The 10 Best Pedometers

Updated November 10, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best Pedometers
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We spent 35 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. The longest journey starts with a single step, and now you can track every one of those steps on your journey toward fitness with one of these pedometers. We've walked the walk, and now we are talking the talk by ranking them based on accuracy, simplicity of use, and battery life. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best pedometer on Amazon.

10. Ozeri 4x3razor

Designed with high-performance pro athletes in mind, the Ozeri 4x3razor is only 0.5 of a centimeter thick, making it one of the thinnest and lightest pedometers available. It can count up to one million steps and allows you to record split and lap times.
  • prevents unwanted motion tracking
  • comes with a backup battery
  • falls out of the clip often
Brand Ozeri
Model PD4X3-2
Weight 2.1 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Omron HJ325 Alvita Ultimate

The Omron HJ325 Alvita Ultimate can tell the difference between aerobic steps and casual steps, making its calories burned measurement more accurate. It also automatically deduces your stride length if you input your height and weight.
  • weighs less than one ounce
  • battery saving mode
  • can't connect to a computer or phone
Brand Omron
Model HJ-325
Weight 4 ounces
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

8. Competitive Sport Xtreme Walking

The Competitive Sport Xtreme Walking comes for a bargain price of less than $10 and accurately measures daily step counts. It alerts you with a beep to let you know when you've reached your fitness goals, and you can customize it to your stride length.
  • includes a demonstration video
  • goal progress bar
  • periodically resets without warning
Brand CSX - Competitive Sport
Weight 0.3 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. Realalt 3DTriSport

The Realalt 3DTriSport features incredibly advanced tri-axis sensor technology that allows it to record your physical activity with high accuracy, regardless of its position or location. It also retains a memory of your activity for 30 days.
  • can track in miles or kilometers
  • comes with a belt clip and lanyard
  • some of the display text is small
Brand Realalt
Model pending
Weight 1.6 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

6. X2 Innovations 3D

The X2 Innovations 3D fits right in the palm of your hand and features a built-in clip for attaching to your belt loop. Its discreet design keeps track of your fitness goals without attracting unwanted attention. However, it can be a little difficult to set up.
  • battery life indicator
  • large screen is easy to read
  • awkward rear button placements
Brand X2 Innovations
Model pending
Weight 2.7 ounces
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

5. Fitbit Zip

Capable of connecting wirelessly with your computer and/or smartphone, the Fitbit Zip makes it easy to set goals, earn badges, and check your fitness data in no time at all. You can also use the app to share fitness data with friends to help keep each other motivated.
  • also tracks active minutes
  • intuitive and easy to use display
  • long-lasting replaceable battery
Brand Fitbit
Model FB301C
Weight 4.8 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. Striiv Smart

The Striiv Smart has a stylish design that resembles a mini smartphone. Its full color, 2-inch touchscreen makes it easy to visualize and track your progress using interactive charts and dashboards, and it works for up to one week on a single charge.
  • can compete against friends with it
  • has a motivating fitness-based game
  • comes with a quick-release keychain
Brand Striiv
Model ACTVGM0001
Weight 8.8 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. Bellabeat Leaf Nature

The beautiful and alluring Bellabeat Leaf Nature is a step tracker and so much more. It logs all of your activity throughout the day and adds up the total calorie expenditure, tracks your sleep patterns, and even keeps tabs on your reproductive health and menstrual cycles.
  • can be worn as a bracelet or pendant
  • offers guided meditations
  • functions as a vibrating alarm clock
Brand Bellabeat
Model HT-10LF-SL-01
Weight 3.2 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. iTro ProStyle

If saving money is just as important to you as getting healthy, the iTro ProStyle should be your go-to choice. It delivers built-in 3D sensor technology, and a 10-step, auto error correction capability, for ensuring the most accurate activity readings possible.
  • resets itself at midnight every day
  • goal progress bar
  • 7-day data memory
Brand iTro
Model pending
Weight 2.4 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Fitbit One Activity Plus

The Fitbit One Activity Plus is capable of monitoring your steps, distance traveled, calories burned, and stairs climbed. It also features a convenient silent alarm that is designed to wake you up without disturbing anyone else around you.
  • auto syncs to phones and computers
  • rechargeable built-in battery
  • durable water-resistant housing
Brand Fitbit
Model FB103BY
Weight 4.2 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

Walk The Line

It's a scary thought to consider, but walking may be going out of style. It started with those moving walkways in airports, and then motorized scooters for the elderly and infirm became luxury wagons for the lazy and entitled. The Segway didn't last, thankfully, but its little cousin, the hover board, has become the go-to status symbol of young male, vaping urbanites. We're becoming the human version of those dogs whose back legs are missing so they cart themselves around in a little bucket with wheels.

