The best Fitbits to help you hit your health and wellness goals

Our round-up of the best Fitbits includes stylish smartwatches and advanced trackers that will take your fitness regime to the next level

A selection of the best Fitbits, including the Versa 3, Inspire 2 and Fitbit Luxe
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The best Fitbits are the perfect companion if you want to start creating healthier lifestyle habits or take your fitness to the next level. Perfect for those new to smart wearables, they'll track your steps, heart rate, calories burned, and more with a flick of your wrist. 

Founded in 2007 by James Park and Eric Friedman, Fitbits were among the first fitness trackers out there - long before Apple and other big-name brands brought theirs to market. 15 years later, the brand is continuing to innovate with impressive new features coming in alongside their consistently easy-to-use interface, good sleep and heart rate tracking technology, and stylish accessories. 

So whether you want to know how to set up a Fitbit or the difference between the seven Fitbit types, we've reviewed the best Fitbits to give you everything you need to know about buying the right tracker or smartwatch for you. 

How we tested and selected the best Fitbits

We tested each Fitbit over a number of weeks, through various workouts and day-to-day activities, and assessed each model on functionality, design, and the features it offered. We considered: 

  • How easy it was to use - a tracker that charges quickly, has a long-lasting battery life and is easy to navigate during sweaty workouts is key.
  • How comfortable it was to wear - no one wants a wristband that rubs uncomfortably against the skin or catches on clothing.
  • The features it offered - some people will want a Fitbit that offers all the features of the best fitness trackers out there, such as contactless payment, on-screen text messages, and music streaming. Others might just want a Fitbit that tracks daily activity and sleep patterns, which is why we've tested a range of Fitbits with different features. 
  • How it helped us track our progress - for most of us, finding workout motivation isn't easy and in that case, a fitness tracker that motivates us to move and tracks our progress is a must-have. This is why we also explored the free Fitbit app and Fitbit Premium during our testing.

The best Fitbits as chosen by our experts 

Fitbit Versa 3 in black, one of the best Fitbits to buy

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1. Fitbit Versa 3

Best Fitbit watch overall

Specifications

Size: 40.48mm x 40.48mm
Battery life: up to 6 days
Charge time: 12 minutes
Water resistant: up to 50m
RRP: $229.95 / £199.99

Reasons to buy

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All the features you need in a fitness tracker
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Easy to use
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Large touchscreen watch face 

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than other options 

For those looking to take their fitness to the next level, the Fitbit Versa 3 is the perfect option. As a smartwatch rather than a fitness tracker, it has a wider square-shaped screen rather than a long, rectangular one, which we found makes it much easier to navigate our way through the menus. It also comes with the water-resistant Infinity strap in the box, which is secure during use but needs wiping down after every workout to prevent sweat build-up and chafing.  

The Versa 3 has all the features you could ever need in a fitness tracker, whether you're looking to start doing daily exercise or learn how to sleep better. Along with all the standard Fitbit features like heart rate monitoring, calories burned,  and step count, which all appear by default on your watch screen, the Versa 3 brings built-in GPS monitoring, active zone minutes, voice assistant, and music-playing abilities. What's more, it's swim-proof and has on-screen visual workouts for you to do anytime, anywhere via the app. 

You can also receive call, text, and app notifications. When you're connected to the app via an Android you can also send quick replies from your watch, but this isn't a feature available to iPhone users. If this feature is particularly important to you and you do have an iPhone, it's worth comparing Fitbits vs Apple Watches as the latter offers a similar feature. 

It'll motivate you to get moving for your next sweat session as you can set daily exercise, step, or calorie-burn goals, and the app will remind you how far you've come that week. For those who like a little competition or need the pressure to get out there and exercise, we reckon this is a great way to incentivize as you feel supported, rather than scolded. For those who don't want this, you can turn notifications off. Individual workouts also appear either automatically or after you've started a workout on the watch, so you can see how many hours of exercise you've done that day or week, along with your stats. 

If you want to learn how to relax your mind, Versa 3 can encourage you to prioritize your wellbeing with two and five-minute guided breathing exercises. 

When it comes to any fitness tracker, battery life is always an issue. But we discovered that with the Fitbit Versa 3, there's no need to worry. It does fulfill the 6+ day battery claim, especially if you're not using the GPS every day. It also charges super quickly and can give you a full day's charge in an impressive 12 minutes. This Fitbit was a clear winner for us. It's one of the more expensive options, but if you're happy to invest and looking for a tracker and smartwatch combo, it's a must-have. 

