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Best waterproof fitness trackers 2020: bands you can wear in the shower or pool

Best waterproof fitness trackers 2020
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The best waterproof fitness tracker isn't just a handy tool for your workouts or runs, but a constant companion from when you're swimming to your shower afterward too.

Not all fitness trackers are waterproof though, so they won't survive a dip in the pool, quick shower or particularly powerful rainstorm. If you think this is something your fitness tracker will be subject to, you'll need something better.

That's why we've put together a list of all the best waterproof fitness trackers that are fantastic at tracking all elements of health and vitals, as well as that can survive a dunk in your drink.

Not all of the devices on this list are great at tracking your swimming stats - you'll want our best swimming watch guide for that - but they are all built to go into the pool with you and won't start to frazzle once you start trying to tread water with them on your wrist.

This ranking is just fitness trackers, so don't expect to see other water-ready devices like the Fitbit Versa 2, Apple Watch 5 or Samsung Galaxy Watch pop up in this list - you'll want to check our best smartwatch round-up for anything a little techier. Plus we have our best fitness tracker guide if you're not too fussed about it being waterproof.

Now let's jump into the deep end so you can discover our favorite waterproof fitness trackers that you can buy right now.

Best waterproof fitness trackers: Fitbit Charge 4

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1. Fitbit Charge 4

Take charge with the best waterproof fitness tracker

Waterproof rating: Up to 50m | Screen: Yes, monochrome | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Battery life: Up to 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

On-board GPS
Fitbit Pay
Heart rate training
No color screen

Like the Fitbit Charge 3 before it, the Fitbit Charge 4 is water resistant up to 50 meter, and suitable for pool, lake or ocean swimming. 

That's not the only reason to opt for the Charge 4, though. Although it looks almost identical to its predecessor, with the same slim, discreet design, the Charge 4 has some serious improvements under the hood. The most important change for anyone who enjoys swimming, running or cycling is the addition of on-board GPS. Finally, you can hit the water or the pavement without the need to carry your phone.

You can also use the Fitbit Charge 4 to control your Spotify playlist and make purchases using Fitbit Pay (provided you use one of the supported banks).

There's still no color screen, but that might be part of the reason why battery life is so impressive (up to seven days). If that's something you can live without, this is the best waterproof fitness tracker around.

Read the full Fitbit Charge 4 review

Garmin Instinct Solar

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2. Garmin Instinct Solar

Amazing battery life for adventures away from dry land

Waterproof rating: Up to 100m | Screen: Yes, monochrome | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Battery life: Potentially unlimited | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Enormous battery life
Super tough design
Accurate GPS tracking
Rather expensive

Garmin has released some fantastic waterproof watches in recent months (including the super-specialized Marq Captain, which can be used to control autopilot on a yacht), but our favorite of the bunch is the Garmin Instinct Solar – a super tough, super practical fitness tracker that's perfect for adventures off the beaten path.

The Instinct Solar's key selling point is its remarkable battery life, which is theoretically unlimited if you're able to give its Solar Glass sufficient sunlight and keep it in power-saving mode.  Even in more ordinary use, with regular GPS-tracked workouts and patchy sun exposure, it will still keep running for weeks rather than hours or days.

Its chunky design won't be to everyone's liking (though it's available in a wide range of colors, not just black), but with all-day activity and heart rate monitoring, stress tracking, on-board GPS, SpO2 monitoring and dozens of activity profiles, it's a winner for swimming, surfing, kayaking and lots more.

Read the full Garmin Instinct Solar review

Fitbit Versa 3

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3. Fitbit Versa 3

A feature-packed watch both in and out of the pool

Waterproof rating: Up to 50m | Screen: Yes, color | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Battery life: up to 6 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Waterproof to 50m
Built-in GPS
Great looking display
Poorly designed side button

Swimming is just one of 30 activities the Fitbit Versa 3 is capable of tracking, and like all recent Fitbits, it's water-resistant to a depth of 50m. GPS tracking ensures outdoor swims will be recorded accurately.

The Versa 3 is a great all-round smartwatch and fitness tracker that'll also serve you well outside the pool on dry land. It offers contactless payments via Fitbit Pay, all-day heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, customizable smartphone notifications, and blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring.

There's also support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing you to use voice controls and control your smart home devices from your wrist.

