Special thanks to Cathy for help with this review.
Crane is the Aldi house brand for fitness products. We see Crane products most often around the beginning of the year, when people are trying to make New Year’s resolutions, but Crane products are known to pop up during other times of the year, too, such as during the summer, the fall, and the early winter.
So here we are in the spring, and Aldi has yet another run of Crane products out in its Special Buy (ALDI Finds) section.
The Crane Activity Tracker Watch is actually one of a couple of fitness watches Aldi sells. One of the others, the Crane Wireless Activity Tracker, is a full-fledged wireless activity tracker (although, unfortunately, one with a really terrible app). The differences between this Tracker Watch and the Activity Tracker are probably obvious enough just in the price: this product is only $4.99, while the Wireless Activity Tracker is $39.99.
So what does this product do? Well, first off, understand that this isn’t a Fitbit or a Garmin. It’s not going to track your sleep or give you detailed statistics or sync with your smartphone. Instead, this product is more along the lines of an old-school pedometer with a couple of other extra features thrown in, including:
- A digital quartz accurate watch
- Customizable stride and weight for accurate calorie tracking
- Measurement options in metric and imperial
- Time option in standard or military
- An adjustable silicone band to go on your wrist
- A guaranteed 1-year battery life
So, in short, this device will 1) keep time, 2) keep steps, and 3) keep calorie counts. No more, no less. It’s a simple device for walking or running. (Note that it is not waterproof or even water resistant, so don’t try swimming with it.)
Our tester’s initial impressions with the watch are positive. She told us that, so far, it’s doing everything it’s supposed to, including accurate step count. She also pointed out that it’s very light, so light that she can hardly feel it, so if you’re looking for something to work out with that won’t bog you down, this has potential. Our tester has small wrists and said it adjusts to fit her wrist well, but it also felt like it could adjust well to large wrists.
It’s not a true fitness tracker, but if you’re looking for something that counts steps, tracks calories, and keeps time, this is worth a look. The $4.99 price tag and 1-year guaranteed battery life aren’t bad, either.