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Best Pedometers in the Netherlands - Reviews and Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best pedometers in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

In the world of smartwatches and activity trackers, pedometers are still given importance for their accuracy, low price, lightweight, and easy usage. If you are also looking for a pedometer for one or all of these reasons, you have come to the right place. Our pedometer buyer’s guide will help you choose the best basic style pedometer.

Please check the respective category pages if you need an activity tracker or smartwatch with a pedometer feature.

UPDATED

9/22/2022

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3DFitBud A420S Pedometer

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3DFitBud A420S Pedometer

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No set up required, ready to use right put of the package
Extra-large display
Single-button step reset
Auto standby mode
Automatically sleeps when not in use and auto awakes when in use
Limited functions
Basic
Clip, necklace or pocket
3D Tri-Axis sensor technology
4 x 6 x 1 cm
24 g
White
Step count

Garmin

Running Dynamics Pod

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Compatible with several Garmin watches
Auto turn on and off
Compatible with Garmin Connect mobile app
Calculates 6 running metrics
Very lightweight
Running pod
Clip
Accelerometer Chip
3.76 x 2.32 x 1.92 cm
12 g
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Step count, stride length, vertical oscillation, ground contact time balance, vertical ratio, and ground contact time

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Walking Style IV

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Automatically detects your active, brisk steps from your normal walking routine
'Action' mode track a particular activity or time separately from your daily routine
Clock feature is also there
Also available in black and white colour
Basic
Belt clip, strap and pocket
3D sensor technology
4.2 x 5.7 x 1.3 cm
20 g
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Counts your steps, distance, aerobic step counter, and calories burned

OMRON

Walking Style One 2.1

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Very accurate
Clock feature is also there
Lightweight
Easy setup
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Belt clip and pocket
3D sensor technology
7.5 x 3.1 x 0.8 cm
20 g
Black
Counts your steps, distance, aerobic step counter, and calories burned

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PED2433 Best Walking 3D Pedometer

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Automatic timer reset
Light, compact and tough
Display in km and miles
Designed and shaped with a central curvature to provide the necessary grip
Large LED screen
Basic
Belt clip, strap and pocket
3D Tri-Axis sensor technology
7.8 x 3.4 x 1.2 cm
28 g
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Counts your steps, calories burned, distance, exercise time, etc

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Pedometer PS-100

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Very accurate - shows a result of +/- 10 steps
This step counter comes with an acceleration sensor
Display extra-large digits
Lightweight
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3D sensor technology
6.1 x 4 x 1.39 cm
20 g
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Counts your steps

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Pedometer

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Auto turn on and off
Pitch counter up to 99,999
Automatically saves data and resets it at noon
Made of ABS material
Heavyweight
Basic
Necklace or pocket
3D sensor technology
7.65 x 4.05 x 1.1 cm
130 g
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Counts your steps, distance and calories burned

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3DFitBud A420S Pedometer


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Buyer’s Guide - Best Pedometer in The Netherlands

Count your steps right!

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Features: Most important purchase criteria for a pedometer

What should you look for when buying a new pedometer?

2

Use Cases: The best pedometer for you

Which type of pedometer is best for your use cases?

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FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

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How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for a pedometer

Best practices for pedometer usage and care.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best pedometers

Know how we chose our top seven pedometers.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for a pedometer

1.1 Types

  • Basic: The most simple pedometers are small and flat, you can easily put it in your pocket or attach to your pant, belt, and waistband. The time had gone when a basic pedometer was capable of only measuring the number of steps. Even a basic pedometer comes with a clock function and shows your distance travelled and calorie consumption. However, the accuracy of the last two features is questionable. A basic pedometer can cost you anything between 5 to 40 euros.

  • Activity Tracker: An activity tracker was just like a pedometer when it came to the market. Unlike a basic pedometer, it could only be worn on the wrist and certainly had more functions than just counting steps. An activity tracker closely monitors your movement and also keeps track of your hiking trips. Lately, they have become more advanced, coming close to sports watches in terms of functionality. They are equipped with programmable goals, GPS, a heart rate monitor and comprehensive graphs of all your performance. With more functionality, the price simply goes up and ranges between 30 to 150 euros.

  • Smartwatch: It goes further than an activity tracker because you can also add apps, answer calls, reply to messages, check notifications, pay wirelessly in the store and so on. They are an excellent investment if you do various exercises and many activities because smartwatches or sports watches are considerably more expensive. Also, if your focus is divided between sports, analysis and performance improvements, and more on everyday usability, a smartwatch is exactly what you need.

  • Apps: If you rely on your smartphone during activities or sports, you must have installed a pedometer app. However, that might be doing more than just counting steps. The pedometer in the form of an application might be able to show you graphs or keep a log or diary. Examples of pedometer apps are- Map My Walk, Steps, Runtastic Pedometer, StepsApp, and Fitbit.

  • Running Pods: Running pods are for those who, in addition to counting steps, also want to see how big their strides are, how their feet land, how long they keep contact with the ground, and what their cadence is? It is a small device that you can attach to your shoelaces or the edge of your pants. The name clearly says that these are especially useful for running. However, buying them just to use them purely as a pedometer is not a bad decision.

    The prices of a running pod vary from 40 to over 200 euros.

