Whether youíre walking or running for a little exercise, you can count your steps and measure your progress with a pedometer. We find out some key features to look for in pedometers.
Some pedometers can also measure other interesting stats like distance travelled, calories burned, speed, elapsed time, steps per minute, and function as a clock, stopwatch and alarm.
Some of the more high-tech features available include GPS and heart rate monitors.
If you’re just starting out, go for a simpler model.
Look for an easy-to-read screen that you can read at a quick glance. Ideally you want something you don’t have to unclip to read.
Compare the weight and physical size of different models. Too heavy or cumbersome and it will shift as you walk or run leading to inaccuracies.
If you’ll be using it when it’s dark, look for a back-lit display.
If you workout in light-weight clothing, make sure the pedometer doesn’t pull at your garments.
If you walk or run alone, consider a model equipped with a panic alarm for added safety.
We clipped on these four pedometers to test for accuracy:
- Accusplit Alliance: $16
- Acumen Jogmate Plus (tracks steps, distance, speed, and calories burned): $23
- Freestyle Ergo Touch (same as above plus a heart rate monitor): $31
- St. Moritz Digi-Walker (water-resistant folding case, tracks steps, distance, speed, calories burned with a clock and stopwatch): $46
OUR TOP PICK
The full-featured St. Moritz Digiwalker was also the most accurate in our 100-step test. It was also the easiest to program without having to consult a manual.