The Fitbit Zip is the best pedometer Active Junky tested, first and foremost because of its step tracking accuracy—the whole point of a pedometer. It’s also extremely easy to set up and use, and the Fitbit app is one of the best on the market. The user-friendly app allows you to customize goals, sync data via Bluetooth and monitor your progress. It’s lightweight, compact, and clips anywhere on your body.
Pros: In our tests, the Fitbit Zip counted step more accurately than any other device: for every 5,000 steps taken, it was only off by two steps, which is extremely impressive. It also tracks distance and calories, and while not perfect, was on-par with its competitors in those metrics. It was also one of the easiest pedometers to set up and use, which is typical of Fitbit devices. The LCD display shows steps, distance, and calories so you won’t need the app for basic information. But the accompanying app is one of the best and easiest to use, and you can personalize your goals and settings. The Fitbit Zip takes a watch battery so you won’t have to charge it every day or so.
Cons: While the Zip is water-resistant, it isn’t waterproof like some other pedometers we tested. As mentioned above, the distance tracking was off, averaging about 20% error, which is actually fairly common in our pedometer tests.
Bottom Line: The Fitbit Zip was our editor’s pick for best pedometer for its step tracking accuracy, range of features and intuitive interface.
Best for: Accurately tracking steps all day with a device and app that are simple to use
Key Attribute: Accuracy
- All-day activity
- Large tap display
- Wireless syncing
- Descreet, versatile wear
- Long Battery Life
Size: 1.1in wide, 0.38in deep