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Best Fitbit trackers and smartwatches (February 2020)

Best Fitbit trackers and smartwatches (February 2020)

Fitbit, currently one of the most well-known names in the fitness tracking world, has many of its fitness trackers on sale right now. Which of them is the best Fitbit device for you? Should you pick up one of the fashion-forward devices like the Inspire HR or Charge 3, or should you consider a smartwatch like the Versa 2 or Ionic? Join us as we round up the best Fitbit trackers and best Fitbit smartwatches available right now.

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Smartwatches vs fitness trackers: Differences explained: Before we get into it, let’s talk about an important distinction: smartwatches vs fitness trackers. For the sake of this article, we are referring to devices with big displays that prioritize apps and notifications as smartwatches. For devices that have smaller displays and look more like a traditional fitness band, we’ll refer to those as fitness trackers.

Best Fitbit trackers and smartwatches

Updates February 1, 2020, 12:00 am

This month we changed the format of our list and added the Fitbit Versa 2.


1. Fitbit Versa 2: The best Fitbit smartwatch

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The Fitbit Versa 2 offers a handful of much-needed improvements over its predecessor. The AMOLED display is a welcome change, all models now come with Fitbit Pay, and Fitbit continues to add useful fitness and health features. The company is also working on improving its smartwatch features, though it is still behind the competition in this sense. The Versa 2 comes with Amazon Alexa support, but it can be finicky. The company’s app catalog is lacking too. This is true for all Fitbit smartwatches, not just the Versa 2.

But for under $200, the positives outweigh the negatives here. The Fitbit Versa 2 provides an overall excellent wearable experience, albeit with some quirks. 

Fitbit Versa 2 specs:

  • GPS: Connected GPS
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Display: 1.4-inch OLED
  • Battery life: 5 days
  • Music storage: 2.5GB
  • Fitbit Pay: Yes

2. Fitbit Ionic: The best Fitbit smartwatch for runners

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This is the best Fitbit smartwatch you can buy if you need something with a GPS. It’s an incredible fitness and sleep tracker, comes with a GPS, allows you to pay for things from your wrist, and it’s water resistant.

More: Fitbit Ionic review | Best GPS running watches

Just like Fitbit’s other smartwatches, the Ionic has support for quick replies for notifications and female health tracking features.

Interested? The Fitbit Ionic is available on Amazon and comes in three different color options.

Fitbit Ionic specs:

  • GPS: Yes
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Display: 1.42-inch LCD
  • Battery life: 4 days
  • Music storage: 2.5GB
  • Fitbit Pay: Yes

3. Fitbit Versa: No longer the best Fitbit, but still a good option

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2018’s Fitbit Versa is no longer the best Fitbit smartwatch you can buy, but it’s still a decent smartwatch option for those looking to save some cash. It’s frequently on sale on Amazon for well under $150.

It has a slightly worse screen than the Versa 2 and not as many features as the Ionic (no onboard GPS, for instance), but it’s a simply, well-working smartwatch that should appeal to a lot of people.

Don’t miss: Fitbit Versa review | Fitbit Versa vs Ionic

If you can’t find the Versa on sale, we’d recommend checking out the Fitbit Versa Lite. It’s just about the same thing with no music storage and no altimeter, and with a lower price tag.

Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Versa Lite specs:

  • GPS: Connected GPS
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Display: 1.34-inch LCD
  • Battery life: 4 days
  • Music storage: 2.5GB (Versa only)
  • Fitbit Pay: Yes (Versa special edition model only)

4. Fitbit Charge 3: The best Fitbit fitness tracker

Fitbit’s Charge 3 is the best fitness tracker you can buy for under $150. Its classy, versatile design means it’ll look good in the office and at the gym. It’s also water resistant and has one of the more accurate wrist-based heart rate sensors we’ve tried on a wearable.

Don’t miss: Fitbit Charge 3 review | Where to buy the Fitbit Charge 3

Elsewhere, the Fitbit Charge 3 offers a great software experience, plenty of smartwatch features, and a battery that can last almost a week on a single charge.

If you don’t need GPS, the Fitbit Charge 3 is a great option.

Fitbit Charge 3 specs:

  • GPS: Connected GPS
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Display: 1.57-inch grayscale OLED
  • Battery life: 7 days
  • Music storage: No
  • Fitbit Pay: Yes (special edition model only)

5. Fitbit Inspire and Inspire HR: The best cheap Fitbit

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The Fitbit Inspire HR is a great fitness tracker, health tracker, and sleep tracker. It’s just $100, too!

It’s small and lightweight, supports interchangeable straps, and offers smartphone notifications on your wrist. It might be small, but it doesn’t skimp on the features. The Fitbit Inspire HR offers connected GPS, a heart rate sensor, as well as five-day battery life.

Also read: Fitbit Inspire HR review: A good fitness tracker at a great price

Think of the Inspire HR as the “Fitbit Charge 3 Lite.” It removes a few notable features like notification history, an altimeter, and a bigger display in order to reach that $100 price point. If you don’t need those things though, the Inspire HR is a fantastic option.

Looking for something even cheaper? There’s also the Fitbit Inspire, which is the same thing as the Inspire HR without a heart rate sensor.

At $70, the Fitbit Inspire undercuts the Garmin Vivofit 4 by about $10. Aside from lacking a heart rate sensor and goal-based exercises, the Fitbit Inspire isn’t all that much different from the Inspire HR. You can also buy a clip accessory for the Inspire, which essentially turns it into a Fitbit Zip-type device. Nice!

Fitbit Inspire and Inspire HR specs:

  • GPS: Connected GPS
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes (Inspire HR only)
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Display: 1.4-inch grayscale OLED
  • Battery life: 5 days
  • Music storage: No
  • Fitbit Pay: No

6. Fitbit Ace 2: The best Fitbit for kids

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Alongside the Versa Lite and Inspire line, Fitbit also announced the Fitbit Ace 2 — a kid-friendly version of the Inspire fitness trackers made for kids ages 6-14. While the original Fitbit Ace was more of a repackaged Alta HR, the Ace 2 sports a similar design to the Inspire but adds a durable silicone case for protection.

It has a monochrome display and clock faces with cute animations that help kids see their progress throughout the day. Specifically, it can keep track of steps taken, number of active minutes, sleep quality and duration, and periodic reminders that let kids know when to get up and get moving. It also has handy software features like bedtime reminders and alarms.

This kids Fitbit is swimproof, so your children don’t have to take it off before jumping in the pool, and will last approximately five days on a single charge.

Of course, all Fitbit Ace 2 devices can be managed by parents in the family account settings of the Fitbit app. Parents can also urge kids to participate in family challenges and goal-based achievements.

Fitbit Ace 2 specs:

  • GPS: No
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Display: 1.4-inch grayscale OLED
  • Battery life: 5 days
  • Music storage: No
  • Fitbit Pay: No

The best Fitbit alternatives:

Didn’t find what you’re looking for in this list? No worries, we have another article that should be able to help you out. Head here to see the full list of the best Fitbit alternatives out there, or see below for a summary.

So there you have it — our guide to the best Fitbit trackers and Fitbit smartwatches you can buy! Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments.

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