Fitbit watches, much like the famed Apple watches have the ability to track your fitness statistics. Which is why these watches are otherwise known as fitness trackers. They are fitness trackers and smartwatches rolled into one, and provide you with a clearer picture of your health, help you reach your fitness goals, and let’s face it, they look pretty sleek and cool at the same time. Losing weight or staying healthy has never been easy, but with devices such as these, it sure does lessen the stress and give you a clearer path to a healthy lifestyle.
There are so many types and models of Fitbit watches, and aside from it tracking your activity, there is a slew of other functions. Of course, to choose the best one you need to identify your needs first. Let’s take a look at some of the best options out there.
View The Best Fitbit Watches Below
1. Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Special Edition
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I don’t know about you, but whenever I see the words “special edition”, I must know more about it. This option measures your heart rate, which gives you a clearer picture of your health. Have control over your workout, fulfilling any aims you may have to burn fat or improve your cardio with the simplified heart rate zones on the OLED display.
It might look completely waterproof due to its elastomer watchband, but it’s only splashproof. Do not submerge the device or take a shower with it. Track your everyday activities including the distance walked, steps taken, heart rate, calories and more. Not only is it a fitness tracker but it can be linked to your phone to receive notifications as well.
+ Tracks heart rate
+ Synchronizes to your phone
+ Wireless synching
+ Many colors and sizes
Why We Like It – It can be tough to find the right size for your wrist. The best part is that each model from Fitbit comes in different sizes and colors.
2. Fitbit Inspire HR Heart Rate + Fitness Tracker
The main purpose of fitness trackers is to track your daily activities and energy output to give you a clear picture of your lifestyle. This is to give you direction on what to improve on. The 24/7 heart rate tracker measures calories burned, and your resting heart rate to help you understand your current health conditions.
Track your sleep as well as daily activity and even record exercise data with the SmartTrack function. The charging time is only two hours for a full charge that will last up to 5 days! Contrary to the first option, the Fitbit Inspire is waterproof up to 50 m.
+ Multiple colors for a touch of personality
+ Waterproof up to 50m
+ Tracks daily activity
+ Long-lasting battery
Why We Like It – Having a waterproof fitness tracker wristwatch seems like a cinch, but not all of them are. Having the ability to wear it all day long requires some waterproof properties.
3. Fitbit Alta HR
Having owned one of these myself, I have got to say how lightweight and sleek the design is. It’s a subtle piece that blends in well with any outfit. The Alta models are Fitbit’s slimmest design and most comfortable to wear. Measuring heart rate is the key to finding out your true physical condition. With that, you can better see your cardio, peak and fat burn stats.
Watching the numbers improve and feeling better in your body after every workout will give you a sense of accomplishment. Track everything clearly with the Fitbit health app that is compatible with all smart devices ad can sync wirelessly for your convenience.
+ Clear OLED display
+ All-day activity tracking
+ Syncs with your smartphone
+ Comfortable and lightweight to wear
Why We Like It – As said, the Alta is the slimmest design and more comfortable to wear. It perches comfortably on your wrist and gives you real-time notifications while synced to your phone.
4. Fitbit Versa 2 Health + Fitness Smart Watch
You might feel like the watch case is a lot bigger than other Fitbit options, but there is a reason for this. The Versa 2 has higher functions with Alexa built-in to give you news and information. If you have a smart home, you can control all your appliances and lights with this little smartwatch on your wrist. Other than monitoring your heart rate, you also have access to your Spotify app and syncs to your phone.
The larger display face shows information more clearly and you have the “always-on” option that never puts your watch face to sleep. This, of course, requires more charging, but the long battery life (up to five days) has more than enough juice.
+ Alexa built-in
+ Syncs to your phone and all your home appliances
+ 24/7 activity tracker
+ 7 adjustable levels
Why We Like It – A lot of apps are built-in including Spotify, Pandora, and Deezer. Download hundreds of apps and even Fitbit Pay, so all you need to bring with you is your watch.
5. Fitbit Versa Lite Edition Smart Watch
With fitness watches, you should expect them to track all-day activity. With the Fitbit Versa Lite, you also get 15+ exercise modes and GPS to get a clearer measurement of your distance and pace as well as to record your workout sessions. Configure it to your phone and get notifications and even send replies (via Android systems only).
The watch is lightweight, with a watch body made from aluminum and is waterproof up to 50 m, which seems like the most you will get with Fitbit smartwatches. If you are a female, the Fitbit Versa Life also tracks your menstrual cycle and your symptoms.
+ Tracks all-day activity
+ 15+ exercise modes and GPS
+ 50m waterproof
+ Synchronize it to your phone
Why We Like It – You can virtually monitor and track everything via this small little device on your wrist. Feel in control of everything even when you step out of the house.
6. Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Activity Tracker
Also equipped with an all-day activity tracker, the Fitbit Charge has the longest battery life that lasts up to a week with just 2 hours of charge time! You can choose from more than 15 exercise modes, including yoga, running, swimming or biking to get a better understanding of your workouts and reach your goals.
With insomnia becoming a more widespread issue among office workers, you can record your sleep stages to help improve sleep. The lightweight smartwatch notifies you on all weather conditions and you can send and receive calls and texts right from your wrist! Waterproof up to 50m, we wouldn’t recommend submerging or diving with your device.
