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The best Fitbit for women: Versa 3, Sense, Charge 5, and more (January 2023)
One of the top household names in fitness tracking, Fitbit has many trackers and smartwatches available. From premium to petite, budget-friendly to bursting with features, we’ve rounded up the best Fitbit devices for women.
See also: Everything you need to know about Fitbit
Buying the right Fitbit for your needs
All Fitbit devices will track your steps, but they’ve also come a long way from basic pedometers. Today, Fitbit offers everything from smartwatch features and sleep tracking to heart rate sensors and more. Buying the right one means knowing what you want.
- Breadth of tools: Don’t settle for a device that doesn’t have all the tools you were hoping to use. On the other hand, why spend extra money on features you won’t use? Determine what you want out of your wearable before diving into Fitbit’s offerings.
- Device type: Fitbit’s smartwatch lineups are great options for staying active and organized. These devices feature large displays and app support. Meanwhile, a fitness tracker like the Charge 5 may be all it takes for women who just want something simple to track their workout regimen on Fitbit’s platform. Decide which form factor best fits your needs and lifestyle.
- Specific training needs: Long-distance running or cycling calls for a device with built-in GPS. Likewise, endurance athletes will appreciate long battery life. Make sure to account for the requirements of your workout routine when choosing a device.
- Aesthetics: Finally, the ideal wearable is one that fits your style so that you enjoy wearing it. For example, for women who want to track the basics without an overly sporty accessory, the Fitbit Luxe offers a slim, fashionable aesthetic.
In addition to the factors above, consider your budget. Then, determine the best Fitbit device for you from our list below.
The best Fitbit for women
- Fitbit Versa 3: The best Fitbit smartwatch for most shoppers, this device is a slightly pared-down version of the Fitbit Sense, but at a much better price. Odds are, you won’t miss the extra health sensors the Versa 3 lacks and you’ll appreciate the extra cash.
- Fitbit Sense: With EDA, ECG, and skin temperature sensors, the Fitbit Sense is the best pick for women interested in detailed health tracking.
- Fitbit Luxe: Designed with fashion-forward users in mind, the Fitbit Luxe is the best-looking Fitbit tracker for women.
- Fitbit Charge 5: One of the best overall best fitness trackers available, the Fitbit Charge 5 features built-in GPS and is the best small form factor choice for athletes.
- Fitbit Inspire 3: If you’re just looking for the basics, the Inspire 3 is a great starter model for fitness tracking.
- Fitbit Versa 2: Now outdone by the Versa 3, the Fitbit Versa 2 is still a solid smartwatch and the best budget option from Fitbit.
- Google Pixel Watch: Finally, while not everyone will consider the Pixel Watch a true Fitbit, the device features deep integration with the Fitbit ecosystem, plus plenty of smart features. We consider it the best nonconventional Fitbit option.
Fitbit Versa 3: The best Fitbit smartwatch for women
In terms of value and function, the Versa 3 is the best smartwatch available from the Fitbit line. While not the newest device in the Versa lineup, we feel this generation still offers more value than its successor. The latest model drops key smartwatch features and performed unreliably during our Versa 4 review period.
The Versa 3 meanwhile, boasts many of the buzz-worthy features a smartwatch wearer wants including accurate health and fitness tracking, SpO2 monitoring, Bluetooth phone call support, a digital payment option (Fitbit Pay), and multi-day battery life. In addition to basic activity tracking, the Versa 3 offers detailed sleep tracking, snore and noise detection, and a daily Sleep Score. What about those prized moments of solitude on a long run? For those, the Versa 3 offers accurate built-in GPS and onboard music storage. Meanwhile, for busy women looking for a hand, the Versa 3 supports both Google Assistant (which was dropped from the Versa 4) and Amazon Alexa.
Perhaps most importantly, the Fitbit Versa 3 is a bit cheaper than the company’s other top-tier lineup, the Fitbit Sense series. In reality, most users won’t miss the few additional health sensors packed into the Sense line, so the price difference makes the Versa 3 the best all-around choice.
