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The Leaf Review: Smart Jewelry by Bellabeat

A wearable fitness tracker that looks like jewelry.

What is it: The Leaf by Bellabeat, smart jewelry that helps track your activities.

Price and Where to Buy the Leaf: Starts at $119 on Bellabeat’s website.

Pros:

  • Can be worn discreetly—we clipped ours on to the side of our boot and it was unnoticeable, unlike traditional fitness trackers
  • Stylish design comes in silver or rose gold
  • Can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, or clipped on
  • Battery lasts for up to six months without charging
  • Wirelessly syncs with your smartphone
  • 14 day memory
  • Can set silent reminder and wake-up alarms
  • Tracks and analyzes your sleep
  • Monitors your activities (customize your goal for active minutes or steps)
  • Can set an inactive alarm to alert you if you’ve been sedentary too long
  • Includes breathing exercises to help you relax

Cons:

  • Not water-resistant, although it can stand up to sweat during a workout

How the Leaf Rates:

      • Usefulness: 10/10. The Leaf is a great way to make sure that you’re getting enough physical activity throughout the day.
      • Value: 9/10. The materials are high quality, and this is a good price for a fitness tracker.
      • Portability: 10/10. Since the Leaf can be worn in so many different ways, you can conceal it if you want or show it off like jewelry. It’s also small and lightweight.
      • Cool Factor: 10/10. The design is unique and much cooler than other wearables on the market.

Final Verdict: If you want to track your activities and sleep, but hate wearing a rubber bracelet like the FitBit, the Leaf is a great and stylish choice.

Want to win a Leaf for yourself? We’re giving away one to a lucky reader over on our Facebook page.

Editor’s Note: Reviews are based on usefulness, portability, durability, value, and “cool factor.” Some review products are sent to us free of charge and with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions, positive and negative, and will never accept compensation to review a product. If you have any questions or comments concerning our reviews, or would like to suggest a product for review, please email us at editor@smartertravel.com

(Photo: Bellabeat)

By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

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