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The best Fitbit trackers and smartwatches (May 2022): Versa, Sense, and more

Which Fitbit tracker is right for you?
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May 8, 2022
A Fitbit Sense rests on its side on a wooden ledge.
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

One of the most well-known names in the fitness tracking world, Fitbit has plenty to offer. With so many different models to choose from, finding the right device for you isn’t easy. Should you pick up a smaller tracker like the Charge 5, or consider a smartwatch like the Sense or Versa 3? We’ve rounded up the best Fitbit trackers and smartwatches available right now.

See also: Everything you need to know about Fitbit

Buying the right Fitbit for your needs

Everybody wants something different from their Fitbit. Think through the considerations below to narrow down what you are hoping to find.

  • Experience: If you are looking for a great smartwatch experience, keep in mind each option’s display size and smartwatch features. For shoppers who just want to track activity, we pose that a basic fitness tracker will do the trick.
  • Fitness tracking: Beyond the basics of tracking steps and activity, each Fitbit includes its own unique level of fitness tracking. Determine what features you want to prioritize. We recommend runners choose a device with built-in GPS or connected GPS functionality. Thankfully, all current-gen Fitbits have one or the other.
  • Health tracking: Fitbits offer a variety of basic and advanced health tracking features including some of the best sleep tracking available. The Fitbit Sense utilizes the most advanced health sensors for those especially interested in keeping close tabs. If these aren’t a priority you can save cash with a pared-down option.
  • Budget: Cost is a major factor most shoppers need to consider. Decide how much you want to spend compared to what you are hoping to get. The devices below cover a wide range of price points and can each be assessed in terms of value vs feature set.
  • Specific needs: Fitbit really has something for everyone, from fashion-forward users to parents shopping for their little ones. If you are shopping for something specific don’t forget to prioritize it when making your final decision.

Let’s talk lingo: Fitness trackers vs. smartwatches

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.

The best Fitbit trackers and smartwatches

  • Fitbit Versa 3: The Versa 3 is our pick for the best Fitbit smartwatch. It’s nearly identical to the pricier Sense, only without a few extra sensors that you may not use anyway.
  • Fitbit Sense: The best Fitbit for health tracking is the Sense thanks to its ECG, EDA, and skin temperature sensors. It’s a little expensive though if those extra sensors aren’t a priority.
  • Fitbit Charge 5: The latest addition to the Charge line, the Charge 5 is the best fitness tracker you can buy — Fitbit or otherwise.
  • Fitbit Versa 2: For a smartwatch on a budget, the best cheap Fitbit smartwatch is the Versa 2.
  • Fitbit Inspire 2: The Inspire 2 is the best bare-bones Fitbit fitness tracker. Plus, it comes with a full year of Fitbit Premium.
  • Fitbit Luxe: The best-looking Fitbit tracker, the Luxe is a sleek device aimed at fashion-conscious users.
  • Fitbit Ace 3: For the littlest wrists in the family, the Ace 3 is the top tracker to consider buying for kids.

Fitbit Versa 3: The best Fitbit smartwatch for most people

A Fitbit Versa 3 rests on a table alongside a pair of reading glasses.
C. Scott Brown / Android Authority

The Fitbit Versa 3 is our pick for the best Fitbit smartwatch you can buy right now. It’s not the most technically advanced, but it’s the one most people should purchase when seeking out a new wearable.

We found that the Versa 3 strikes the right balance between smartwatch, fitness tracker, and advanced workout wearable. It has both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in, Fitbit Pay support, and onboard music storage. It’s also an all-around fantastic fitness tracker and even boasts onboard GPS for runners and cyclists.

The Versa 3 is also cheaper than the Sense, the company’s other flagship smartwatch. We found that the Sense’s extra sensors likely aren’t useful enough to most people to warrant spending more. Therefore we rank the Versa 3 as our top pick overall.

Fitbit Versa 3 Smartwatch
Fitbit Versa 3
One of the best smartwatches for most Android users
If you're looking for the best all-around smartwatch at a pretty good price, you're likely looking for the Fitbit Versa 3. Fitbit's cheaper flagship smartwatch sports standalone GPS, an accurate heart rate sensor, and plenty of nice smartwatch features.

Pros

  • Decent battery life
  • Pretty accurate health tracking
  • Built-in GPS
  • Google Assistant and Alexa support
  • Speaker with phone call support
  • Good price

Cons

  • Tiny app library
  • Onboard music limited to two services
  • The capacitive button isn’t ideal
  • Proprietary charging cable

Check out our full review to learn more about the Fitbit Versa 3.