Fitbit Inspire 2 fitness tracker

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2. Fitbit Inspire 2

Best budget Fitbit tracker

Specifications

Size: 37mm x 16mm
Battery life : up to 10 days
Charge time : 2 hours
Water resistant: up to 50m
RRP: $99.95 / £89.99

Reasons to buy

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Simple to use and easy to navigate
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Very affordable
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Comes with a free one-year trial of Fitbit Premium
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Tracks and monitors all the basics 

Reasons to avoid

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It doesn’t have some of the more in-depth features other Fitbits do

While the Versa 3 comes with all the bells and whistles of a smartwatch, the Fitbit Inspire 2 is a simple, easy-to-use fitness tracker. It's sleek, stylish, and compact. We found the Inspire very easy to navigate - a simple swipe up and down takes you to all of the features, while you can swipe left and right on the home screen for a quick-view look at the basics like step count, calories burnt and distance you've walked or run.

In terms of features, in some ways, it's similar to the Versa 3. You can connect the Inspire to your phone and receive calls and texts, as well as social media updates on the tracker's screen. If wellness is your focus goal in getting a Fitbit, then the Inspire could be for you. Not only does it track your sleep and stress levels, giving you in-app scores and recommendations, but it can also offer a Daily Readiness Score where you can see how prepared your body is for your next workout. 

Naturally, you can track your exercise with this Fitbit - as with them all. Whether it's walking for weight loss, running, or swimming, the Inspire can either automatically track your workout (in case you forget to press 'go') or you can start a workout and follow along with your stats in live time. 

We also found the Inspire 2 has a significantly longer battery life of up to 10 days, as long as you don't overuse the workout programming function by leaving going on for hours on end - such as going for an all-day hike. In this case, we found it was better to just let the tracker automatically pick up the workout, which it tends to do about 10 to 15 minutes in, to save on battery life.

However, it doesn't come with the more advanced features like music streaming. While this wasn't a deal-breaker for us as we listened to music via our phones while working out, it's something to consider.

With all the essential features of the best Fitbits and nothing further to complicate things, it's ideal if you’re a little nervous around tech and want a super-easy introduction to the world of fitness trackers. 

Black Fitbit Charge 5

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3. Fitbit Charge 5

Most advanced Fitbit tracker

Specifications

Size: 21.93mm x 14.75mm
Battery life: up to 7 days
Charge time : 2 hours
Water resistant : up to 50m
RRP: $179.95 / £169.99

Reasons to buy

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On-wrist ECG app 
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Comes with six-month Fitbit premium membership 
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Most advanced tracker yet, but still easy to use 

Reasons to avoid

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Limited color options available 

Let us introduce you to the most advanced Fitbit tracker yet - the Charge 5. What sets this fitness tracker apart from the rest of Fitbit's lineup, and why it got onto our list of best Fitbits, is the on-wrist ECG app. This allows you to monitor heart health at the tap of a touchscreen. The feature assesses your heart for an irregular rhythm and alerts you if you're above or below the threshold, so you can investigate it further with a medical professional. While the Inspire is for newcomers, the Charge 5 is for those who are ready for the next step. 

The Charge 5 also features a Daily Readiness Score like the Inspire, providing personalized recommendations of when to exercise and when to rest, based on your activity, sleep score data, and heart rate. It's got all the features of the other Fitbits too, including smart notifications, built-in GPS, heart rate, calorie and step tracking, and more. 

Fitbit's latest launch also comes with a 6-month premium membership to the Fitbit app, allowing you to delve further into your personal data and the workout programs on offer. Normally priced at $9.99 / £7.99 per month, you'll have to pay for it once the trial is up. If you're totally new to exercise and nutrition, whether you want to lose weight or just start eating healthier, this could be useful. 

Like some of the other best mindfulness apps, Fitbit Premium offers members access to over 200 mindfulness sessions. While this is a lot, we found that we stuck to the ones we liked, rather than scrolling for hours to find something new. Fitbit recently partnered with Calm to give subscribers access to their sleep stories, one of the app's biggest pluses. It also offers meditation classes with experts like Deepak Chopra.  

The only downside to this Fitbit is there are currently limited color options available, much like the other trackers on offer. While the smart watches come in a range of bright colors, the Charge 5 is only available to buy in black, white, and blue. If color is important for you, opt for the Versa 3 which comes in so many different colors from refreshing pale pink to deep olive. 

