{"id":606088233266,"title":"Fitnus Review: Too Cheap or Worth It?","created_at":"2023-08-18T23:47:47-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Fitnus Review: Too Cheap or Worth It?\",\n \"keywords\": \"fitnus, fitnus review, fitnus reviews, fitnus watch, fitnus smartwatch, fitnus smartwatch reviews\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the specs of the Fitnus health tracker to give our take on whether the device is likely to be effective or if it's a waste of money. 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The company claims their device can track activity, monitor blood pressure and heart rate, and track sleep quality.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut is Fitnus proven to work, or are these just marketing claims? Is the device as good as its more expensive competitors like Fitbit? Are fitness trackers generally a scam? And what are the pros and cons of Fitnus?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we determine whether or not Fitnus has been clinically shown to work.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll compare Fitnus against other popular biometric devices like Fitbit and Apple Watch, and share a video that discusses whether fitness trackers are generally a scam.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll also give our take on the pros and cons of Fitnus.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDoes Fitnus Actually Work?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe can’t find any details on the Fitnus website, even on the brand’s FAQ page, about the mechanism of action and technology used for their tracking.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFurther, we can’t find any clinical trials on Fitnus accessible in \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePubMed\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is one of the largest databases for clinical trials in the US.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of the most important criteria when considering a biometric device is what its underlying technology is, and whether that technology has been proven in clinical trials to be effective, or matches technology used in existing clinical trials.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePut simply, the Fitnus website provides no explanation of how the device works, nor any proof that it does work.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not understand why any consumer would purchase a health device without clear, demonstrated proof of efficacy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFurther, there are some questionable health claims on the brand’s website, including the suggestion (in broken English) that the blood pressure monitoring may not be accurate if a patient is stressed, which makes no sense:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSuggesting that “whether the mind is peaceful or not” affects accurate blood pressure reading is illogical. Being stressed can raise blood pressure, but an accurate health tracking device can detect whether blood pressure is high or low.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSuggesting that the blood pressure tracking only works under ideal conditions, without providing any explanation as to why this is the case, is a major red flag in our opinion.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eFitnus vs. Other Fitness Trackers\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs referenced in the intro to this article, there are a number of popular fitness trackers on the market including Fitbit and Apple Watch.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/fitbit-sense-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFitbit Sense review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article, we document that Fitbit has been tested in legitimate clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical journals for its effects on stress, sleep and cardiovascular health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe found the research on Fitbit for sleep and stress more convincing than its cardiovascular tracking, but in any case, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eFitbit has significantly more research backing than Fitnus.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eApple Watch has also been studied in clinical trials for its accuracy and health effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30657025\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of Sports Sciences\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e analyzed heart rate tracking accuracy from several fitness trackers, and the Apple Watch was more accurate than the Fitbit model studied, with relative error rates (RER) for the Apple Watch ranging from 2.4% to 5.1%.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we would recommend either the Fitbit or the Apple Watch over the Fitnus due to their research backing. We would recommend any fitness tracker with clinical backing over the Fitnus device.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut are fitness trackers a scam? We’ll discuss that in the next section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eAre Fitness Trackers a Scam?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube video from the “Future Proof Health” channel has over 40,000 views and discusses whether fitness trackers are worthwhile or a total waste of money:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/kpQYwr76o-8\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros and Cons of Fitnus\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the pros and cons of Fitnus in our opinion:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAffordable\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUnlikely to have negative effects\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCons:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDoesn’t appear clinically tested\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrand makes questionable health claims\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNo proof that health tracking is accurate\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVery challenging to find customer reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not currently recommend the Fitnus device, because we can’t find any evidence it’s accurate or proven to support any specific health outcome.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis device doesn’t appear to have been studied in any clinical trials, so we don’t understand why anyone would purchase it without proof of efficacy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor those who can afford it, we would recommend fitness trackers like Fitbit and Apple Watch over Fitnus, because both brands have significant clinical backing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne questionable health claim that stood out to us from the Fitnus website is the suggestion that stress can make the blood pressure reading inaccurate, which suggests the accuracy of the device is questionable.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhether or not an individual is stressed may affect blood pressure, but should not affect the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emeasurement\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e of blood pressure.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe couldn’t find one single unsponsored customer review of this device on YouTube or TikTok, which is another red flag.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-08-18T23:55:05-04:00","updated_at":"2023-10-19T22:33:47-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the specs of the Fitnus health tracker to give our take on whether the device is likely to be effective or if it's a waste of money. We share our concerns about the lack of research backing this device, and compare it to Fitbit and Apple Watch.","template_suffix":"","handle":"fitnus-review","tags":"_related:health-device"}

Fitnus Review: Too Cheap or Worth It?

