THE LIDL BARGAIN FITNESS TRACKER. IS IT ANY GOOD?

THE LIDL BARGAIN FITNESS TRACKER. IS IT ANY GOOD?

The ‘aisle of temptation’ in the discount supermarkets is a definite (if sometimes dangerous) addition to the weekly shop. Allowing us to pick up anything from a chopping board to a chainsaw, it is always worth a look – especially if you are looking for fitness gear which often pops up.

A new item at Lidl is the Silvercrest activity tracker, selling for an incredible £25. What do you get for this price, and does it do the job?

WHAT FEATURES DOES THE TRACKER OFFER?

The Silvercrest tracker offers all the expected basics. These include steps, distance travelled, time taken and a calculation of calories used. It also monitors when you are asleep. An unusual bonus is the ability to monitor UV exposure.

The tracker is small and lightweight, mainly because it does not have a screen. It is not designed to be waterproof but is rated as ‘splash resistant’. This means that being out in the rain should not worry it too much.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO WORK WITH IT?

Because there is no screen, you will also need a Bluetooth-compatible device to pair with it and to accept the associated app.  The app is available on all the usual stores.

HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO MORE EXPENSIVE TRACKERS?

Lack of screen means no instant feedback. However it reduces weight and should extend battery life.

There seems to be a problem with setting your height (needed for the calculations). The software appears to need a height of 5 feet 10 inches or more. One suggestion is to enter your height in centimetres. Hopefully this issue will be fixed in future releases.

There is a lot to consider when buying a fitness tracker and a wide price range. At this price it could almost be said ‘worth a go’ despite possible shortcomings. Items at discounters don’t remain in stock for long, so be quick if you want to try it.

 


The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

Comments

Amber J.
15 September 2018

Amber J.

Scares me how mainstream these are becoming. With prices getting cheaper we will see everyone wearing trackers soon and everyone becoming more and more obsessed with their health and weight. Not good, in my opinion.

Nicky B.
14 September 2018

Nicky B.

When are these in stock? This week?

Mark J.
13 September 2018

Mark J.

I have a high-end tracker but (exercise addict that I am) a spare would be really good, so I'm off to see if there are any left!

Michael W.
10 September 2018

Michael W.

Lidl are usually very good with non-food items. They often have a 3 year warranty too. I'll definitely be looking at this. Well done Lidl!

Debra G.
7 September 2018

Debra G.

for £25 sounds well worth it - I've been put off buying one before as I didn't know if I'd get the use out of it.

Thomas B.
7 September 2018

Thomas B.

Ive got one of these, they are decent enough

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