Best fitness trackers in Australia

We've found the top 6 fitness trackers you can buy in Australia right now, based on expert hands-on testing and real customer reviews.

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Best fitness trackers for 2021, ranked

  1. Fitbit Charge 4
  2. Apple Watch SE
  3. Garmin Vivosmart 4
  4. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
  5. Withings Scanwatch
  6. Huawei Watch Fit

How did we pick this list?

We've combined our own reviews of fitness trackers along with the review ratings from major reputable sites and consumer feedback to determine our listing of the very best fitness trackers you can buy.

All choices are independently made based on our combined 60+ years of reviewing experience and are not based on commercial relationships.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

1. Fitbit Charge 4

A fast, accurate and affordable fitness tracker

Pros

  • Inbuilt GPS
  • Comfortable design
  • Good pulse monitoring

Cons

  • Basic user interface
  • No colour display
  • Can be tricky to wake display
Price (RRP): $249.95
Amazon Price: From $208.50
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Why we chose it

There's near uniformity in the fitness tracker reviewing and using community that Fitbit is the brand to beat and it was chosen by consumers as the best fitness tracker brand in the 2019/2020 Finder Retail Awards. Nearly all that acclaim lands at the feet of the affordable, simple and yet highly effective Fitbit Charge 4.

It's lauded for the accuracy of its GPS tracking, a feature that not every fitness band in its price range includes, as well as how well it tracks your pulse during exercise. Fitbit does an excellent job of gamifying your exercise routines to encourage you to keep on moving as well. On the downside, the display on the Fitbit Charge is relatively basic, with a monochrome only display that some users found intermittently difficult to wake from sleep.


2. Apple Watch SE

Affordable Apple Watch gives you good fitness info

Pros

  • Wide range of fitness tracking
  • Apple Fitness+ works superbly
  • Range of styles and bands

Cons

  • Only works with iPhones
  • Battery life isn't great
  • Series 5/6 Apple Watches have ECG
Amazon Price: From $227.72
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Why we chose it

If you're an iPhone user, and especially if you're a subscriber to Apple Fitness+ then the Apple Watch is an obvious match for your fitness goals. However, the Apple Watch Series 6 is a pricey proposition. The solution isn't to go without, but instead to opt for the Apple Watch SE, a more-or-less Apple Watch Series 5 with a slightly smaller feature set and substantially smaller asking price. Apple's Fitness tracking is excellent, and while it has the classic issues of battery life of any Apple Watch, it's a great companion for those who live inside the Apple world.


3. Garmin Vivosmart 4

A stylish fitness tracker

Pros

  • Great looks
  • Can be had cheap because it's older
  • Measures stress

Cons

  • Run tracking can be quirky
  • Small display
  • Unresponsive to touch if you're sweaty
Price (RRP): $219
Amazon Price: From $146.99
eBay Price: From $179.99 to $207.75
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Why we chose it

Garmin's Vivosmart 4 isn't its newest tracker, but it's one that scores well in online reviews, largely due to the stylish design of its band, which dodges that issue of wearing something that looks either too fussy or too "tech" inspired. Its status as an older device also makes it one that you can often score for a lower price than similar newer bands. Reviewers did note that its smaller size while keeping it inconspicuous did present challenges around accuracy of run tracking and interacting with its display after a heavy workout.


4. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

Spin out while you work out.

Pros

  • Rotating bezel is easy to access while exercising
  • Good battery life
  • Solid design can take a few bumps

Cons

  • ECG capable – but not in Australia
  • Large model won't suit every sports need
  • Can't get all colours in both sizes
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eBay Price: From $385.00 to $699.00
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Why we chose it

Samsung's Galaxy Watch 3 scores highly with us for its fitness prowess, as well as its solid battery life. After all, you wouldn't want your fitness tracker to conk out on you halfway through a marathon run, would you?

The design idea that makes Samsung stand out from the pack is the rotating bezel that makes it easy to flick between screens and make selections on the go, a great utility if you do want to check your progress without interrupting the flow of your actual exercise routine. The Galaxy Watch 3 is nicely equipped with sensors to track a lot of health metrics, although it's annoying that while it has the hardware for ECG tracking, it's yet to be enabled for Australian users.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review.


5. Withings Scanwatch

ECG tracking and a whole health ecosystem on board

Pros

  • Classic watch style
  • Long battery life
  • ECG tracking

Cons

  • Few apps
  • Slightly clunky interface
  • High price
Amazon Price: From $362.13
eBay Price: From $470.00 to $470.00
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Why we chose it

The Withings Scanwatch will mostly appeal to older Australians looking to both improve their fitness and track their general health. That's partly because it's an actual analog style watch for the most part with only a small LCD screen, but also because it includes a wide array of health tracking features, including ECG tracking. If you're an older user that's far more important, although it's not a full medical-grade tool. General fitness tracking on the Scanwatch is good, although the small screen means you're mostly going to track your actual metrics from the Withings Health Mate app on your smartphone most of the time.

Read Finder's Withings Scanwatch review.


6. Huawei Watch Fit

Good sports tracking meets excellent battery life

Pros

  • Automatically tracks a wide range of fitness pursuits
  • Sleep tracking included
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • No third party apps
  • Tricky to share data to other services
  • Slow blood oxygen sensor
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Why we chose it

Huawei's fortunes in the smartphone space haven't been great locally of late since it was blocked from including Google services on its mobiles, but that's only pushed the Chinese maker to bring other gadgets to our shores. The Huawei Watch Fit straddles the line between a simple tracker and a full smartwatch with a suite of inbuilt sports tracking and health monitoring options, most of which work very well indeed. The exception there is blood oxygen sensing, which is present, but can be hard to get to operate without significant wait times.

Read our full Huawei Watch Fit review.


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Best fitness trackers ranked
  • We've compared reviews from everyday consumers and professional technology writers to compare the best fitness trackers.
  • Our editorial team has a combined 60+ years of experience writing about tech and reviewing the latest devices.
  • The fitness trackers on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not based on commercial relationships.

How to compare fitness trackers

A fitness tracker can make it easier to more accurately measure the impact of your exercise, as well as providing an easy and comfortable way to quantify your exercise and encourage you to do more.

Some of the earliest fitness trackers were little less than pedometers with Bluetooth connections and not much more, but as the category has expanded and improved we've seen a range of fitness tracking methods, health sensors and more come into the space.

In coming up with our list of the best fitness trackers, we've considered approaches from all angles and taking into consideration that many folks want more or less from their fitness tracker. Here's what we've considered – and what you should – when choosing the best fitness trackers:

  • What fitness activities do I want to track? Some trackers consider walking and running type activities only, while others encompass all kinds of workouts, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Band or watch? Most people think of fitness trackers purely in band terms, but there can be benefits to a watch-style tracker because of the information it can convey and the style it brings. That's a very personal choice in most cases, but some watch-style trackers also incorporate larger sensors or more exercise tracking types thanks to their larger displays.
  • Do you want or need sleep tracking? Not every band will track your sleep activity, but it can be a very useful metric as part of an overall evaluation of your fitness.
  • Which app do you want? The big names such as Fitbit and Garmin have whole communities built around sharing their app data, while big tech companies like Apple and Samsung have their own apps that serve as effective databases of your ongoing fitness data. You can't typically transfer that data between apps easily, so it's often easiest to stick with a brand if you want to keep your long-term data accessible.
  • How long will the battery last? For simple trackers, especially those with small screens or no screen, you might get weeks, but some smartwatches or trackers with larger displays might only manage a day or two. You should also consider how they recharge. Custom recharging cables can be faster, but can leave you stymied if they're lost or you travel without them.

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