Part accountability coach, part personal cheerleader, a Fitbit can be a great investment for anyone looking to increase their daily activity or improve their health. But with so many available models—from basic activity trackers with heart-rate monitors to smartwatches with workout modes and on-screen notifications—it can be hard to find the right fit. That’s why we’ve created a streamlined list of best Fitbit models so you can find the right one for you, your partner or your child.
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Best Fitbit Overall
The Fitbit Versa 2 has an edge over many other Fitbit models thanks to its smartwatch features like a large touchscreen watch face and the ability to download and install third-party apps. You can set up contactless payment through Fitbit Pay, use Amazon Alexa to set a timer for your plank or listen to Spotify as you move. With advanced heart-rate sensors and updated sleep-tracking features, the Versa 2 is more wellness companion than simple fitness tracker.
|It can connect to your smartphone’s GPS for real-time pace and distance stats.||There’s no built-in GPS. If you want to leave your phone at home during runs, the Fitbit Versa 3 has a GPS but it costs more.|
|You can download up to 300 songs or stream playlists from Spotify and Deezer.||It’s not compatible with every device, only iPhone or iPad (iOS 11+) or Android phone (OS 7+).|
|It receives smartphone app notifications when your phone is nearby. You can send replies via the watch or voice messages if you have an Android device.||There’s no instruction manual in the box.|
It tracks everything I’m interested in knowing, is super easy to use and I especially love that it’s water resistant. I don’t have to worry about taking it off to wash my hands or shower.
This product did not come with any instructions except to go online [at Fitbit.com].
Best Affordable Fitbit
If you’re new to wearable technology, the Inspire 2 is an affordable, user-friendly way to get into the game. It’s an updated version of the original Inspire HR (a water-resistant fitness tracker), but the new model has a touchscreen with a faster response time, plus an Active Zone Minutes feature to tell you when you enter peak, cardio and fat burn heart-rate zones.
|SmartTrack Automatic Exercise Recognition automatically detects exercise and will record it, even if you forget to hit start.||The one-year trial of Fitbit Premium is for new Premium users only.|
|A daily sleep score shows how long you spent in each stage of sleep (light, deep and REM). The Fitbit app has tips to help improve your sleep quality.||Some users say their workouts are not always detected.|
|A free one-year trial of Fitbit Premium allows you to test additional features like personalized insights, workouts and guided programs.|
I like how it not only reminds me to get my steps in each hour, but it lets me know when I reach my hourly goals.
Sometimes it doesn’t pick up when I am on the treadmill.
Best Fitbit for Running
The newest iteration of Fitbit’s best-selling Versa smartwatch, this third-generation model will put a bigger dent in your wallet but also has notable upgrades like built-in GPS, Active Zone Minutes (to track peak, cardio and fat-burn zones) and a built-in speaker so you can take calls from your wrist.
|Its large clock face with bright AMOLED display makes real-time pace and distance stats easy to see.||Some users find that the band traps sweat, leading to discomfort.|
|The Versa 3 tracks your snooze time and provides a sleep score, plus the Smart Wake alarm gets you up at the optimal time.||You can only control music through third-party apps like Spotify and Deezer.|
|The battery lasts up to 12 hours with continuous GPS and fully recharges in 40 minutes.|
Really love this Fitbit Versa 3. It keeps track of a lot of exercise stuff and you can personalize the clock face on the watch with pretty much whatever you want!
It’s nice except the band sweats a lot.
Best Fitbit for Swimming
This sleek, swim-proof fitness tracker is water-resistant to 50 metres, making it the perfect companion for your water workouts. It has built-in GPS—an essential if you like to track your distance and pace in open water—and SmartTrack Automatic Exercise Recognition, which means the Charge 4 Special Edition will recognize that you’re swimming and start to record a workout even if you forgot to hit the start button.
And if you want even more health and fitness features, the new Fitbit Charge 5 has extra sensors for your oxygen levels, skin temperature, heart rate and rhythm, plus an EDA scan for stress management. The result? You get a better picture of your overall health. It also has a brighter colour OLED screen and an “always on” mode. Of course, it’s also a bit more expensive.
|The battery can last up to seven days, but drains faster if you continuously use the GPS feature.||You can’t upload your own music to the Charge 4 Special Edition.|
|Fitbit Pay can be used for contactless payment.||It doesn’t come with a screen protector and some users say it can get scratched.|
|You can connect the Charge 4 Special Edition to your smartphone and control your Spotify playlist right on the watch.|
Love the new Charge 4. It’s so easy to use and tracks all my activities and heart rate.
My only gripe is that the pins where the fabric strap attaches to the tracker, and the clasp on the strap, are just made out of plastic.
Best Fitbit for Kids
Unlike traditional fitness trackers for grown-ups, the Fitbit Ace 2 doesn’t show stats like calories burned. Instead, it encourages kids ages six and up to get moving with fun achievements that are unlocked through movement. Kids with a competitive streak will love earning virtual badges and trophies as they compete in step challenges with friends and family.
|With a colourful band and customizable watch face, this durable, waterproof activity tracker is both versatile and resilient.||A heart-rate feature is not included.|
|Kids with a smartphone can get call notifications and check out their sleep and activity reports in the Fitbit app.||Some users find the band is too long for children.|
|The Fitbit app has a special profile view for parents, which allows them to monitor kids’ activity and approve friend and family connections.|
My son loves his Ace 2! It allows him to compete with the rest of our family for steps, track his sleep and has made him much more aware!
It doesn’t have a heart-rate feature.
More Fitness Essentials
- John Hopkins Medicine. Could a Fitness Tracker Boost Your Heart Health?
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