Bye-bye, buyer’s remorse. Now you can test a wearable before you commit to it.
Men's Fitness Editors 1 / 8
With so many great wearables on the market now, it can be tough to choose the best one for your lifestyle. Do you really need to drop $500-plus on a fancy watch, or will a $60 tracker do you just fine?
Now, with rental service Lumoid, you can try up to three devices at home for one week, from the well-designed Apple Watch down to the sleek and slim Fitbit Alta. The digital deciding divide has never been narrower.
"It's important to pick the right wearable so the data it provides is actually relevant to you; at Lumoid, we have hundreds of wearables," says Aarthi Ramamurthy, the founder and CEO of Lumoid. You'll take a simple quiz, which will determine what type of fitness trackers and wearables are best suited for you.
And you only have to pay a $35 fee if you decide not to buy any of the three you chose to check out.
"Once the right wearable has been picked, it's good to set some goals, then measure against those to understand how you're progressing," Ramamurthy says. Most people have no idea what to do with their data after a month or so using a device; they're unable to make a correlation between what the information is telling them and how to make a lifestyle change. (Read: This Is What Happens When You Stop Using Your Fitness Tracker.)
This advanced multisport GPS watch is perfect for serious sports enthusiasts, triathletes, and professional athletes. It comes with a plethora of tools that let you record and analyze your sessions, including a training load feature that compares workout strain from running versus sports like swimming and biking so you can always adjust the intensity, duration, and sport to avoid overtraining.
The Atlas is a standout wearable because it's able to identify individual exercises. Let it guide you step-by-step through a workout; it'll even count your reps for you, analyze your form, and track your progress.
The Apple Watch Sport isn't just a fitness tracker, it's a lifestyle tracker. Thanks to text and meeting alerts, productivity tools, and gentle get-up-and-move reminders, this sleek and stylish watch will make sure you stay productive all-day long—before you even step foot in the gym. It's perfect for professionals who can't stand to be untethered or unconnected to the office (or social life).
With these minimalist wearables, you can connect wirelessly to various Samsung smartphones and enjoy a range of features, including instant notifications, a heart rate monitor, and a built-in camera to capture moments on the go.
With some of the best value at its price point, the Fitbit Charge HR will track activity and monitor your heartrate 24/7, counting every last step and calorie. This high-performance wristband also wirelessly connects to your smartphone and computer so you can analyze your stats and trends.
The ultimate fitness tracker for runners, the Garmin Forerunner 620 features a recovery advisor, race predictor, and VO2 max estimate so you can train wisely. The 620 also acts as a personal running coach by providing feedback on form by showing your cadence, ground contact time, and vertical oscillation.