Three best pedometers

Steph Coelho

Reaching small goals is something worth feeling proud of. A slight increase in daily steps can make a big difference over time. Each step forward will provide you with the motivation to keep going.

There is no ideal number of steps you should take every day, but if your plan is simply to move more, a pedometer can help you on your way. These little devices keep track of your steps and enable you to get a clearer picture of your activity levels so you can go on to crush your goals. Seeing your progress in numbers is highly motivating and rewarding, so wearing one of these on your hip might encourage you to take the stairs.

Considerations when choosing pedometers

Your fitness goals: Do you want to run a marathon? A pedometer might be too simplistic for your needs. Do you want to walk more in your everyday life? A pedometer can provide the data to help you make tangible progress with your fitness.

Technological know-how: Do you struggle with electronic devices? Choose a pedometer that offers the basics. Look for a unit with a minimal setup process and a limited interface that's easy to understand.

Accuracy: Pedometers are more accurate than the step counters found in smartphones since they're typically worn on your body all day. (Proper placement makes all the difference when it comes to accuracy, however.) Pedometers have better battery life, too.

Size: Most pedometers are lightweight and low profile, so they're easy to wear close to your body, and some are barely noticeable when worn. You don't want one that you'll find annoying after wearing it for a week.


Multiple display screens: Some higher-end pedometers in the $50 and up price range enable you to scroll through different screens to look at various data.

Memory: Most pedometers can store at least a week's worth of step data. If you want to be able to look through data covering a month or year, consider a wireless model that can transfer step count information to your phone for safekeeping.

False step detection: Eliminate false readings with a pedometer that can tell the difference between typing and walking.

Stride input: Many pedometers enable you to input your stride length for more accurate readings. Most basic pedometers have this function and don't cost more than $25.


It's tough to get started on a journey to move more, but little changes can make a big difference over time. Here are some ideas for getting in more steps so can reach your goals and get excited about incorporating fitness into your everyday life.

Park farther away from your destination.

Better yet, walk or bike to where you want to go.

Take the stairs whenever possible.

Join a walking group.

Give your dog some well-deserved exercise.

Suggest walking as an activity when getting together with friends or family.


Q. Is the "calories burned" information on my pedometer accurate?

A. It likely isn't an accurate representation of the calories you've burned during the day since pedometers don't take into account intensity level, don't record heart rate, and use very limited information to calculate the number.

Q. Where should I wear my pedometer?

A. The closer to your body the better. Check device instructions for guidelines. No matter where you position it, a pedometer should be well secured to prevent false readings.

Q. Can I put my pedometer in my pocket or purse?

A. It isn't recommended. Even if it has false step detection technology, the pedometer is likely to bounce around in your pocket or bag and produce inaccurate readings. It might even fail to record actual steps. It's also easy to forget your pedometer when it's in your purse or bag.

Pedometers we recommend

Best of the best: Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker

Our take: A pedometer that effortlessly combines useful features and value.

What we like: Fitbit is well known for its quality wearables, and the Zip is no exception. It's comfortable, easy to use, and syncs wirelessly. You can also set your own step goals with this tracker.

What we dislike: Pricey compared to other pedometers.

Best bang for your buck: Ozeri Tri-Mode Activity Tracker

Our take: A low-cost, no-frills budget pedometer for the user seeking simplicity.

What we like: Display is large and features an easy-to-read font. It's also capable of detecting false steps.

What we dislike: It's a little bulky.

Choice 3: Omron Digital Pocket Pedometer

Our take: A middle of the pack unit in terms of features and price.

What we like: Easy to figure out and use. It's capable of detecting faster movement and records brisk walking separately.

What we dislike: Poor-quality clip could definitely be improved.

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