  • Basic: The most simple pedometers are small and flat, you can easily put it in your pocket or attach to your pant, belt, and waistband. The time had gone when a basic pedometer was capable of only measuring the number of steps. Even a basic pedometer comes with a clock function and shows your distance travelled and calorie consumption. However, the accuracy of the last two features is questionable. A basic pedometer can cost you anything between 5 to 40 euros.

  • Activity Tracker: An activity tracker was just like a pedometer when it came to the market. Unlike a basic pedometer, it could only be worn on the wrist and certainly had more functions than just counting steps. An activity tracker closely monitors your movement and also keeps track of your hiking trips. Lately, they have become more advanced, coming close to sports watches in terms of functionality. They are equipped with programmable goals, GPS, a heart rate monitor and comprehensive graphs of all your performance. With more functionality, the price simply goes up and ranges between 30 to 150 euros.

  • Smartwatch: It goes further than an activity tracker because you can also add apps, answer calls, reply to messages, check notifications, pay wirelessly in the store and so on. They are an excellent investment if you do various exercises and many activities because smartwatches or sports watches are considerably more expensive. Also, if your focus is divided between sports, analysis and performance improvements, and more on everyday usability, a smartwatch is exactly what you need.

  • Apps: If you rely on your smartphone during activities or sports, you must have installed a pedometer app. However, that might be doing more than just counting steps. The pedometer in the form of an application might be able to show you graphs or keep a log or diary. Examples of pedometer apps are- Map My Walk, Steps, Runtastic Pedometer, StepsApp, and Fitbit.

  • Running Pods: Running pods are for those who, in addition to counting steps, also want to see how big their strides are, how their feet land, how long they keep contact with the ground, and what their cadence is? It is a small device that you can attach to your shoelaces or the edge of your pants. The name clearly says that these are especially useful for running. However, buying them just to use them purely as a pedometer is not a bad decision.

    The prices of a running pod vary from 40 to over 200 euros.

1.2 Accuracy

No pedometer is style is that bad when it comes to accuracy. There can be a few steps (hundred out of thousands) here and there in counting, but that's it. However, if you are very particular about it and can’t take a chance even with one step, then let’s find out which is the most accurate pedometer type.

  • A basic pedometer delivers the best result in their area. To achieve accurate results, they have the right sensors and measurement functions, such as a 3D meter. If all you want is to calculate steps, you can blindly rely on a basic pedometer.

  • Activity tracker, which does more than just counting steps, do not perform as well as a basic pedometer. Some trackers have better sensors than others, and they can give you close to accurate results.

  • Smartwatches and sports watches are primarily focused on sports besides indicating the time and some other smart functions here and there. They are expensive, and a lot is spent on optimising and making them as accurate as possible. Therefore, they are reliable in terms of accuracy. The built-in GPS and many sensors inform you precisely about your distance, altitude, heart rate and pace.

  • A phone app can do the job well depending on your phone model and – for example – the GPS variants that are all on board. With GPS, Glonass and Galileo on your phone, you can rely on accurate measurements in most cases.

  • running pod is an excellent choice if you want to measure your steps accurately since the tiny device is attached to your shoelaces; it can actually count the steps one on one. 

No pedometer is style is that bad when it comes to accuracy. There can be a few steps (hundred out of thousands) here and there in counting, but that's it. However, if you are very particular about it and can’t take a chance even with one step, then let’s find out which is the most accurate pedometer type.

  • A basic pedometer delivers the best result in their area. To achieve accurate results, they have the right sensors and measurement functions, such as a 3D meter. If all you want is to calculate steps, you can blindly rely on a basic pedometer.

  • Activity tracker, which does more than just counting steps, do not perform as well as a basic pedometer. Some trackers have better sensors than others, and they can give you close to accurate results.

  • Smartwatches and sports watches are primarily focused on sports besides indicating the time and some other smart functions here and there. They are expensive, and a lot is spent on optimising and making them as accurate as possible. Therefore, they are reliable in terms of accuracy. The built-in GPS and many sensors inform you precisely about your distance, altitude, heart rate and pace.

  • A phone app can do the job well depending on your phone model and – for example – the GPS variants that are all on board. With GPS, Glonass and Galileo on your phone, you can rely on accurate measurements in most cases.

  • running pod is an excellent choice if you want to measure your steps accurately since the tiny device is attached to your shoelaces; it can actually count the steps one on one. 

1.3 Wearing Style

Pedometers are available in different sizes and shapes, due to which their carrying method differs. The three ways in which you can carry a pedometer with you are as follows:

  • Waistband

As the name suggests, this type of pedometer is made to hand on your waistband. Ensure that the pedometer hangs vertically from your waist, aligned over your knee to get the accurate result. If you find that difficult to happen, wearing it on your socks is a great idea. Under waistband, there are two types of pedometer:

  1. Flip Case: It has a flip-open cover to protect the surface of the pedometer. So, there is no chance you accidentally bumping into the buttons, changing the readings and resetting the step count. While the style protects the pedometer’s surface, but it comes with the drawback that you need to open the flip case to check the reading, which can be really inconvenient at times. And if the model is such that it is difficult to open, you can have the worst experience.