The Fitbit Charge 4

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4. Fitbit Charge 4

Best Fitbit tracker for beginners

Specifications

Size: 35.8mm x 22.7mm
Battery life : up to 7 days
Charge time : 2 hours
Water resistant: up to 50m
RRP : $128.95 / £129.99

Reasons to buy

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A great all-rounder
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Easy to set up and use 
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Sleek design 

Reasons to avoid

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Smaller screen
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Longer charge time 

The model down from the Charge 5 is the Fitbit Charge 4. While similar in many ways, this tracker is missing some elements of the newer version. But as one of the best Fitbits, it's still an excellent fitness tracker. 

If you're new to trackers, smart watches and the like, and not quite ready to invest in the latest tech, we suggest picking up the Fitbit Charge 4. It has all the essential features and more, tracking sleep and steps, calories burnt and heart rate. It has exercise modes and a built-in GPS so can track everything, whether you're running for weight loss or taking up Pilates for beginners. If you wear the tracker overnight, you'll receive an in-depth sleep analysis and a sleep score. Much like the Versa 2, it's also got a vibration-only alarm for a gentle wake-up each morning. 

All in all, this is the best Fitbit for women who want all the benefits of a fitness tracker without any complicated extras. However, it's worth noting the screen is a little small which might put some shoppers off this model. 

Gold Fitbit Luxe

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5. Fitbit Luxe

Most stylish fitness tracker

Specifications

Size: 36.30mm x 17.62mm
Battery life: up to 5 days
Charge time: 2 hours
Water resistant: up to 50m
RRP: $149.95/£179.99

Reasons to buy

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Stylish jewelry design available 
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Free six-month Fitbit Premium membership 
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Range of colors available 
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Tracks all the essentials and more 

Reasons to avoid

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Fully touchscreen with no button on the tracker to turn it on or pause workouts

The Fitbit Luxe is a fashion-forward fitness tracker that will help you hit your health and wellness goals in style. Available in three wristbands of different colors or a link bracelet style, this Fitbit tracks all the basics and then some. 

It's swim-proof and automatically recognizes when you're swimming, it's got 20 exercise modes and real-time pace and distance for walks, jogs, or bike rides. It will track your sleep and you can input menstrual health data on the app for a better overall picture of your health. It's also got stress management tools, guided breathing exercises, call and text notifications, and even more insights with Fitbit Premium.

The Fitbit Luxe does come with an expensive price tag but is worth the investment if you want a stylish tracker. While we liked the small and sleek design, we initially missed the lack of a button on the side of the tracker. Instead of turning the tracker on, or pausing workouts, with the slim side button, all you need to do is double-tap the touchscreen. It's a small factor that takes a little getting used to if you've used other trackers before.  

Are Fitbits waterproof?

Yes, most Fitbits are water-resistant up to 50 meters. "They're designed to be swim-proof and stand up to even the sweatiest of workouts," the brand says. However, no Fitbit will be suitable for diving or deeper submersion than this and they warn against wearing the device in any warm environment, like a hot tub or sauna. 

The Ace is the only Fitbit that's not water-resistant. It's designed to withstand splashes, spills, and sweat rather than a dip in the pool. Some straps are also not water-resistant but can withstand sweat. These include: 

  • Woven straps (Sense and Versa 3)
  • Hook and Loop bands (Charge 5)
  • Knit bands (Sense and Versa 3) 
  • Stainless Steel Mesh band (Inspire 2, may discolor with consistent exposure to sweat) 

If you want a completely water-resistant band, opt for the Infinity band that comes included when you buy a Fitbit or the Sports band, which is more breathable. 

Fitbit is also keen to emphasize that mishandling the device in particular ways, like dropping it, exposing it to perfumes including soap and sunscreen, and high-velocity water pressure will also reduce the waterproof capacity of the device.

Grace Walsh
Grace Walsh

A digital health journalist with over five years experience writing and editing for UK publications, Grace has covered the world of health and wellbeing extensively for Cosmopolitan, The i Paper and more.


She started her career writing about the complexities of sex and relationships, before combining personal hobbies with professional and writing about fitness. Everything from the best protein powder to sleep technology, the latest health trend to nutrition essentials, Grace has a huge spectrum of interests in the wellness sphere. Having reported on the coronavirus pandemic since the very first swab, she now also counts public health among them.