Fitbit is a pioneer of the fitness tracking industry. Since releasing its first fitness watch in 2007, Fitbit’s technology has been ahead of the curve.
Did you know, Fitbit was the first company to introduce automatic data syncing? They were also the first to offer continuous heart-rate monitoring on a wrist device (for a reasonable price). They also have an open API, so external developers can create new apps. This means Fitbit’s interface is constantly evolving!
Rumour has it, Fitbit is now developing a watch sensitive enough to detect sleep disorders (that will be another industry first!).
So, we don’t blame you for wanting a piece of the Fitbit pie…
Which Fitbit Should I Buy?
If you are new to Fitbit you might be wondering which device is best for you. Before we review the range, ask yourself: what features am I looking for?
All Fitbit devices (for sale in 2020) can automatically track your activities. They can also keep tabs on the number of calories you burn and are water-resistant to 50 meters. All Fitbits allow you to set fitness goals and will remind you to move if you’ve been sitting still for too long. Finally, call and text alerts are available on all (adult) Fitbit watches.
The Fitbit Inspire 2 is the cheapest device and it offers all the above functions (starting at $69). It is a great health tracker for beginners. But if you are looking for extra functions, you should consider another Fitbit device.
To help you decide, here’s the lowdown on the rest on the Fitbit family.
1. Fitbit Inspire HR
The Inspire HR has all the basic features that the Inspire does, but it can capture your fitness data with more precision. Because it has an inbuilt heart monitor, it can give you a more accurate cardio fitness score. It can also provide detailed sleep analysis.
The other benefit of the Inspire HR is that it has connected GPS. This means it can track your routes as well as your cardio data! Runners, cyclists, and hikers tend to find GPS very useful.
If you are a keen swimmer, you should opt for the Inspire HR over the Inspire, because the original Inspire cannot track swims.
Finally, the Inspire HR offers guided breathing sessions you can use throughout the day to help you stay calm.
Who Should Buy the Inspire HR?
If you’re looking for a budget sports watch that can provide accurate fitness data, you won’t be disappointed with the Inspire HR. It is one of the nicest fitness trackers for women. However, if you want on-screen workouts to help you stay motivated, this isn’t the device for you.
- Track all-day activity, including steps, distance, hourly activity, active minutes and calories...
- Automatically track your sleep & set silent alarms that wake you by buzzing on your wrist
- Enjoy up to 5 days of battery for daily progress without constant charging. Varies with use & other...
2. Fitbit Charge 4
The Charge 4 is similar to the Inspire HR, but it behaves more like a smartwatch. Not only does it receive calls and texts, but it also allows you to send quick replies. You can even make payments with the Charge 4.
In terms of fitness tracking technology, this device is also superior to the Inspire HR. For example, the Charge 4 can accurately track floors climbed (great for fitness enthusiasts who prefer to take the stairs).
The Charge 4 has a slightly wider screen that the Inspire HR, but it still has a lightweight and discreet wristband. Considering the number of features this watch offers, it boasts a great battery life (7+ days).
The design is simple, yet stylish – making it an ideal smartwatch for women.
- Use built-in GPS to see your pace and distance on screen during outdoor runs, rides, hikes and more...
- With Active Zone Minutes, feel a buzz when you reach your target heart rate zones during exercise,...
- Get a 90-day free trial of the Fitbit Premium to help you stay active, sleep well and manage stress....
Who Should Buy the Fitbit Charge 4?
If you are looking for an accurate fitness watch for under $100 that can also make payments, the Charge 4 is a good choice. However, if you are not too fussed about making payments or sending quick replies, the Fitbit Inspire HR offers better value for money.
3. Fitbit Ionic
When the Ionic first came out, it took the fitness tracking world by storm. It received great reviews and continues to be one of the most popular fitness trackers on the market.
In terms of fitness tracking, the Fitbit Ionic offers something quite superior: In-built GPS. This means you don’t need to take your phone with you on a hike or a run.
The Fitbit Ionic starts at around $193. For a long time, it was impossible to find a fitness tracker with in-built GPS for much less than $200. You can now find cheaper devices with in-built GPS (i.e. Huawei), but the Ionic is still superior in many ways.
