Best waterproof fitness tracker: activity bands you can wear in the pool or shower

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Updated: We've added the Fitbit Charge 3 and Garmin Vivosmart 4 to this list. Read on to see where they rank.

Fitness trackers are one of the best ways to monitor your health, activity and much more, but not all of them will survive a dip in the pool, trip into the shower or even a particularly powerful rainstorm.

That's why we've put together a list of our favorite fitness trackers that as well as being fantastic at tracking all elements of health and keeping a finger on your pulse and vitals, are also all waterproof.

Not all of the devices on this list are great at tracking your swimming stats, 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, Apple Watch 4 or Samsung Galaxy Watch pop up in this list - you'll want to check our best smartwatch round-up for anything a little techier.

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

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Moov Now

Moov Now
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1. Moov Now

No need to splash out with this cheap tracker

Waterproof rating: Up to 30m | Screen: No | Heart rate tracker: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes, through phone | Battery life: Six months | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Great battery life
Cheap price
Limited features
No screen

We love the Moov Now and that's not just because of its super low price. It's an affordable wristband, but it's also pretty capable too with lots of fitness tracking features packed in and a waterproof design.

You don't get a screen on the Moov Now, so you have to look inside the app to get a breakdown of all your stats, and there's no GPS here for you to go running with, but the six-month battery life makes up for at least some of that.

In the pool, the Moov Now will be able to track your laps, times, distance, pace and strokes, although we have sometimes found this to be a little temperamental. The lack of a screen to look at in between laps is also frustrating when you've had to lock your phone away in a locker at your local pool.

The fact it's waterproof though makes the Moov Now an attractive option for your next fitness tracker.

Read the full Moov Now review

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Fitbit Charge 3

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2. Fitbit Charge 3

Taking charge of your fitness

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

Bigger screen
Lighter design
Still no onboard GPS
Monochrome screen

The Fitbit Charge 2 was a good fitness tracker but wasn’t swim-safe. Thankfully the company has remedied that with the Fitbit Charge 3, which is water-resistant to 50 meters.

And while that’s one of the main upgrades here it’s not the only reason to like the Fitbit Charge 3, as the wearable also has a much bigger – though still black and white – screen, making it more pleasant to interact with.

The design is a bit sleeker in this model too, and you still get all sorts of general health and fitness features, including a heart rate monitor, guided breathing exercises, sleep tracking and exercise tracking. Battery life is strong too, but there’s still no onboard GPS, making this a weaker choice for runners than some trackers.

Read the full Fitbit Charge 3 review

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3. 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 down 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 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. And 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

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Huawei Band 2 Pro

Huawei Band 2 Pro
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4. Huawei Band 2 Pro

Slim and has impressive battery life

Waterproof rating: Up to 50m | Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Battery life: 21 days standby | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Reasonable price
Accurate step counting
Clunky app
Lacks innovative design

More affordable than the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro below, here's the Huawei Band 2 Pro, which is also waterproof.

It has a slim design meaning it's comfortable on your wrist and it's packed full of features including a heart rate monitor, VO2 Max monitoring, GPS, step and sleep tracking. All of this is matched up with the some of the better battery life we've seen on a tracker that boasts a screen, at around a week.

During our testing, we didn't find the Band 2 Pro to have the most precise results we've seen on a fitness tracker but it's still comfortable, affordable and pool-friendly.

Read our Huawei Band 2 Pro review

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Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
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5. Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

Samsung sneaks into fifth

Waterproof rating: Up to 50m | Screen: Yes, 1.5-inch AMOLED | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes, through phone | Battery life: 3 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Awesome design
Offline Spotify support
Clumsy setup process
Expensive for a fitness tracker

The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is expensive, but it's one of the better fitness trackers money can buy right now and one of our favorite features is that it's waterproof. We loved the design of the Gear Fit 2 with its curved, bright AMOLED display and that's all here on the Pro model along with a waterproof design.

You can take this in the pool with you or even just wear it into the shower when you're bleary eyed on a morning, and won't have to panic when you notice it's still on your wrist.

The Gear Fit 2 Pro also comes with good battery life and the ability to sync your Spotify account, so you can listen to music you've pre-downloaded on the tracker by connecting a pair of Bluetooth headphones.

Read the full Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review

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6. Honor Band 3

Basic tracking on a budget

Waterproof rating: Up to 50m | Screen: Yes, monochrome | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 30 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Long battery life
Low price
Basic tracking
Average app

The Honor Band 3 is very cheap yet gives you quite a lot for your money, with not just waterproofing and swim tracking, but also a heart rate monitor, sleep tracking and serious battery life at up to a month between charges.

Its design and tracking skills are basic and as with so many waterproof fitness trackers there's no GPS, but it's hard to complain too much given how little this costs.

Read the full Honor Band 3 review

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Garmin Vivosport

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

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Garmin Vivofit 4

Garmin Vivofit 4
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8. Garmin Vivofit 4

The latest entry from Garmin is cheap and waterproof

Waterproof rating: Up to 50m | Screen: Yes, color LCD | Heart rate tracker: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 1 year | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Super-long battery life
Small but color display
No GPS or heart rate
No phone notifications

Although the Garmin Vivofit 4 makes this list, be warned it's not the most comprehensive device. It doesn't come with GPS or a heart rate tracker, but it does have a slim and attractive design that looks good on your wrist.

That design is also waterproof, and there are swim tracking modes built into the tracker so you can take this for a few lengths at your local pool too.

The Vivofit 4 isn't expensive, plus it has great battery life at up to a year before you need to replace the battery, and you get a color screen to look at too, which is quite unbelievable considering some monochrome trackers struggle to last for a week.

Read the full Garmin Vivofit 4 review

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TomTom Spark 3

TomTom Spark 3
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9. TomTom Spark 3

Music, fitness tracking and on-wrist navigation

Waterproof rating: Up to 40m | Screen: Yes, monochrome | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Battery life: Two weeks | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Phone-free music
GPS navigation
Maze-like menu system
Mediocre sound quality

In ninth position we have the TomTom Spark 3, which we love for its music integration which allows you to listen to your tunes on the go without your phone.

There's GPS tracking, a heart rate monitor and TomTom's specialism of route navigation packed in here too, and of course it's waterproof.

The swim tracking on the Spark 3 isn't phenomenal, but it's solid and one of many activities you can track with the device.

Read the full TomTom Spark 3 review

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Polar M430

Polar M430
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10. Polar M430

A running watch that's built for rain

Waterproof rating: Up to 30m | Screen: Yes, monochrome | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Battery life: 20 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS

Good battery life
Reliable and accurate
Not the best looking
Annoying charging lead

Although the Polar M430 may be primarily designed for runners, this watch will also be suitable for a variety of other activities including your daily step count and even a little sleep tracking too.

The waterproof design makes this one of the go-to devices for when you're running in the rain or if you want something you can wear and not have to worry about taking off in the shower.

It can track your location through GPS, there's a heart rate monitor and we were impressed with the battery life too. We also found the pace, distance, speed and cadence stats while running to be very accurate.

Read the full Polar M430 review