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How much is a Fitbit?
Fitbit has come a long way from the Charge HR and the Surge days. The company now offers two smartwatch lines and a variety of fitness trackers for the fashion-forward, budget-conscious, and active crowds. But how do you tell the company’s modern devices apart, and how much does each cost? Below, we look at the company’s current lineup, the devices’ position in the range, and their current pricing details.
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How much is a Fitbit?
Fitbit’s current smartwatches and trackers range from $300 to as low as $80. Of course, you could probably find an older tracker for a lot less, but these are the Fitbits we’d currently recommend buying, and their list prices.
Fitbit Sense and Versa series: The proper smartwatches
The Fitbit Sense is the company’s most complete smartwatch experience yet. It includes all the core Fitbit bells and whistles, from stellar sleep tracking to a SpO2 sensor and a large OLED display. But it also has additional sensors to track skin temperature, electrodermal activity (stress), and an ECG. It’s by far the most expensive Fitbit available, largely thanks to those additional sensors, so if you aren’t necessarily interested in monitoring your heart health, consider the Versa 3.
The Fitbit Versa 3 is effectively a Sense without the latter three sensors attached and at a lower price. Honestly, it’s tough telling these two products apart at a glance. Notably, the missing features don’t make the Versa 3 a less capable tracker. At $229, it strikes a solid balance between features and price.
Meanwhile, the Versa 2 is the oldest watch among the three. It lacks the upgraded heart rate sensor found on the Sense and Versa 3 and lacks built-in GPS — a must for serious runners. It makes up for these shortfalls in price, though. The Versa 2 is listed as $149 on Amazon, and you could often find it for even less. It’s easily the best cheap Fitbit smartwatch available.
Fitbit Charge series: The best fitness trackers you can buy
The Fitbit Charge series has long set the gold standard for fitness trackers. The lineup’s core features include a slimmer build and smaller screens than the Versa line and the Sense. They’re also cheaper than their smartwatch counterparts.
In the case of the Fitbit Charge 5, it’s more feature-packed than the Fitbit Versa 2. For one, it’s the only Fitbit device other than the Sense to feature an ECG. It also packs a large color screen, a decidedly welcome aesthetic improvement over the Charge 4. These improvements mean that the Charge 5 is the most expensive Charge to date, while its battery life also suffers slightly. At just under $150, it’s on par in terms of price with the Versa 2 and arguably a better buy if fitness tracking is your primary use case.
The Fitbit Charge 4 retains the more utilitarian design of previous Charge models. Its angular lines hide a monochrome LCD screen. While it lacks an ECG, the Charge 4 shares a built-in GPS with the Charge 5 and includes an altimeter, which its newer sibling lacks. This should make it a better tracker for hikers. Additionally, it features a much better battery life than the Charge 5, thanks to its essential feature set and simpler screen. At $129, it’s an excellent tracker that can be found for even less.
Fitbit Inspire 2 and Luxe: For budget conscious and fashionable users
The Inspire series is the entry-level Fitbit lineup, offering fitness trackers with a core feature set at a low price. The current headliner, the Fitbit Inspire 2, is an excellent device for new Fitbit users. Its main selling point isn’t hardware but a year-long trial to Fitbit Premium valued at $80. This provides users with a deeper analysis of health data and more workout content. Again, the hardware is far from impressive, but the Inspire 2 does bring week-long battery life, sleep tracking, and a heart rate tracker. The Inspire 2’s $99 price tag is an excellent value when factoring in the Fitbit Premium trial.
The Fitbit Luxe takes the Inspire 2 and Charge series and creates a device somewhere in the middle in terms of size and hardware. Its focus isn’t only health tracking but fashion as well. It’s comfortable, compact, and features a customizable design. However, its small screen makes it challenging to peek while working out. Its battery life isn’t too great, either. At $129, it’s the one Fitbit product that might not make financial sense.
Fitbit Ace series: For kids only
Finally, the Fitbit Ace series is the company’s lineup for kids. The Ace 3 features a rugged design, colorful straps for small wrists, several cute watch faces, and the basic health tracking smarts you’ll find on more mature Fitbits. You can also connect the Ace series devices to a child’s account, giving the parent or guardian a little more control.
See also: The best Fitbit for kids
Are Fitbits good value compared to the competition?
So, now that you know their general pros and cons, pricing details, and hierarchy, are Fitbits worth buying? Well, yes. Even compared to stellar competition, Fitbit’s hold up.
The Fitbit Sense is a more affordable alternative to the Apple Watch Series 7, Garmin Venu 2 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic with better battery life stats, excellent sleep tracking, and ECG support. It does lag behind both in terms of app support, though.
The Versa 3 is tough to ignore, too. It doesn’t have ECG smarts like the Apple Watch Series 7 or the Sense, but it’s affordable and even undercuts the base Galaxy Watch 4. Need a cheaper alternative without the latest hardware? The Versa 2 is an excellent option if you can find it.
Notably, the Fitbit Charge 5 and Charge 4 don’t have any real competition, at least in terms of pricing or design. On sheer value, the Charge 4 is arguably still the better buy.
Finally, the Inspire series can’t quite compete with the Xiaomi Mi Band or HUAWEI Band 6 on value or features, but with Fitbit Premium added on and the quality of Fitbit’s software, it becomes a viable alternative.