  2. Open Case: There is no flip-case in this. It simply has readouts on the front. This is the most inexpensive pedometer type. The only drawback is that if you bump on it, you will end up resetting the buttons.

  3. Top-read: This is similar to open face pedometers. You can just look at the device to see the reading instead of opening the case. The sole difference between two types is that this style has a wider top design, making it less comfortable to wear.

  • Wristband

This style is no different from an activity tracker or smartwatch. A pedometer that comes in the form of a wristband should be worn on the wrist like a watch to get the best results.

  • Pocket

If attaching a pedometer to your body doesn’t seem convenient, then this small device can be kept in your purse, briefcase, pocket of the track pants or jacket, etc. However, start by counting off at least 20 steps and reading the pedometer display to check the accuracy. By keeping it in the bottom of your pocket or purse does not give you an accurate reading, place it inside your pocket or to an inside compartment of your purse or briefcase.

You can easily carry both flip-case and open-case pedometers in your pockets. However, there are special pedometers designed to keep in pockets, and they are called pocket pedometers. They are usually open-faced and doesn’t have any waistband. In addition, they are engineered with recessed button and button-press delays features. So, if you accidentally press any button, the settings will remain intact.

Pedometers are available in different sizes and shapes, due to which their carrying method differs. The three ways in which you can carry a pedometer with you are as follows:

  • Waistband

As the name suggests, this type of pedometer is made to hand on your waistband. Ensure that the pedometer hangs vertically from your waist, aligned over your knee to get the accurate result. If you find that difficult to happen, wearing it on your socks is a great idea. Under waistband, there are two types of pedometer:

  1. Flip Case: It has a flip-open cover to protect the surface of the pedometer. So, there is no chance you accidentally bumping into the buttons, changing the readings and resetting the step count. While the style protects the pedometer’s surface, but it comes with the drawback that you need to open the flip case to check the reading, which can be really inconvenient at times. And if the model is such that it is difficult to open, you can have the worst experience.

  2. Open Case: There is no flip-case in this. It simply has readouts on the front. This is the most inexpensive pedometer type. The only drawback is that if you bump on it, you will end up resetting the buttons.

  3. Top-read: This is similar to open face pedometers. You can just look at the device to see the reading instead of opening the case. The sole difference between two types is that this style has a wider top design, making it less comfortable to wear.

  • Wristband

This style is no different from an activity tracker or smartwatch. A pedometer that comes in the form of a wristband should be worn on the wrist like a watch to get the best results.

  • Pocket

If attaching a pedometer to your body doesn’t seem convenient, then this small device can be kept in your purse, briefcase, pocket of the track pants or jacket, etc. However, start by counting off at least 20 steps and reading the pedometer display to check the accuracy. By keeping it in the bottom of your pocket or purse does not give you an accurate reading, place it inside your pocket or to an inside compartment of your purse or briefcase.

You can easily carry both flip-case and open-case pedometers in your pockets. However, there are special pedometers designed to keep in pockets, and they are called pocket pedometers. They are usually open-faced and doesn’t have any waistband. In addition, they are engineered with recessed button and button-press delays features. So, if you accidentally press any button, the settings will remain intact.

1.4 Design and Material

Pedometers are available in different designs, from sporty to classic. There is something for everyone. A simple design pedometer is good to go if you wear the device when going around the block during the lunch break. This basic designed device costs less and can be used in a hassle-free way. Whereas a sporty pedometer is usually made of waterproof material and designed if you want to do sweat or go swimming.

Pedometers are available in different designs, from sporty to classic. There is something for everyone. A simple design pedometer is good to go if you wear the device when going around the block during the lunch break. This basic designed device costs less and can be used in a hassle-free way. Whereas a sporty pedometer is usually made of waterproof material and designed if you want to do sweat or go swimming.

1.5 Durability

Basic pedometers with minimal design and fewer features last longer as compared to high-end pedometers. Also, they are not prone to wear and tear and calls for very little to no maintenance.

Basic pedometers with minimal design and fewer features last longer as compared to high-end pedometers. Also, they are not prone to wear and tear and calls for very little to no maintenance.

1.6 Battery

It’s a no-brainer to get a pedometer that’ll count steps 24/7, 365 days a year but runs out of battery in the middle of your essential hike or runs. That’s why it is crucial to check the battery life specs. In addition to the battery life, you must check the type of battery.

Cheap pedometers often come with replaceable batteries that can last several weeks or months, and in 2021, a replaceable batteries device is a big no-no. Therefore, go for high-end pedometers that come equipped with a rechargeable battery that usually lasts several days or a week between charges.

It’s a no-brainer to get a pedometer that’ll count steps 24/7, 365 days a year but runs out of battery in the middle of your essential hike or runs. That’s why it is crucial to check the battery life specs. In addition to the battery life, you must check the type of battery.

Cheap pedometers often come with replaceable batteries that can last several weeks or months, and in 2021, a replaceable batteries device is a big no-no. Therefore, go for high-end pedometers that come equipped with a rechargeable battery that usually lasts several days or a week between charges.

1.7 Ease of Usage

The devices like pedometers come in handy as long as they are easy to install and operate. Therefore, make sure that setting up your pedometer should not take much time, and it is a one-time process. Most pedometers come with easy-to-follow instruction manuals to quicken the setup process.

