The 8 Best Fitbits of 2023

Packed with features and budget-friendly, the Versa 4 is the best value we found

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Fitness trackers translate your daily routine into numbers, helping you log your activity levels, workouts, sleep quality, and more. “Fitness trackers are great for helping you keep track of your progress, often making it easier to achieve specific goals,” Lauren ‘Lolo’ Wilson, Senior Master Instructor for CycleBar, says. And while there are lots of great fitness trackers out there, some of the best ones come from Fitbit—a top brand in the fitness technology space.

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Of the ten Fitbits on the market, Fitbit’s Versa 4 is our top overall pick. It gathers in-depth health and fitness data, offers helpful features, and boasts a long-lasting battery. We also recommend the Inspire 2 for a budget-friendly Fitbit with well-rounded tracking capabilities.

“The best fitness trackers allow you to personalize your goals based on your current level of fitness and achievement,” Corey Lewis, CPT, co-founder of 1AND1, says. After all, health and fitness are personal. So the best Fitbit is one that measures data you care about, at a budget that works for you. Generally speaking, great Fitbits are also comfortable, durable, and sleek enough to wear every day.

To find the best Fitbits, we did a deep dive, noting their metrics tracked, features, battery life, design, and price. We then compared the Fitbits to each other to determine the best models—and who they’re best for. We also turned to two personal trainers for their expert advice on how to buy and use a fitness tracker. These are our top picks:

Best Overall

Fitbit Versa 4 Fitness Smartwatch

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Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Great tracking, but not too in-depth

  • Google Maps helps you navigate

  • Long battery life

Cons
  • Can’t instantly track heart rate or skin temperature

The Versa 4 is our top overall pick because it’s sleek and packed with features. Like most other Fitbit models, the Versa 4 has a stylish, low-profile design—but it’s also loaded with great fitness tracking features. It can track basic metrics, like steps taken, distance traveled, and floors climbed. But it also gathers more complex data, like how fast your heart is beating and how much time you spent exercising in your peak heart rate zone. 

Once you’ve logged a few workouts on your Versa 4, it’ll give you a daily readiness score, letting you know the optimal time to work out each day. You’ll also get valuable information about your sleep quality and stress levels, for a well-rounded look at your health and fitness routine. It even boasts some phone-like features: If your phone is nearby, you can accept calls and read texts straight from your wrist. 

We also like that you can use Google Maps to find your way around. Plus, it’s not as much of a splurge as the Sense 2. However, the Versa 4 doesn’t have some of the higher-tech features you’ll find on other Fitbits, including an ECG (electrocardiogram) app or an EDA (electrodermal activity) sensor. So unlike the Sense 2 and the Charge 5, it won’t spot-check your heart rate or skin temperature.

Overall, we like that the Versa 4 sits between two extremes. More robust than the Charge 5 but budget-friendlier than the Sense 2, the Versa 4 is an ideal pick for most people.

Price at time of publication: $230

Heart Rate Tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Water Resistance: Yes, up to 50 meters | Battery Life: 6 days | Fast Charging: Yes | Compatibility: iOS, Android

Best Budget

Fitbit Inspire 2

Fitbit tracker

Courtesy of Fitbit

Pros
  • No-fuss features

  • Do not disturb mode

  • Long battery life

Cons
  • Not fast charging

  • Dated interface

If you’re shopping for a Fitbit on a budget, we recommend the Inspire 2. It tracks classic metrics, like steps taken and distance traveled. It also logs your active zone minutes, showing you how much time you spent in your peak heart rate zone during each workout. And every day, it gives you a daily readiness score, so you know when to exercise and when to focus on recovery. 

Overwhelmed by all of the information? Use the tracker’s do not disturb mode to block out notifications, so you can focus. 

The Inspire 2 comes with a built-in heart rate tracker, which alerts you if your heart rate gets unusually high or low. You can also track your sleep quality, breathing rate, and stress levels. Plus, we appreciate that the Inspire 2 has one of the longest-lasting batteries around: Ten days on a full charge—a stat only the Inspire 3 can rival.

If you want a no-frills fitness tracker that’s budget-friendly and well-rounded, this Fitbit is a great option. But the Inspire 2 can look and feel outdated. Its screen is black and white, and its interface is dated. It’s also worth noting that it doesn’t charge quickly, the way other models do. 

