Choosing A Quality Digital Pedometer

Pedometer Review, Compare and Take NotesIf you’ve been shopping for a pedometer you may find that there are so many options, features, and reviews to choose from that it gets confusing. For that reason we at Pedometers.org have put together a list of tips on finding the best digital pedometer for your needs.

Although we strongly suggest the Omron we feature in the sidebar you may have others available to you through other venues so a list of criteria would be beneficial.

The interesting thing about these gadgets is that you don’t always have to pay more for a high quality step counter, calorie counter, or feature rich device. To avoid paying for features that you’ll never need or use or purchasing a pedometer at a higher price just because it is the newest model it is in your best interest to read some unbiased reviews before you order one.

Search for Accurate Counts of Steps

Truly the most essential characteristic of a digital pedometer is it’s ability to be accurate. Please first understand that not one device can be 100% accurate as a step counter but there are some that keep a very close count. Poor quality pedometers are known to under count, but they may also over count too.

Quality Clips or Belts That Are Secure

The last thing you want to do is shell out good money for a digital pedometer just to have it fly off your waist or belt and become lost forever due to a faulty clip. Although some good pedometers won’t break on a sudden impact, the loss of your pedometer – especially once you’ve programmed your daily walks and goals into it – is a major let down.

A Great Manufacturer’s Warranty

Since pedometers are now high tech devices look for a good manufacturers warranty upon purchase. Due to the multitude of parts and/or the computer chip technology inside there may be upgrades or replacement parts needed over the first year of owning a pedometer. A warranty from a top rate company is a great feature and money saver.

Long Battery Life

When reading pedometer reviews be sure to pay attention to the life of the battery comments. This is especially important if you travel or have a busy life that isn’t solely operated on routine. Pedometers that regularly run short of battery life and shut down may have troubles maintaining stored information and accurate counts.

False Step Sensor Feature

If you’ve found a pedometer review that is impressive and within your price range, look deeper for a feature called the false step sensor. These units don’t count movements that are not considered a normal step. These pedometers are often the most accurate when compared to other units without this feature.

MP3 Capable Pedometer Review

Philips Activa Workout Monitoring MP3 Player (Act101m/17) – NEW for 2010! I’m really excited about this new-to-the-scene pedometer. Featuring ‘TempoMusic’ which is an automatic analysis of user aerobic intensity to find and match songs on the play list. Keeps you motivated during a workout by shouting feedback and offering encouragement of workout progress while selecting appropriate music to match workout intensity. Track your progress with included software on your PC or MAC (USB).

This popular pedometer has been out of stock regularly but a new shipment is in and the price couldn’t be better. MP3 Pedometer – less than $40.

Oregon Scientific PE829 Talking Pedometer with FM Radio – seemed the most promising when considering the list of features for Music Loving Walkers, but falls short with it’s users. Most common complaints are the difficulty in setup, poorly written instruction manual, and a short battery life.

Omron HJ-720ITC Pocket Pedometer with Advanced Omron Health Management Software -Top rated since 2007 (USB)

Highgear Fitware FM Radio Pedometer with Watch, Alarm, and Chronograph – Cheap, without a tuner for the radio, inaccurate, discontinued model. 1.5

Highgear Fitware Pedometer – with Heart Rate monitor but not terribly accurate. Somewhat technical to set up and operate. 3.5

Haier ibiza Rhapsody HHH1A-2G Trainer Sport MP3 Player with Pedometer and Heart-Rate Monitor – Heart rate monitor is not ‘hands free’ – not great for spinning, cycling, etc. Small buttons, instruction manual could use improvement, sound quality not great. 3.0

Sportline 375 MP3 Pedometer + FM Radio – No song title display and FM reception is lacking. (USB) Moderately tricky to set up.

Haier ibiza Rhapsody HHS1A-2G Sport MP3 Player with Pedometer – Waterproof, dim screen, random playlist shuffle. 3.0

GSI All-in-One Sport Pedometer/MP3 Player – Counts steps, distance travelled, calories burned. (USB) UNRATED

RCA S2501 Jet Stream Series 1GB Sport MP3 Player with Wireless Headphones – Well loved unit that is currently discontinued. Very few complaints from owners on this one – most of them centered around the headset chargers. Good sound, full color display. 4.0

RCA Jet 4 GB Sports MP3 Player with Video, Music, FM Radio, and Sports Features – discontinued. Technically buggy. Average user rating: 2.5

RCA Jet 1 GB – no pedometer but it does record lap times, running times and gives BMI. Remaining units are deeply discounted likely due to the low user ratings of 2.5 -2.0