Omron HJ-105 Pedometer Review

Omron HJ-105 Pedometer Review

  • Build Quality
  • Features
  • Practicality
  • Value

From my review of the Omron HJ-105 the things that stood out for me were:

  • Simplicity – Less techy types should have no trouble in figuring this thing out. It’s simplicity makes it an ideal starting point for the beginner pedometer user.
  • Ideal for walking workouts – The HJ 105’s tracking for steps taken during walking workouts is spot on.
  • Not for daily step tracking – One of the main selling points of a pedometer is to provide the ability to track how many steps a person takes in a day. However, I tested the hj-105 in the office during the day and every time I leaned over to open a draw or answer the phone it seemed to think I was taking steps.
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Programmable
  • Large font display
  • Tracks multiple criteria


My Review of the Omron HJ 105 Pedometer

To sync the HJ-105 with your stride you will need to measure it with a long tape measure, something which a lot of people don’t have to hand. However, if you want to get the most accurate readings possible it’s worth the effort to go out and buy one. You’ll also need to enter your weight at setup then do a 100 step test which is standard with all pedometers. The results I got from the stride test were pretty accurate, exactly the same as some of the much pricier models in fact.

Simple setup and accurate strides aside, there can be an issue with tracking daily steps. There is a setting for sensitivity which you can change but even on the least sensitive setting my slight movements were being tracked as steps. Now, every one moves differently, so it may just be an issue with the way I move, my girlfriend always says I’m heavy footed so it could just be me 🙂 If you’re only using it for tracking your walking workouts or even jogging it can be really accurate though.

If you’re planning on wearing the hj 105 at work then the unit is pretty small and comfortable to wear unlike some bulkier pedometers. Another thing I like about this pedometer is the fact it has a cover. Many people have complained to me in the past about their pedometers resetting accidentally, so a cover should stop that.



At a RRP of just $16.99 it’s an affordable piece of equipment that’s for sure. You can get it cheaper if you look around, just check the comparison table below to find the best price available. All together the Omron HJ 105 pedometer is a good choice at an affordable price, it has some nice features and is smaller than most, but there are better available if I’m honest. However, if you do decide to buy this pedometer you definitely won’t be disappointed that’s for sure!

One Comment

  1. I have bought and used various pedometers before and I have been disappointed by many. Most of them did not last that long. I bought Omron HJ-105 and it is a basic pedometer which I am not very happy about. It has few features to offer and that is ok because I really did not want any of those fancy pedometers. The only thing I needed was a pedometer which can help me track the number of calories I have expended and the number of steps I have taken. I am pleased that the clip is stronger than the previous brands and models I have used before. However, the step counter is inaccurate. It is off by 2.5% and the display is very small. The product was also a bit misleading. It will not track all your calories for the day; it will only track your calories during walking. Overall, I am not very satisfied with this product.

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