Fitnus Review: Too Cheap or Worth It?


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Fitnus is the cheapest fitness tracker and biometric device that we’ve come across, retailing for a fraction of other brands like Fitbit. The company claims their device can track activity, monitor blood pressure and heart rate, and track sleep quality.

But is Fitnus proven to work, or are these just marketing claims? Is the device as good as its more expensive competitors like Fitbit? Are fitness trackers generally a scam? And what are the pros and cons of Fitnus?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we determine whether or not Fitnus has been clinically shown to work.

We’ll compare Fitnus against other popular biometric devices like Fitbit and Apple Watch, and share a video that discusses whether fitness trackers are generally a scam.

We’ll also give our take on the pros and cons of Fitnus.

Does Fitnus Actually Work?

We can’t find any details on the Fitnus website, even on the brand’s FAQ page, about the mechanism of action and technology used for their tracking.

Further, we can’t find any clinical trials on Fitnus accessible in PubMed, which is one of the largest databases for clinical trials in the US.

One of the most important criteria when considering a biometric device is what its underlying technology is, and whether that technology has been proven in clinical trials to be effective, or matches technology used in existing clinical trials.

Put simply, the Fitnus website provides no explanation of how the device works, nor any proof that it does work.

We do not understand why any consumer would purchase a health device without clear, demonstrated proof of efficacy.

Further, there are some questionable health claims on the brand’s website, including the suggestion (in broken English) that the blood pressure monitoring may not be accurate if a patient is stressed, which makes no sense:

Suggesting that “whether the mind is peaceful or not” affects accurate blood pressure reading is illogical. Being stressed can raise blood pressure, but an accurate health tracking device can detect whether blood pressure is high or low.

Suggesting that the blood pressure tracking only works under ideal conditions, without providing any explanation as to why this is the case, is a major red flag in our opinion.

Fitnus vs. Other Fitness Trackers

As referenced in the intro to this article, there are a number of popular fitness trackers on the market including Fitbit and Apple Watch.

In our Fitbit Sense review article, we document that Fitbit has been tested in legitimate clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical journals for its effects on stress, sleep and cardiovascular health.

We found the research on Fitbit for sleep and stress more convincing than its cardiovascular tracking, but in any case, Fitbit has significantly more research backing than Fitnus.

Apple Watch has also been studied in clinical trials for its accuracy and health effects.

A clinical trial published in the Journal of Sports Sciences analyzed heart rate tracking accuracy from several fitness trackers, and the Apple Watch was more accurate than the Fitbit model studied, with relative error rates (RER) for the Apple Watch ranging from 2.4% to 5.1%.

Overall, we would recommend either the Fitbit or the Apple Watch over the Fitnus due to their research backing. We would recommend any fitness tracker with clinical backing over the Fitnus device.

But are fitness trackers a scam? We’ll discuss that in the next section.

Are Fitness Trackers a Scam?

A YouTube video from the “Future Proof Health” channel has over 40,000 views and discusses whether fitness trackers are worthwhile or a total waste of money:

Pros and Cons of Fitnus

Here are the pros and cons of Fitnus in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Unlikely to have negative effects

Cons:

  • Doesn’t appear clinically tested
  • Brand makes questionable health claims
  • No proof that health tracking is accurate
  • Very challenging to find customer reviews
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Conclusion

We do not currently recommend the Fitnus device, because we can’t find any evidence it’s accurate or proven to support any specific health outcome.

This device doesn’t appear to have been studied in any clinical trials, so we don’t understand why anyone would purchase it without proof of efficacy.

For those who can afford it, we would recommend fitness trackers like Fitbit and Apple Watch over Fitnus, because both brands have significant clinical backing.

One questionable health claim that stood out to us from the Fitnus website is the suggestion that stress can make the blood pressure reading inaccurate, which suggests the accuracy of the device is questionable.

Whether or not an individual is stressed may affect blood pressure, but should not affect the measurement of blood pressure.

We couldn’t find one single unsponsored customer review of this device on YouTube or TikTok, which is another red flag.