From the best activity trackers that monitor everything from heart rate to noise levels to gym bags that seamlessly transition from day to night, this list has all the gear you need for a first-rate workout experience.
But we’ll be honest: There’s a lot on this list that is simply (really) nice to have. All you actually need to sweat is a pair of sneakers and something comfy to wear. (After all, we’re big believers of at-home workouts.) But can the right tracker motivate you to walk a little more or go to bed a little earlier? Maybe. And does having the right bag with perfectly sized pockets mean it’s way less frustrating to get dressed after an early morning workout? Probably. Sometimes it’s these seemingly little things—like a pair of headphones that fit just so, or sunglasses that don’t slide down your nose, or socks that hug your feet in all the right places—that can make the difference between a draining workout experience and an energizing one. And in that case, we’ve got you covered.
To pick this year’s winners, a combination of SELF editors, everyday athletes, and professional trainers tested lots and lots of gear, and then provided feedback on what they liked best. Below are their top picks.
All of the winners listed here are new—released between October 2018 and September 2019. Don’t forget to check out our full list of winners right here.
Best Everyday Water Bottle: Takeya Actives Bottles, from $30
With over a dozen color options, multiple sizes, and two different lid choices, this water bottle is easy to customize. Our testers loved that it did just what it says it will: keeps your drink cold, doesn’t spill in your bag, and fits in any car cup holder.
One reviewer says: “This water bottle keeps cold stuff hella cold! It is definitely insulated well and really durable. The loop on the handle is great for carrying and also for clipping onto a bag. I also really like the spout—it’s small, which means that when you are mid workout and shaky and sweaty and you go for a sip of water in a very floppy way, you don’t miss your mouth! It also seems durable AF. I also like that while the spout you drink out of is small, you can remove the entire lid for cleaning the inside of the bottle (I can fit my whole hand in there to wash it!). It also has a good coating that makes grip easier.”