- Decent battery life
- Pretty accurate health tracking
- Built-in GPS
- Google Assistant and Alexa support
- Speaker with phone call support
- Good price
- Tiny app library
- 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 for health tracking
With additional advanced sensors, the Fitbit Sense is the best device for women interested in tracking their health in finer detail. It shares many of the same features as the Versa 3 but packs a few more tools you won’t find in its cheaper sibling. Unfortunately, like the Versa series, the Sense line also received an iffy upgrade in 2022. We were disappointed to find many key features missing on the newer Sense 2 and weren’t impressed with the latest generation’s GPS or heart rate accuracy either.
The Fitbit Sense offers an electrodermal activity (EDA) monitoring sensor that tracks changes in sweat glands to determine users’ stress levels. It also houses an electrocardiogram (ECG) that lets you peek into the health of your heart. Finally, its sensors for monitoring skin temperature not only let you know if you have a fever, but are also useful in tracking users’ menstrual cycles. Unlike its newer sibling, the original Sense also offers onboard music storage, third-party app support, and Google Assistant.
Unfortunately, some of the Sense’s features still need refining. When testing this device we didn’t find the health tracking as accurate as we’d hoped, though not as poor as that of the newer model. As a result, we rank this device in second place behind the Versa 3. For most shoppers, it will be worth saving some cash and opting for the cheaper model.
- 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
- Bad inductive button
- EDA sensor needs refining
Check out our full review to learn more about the Fitbit Sense.
Fitbit Luxe: The best-looking Fitbit for women
The Fitbit Luxe is the wearable for women who prioritize pretty. Its thin, sleek design includes polished stainless steel casings and jewelry-inspired accessories, plus a vibrant color display. In short, its size and style make the Luxe the Fitbit tracker most apt to blend in with your wardrobe.
However, the Luxe isn’t all style, it’s also smart. The device tracks all your fitness basics including steps, distance, and caloric burn. Additionally, the Luxe packs an accurate heart-rate sensor and offers stress monitoring, menstrual cycle tracking, and Fitbit’s Sleep Score. We found the device offers a solid experience to anyone looking for a basic tracker.
Overall, we consider the Luxe a bit overpriced, especially for a device only offering connected GPS. That being said, it does come with a free six-month trial of Fitbit Premium for new users. That add-on and its fashion-forward aesthetic keep the Fitbit Luxe in our list of best Fitbit devices for women.
- Attractive, customizable design
- Lightweight, comfortable build
- Accurate sleep tracking
- Tiny screen limits functionality
- Battery life could be better
Check out our full review to learn more about the Fitbit Luxe.
Fitbit Charge 5: The best Fitbit fitness tracker for women
Though they may look vastly different, the Fitbit Charge 5 and Fitbit Luxe share many features including full-color AMOLED displays and the ability to track steps, sleep, and stress. The Charge 5 pulls ahead in its smartwatch features, additional sensors, and onboard GPS.
During our review, we were a bit disappointed by the Charge 5’s battery life and slightly higher price than its predecessor. However, the tracker offers a number of premium features not found on many fitness trackers, such as an EDA sensor for tracking users’ responses to stress.
It also shares some of the flagship device’s smartwatch features such as email, text, and call notifications. Finally, for on-the-go shopping, it offers Fitbit Pay. What the Charge 5 doesn’t boast are music controls, music storage, digital assistants, or any third-party apps.
- Bright, beautiful full-color AMOLED display
- Smaller and slimmer than Charge 4
- EDA, SpO2, and skin temperature tracking
- Usual quality of Fitbit tracking accuracy
- No altimeter
- Battery life isn’t great
Check out our full review to learn more about the Fitbit Charge 5.
Fitbit Inspire 3: The best budget tracker for women
The Fitbit Inspire 3 offers the best value, especially for women new to the world of fitness tracking. At just $100 the device features all the basics on a comfortable, lightweight band. Activity tracking, accurate heart rate and SpO2 monitoring, and Fitbit’s reliable sleep tracking are all solid features to find on your first device. Moreover, with up to ten days of battery life, the Inspire 3 is a low-maintenance wearable for new users to break in.
