The 10 Best Pedometers

Updated March 28, 2018 by Melissa Harr

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We spent 37 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. Some of them are pretty stylish, as well. 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 Pocket

Designed with high-performance pro athletes in mind, the Ozeri 4x3razor Pocket is only half 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 2.4 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Garmin vívofit 2

Although the device seems to be undergoing continual updates and changes, for many users the Garmin vívofit 2 is the iteration that offers the best combination of features, usability, and longevity. And because it’s water-resistant, you never have to take it off.
  • works with garmin connect
  • can be paired with hr monitor
  • syncing tends to be buggy
Brand Garmin
Model 010-01503-00
Weight 0.8 ounces
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

8. Jawbone Up Move

The Jawbone Up Move keeps you on top of both your steps and your goals, thanks to its app that uses Smart Coach to help you make sense of your activity, sleep, and food choices. The device itself is pleasantly small and can be worn in many different ways.
  • splash resistant
  • lots of fun colors and accessories
  • less durable than comparable items
Brand Jawbone Up Move
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Fitbit Flex 2

You can keep tabs on more than just your steps with the Fitbit Flex 2, a waterproof option that even measures swimming. The uber-active will also like the SmartTrack feature, which automatically tracks all the activities you do in the day, including running and aerobics.
  • ultra-thin and versatile
  • color-coded led notifications
  • automatic sleep monitoring
Brand Fitbit
Model FB403BK
Weight 5.4 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. 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 5 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. 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
  • clip isn't very secure
Brand Omron
Model HJ-325
Weight 4 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. 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.
  • discreet and unobtrusive
  • intuitive and easy to use display
  • battery life shorter than is claimed
Brand Fitbit
Model FB301C
Weight 3.5 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. 3DActive 3DFitBud

Don’t want to mess with pairing, extended set-up, wireless, Bluetooth, or any other smart features? Then consider the 3DActive 3DFitBud. It’s got a large display that shows how many steps you take and a simple reset button so you can restart your count whenever you’d like.
  • numbers are crisp and clear
  • auto-sleep function
  • budget friendly price
Brand 3DActive
Model pending
Weight 0.3 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. 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
  • hassle-free setup
Brand Realalt
Model pending
Weight 1.6 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus

The Fitbit One Wireless 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 March 28, 2018 by Melissa Harr

Melissa is a writer, editor, and EFL educator from the U.S. She's worked in the field since earning her B.A. in 2012, during which time she's judged fiction contests, taught English in Asia, and authored e-courses about arts and crafts. In her free time, she likes to make stuff out of sticks and string.

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