In 2022, Fitbit’s current range of devices is meant to suit every budget, health and lifestyle goal. You can find basic trackers that aim to track the simplest metrics, as well as smartwatches that can take EKGs and generate health reports for your doctor.
You might be wondering if the Fitbit is still relevant after more than a decade in the game. But despite more smartwatches and fitness trackers than ever before, Fitbit remains one of the most recognizable names in the industry. A big plus in Fitbit’s favor is the relative affordability of all its products. It also has a huge community of 31 million active users, making it a beginner-friendly platform. All devices come with a free trial of Fitbit Premium, the company’s subscription service that adds guided workouts, meditation, and access to more in-depth metrics.
Many of these product categories can be a bit difficult to navigate. Is it still worth buying the Versa 2 in 2022? What is the difference between Inspire 2 and Luxe?
Do not worry. We tested every Fitbit tracker and smartwatch on the block. Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or you’re a veteran trying to upgrade, here are the things you should buy.
The best Fitbit for most people
Ironically, the Versa 3 is the fourth smartwatch in the Versa family in as many years. That should give you an idea of how popular the smartwatch is for the company. It may not be top-of-the-line, but it hits a good spot between form, function, and price.
The $229.99 Versa 3 is packed with typical sensors you’d expect from a modern smartwatch, including continuous heart rate monitoring and an SpO2 sensor. It also adds built-in GPS – one of the biggest omissions from the previous Versas – and a microphone and speaker. For digital assistants, you can choose between Alexa and Google Assistant. It also has NFC payments and comes with a 90-day trial for Fitbit Premium.
Compared to Versa 2, Versa 3 is an iterative update. But if you look at the big picture, this is a solid choice. Better design, you get most of the important features and save more than Sense $329.95 totally worth it. If you are looking for a Versa, this is the one to choose. (We do not recommend Verse 2, However. While you can still buy it on Fitbit’s website, the company has started to cut support even though it has many of the same components as the Versa 3.)
This doesn’t mean Fitbit’s flagship, Meaning, is a bad product. The main difference is that Sense adds EKG readings and a transdermal electrical activity sensor; The following section reads microscopic sweat levels on your skin to determine your stress level. In fact, Sense is actually one of the better mental health trackers out there. However, unless it’s a high priority for you, it’s not that much more useful than keeping a regular diary of your thoughts and moods. Until Fitbit adds a bit more of these features, they’re not what we’d call a “must have”.
The most stylish Fitbit
It’s named. The $149.95 Luxe is reminiscent of the now-discontinued Alta — one of the company’s best-looking trackers in its 14-year history. It has a slim design, a bright OLED display, and the best-looking accessories in its class.
As a follower, Luxe kept things normal. While you get continuous heart rate monitoring and an SpO2 sensor, it relies on your phone to find GPS. You also won’t get contactless payments or access to a digital assistant. It’s not the most accurate Fitbit tracker when it comes to distance, but you’ll get a good enough picture of your activity in general.
Luxe is the best choice for people who both want to track their overall activity level but also want something that can easily go from the gym to a formal event. It’s also a good choice if you have small wrists and don’t want an overly powerful tracker.
Your other option here is the Fitbit Inspire 2. However, the Inspire 2… isn’t very inspiring. As Fitbit’s budget option, it costs about $50 less, and its main selling point is that you get 10 days of battery life out of the Luxe’s five days. However, the screen is harder to read, so keep that in mind when choosing between the two.
The best Fitbit for the price
Like the Versa, the $179.95 Charge is one of Fitbit’s most beloved product lines. That said, the Charge 5 is the most significant update to the fitness band we’ve seen in a while. Now there’s a color OLED display, along with EKG and EDA sensors. You also get built-in GPS, NFC payments, an SpO2 sensor – the only thing you really lack is a digital assistant.
The only thing we have with the Charge 5 is the always-on display. Although beautiful, it drains the battery a lot. The Charge 5 has an estimated seven days of battery life, but that will drop to about two days if you enable the always-on display. It’s a shame because OLED is a lot easier to see than the monochrome LED display on the Charge 4.
Overall, you’re getting a lot for the price. It’s not easy to find an FDA-approved EKG wearable for under $200. In fact, this is probably the only one currently available. The only Fitbit capable of reading EKG and EDA is the $299.95 Sense. So unless you don’t like the look of smartwatches, the Charge 5 is the better solution overall.
If you’re trying to decide between the Charge 5 and the Versa 3, it boils down to what you value more: economy and comfort or smarter features and battery life. If it’s the old one, the Charge 5 is your best bet. If it’s the latter, then Verse 3 is worth more. Both will give you a similar fitness tracking experience, although the Charge 5 has a little more to it thanks to the EKG and EDA sensors. (But as I mentioned earlier, most people probably won’t use these sensors that much.)
Best Fitbit for kids
That includes all the Fitbits you can buy right now. The only one we haven’t touched so far – and the only one that I haven’t tested myself – is the $3.79.95 Ace. It’s Fitbit’s tracker for kids – and it’s the only Fitbit for minors. It’s a basic tracker with a sturdy bumper and comes with parental controls. It has better battery life than its predecessor but doesn’t come with GPS. Also, while it has a heart rate sensor, it is not an actively monitored metric for children. Instead, it’s used to determine how many “activity minutes” they get. Overall, it’s a good choice for parents whose top priority is making sure their kids get enough exercise every day. However, if you want location tracking, you’ll have to look for something other than a Fitbit.
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