10 Best Fitness Tracker for Kids in UK 2019

Have you finally decided to get a fitness tracker for your kid? And you only want the best for him or her because why settle for mediocre when it’s a one-time investment? Right? But how do you find the best, and more importantly, the one that is ideal for your kid’s specific requirements?

Well, both of us know how difficult that can be. Finding and buying something off the internet today is as challenging and confusing as explaining the concept of time to your six-year-old. But not when you have help.

You have come to the right pace then because this is what we call help. A short buying guide and a list of the best fitness trackers for kids out in the market right now.

We have considered everything while selecting these top fitness tracker models – from heart rate monitoring to smartphone connectivity, from sleep quality and step monitoring to strong built, from alert system to fancy styles. We know what kids want and we also know what parents want. So, this is the only guide that you need.

Prepared by studying the psychology and need behind kids’ activity tracking, we have tested all the following ten models for performance, connectivity, and usability. Enough information for you to find one (or maybe two) that works for you and your kids.

Our 10 Best Fitness Trackers for Kids

Some of the best fitness trackers also double up as activity trackers for kids, giving complete control to parents. With any one of these, you can monitor your child’s activity and keep them engaged on their own while you are busy working.

So, without further ado, here we go…

1. Mpow Heart Rate Monitor Tracker Smart Bracelet Activity Tracker Bluetooth Pedometer with Sleep Monitor Smartwatch

Mpow Smart BraceletOur top pick is a multi-utility activity tracker byMpow. It does everything that is intended of it and some more.

After a quick setup that takes only a few minutes (we should mention the user manual uses a tiny font), your kid can start wearing it. The device immediately starts tracking heartbeat rate, steps, calories burned, distance travelled, and the quality of sleep (as well as sleep patterns).

What impressed us the most is its sleep quality tracking as it gives you enough data – total sleep time, awake time, and quality of sleep in terms of deep sleep and light sleep – to work on and correct if needed. For example, if you find that your kid hits deep sleep too long after getting into bed, you can look at shifting his sleep time early by an hour. Teaching him about how the numbers matter will also help.

The rechargeable battery lasts for more than 5 days with continuous use. The seamless connectivity with smartphone is another highlight that makes this the perfect deal for parents.

Why You Should Buy This

An extremely affordable gadget that provides all the features that you would ideally want in a fitness tracker without the fuss of complicated setup or intrusiveness. It is smart, responsive, and gives total run for your money, especially if you are a first-time user. Once bought, it becomes a part of you. We guarantee that.

2. Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 Bue & Pink

Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 Bue & PinkIf the first pick is meant for both kids and adults, this one here is exclusively for kids. The Vtech DX2 is more of a smartwatch that is as engaging as a smartphone.

We recommend this if you are especially trying to prevent your child from spending most of her time on your smartphone playing games downloaded off the app store.

Although the screen is not the best you can get for this price, it will be enough to turn your kids active as they explore inbuilt augmented reality game or experiment with its dual camera to take pictures and videos. Seeing what they do with their watch will give you a fair idea about their core strength and interests.

Available in both blue and pink, we recommend the DX2 toy smartwatch for its versatility, splash proof design, pedometer, and the colourful touch screen. Although it takes a bit longer to charge (3+ hours), we can’t complain because the fun element is just too high on this. Expect to charge every other day in case of heavy usage.

Why You Should Buy This

A fancy alternative to the Mpow tracker, the Kidizoom DX2 is more targeted towards kids in the age group of 4 to 12 years. The customizability through touch screen and ability to work with photos makes it a favourite and crowd-puller among kids. Time to make your kid famous in school?

3. LETSCOM Fitness Tracker (LETSCOM Smart Band with Slim Touch Screen, Monitor, Fitness Watch without Heart Rate)

letscom fitness trackerThis one by LETSCOM is a slender, minimalist fitness wearable for kids and adults alike. Available in different colours and interchangeable bands, it is a great tracker for measurement of sleep cycle, distance, steps, and calories.

What makes it appealing is its small OLED display screen that shows the numbers through its minimalist design without overwhelming you with data. Need to know how many steps your daughter took the whole day? Sync it with your smartphone and keep a track at the touch of a button.It’s all easy and flowy.

One full charge stays for a minimum of 5 days, which is as good as the Mpow model we reviewed above. Options for soothing alarm tones means you wake up from a sound sleep without disrupting the flow. Remember what we told you about it being flowy?

The brand’s USP is the direct charging feature where you can plug the tracker directly onto a USB port without the need for a cable. Not really a major feature but if you have a no-cable approach in your house, this one is a keeper.

Why You Should Buy This

Most affordable of the top three models, the LETSCOM activity tracker puts all the desired features into a single, slim design. Want to keep a track of your child’s daytime and sleep activities without having to continuously customize it? This one will do the job.

