Best Pedometer Step Counter

Which Step Counter Is Best? Pedometers Compared and Reviews

Counting your steps has multiple benefits. It is a great way to get started on the road to a fitter healthier lifestyle. Simply by challenging yourself to walking a certain distance, or improving week-by-week you will start to see benefits very quickly. Pedometers, which count your steps are cheap items – providing lot of value for a small outlay.

Once you start to look into step counters, you’ll quickly realize that there are a lot of different types to choose from.

This page breaks down those choices, describes each of the main categories – and points you in the direction of the best-selling step counter and pedometer models of each type.

The table below covers the best sellers of 2016 – after that I have gone into more detail on each of the 3 categories. Further down the page the main features are covered. This can help you to decide whether a simple pedometer, tracking bracelet or sports watch is the right type for you.

Table – Best Selling Pedometers 2017

Pedometer Comparisons - Nakosite Basic Model

Basic Step Counter - Nakosite 3D Pedometer

The best-seller in the basic pocket / clip on step counter category. 30 day memory, distance / steps / calories / time and a lot of happy buyers!

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Tracking Bracelet - Waterproof

Budget Tracker - Letscom Activity Bracelet

You'll get a heart-rate monitor, app synch (Android or Apple) and waterproof touch-screen with the Letscom tracker. A very versatile bracelet for the price

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Pedometer Reviews - FitBit Flex

App-Connected Pedometer - FitBit Flex

Entry-level FitBit, this connects with an app for the full range of tracking / monitoring. No screen, for this one - you'll use your phone for that part.

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 Types of Step Counter / Pedometer – With Examples of Each Category

Pocket / Clip on Simple Pedometer

nakosite walking pedometerIf all you need to do is count your steps and calories burned – then for £10 to £20 you can get a simple unit which fits in your pocket or clips onto your belt.

A best-selling model in this category is the Nakosite Walking Pedometer. This has a 30-day memory. While most similar products only hold data for 7 days. It used 3D sensing technology (they call this triaxis) to count steps, distance, calories and duration of exercise – everything you need. What I like about this model is that it is super light, only weighing in at 59 grams. As long as you don’t drop it, then the Nakosite Pedometer should last you a long time.

Feedback for this model is very positive, most people praised the accuracy and found it very easy to use. There is a significant discount at amazon.co.uk (with my usual disclaimer ‘at the time of writing’ since this can change). You can get a close look at the features and see the latest offer for yourself on the dedicated product page here.

Here is my review of the Nakosite Clip On Pedometer

Step Tracker / Pedometer Bracelet

I have separated this category, since there are a range of models which are more like a simple pedometer than a fully-fledged sports watch or FitBit type activity tracker. These pedometers are generally in the budget range – think £20 to £35 – and come with a variety of extra functions depending on the model. Many of them make an effort to look like a FitBit!

You’ll get some extras compared to the simple clip-on / pocket pedometers. This can include heart rate monitors, and even some sleep tracking capabilities.

One of the most popular models of 2017 is the Letscom Fitness Tracker. This is a very versatile tracking bracelet for the price, and includes a built-in heart-rate monitor, and a touch-screen

You get a lot of tracker for your money with this model. It has the standard set of measurements for a pedometer. These are distance, steps taken, calories burned and total time working out. It also has a sleep cycle detector, alarm reminders, caller id (you can link it to your phone so you can see who is calling before you get your phone out of your pocket, and a phone loss feature (which I assume is an alarm if you get too far from your phone).

This unit looks smart, with a black bracelet and bigger display than many rival models. At the time of writing the price is amazing too – coming in at under £35 when you include the discount – This can change of course.

There is a lot of feedback from a lot of users for this model, and this is one of the most positive scores within the category.

Check out the picture gallery, which includes this tracking / pedometer bracelet in use, and the latest feedback from owners for yourself now on the dedicated amazon.co.uk product page..

Full Activity Tracking Pedometer Bracelet (or Basic Sports Watch)

FitBit Review best pedometerIf you want to go one step further with your pedometer, there are some amazing fitness trackers out there. You’ll need to step up the price ladder and part with £60 to £120 for this part of the range. These are not the full GPS sports watches (those are another category all together and are more expensive still). For most people, even regular exercisers – a model like the best-selling Fitbit Alta is going to cover your every need.

