The Best Fitness Trackers of 2015

The Fitbit Surge, the Ultra-Affordable Xiaomi Mi Band and More.


Just in time for 2015 to end and for New Year's fitness-related resolutions to be set, let's take a look at some of the top activity trackers of the year. 

While Fitbit continues to dominate the category thanks to its excellent marketing and high-profile partnerships, you'll find devices from other brands on the list as well. Hopefully, you'll either find a favorite on the list or one of these gadgets will catch your eye and earn a place on your wrist as you commit to a healthier, more active 2016.

Fitbit Surge

The Fibit Surge is an activity tracker and then some; with a heart-rate monitor and the ability to display notifications from your phone, it offers both advanced fitness features and smartwatch-style functionality. At $250, it's not cheap for a fitness tracker, but then again not everyone needs these sophisticated features. If you don't have a smartwatch, however, and are interested in the more basic functionality of getting notifications on your wrist, this device could be a good hybrid option. You get one of the most advanced trackers on the market, plus a taste of that other category of wearable.

Xiaomi Mi Band

There's plenty to like about this band from Chinese mobile company Xiaomi — and not just the super-affordable $15 price. You get a lot for your money: sleep tracking (including monitoring of the different sleep cycles), a smart wake-up alarm and stats for walking and running. In fact, I just bought a Mi Band of my own, so stay tuned for a full review!

Misfit Flash

With the news that accessories maker (and recent entrant to the smartwatch market) Fossil will be acquiring Misfit, who's to say whether the activity-tracker brand will release any more products under its own name? Whether it does or not, though, Misfit will be remembered for its innovative Flash activity monitor, among other devices. Currently available for just $20, the Flash is an entry-level version of the Misfit Shine, and although it's less sophisticated-looking, it offers plenty of features. In addition to monitoring swimming, running, walking, tennis, cycling, basketball and soccer, the Flash tracks sleep quality and duration. You can clip it on or wear it in a band, just as you can with the Misfit Shine (currently going for $50).

Withings Activité Pop

Just as the Misfit Flash is a toned-down version of the Misfit Shine, the Activité Pop is a more affordable take on the Withings Activité fitness watch. Going for about $150, this gadget comes in a variety of colors and tracks steps, runs and swims. Additionally, it offers sleep analysis via the companion app and comes with a silent vibrating wake-up alarm. The cell battery is rated for eight months, so you won't need to worry about constantly plugging the device in and refueling. Finally, one of the biggest advantages to the Activité Pop is the comprehensive data displayed in the app. After all, well-presented fitness stats are the most important aspect of a fitness device, as they help you recognize your fitness patterns and work toward progress.

Hopefully, this list has demonstrated that there are plenty of great options at every price point. Here's hoping that 2016 brings even more innovative, well-made trackers!