Lumoid’s try before you buy wearable program helps you choose the right fitness band

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It’s so easy to buy the wrong wearable. In fact, a survey found that more than half of those who buy a wearable will stop wearing it after just six months. So how do you know you’re buying the right one? Well, you can always try a few of them out first with Lumoid’s new wearable rental program.

Lumoid only used to rent out camera paraphernalia, but now the company has added wearables to its offerings. For just $20, you can try out as many as five different wearables for seven days. By the end of the trial period, you can either buy the wearable of you choice, or return them all with the included box and return shipping label. Seven days isn’t a particularly long trial period by any stretch of the imagination, but you can extend it as long as there isn’t a back order on the wearables you are currently testing.

Although you won’t be able to test the wearables too extensively, you can certainly get an idea of how they look and feel on your body or in your home.  So far, Lumoid rents out many of the most popular fitness trackers, including the Jawbone UP24, Misfit Shine, Nike+ Fuelband SE, Pebble, Samsung Gear Fit, Basis Peak, and more.

Fitbit’s Flex, Charge, One, and Aria Wi-Fi Smart scale are available to rent, too, as are several Withings products, such as the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor, Pulse O2, Pulse Wireless Activity Tracker, and WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer scale. Lumoid separates the trackers based on function to make it even easier to choose which ones you want to test out.

In exchange for letting you test out its fitness trackers, Lumoid collects valuable data about which trackers its users love enough to buy and which ones they hate the most. If you buy one of the devices after the trial period, Lumoid also gets a cut of the profits, just like Amazon. You can learn more about how it works on Lumoid’s website, and check out all the trackers you can try on the Wearable Gear page.

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