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.[1] 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

Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch

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.

  • You can get real-time pace and distance stats by connecting your Versa 2 to your smartphone’s GPS. If you want to leave your phone behind, you’ll need to pay a bit extra to upgrade to the Fitbit Versa 3, which has built-in GPS.
  • Download up to 300 songs to the Versa 2 or stream playlists from Spotify and Deezer.
  • Never miss a call, text or important date. You’ll receive smartphone app notifications directly to your wrist as long as your phone is nearby. You can even send quick replies via the watch or voice replies if you have an Android.

The Draw

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.

–Cassandra, Walmart customer

The Downside

This product did not come with any instructions except to go online [at Fitbit.com].

–Lisa, Walmart customer

Best Affordable Fitbit

Fitbit Inspire 2

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. Even if you forget to hit start on your workout, it’ll record it for you.
  • Wear the Inspire 2 to bed for sleep tracking and each morning you’ll receive a sleep score to show how long you spent in each stage of sleep (light, deep and REM). You can even get tips in the Fitbit app to help you improve your sleep quality.
  • Included with purchase is a free one-year trial of Fitbit Premium (for new Premium users only), which gives you ample opportunity to test additional features like personalized insights, workouts and guided programs.

The Draw

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.

–SabrinaM, Walmart customer

The Downside

Sometimes it doesn’t pick up when I am on the treadmill.

–Suki, Walmart customer

Best Fitbit for Swimming

Fitbit Charge 4

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 will recognize that you’re swimming and start to record a workout even if you forgot to hit the start button. For workouts on dry land, it boasts the same stellar features as other Fitbit fitness trackers, as well as more than 20 exercise modes.

  • You won’t be able to upload your own music to the Charge 4, but you can use it to control your Spotify playlist as long as your phone is nearby.
  • The multi-day battery can last up to seven days, depending on how much you use your fitness tracker and with what features. For example, continuous GPS will shorten your battery life to just five hours.
  • Leave your wallet at home and use Fitbit Pay for contactless payment if you need some post-workout fuel.

The Draw

Love this new Fitbit. It’s more comfortable to wear all day and sleep in. Great features.

–Sunshinybaker, Walmart customer

The Downside

I wish it came with a protector so it can’t get scratched or broken.

–Tammy, Walmart customer

Best Fitbit for Running

Fitbit Versa 3 Smartwatch

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 (meaning you don’t need to bring your phone to track distance when you hit the road), Active Zone Minutes (to track peak, cardio and fat-burn zones) and a built-in speaker so you can take calls from your wrist. You can also download and play songs and podcasts directly from the watch.

  • The Versa 3’s large clock face with bright AMOLED display also makes it easy to see real-time pace and distance stats, while a colour-coded workout intensity map in the Fitbit app will show you where you pushed and where you slacked.
  • You can track your snooze time and get a sleep score to better understand your sleep quality. Use the Smart Wake alarm to wake up during the optimal stage of sleep and you’ll feel far less sluggish on your run than if you were jolted out of REM sleep.
  • The Versa 3 battery can last up to 12 hours with continuous GPS. Considering that the average marathon time is four hours and 32 minutes,[2] that should be more than enough time! You can recharge to a standard day’s worth of battery in just 12 minutes or get a full charge in 40 minutes.

The Draw

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!

–Danielle, Walmart customer

The Downside

It’s nice except the band sweats a lot.

–Laurie, Walmart customer

Best Fitbit for Kids

Fitbit Ace 2 Activity Tracker

It takes time and consistency to build good habits. Teaching kids about fitness early is one way to promote a lifelong commitment—and a kids’ activity tracker could help. 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 as versatile and resilient as the kiddo who wears it.
  • If your kid is lucky enough to have their own smartphone, they can get call notifications straight to their wrist and check out their sleep and activity reports in the Fitbit app.
  • The Fitbit app has two profile views: Kid View and Parent View. Kids will be limited to seeing data like their stats, badges and clock-face options, while parents will see kids’ activity as well as be able to approve friend and family connections.

The Draw

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!

–Kim, Walmart customer

The Downside

It doesn’t have a heart-rate feature.

–Misty, Walmart customer

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Article Sources

  1. John Hopkins Medicine. Could a Fitness Tracker Boost Your Heart Health?
  2. Runner’s World. What Is the Average Marathon Finish Time?

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Melissa is a freelance lifestyle journalist and mama to one. She has written about everything from beauty and health to finance and food for national brands such as Best Health, CBC, Reader's Digest and Refinery 29. When she's not parked in front of her laptop, she can be found playing with her three-year-old daughter, training for a 10K or nurturing her veggie garden (a newfound passion!).