The devices like pedometers come in handy as long as they are easy to install and operate. Therefore, make sure that setting up your pedometer should not take much time, and it is a one-time process. Most pedometers come with easy-to-follow instruction manuals to quicken the setup process.

1.8 Display

A large and wide display is always good as it makes easy for you to read the numbers at a glance and has a functionality that makes sense to you. So, look for a pedometer that has a screen wide enough to ensure you could read the steps count without bending or bringing the device too closer.

A large and wide display is always good as it makes easy for you to read the numbers at a glance and has a functionality that makes sense to you. So, look for a pedometer that has a screen wide enough to ensure you could read the steps count without bending or bringing the device too closer.

1.9 Portability

Pedometer’s portability and convenience are other important factors to consider. Therefore, get a device that is small enough to carry any time, anywhere. To wear it easily, ensure it has a clip, lanyard, or strap.

Pedometer’s portability and convenience are other important factors to consider. Therefore, get a device that is small enough to carry any time, anywhere. To wear it easily, ensure it has a clip, lanyard, or strap.

1.10 Data Management

Fitness tracking devices have become flexible and versatile, including pedometers. They offer you different ways to read your results. In a simple pedometer, you can read the stats on display. Some models synchronise data wired or wirelessly to your device for more comfortable reading.

Fitness tracking devices have become flexible and versatile, including pedometers. They offer you different ways to read your results. In a simple pedometer, you can read the stats on display. Some models synchronise data wired or wirelessly to your device for more comfortable reading.

1.11 Mechanism or Sensors

The accuracy and longevity of a pedometer are influenced by the way you wear it, the place you keep it, or you are walking on a slope, going up or down the stairs or bending over, and the kind of mechanism used. Check out the different mechanisms below.

  • Spring-Levered: Most popular and economical pedometers are spring-levered pedometers. In this, a small spring serves as the device’s lever arm. It swings downward to close contact and count a step; then, the spring returns to its original position. Due to the spring, you hear a click at each step you make. Unfortunately, the spring loses over time resulting in the low accuracy of the pedometer.

  • Coiled-Spring: This mechanism uses a coil spring which is less susceptible to becoming loose and offers more accuracy than the thin spring.

  • GPS: Instead of moving parts, a GPS uses satellites to measure distance and speed, making it less susceptible to damage. A GPS oriented device can’t do step count but deliver very accurate speed and distance measurement outdoors.

  • Accelerometer Chip: In this mechanism, piezoelectric strain gauge or motion-sensing chips are used that sense movement to deliver data to pedometer apps and power fitness bands.

The accuracy and longevity of a pedometer are influenced by the way you wear it, the place you keep it, or you are walking on a slope, going up or down the stairs or bending over, and the kind of mechanism used. Check out the different mechanisms below.

  • Spring-Levered: Most popular and economical pedometers are spring-levered pedometers. In this, a small spring serves as the device’s lever arm. It swings downward to close contact and count a step; then, the spring returns to its original position. Due to the spring, you hear a click at each step you make. Unfortunately, the spring loses over time resulting in the low accuracy of the pedometer.

  • Coiled-Spring: This mechanism uses a coil spring which is less susceptible to becoming loose and offers more accuracy than the thin spring.

  • GPS: Instead of moving parts, a GPS uses satellites to measure distance and speed, making it less susceptible to damage. A GPS oriented device can’t do step count but deliver very accurate speed and distance measurement outdoors.

  • Accelerometer Chip: In this mechanism, piezoelectric strain gauge or motion-sensing chips are used that sense movement to deliver data to pedometer apps and power fitness bands.

1.12 Other Features

Pedometers are primarily bought to track steps taken in a day. However, nowadays, people buy it for special workouts, training functions since the device offers more than just basic features. In fact, some models are advanced enough even to reset themselves automatically. And the same advanced models can do the following in addition to measure the total number of daily steps:

  • Distance measurement

  • Calories burned

  • Track-specific workouts

  • Reminder setting

  • Clock and alarm

  • Stopwatch and training timer

  • Speed ​​and pace measurement

  • Pulse monitor

  • Tracking sitting time and inactivity

  • Sleep monitoring

  • Diet registration

We will not be surprised if you will be able to add more functions to this list.

Pedometers are primarily bought to track steps taken in a day. However, nowadays, people buy it for special workouts, training functions since the device offers more than just basic features. In fact, some models are advanced enough even to reset themselves automatically. And the same advanced models can do the following in addition to measure the total number of daily steps:

  • Distance measurement

  • Calories burned

  • Track-specific workouts

  • Reminder setting

  • Clock and alarm

  • Stopwatch and training timer

  • Speed ​​and pace measurement

  • Pulse monitor

  • Tracking sitting time and inactivity

  • Sleep monitoring

  • Diet registration

We will not be surprised if you will be able to add more functions to this list.

1.13 Price

Price matters because a pedometer can cost you anything between a few euros to hundred euros depending on its type and functions. Therefore, it is wise to know both your budget and preferences.

Price matters because a pedometer can cost you anything between a few euros to hundred euros depending on its type and functions. Therefore, it is wise to know both your budget and preferences.

