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 2023

by Eleanor Weaver |
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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.

The best Fitbits at a glance:

The best overall Fitbit: Fitbit Charge 5 - View now on Amazon UK
The best budget Fitbit: Fitbit Inspire 2 - View now on Amazon UK
The most convenient Fitbit: Fitbit Charge 4 - View now on Amazon UK

We've broken down the best smartwatch 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.

Without further ado, let's get into our list of the best Fitbits...

Please note: All prices correct at time of writing. Prices, stock and deals subject to change without notice.

The best Fitbits 2024

The best overall Fitbit

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Fitbit Charge 5

Rrp: $149.95

Price: $119.99
Alternative retailers
Walmart$134.00View offer
Best Buy$149.95View offer

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, meditate, 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.

Pros

  • Solid battery life
  • Great water resistance

Cons

  • None for the price

The best budget Fitbit

Fitbit Inspire 2

Rrp: $79.95

Price: $67.91
Alternative retailers
Walmart$62.20View offer
Lowe's$64.95View offer

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.

Pros

  • Amazing value
  • Great battery life for the price

Cons

  • Lacks a colour display

The best Fitbit for kids

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.

Pros

  • Charges fairly quick
  • Fun colours

Cons

  • No in-built GPS

The most sleek Fitbit

Fitbit Luxe
Price: $86.59

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.

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Battery life is outclassed

The best Fitbit for newcomers

Versa 2
Price: £170.91

Fitbit Versa 2 tracks your morning, night and everything in between without needing to stop for a charge. An impressive four-day battery life along with a sleep monitor, calendar, voice control, calorie tracker, notifications and heart rate monitor means you have everything you need on your wrist.

Pros

  • Great array of features
  • Nice display

Cons

  • Overall battery life could be better

The most accurate Fitbit

Fitbit Sense Advanced Smartwatch

Rrp: $249.95

Price: $155.00
Alternative retailers
Walmart$179.00View offer

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.

Pros

  • Great accuracy
  • Brilliant features

Cons

  • Some may find it to be a bit bulky

The best Fitbit for GPS

Fitbit Versa 3
Price: $105

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. 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.

Pros

  • Good companion app
  • Reliable GPS

Cons

  • Not as lightweight as some others

The most convenient Fitbit

4
Price: £149.99

This Fitbit may not be the most up-to-date, but it still seriously delivers in 2023 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.

Pros

  • Able to use for payments
  • Perfect size

Cons

  • Not as recent as other Fibits

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.

FAQs

What makes a good Fitbit?

The two key factors to really focus on and consider about a Fitbit are its selection of tracking abilities and how comfortable it is. The latter is pretty self-explanatory, you want to choose a model with an easily adjustable band that won't slip around and agitate you during activity. Bonus points for any model with a clear and easy-to-read screen.

As for tracking, you want to think about what you're using the Fitbit for. Some simple models are very effective pedometers and heart rate monitors, but higher-end Fitbits can track your calorie intake, sleep patterns, and even your hydration. There are other convenient functions to look out too, such as calendars, GPS, or even hands-free payments.

How important is waterproofing?

Most Fitbits come with some degree of waterproofing, but the strength of it varies by model. You can tell how strong the waterproof rating is by its ingress protection rating, usually written as IPX and then a number. The higher that number is, the more water it can withstand. While you should always check beforehand, most Fitbits sit around IPX7 or IPX8, meaning they can be submerged for a short while without being damaged. For the ones that aren't that high, you can expect them to be around IPX4 or IPX5, which keeps them protected against rain and sweat.

Eleanor Weaver is the Deputy Homes & Garden Product Editor for Yours, specialising in home décor, furnishings and appliances. Having worked commercially on Yours magazine and Yours.co.uk for the past six years, she's previously hosted Yours Live events and loves looking for home inspiration online.

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