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All our Fitbit reviews for you to compare

If you’re wondering “which is the best Fitbit for me?” we feel your pain. We’ve lived with all of the Fitbits and we’d like to think we are well versed in what these fitness trackers and smartwatches are capable of.

With a price range from £49.99 right up to £299.99, Fitbit has done its best to cater to everyone looking to buy their very first fitness tracker or smartwatch.

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Read on to find out which Fitbit model is right for you. Got any questions? Let us know in the comments section below. Make sure you check out our full Fitbit reviews too if you want a more in-depth look into Fitbit’s growing family of wearables.

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Best overall Fitbit

Fitbit Alta HR

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The Fitbit Alta hasn’t been ditched, but if you want more features from this stylish fitness tracker, you should check out the Alta HR, our Fitness Tracker of the Year.

Its big feature is continuous heart rate tracking. It was also the debut device for Fitbit’s big improvements in sleep monitoring, using the accelerometer and heart rate sensor to determine whether you’re in REM, light or deep sleep. Every morning you can see how long you spent in each stage, and the app offers up some tips for rest from Sleep Insights. Over time these insights have certainly become more useful, so hats off to Fitbit for the improvements.

Essential reading: Fitbit Alta HR tips and tricks

Despite those improvements, the Alta HR is still trying to keep things simple. There’s no workout recording, ConnectedGPS, VO2 Max tracking or, surprisingly, guided breathing. It does still have SmartTrack, so if you do want to take it for a run, it’ll pick it up automatically. And of course, it has that tiny Alta screen that displays incoming calls, SMS notifications and calendar updates.

The Alta HR is still Fitbit’s most stylish tracker, and the plethora of third party bands and straps means it’s extremely customisable. It’s not for serious athletes, but instead for those of us who want to keep track of our health, fitness and wellbeing without all the complicated stats. It wants to give us that in a form factor that’s wearable and desirable, and to that end it’s a success.

Feature check:

  • Step tracking
  • Optical heart rate
  • Sleep tracking
  • Screen and notifictions
  • SmartTrack automatic exercise detection
  • Swappable bands

Wareable verdict: Fitbit Alta HR review | Fitbit Alta review

£129.99, fitbit.com | Amazon

Fitbit Alta HR

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Fitbit vs. the world

How does Fitbit’s fitness trackers stack up to the opposition?

Best Fitbit 2017: All our Fitbit reviews compared

Best Fitbit 2017: All our Fitbit reviews for you to compare

Best Fitbit 2017: All our Fitbit reviews compared

Best Fitbit 2017: All our Fitbit reviews compared

Best Fitbit smartwatch

Fitbit Versa

Best Fitbit 2018: All our Fitbit reviews for you to compare

The latest Fitbit to officially release is the company’s second smartwatch, and one that essentially replaces the Fitbit Blaze.

The Versa features a lighter and more curvaceous look than the Ionic, with a display measuring 1.34 inches diagonally and the light bezel coming in at 11.2mm thick. You can also pick up the Versa in black, grey or rose gold in its standard edition, and charcoal or rose gold in the more pricey Fitbit Versa Special Edition.

Essential reading: Fitbit Versa v Apple Watch

There’s no doubt it’s a design which appeals to women more than Fitbit’s first smartwatch, with users able to switch out to different straps easily, too.

However, it’s important to be aware of the big omission on the spec sheet – GPS. You can still piggyback off your phone when running or cycling outside, but those who want more dedicated tracking will likely be better suited to the more pricey and sporty Ionic.

On the software end, things are almost identical to the Ionic, meanwhile. You’ll get the same four-day battery life, access to Fitbit’s App Gallery, Fitbit Coach and Fitbit Pay, while Fitbit’s new women’s health tracking is now also live and available to use.

In our view, this is the best Fitbit smartwatch. Save for serious trackers, this is the device that will appeal to the most people.

Feature check:

  • Heart rate monitoring
  • Waterproof
  • Swim tracking
  • Sleep tracking
  • Coaching and guided workouts
  • Fitbit Pay
  • Notifications
  • App store
  • Women’s health tracking
  • ConnectedGPS (with smartphone)

Wareable verdict: Fitbit Versa review

£199.99, fitbit.com | Amazon

Fitbit Versa

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Best Fitbit with GPS and smartwatch skills

Fitbit Ionic

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Despite the Fitbit offering officially being Fitbit’s “mass appeal” smartwatch, the company officially entered the space through the Ionic.

And with it, we also have another Apple Watch rival in the mix. It brings all the usual frivolities in the exercise tracking department, so expect your steps and calories to be counted, alongside the option to make use of the altimeter, accelerometer, compass, GPS and heart rate monitor for more rigorous activity.

Read this: Fitbit Ionic tips and tricks

The company’s SmartTrack tech will automatically recognise a score of different exercises, but runners, cyclists, swimmers and treadmill runners will also have dedicated modes within the watch. And for those looking for a more structured workout, the Coach app is available to provide plans of varying difficulties and durations.

It’s not just activity Fitbit is helping you with, though, with its sleep technology, four-day battery life and Fitbit Pay also starring on the device.

The futuristic design may be a sticking point for some, but this is a sporty smartwatch that represents the best of what the company has to offer. Unfortunately, there are some features to arrive after its launch in 2017, as well as the introduction of a more fleshed out Fitbit app store, but this is a solid overall smartwatch package.

You can now pick up the Fitbit Ionic Adidas Edition, which, if we’re being honest, doesn’t add that much extra on top of the standard Ionic. If you like the idea of a two-tone colour look and some Adidas training extras, then it may well have some appeal.

