The Best Fitness Trackers in Singapore 2022
By Amirah Zakiyyah
Updated July 2022
Fitness trackers aren't only for athletes, runners or gym-goers. They're good tools to help you develop better habits like getting a little more sleep, prompt you to stand every hour or so and give a better picture of your overall health. When you're not working out, fitness trackers let you use them to make contactless payments, receive smartphone notifications and many more.With a bunch of fitness trackers out there, choosing the right ones can be tricky. To have a good grasp of the best ones, we've compiled a list of our top recommendations.
Here are the best fitness trackers to help you get active:
#1 Best Overall: Fitbit Charge 5
The Fitbit Charge 5 is a top-notch fitness tracker packed with advanced features thanks to the addition of an electrodermal activity sensor (EDA) and electrocardiogram sensor (ECG) and featuring a bright, always-on display.
The most noticeable design change is its screen. Compared to the Charge 4 which has a monochrome display, the Charge 5 has a full-colour AMOLED display. Not only are images crisp and bright so it's easy to see under bright sunlight, but animations are also smooth. Fitwise, the Fitbit Charge 5 is lighter since it's 10% thinner than the Charge 4.
On the fitness tracking side, the Fitbit Charge 5 has an in-built GPS and tracks an impressive range of workouts. To give a complete picture of your health, the Charge 5 has SpO2 sensors which track sleep and activity patterns, an EDA sensor for measuring your body's response to stress via the sweat glands on your skin and an ECG sensor to assist you in creating better plans for the day.
For everyday performance, the Fitbit Charge 5 supports smartphone notifications and contactless payments through Fitbit Pay. Unfortunately, the Charge 5 can't motivate you with music as it has no Spotify compatibility. Fitbit estimates the Fitbit Charge 5 to last around six days between charges.
Overall, the Fitbit Charge 5 is an all-rounded fitness tracker with a bright display and features that are brilliant for almost anyone.
Previously, we compared the Fitbit Charge 4 with the Charge 5.
Shop the Fitbit Charge 5 here.
#2 Best for Apple Users: Apple Watch SE
The Apple Watch SE is best for iPhone owners. It's the little things such as the automatic hand wash timer and reminders to take breaks that make the Watch SE a great companion.
In terms of design, it's as familiar as you can get with a rounded aluminium chassis and curved edges. Sleek and stylish, the Watch SE is also waterproof. It also comes in 40mm and 44mm sizes to help you get the right size for your wrist.
This watch sports the same OLED display technology as older versions stretching back to the first model. The outdoor brightness also works comparably well hence seeing the time in strong sunlight won't be an issue. It also doesn't glow like a beacon at night when you're in dimmer spaces.
The Apple Watch SE has plenty of features to boast about. Firstly, there's GPS and more accurate calorie burn data. Next, the Watch SE gives suggestions on what you can do to hit your movement goals based on your general movement patterns. In addition to heart health notifications and fall detection, the Watch SE even keeps track of noise levels and alerts you when levels could be harmful to your hearing.
The Watch SE tracks over 40 different exercises and has an always-on altimeter which tracks real-time elevation. Other than being able to track sleep on the Watch SE, it also registers hand washing, ensuring you're washing for the appropriate length of time and using the right amount of effort.
The Apple Watch SE gets you smart features such as take calls and contactless payments. It's a pity that battery life only lasts a day and a half.
Overall, the Apple Watch SE has enough health and smart features to make it worth paying for a lot less.
Shop the Apple Watch SE here.
#3 Best for Beginners: Fitbit Inspire 2
Need motivating nudges to keep you active? The Fitbit Inspire 2 is the one to go if you want something simple to use but also still packed with the essential features.
With curved edges and slimmed down depth, the Fitbit Inspire 2 sits flush against your wrist. Instead of physical buttons, Fitbit has adopted dual haptic side buttons on the Inspire 2, contributing to its lightweight feel.
Although the no colour screen is a compromise, the Fitbit Inspire 2 is responsive to swipes. While it's bright and crisp, the tiny watch face means the Inspire 2 is unable to display large information at once. As a result, you'll have to swipe through to access each data field. The Fitbit Inspire 2 allows for personalising your display style. Simply go into the app to choose from stats to retro-inspired designs.