2. Use Cases: The best pedometer for you

2.1 Which type of pedometer is best if I have a large abdomen?

If you have a large abdomen, placing the pedometer in a level upright position can be difficult. In this case, get an accelerometer chip pedometer that can be placed in a pocket or around your neck to get accurate results.

If you have a large abdomen, placing the pedometer in a level upright position can be difficult. In this case, get an accelerometer chip pedometer that can be placed in a pocket or around your neck to get accurate results.

2.2 Which pedometer is best for me if I walk slowly?

Piezoelectric pedometers are more sensitive than spring-levered pedometers at a slower speed, and so they are preferable for those who walk slowly. In addition, there is negligible room for error at the time of tilting except when the speed is slow (less than 2 mph), and the error is less than 10%.

Piezoelectric pedometers are more sensitive than spring-levered pedometers at a slower speed, and so they are preferable for those who walk slowly. In addition, there is negligible room for error at the time of tilting except when the speed is slow (less than 2 mph), and the error is less than 10%.

3. FAQ: Learn more about the details

3.1 What is a pedometer?

A pedometer is a small device or built-in technology in a watch that helps keep track of how many steps you have taken in a day. However, it was a traditional pedometer that was limited to this one feature. Today's pedometers can do a lot more. They are equipped with GPS measurements, heart rate measurements, sleep measurements, calorie counters, to name a few features.

A pedometer is a small device or built-in technology in a watch that helps keep track of how many steps you have taken in a day. However, it was a traditional pedometer that was limited to this one feature. Today's pedometers can do a lot more. They are equipped with GPS measurements, heart rate measurements, sleep measurements, calorie counters, to name a few features.

3.2 How many steps should I take each day?

A rule says 10,000 steps a day. However, the number of steps to be taken per day varies from person to person. Also, if 10,000 steps is your goal, we suggest, add 1000 steps every two weeks to reach the goal.

A rule says 10,000 steps a day. However, the number of steps to be taken per day varies from person to person. Also, if 10,000 steps is your goal, we suggest, add 1000 steps every two weeks to reach the goal.

3.3 How does a pedometer measure the steps?

A pedometer uses a sensor to measure what your body is doing. If you wear it on the wrist, it will check what your upper body is doing and then it will estimate how many steps you have taken. However, since the steps are not measured directly, such a pedometer will never be 100% accurate. The simple pedometers without extra functionalities have a clip that can be attached to the pants. This time sensor gives the correct result since the device is directly tracking the leg movements.

A pedometer uses a sensor to measure what your body is doing. If you wear it on the wrist, it will check what your upper body is doing and then it will estimate how many steps you have taken. However, since the steps are not measured directly, such a pedometer will never be 100% accurate. The simple pedometers without extra functionalities have a clip that can be attached to the pants. This time sensor gives the correct result since the device is directly tracking the leg movements.

3.4 What is the difference between an activity tracker and a pedometer?

Activity trackers are pedometers with extra functionalities. They are versatile and measure body activities more dynamically. In addition to step counting, they are often equipped to keep track of their sleeping pattern and share results with others.

Activity trackers are pedometers with extra functionalities. They are versatile and measure body activities more dynamically. In addition to step counting, they are often equipped to keep track of their sleeping pattern and share results with others.

3.5 What are the benefits of using a pedometer?

  • It actively stimulates you to move. When you have such a device on your wrist or pocket all day long, not only you will feel motivated to take a few steps, but also its vibration/sound signals will not let you sit for too long.

  • It helps you in improving your daily exercise pattern associated with a walk and running.

  • To use another smart activity tracking device, you might have to do some formalities, check the GPS, perhaps connect the headphone, and then do the activity for your device to show results for the particular activity. However, the pedometer needs no special attention. It works day and night just the same. So, whether you are going for a formal walk or a casual one, it will do its job well.

  • It is the most inexpensive fitness tracking device.

  • It comes in various shapes and sizes, and you can keep it with you in three different ways-wrist, waist and pocket.

  • It actively stimulates you to move. When you have such a device on your wrist or pocket all day long, not only you will feel motivated to take a few steps, but also its vibration/sound signals will not let you sit for too long.

  • It helps you in improving your daily exercise pattern associated with a walk and running.

  • To use another smart activity tracking device, you might have to do some formalities, check the GPS, perhaps connect the headphone, and then do the activity for your device to show results for the particular activity. However, the pedometer needs no special attention. It works day and night just the same. So, whether you are going for a formal walk or a casual one, it will do its job well.

  • It is the most inexpensive fitness tracking device.

  • It comes in various shapes and sizes, and you can keep it with you in three different ways-wrist, waist and pocket.

3.6 What is unique about pedometers developed for kids?

There is nothing special about pedometers for kids except they are more attractive, thanks to fun animations and colourful wristbands. Some models might have a management function for the parents, and the kid pedometer can be linked with the parent’s device for a fun competition element.

There is nothing special about pedometers for kids except they are more attractive, thanks to fun animations and colourful wristbands. Some models might have a management function for the parents, and the kid pedometer can be linked with the parent’s device for a fun competition element.

3.7 Where on the body does a pedometer work best?

A pedometer can be worn on the wrist, attached to the torso, hip or upper arm.

Most pedometers measure their data through an acceleration in space. It is easy to measure from your torso whether your entire body is actually moving, not just the upper body. Indeed, you do not want your pedometer to calculate steps when you are playing chess or wiping a cloth over the counter. Also, pedometers are most accurate when worn on the hip.