Feature check:

  • Built-inGPS
  • Waterproof
  • Swim tracking
  • Heart rate
  • SmartTrack
  • Sleep
  • Coaching and guided workouts
  • Fitbit Pay
  • Notifications
  • App store
  • Women’s health tracking

Wareable verdict: Fitbit Ionic review

£299.99, fitbit.com | Amazon

Fitbit Ionic

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Best Fitbit for indoor workouts

Fitbit Charge 3

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The newly-announced Charge 3 one-ups the Charge 2 in nearly every way, while sticking at the same price. There’s guided breathing, interchangeable bands, a large touchscreen, data tracking with VO2 Max and an SpO2 sensor – plus, it’s swimproof.

Cardio Fitness Level is one of our favourite features. It’s a proper fitness metric that lets you see how in shape you are compared to other people your age and gender. There are over 15 goal-based modes, including running, biking, swimming, weight training and even yoga. There’s a guided breathing exercise to help you calm down, too.

And once you’ve set your goals, the Charge 3 will start guiding you on how to accomplish them. It’s largely just motivation, so if you’re a self-motivator this won’t be a big deal, but for those looking to get into fitness it can be a big help.

Also consider: Fitbit Charge 2

The size of the display on the Charge 3 is larger than the Charge 2, and Fitbit has slimmed down the device and made the bands softer, which means the Charge 3 better contours to your wrist.

The Charge 3 is also the best fitness tracker you can get for sleep tracking. It has Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights, which you’ll find on the Alta HR, but it’s also going to let that SpO2 sensor look for breathing irregularities as part of the Sleep Score Beta by Fitbit Labs later this year.

The Charge 3 doesn’t actually arrive until October, but it’s at the same price point as the Charge 2 and offers a lot more.

Feature check:

  • Heart rate
  • VO2 Max
  • ConnectedGPS (with smartphone)
  • SmartTrack
  • SpO2 sensor
  • Steps
  • Sleep
  • Breathing
  • Multisport workout modes

Wareable verdict: Fitbit Charge 3 hands-on review

£129.99, fitbit.com

Best Fitbit for men

Fitbit Blaze

best fitbit to buy

Half smartwatch, half fitness tracker, the Fitbit Blaze offers heart rate data and built-in workouts all on the wrist. With the advent of the Fitbit Ionic and the arrival of the Versa, the Blaze appears to be joining retired wearables like the Surge, though, so it might soon be a hard Fitbit to hunt down.

Read this: Fitbit Blaze tips and tricks

Gym bunnies will approve of the automatic exercise detection, biometrics and the FitStar support to walk you through calorie-busting workouts. It’s disappointing for runners and cyclists, as it still relies on your smartphone for GPS data.

It now also has the cardio fitness levels and guided breathing features from the Charge 3 to make the hybrid a more feature-packed option. You also get Sleep Stages, which tracks how long you spend in light, deep and REM sleep. That’s currently only available on the Blaze, Charge 3, Alta HR and Ionic.

Feature check:

  • Heart rate monitoring
  • Guided workouts
  • Exercise tracking modes
  • Notifications
  • Step tracking
  • Sleep tracking
  • ConnectedGPS (with smartphone)

Wareable verdict: Fitbit Blaze review

£159.99, fitbit.com | Amazon

Fitbit Blaze

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The waterproof Fitbit fitness tracker

Fitbit Flex 2

best fitbit to buy

In terms of tracking, the Flex 2 covers the bases; monitoring steps, calories, active minutes, hourly activity and sleep. You also get the benefit of Fitbit’s SmartTrack tech to automatically recognise and track workouts, including walking, running, cycling and aerobic workouts.

Read this: Fitbit Flex 2 tips and tricks

The Flex 2 is 30% smaller than the original, but the real story is that this was the wearable tech heavyweight’s first swim-proof tracker. With its water-resistant design, you get swim tracking features, letting you automatically track pool sessions and delivering metrics on laps, duration and calories burned.

Feature check:

  • Step tracking
  • Sleep tracking
  • Swim-proof

Wareable verdict: Fitbit Flex 2 review

£69.99, fitbit.com | Amazon

Fitbit Flex 2

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Best clip-on Fitbit

Fitbit Zip

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The budget option of the line-up, the Fitbit Zip is pretty basic when put next to all the options above. So what do you get? As with the rest, the Zip will track your steps, calories and distance, as well as telling you your active minutes for the day. There’s no sleep tracking and no altimeter to record elevation, but there is a clock function on the small display, and it also wirelessly syncs to your phone and comes in some funky colours.

Sweat, rain and splashproof with a whopping six-month battery life, the Fitbit Zip is well worth a look if you’re looking to get in on the ground floor.

Feature check:

  • Step counting
  • Six-month battery life
  • Clip-on

£49.99, fitbit.com | Amazon

Fitbit Zip

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Best Fitbit for kids

Fitbit Ace

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The Fitbit Ace has a simple goal: Strip back to the core fitness tracker experience and make it for kids. While the Ace may look like a smaller Alta HR, it turns out that most kids (at least 8 and up) are completely fine with a more adult-looking tracker.

The Ace will do the basic fitness tracking. There’s steps and active minutes (10 minutes of moderate movement). It can also log sleep duration and quality, and will tell you whether you were restless, asleep or awake.

You can also set up challenges for your kids among other family members or friends. It doesn’t have the chore and reward systems that Garmin has put into the Vivofit Jr line, but it works.

Most importantly, Fitbit says the Ace is 100% applicable to all child privacy laws and when you set up the Ace for the first time it’ll make sure to walk you through its privacy policy. The one big con against the Ace is that it’s no swimproof. Hopefully with the Ace 2.

Feature check:

  • Step counting
  • Sleep tracking
  • Activity
  • Challenges

£79.99, fitbit.com| Amazon

Fitbit Ace

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