I recommend the FitBit Flex as a starter model in this category. This does not have a display, which keeps the cost down, instead it synchs with your phone. You’ll have one powerful tracker for not too much more than a clone!

The FitBit Flex covers all the regular pedometer / step counter functions. You’ll see an accurate output (via your phone) of the steps you took, distance traveled, time taken and an estimate of the calories you burned. What you get that is different to the basic step counters is the ability to set goals and track your progress against them, an alarm / alert function (which can remind you if you have been sitting still for too long!) and the full set of mobile phone tools, which you can use not only to track – but to share your results too.

This model also tracks the duration and the quality of your sleep (important for a healthy lifestyle).

Literally thousands of buyers have left feedback on amazon.co.uk about this item. I will leave it to you to check this (it is hugely positive).

For the price this is a seriously powerful activity tracker. Check out the picture gallery for yourself now over on the amazon.co.uk product page.

Prefer a Screen? If you prefer a screen, then a very popular tracker from Fitbit which sits below the true sports-watches – though has most of the same functions – is the FitBit Alta. You can see the details, along with the (very positive) user feedback on the dedicated amazon.co.uk product page.

 

Sports Watches – A Whole New Category

I’m going to leave this page to focus on the different levels of walking pedometer and the best wearable step counters / activity trackers. Sports watches also have these functions, as well as a whole not more. Including the different models here would make this page way too long!

If you are interested in these, then check out my main Fitness Technology and Apps page for some in-depth guides.

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Best Pedometers / Step Counters – Choosing Based on Features

Some people will see one of the 3 categories of pedometers above, and immediately spot the right one for them. For some of us, the right pick is not so clear. As with the other categories of fitness equipment reviewed here at FitnessReview.co.uk – I have created this features list to solve any lingering indecision.

What I suggest is that you go down this list, make a (mental) note of any must-have features, and then return to the main categories. Once you know what you can’t do without – your choices become much clearer.

Step Counting: Sure, they all do this… the key (which you can get from the feedback from previous buyers) is how accurate this count is. Something like a FitBit will be super-accurate, with the budget models you need to be more careful.

Distance Covered: This is an estimate with all pedometers. If this is super-important, then a high-end sports watch with GPS will work. Most step counters are within 10%, and as long as this is consistent it is fine for most needs.

Calories Burned: Another score which comes with all pedometers, and is by definition an estimate.

Choose fitness equipment checklist 2017Time Exercising: This is the final thing which even the cheapest step trackers will register. You can use it to time walks, though if you are wearing your tracker all day it is no to vital as the other measures.

Memory: At the lower budget range, you will find basic counters with 7-day memory. Better clip-ons and bracelets have 30 days. As you move up to FitBit level, the tracking is done separately via an app.

Water Resistance: With the British weather, you never know when you’ll be walking in the rain!

Heart Rate Monitoring: This can be useful for those who want to push themselves a little without overdoing the pulse rate.

Sleep Cycle / Quality Tracking: A welcome extra for many, sleep quality is increasingly coming to people’s attention as a vital component of a healthy lifestyle.

Monitor: Some pedometers have their own monitor, while others are sensors and use a smartphone / iPhone app to display your progress. If instant feedback is important to you (and a lot of us do prefer that), then go for a pedometer with its own display.

Alarms: Not only to wake you up in the morning, you can find bracelets which alert you when you have not moved for a while – it is up to you to set the intervals, for example 30 minutes.

Here is a reminder of the most popular pedometers in the 3 categories once again – below that you will find a list of all  the step trackers, pedometers and bracelets reviewed here, with a short summary of each one.

Pedometer Comparisons - Nakosite Basic Model

Basic Step Counter - Nakosite 3D Pedometer

The best-seller in the basic pocket / clip on step counter category. 30 day memory, distance / steps / calories / time and a lot of happy buyers!

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Tracking Bracelet - Waterproof

Budget Tracker - Letscom Activity Bracelet

You'll get a heart-rate monitor, app synch (Android or Apple) and waterproof touch-screen with the Letscom tracker. A very versatile bracelet for the price

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Pedometer Reviews - FitBit Flex

App-Connected Pedometer - FitBit Flex

Entry-level FitBit, this connects with an app for the full range of tracking / monitoring. No screen, for this one - you'll use your phone for that part.

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