Fitbit is the it-brand that most people think of when they think of fitness trackers. But with their wide range of trackers with different functions and styles, it can be hard to decide which Fitbit will work best for your active lifestyle.
We took a close look at all of the features of the different Fitbits available and broke it down so you can pick out the perfect one for tracking all of your exercise, steps, and sleep.
The entire Fitbit family of products syncs with the same apps, so everyone in your exercise group or family can compete with each other in challenges and compare stats. Find the perfect Fitbit for anyone below.
Fitbit Comparison Chart
This chart provides a quick breakdown of each of Fitbit’s current fitness trackers. If you want to read our in depth Fitbit reviews, you’ll find them below the chart.
Fitbit Comparison Reviews 2017
The LCD display conveniently shows the current day’s step count and also the time. When you reach your step goal for the day it buzzes in congratulation. Sync it to the free Fitbit app and track your daily stats to improve your activity over time.
This makes a great gift for older parents who aren’t very tech-savvy but are looking for an easy way to track their activity and steps over time. Since it has the option to sync to a computer, it’s also great for people who don’t use smartphones.
Buy the Zip if: walking is your main form of exercise, you’re looking for a simple step counter, you don’t like charging devices frequently
Available colors: blue, charcoal, lime, magenta
Tracks: steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes
Notable features: syncs wirelessly to computers or smartphones and tablets with Bluetooth, clips to clothing, displays daily step count on device, battery lasts 6 months, water resistant
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The Fitbit One is the next level activity tracker offered by the company. While it’s more expensive than the Zip, it maintains many of the same features, including the on screen display of your daily step count, but adds some great new functionality that is worth the price increase.
The two biggest features that will attract most people is the One tracks stairs climbed and features sleep monitoring, that tracks not only how long you’ve slept, but also the quality of the sleep.
Buy the One if: you want a more affordable activity tracker with sleep monitoring, you want a rechargeable pedometer, walking is your main form of exercise, you want to be motivated to take the stairs more
Available colors: black, burgundy
Tracks: steps, floors climbed/stairs, distance, calories burned, active minutes, sleep quantity and quality
Notable features: silent alarm, sleep tracking, stair counter, water resistant clip, 14 days rechargeable battery, syncs wirelessly to computers and smartphones
Fitbit Flex 2 Waterproof Activity Tracker
If you’d rather wear your fitness tracker on your wrist than on a clip, the Fitbit Flex 2 may be the tracker for you. This comfortable and easy to wear activity tracker sacrifices the LCD display for LED lights that show you your progress toward the day’s step goals. But you still have the Fitbit app to easily track your steps, activity, and sleep on your smartphone or tablet. This is a recent update to the original Fitbit Flex that combines the features users loved about the original with some new functionality.
The big difference with the Flex 2 is a brand new ultra-slim tracker design that is fully customizable with a ton of different bands to personalize your Fitbit or match any occasion. This includes bracelets and necklaces that look like fashionable jewelry instead of utilitarian trackers. Track your activity without sacrificing on style.
I’m sure you’re wondering, what’s new with the Fitbit Flex 2? Well, the big thing is: this activity tracker is now waterproof–or as they call it “swimproof.” You can finally wear your Fitbit in the shower or while swimming in the ocean or pool without destroying your tracker. I have a feeling this one is going to become very popular with swimmers.
It also features SmartTrack, which automatically recognizes certain activities (including swimming) and tracks your workout for you automatically. There’s also smartphone notifications in addition to the silent alarms. All these features come without sacrificing the battery life of the original model.
Buy the Flex if: you prefer a wristband tracker, you like tracking your activity on your smartphone, you like to customize with different band styles, you want a waterproof fitness tracker, you swim as a form of exercise.
Available colors: black, lavender, magenta, navy
Tracks: steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, sleep quality and quantity
Notable features: silent alarm, swappable wristband, automatic sleep monitoring, 5-day rechargeable battery, syncs wirelessly to computers and smartphones, waterproof, SmartTrack auto exercise tracking, waterproof, move reminders
The Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker takes the activity bands to the next level. Utilizing a similar OLED display as the Charge, and features like step count and auto sleep monitoring, the Alta adds a few new features that are worth the upgrade.
The first big feature is SmartTrack, which automatically recognizes what exercise you’re doing whether it’s running or cardio. Alta also has move reminders, giving you a gentle buzz when you’ve been sitting too long so you can take a quick walk. Also in addition to call alerts, you can also receive text messages and calendar alerts directly on your Alta band.
Alta comes with its own range of accessory bands as well, so you can customize your look and switch up your style whenever you feel like it.
Buy the Alta if: you work out many different ways, you like to customize your band to match your outfit, you want a fitness band that tracks sleep and exercise automatically
Available colors: black/silver, blue/silver, plum/silver, teal/silver
Tracks: steps, distance, calories burned, stairs climbed, active minutes, sleep quality and quantity, exercise activities
Notable features: silent alarm, automatic sleep tracking, interchangeable bands, smart notifications (call, text, and calendar), move reminders, auto exercise recognition, syncs wirelessly to smartphones and computers, water resistant, 5-day rechargeable battery
Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband
Fitbit took the best features of their Charge and Charge HR bands and combined them together this year to make their Charge 2 fitnessband. The big selling feature with the Charge 2 is the PurePulse continuous heart rate monitoring. It tracks your heart rate throughout the day to track your calories burned and also to give you a Cardio Fitness Score to help you improve your fitness level over time. Your exercise tracker will also notice when your heart rate is elevated due to stress and lead you through a guided breathing exercise to help calm your mind and body.