4. Garmin vivofit Jr. 2 –  Fitness Activity Tracker for Kids -Adjustable Fitness Band (Multicolour)

Garmin vivofit Jr. 2 Disney Minnie Mouse Fitness TrackerGarmin knows what kids want so they made this. A range of colourful fitness trackers with bands that feature designs of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars characters. You can choose between Minnie Mouse, Captain America, Disney Princesses, Spider-Man, and Star Wars characters.Any R2-D2 fans here?

It is a water-proof (swim-friendly) activity “machine” that will keep your kids engaged for the larger part of the day. The in-built activity games like toe-to-toe step challenges (which they can play with other kids owning the same band in the neighbourhood) are a boon for parents who are unable to keep their kids engaged.

Although it is not chargeable, Garmin promises battery life of more than 12 months, after which you can get in touch with the manufacturer for a battery replacement at a better offer.(This means that it is a use-and-throw watch.)

What sets it apart from its competitors is the ability for parents to keep a track through the mobile app. What’s more? You can get a clear idea of how your kid is performing compared to his friends.

Why You Should Buy This

The Vivofit Jr fitness tracker by Garmin is perfectly suited for your kids who are also fans of cartoon and comic book characters. Choose a band that your son or daughter most likes and forget about even persuading them to wear it. The cartoon character will do the rest of the job on its own.

5. Fitbit Alta Fitness Wrist Band – Titbit Alta Activity Tracker

 Fitbit Alta Fitness Wrist Band This is the official tracker by the world-renowned fitness tracking wearables company Fitbit. While that explains the higher price tag, its bevy of mouth-watering features also justify it.

For example, this Alta fitness tracker can withstand rain, sweat, and shower to an effect that you can wear it throughout the day regardless of the activity. However, you will need to remove it and keep it aside before taking a dive in the pool. To state the obvious, you can also track steps, sleep, distance, and calories with a smartphone syncing range of more than 100 feet.

Its superior built makes sure that it stays with you for longer. Fitbit markets it as a lifelong product which is another reason to get your hands on this and forget about ever spending anything more on fitness trackers.

Why You Should Buy This

The Fitbit hallmark is enough when you realise that they are the pioneers in fitness tracking. In our experience, if one family member buys a Fitbit tracker the rest of the family follow.

6. Witmoving Childrens Smartwatch GPS Tracker Kids Wrist Watch Phone Sim Anti-lost SOS Bracelet Parent Control

Witmoving Childrens Smartwatch

If Fitbit feels like an expensive toy, this one by WitMoving is what you are looking for. If your kid is high on flashy gadgets that can also act as a virtual companion, you need to hit the Buy button right now.

Other than the usual distance tracking, what we love about this model is its SOS feature. Feed phone numbers into its database and instruct your child to press the SOS key for 3 seconds in case of an emergency. This makes it a tracker in the word’s real sense.

With remote monitoring, historical route data (for up to 3 months), and two-way calling feature (through SIM card), this model is perfect for parents that are a bit anxious about their kids going outside to play.

Why You Should Buy This

It has a fancy look and enables parents to keep a close track of their kids especially when they are playing outside. The SOS calling feature alone is worth the money.

7. 9Tong Kids GPS Smart Watch,  GSM Sim Touch Screen Support SOS Call Voice Chatting Activity Tracker For Boys & Girls 

9Tong Kids GPS Smart WatchWe cannot resist but state that 9Tong’s display is by far the closest it comes to an actual smart watch. Blame it on the wide screen and display of all necessary metrics, it makes for a fancy addition to your kid’s toy inventory.

For parents, it has the features of SOS calling, voice chat, and Wi-Fi connectivity for advanced options like location tracking.

It’s a two-in-one tracker where you can track your child’s health as well as keep a track of what they are doing in their daytime.

Why You Should Buy This

This watch by 9Tong will make your kid feel like an adult. And that’s what most kids want, isn’t it?

8. LeapFrog LeapBand activity tracker

LeapFrog LeapBand activity tracker

The concept of this LeapFrog activity tracker involves virtual pets. Where kids can choose from 8 different pets and 50 different games to keep themselves active throughout the days for months. The activities are typically characterized by jumping, dancing, and running.

From a parents’ perspective, this is by far the most active tool for kids of all age groups. If you have a strict “no pets” policy at home, this watch can teach your kids about compassion and companionship, two qualities that are hardly taught in schools.

You can completely control the watch by setting on and off times, tracking exercise activity, and ensuring that they don’t overuse it.

Why You Should Buy This

A peculiar concept differentiates it from other top kids’ activity trackers. Want to make your kid look cool more than he already his? Get your hands on this today.

9. KARSEEN Fitness Tracker (Color Screen, Heart Rate Monitor , IP67 Waterproof, Sleep Monitor, Step Counter, 14 Sport Modes)

KARSEEN Fitness TrackerThis is meant only for kids, and enables virtually all types of tracking.

