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Fitbit might be one of the most popular fitness tracking companies in the world, but it isn’t the only one out there. In fact, Garmin, Samsung, Misfit, and many other companies make comparable or even better devices for the money. Whether you’re looking for a smartwatch like the Fitbit Ionic or a Fitbit Charge 3 alternative, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best Fitbit alternatives on the market.

Note: We will update this best Fitbit alternatives list as more devices hit the market.

Fitbit Charge 3 / Alta HR alternative: Garmin vívosport

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If you’re looking for a Fitbit Charge 3 or Fitbit Alta HR alternative, consider the Garmin vivosport.

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Not only is this the best fitness tracker on the market right now, it’s got more features than both the Charge 2 and Alta HR. The vivosport comes with built-in GPS, a 5ATM water-resistance rating, a battery that lasts five to seven days on a single charge, and an accurate heart rate monitor. It also has a color touchscreen display, which is much easier to use than Fitbit’s tap displays. We just wish the vivosport’s screen was a little bigger. Neither the Charge 2 nor the Alta HR come with built-in GPS, water resistance ratings, or touchscreen displays. The vivosport offers all three of these things.

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This device is also incredibly thin, which is a bit shocking, considering how many sensors it has.

It’s available right now for just $149.99 — only $20 more than the Charge 2 or Alta HR. That’s an absolute steal for the best fitness tracker on the market right now, and easily the best of all the Fitbit alternatives you’ll find on this list.

Runner up: Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

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If you don’t mind spending a little more money, you could also consider Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 Pro. Announced at IFA 2017, the Gear Fit 2 Pro offers plenty of improvements over the standard Gear Fit 2 without sacrificing the slim form factor.

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Like the Garmin vivosport, the Fit 2 Pro comes with a built-in GPS, a heart rate monitor, a 5ATM water resistance rating, and automatic activity recognition. It can also track your swimming via the Speedo On app, and has support for third-party apps like Spotify.

One of the best things about the Gear Fit 2 Pro is its big AMOLED touchscreen display. If you’ve ever owned a Samsung Galaxy or Note phone, you already know how beautiful Samsung’s displays look.

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The 200mAh battery lasts about four days on a single charge (slightly less than the Fitbits), and comes with an updated clasp-fastened strap less likely to fall off in the pool or at the beach.

You can buy the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro from Amazon for $199.95.

Fitbit Ionic / Fitbit Versa alternative: Apple Watch Series 4

The Fitbit Ionic and Versa are great fitness trackers, but not so great smartwatches. The Apple Watch Series 4 is great in both areas, making it one of the best Fitbit alternatives you’ll find in the smartwatch segment. 

The Series 4 Apple Watch is a smartwatch first and a fitness tracker second. It lets you access all of your smartphone notifications, allows you to pay with your wrist, and gives you turn-by-turn directions. It also features LTE connectivity so you can leave the house without your phone.

See also: Best smartwatches | Fitbit Versa vs Ionic

The Apple Watch can track your steps, the distance you have traveled, calories you have burned, and basically, any other metric fitness bands keep track of. It also comes with a built-in GPS and heart rate monitor, and the watch even comes with a FDA-approved electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor.  It also comes with a water resistance rating of 5ATM.

The Apple Watch will only last a little more than a day on a single charge, and it’s at least $100 more expensive than the Ionic. It’s even more pricey than the Versa’s $200 price tag. However, if you’re okay with paying a premium, this is the best Fitbit Ionic alternative out there.

Runner up: Garmin vívoactive 3 music

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Garmin’s vivoactive 3 music is not only a huge step up from its predecessor, the Garmin vivoactive 2, it’s also a great Fitbit Ionic alternative.

Everything you loved about the standard vivoactive 3 is here. Its bright, colorful touchscreen display is easy to read outdoors. Like the Ionic, the vivoactive 3 music will give you all the smartphone notifications you could ask for, plus music control and weather information right on your wrist. The music variant adds supports storing up to 500 songs. You can load up your favorite songs, or download playlists from iHeartRadio.

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There are a total of 15 activity tracking profiles built in, so most athletes will be covered here. It also has a super accurate GPS and heart rate monitor, a battery that lasts around five days on a single charge, and stress tracking.

The vivoactive 3 music is currently available on Amazon for just $279 ($20 cheaper than Fitbit’s watch).

Fitbit Flex 2 alternative: Misfit Shine 2

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The Misfit Shine 2 is a great Fitbit alternative if you’re looking for something like the screen-less Fitbit Flex 2.

This watch is thinner and packs more features than its predecessor, and despite a slightly larger footprint, it won’t look out of place on your wrist.

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It can keep a track of your activities, sleep, and calories burned for the day. The information is all available on the watch’s accompanying app, but the 12 LED lights on the front face can also show you the time and your progress. You can connect it to the Misfit Link app to control your music, take pictures, and interact with smart home devices with a simple touch. Of course, you also get call and text notifications on your wrist as well.

If your fitness activity of choice is swimming, there is also a Swimmer’s Edition of the device that keeps track of your lap count and swim distance, provides a timer countdown, and works for all stroke types.

The Misfit Shine 2 is available at for $79.99.

Runner up: Moov Now

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If you’re looking for Fitbit alternatives to save a little money, the Moov Now option.

Weighing in at only 15.1 grams, this lightweight fitness tracker is comfortable to wear on your wrist or ankle. It provides real-time audio coaching for running, cycling, and cardio boxing. It’s also waterproof, and will track your stroke type, count, and laps while swimming, and even recommend ways for you to improve. It will also track your active minutes and sleep.

You don’t need to worry about charging the Moov Now often, thanks to its six-month battery life.

The Moov Now is available on Amazon for just $56.

Fitbit Blaze alternative: Garmin vívoactive 3 music


Yes, we’re including the vivoactive 3 music here as well. Why? Because it’s a great fitness tracker, that’s why.


The Fitbit Blaze is a slightly older device, but it’s still being sold in stores as a cheaper alternative to the Ionic. If you’re looking for a fitness tracker with a big screen and smartwatch features and aren’t keen on a Fitbit, the vivoactive 3 music is a great Fitbit Blaze alternative.

As mentioned in the Ionic section above, the vivoactive 3 has a bright touchscreen display, offers all the smartphone notifications you could ask for, and music controls. It can also track 15 different activity profiles, and it has a built-in GPS — the Blaze has to connect to your phone to use GPS. Finally, the Music version offers music storage of up to 500 songs so you should have plenty of tuned to listen to while you exercise.

Fitbit still asks $200 for the Blaze, which I think is too much for what it does. You’ll have to spend a bit more ($79 more to be exact) for the vivoactive 3 music, but you get one of the best GPS running watches on the market.

There you have it, our list of the best Fitbit alternatives on the market! Did we miss anything? Be sure to leave a comment below!

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