The 10 Best Pedometers for Counting Your Steps

What is the best pedometer? Using a step counter pedometer is a great way to keep active -- aiming to increase your steps by 2000 per day towards a goal of 10,000 steps per day. The best pedometers can calculate and display other interesting stats such as distance, calories burned, speed, elapsed time, steps per minute, or function as a stopwatch and alarm. Some pedometers have fancy features such as talking, playing music or reading your heart rate. These models are all worn on your waistband or in a pocket. If you want to wear one on your wrist, see my top picks for wristband pedometers.

Omron HJ-321 Tri-Axis Pedometer

Omron HJ-321 Pedometer 1800
Omron HJ-321 Pedometer. Wendy Bumgardner ©

The Omron HJ-321 is one of the latest generation of pedometers uses a silent tri-axis mechanism that tolerates being tilted. No clicking or rattling. You can wear it in the traditional spot -- clipped to your waistband -- or carry it in a pocket, on a lanyard, or however else suits your lifestyle. The Omron HJ-321 counts steps, calculates distance and calories burned. It tracks aerobic steps separately when walking or jogging more than 60 steps per minute or more than 10 minutes continuously. It resets itself automatically each day, with a 7-day memory to review past days. It comes with a security leash to ensure you don't lose it. This model doesn't upload to a computer or app, but its big brother the Omron Hj-323U uploads via a built-in USB stick to the personal dashboard. You can manually enter your data there if you prefer the less-expensive HJ-321. If you have a smartphone, you may prefer the tiny Omron Alvita Wireless HJ-327T. It's tiny and has a 6-month battery life.

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Fitbits - One - Flex - Zip - Charge - Alta - Surge - Blaze

Fitbit Family - Zip - One - Flex - Charge
Fitbit Family - Zip - One - Flex - Charge. Fitbit

The Fitbit family has gained over 50% of the wearable activity monitor market. Besides being sold at major retailers, they are also very good pedometers, and they have waistband models and wristband models. All Fitbits sync their data wirelessly to either a computer via a USB receiver (PC or Mac) or a Bluetooth phone app (iOS or Android or Windows). You will need either a computer or smartphone to make use of all of Fitbit's features. Most models also track your sleep quality and you can use the dashboard or app to track your diet and match calories burned to calories eaten.

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Walk4Life MVP Pedometer

Walk4Life MVP Pedometer
Walk4Life MVP Pedometer. Courtesy of

This is an excellent multi-function pedometer to count steps and walking time, and calculates distance, moderate-intensity exercise time and vigorous-intensity exercise time. You can reset your totals at any time with the reset button. It doesn't estimate calories or have a memory feature.

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Yamax Digiwalker CW-701 Pedometer

Yamax CW-701 Pedometer
Yamax CW-701 Pedometer. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The CW-701 is the update to the highly-accurate SW-701. Beyond step counting, it displays distance, calories burned, clock and activity time. Yamax beefed up the mechanism with a long-lasting spring coil and heavy coated pendulum, which they claim improves accuracy 2.5% over the SW models. The belt clip is now made of sturdy metal. But the biggest change is in the display, with two lines to show multiple data. It now has a 7-day daily memory for steps, distance, calories, and activity time. It keeps a 2-week total for each as well.

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Sportline Pedometer 340 DS

Sportline 340 DS Pedometer
Sportline 340 DS Pedometer. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

This Sportline pedometer allows you to reset your steps, distance and exercise time total to zero whenever you want. It has an accelerometer mechanism and can be worn on the waistband or carried in a pocket. It is very inexpensive.

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Yamax® Digi-Walker™ SW-200 Pedometer

Yamax SW-200 Pedometer
Yamax SW-200 Pedometer. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Yamax Digi-Walker SW-200 only counts steps but is considered the gold standard by pedometer researchers who use it as their most accurate reference. You can't go wrong - there is only a reset button. You can reset your step total to zero whenever you want.

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Omron Alvita Ultimate Pedometer

Omron Alvita Ultimate HJ-329 Pedometer
Omron Alvita Ultimate HJ-329 Pedometer. Wendy Bumgardner © 2014

The Omron Alvita Ultimate Pedometer is a full-featured pedometer (steps, distance, calories) also tracks your aerobic steps. The pedometer is of an advanced design that tolerates more tilt than many. It is also absolutely silent and very accurate. It has a nice big display for easy reading. It stores data for seven days and resets itself at midnight.

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New-Lifestyles NL-2000i Pedometer

NEW LIFESTYLES NL-2000i 3-D Piezoelectric Pedometer
NEW LIFESTYLES NL-2000i 3-D Piezoelectric Pedometer. NEW LIFESTYLES ©

The NL-2000i is great pedometer for setting goals for steps, moderate-intensity physical activity, and calories burned. You can see your hourly progress and achievements, which can also be helpful for those of us who want to decrease our time spent sitting. The automatic seven day and 14-day memory helps you track your walking. It is a pocket pedometer that doesn't have a belt clip, although it comes with a pedometer safety leash.

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Sportline Pedometer 345 DS

Sportline 345 DS Pedometer
Sportline 345 DS Pedometer. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

This Sportline pedometer counts steps, distance, calories and active time. It has an accelerometer mechanism and uses Sportline's MoveTrac technology.  The big button is just what some people want, allowing you to reset the totals. But some users find it too easy to accidentally reset the total when you don't want to.

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Garmin vivofit 2

Garmin vivofit 2
Garmin vivofit 2. Garmin

 The Garmin vivofit 2 is a great fitness band that not only tracks your walks but also alerts you to keep active each hour throughout the day. It has a battery that lasts over a year before you replace it. You can also track your sleep. You can sync it to a mobile app or your computer via a USB stick. You can pair it with an ANT+ heart rate monitor to view you heart rate while you exercise.

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Best Pedometer Apps

If you carry your phone with you everywhere, you may not need a pedometer. Use an app to track your steps all day or to log a walking workout. Here are the best pedometer apps.

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