The 5 Best Fitbits You Should Know
Fitbit has become ubiquitous in fitness tracking, and for good reason: It offers great products at every price point, from budget to premium options. When it comes to finding the best fitness tracker, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a serious exercise enthusiast or someone who just wants to track your physical activity. Fitbit is here to help. We’ve tested every Fitbit on the market to help you decide which one is best for your lifestyle.
CNET’s review of Fitbit, the Google-owned company that got a lot of people excited about tracking their steps, with features like sleep tracking, activity tracking, heart rate monitoring, heart rate tracking, and stress tracking. The Fitbit app now even offers workouts when you purchase the optional premium membership. Whether you’re looking for a gift or just browsing through different Fitbit devices, here’s a roundup of the best Fitbit devices available right now.
Fitbit Versa 3
The Versa 3 is a Fitbit smartwatch that combines the best features of the Charge 5 tracker with the “take calls on your wrist” aspect of a smartwatch rather than just a fitness tracker. While Fitbit’s best smartwatch and best Apple Watch alternative might not be as smart as its Apple or Galaxy Watch rivals, it’s compatible with both Apple and Android operating systems and can also pair with Alexa or the Google Assistant. One of the Versa 3’s best features is its strong battery life — up to six days without the “always-on” display and with moderate use. (By comparison, the Apple Watch’s battery lasted a less than ideal day and a half.)
The more expensive Fitbit Sense offers more health data, but the relevance of all the data the Sense provides may be debatable, depending on whether you know how to read medical charts. You’ll save money and not lose much by choosing the Versa 3 smartwatch.
A note on Fitbit’s Premium subscription: Fitbit’s Premium subscription costs $10 per month, or $80 for a one-time payment for a year, and gives you deeper insights into your sleep and stress patterns, as well as things like guided meditations and workouts. The Versa 3 offers a three-month trial of Premium, while the Charge 5 offers a six-month trial. To learn more about whether Fitbit Premium is worth it, check out this guide.
Fitbit Premium also includes what it calls a daily readiness score, which is Fitbit’s assessment of whether you need to relax today or push yourself against your goals for the week. This now works on some Fitbit models, including the Versa 3.
Fitbit Inspire 2
The Fitbit Inspire 2 is the least expensive device for adults that gets the job done. The “simple” Fitbit tracks key health metrics, including active zone minutes and heart rate. Inspire 2 comes with a free one-year premium subscription so you can unlock personalized health insights and plans to help you improve what you eat, sleep and other aspects of your health.
The Inspire 2 doesn’t have GPS or fancy features like measuring blood oxygen levels, but if you or someone you know is interested in monitoring their health information, this tracker is a good (and more affordable) introduction to fitness tracking. The Fitbit Premium subscription that comes with the Inspire 2 is also much more generous than other Fitbit models.
Fitness Band 3
It’s that simple: Fitbit Ace 3 is designed for kids to track sleep and activity, which is so important for young bodies. On Ace 3, you can set goals for active minutes, as well as reminders to go to bed and stay active. For kids who have their own phones, the tracker can also provide notifications for incoming calls (you know, when you forget to call mom).
The Ace 3 comes in cosmic blue with a green dial, black with a red dial, or minion yellow for kids who love animated round-eyed creatures.
Fitbit Charge 5
If you’re looking for a fitness tracker that offers the best in fitness tracking, is comfortable, easy to use (no buttons), and is easy to read outdoors in the sun—and at a great price—then Fitbit is for you . In fact, the Charge 5 recently won CNET’s Editors’ Choice award.
The Charge 5 tracks your heart rate with an EKG reading app, your stress levels with an electrodermal activity sensor, as well as your blood oxygen levels and skin temperature. It also tracks your sleep patterns, including breathing rate, sleep stages, and restlessness. Charge 5 monitors over 20 different physical activities, including swimming (water-resistant), yoga, and cycling. It also has built-in GPS perfect for runners and has 20 training modes.
Charge 5 is compatible with iPhone and Android. However, iPhone users can only see notifications on the Charge 5 screen, while Android users can send quick replies.