Fitbit Sense: The best Fitbit smartwatch for health tracking

A Fitbit Sense perches on a wooden fence displaying the time and a user's SpO2 data.
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority
Fitbit Sense

The Fitbit Sense is Fitbit’s flagship smartwatch, and it knocks the basics out of the park. It has built-in GPS and an ECG monitor, and its PurePulse 2.0 heart rate sensor has been improved from the Versa 2. The device’s quick-release straps are also a welcome addition.

Fitbit is getting a little too far ahead of itself with the new sensors, unfortunately. The stress-tracking EDA sensor needs some work to make it worthwhile to end-users, and SpO2 monitoring is a mess. That’s why we’ve named the Sense as our top pick for health tracking, while the cheaper Versa 3 is our pick for the best overall Fitbit smartwatch.

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Fitbit Sense
Manage your stress and heart health
The Fitbit Sense is Fitbit's flagship health-focused smartwatch. It has built-in ECG, GPS, and heart rate sensors, plus a new EDA Scan app that measures your body's stress levels. This is by far Fitbit's most advanced health watch so far.

Pros

  • High-end, premium design
  • Improved quick-release straps
  • (Mostly) accurate GPS and heart rate sensors
  • Skin temp sensor provides useful data
  • Detailed sleep tracking
  • ~6-day battery life

Cons

  • Bad inductive button
  • EDA sensor needs refining
  • Fitbit OS still needs work

Check out our full review to learn more about the Fitbit Sense.

Fitbit Charge 5: The best fitness tracker

A user holds up a Fitbit Charge 5 in front of a cement wall painted green.
C. Scott Brown / Android Authority

The Fitbit Charge 5 is the company’s best fitness tracker. It offers plenty of upgrades over the Charge 4, including a full-color AMOLED display, an EDA sensor for stress tracking, and all-day SpO2 tracking. We were already big fans of the Charge 4 and this latest addition keeps Fitbit on top in terms of fitness trackers.

In true Fitbit fashion, a few of the device’s advertised features weren’t available at launch but have since been released. These include electrocardiogram sensor (ECG) function and Daily Readiness score. Daily Readiness Score in particular has proven a very useful tool in helping users optimize workouts and stay in tune with their bodies.

The device’s upgrades do come with a higher price tag, though, which unfortunately might rub some people the wrong way. Also, battery life isn’t great.

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Fitbit Charge 5
Same form factor, way better display
The Fitbit Charge 5 is a major update from its predecessor. Not only does it have a color AMOLED display, it's the first tracker to come with Fitbit's Daily Readiness Score — a feature that aims to predict how much activity or rest you should take on for the day.

Pros

  • Bright, beautiful full-color OLED display
  • Smaller and slimmer than Charge 4
  • EDA, SpO2, and skin temperature tracking
  • Usual quality of Fitbit tracking accuracy

Cons

  • No altimeter
  • Battery life isn’t great
  • Expensive

Check out our full review to learn more about the Fitbit Charge 5.

Fitbit Versa 2: The best cheap Fitbit smartwatch

A Versa 2 displays a treadmill workout on its bright AMOLED display.

The Fitbit Versa 2 debuted a handful of much-needed improvements over its predecessor. The AMOLED display was a welcome change and all models added Fitbit Pay support. Plus, the Versa 2 also comes with Amazon Alexa support but keep in mind, it can be finicky.

Compared to the Versa 3, the Versa 2 is certainly lacking. For most, the absence of built-in GPS is enough to spring for the newer edition. The Versa 2 also won’t give you Google Assistant or Bluetooth phone call support. On the other hand, opting for old tech also means spending less money, and overall the Versa 2 is still a worthwhile device.

It offers accurate health and fitness tracking as well as sleep tracking and Fitbit’s Sleep Score. For smartwatch shoppers on a budget, it’s our top pick.

Fitbit Versa 2
Fitbit Versa 2
The old hotness
The Fitbit Versa 2 offers plenty of smartwatch features and basic activity tracking. You can use Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, control Spotify, and make hands-free payments.

Pros

  • Crisp OLED display
  • Accurate fitness and health tracking
  • Sleep tracking/Sleep Score is useful
  • Fitbit Pay now available on all models
  • When it works, Alexa is convenient

Cons

  • Fitbit OS still needs plenty of work
  • No built-in GPS
  • Quick-release straps are a pain
  • Amazon Alexa is slow and missing features

Check out our full review to learn more about the Fitbit Versa 2.