Apart from the 24-hour heart monitoring function, it allows you to track sleep patterns, steps and distance, alert on long-time inactivity, receive calls and messages, and even monitor blood pressure. As you begin to use it, it will only become difficult to play with all the functions.

The highlight is the long running of at least 13 days on a single charge. Perfect if your kid is going on a short school trip with classmates and teachers.

Why You Should Buy This

If you want to experiment with a fitness tracker without spending much, get this KARSEEN model. It will give you a fair idea about what the basic concept is. If your kid loves wearing it, you can opt for one of the better models in our top five.

10. HONITURE Fitness Tracker (Waterproof, Heart Rate Monitor, Colour Screen, Step Calorie Counter, GPS Pedometer, Slim Smart Bracelet)

HONITURE Fitness TrackerThis activity tracker by HONITURE is for both kids and adults. What sets it apart from other models is that you can wear it and take a swim (up to 3 metres) as well. Fully waterproof, it is capable of tracking everything from heart rate to steps to GPS so that you can always be in the know about your kid’s whereabouts.

The look and feel are traded by the multiple functions but that shouldn’t matter if you are new to the concept of kids’ activity tracking.

While some users have complained about flickers in the display, we found it to be of fairly good quality during our testing. Make sure you instruct proper usage to your kids and this one here will stay for a long time.

Why You Should Buy This

If you are on a budget and want to try out all the features that a regular activity tracker can do, this is the one to get. Once you get acquainted with everything, you can opt for an advanced model.

Buying Guide – 7 Top Factors to Consider

You want an activity tracker that not only keeps your kid busy with fun activities and tracking methods but also one that lasts long. To ensure that it does, you need to check a few things before zeroing in on one model.

If you have already selected a model or two from the above list, compare them against these factors to make your final pick.

Check the Reliability

This means assessing the quality of a tracker’s sensors. They are the most important element because they sense the pulse and other movements of your kid’s body to measure the heart rate and other metrics. If the sensor is of low-quality, the data will be incorrect.

The key is to focus on trackers that specialize on only a few metrics. If sleep, heartrate, and calories are your focus for your kids, choose a tracker that provide only those features.

Check the Style and Durability

This means you should align your selection with that of your kids. If your daughter is a Minnie Mouse fan, it makes sense to consider Garmin’s Vivofit Jr watch that is both fancy and intuitive at the same time. If your kid is above eight years of age, go for a formal-looking band like the one by Mpow, Fitbit, or 9Tong.

Durability can be tested by looking at the quality of the strap, longevity of batteries (if they are rechargeable or not), and interchangeability.

Kids’ activity trackers ideally should have a longer shelf life because of their “potential brutal use”.

Focus on Activity

Just having an activity tracker may be sufficient if your child is very young (between 3 and 5 years), but we recommend focusing on models that have in-built games and other activities. This will not only help in tracking but also keep them occupied – which is also the agenda for most working parents.Isn’t it?

For example, the LeapFrog model that we reviewed above focuses on virtual petting. We think it’s an excellent idea for young kids as it can also teach them about companionship. It will be perfect if your child is an introvert.

Communication Features are a Must

They are a must if you are anxious about your kid going out to play.Choose a tracker that allows you to track your kid’s location in real-time. This will require it to have GPS tracking as well as route detailing.

An SOS or two-way calling feature would also be helpful in such cases.

Smartphone Connectivity

This is also another important feature to have, because otherwise how would you keep a track? While most models have this feature, it is a good idea to check how the connectivity is processed. Does it support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi? Does the tracker have a solid mobile app that you can download?

Waterproof Body is a Plus

You don’t have to wear the tracker while swimming, but basic waterproof body is a nice feature to have. It should ideally withstand moisture that can enter through sweating, rains, or occasional splashes.

Even if it means trading this feature with a metric tracking, we would recommend you to go with a waterproof tracker. Because we all know how unpredictable kids and their activities can be.

Cost

This is not the most important factor but there’s no point spending too much if you are just experimenting with the idea of a kids’ fitness tracker. There are two ways to look at this –

  1. Go for a low-cost model if this is your first time
  2. Go for an advanced version if your kid has previously shown interest to wear and use such an activity tracker

We have tried to sample these important factors in the reviews for all the best 10 trackers for kids above. Nonetheless, we suggest you to go through the terms and conditions like warranty period and usage restrictions before making the final decision.

Conclusion

This guide should have made your quest to find the best children’s fitness tracker in the UK easier. Because we have focused on the specific elements that both parents and kids look for in such a wearable device.

We hope this guide has given you a good idea about the top trackers currently popular in the UK market. There are tens and hundreds of more to choose from when you browse online, but the ones not listed here lacked a lot of essential features.

We’d love to know what our readers think are the best fitness trackers for kids. So, let us know in the comments below about your buying experience and why a certain model is better than the others.

After all, kids are always the best critic of toys. Aren’t they?

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