That will depend on what your goals are?
There are various types of pedometers and making sure you are purchasing the right kind for your needs will make your use of one a lot more enjoyable.
Typically a 3D Pedometer will provide the most accurate results but there are some considerations to be aware of.
First off a 3D pedometer simply means movement is measured in multiple directions and the Pedometer doesn't need to be vertically oriented to detect movement like the previous 2D Pedometers did. So a 3D pedometer can be placed almost anywhere and still capture steps accurately.
When looking for accuracy, you will want a Pedometer that includes some sort of False Start monitor; whether that be a timed delay or whether a certain number of steps need to be taken before it starts to capture data. These are put in place to make sure you are actually walking and not simply shifting in your chair, swinging your wrist or riding in a bumpy car. Without these counter measures, pedometers will generally record a lot of steps that weren't actually taking (typically referred to as phantom steps), providing you inaccurate readings.
While the counter measures for detecting steps are great to ensure the number of steps counted are as accurate as they can be, they can be frustrating for some. For example, if you are interested in tracking every step you take during the day, these more accurate pedometers will prove to be frustrating for you. As they won't likely record your trips from the kitchen to the living room. Likewise, if you have a job with a lot of stops; like a waiter or waitress it won't track all of the steps you take during your shift.
Once you have established what level of accuracy you want, then you need to decide on what you want tracked. Meaning do you only want to track steps or perhaps you want to also know:
- How many miles you walked each day?
- Provide you an estimate of the number of calories your burned while exercising?
- Do you want to know how fast you were going?
- Do you want to know how long you exercised for?
- Do you want to people to look at past day's performance?
The SC2 Pedometer will provide you all of the above data without requiring you to connect it to a computer or sync it with an app. It is a back to basics accurate pedometer.
Other Pedometer Technology considerations:
- Is it important to have your Pedometer connect to your computer?
- Should it have a Bluetooth connection?
- Does the brand have a good reputation for delivering quality products?
- Do they offer customer support?
There is no Best Pedometer, it all comes down to what your needs are, to determine what is the best choice for you personally.