Update: Fitbit just announced four new products you’ll probably want to know about. There’s new fitness trackers called the Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR, as well as a new tracker for kids called the Fitbit Ace 2.
Alongside that, the company has unveiled its cheapest smartwatch ever called the Fitbit Versa Lite. It’s a reworking on last year’s Fitbit Versa, which you’ll find in the list below.
Fitbit was one of the very first wearable tech companies to bring us step counts, badges and calorie burn information to our phones with its early devices, like the Ultra, the Fitbit One and then the Fitbit Flex.
Fast-forward a decade and the company is still going from strength to strength. That’s because the brand has stayed on top of what customers want and the latest health tech trends, but it’s also stayed true to its simple, easy-to-use and accurate roots.
These days Fitbit has a wide range of products that are bound to suit most lifestyles and most budgets. From those who love running outdoors to those who love the gym to those who just want to count steps each day or even buy a tracker for their kids.
Late in 2018 we saw the introduction of the Fitbit Charge 3, and earlier in the year we heard all about the Fitbit Versa. Before that we saw the Fitbit Alta HR and Fitbit Ionic smartwatch following on from the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2 that came out the year before.
Products such as the Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Surge aren’t available directly from the company any longer, but you can quite often find them on sale at third-party retailers so they’re still included in the list below.
It’s also worth noting the company now has its own tracker for kids called the Fitbit Ace, but you won’t find that below in our ranking as it’s not designed for adult users.
Below you’ll find our full ranking of the best Fitbit activity trackers that you can buy right now. We’ve taken design, features, fitness prowess, price and many other elements into account when making this list.
1. Fitbit Charge 3
One of the best fitness trackers you can buy
Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes, through phone | Battery life: 4/5 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows
Bigger screen than Charge 2
You can swim with it
Fitbit Pay only on more expensive one
Still no GPS
It’s one of the best fitness trackers you can use right now and comes with fitness features such as a heart rate tracker, guided breathing, swim tracking and improved notifications.
If you opt for the Fitbit Charge 3 Special Edition, you’ll get Fitbit Pay compatibility as well. It connects with the GPS on your phone to keep track of your runs as well, but unfortunately can’t keep tabs on your location without your phone. With that in mind, it might not be the best option for serious runners.
Everything is just a bit better on the Charge 3, and considering it’s the same price at launch as the Charge 2 it’ll likely be a suitable tracker for anyone looking for a Fitbit in 2019.
Read the full Fitbit Charge 3 review
What’s next? Could we hear about the Fitbit Charge 4 soon? It’s unlikely, so you’re safe buying the Fitbit Charge 3 without worrying about it becoming obsolete.
2. Fitbit Flex 2
The Flex 2 is a great budget tracker
Size: Two sizes | Display: N/A | Weight: 19g | Waterproof: Yes | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Battery: 5 days | Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
Comfortable and light
Battery life not great
Slow to charge
Do you want a fitness tracker that is easy to use and uncomplicated? The Fitbit Flex 2 may be the best device for you.
You’ll be able to use this while swimming as it’s waterproof and it’ll also keep an eye on how well your dips in the pool are going. On top of that it comes with all the other basic tracking features you’d expect plus a slim and light design too.
It’s a touch cheaper than the Fitbit Charge 2 as well, so it may be the perfect Fitbit tracker for you.
If you’re considering buying a Flex 2 for yourself, it has great fitness tracking on board and a super subtle design that’s bound to appeal to almost everyone. The only thing it’s seriously lacking is a screen, so for an upgrade consider a Versa instead.
Read the full Fitbit Flex 2 review
What’s next? Despite the Flex 2 being one of Fitbit’s most popular trackers, we’ve yet to hear any leaks or rumors of the Fitbit Flex 3.
3. Fitbit Versa
Fitbit’s second smartwatch beats its first
Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No, only connected | Battery life: 3-4 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows
Relatively low price
Feels a little cheap and childish
Packing a lot of the features we saw debut on the Ionic, the Fitbit Versa has condensed them down to a smaller package with a lower price tag and if you want a slimmer watch on your wrist this may be better for you than the company’s first watch.
The price is already lower than the now cheaper Ionic, and while it doesn’t feel as premium we enjoy the smaller design that sits closely to your wrist. It comes with Fitbit Pay, all of the apps on the Ionic, storage for music and much more.
If you’re looking to use it for running the Versa is sorely missing GPS features so you’ll have to take your phone with you to track where you’re jogging, but it’s still a great smartwatch from Fitbit.
Read the full Fitbit Versa review
4. Fitbit Ionic
Fitbit’s first smartwatch offers something a bit different
OS: Fitbit OS | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Display: 1.47-inch, 1000 nits | Processor: Dual-core 1.0GHz | Band sizes: Large | Onboard storage: 2.5GB | Battery duration: 2-3 days | Charging method: Proprietary charger | IP rating: 50M water resistant | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Variety of fitness options
Severe lack of apps
If you’re after a smartwatch from Fitbit, there’s also this. The Fitbit Ionic isn’t the fantastic smartwatch some hoped it would be but it succeeds if you’re looking for a fitness focused device that can tackle running, weight lifting, swimming and much, much more.