Therefore, do consider the pedometer’s size. Get a small pedometer that can sit easily on your belt loop or waistband. However, if you need the device to monitor your activity constantly, a wristband or bracelet pedometer will work for you.

A pedometer can be worn on the wrist, attached to the torso, hip or upper arm.

Most pedometers measure their data through an acceleration in space. It is easy to measure from your torso whether your entire body is actually moving, not just the upper body. Indeed, you do not want your pedometer to calculate steps when you are playing chess or wiping a cloth over the counter. Also, pedometers are most accurate when worn on the hip.

Therefore, do consider the pedometer’s size. Get a small pedometer that can sit easily on your belt loop or waistband. However, if you need the device to monitor your activity constantly, a wristband or bracelet pedometer will work for you.

3.8 What are the drawbacks of wearing a pedometer on the wrist?

A pedometer on the wrist is a good choice but not an ideal one because of the lack of accuracy. Moreover, not every model is lightweight, and you do not want to experience weight on your wrist at the end of the day.

A pedometer on the wrist is a good choice but not an ideal one because of the lack of accuracy. Moreover, not every model is lightweight, and you do not want to experience weight on your wrist at the end of the day.

Omron, Yamax, Yenovi, J&D, Polar, and Fitbit are popular brands for pedometers.

Omron, Yamax, Yenovi, J&D, Polar, and Fitbit are popular brands for pedometers.

3.10 What is a walking pedometer?

A walking pedometer is a basic pedometer that comes with limited features like counting the number of steps you take, calculating the distance travelled and estimating the calories burned. Other pedometers offer more features, including 3-7 day memories, alarm, clock, calendars and more.

A walking pedometer is a basic pedometer that comes with limited features like counting the number of steps you take, calculating the distance travelled and estimating the calories burned. Other pedometers offer more features, including 3-7 day memories, alarm, clock, calendars and more.

3.11 What is the difference between a pedometer and a step counter?

Both the fitness tracking devices measure the number of steps taken. However, a step counter does not measure the length of your step, the distance covered or walking speed. Therefore, a step counter is a simple device that only counts your number of steps.

Both the fitness tracking devices measure the number of steps taken. However, a step counter does not measure the length of your step, the distance covered or walking speed. Therefore, a step counter is a simple device that only counts your number of steps.

3.12 Can slow speed affect the pedometer's accuracy?

Yes. The speed, in general, also impacts the reading. Most pedometers are very accurate when the speed is above 2.5 mph, but most accurate devices can miscalculate steps at a slow speed.

Yes. The speed, in general, also impacts the reading. Most pedometers are very accurate when the speed is above 2.5 mph, but most accurate devices can miscalculate steps at a slow speed.

3.13 Can a pedometer measure calorie burn, and distance travelled accurately?

Pedometers don't measure distance travelled or calories burned accurately. The difference can be 10% with distance and 30% with calories. In other words, the error could be half a mile if you have walked five miles and 150 calories if you have burned 500 calories. Pedometers usually overestimate distance when the speed is slow and underestimate distance at a faster speed. The device is not sensitive enough to detect all the variables that determine how many calories you burn when you exercise. Due to these types of errors, pedometers are suggested to use for measuring only steps. 

Pedometers don't measure distance travelled or calories burned accurately. The difference can be 10% with distance and 30% with calories. In other words, the error could be half a mile if you have walked five miles and 150 calories if you have burned 500 calories. Pedometers usually overestimate distance when the speed is slow and underestimate distance at a faster speed. The device is not sensitive enough to detect all the variables that determine how many calories you burn when you exercise. Due to these types of errors, pedometers are suggested to use for measuring only steps. 

3.14 How do I know if my pedometer is accurate?

  • Set the pedometer to zero.

  • Walk and count off 100 steps determining its accuracy.

  • It is accurate if the error is within 10% of your count (90-110 steps).

  • In case of more than 10% error, move the pedometer forward or backwards on your waist or switch sides and walk another 100 steps.

  • If you fail to get accurate readings after repeated attempts, contact the seller, manufacturer to get it changed or to return it.

  • Set the pedometer to zero.

  • Walk and count off 100 steps determining its accuracy.

  • It is accurate if the error is within 10% of your count (90-110 steps).

  • In case of more than 10% error, move the pedometer forward or backwards on your waist or switch sides and walk another 100 steps.

  • If you fail to get accurate readings after repeated attempts, contact the seller, manufacturer to get it changed or to return it.

3.15 Isn't it better to measure my steps with my phone?

This is, of course, also possible. Most modern smartphones are equipped with a pedometer. This is often just not as accurate as a regular wrist pedometer. It is also often cumbersome to always carry your phone with you, which means that steps can be missed in a day. Of course, you want to have as complete an overview as possible!

This is, of course, also possible. Most modern smartphones are equipped with a pedometer. This is often just not as accurate as a regular wrist pedometer. It is also often cumbersome to always carry your phone with you, which means that steps can be missed in a day. Of course, you want to have as complete an overview as possible!

4. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for a pedometer

4.1 How to position a pedometer on the waist?

A waist pedometer can be worn on either side of your waist in a line straight up from the middle of your knee. If there is no waistband, you can wear it on your underwear and in case of excess abdominal fat, you can wear it on your sock. The aim is that pedometer should hang vertically from your waist, aligned over your knee and if that seems complicated, wear the pedometer on your sock.

A waist pedometer can be worn on either side of your waist in a line straight up from the middle of your knee. If there is no waistband, you can wear it on your underwear and in case of excess abdominal fat, you can wear it on your sock. The aim is that pedometer should hang vertically from your waist, aligned over your knee and if that seems complicated, wear the pedometer on your sock.

5. Did you know: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about pedometer

5.1 Mechanical pedometer was envisioned by Leonardo da Vinci as a device with military applications.

5.2 In 1780, Abraham-Louis Perrelet of Switzerland created the first pedometer, measuring the steps and distance covered while walking.

5.1 Mechanical pedometer was envisioned by Leonardo da Vinci as a device with military applications.

5.2 In 1780, Abraham-Louis Perrelet of Switzerland created the first pedometer, measuring the steps and distance covered while walking.

6. Our Picks: How we picked the best pedometers

We made a technical comparison for all the shortlisted pedometers. Other studies were also reviewed, such as the best pedometer according to the Consumers' Association. To choose the top seven, we mapped out reviews from users via websites such as Amazon, bol.com and Coolblue.

We made a technical comparison for all the shortlisted pedometers. Other studies were also reviewed, such as the best pedometer according to the Consumers' Association. To choose the top seven, we mapped out reviews from users via websites such as Amazon, bol.com and Coolblue.

6.1 3DFitBud A420S Pedometer

  • A pedometer can perform very well without any bell and whistles, and our comparison winner is the epitome of that.

  • 3DFitBud A420S is a basic pedometer that only does step count, and it does its job with high accuracy.

  • There is no fuss about setting the device up. Simply take it out from the package and start using it.

  • The battery life is of 12 months.

  • It has multiple wearing options. You can wear it on your waist, around your neck or keep it in the pocket. The device comes with a removable clip and lanyard.

  • It has a non-LED extra-large display.

  • It auto sleeps when not in use and auto awakes when in use.

  • It is equipped with one button step reset.

  • No Bluetooth, smartphone connections, or downloads make it a user-friendly device.

  • It is available in four colours - white, black, blue, and pink.

  • A pedometer can perform very well without any bell and whistles, and our comparison winner is the epitome of that.

  • 3DFitBud A420S is a basic pedometer that only does step count, and it does its job with high accuracy.

  • There is no fuss about setting the device up. Simply take it out from the package and start using it.

  • The battery life is of 12 months.

  • It has multiple wearing options. You can wear it on your waist, around your neck or keep it in the pocket. The device comes with a removable clip and lanyard.

  • It has a non-LED extra-large display.

  • It auto sleeps when not in use and auto awakes when in use.

  • It is equipped with one button step reset.

  • No Bluetooth, smartphone connections, or downloads make it a user-friendly device.

  • It is available in four colours - white, black, blue, and pink.

6.2 Garmin Running Dynamics Pod

  • Our runner up is a high-tech pedometer. This is the only running pod with an accelerometer chip on our list.

  • The device has an auto turn on and off feature.

  • You can pair it with most of the Garmin smartwatches.

  • It can be used with other smart devices via the Garmin Connect Mobile app.

  • Manufacturers claim that replaceable battery lasts up to 1 year (assuming 1-hour daily use).

  • It weighs only 12 g. Clip it onto your waistband, and you won't even feel it.

  • It views and analyses six metrics: step count, stride length, vertical oscillation, ground contact time balance, vertical ratio, and ground contact time.

  • These biomechanical measurements help you understand your running form and help you perform better in future.

  • It lets you run without a heart rate monitor chest strap.

  • The water rating is 1 ATM.

  • Our runner up is a high-tech pedometer. This is the only running pod with an accelerometer chip on our list.

  • The device has an auto turn on and off feature.

  • You can pair it with most of the Garmin smartwatches.

  • It can be used with other smart devices via the Garmin Connect Mobile app.

  • Manufacturers claim that replaceable battery lasts up to 1 year (assuming 1-hour daily use).

  • It weighs only 12 g. Clip it onto your waistband, and you won't even feel it.

  • It views and analyses six metrics: step count, stride length, vertical oscillation, ground contact time balance, vertical ratio, and ground contact time.

  • These biomechanical measurements help you understand your running form and help you perform better in future.

  • It lets you run without a heart rate monitor chest strap.

  • The water rating is 1 ATM.

6.3 OMRON Walking Style IV

  • The pedometer accurately measures your physical activity using a 3D measurement. 

  • It also supports your diet or daily goal.

  • You can wear it on the waist, hip. You can even keep it in your bag or your pants/jacket pocket.

  • Along with the number of steps, it also measures the number of calories burned, and the distance walked in kilometres. 

  • It has an ‘action’ mode that allows it to store a separate session of moves. It is independent of the measurements taken throughout the day.

  • Steps or strides requiring more effort than normal walking are also counted separately.

  • The pedometer has seven days of memory.

  • It weighs just 20 g and comes with two years warranty.

  • The pedometer accurately measures your physical activity using a 3D measurement. 

