Which Fitbit is best? Yours investigates

With so many Fitbit fitness trackers available, what's the difference, and which one is best for you?

Best Fitbit 2022

by Tom Goodlad |

If you’re serious about getting fit this year, or even if you’re a seasoned fitness fanatic, chances are you’ve got, or are looking for, an effective way to track your progress with a fitness tracker.

Fitbit is possibly the best-known fitness tracker, second maybe to the Apple Watch.

The latest and best Fitbits are far more advanced than they used to be, doing much more than just counting how many steps you take every day. They’re all-encompassing fitness trackers that give Apple’s Watch a real run for its money, but at a fraction of the cost.

We've broken down the best Fitbits to buy this year with the latest tech, best features, and at a range of price points. Whether you're looking to track your fitness, monitor your wellness, or want everything you need within reach on your wrist, we've got you covered.

The best Fitbit 2022

The Fitbit Charge 5 is bang up-to-date and has all the best features with in-built GPS that tracks steps, miles, calories, heart rate, sleeping patterns, menstrual cycle, water intake, and more. The key is in its simplicity, a touchscreen watch where you can manage alarms, meditation and log your different exercises directly from the watch and then go more in-depth on the companion Fitbit App.

It also boasts an ECG heart rate scan, an EDA stress test and built-in Fitbit Pay, who needs a phone? We're also a fan of the matte wrist "infinity" strap and vibrant colour display, something you don't get with the Fitbit Charge 4, though you can easily customise your smartwatch by buying interchangeable straps online.

Tried & Tested by Deputy Commercial Content Editor, Natalie Corner: “The Fitbit Charge 5 is sleek and very pleasing aesthetically especially the cream and gold colourway. It has a bright OLED screen and a variety of options when it comes to tracking your workout. I love the new infinity fastening which means my watch strap doesn’t catch on my clothes and the EDA scan that tests stress levels is a great bonus. You certainly get a lot for your money with a Fitbit Charge 5, but a Fitbit Charge 4 is still a great option!”

Specification

• Battery life: Up to seven days

• Colour display: Yes

• Built-in GPS: Yes

• Water resistant: Yes - up to 50m

• Compatibility: Compatible with iOS 13 or higher & Android OS 8.0 or higher

This Fitbit may not be the most up-to-date, but it still seriously delivers in 2022 with a simple and unfussy design that looks sleek and sharp. This Fitbit proves you don't need to spend a huge amount of money – it packs a vast selection of features into its compact size. It can be worn in the shower and the pool, it knows when you're working out – and even what workout you're doing – and it constantly tracks your heart and sleep patterns.

Unlike the earlier Fitbit Charge 3, the Charge 4 boasts built-in GPS and you can even use the watch for tap and pay, and change your Spotify tunes as you move. Teamed with the Fitbit app, it's a great companion to keep on top of your health and fitness goals.

Tried and tested by Deputy Commercial Content Editor, Natalie Corner: "I was drawn to the slim style of this watch, and the fact it promises to do so much. The sensitivity of the watch monitoring your heart rate and sleep temperature is really impressive and isn't affected by a lot of sweat during an intense workout, unlike the Garmin Lily Sport watch I recently tested out. I enjoy how much I can do directly on the watch and then check in more detail my goals on the app itself. I'm a firm Fitbit fan and can't see myself changing now."

Specification

• Battery life: Up to seven days

• Colour display: No

• Built-in GPS: Yes

• Water resistant: Yes - up to 50m

• Compatibility: Compatible with iOS 13 or higher & Android OS 8.0 or higher

If you're looking for the most advanced Fitbit that'll monitor all things health-related, the Fitbit Sense is the top pick for you. Not only does it have a seriously chic and polished design that makes it look premium in comparison to other smartwatches on the market, but it can also 'sense' everything from your skin temperature to heart rate and menstrual health. You can track and manage stress and even assess your heart rhythm with the compatible Fitbit ECG app as well as having classic features included such as GPS, water-resistance up to 50m, and daily activity tracking.

It's the most expensive option on our list, but we think it's worth it for all the features included.

Promising review: "The most complete health tracking watch that there is, especially for women! A plethora of sensors and vital health insights."

Specification

• Battery life: Up to six days

• Colour display: Yes

• Built-in GPS: Yes

• Water resistant: Yes - up to 50m

• Compatibility: Compatible with iOS 12.2 or higher & Android OS 7.0 or higher

At the other end of the scale is one of Fitbit's latest smartwatches, the Versa 3. A dead ringer for the Apple Watch, the Versa 3 packs an awful lot of features in. Not only does it display real-time exercise statistics, but it also permanently shows the time on its screen – you don't have to tap or move it to light it up.

On top of this, Amazon Alexa is built-in for voice control and commands, and it'll let you know if you've got any notifications from your phone, be it phone calls, messages, or more. Not only that, you can store music playlists on the watch to go with your workouts.

Promising review: "A solid fitness watch with great features. Synchronisation with Fitbit app is good. Provides you with data on many health parameters including oxygen levels, RHRs, BPM, and skin temperature while sleeping. The watch takes a couple of days to analyze your activities and becomes more accurate with usage. This watch also has GPS, so you don't need to carry your mobile with you while working out. Overall, very satisfied with this buy."

