For the last six months or so I’ve been using Fitbit to monitor my sleep, steps and calories burned each day. Its a great little tool and has helped me get back on track with my weight loss goals (20 pounds to go!) after having my back problems. But the other day my Fitbit One broke on me. So now I’m debating buying a new Fitbit of another model and looking into Fitbit alternatives.
Alternative Fitbit Models
The primary alternative to the Fitbit One I currently have that I’ve been looking at is the Fitbit Flex. I’m still not sure on this one. I never wear any sort of jewelry and a bracelet just seems kind of odd for a guy. It is something that will draw attention to itself which I guess isn’t the worst thing in the world but it might get old having to field everyones questions about that that thing is I have wrapped around my wrist. I could just say it’s a watch.
I’m also concerned this one might take more of a beating being on my wrist instead of my belt.
My other thought was to go with the Fitbit Zip. It is one of the cheaper models. It might not last forever but I’m not sinking as much money in initially. Well about $20 less than the Flex and it goes on my belt which I’m more leaning towards. It doesn’t monitor sleep but I’m really not concerned much with that anyway. This is really more of a simple, basic model which is what I’m looking for. I don’t need my whole life monitored, just something that records steps and can track goals. I am leaning in this direction but we’ll see. Giving it another week to think it over.
Next on the list is the Nike+ Fuel Band Really has the same issues as the Fitbit Flex, being on your wrist. Again it isn’t the worst thing in the world but I think I’d rather have something on my belt instead. The Fuel Band is also a little pricey but I’ve heard pretty good things about the durability.
I have heard people mention they are more motivated to push themselves with the Fuel Band as it is more goal oriented.
I really like the features and the design of the Up by Jawbone but I’m a little hesitant on this one because of the reviews. One nice thing with this one is it lets you know to get up and move around if you’re sedentary for an extended period of time. Since I set at a desk at work all day this would be pretty useful. I really like all the features and it looks very durable but it sounds like a lot of people have had trouble with the battery life. Which is a shame because this one was on my short list of possible buys. It looks like the Jawbone customer service people are aware of it and doing a good job with replacements but I just might have to pass until maybe a newer model is released.
Another Fitbit alternative is the BodyMedia LINK Armband Weight Management System. Which is the fitness monitor they use on The Biggest Loser. Seems like a solid product. There is a monthly subscription fee which you don’t have to pay with the other activity monitors I’m looking at. I also saw that the company was just acquired by Jawbone, so it will be interesting to see what happens with this line of products.
So I’m still not sure which one I’m going to try next. Going to give it a week and think on it, then report back here with my decision and probably write a review of whatever product I ended up getting.