Find out which Fitbit meets your fitness tracker needs?
Update: Fitbit has announced a new smartwatch called Versa. It is similar to the Ionic Watch, but it is slimmer and cheaper. You can read our hands on Fitbit Versa review here, but you’ll have to wait to make our full decision on the new watch.
Fitbit is a name that is synonymous with fitness tracking as it provides options for every type of user. From expert runners to fitness enthusiasts and even those who want to track their activity throughout the day.
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Both the Fitbit Alta HR and Fitbit Ionic smartwatches were introduced last year after the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2 which appeared in the 2016 tail end.
Then there is the Fitbit Blaze which is a high-powered smartwatch for those who are seriously exercising and want to keep a broad track of their fitness. While there are also options like Zip, Charge and Flex for those who need something simple.
1. Fitbit Charge 2
Screen: Yes |Water Proof: Yes |Activity tracking: No |Heart rate tracker: Yes |Battery life: 4 days |GPS: Yes, through phone |Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows
The best is the Fitbit Charge 2, which has a much larger screen than the original Fitbit Charge and Charge HR.
It is one of the best fitness trackers you can use right now and it comes with fitness features like heart rate tracker and guided breathing.
There is also multi-sport tracking which allows you to keep track of outdoor runs, walking, weight training and many more exercises.
It connects with GPS on your phone as well as monitors your runs. If you want to swim with your tracker, we will not be able to use it in the pool, we would recommend looking at the Fitbit Flex 2.
2. Fitbit Blaze
A solid wearable
Screen: Yes | Waterproof: No | Heart rate tracker: Yes | GPS: No | Activity tracking: Yes | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows | Battery life: 5 days
The Fitbit Blaze is the dark horse of the Fitbit family. It is one of the stranger devices on the roster as it appears to be trying to become the first smartwatch from Fitbit, but it is not.
Despite the design, the Fitbit Blaze is still a fitness tracker at heart. The design is a bit bizarre, but it is possible that you want to go for a fitness tracker.
The display also offers notifications for your text messages, but for any other app you want to see.
The Blaze offers a variety of new fitness features – such as the SmartTrack, which will track your exercise even if you haven’t told the wearable what you’re going to do – allowing you to burn those calories quickly and easily gives.
3. Fitbit Surge
Fitbit’s GPS-touting ‘superwatch’
Heart rate tracker: Yes |Screen: Yes |GPS: Yes |Waterproof: No |Activity tracking: Yes | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows | Battery life: 3 days
The surgeon is no longer the most expensive wearable for Ionic, thanks to FitNab’s stable, that you’ll see further down this list. The Fitbit Surge is built with GPS technology, which means that you can take it out without having to keep your phone in your pocket while jogging.
It comes with a heart rate monitor and a classic watch-like design that some other Fitbit products do not offer.
The Fitbit has a slightly weaker battery life and the design is not to everyone’s taste, but if you like running it then this is one of the best options for Fitbit for you.
Although warned, it may not be on sale for very long. Fitbit has replaced Surge with Ionic on its official website, so it looks like the company has stopped selling it and now you can find it only at third-party retailers, where the stock will one day run.
4. Fitbit Alta HR
Fitbit’s most stylish tracker, now with added HR readings
Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | GPS: No | Activity tracking: Yes | Waterproof: No | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows | Battery life: 7 days
The Fitbit Alta HR takes the slim, stylish Fitbit Alta and looks at the heart monitor in its slim frame, without being stressed.
Where the original Alta feels a bit light on features, and as it functions on the function, the Alta HR is an admirable tracker that goes beyond the basic stage tracking, and one that still looks good.
It’s still not the most feature-packed – there’s no GPS for starters – but it makes for a good balance and is the kind of thing you’ll be happy to wear 24/7 (when you’re swimming – So it is not waterproof). This Fitbit is easy, as it can track your sleep as well and helps monitor heart rate.
Drawn from your smartphone and nearly a week of battery life with basic message and information alerts, it’s well worth considering – if you don’t need features or don’t want bulk – something like the Fitbit Surge.
5. Fitbit Flex 2
The Flex 2 is a great budget fitness tracker
Size: Two sizes | Display: N/A | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Weight: N/A | Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 | Battery: 5 days
Do you want a fitness tracker that is easy to use and simple? The Fitbit Flex 2 may be the best device for you.
This is the only truly waterproof fitbit, so you can use it while swimming and keep track of how good your dips are in the pool.
This Fitbit Charge is cheaper than 2, so it can be a brand new Fitbit tracker for you.
6. Fitbit Ionic
Fitbit’s first smartwatch offers something a bit different
OS: Fitbit OS | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Processor: Dual-core 1.0GHz | Display: 1.47-inch, 1000 nits | Onboard storage: 2.5GB | Band sizes: Large | Charging method: Proprietary charger | Battery duration: 2-3 days |
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth | IP rating: 50M water resistant
If you are after a smartwatch from Fitbit, this is your only option right now. The Fitbit Ionic isn’t the great smartwatch some would hope it would be, but it succeeds if you’re looking for a fitness-focused device that can do running, weight lifting, swimming, and more.
Dedicated workout programs and Fitbit Pay are among the other highlights of Ionic, but it does not showcase the Apple Watch 3 or LG Watch Sport if you’re looking for a full-blown smartwatch experience.
This is not cheap either and the Fitbit Ionic is also low on our list of the best Fitbit products because it is too expensive for what you can offer.
7. Fitbit Alta
The original Alta is limited in scope
Heart rate tracker: No | Screen: Yes | Battery life: 7 days | Activity tracking: Yes | Waterproof: No | GPS: No | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows
Fitbit Alta has a larger focus on design rather than its fitness characteristics.
The style is customizable with various straps so you can switch them to whatever you feel like that day – you’re not limited to just one option, like you’re on some other Fitbit devices.
In our review, we found that it had a battery life of one week. This is more than the five-day Fitbit claims for Alta.
All this is not very good, as the Alta’s screen is not very sensitive and is not waterproof either. But if you’re looking for an all-rounder fitness tracker, the Alta may be a good option for you – though remember that now the Fitbit Alta HR is also.
8. Fitbit Zip
Counting the steps to fitness
Activity tracking: Yes |Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: No | Battery life: 7 days | GPS: No | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows
If you want a cheap and cheerful tracker that will monitor how far you walk each day, go for a Fitbit Zip. This is a clip that you can put on your clothes and from there you can just see how far you have gone each day.
Essentially it is a glorified pedometer and cannot properly track your movement anywhere on devices like Surge or Blaze.
But if you are here just to keep track of how far you have gone, the Fitbit Zip is not a bad option.