We tested the Inspire 3 and were thrilled to see the addition of a colorful, touchscreen display. Fitbit also sells a wide range of accessories for styling the tracker to your personal taste. Navigating the device is simple and intuitive and the Fitbit companion app is among the best platforms for beginners. The Inspire 3 is also packaged with a free year of Fitbit Premium so you can test out some of Fitbit’s more advanced features such as Sleep Profile and Daily Readiness Score.
- Colorful screen with optional always-on display
- Incredible battery life
- Detailed and fun sleep tracking
- Continuous SpO2 monitoring
- Excellent companion app
- Great value
- No NFC for digital payments
- Connected GPS only
- Fitbit Premium subscription required for full feature set
Check out our full review to learn more about the Inspire 3.
Fitbit Versa 2: The best cheap Fitbit smartwatch for women
The Fitbit Versa 2 is an improvement over the original Versa and a cheaper option than the Versa 3. Like the devices above, the Versa 2 will track your steps, distance, caloric burn, resting and active heart rates, and active minutes. Likewise, it can also accurately track sleep and provide a Fitbit Sleep Score.
The biggest setback in the Versa 2’s hardware is the lack of built-in GPS. Certainly, connected GPS is better than nothing. However, it can be a hindrance for women who want to work out without carrying their phones. Additionally, the Versa 2 offers support for Amazon Alexa, but the functionality can be spotty. To sum it up, the Fitbit Versa 2 has some shortcomings but may be worth considering if you want a smartwatch but you’re on a tight budget.
- Crisp AMOLED 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
- 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.
Google Pixel Watch: The best nonconventional Fitbit smartwatch
The Google Pixel Watch is not your typical Fitbit smartwatch. In fact, some wouldn’t even consider it a Fitbit at all. However, given the device’s deep integration with the Fitbit ecosystem, we think it belongs on this list. Google’s first-ever smartwatch offers many of Fitbit’s top tools including Active Zone Minutes, detailed sleep tracking, and of course, Fitbit’s fan-favorite companion app.
On top of all that, it also boasts an attractive, minimalist aesthetic and a unique Wear OS 3 experience. Users will find plenty of Google on board including turn-by-turn Google Maps navigation, Google Assistant, Google Home, and the Google Play Store. This means access to third-party apps to further round out and personalize your smartwatch.
As far as fitness tracking, we found the heart rate monitor on the Google Pixel Watch accurately recorded both resting and active heart rates. Likewise, the GPS also performed decently enough for basic tracking. That said, this isn’t a perfect device. Battery life, in particular, is nominal compared to other Fitbit wearables. However, if you want a feature-packed Wear OS smartwatch tied to the Fitbit ecosystem, this is your best bet.
- Sleek, modern design
- Access to (most of) the Fitbit ecosystem
- Clean, Google-centric Wear OS experience
- Very smooth performance
- Reliable heart rate sensor
- Fairly accurate GPS
- Disappointing battery life
- Only available in one size
- Missing key health tracking features
- No automatic workout detection
- Awkward to change bands
Check out our full review to learn more about the Google Pixel Watch.
The best Fitbit alternatives
If Fitbit doesn’t seem to fit the bill, don’t stress. There are plenty of smartwatches and trackers available including those from Fitbit’s main competitors; Garmin, Apple, Polar, Xiaomi, and Samsung. Head to our Fitbit alternatives article here to see a full list of options, or see below for a list of devices at a glance.
- Garmin Venu 2 Plus, Venu Sq, Vivoactive 4, and Vivosmart 5
- Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Series 7 (Apple users only)
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series (for non-Apple users)
- Xiaomi Mi Band 7
Fitbit devices combine your basal metabolic rate (BMR) and activity data to estimate your calories. They also take into account your heart-rate data if it’s provided. The BMR is based on the data you enter into your Fitbit account, including height, weight, sex, and age.
Choosing the right Fitbit for older adults depends on the individual’s level of activity as well as their needs. The Fitbit Sense has the most advanced health-tracking features but the Charge 5 is also a strong competitor. Consider whether a tracker or a smartwatch would be a better fit. To track basic activity something even simpler may suffice.