So, you want to buy a Fitbit. But which one suits your style, budget and fitness levels?
If you’re wondering “which is the best Fitbit for me?” we feel your pain. Wareable offers the most comprehensive reviews of every Fitbit – and this is where we try and compare each model, so you can find the perfect fitness tracker.
With a price range from $59.99 right up to $299.95, Fitbit has done its best to cater to everyone looking to buy their very first fitness tracker or a top smartwatch.
Read on to find out which Fitbit model is right for you – from all the devices currently on sale and ones coming soon. We’ve spent plenty of time with the whole range to help you decide, so make sure you check out our full Fitbit reviews too.
Best overall Fitbit – Fitbit Alta HR
The Fitbit Alta hasn’t been ditched, but if you want more features from this stylish tracker, you should check out the Alta HR, our Fitness Tracker of the Year.
Its big feature is continuous heart rate tracking. It was also the debut device for Fitbit’s improvements in sleep monitoring, using the accelerometer and heart rate sensor to determine whether you’re in REM, light or deep sleep. Every morning you can see how long you spent in each stage, and the app offers up some tips for rest from Sleep Insights. We’ve found the insights a little general thus far, but Fitbit says these will get better the more it gets to know you.
Despite those improvements, the Alta HR is still trying to keep things simple. There’s no workout recording, ConnectedGPS, VO2 Max tracking or, surprisingly, guided breathing. It does still have SmartTrack, so if you do want to take it for a run, it’ll pick it up automatically. And of course, it has that tiny Alta screen that displays incoming calls, SMS notifications and calendar updates.
The Alta HR is still Fitbit’s most stylish tracker, and the plethora of third party bands and straps means it’s extremely customisable. It’s not for serious athletes, but instead for those of us who want to keep track of our health, fitness and wellbeing without all the complicated stats. It wants to give us that in a form factor that’s wearable and desirable, and to that end it’s a success.
- Optical heart rate
- Sleep tracking
- Screen and notifictions
- SmartTrack automatic exercise detection
- Swappable bands
$149.95, fitbit.com | Amazon
Best Fitbit with GPS and smartwatch skills – Fitbit Ionic
Despite the Fitbit Blaze offering some smartwatch-like capabilities, Fitbit officially entered the space through the Ionic.
And with it, we also have another Apple Watch rival in the mix. It brings all the usual frivolities in the exercise tracking department, so expect your steps and calories to be counted, alongside the option to make use of the altimeter, accelerometer, compass, GPS and heart rate monitor for more rigorous activity.
The company’s SmartTrack tech will automatically recognise a score of different exercises, but runners, cyclists, swimmers and treadmill runners will also have dedicated modes within the watch. And for those looking for a more structured workout, the Coach app is available to provide plans of varying difficulties and durations.
It’s not just activity Fitbit is helping you with, though, with its sleep technology, four-day battery life and the new Fitbit Payalso starring on the device.
The futuristic design may be a sticking point for some, but this is a sporty smartwatch that represents the best of what the company has to offer. Unfortunately, there are some features still set to arrive after its launch in October, as well as the introduction of a more fleshed out Fitbit app store, but this is a solid overall smartwatch package.
- Heart rate
- Coaching and guided workouts
- Fitbit Pay
- App store
$299.99, fitbit.com | Amazon
Best Fitbit for indoor workouts – Fitbit Charge 2
With the Charge 2, there’s a wealth of features, including guided breathing, interchangeable bands, a large screen and data tracking with VO2 Max. If you want basic step/sleep tracking, it’s there, but if you want to take things further, you can.
The Cardio Fitness Level feature is one of our favourite additions. It’s a proper fitness metric that’s new to the company’s ecosystem – and one that we hope to see evolve over time to become even more useful. The Charge 2 also offers a guided breathing exercise, making sure you’re not inhaling too deeply or exhaling too quickly.
The size of the display on the Charge 2 is just right and the device sits better than the Surge does on the wrist, which is a relief. The overall design is oddly pleasing, perhaps because the display is larger than the Alta HR’s but still smaller than the Surge, which means you get to see a little more information without it being uncomfortably big.
An update back in December also added some much-asked-for features, including workout pause, a battery indicator, viewable heart rate zones, new clock faces and vibration support for Fitbit’s guided breathing.
- Heart rate
- VO2 Max
- ConnectedGPS (with smartphone)
- Multisport workout modes
$149.95, fitbit.com | Amazon
Best Fitbit for men – Fitbit Blaze
Half smartwatch, half fitness tracker, the Fitbit Blaze offers heart rate data and built-in workouts all on the wrist. With the advent of the Fitbit Ionic, it seems to make little sense, but now sits as an alternative to wearing a Fitbit tracker as a band, for those who prefer the watch form factor.
Designed with customisation in mind, you can switch the screen element in and out of different style bands. If you’re not sold on completely jumping into the smartwatch arena with the Ionic, this is the next best bet.
Gym bunnies will approve of the automatic exercise detection, biometrics and the FitStar support to walk you through calorie-busting workouts. It’s disappointing for runners and cyclists, as it still relies on your smartphone for GPS data.
An update brings the cardio fitness levels and guided breathing features from the Charge 2 to make the hybrid a more feature-packed option. You also get Sleep Stages, which tracks how long you spend in light, deep and REM sleep. That’s currently only available on the Blaze, Charge 2, Alta HR and Ionic.
- Heart rate
- Guided workouts
- Exercise tracking modes
- Sleep Stages
$199.95, fitbit.com | Amazon
The waterproof Fitbit fitness tracker – Fitbit Flex 2
In terms of tracking, the Flex 2 covers the bases; monitoring steps, calories, active minutes, hourly activity and sleep. You also get the benefit of Fitbit’s SmartTrack tech to automatically recognise and track workouts, including walking, running, cycling and aerobic workouts.
The Flex 2 is 30% smaller than the original, but the real story is that this is the wearable tech heavyweight’s first swim-proof tracker. With its new water-resistant design, you get swim tracking features, letting you automatically track pool sessions and delivering metrics on laps, duration and calories burned.
Feature check: Steps, sleep, swim-proof.
$59.95, fitbit.com | Amazon
Best clip-on Fitbit – Fitbit Zip
The budget option of the line-up, the Fitbit Zip is pretty basic next to all the trackers above. So what do you get? As with the rest, the Zip will track your steps, calories and distance, as well as telling you your active minutes for the day. There’s no sleep tracking and no altimeter to record elevation. There is a clock function on the small display, and it also wirelessly syncs to your phone and comes in some funky colours.
Sweat, rain and splashproof with a whopping six-month battery life, the Fitbit Zip is well worth a look.
- Step counting
- Six-month battery life
$59.95, fitbit.com | Amazon
As we mentioned up top, we’ve already revealed what should be Fitbit’s next smartwatch – one the company is aiming to be more mass-appeal than its first, the Ionic.
But while Fitbit has one eye on the future, it’s also gearing up to launch the Adidas Edition of the Ionic on March 19. The special edition will come flush with a similar sporty design and exclusive features, with those picking up the device able to access Adidas Train. This houses six running workouts designed to improve cardio, strength and flexibility, similar to Nike Run Club and its recently introduced Guided Workouts.
At least initially, the Adidas Edition will only come in an aluminium casing with a blue and grey two-tone band. However, in order to separate it from the regular edition of the Ionic, limited edition watch faces will also come with the device.