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Best Pedometers - Readers' Choice Awards 2013



Updated June 01, 2014

What pedometer motivates you best? The finalists are pedometers that are stand-alone and do not upload their data to an app or computer. They were nominated by readers and the finalists were selected by our expert panel of walkers. Voting was open from Feb. 19 through March 19, 2013. Results shown during voting may not reflect the audited final counts used to determine winners. For more information see our FAQ. The prize: bragging rights.

1. Winner: Walk4Life MVP Pedometer

Walk4Life MVP Pedometer
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This pedometer uses 3D Sensor technology to record movement in various positions. You can wear it anywhere on your body. It is a great pedometer to use if you are trying to achieve the recommended amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MPVA). You set the steps per minute that puts you into the moderate-intensity zone and set how many continuous minutes you need to do before it registers the walking bout as MVPA. In addition to this, you can track total steps and distance since you last reset it. You choose when to reset, using the reset button. The buttons are protected by the clamshell case.

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2. Omron HJ-112 Pedometer

Omron HJ-112 Pedometer
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The HJ-112 is Omron's two-axis pocket pedometer with a 7-day memory. It has a loyal following. even as Omron has debuted a line of tri-axis pedometers. Nominators said: "Accurate, simplicity, and priced right." It tracks both total steps and aerobic steps as well as calories and distance. It resets itself automatically at midnight so you don't have to worry about accidentally bumping a reset button and losing your data.

3. Omron HJ-321 Tri-Axis Pedometer

Omron HJ-321 Tri-Axis Pedometer
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This pedometer is accurate at all angles. You can wear it clipped to your waistband or tuck it into a pocket, or carry it in your pack or purse. It's a new, sleek design with a horizontal orientation rather than vertical like the older 2-axis Omron HJ-112. Like its predecessor, it tracks steps, aerobic steps, calories burned, and distance. It also gives you a "pitch" number of steps per minute. One nominator said, "Gives the steps per minute so that you know how hard you have worked in keeping a high cadence." It doesn't track individual workouts. It resets the daily total at midnight and you can review the past seven days.

4. YAMAX Power-Walker EX-210 Pedometer

Yamax EX-210 3D Pedometer
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YAMAX, one of the most-trusted pedometer makers for the past 20 years, has stepped it up with 3D accelerometer models that are offered at a fantastic low price. You can carry this pedometer in a pocket anywhere on your body and it comes with a pedometer leash. It tracks total daily steps, with a 7-day memory and weekly total. You can also see the time of day. It resets itself automatically at 2 am each day (I guess they think some of us stay up past midnight!) It edits out junk steps, you have to take 11 steps in a row before it registers them and adds them to the total. If you want a simple but accurate step counter, this is a great one at a great price.

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5. New Balance VIA Slim Pedometer

New Balance VIA Slim Pedometer
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This 3D accelerometer pedometer comes with a removable belt clip, if that is where you want to wear it, or you can put it in a pocket. It is "wafer thin" so you may not notice it wherever you wear it. It counts steps and average speed and estimates distance and calories burned. It has an automatic exercise timer. The recessed buttons have a press delay so there is less risk of accidentally resetting your total before you want to. It will count up to one million steps without a reset. You can also view the time of day.
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