Specification

• Battery life: Up to six days

• Colour display: Yes

• Built-in GPS: Yes

• Water resistant: Yes - up to 50m

• Compatibility: Compatible with iOS 12.2 or higher & Android OS 7.0 or higher

The more advanced version of the Fitbit Inspire, the Inspire 2 is a great fitness tracker for first-timers. It's simple to use with the usual features you'd expect and make use of in your fitness journey. It tracks what you're up to all day, knowing when you're exercising and when you're not, but also tracks how you sleep. It even gives you gentle reminders to move and get active and offers heart monitoring that you won't get with the regular Inspire tracker.

Promising review: "This Fitbit Inspire 2 has actually inspired me to do my 10,000 steps a day, and it's fun seeing your progress and active minutes in tangible, measurable data. It's also the most comfortable band I've ever worn- very soft, and even though it's all plastic, it's solid high-quality plastic. The band fits securely even on my skinny wrists. The app is OK; could be more intuitive, but you get used to it. It's nice being able to see my resting heart rate go down with regular exercise, and the menstrual cycle tracker is useful too- has accurately warned me a couple of days before I start my period. Battery life is EXCELLENT; much better than my old Charge 2. Lasts 7-10 days easily if you don't work out every single day. It actually IS water and sweat-resistant as it claims, doesn't get as sticky or uncomfortable like some other smartwatches or fitness trackers.

"There are a couple of things I don't like: the charger is proprietary, which means one more adapter and cable to pack instead of the widely used USB Type C. Also the squeeze to toggle modes function often activates when I bend my wrist backwards. I imagine this would be a dealbreaker if I did a lot of yoga, but even if you're playing racquet sports and wearing this on your non-dominant hand, this shouldn't be an issue.

"Apart from that, I really can't think of any downsides. Would recommend it for people who want to maintain or build a good level of fitness and don't want to charge their device too often."

Specification

• Battery life: Up to 10 days

• Colour display: No

• Built-in GPS: No

• Water resistant: Yes - up to 50m

• Compatibility: Compatible with iOS 12.2 or higher & Android OS 7.0 or higher

If you're looking for a Fitbit that looks the least like a fitness tracker and that you can seamlessly coordinate with all your outfits, the Fitbit Luxe is super sleek and arguably the most wearable in this case. Much like the other Fitbits, the Luxe is great for fitness and wellness management, including stress, and can track steps and distance, is water-resistant to 50m, and actually boasts more features compared to the Inspire 2. It has skin temperature and heart rate variation tracking.

Promising review: "The latest Fitbit Luxe is ideal for those looking for a more classy type of watch. It is more basic as it's not as much a smartwatch as other models. You can still receive texts, emails etc as well as the other Fitbit features. While some report screen is small, I think it readable, it's ok, looks smart and you can have interchangeable bands. It's slimmer, less bulky than the charges - closer to the Inspire.

"It's also the first Fitbit with a colour screen. I've ordered a bracelet case band for a more dressy look and use the silicone type one for everyday use. It's so comfortable and has no skin strap reactions, unlike previous Fitbits I've tried. If you're looking more for the basics and an aesthetic look then this is for you. If you're looking for an all-singing and dancing with GPS etc. then go for a smartwatch type!"

Specification

• Battery life: Up to five days

• Colour display: Yes - vibrant AMOLED display

• Built-in GPS: No

• Water resistant: Yes - up to 50m

• Compatibility: Compatible with iOS 12.2 or higher & Android OS 7.0 or higher

Fancy getting your kids involved and promoting a healthy lifestyle to them? The Fitbit Ace 3 is a brightly coloured tracker for your young ones, with fun fonts on the display and characters to appeal to their fun side. It lasts up to eight days on a charge, is water-resistant up to 50m, and tracks that they're getting enough rest, as well enough moments of activity.

Promising review: "This is a great item for children. They are encouraged to complete the challenges and the screen displays grow with the steps so they can see rockets take off, plants grow, and other things as they increase their steps daily. I also like to see their sleep and how much they are getting. It shows you from when they wake to when they sleep. I would love for them to add more detailed features so I can see how many times my child wakes up during the night, see their floors and other features that adult ones have. Switching between your app screen to the children's one sometimes takes a long time unless you do it daily."

Specification

• Battery life: Up to eight days

• Colour display: No

• Built-in GPS: No

• Water resistant: Yes - up to 50m

• Compatibility: Compatible with iOS 12.2 or higher & Android OS 7.0 or higher

The best Fitbit: Our verdict

The best part about the Fitbit range is that there’s a vast range of models to choose from. Whether you want something simple to use to an all-singing, all-dancing fitness tracker, Fitbit has you covered.

Of particular note is the latest Fitbit Charge 5 which lasts seven days on a charge, can go with you into the pool, and comes in a variety of colours. But there’s more than just that; you can interchange wristbands and straps, so you don’t have to settle for just one colour, and there’s even a set of Fitbit scales for a rounded approach to getting fit, tracking progress, and staying fit.

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