If you're looking for a device purely for use in the pool, you might find it overkill, but if you need a watch that you can wear all day long, it's an excellent choice.

Read the full Fitbit Versa 3 review

Best waterproof fitness trackers: Garmin Vivosmart 4

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4. Garmin Vivosmart 4

It tells you how much energy you do (or don’t) have

Waterproof rating: Up to 50m | Screen: Yes, monochrome | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: up to 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Body Battery metric
Long-lasting battery
Small screen
No GPS

The Garmin Vivosmart 4 stands out primarily through its Body Battery metric, which puts a number on how worn out you are.

It also has most of the basics covered, with a heart rate monitor, a fitness age estimate, automatic exercise tracking, sleep tracking, stress tracking and waterproofing up to 50 meters.

All that plus up to a week of battery life should make for a very impressive tracker, especially given that this won’t break the bank. 

For the most part we were impressed with the Vivosmart 4, but just note that there’s no GPS and the screen is both small and sometimes unresponsive – it’s especially fiddly when wet, which takes some of the shine off its water-resistant credentials.

Read the full Garmin Vivosmart 4 review

Best waterproof fitness trackers: Huawei Band 3 Pro

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5. Huawei Band 3 Pro

Both style and substance on a budget

Waterproof rating: Up to 50m | Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Battery life: 14 days standby | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Great battery life
Good looking color screen
GPS can be slow to lock
No 'breathing' feature

Taking over from the Huawei Band 2 Pro is the Huawei Band 3 Pro. This is one of the best fitness trackers you can buy if you're on a strict budget, and it has some amazing features considering how much it costs.

The Band 3 Pro comes with GPS onboard, it has a water resistant design, which is far from guaranteed at this price point, and there's a 0.95-inch color screen to display all of your stats on your wrist.

We've found the heart rate monitor to be accurate, and while the GPS could be quicker at locking on we also found it to be precise. If you're looking for an affordable entry-level device for your first foray into the world of fitness tracking, this is a great place to start.

Read our Huawei Band 3 Pro review

Best waterproof fitness trackers: Fitbit Inspire HR

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6. Fitbit Inspire HR

Inspiration to get off the sofa

Waterproof rating: Up to 50m **Screen:** Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 5 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Premium design
Lots of tracked metrics
Lacks swim tracking
No contactless payments

This isn't the most capable fitness tracker in our best of list, but it does a lot considering its price and you'll get access to all of Fitbit's top-end services. 

The Fitbit Inspire HR unsurprisingly offers a heart rate tracker alongside a variety of other fitness tracking capabilities. 

It isn't as capable as the Fitbit Charge 3 as it lacks swim tracking or Fitbit Pay integration, but that's understandable as this is much cheaper.

It also features a slimmer and more comfortable design than a lot of other trackers you can buy, so if you're after a Fitbit that won't be heavy on your wrist you may want to consider the Inspire HR as your next fitness band.

Read the full Fitbit Inspire HR review

Best waterproof fitness trackers: Garmin Vivosport

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7. Garmin Vivosport

Want something sporty? Try this Garmin

Waterproof rating: Up to 50m | Screen: Yes, color touchscreen | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Small for a GPS tracker
Good battery life
Bland design
No swim modes

The second waterproof Garmin we've highlighted on this list, the Vivosport, is a touch more expensive than the device above but it comes with GPS built-in. 

Garmin's design language is very similar across its devices, and we like the look of this band a lot, while the fact it'll last for a whole week from a single charge despite being packed full of top-end features is impressive.

It may be waterproof, but we note in our full review that it doesn't excel at tracking swimming and it's far better for a lot of other workouts including cycling and jogging.

Read our full Garmin Vivosport review

Best waterproof fitness trackers: Honor Band 5

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8. Honor Band 5

Honor's best waterproof option

Waterproof rating: Up to 50m | Screen: Yes, color touchscreen | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Decent sleep tracking
Affordable price
Notifications temperamental
Screen sometimes unresponsive

The Honor Band 5 was a serious step up from the Band 4, with improved fitness features in many areas, as well as a color touchscreen to view all your information on.

One of the most useful features is the sleep tracking, that gives you advice to maximize your sleep time, as well as simply monitoring it like many other fitness trackers do.

The Honor Band 5 is also one of the most affordable fitness trackers on the market, so if you want an exercise monitor or sleep counter that isn't also a bank-breaker, this is where to look.

Read our full Honor Band 5 review