Best pedometer recommendations

best pedometer

The best pedometer, also known as a step counter, is one that meets your needs and will help you achieve your fitness and weight loss goals.

One of the most important features to consider is accuracy. According to the American College of Sports Medicine and Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the most accurate digital pedometers are made by Yamax, Kenz, and New Lifestyles. A Kenz pedometer is not included in this recommendations list because they are very hard to find.

Some pedometers do lose accuracy for obese individuals. If your BMI is greater than 25, the New-Lifestyles pedometer was found to be the most accurate. Please consider purchasing the New Lifestyles NL series. It’s a little pricier than the rest, but the others clearly state that they don’t hold their accuracy for those with a BMI over 25.

There are many other features that you may find helpful. Pedometers can do a variety of things in addition to counting steps. They can measure distance walked for the day, week or year and calories burned.

You may enjoy some of these extra features, but if you just want the basics, buy a pedometer that just counts steps. Research has shown that although pedometers can be very accurate in measuring steps, they are not as accurate in tracking distance and calories.

One piece of advice – use the safety leash that comes with the pedometers. I read several reviews of people whose pedometers fell into the toilet and were therefore no longer usable!

best rated digital pedometers


You probably already know that a pedometer is a great way to keep track of how many steps you take each day. It provides a visual cue of how active you’ve been and can motivate you to keep moving.

But pedometers have come a long way in recent years! Here are some of the great features:

  • They are now digital, which means they can sync up with your computer or smart phone using blue tooth technology.
  • They track your steps, distance and calories burned.
  • You can keep track of how many steps your friends and family are taking and take part in friendly competitions.
  • They can sync up to a lot of great weight loss apps. This allows you to not only track your activity but also track the food you are eating and how many calories you consume.
  • You no longer have to wear them clipped to your pants. You can put them in your pocket or wear one of the new and popular wrist pedometers.

The Fitbit Zip and Fitnit One are great pedometers that let you share and compete with your friends throughout the day. It's a lot of fun for someone who likes that extra motivation.

They also let you set goals, see your progress and earn badges.

They tracks your steps, calories and distance burned. You can sync this information to your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Using the fitbit technology (once you create an account), you can log your water and caloric intake, too.

A wrist pedometer offers all of the benefits of a digital pedometer, with the convenience of wearing the device around your wrist. They also monitor how well you sleep at night and can provide some really useful information on your sleeping patterns.

Which is the best pedometer in the wrist pedometer category? You have a few options. The top two brands, Fitbit Flex and Jawbone, are shown below.

Both brands offer the following features:

  • Tracks how many steps you take and how many calories you burn. Also tracks your active time throughout the day as well as how much distance you’ve covered.
  • Using the device’s app or other weight loss apps, you can log the food you eat and how many calories you consume every day.

  • You can set step goals and view your progress.
  • You can share your data with your friends and compete with them on your activity level.
  • Syncs with your computer and Bluetooth devices, such as a tablet or smartphone (check first to make sure it will sync with your particular device).

Best Pedometer - Non Digital

Best Pedometer – Best Price. Yamax pedometers can be hard to come by, but they license their technology to Accusplit, which are easier to find.

This model is their best seller because of its accuracy, ease of use and its affordable price. It is one of the most accurate step counters available.

This is a basic model, but if you’re looking for simplicity and are only interested in a model that counts your steps, this is the one for you.

Best Pedometer Calorie Counter. With thousands of satisfied customers, this is a great pick. One of the great features is the ability to clip it onto your belt or place it in your purse or pocket. It has dual-accelerometer sensors, which allows it to track steps while clipped upright to your waist or lying on its side in your purse or pocket. This pedometer is also a calorie counter and has an easy to read display.

The majority of users are more than satisfied with its accuracy and reliability. Many claim it’s the best they’ve ever used.

This model is very similar to the HJ-112 model listed above except that is has a slimmer design and you can use it without the clip, by placing it in your shirt or pocket.

It tracks your calories, distance fat burned and exercise time throughout the day and resets at midnight.

I like that it shuts itself off after five minutes of no activity, but saves all of your information. This is a great way to preserve the battery.

I also recommend the New-Lifestyles SW Series and the  New-Lifestyles NL Series  (for those with a BMI over 25), because they are highly recommended by the experts for accuracy and value.

To find your best pedometer, first consider the features you would like to have. The price tag does increase with additional features, but it is handy to have one device that counts steps, calories burned and more.

If you choose one of the options described in this article, you are sure to be pleased with a high-quality, accurate pedometer that will help you achieve your fitness and weight loss goals.

It is possible to find a free pedometer in your community. Click here for my tips on how to find one for yourself.

Have you heard of the 10,000 steps a day challenge? Walking 10,000 steps a day can help you lose weight and improve your physical health. A pedometer is the only tool you need to begin this challenge. Start stepping your way to better health today.

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