Best Fitbit: Find the right model for you

We help you find the best Fitbit for you, whether you want to count steps, track exercise or monitor heart rate

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With so many models out there, choosing the best Fitbit for you can be a tricky task. Thankfully, we're here to help.

We've assessed the full range of Fitbit models on the market today to bring you our edited selection of the best options based on a range of needs and purposes.

Whichever model you decide to go with, you'll be in good company. As of 2020 there were a record number of active Fitbit users globally: some 31 million people. Still, it's not surprising considering that the company make some of the best fitness trackers around.

With accessible pricing and (in most cases) good looks to boot, Fitbits suit many different purposes from simply tracking your daily steps to monitoring your progress during gym sessions or runs (if you're serious about the latter, you may find one of the best running watches - which offer far more extensive, detailed data - more appealing).

For our money, the Fitbit Charge 4 is the best Fitbit for the majority of people, offering key functionality including full GPS, heart rate tracking and a range of activity monitoring that will serve most quite nicely. It's also significantly cheaper than the latest incarnation, the Charge 5 (the latter is priced at $179.95/£169.99, around $50/£60 more than the older model).

However, if you're looking for more - or less - from your tracker, there are options to suit, each with different benefits. So read on to discover our pick of the best Fitbits to find your perfect, erm, fit.

The best Fitbits you can buy right now

best Fitbit: Fitbit Charge 4

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The best Fitbit for most people

Specifications
Max battery life: 7 days
GPS: Yes
Entertainment features: No
Reasons to buy
+Built-in GPS is useful+Extensive sleep tracking
Reasons to avoid
-Reduced battery life when GPS is used-Hit and miss heart rate monitoring

For most users, the Fitbit Charge 4 is the perfect Fitbit. It has all the features you could need including a built-in GPS so you can track where you've been without relying on your phone (although using it will deplete the battery quicker), along with heart rate tracking. 

The latter is particularly useful now that Fitbit has patched in its Active Zone Minutes feature. This tracks time spent in the fat burn, cardio, or peak heart-rate zones, basically telling you when you're working hard enough to reach your goals.

Overall, the core features are ideal. You can walk, run or complete other exercises with a concrete record of what you've accomplished, although heart rate monitoring during activity can be a tad laggy. Even sleeping is accurately tracked with a nightly sleep score giving you insight into how you're doing at rest. 

Fitbit Versa 3Fit&Well Approved

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The best premium Fitbit

Specifications
Max battery life: 2 days
GPS: Yes
Entertainment features: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Plenty of features+Looks great 
Reasons to avoid
-Quite large

Smartwatches are all the rage right now but they're expensive. The Fitbit Versa 3 is the latest and greatest Fitbit Versa model, and it packs a lot in for the price. It works well as a fitness tracker, with GPS, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, and more advanced sleep tracking than its predecessor. It's slightly larger than the Versa 2, with a beautiful 1.58in screen, which you can use to access Fitbit's suite of workout metrics, breathing exercises, play music and ask Alexa or Google questions. A speaker and microphone means you can now take calls directly from your wrist.

The Fitbit Versa 3 also looks great and looks far more like a premium smartwatch watch than plasticky wearable, even if it is quite bulky. An always-on display makes it all the more attractive. However, if you're looking for some of these features at a discount, the Fitbit Versa 2 is still on sale at knock-down prices thanks to the launch of the Versa 3, and it remains a good buy if you're not too fussed about the speaker, smaller screen or more advanced tracking features.

Best Fitbit: the Fitbit Inspire 2Fit&Well Approved

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3. Fitbit Inspire 2

The best budget Fitbit

Specifications
Max battery life: 5 days
GPS: No
Entertainment features: No
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight design+Tracks what you need
Reasons to avoid
-No built-in GPS-Limited touchscreen

The best Fitbit if you're on a budget is easily the Fitbit Inspire 2. It might rely on your phone for GPS tracking but it still keeps an eye on your heart rate along with all your steps and workouts. It's also waterproof so you can take it swimming, plus you'll still receive notifications from your phone. 