All that is a shame because walking is so good for you. Just 30 minutes of walking at a casual pace will burn a solid 100 calories and cut your risk of type 2 diabetes by 60%. What's more, walking (outdoors, anyway) exposes you to more vitamin D, and it gets you more in touch with your community. If you walked a similar path around your neighborhood a few times a week, you'd undoubtedly run across some of the same faces along the way.

The National Health Service in the UK sponsors a 10,000 step challenge, imploring their nation's citizens to get out and walk at least 10,000 steps each day. Once you get your hands on one of these pedometers, not only will you be able to keep track of your daily steps, you'll also be surprised at how quickly you'll reach 10,000, and how easy it is to keep up the habit.

A pedometer works by way of a small mechanical pendulum that's wired to hold a little charge. When you take a step, your body sways ever so slightly to one side, causing the pendulum to swing toward a second lead coming off of the main circuit board. When the charged pendulum hits this lead, it completes a circuit that the board then reads and counts as one step.

It's a fascinating and efficient way to keep track of how many steps you've taken, and to track your walking habits. Many of the devices on our list will keep a short history of your walks, and some will even connect to your devices, allowing you to see loads of data, like calories burned, distances covered, and more.

The Devil Is In The Data

Whenever I exercise at the gym, and I get on a machine with a million different interfaces designed to give me real time feed back about my caloric burn, my heart rate, the distance I've traveled, the time I've spent running, what I should have for dinner that night, the lotto numbers I should play, etc., I get a little anxious.

I come from a school in which too much information can be a bad thing. For people like me, there are pedometers on our list that keep it simple. These give you exactly what you want to know: how many steps. Of course, a lot of these simpler models also have hidden features like a memory bank for walks gone by or a quick converter to calories or distance, but they require an extra step to get to them, and I'm very happy not to take it.

There are people at the other end of the spectrum, however, who use their data as a motivating factor, as a means to keep themselves on track toward very specific goals in their health and wellness. I have a lot of respect for these people specifically because I can't seem to be one.

For this crowd, there are pedometers on our list that provide you with an incredible array of feedback at the touch of a button, that have deep, detailed memory banks, and that can even connect to your phone or your computer via Bluetooth or USB, so you can create your spreadsheets, and your goal charts, and all that other type-A personality stuff that's Greek to me.

Functionally, each of the pedometers on our list is a consistent and reliable counter, otherwise they wouldn't have made the list at all. Take into account your own taste for detailed data, as well as a sense of style (the pedometer is an accessory, after all), and you ought to be able to narrow our list down to one or two options you'll love.

A Walk Through Time

While visions of a pedometer date back to the musings of Leonardo Da Vinci, no such device was actually created until much later. A Swiss horologist (horology is essentially the study of time, and in this case it refers to the mechanisms of time, specifically the mechanisms of watches) named Abraham-Louis Perrelet created the first pedometer to accurately clock the number of human steps taken over a distance.

If you recall the description of the electronic pedometers on this list, they're based around a mechanical pendulum. Perrelet's design, and all of the subsequent pedometer designs leading up the Japanese made digital versions in the second half of the 20th century, were also based around the pendulum.

The difference between the pendulums in the new pedometers and those in the old is that the old versions didn't have any type of circuit to complete. Instead, they advanced a mechanism based on Perrelet's design for a self-winding pocket watch. Each time you took a step, the pendulum swung and wound a gear enough to progress a second-hand one position forward.

These early pedometers all looked remarkably like pocket watches, so close were they in design to the time-keeping devices. In the 1980s, promotion in Japan of a manpo-kei, or 10,000 steps meter, gained national popularity, and a wave of digital pedometers came flowing out of Japan and onto the world market.

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Last updated on November 10, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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