In terms of the fitness tracking front, the Fitbit Inspire 2 automatically tracks workouts for selected exercises and provides data from heart rate and calories burned to the time elapsed and Active Zone minutes earned through the exercise app. If you need exercise motivation, the Inspire 2 has encouraging activity reminders on top of inviting your Fitbit contacts to participate in challenges.
Other health features include sleep tracking which tells you how well you've slept, menstrual cycle, changes in your weight and logging your water intake. You can also set mindfulness goals depending on the frequency of meditation or breathing sessions you want per week.
The Fitbit Inspire 2 does a good job of showing you smartphone notifications. Yet, the lack of built-in GPS may be a dealbreaker for those who engage in outdoor pursuits. The Inspire 2 has up to 10 days of battery life - the longest we've ever seen of any Fitbit device.
Whether you're using it as a multi-sport tracker or as a means to gently nudge you towards a more active lifestyle, the Fitbit Inspire 2 is capable of logging your exercise and giving great insight into your well-being.
Not updated on the best Fitbit watches? Check out the list here.
Shop the Fitbit Inspire 2 here.
#4 Best for Style: Fitbit Luxe
The Fitbit Luxe hits the spot on so many fronts - it's a beautifully designed wearable that also doubles up as a fitness tracker.
Resembling jewellery, the Luxe is tiny, slim and comes in distinctly feminine colours (Lunar White, Black and Orchid with Soft Gold, Graphite and Platinum stainless steel case respectively. Reviewers praised the Luxe's small stainless buckle and tang for not getting in the way during workouts. The most impressive thing about the Fitbit Luxe is the screen which is not only a full-colour AMOLED but also very responsive. Though the small screen size limits the data you can look at at a glance, the smooth scrolling and animations make up for it.
Besides the screen, the Fitbit Luxe has the same great fitness tracking as the other Fitbit on this list. Features such as logging in more than 20 workout types and Active Zone Minutes are something you're familiar with. There won't be an issue if you're taking the Fitbit Luxe along when you swim since it's water-resistant up to 50m.
Because of the Luxe's small size, the watch lacks a built-in GPS and relies on the connected GPS on your phone. But, locking on the GPS to your phone is seamless. Wellness tracking is what the Fitbit Luxe excels at. Apart from sleep, SpO2 and stress tracking, the Luxe manages your stress by providing a score of your readiness for the day ahead.
Like any other tech device, the Fitbit Luxe isn't perfect especially when it comes to smart features. Though you're getting the basics of alerts to incoming calls and texts, timers and alarms, the Luxe doesn't support mobile payments or music control. Nevertheless, the Fitbit Luxe has a good battery life which runs up to five days.
Overall, the Fitbit Luxe is a capable fitness tracker with a jewellery look and feel.
Find out how the Fitbit Luxe and Fitbit Charge 4 compare here.
Shop the Fitbit Luxe here.
#5 Best Non-Wrist Tracker: Oura (Generation 3)
If you're not into the traditional wearable, the Oura (Generation 3) is a great alternative.
Appearance-wise, the Oura (Generation 3) looks like a basic metal band. On the inside, however, you'll find sensors that sit against your skin. The ring comes complete in plain colours except for the part that's placed on top of your finger. This provides extra storage for internal components. Plus, it's waterproof so it's safe from sweat or water-based elements.
The Oura (Generation 3) connects with its companion app available on iOS and Android. Other than tracking steps, calorie burn, and hourly movement, the ring can gauge the intensity of your workout based on imported workout data or the heart rate and the duration of elevated activity.
The Oura (Generation 3) helps to visualise rest. In addition to a sleep score, it breaks down your hours of REM and deep sleep, sleep timing and how long it takes you to fall asleep. The ring also encourages you to get a little more sleep. You'll receive alerts during the period you should be winding down for bed.
The combination of activity and sleep metrics provides a readiness score to assist you in determining whether your body is ready for a workout or you'll be recovering for the day. Moreover, there's automatic workout detection and a feature that tracks your heart rate as you're working out. When you subscribe to their monthly membership, you'll even gain access to a library of breathing and mediation aid. Oura estimates the ring to last for about four to seven days.
Overall, the Oura (Generation 3) prioritises rest and recovery while also including features giving a bigger picture of your well-being.
Shop the Oura (Generation 3) here.
Fitness trackers are suitable everyday wearables that not only encourage you to improve your well-being but also show notifications and support contactless payments. Whether you're looking for specific features or a design, you'll be happy to know there's no shortage of options!
Need more advanced features? Check out our best smartwatches guide here.
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