You really don't miss out on much here and arguably, the slim lightweight design is far more stylish than more powerful options. We're not fans of the tiny touch screen on the device but it works well enough for the price point. If you simply want to track your steps, heart rate, calorie burn, stress and even your menstrual cycle without any smartwatch bells and whistles, then the Fitbit Inspire 2 is the ideal option. If you're looking for something even more basic, the original Inspire range is still around. 

best Fitbit: Fitbit Ionic

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The best Fitbit smartwatch for most people

Specifications
Max battery life: 4 days
GPS: Yes
Entertainment features: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Dynamic coaching feature+Music storage
Reasons to avoid
-Bulky to wear-Average battery life

Keen to compete with Garmin smartwatches, the Fitbit Ionic isn't the kind of watch to wear for an evening out, but it's certainly useful. It has typical features like built-in GPS and heart rate monitoring, but it also offers dynamic personal coaching based around your stats which is sure to be useful for encouragement. As well as that, you can leave your phone at home with the Ionic able to store and play over 300 songs which are more than enough for even the longest of cycles or runs. It's a tough device too so you won't have to worry about any knocks if you like to trail run. Just look out for the fact its battery life isn't as good as most other Fitbits. 

best Fitbit: Fitbit Ace 2Fit&Well approved buy

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Colourful and robust, this is the best Fitbit for kids

Specifications
Max battery life: 5 days
GPS: No
Entertainment features: No
Reasons to buy
+Robust design for kids+Virtual reward system
Reasons to avoid
-Average battery life-No heart rate monitoring

Kids are always pretty active but the Fitbit Ace 2 can show you just how active they are. It tracks steps and active minutes with you able to check their progress separately, while also dishing out virtual badges and rewards as they achieve their goals. It tracks sleep too which will definitely be useful if you're dealing with some nap time issues. The Fitbit Ace 2 is a little basic in terms of no GPS or heart rate monitoring, but it makes up for that with a robust design which means it'll withstand your child's most active play session, even if they knock it frequently. It's a colourful first entry to the Fitbit family. 

How to choose the best Fitbit for you

When choosing which Fitbit to buy, it's important to make sure you choose the right one for you. Fitbits can last a number of years without any trouble, so it's worth taking the time to consider exactly what you want it to be able to do. 

Knowing how you intend on using it is key. If you're simply keen to monitor your activity levels and improve your general fitness, you don't necessarily need a Fitbit that does everything possible and tracks all activities. Don't spend more than you need for features that you'll never use.

However, if you're looking to take your fitness goals up a level - be it training for a marathon or getting into competitive sport - then a more sophisticated version (such as the Fitbit Ionic, which can complete with some of the best fitness smartwatches) is likely a good match.

Wearables are visible most of the time, so looks are important too. You don't want a wristband that makes you feel uncomfortable or that doesn't suit your personal sense of style, otherwise you might feel less inclined to wear it. Each Fitbit variant offers different sizes and styles, so pick one that you'll feel happy to wear on your wrist at all times. Consider what will actually look good on you: a chunkier style might not be suited to a slim wrist, for example. Don't worry - it's not vanity, it's simply ensuring you'll be happy with your purchase. 

Jennifer Allen
Jennifer Allen

Jennifer is a freelance contributor to Fit & Well. She specializes in health and fitness technology, and has written for titles including for Wareable, TechRadar, Lifewire and others. When not writing for Fit & Well, Jennifer also writes regularly about technology for TechRadar, Mashable, Digital Trends, and TopTenReviews. Her preferred form of exercise is walking, running and lifting (not so impressive) weights, usually backed up by as many interesting apps and fitness wearables as she can summon. In her spare time, she's a keen amateur cook and spends far too much time working her way through every cinema release possible.