  • It also supports your diet or daily goal.

  • You can wear it on the waist, hip. You can even keep it in your bag or your pants/jacket pocket.

  • Along with the number of steps, it also measures the number of calories burned, and the distance walked in kilometres. 

  • It has an ‘action’ mode that allows it to store a separate session of moves. It is independent of the measurements taken throughout the day.

  • Steps or strides requiring more effort than normal walking are also counted separately.

  • The pedometer has seven days of memory.

  • It weighs just 20 g and comes with two years warranty.

6.4 OMRON Walking Style One 2.1

  • The Walking style One is a basic pedometer that shows accurate results, thanks to a 3D sensor.

  • You can do a lot with the device then just counting your daily steps. It is equipped with measuring distance travelled, calories burned, calculating aerobic step counter.

  • It shows your more active (brisk) steps next to your regular walking routine.

  • It features a clock as well.

  • It has a belt clip, and you can also keep it in your pocket and purse.

  • The pedometer has seven days of memory.

  • It weighs just 20 g and comes with two years warranty.

  • The Walking style One is a basic pedometer that shows accurate results, thanks to a 3D sensor.

  • You can do a lot with the device then just counting your daily steps. It is equipped with measuring distance travelled, calories burned, calculating aerobic step counter.

  • It shows your more active (brisk) steps next to your regular walking routine.

  • It features a clock as well.

  • It has a belt clip, and you can also keep it in your pocket and purse.

  • The pedometer has seven days of memory.

  • It weighs just 20 g and comes with two years warranty.

6.5 NAKOSITE PED2433 Best Walking 3D Pedometer

  • This basic pedometer with no connection to a mobile app allows you to store 30 days of performance. It has 23 days extra memory than the usual pedometer.

  • This lightweight device measures daily steps taken and also show calories burned.

  • The result is displayed in either km or miles.

  • Calories are displayed in KCal.

  • Active time display mode available shows active status during the day.

  • The 3D Advanced Tri-Axis sensing technology eliminates step counting errors that are common for pendulum-based pedometers.

  • It is a silent device with no unnecessary sound and beeps.

  • The sleek design and elegant white colour enhance its look. It has been moulded with central curvature to provide the necessary grip.

  • It comes with 365 days warranty.

  • This basic pedometer with no connection to a mobile app allows you to store 30 days of performance. It has 23 days extra memory than the usual pedometer.

  • This lightweight device measures daily steps taken and also show calories burned.

  • The result is displayed in either km or miles.

  • Calories are displayed in KCal.

  • Active time display mode available shows active status during the day.

  • The 3D Advanced Tri-Axis sensing technology eliminates step counting errors that are common for pendulum-based pedometers.

  • It is a silent device with no unnecessary sound and beeps.

  • The sleek design and elegant white colour enhance its look. It has been moulded with central curvature to provide the necessary grip.

  • It comes with 365 days warranty.

6.6 PULOX Pedometer PS-100

  • The Pulox Pedometer PS-100 is small and a simple device that counts your steps.

  • It can be put around your neck or in the pocket, purse, and briefcase.

  • It is equipped with an acceleration sensor for counting steps.

  • The screen displays extra-large numbers, making it suitable for people with weak eyesight as well.

  • The pitch counter is up to 99,999, which has a reset button to zero.

  • To check the accuracy, count 100 steps. If the pedometer shows a result of +/- 10 steps, it is working correctly. In case of a more significant deviation, reset the pedometer and count again.

  • The Pulox Pedometer PS-100 is small and a simple device that counts your steps.

  • It can be put around your neck or in the pocket, purse, and briefcase.

  • It is equipped with an acceleration sensor for counting steps.

  • The screen displays extra-large numbers, making it suitable for people with weak eyesight as well.

  • The pitch counter is up to 99,999, which has a reset button to zero.

  • To check the accuracy, count 100 steps. If the pedometer shows a result of +/- 10 steps, it is working correctly. In case of a more significant deviation, reset the pedometer and count again.

6.7 Onever Pedometer

  • Thanks to the 3D technology, this Oneevr pedometer accurately counts your steps, distance and calories burned.

  • The pedometer comes with a hook, so you can easily put it around the neck or keep it in the purse or pocket.

  • The device has seven days of memory.

  • It automatically saves the data and resets it at noon.

  • It automatically goes into sleep mode if you do not move for 3 minutes and automatically turns on when you start moving.

  • The pitch counter is up to 99,999, which has a reset button to zero.

  • The distance is shown in either km or miles. 

  • Calorie consumption is displayed up to 999.99 kilocalories.

  • It is made of ABS plastic and weighs 130 g.

  • Thanks to the 3D technology, this Oneevr pedometer accurately counts your steps, distance and calories burned.

  • The pedometer comes with a hook, so you can easily put it around the neck or keep it in the purse or pocket.

  • The device has seven days of memory.

  • It automatically saves the data and resets it at noon.

  • It automatically goes into sleep mode if you do not move for 3 minutes and automatically turns on when you start moving.

  • The pitch counter is up to 99,999, which has a reset button to zero.

  • The distance is shown in either km or miles. 

  • Calorie consumption is displayed up to 999.99 kilocalories.

  • It is made of ABS plastic and weighs 130 g.