Waterproof Fitbit watches are made for those hoping to get drenched in gallons of sweat during workouts. Throw in an unexpected shower catching you by surprise while you’re jogging, and it’s easy to understand why water resistance is an important feature to look out for when buying your next wearable.
So, which are the best waterproof Fitbit watches? Which one should you get in 2020? To answer those questions, check out our selection below.
1. Fitbit Charge 3
The mightiest waterproof Fitbit
Charge 3 is praised as the best fitness tracker from Fitbit, a wearable appreciated for its larger screen and new functionalities compared to the older versions of the series. With no Charge 4 on the horizon, this is perhaps your best bet in 2020.
Fitness features include all the classics – heart rate monitoring, swim tracking, and guided breathing. Improved notifications and connectivity, alongside sleeker lines and multiple band options make it a great choice for everyday wear too.
The Special Edition of Charge 3 brings even more functions for more money, including contactless payments on your wrist via Fitbit Pay as well as GPS tethering for more accurate pace and distance tracking.
Swim lap tracking and water resistance to 5 ATM make it one of the best options for serious swimmers.
- Multi-sports profiles and excellent fitness tracking capabilities
- Fitbit Pay and GPS on the Special Edition
- Water-resistant at 5 ATM
- More expensive than its peers
- GPS only works when your phone is with you
2. Fitbit Versa 2
Perfect for Amazon Alexa enthusiasts
More than a fitness tracker, the Versa 2 is Fitbit’s praised smartwatch. Arguably one of the most versatile devices the company offers, it incorporates more features while keeping its fitness tracking capabilities on top of its competitors.
Perhaps the most praised feature is the Amazon Alexa functionality, which works pretty much like Amazon’s smart home device.
You can use Alexa in the same way as you do at home, and can even control your house from your wrist. Other improvements include a variety of notifications as well as access to a wealth of third-party apps.
Fitness tracking features include heart rate monitoring and multiple exercise options. You won’t get a built-in GPS, but the Versa 2 can connect to your smartphone’s GPS for accurate tracking.
Furthermore, the Fitbit Premium can bring you personalised coaching and goal guidance if you don’t mind the small monthly fee required to subscribe to the service.
- Ultra-lightweight design
- Always-on display
- Improved smart functionalities
- Limited entertainment features
3. Fitbit Inspire HR
Inspiring people to get off the couch
One of the latest additions to the Fitbit range of waterproof wearables, the Inspire HR is a more superior fitness tracker and health monitor to other trackers offered by the company. Reasonably affordable, it appeals to those who look for the obvious but couldn’t care less about advanced features and monitoring.
As its name suggests, it’s built for heart rate tracking, and it does that brilliantly. Guided breathing and sleep tracking are other highlights, and like the Versa 2, it can use a phone’s GPS.
Despite being waterproof, it comes with no swimming tracking skills. That’s not really an issue if you don’t want to track your activity in the pool, but serious swimmers might want to go for one of the two Fitbits reviewed above.
- Sleek, premium design
- Multiple tracked metrics
- Auto-identifies the exercise type
- No Fitbit Pay
4. Fitbit Ionic
A fitness-oriented smartwatch
Ionic is Fitbit’s first smartwatch, and while it isn’t exactly fantastic from this standpoint, it’s a capable fitness-focused wearable. It can tackle swimming, running, cycling, and even weight lifting, to name just a few.
Dedicated workout programmes and Fitbit Pay as standard are just some of its highlights. It might not perform as well as the Samsung Galaxy Watch or the Apple Watch, but it doesn’t come at their price point either.
Perhaps you won’t be blown away by its smart capabilities, but you’ll get built-in GPS, great battery life, and – obviously – water resistance. Not bad if you don’t mind its average value for money.
- Built-in GPS
- Accurate fitness and health tracking
- Fitbit Pay
- Severe lack of smarts and apps
- A rather slow interface
5. Fitbit Versa Lite
Fewer features but a more affordable price tag
Last entry on our list of best waterproof Fitbit watches to buy in 2020, the Versa Lite is lighter than the Versa 2 in both features and price.
It’s similar to the first Fitbit Versa, and despite compromising on some features, it still comes with solid heart rate monitoring and calorie counter, multiple sports profiles, and a fast, intuitive interface.
Like the Versa 2, it connects to your smartphone to provide accurate tracking via GPS but lacks other features including Fitbit Pay, music storage, and music streaming.
It is, however much cheaper than its peers. And while you can’t track swim laps, the smartwatch is water-resistant.
- Lightweight and ultra-comfortable to wear
- Multiple customisation options
- Solid heart rate monitoring
- Compromises on smart and fitness features for a lower price
Which Waterproof Fitbit Watch Should I Get in 2020?
Summing it up, all devices on this list could be a great option in 2020. We don’t know yet if Fitbit will launch new wearables this year, but we do know that at least some of the watches on this list will get improved features, such as personal coach services.
Regardless of your fitness goals or budget, all waterproof Fitbit watches above bring outstanding value for money. All you have to do is read their specs and pick the best one for you.