips to get better sleep.
The Fitbit app helps women to track their periods, record symptoms and even predict ovulation calendar.
The battery lasts up to 7 days on continuous usage.
The band is swim proof and water resistant up to 50m. It is made of aerospace-grade aluminum, Corning Gorilla Glass panel and hence is scratch-resistant.
- Made of Aerospace-grade durable aluminum material
- Screen visibility under direct sunlight is super
- Accurate tracking of calories (using real-time HR zones)
- Built-in GPS for accurate steps/calories tracking
- Health features for women users
- Better sleep tracking
- 7 days battery life
- Service isn’t available in all cities. Need some efforts if your band has any issues.
- A bit pricey
Before you decide to pick a fitness tracker for yourself or your loved ones, make sure you understand your fitness goals and only then you should proceed further.
Not every fitness band suits all the needs. What is your objective among these below optins?
- Beginner with a gym membership
- Already a fitness follower who wanted to keep track of his fitness activities
- An athletic person with a goal of participating in a sports event
- Just a normal guy/girl who just wants to stay healthy by taking simple steps
These are most popular objectives for any person and they decide what type of smart band you need to purchase.
Doing so, you can save a lot of money on the unwanted (advanced) features of an activity tracker like heart rate, SpO2 tracker, blood pressure monitor etc…
How Do Fitness Trackers Work?
All fitness trackers come with different sensors that help monitor various activities such as your steps, location, calories burned, altitude, hours of sleep, heart rate etc…
And, when you wear it while performing those activities, the sensor will automatically track those movements and collect all the data.
It will then be synced to your Smartphone wirelessly when you connect it via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection.
Different Sensors Used in a Fitness Tracker
Here are the most popular sensors you’ll find in a good Smart band.
- Accelerometer: Tracks your actions such as front-to-back, up-down, and side-to-side movements.
- Gyroscope: Determines whether you’re sitting, standing, walking, biking or swimming etc…
- Barometer: It tracks the number of stairs you climb as well as your altitude.
- Magnetometer: Detects specific movements and the direction in which you’re moving.
- Heart Rate Monitor: Tracks your pulse rate either while during an exercise or when in idle state.
- GPS: Tracks your exact location while walking/running and helps in getting the number of calories you burned accurately.
There are many other sensors in a fitness band like ambient light sensor, bio-impedance sensor, compass, ECG sensor etc… that are mostly found in premium activity trackers.
And, the prices of these fitness bands varies based on the features you want.
No! A fitness band is not required to maintain your health and fitness. But, if you wanted to track or monitor what type of workout is working for you and how many calories you’re burning per each session etc… then you’ll need a smart band for sure.
It actually depends on the individual requirements and varies from one person to another.
If your sole purpose is to track your steps and calories burned, then a basic fitness band like ‘Mi Band’ is good enough for you.
If you wanted to track your heart rate while working out or want some advanced metrics, then you may go with Mi Band 4 or Honor Band 5.
If you are a sportsperson with high level of fitness, then you can go for Fitbit trackers with built-in GPS. Hope you get the point.
As a thumb rule, any fitness band with GPS is able to accurately track your movements.
It is very easy to sync your smart band with your mobile. Every brand will have their own dedicated fitness app for both Android and iOS mobiles.
Just install the app and turn on the Bluetooth on your mobile, it will automatically search for your Smartband and will connect it. And, then all your data will be synced between your devices automatically.
The top fitness band manufacturers are Fitbit, Samsung, Honor, Xiaomi (Mi), Amazfit and Huawei.
Unfortunately, there is no fitness tracker that comes with the option to answer phone calls at this moment. You can only either accept or reject them. Let us hope in the future that this feature will be added to the latest fitness bands by the manufacturers.
Yes, you can actually control your Smartphone’s music player from your wrist band wirelessly.
Some smartbands come with camera shutter option that lets you wirelessly control your Smartphone’s camera to click photos.
These trackers make use of the sensors to determine your body movements, heart rate etc… to know whether you’re sleeping and the different stages of sleep cycle throughout the night.
Fitness trackers do emit some kind of radiation while connected to your mobile via Bluetooth but it is not harmful enough to cause any health effects.
If you’re still concerned about it, then simply sync your devices once or twice per day and turn off the Bluetooth during the rest of the time.
Well, that’s the end of the list friends! Hope you’ll reap the full benefits of a best fitness tracker in India. Make sure that your mobile is running either Android (4.4 or above) and iOS (7.0 or above) in order to sync effortlessly.