Firstly, the device is very thin considering how many features are packed in. Also, it can store and play around 300 songs directly from your wrist. You can also make payments directly from your wrist. What’s more, you can watch motivating on-screen workouts via the Adidas App. There’s even a special Adidas edition.
- Start dynamic, personalized workouts on your wrist with step by step coaching. Synchronizes with...
- Store and play 300 plus songs, plus download playlists from Pandora
- Use built in GPS to track pace, distance & routes and get pure, pulse continuous heart rate tracking...
All these great features can wear the battery down quite quickly. You should be willing to charge your device regularly if you opt for the Fitbit Ionic.
Who Should Buy the Fitbit Ionic?
Choose the Ionic if you want a smartwatch/fitness tracker hybrid. Also, if you are someone that exercises outdoors, in-built GPS is worth investing in! Thanks to its stylish design, it’s also a great smartwatch for girls. However, the Ionic is not as discreet as other Fitbits. If you are looking for a thin wristband, try the Inspire HR instead.
- Start dynamic, personalized workouts on your wrist with step by step coaching. Synchronizing range:...
- Store and play 300 plus songs, and download playlists from Pandora. If the band sizes are small, it...
- Use built in GPs to track pace, distance & routes and get pure, pulse continuous heart rate tracking...
4. Fitbit Versa 3
Put simply, the Versa is like the Ionic, but it has connected rather than in-built GPS, music control for Spotify Premium and compatibility with both Alexa and Google Assistant. If you workout outdoors, the in-built GPS might be a winning feature.
The Versa has 20+ exercise modes so it can track a variety of activities including yoga, swimming, and gym workouts. It also offers on-screen workouts to help you stay motivated! It also offers a 6+ day battery life and 12 minute fast-charging.
Who Should Buy the Fitbit Versa?
Choose this watch if you want a fitness watch/smartwatch hybrid and you need in-built GPS. The only real difference between the Versa 3 and Charge 4 is that the Versa offers on-screen workouts. If you are not too fussed about this feature, you might consider the Charge 4 instead.
- Run, bike, hike and more phone-free—and see your real-time pace & distance—with built-in GPS....
- Active Zone Minutes uses your resting heart rate to gauge exercise effort and gives you a buzz when...
- Better track heart rate 24/7 with PurePulse 2.0, Fitbit’s enhanced heart rate technology
5. Fitbit Sense
The Versa Sense is the newest addition to the Fitbit family. It looks very similar to the Versa 3. It’s been hailed as a tough competitor for the new Apple SE.
It’s the most holistic offering from Fitbit so far, with a focus on stress management. There’s a new SpO2 clock face, the ability to check your temperature, Active Minutes, Compatibility with Alex and Google Assistant and Built-in speaker (which, after the update later in 2020, you’ll be able to use for calls).
Who Should Buy the Fitbit Versa LITE?
If you’ve got a little more to spend on a fitness, wellbeing and smartwatch in one, the Fitbit Sense is for you. You should also consider this device if you want a watch with a long battery life as it’ll offer up to 6 days. Far more than any Apple Watch can offer. However, if you want to experiment with on-screen workouts, opt for the Versa or Ionic instead!
- EDA Scan app detects electrodermal activity which may indicate your body's response to stress and a...
- Assess your heart for atrial fibrillation –a heart rhythm irregularity- and easily share results...
- An on-wrist skin temperature sensor tracks yours each night so you can see how it varies. You can...
Choosing the Right Fitbit
Research suggests that activity monitoring encourages people to live healthier lives. Indeed, many Fitbit users say they feel fitter, calmer and happier since using their device. Fitbits can even help us feel more connected because the app allows us to share our achievements with others.
Fitness watches certainly have the potential to improve our health, but it’s important to choose the right one. Head over to our comparison of all the latest Fitbit models to make your choice easier.
So, which Fitbit device will you choose? Leave a question below if you need some advice!
Last Updated on December 13, 2020
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Rachael had a masters degree in psychology (with distinction) and a bachelors degree in English literature (with first-class honours) from reputable UK universities. Rachael has worked for two years as a research associate and reporter for a high-profile UK media company.