Dedicated workout programs and Fitbit Pay are among the other highlights of the Ionic, but it doesn’t perform as well as say the Apple Watch 3 or LG Watch Sport if you’re looking for a full blown smartwatch experience.
It’s not cheap either and the Fitbit Ionic is also low in our list of the best Fitbit products because it’s just very expensive for what it can offer you. However, if you’re an outdoor runner the Ionic is your best bet. Not only is it durable, but it has built-in GPS, meaning you can leave your phone at home.
Read the full Fitbit Ionic review
What’s next? We’ve put together a list of things we’d like to see if the company decides to announce a Fitbit Ionic 2.
5. Fitbit Alta HR
Fitbit’s most stylish tracker, now with added HR readings
Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows
Accurate heart rate readings
Difficult to read in bright light
The Fitbit Alta HR takes the slim, stylish Fitbit Alta and jams a heart rate monitor into its slender frame, without bulking it up.
Where the original Fitbit Alta feels a bit light on features, and puts form over function, the Alta HR is an admirable tracker which goes beyond basic step tracking, but still looks good.
It’s still not the most feature-packed – there’s no GPS for a start – but it strikes a good balance and is the sort of thing you’ll be happy to wear 24/7 (other than when swimming – this isn’t waterproof), which is handy, because it can also track your sleep, and the heart rate monitor helps there too.
With basic message / notification alerts pulled from your smartphone and an almost week long battery life too, it’s well worth considering if you don’t need the features – or don’t want the bulk – of something like the Fitbit Ionic.
Read the full Fitbit Alta HR review
6. Fitbit Charge 2
Previously our favorite Fitbit tracker
Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes, through phone | Battery life: 4 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows
Limited phone notifications
There’s Multi-Sport tracking that allows you to keep a track of outdoor runs, walking, weight training and many more exercises.
It also connects with the GPS on your phone to keep track of your runs as well. You won’t be able to use this in a pool though, if you want to go swimming with your tracker we’d recommend looking at the Fitbit Flex 2 above or the Fitbit Charge 3.
Read the full Fitbit Charge 2 review
7. Fitbit Blaze
A solid wearable, but it won’t set the world alight
Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 5 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows
Stunning battery life
Interesting fitness features
Lack of notifications
The Fitbit Blaze is the dark horse of the Fitbit family. This is one of the stranger devices on the roster as it was (sort of) meant to be the first smartwatch from Fitbit, but it’s not.
Despite the design, the Fitbit Blaze is just a fitness tracker at heart. The design is a little quirky, but that may be something you want to go for in a fitness tracker that you want to use more as a watch.
The display also offers up notifications for your text messages, but not for any other apps you may want to see.
The Blaze does offer up a variety of fitness features – such as SmartTrack, which will track your exercise even if you haven’t told the wearable what you’re going to be doing – allowing you to burn through those calories quickly and easily.
Read the full Fitbit Blaze review
What’s next? Don’t expect to see a Fitbit Blaze 2. Instead the company replaced the Fitbit Blaze range with its newest smartwatch called the Fitbit Versa, which sits above in this list.
8. Fitbit Surge
Fitbit’s GPS-touting ‘superwatch’
Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Battery life: 3 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows
Classic watch clasp
Dated ’80s-like design
Weaker battery life
The Surge is no longer the most expensive wearable in Fitbit’s stable thanks to the Ionic which replaced it, and that means it’s now a lot harder to find a Surge on sale. The Fitbit Surge comes with GPS technology built-in, which means you can take it out without having to keep your phone in your pocket while you’re jogging.
It comes with a heart rate monitor and a classic watch-like design that some of the other Fitbit products don’t offer. There’s a slightly weaker battery life on this Fitbit and the design isn’t to everyone’s taste, but if you like to run this is one of the best choices of Fitbit for you.
Be warned though, it may not be on sale for much longer. Fitbit has replaced the Surge on its official website with the Ionic, so it looks like the company has stopped selling it and you may now only be able to find it at third-party retailers, where stock will one day run out.
Read the full Fitbit Surge review
9. Fitbit Alta
The original Alta is limited in scope
Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows
Week-long battery life
Pretty limited offering overall
The Fitbit Alta has a big focus on the design rather than its fitness features. The style is customizable with various straps so you can switch them out for whatever you feel like that day – you aren’t limited to just one choice as you are on some Fitbit devices.
In our review, we found it also had a week-long battery life, which is even more than the five days Fitbit claims for the Alta.
It’s not all great though as the Alta’s screen isn’t very sensitive and it’s not waterproof either. But if you’re looking for an all-round fitness tracker, the Alta may be a good option for you.
All of that said, the Alta’s position in this list largely comes down to the fact there’s now the Fitbit Alta HR, which is a far superior option and should be your first choice. Often we see the price for the HR version is lower too.
Read the full Fitbit Alta review
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