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The best Fitbits to buy right now

Achieving fitness goals has never been easier. Over the years, Fitbit has released more than two dozen wearables that track your activity, competing with the likes of Apple watch, Garmin and other smartwatches and fitness trackers that have sparked consumer interest in how physical activity, sleep patterns, and other data can help you keep tabs on your overall health. But with so much to choose from, which Fitbit should you buy?

CNET has reviewed many devices from Fitbit, the Owned by Google business that helps people take an interest in tracking their steps. Whether you’re shopping for the holiday season or just reading the different options, here’s a roundup of the best Fitbits available right now.


If you’re looking for a fitness tracker that offers the best features available for health data collection, while still being comfortable, easy to use (no buttons), and easy to see outside in the sun – all at a price reasonable – Fitbit’s Load 5 wins.

At $ 180, it’s $ 50 cheaper than the Fitbit Versa 3, CNET’s favorite smartwatch by Fitbit, while still offering virtually the same health and wellness features. The Charge 5 tracks things like your heart rate via an ECG reader app, your stress level via an electrodermal activity sensor, your blood oxygen level and skin temperature, and more. It also tracks your sleep patterns, including breathing rates, sleep stages, and restlessness. The Charge 5 monitors over 20 different physical activities, including swimming (it’s water resistant), yoga, and cycling. It also has a built-in GPS which is great for runners.

The Charge 5 is compatible with iPhones and Androids. However, iPhone users can only see notifications on the Charge 5 screen, while Android users can send quick responses.

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The Versa 3 is a smartwatch that combines the best features of the Charge 5 tracker with the “take calls on your wrist” option that comes with a smartwatch rather than a fitness tracker. While Fitbit’s best smartwatch and Apple Watch alternative may not be as smart as its Apple or Galaxy Watch competitors, it pairs with an Android or iPhone and also allows users to pair with Alexa or Google Assistant. One of the best features of the Versa 3 is its strong battery life – up to six days without the “always on” display and with moderate use. (The Apple Watch, for comparison, has a less than ideal battery life of a day and a half.)

The more expensive Fitbit Sense provides more health data, but the relevance of all the data Sense gives you can be questionable, depending on how well you read medical records. You’ll save money and lose little by switching to the Versa 3 smartwatch instead. (Note: Fitbit Sense is on sale for $ 200 until November 10.)

Note on Fitbit Premium Membership: For $ 10 per month or a one-time payment of $ 80 for a year, the Fitbit Premium Membership can give you more information about your sleep and stress patterns, as well as things like guided meditation and workouts. The Versa 3 comes with a three-month Premium trial, and the Charge 5 comes with a six-month trial. To find out if Fitbit Premium is worth it, check out this guide.

(Fitbit Premium should also include a “daily readiness score,” which is Fitbit’s rating of whether you need to relax today or if you need to surpass yourself based on your goals for the week. This will be available for some models, including the Versa 3, but there is no deployment date yet.)

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The Fitbit Inspire 2 is the cheapest device for adults, currently on sale for $ 60 (that’s normally $ 100), and it gets the job done. The “easy-to-use” Fitbit tracks health essentials, including active zone minutes and heart rate. The Inspire 2 comes with a free one-year premium membership that lets you unlock personalized health information and programs to help you improve your nutrition, sleep, and more.

The Inspire 2 doesn’t have GPS and doesn’t include special features like the ability to measure your blood oxygen level, but this tracker is a great (and more affordable) introduction to condition monitoring. physical if you or someone you know is interested in monitoring their health information. The Inspire 2’s included subscription to Fitbit Premium is also much more generous than other Fitbit models.


If you want to count your steps and look like you’re wearing jewelry instead of a fitness device, the Fitbit Luxe is for you. It offers many of the same features as other Fitbits, such as goal-based workouts, but it does so with a smaller, more fashionable model that might be best for smaller wrists. (The design in general is smaller, so the text on the watch screen may also be too small for some people to read.)

Aside from its sleeker appearance, the biggest difference between the Luxe and other models might be the focus on general wellness tracking over more specific health data. When the Luxe calculates your stress levels, for example, it uses activity levels, sleep, and heart rate instead of an electrodermal activity sensor, seen in the Charge 5 and Sense.


This one’s pretty straightforward: The Fitbit Ace 3 is specially designed for kids to help track sleep and activity, two things that are crucial for young bodies. Goals can be set on the Ace 3 for active minutes as well as reminders to go to bed and stay active. For kids who have their own phone, the tracker can also send out call notifications (you know, when you forget to call mom).

The Ace 3 is available in cosmic blue with green adjusters, black with red adjusters, or “Minions Yellow” for kids who are fans of the animated creatures with the eyes of glasses.

The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute health or medical advice. Always consult a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have about a health problem or health goals.