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What is the best activity tracker? And which one has the best value for money? The Consumers’ Association answers.

With such a tracker you can easily and accurately track your movements. You can also measure your heart rate. Activity trackers are similar to smartwatches, except they are usually a bit simpler and have fewer features.

The Consumers’ Association tests activity trackers for, among other things, keeping track of fitness, smart functions, ease of use and battery life. A total of 21 pieces have been tested that are good to reasonably available.

A Fitbit model comes out as Best in the Test. Due to the favorable price, this tracker is also the Best Buy. Do you like a slightly more luxurious look? Then you can go for another, slightly more expensive Fitbit model.

Best in Test and Best Buy: Fitbit Charge 4 – Black


The Fitbit Charge 4 has been on the market for a while now. But he still leaves the competition behind. This tracker excels in accuracy and you can see that when counting steps as well as the distance covered.

The heart rate monitor is also accurate. Especially at rest or during light movement, such as cycling. It is slightly less accurate during intensive exercise, such as running. But even then, the heart rate monitor still scores a big pass.

The tracker has a black and white touchscreen. The screen is sometimes a bit difficult to read outside. You also quickly suffer from light reflections. Inside, the screen is easy to read.

It has a good battery that lasts about 3 to 7 days (depending on how you use it). Charging does take a bit of time, about 2.5 hours.

It has a built-in GPS receiver. You can also link it to your phone. Then you can see on the bracelet whether you are being called and you can receive messages. You cannot control music on your phone from the bracelet.

Alternatief: Fitbit Luxe – Lunar White / Soft Gold Stainless Steel


This tracker is also from Fitbit, but has a more luxurious look than the Charge 4. It is also a bit more expensive to purchase. But there are more differences.

For example, the Fitbit Luxe does not have a built-in GPS, but it does have a color screen. The accuracy also differs slightly. De Luxe is especially good at measuring the distance traveled. It also measures steps and heart rate well, but not as accurately as the Charge 4.

The color screen of the Luxe is easy to read and resistant to scratches. The battery is also good and, as with the Charge 4, lasts about 3 to 7 days. Charging is a lot faster, which takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes with this model.

On the bracelet you can receive messages and see if you are called. As with the Charge 4, you cannot control music from the tracker.

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In this column we write weekly about household and technological appliances that have been tested by the Consumers’ Association. This is a collaboration between the independent editors of this site and the Consumers’ Association.

The Consumers’ Association tests thousands of products every year, together with qualified technicians in specialized laboratories at home and abroad. The products being tested are store bought so they are not pre-manipulated by manufacturers.

New models are tested as soon as possible after introduction. How fast that is varies per product. The Best in Test is the product with the best test rating, which is readily available. This can also be a somewhat older model, because a newer model is not always better. The Best Buy is the product with the best value for money.

The stated price of a product is the lowest retail price currently known to the Consumers’ Association. But prices can vary per day. If no recent retail price is known, the target price is quoted.

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