+ Everyday activity tracker
+ Water-resistant up to 50m
+ More than 15 exercise modes
Why We Like It – The Fitbit Charge 3 also comes in many sizes to fit different wrists. Although there aren’t as many color choices, the body is lightweight and easy to wear.
7. Fitbit Versa Smart Watch
The Versa smartwatch includes all the features the Lite edition possesses and more. You can play workouts on the tiny screen while you exercise and play over 300 songs! Again equipped with all-day tracking, the battery life lasts up to 4 days and the anodized aluminum watch body is very lightweight on your wrist.
Access all your favorite apps and send and receive calls and texts from this tiny device. Get all the notifications on your smartphone sent to your wristwatch when your phone is nearby. For females, the Versa tracks your menstrual cycle and helps you keep track of your symptoms.
+ Has all the Lite features plus more
+ All day activity tracker
+ 15+ exercise modes
+ Syncs with your phone to get notifications
Why We Like It – It even has a radio transceiver! The Bluetooth 4.0 works with all phones to get a clear signal of whatever is on the radio.
Fitbit Watches Buyer’s Guide
There isn’t a rule of thumb that states which Fitbit is the best one. Things such as this, much like finding your best phone or watch, relies heavily on personal needs. Consider the size, features and overall appearance of each Fitbit model, anyone could potentially be the right choice. To make your life easier, we’ve committed to helping you find the perfect Fitbit smartwatch. Let’s start by analyzing what features and functions you want on your personal Fitbit.
What to Look for When Buying the Best Fitbit Watch?
Heart Rate Tracker
While most models come with heart rate trackers, not all Fitbit watches or smartwatches do. The heart rate monitor provides you with a clearer picture of your condition, progress, and goals. You can very clearly see where you are at in terms of physical condition and how long it will take and how to precisely reach your goal.
All Day Tracker
The all-day tracking function encompasses sleep tracking, calories, heart rate, distance, steps and more. Getting a clear picture of your body’s everyday movements helps you to better understand yourself.
Some devices have GPS built-in, but others need to be connected to your phone. GPS helps you see how far you travel every day. If you go on a run the GPS is useful as carrying our phone can be annoying and weigh you down. It also renders the watch quite useless if you are going to bring your phone with you.
It stumps us as to why Fitbit watches aren’t very waterproof. By that we mean some are only splash-proof, and the ones that claim to be waterproof are only so for as deep as 50m. We feel that having a waterproof watch is important, especially since it boasts all-day activity tracking but you need to take the watch off to do certain activities. So if 50m is all they offer, try to look for a waterproof one.
Fitbit does very well in the battery department. Most of their devices have a battery life that exceeds 4 days on a full charge and can last up to 7 days. They also charge very quickly with a charge time of only two hours to reach full battery. There are also options with replaceable batteries if you don’t like having to charge your device.
Fitbit watches are generally affordable, ranging from around 80 to 250 dollars depending on the model. The price is in direct correlation to the functions. Decide if you want your Fitbit to monitor heart rate or not (we suggest that it does), and GPS, battery life, etc, to get a clearer view of what the price would be like.
Can I Play Music on This Device?
As you have read, the Fitbit Versa 2 offers Spotify right on your watch! The Versa series along with the Ionic have the music app that allows you to play your favorite songs and store several hours worth right on your device!
What is Screen Visibility Like Outdoors?
The screen visibility varies from series to series and model to model. While the Charge 2 could be difficult to read outside on a blazing hot day, the Versa more than makes up for that. To help this situation, set the screen to auto mode so it adjusts automatically to the lighting conditions. This should make most, if not all Fitbit screens readable. The clock faces you choose are also important.
How Often Do I Need to Charge My Fitbit?
Most devices come with a 4-5 day battery life, depending on how often you use it. The “always-on” option for your screen will drain more battery.
Fitbit VS Apple Watch
Apple watches aren’t just fitness trackers, they offer more features, are a bigger and more established brand and in all honesty, are better in terms of quality. However, they are pricier. For those who put their sole focus on fitness tracking and notifications and synchronization with your phone is secondary, the Fitbit will more than do the job well. The Fitbit is specifically built for fitness tracking.
Do I Need a Fitbit?
If you are used to referring to information stored in apps and want to keep a close eye on your fitness routine and improvements, then a Fitbit is absolutely worth it! Other smartwatches could offer more everyday features, but a Fitbit is designed with a focus on body tracking. It’s used to get an informed view of your physical condition. If you are just looking to keep up with trends or for more tech-related functions, there are other more suitable devices.
Now that you know the features, you can look more into the different lines such as the Flex, Alta, Ace, Charge for fitness trackers, and Ionic, Versa, Inspire in terms of smartwatches. Fitbit fitness trackers have shown those who have a tough time exercising that it can be made easier.
With a clear picture of your body condition, it’s easier for personal trainers and yourself to tailor a good workout routine to target your specific needs. Fitbit gives you the option to find something within your price range that does the job right.
For women, we would recommend the Fitbit Alta HR, due to the lightweight and sleek design. Also, the ones above that have period trackers are useful (such as the Fitbit Versa Lite). As a woman, you should monitor and keep track of your cycle and symptoms.
Did You Know
If wearing a device around your wrist isn’t something you’re used to, there is one more option. The Fitbit Zip is not a wrist-mounted device. It looks like a watch case that can clip on to your accessories and clothing or fit into your purse.