5 Pedometers That'll Knock Your Socks Off

Whether you’re looking to start a serious exercise plan or simply want to keep track of how much walking you’re doing, a good pedometer can be one solution for tracking your progress. And today’s models are up to the task — having come a long way from the “shake and count” versions of just a decade or so ago. To find out which pedometer should be named King of the Walkers, Money magazine tested the five top units.

The winner was the Omron Pocket HJ-720ITC. For $50, it is over 99% accurate, stores 42 days of data, and allows you to upload results to your computer. Alas…

…there are still some bugs to be worked out. The pedometer only rates an “A-” from Money because of a quirk that forces you to reset the unit (and lose data) if you want to start counting at zero in the middle of the day. Still, it’s light years ahead of those old, circa 1990 “pedometers” that were given away “free” for collecting five box tops from your favorite cereal.

Field test: Pedometers [CNN Money]



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  1. Hedgy2136 says:

    Omron does make a good pedometer. I picked one up at Wal Mart for less than $20. Doesn’t have the bells and whistles that the one mentioned does, but it keeps the last 7 days worth of info, estimates calorie burn and counts aerobic (continuous activity for at least 10 minutes) steps.

    Frankly, I don’t know why anyone would want to reset the counter in the middle of the day. Kind of defeats the purpose if you ask me (I know you didn’t).

  2. acambras says:

    You know what cracks me up about pedometers?

    In Spanish, the word “pedo” means “fart.”

    This is almost as good as IKEA’s crazy Swedish furniture names.

  3. srah says:

    I’ve been walking with a pedometer for over a year and I have never wanted to reset the counter to zero in the middle of the day!

    If anyone’s looking for a community to encourage walking, try out [www.walkertracker.com]

  4. Chicago7 says:

    I bought a Garmin Forerunner a few years ago and I was very pleased. Pedometers don’t work if you vary your stride. The Forerunner is a GPS device. It also tells you what your altitude gain or loss was.

    And it has all kinds of other bells and whistles and you can export the data and map it.

    It was $130, though.

  5. gibbersome says:

    The Omron Pocket HJ-720ITC is actually $33 at amazon with free shipping. It’s less expensive brother is amazingly accurate as well. You can keep it in your purse and it will record just as well.

  6. synergy says:

    @gibbersome: You beat me to it.

    Thanks Consumerist for this one. I looked into it and was duly impressed. I have a couple of pedometers I got free from various things and they’re always inaccurate and frankly not good to clip-on for those of us who have fat in the way at the waist. Being able to put a pedometer in the pocket is perfect! Also, all that software tracking might help getting a clearer picture of my walking and, since I’m fairly competitive, might help stepping it up. Uh. Pun unintended. :D