Fitbit‘s current gadget lineup is designed to fit every budget, health objective, and lifestyle in 2022. Basic trackers for monitoring the most basic parameters are available, as are smartwatches that can collect EKGs and provide wellness reports for your doctors.
After more than a decade on the market, you might be wondering if Fitbit is still relevant. Despite the fact that there are more smartwatches and fitness trackers than ever before, Fitbit is still one of the most well-known brands in the business. Fitbit‘s relative affordability of all of its products is a huge benefit. It also has a large community of 31 million active users, making it an ideal platform for beginners. Fitbit Premium, the company’s membership service that adds guided workouts, meditations, and access to additional in-depth stats, is included with all of the devices.
It can be difficult to navigate through such a large selection of things. Is a Versa 2 still worth buying in 2022? What is the difference between the Luxe and the Inspire 2?
There is no need to be concerned. We’ve put every Fitbit tracker and smartwatch on the market to the test. Here’s what you should get if you’re just starting out in the fitness world or if you’re a seasoned pro looking to upgrade.
VERSA 3: THE BEST FITBIT FOR THE MOST PARTS OF THE POPULATION
The Versa 3 is, ironically, the Versa family’s fourth smartwatch in as many years. That should give you an idea of the smartwatch’s popularity within the firm. It may not be the most expensive, but it strikes the perfect balance of form, function, and price.
The $229.99 Versa 3 includes all of the traditional smartwatch sensors, such as continuous heart rate monitoring and SpO2 sensors. It also includes a microphone and speaker, as well as built-in GPS, which was one of the greatest omissions from prior Versas. You can choose between Alexa and Google Assistant for digital helpers. It also has NFC payments and comes with a Fitbit Premium 90-day trial.
The Versa 3 was an incremental improvement over the Versa 2. However, in the grand scheme of things, this is a good choice. The style is attractive, you receive the most of the important capabilities, and the extra savings over the $329.95 Sense are well worth it. This is the Versa to choose if you’re looking for one. (However, we do not recommend the Versa 2.) While it’s still available for purchase on Fitbit’s website, the company has already began to phase off support, despite the fact that it shares many of the same components as the Versa 3.)
This isn’t to argue that Fitbit’s flagship device, the Sense, isn’t good. The primary distinction is that Sense includes EKG data as well as an electrodermal activity sensor, which measures tiny perspiration levels on the skin to estimate stress levels. In fact, the Sense is now one of the best mental health tracking apps available. However, unless keeping a regular journal of your thoughts and moods is a significant priority for you, it’s not that lot more valuable. These features aren’t “must-haves” until Fitbit fleshes them out a little further.
|Sense||Versa 3||Versa 2||Charge 4||Inspire 2|
|Battery life (in days)||6+||6+||6+||7||10|
|Tracks activity & sleep||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|24/7 heart rate & AZM||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Text, call & app notifications||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Store & play music||✔||✔||✔||✘||✘|
|Hundreds of apps & clock faces||✔||✔||✔||✘||✘|
|Alexa & Google Assistant||Yes||Yes||Alexa Built-in||No||No|
|Stress tracking w/ EDA sensor||✔||✘||✘||✘||✘|
|ECG app & skin temperature||✔||✘||✘||✘||✘|
|High & low heart rate alerts||✔||✘||✘||✘||✘|
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THE FITBIT LUXE: THE MOST STYLISH FITBIT
The name says it all. The $149.95 Luxe looks a lot like the now-discontinued Alta, which was one of the best-looking trackers the company has ever made in its 14-year history. It has the slimmest design, the brightest OLED screen, and the most stylish accessories.
The Luxe is a tracker with a laid-back vibe. While continuous heart rate monitoring and SpO2 sensors are included, GPS is provided via your phone. You also won’t have access to a digital assistant or contactless payments. When it comes to distance, it’s not the most precise of Fitbit’s trackers, but it’ll give you a solid picture of your overall activity.
The Luxe is the greatest choice for someone who simply wants to track their general activity levels but also wants something that can easily transition from the gym to a fancy event. If you have small wrists and don’t want a bulky tracker, this is a decent option.
The Fitbit Inspire 2 is your other alternative. The Inspire 2, on the other hand, isn’t really creative. It costs around $50 less than the Luxe as Fitbit’s budget choice, and its key selling point is that it has a 10-day battery life against the Luxe’s five. However, when deciding between the two, keep in mind that the screen is more difficult to read.
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FITBIT CHARGE 5: THE BEST FITBIT FOR THE MONEY
The $179.95 Charge, like the Versa, is one of Fitbit’s most popular models. However, the Charge 5 is the most substantial fitness band update we’ve seen in a long time. A color OLED screen has been added, as well as an EKG and EDA sensor. Built-in GPS, NFC payments, and SpO2 sensors are all included; the only thing missing is a digital assistant.
Our lone criticism of the Charge 5 is the always-on display. It’s lovely, but it uses a lot of battery. The Charge 5 boasts a seven-day battery life estimate, but it drops to around two days if you use the always-on display. It’s a shame because the OLED is a lot more comfortable to look at than the Charge 4‘s monochrome LED screen.
Overall, however, you’re getting a lot of value for your money. It’s difficult to find an FDA-approved EKG wearable for less than $200. In fact, this is most likely the only one now accessible. The $299.95 Sense is the only other Fitbit that can take EKG and EDA readings. Unless you have your heart set on a smartwatch, the Charge 5 is the better overall deal.
If you’re deciding between the Charge 5 and the Versa 3, it all comes down to what you value more: cost savings and comfort, or smarter features and longer battery life. If it’s the former, the Charge 5 is the way to go. If the latter is the case, the Versa 3 is well worth the extra cash. Both provide similar health-tracking experiences, while the Charge 5 adds a little something extra with the EKG and EDA sensors. (However, as I already stated, most people are unlikely to use these sensors extensively.)
|Charge 5||Sense||Versa 3||Versa 2||Luxe||Charge 4||Inspire 2|
|Battery life (in days)||Up to 7||6+||6+||6+||Up to 5||7||Up to 10|
|Tracks activity & sleep||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|24/7 heart rate & AZM||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Text, call & app notifications||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Store & play music||✘||✔||✔||✔||✘||✘||✘|
|Hundreds of apps & clock faces||✘||✔||✔||✔||✘||✘||✘|
|Alexa & Google Assistant||No||Yes||Yes||Built-in||No||No||No|
|Heart rhythm assessment w/ ECG||✔||✔||✘||✘||✘||✘||✘|
|Stress management & EDA sensor||✔||✔||✘||✘||✘||✘||✘|
|Daily Readiness Score||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
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FITBIT ACE 3: THE BEST FITBIT FOR KIDS
That’s pretty much all of the Fitbits available right now. The $79.95 Ace 3 is the only one we haven’t tried yet — and the only one I haven’t tested myself. That’s Fitbit’s kids‘ tracker, and it’s the only Fitbit that’s accessible for minors. It’s a simple tracker with a durable bumper and parental controls. It has a longer battery life than its predecessor, but it lacks GPS. It also has heart rate monitors, although it’s not a metric that’s actively tracked for youngsters. It’s instead utilized to calculate how many “active minutes” they get. Overall, it’s a good option for parents who want to make sure their children receive adequate exercise every day. However, if you want to track your location, you’ll need to hunt for something other than a Fitbit.
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