Fitbit Inspire 2: The best cheap Fitbit

A user displays the time on his Inspire 2.
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority
Inspire 2

The Fitbit Inspire 2 isn’t the most feature-packed tracker, but it’s probably the best value out there. It offers basic activity tracking and 24/7 heart rate monitoring, as well as connected GPS functionality for runners and bikers. Plus, it’s small and very lightweight making it the perfect accessory for users who just want to track the basics. We think it’s an especially good choice for teenagers or anyone new to fitness tracking.

In addition to activity and health tracking, the Inspire 2 offers the company’s top-notch sleep tracking. However, the real benefit of buying an Inspire 2 is the free year of Fitbit Premium included with each purchase. You can read more about the subscription service in our full review.

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Fitbit Inspire 2
Fitbit's cheapest fitness tracker
The Fitbit Inspire 2 is an inexpensive alternative to the Charge 4, but the real value comes from the free year of Fitbit Premium included with purchases for new users.

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Small, lightweight design
  • Great sleep tracking and insights
  • Good heart rate tracking
  • Connected GPS is a plus

Cons

  • Bland design
  • Side buttons unresponsive at times
  • The display could be brighter
  • Questionable value outside Fitbit Premium trial

Check out our full review to learn more about the Fitbit Inspire 2.

Fitbit Luxe: The best-looking tracker

A user models a Fitbit Luxe with a woven strap.
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority
Luxe

The Fitbit Luxe is a fashion-forward wearable with basic fitness tracking features. It packs a sleek design akin to jewelry boosted by a host of bracelets and strap options. It’s as customizable as trackers come.

As for its tracking smarts, the Luxe keeps tabs on all the basics including steps, distance covered, and caloric burn. Stress monitoring, menstrual cycle monitoring, and sleep scores also feature, while the company’s accurate heart-rate sensor makes a good showing. Additionally, in October 2021, the Luxe added SpO2 monitoring — a feature that wasn’t around at launch. Users wanting built-in GPS should look elsewhere though, as they won’t find it on this device.

Nevertheless, the Luxe does pack a free six-month trial to Fitbit Premium for new users, which sweetens the deal. And if it’s aesthetics you value above all else, you’ll find that with the Luxe.

Fitbit Luxe Fitness Smartwatch
Fitbit Luxe Fitness Smartwatch
The prettiest Fitbit
What the Fitbit Luxe lacks in features, it makes up for in aesthetics. It's a basic activity tracker from the Google-owned company and comes with a free six-month trial to Fitbit Premium.

Pros

  • Attractive, customizable design
  • Lightweight, comfortable build
  • Accurate sleep tracking

Cons

  • Tiny screen limits functionality
  • Battery life could be better
  • SpO2 monitoring unavailable at launch

Check out our full review to learn more about the Fitbit Luxe.

Fitbit Ace 3: The best Fitbit for kids

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Fitbit

One of the best fitness trackers for kids you can buy is the Fitbit Ace 3. While it’s not too much different from the Ace 2, it offers some major aesthetic changes.

We really like the Ace 3’s Black/Sport Red and Cosmic Blue/Astro Green colorways. The touchscreen display is still monochrome, but the new animated watch faces should add additional flair to the tracker. The device also added sleep tracking and a handy do not disturb mode.

If the Ace 3’s price tag is too much for you, consider checking out the Fitbit Ace 2. It’s usually on sale through Amazon for a significant discount.

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Fitbit Ace 3
The best Fitbit for kids
Need to get your young ones moving? The Fitbit Ace 3 is one of the best fully featured fitness trackers for kids. Eight-day battery life, sleep tracking, and a kid-friendly design are just a few reasons you should consider the Ace 3.

Q: Which Fitbits have built-in GPS?
A: The Fitbit Sense, Versa 3, Charge 5, Charge 4, and Ionic all have a built-in GPS.

Q: Are all Fitbit devices waterproof?
A: No device is truly waterproof, but all recent Fitbit devices are water-resistant to 50 meters (5ATM) including those listed above.

Q: Does Fitbit sell any other accessories?
A: Fitbit also sells the Fitbit Aria Air, a smart scale compatible with the Fitbit app that can track your weight and BMI trends. Additionally, the company sells extra charging cables and alternative straps for all its devices.

Q: Which is the best Fitbit for women?
A: Fitbit has a number of great fitness trackers and smartwatches for women. Read our dedicated guide to learn more about the options available.

The best Fitbit alternatives

Didn’t find what you’re looking for in this list? Don’t worry; 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.

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