That heart rate monitoring combined with multi-sport modes make it perfect for people who lead active lifestyles and like to vary up their workout routine. The Charge 2 tracks running, biking, and weights and SmartTrack automatically recognizes the activity and records the workout for you. The OLED tap display makes it easy to see real-time stats while you’re exercising and get your workout results without syncing to your smartphone.
If GPS tracking is important to your running or cycling, you can sync up the Charge 2 with your phone to get real-time stats like pace and distance on the band display, while a map is recorded of your route.
In addition to all those fabulous features, the Fitbit Charge 2 features many of the features longtime Fitbit users love like move reminders, smartphone notifications, wireless syncing to smartphones or computers, and interchangable bands. This model is a great replacement for the previous Charge offerings.
Buy the Charge 2 If: you want wirst based heart rate monitoring, you exercise in many different ways, you like a customizable look
Available colors: black, blue, plum, teal
Tracks: steps, heart rate, distance, calories burned, active minutes, floors climbed, stationary time, auto sleep tracking
Notable features: interchangable bands, PurePulse wrist based heart rate, Cardio Fitness Score, silent alarms & auto sleep tracking, 5 day battery life, multi-sport modes, move reminders, SmartTrack auto activity tracking, OLED Tap Display with on screen stats, guided breathing prompts based on heart rate, smartphone notifications.
Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch
The Fitbit Blaze is the coolest Fitbit to date. This is more than an activity tracker: it’s a smart fitness watch. It takes many of the traditional Fitbit features and adds on some very cool functionality that make this a fitness tracker worth considering.
In addition to PurePulse Heart Rate monitoring, the Blaze also features the ability to connect with GPS on your phone to map your routes and see in depth stats like pace and duration. It also features a new app called Fitstar, which has on-screen workouts with step-by-step instructions. Blaze basically works like a trainer and personal health coach.
Blaze features the Smarttrack exercise recognizer and multiple sport modes so you can log activities like running, biking, and cardio while seeing real-time stats on display.
Like most smartwatches, you can customize your bands to match your outfits and also receive call, text, and calendar alerts. It has music control for you smartphone (volume, play, pause, switch songs). But, it also features sleep tracking and silent alarms, a feature not currently offered with Apple Watches.
Buy the Blaze if: you’re looking for a more affordable Apple Watch alternative, you are serious about exercise and want the best tracking available from Fitbit, you’re a biker, you’re a runner
Available colors: black/silver, blue/silver, plum/silver
Tracks: steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, heart rate, multi-sport tracking
Notable features: connected GPS (requires smartphone), interchangeable accessory bands, auto workout recording, on-screen workouts, smart notifications (call, text, and calendar), music control (with smartphone), auto-sleep tracking, silent alarms, up to 5-day rechargeable battery
Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch
You’re probably wondering how Fitbit could top the Blaze. The Fitbit Surge is called a Fitness Superwatch. But what does it offer that’s new? How about GPS tracking right in the band. This means you can track distance, pace, and elevation climbed while also reviewing routes run. And you can do all of this without a smartphone.
In addition to the GPS, it also still features general smartwatch features like automatic workout tracking, call and text notifications, and music control on your wrist.
Buy the Surge if: you want GPS without carrying your smartphone, you’re a runner, you exercise in a variety of ways
Available colors: Black, Tangerine
Tracks: workouts, steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, sleep
Notable features: GPS tracking, call and text notifications, auto sleep tracking, silent alarm, syncs wirelessly to computers and smartphones, heart rate tracking, auto workout tracking, rechargeable battery (7 days or 10 hours of continuous GPS use)
Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch
Apple needs to watch out, because Fitbit is coming for their smartwatch crown. Fitbit’s Ionic Smartwatch is a serious competitor to other high-end smartwatches for sports enthusiasts and fitness minded users. They’ve pack in a ton of features everyone will love.
Let’s start with the ways the Ionic will help you stay fit and active. Fitbit coach gives you dynamic personal workouts to keep you motivated at the gym or at home. This is an all around health tracker. It includes all of the features you expect in an activity tracker, like step counting, setting goals, and workout tracking. In addition, it has continuous heart rate monitoring to give you real time info as well as more accurate sleep data. The built in Fitbit Coach is perfect to guide you through a personalized workout to meet your fitness goals. This is great for fitness enthusiasts who like to work out in many different ways. The built in GPS is perfect for runners and cyclists to keep track of distance and pace.
As far as other cool features go, the Ionic offers music storage of up to 300 songs so you always have your favorite music ready to motivate you through your workout. This smartwatch is also packed with apps and can pair with your smartphone for smart notifications on your wrist. Another big feature is Fitbit Pay, which lets you pay with just the tap of your wrist at any store that accepts contactless payments.
If you’re trying to decide between the Apple Watch and the Ionic, here’s the big points to consider. Ionic has a better battery life (4 days vs 18 hours) and offers sleep tracking. The Apple Watch, however, is a good choice if you already use a lot of Apple products and have an iPhone. The Series 3 Apple Watch is also available with a stand alone SIM card, so it can be used to make calls and send texts without a phone nearby.
Buy the Ionic if: You’re a runner or cyclist who needs GPS, you love to listen to music when you workout,
Available colors: Blue-Gray/White, Charcoal/Smoke Gray, Slate Blue/Burnt Orange
Tracks: Steps, Calories Burned, Active Minutes, Pace, Distance, Continuous Heartrate, Sleep, Weight, Food
Notable features: Waterproof 50 meters, 4+ Day Battery Life, Built in GPS, Fitbit Coach, Music Storage (300 songs), Smart Notifications, Apps, Fitbit Pay
Looking to get a Fitbit to help you lose or maintain your weight? You should check out the Fitbit Aria 2 WiFi Smart Scale. It automatically and accurately tracks your weight, body fat percentage, and body mass index and syncs with your Fitbit account.