Price at time of publication: $100

Heart Rate Tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes (when connected to your phone) | Water Resistance: Yes, up to 50 meters | Battery Life: 10 days | Fast Charging: No | Compatibility: iOS, Android

Best Splurge

Fitbit Sense 2

Fitbit Sense 2

Amazon

Pros
  • Larger screen

  • Includes ECG app, EDA sensor

  • More features than most other Fitbits

Cons
  • No smartwatch features

While it’s one of the priciest trackers Fitbit sells, we think the Sense 2 is worth every penny. It offers many of the same features as our overall favorite, the Versa 4, including your daily step count, distance traveled, floors climbed, breathing rate, blood oxygen levels, and sleep quality.

But the Sense 2 is also equipped with an ECG (electrocardiogram) app, which regularly checks your heart rate for irregularities. And it’s designed with an EDA (electrodermal activity) sensor that tracks sweat gland activity to monitor your stress levels—a more detailed metric than most other Fitbits offer. 

However, it’s missing some of the high-end smartwatch features you’ll find in the Google Pixel Watch Series. (It doesn’t offer smart home control, email access, or emergency detection.) But it boasts more health and fitness features than any other Fitbit on our list. 

It’s also worth noting that, at $300, the Sense 2 costs $70 more than the Versa 4 and $150 more than our beginner-friendly favorite, the Charge 5. But given its impressive capabilities, we think the Sense 2 is worth the investment. 

Price at time of publication: $300

Heart Rate Tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Water Resistance: Yes, up to 50 meters | Battery Life: 6 days | Fast Charging: Yes | Compatibility: iOS, Android

Best Battery Life

Fitbit Inspire 3

4.8
fitbit-inspire-3

Amazon

Pros
  • Text, call, and app notifications

  • Budget-friendly

Cons
  • GPS only works with a smartphone

The Inspire 3 is our top pick for the Fitbit with the best battery life—it can last up to ten days on one full charge. The only other Fitbit that lasts as long? The Inspire 3’s predecessor, the Inspire 2.

Like every model in Fitbit’s lineup, the Inspire 3 is also packed with fitness tracking features. It monitors your steps taken, distance traveled, active zone minutes, and shows you your daily readiness score. It also tracks your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, sleep quality, and stress levels. And when your phone is nearby, it delivers call, text, and app notifications straight to your wrist.

If you’re trying to decide between the Inspire 2 and the Inspire 3, know that the Inspire 2 is lighter on features. The Inspire 3 boasts a colorful display, an updated interface, and a SpO2 max sensor. And even with these added features, it still has the same impressive battery life.

We also appreciate that the Inspire 3 is budget-friendly. It comes in at $30 less than the Luxe and $50 less than the Charge 5, despite having similar features and the longest-lasting battery of the bunch. However, there’s no Google Maps functionality—you'll need a smartphone to use its GPS features.

Price at time of publication: $100

Heart Rate Tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes (when connected to your phone) | Water Resistance: Yes, up to 50 meters | Battery Life: 10 days | Fast Charging: No | Compatibility: iOS, Android

Best Smartwatch

Google Pixel Watch

Google Pixel Watch

Google

Pros
  • Sends notifications when your phone’s far away

  • Emergency S.O.S. and fall detection

  • Gmail, Google Calendar integration

Cons
  • Expensive

  • Low battery life

  • Doesn’t come with Fitbit Premium

The Google Pixel Watch doesn’t track as much as a classic Fitbit does. But it comes with a range of high-end features that other Fitbits don’t have. It’s loaded with Google apps, like Gmail and Google Calendar. It offers smart home control. And it’s equipped with emergency S.O.S. and fall detection, which helps you call emergency services in moments of crisis. 

The Google Pixel Watch is also designed with 4G LTE, which lets you receive texts and calls on your smartwatch—even when your phone is nowhere nearby. Like most Fitbits, it tracks basic metrics like your step count, sleep quality, and stress levels. And its ECG app checks your heart rate at regular intervals. 

But the Google Pixel Watch doesn’t track your blood oxygen levels, monitor your skin temperature, or alert you when your heart rate gets unusually high or low. Its battery only lasts one day on a full charge. And it doesn’t come with a six-month Fitbit Premium membership—a benefit you usually get when buying a Fitbit for the first time. At $400, the watch is also the most expensive on our list.

Price at time of publication: $400

Heart Rate Tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Water Resistance: Yes, up to 50 meters | Battery Life: 1 day | Fast Charging: No | Compatibility: Android

Best for Beginners

Fitbit Charge 5

4.6
Fitbit Charge 5 sports watch

REI

Pros
  • Easy to use

  • Sleek design

  • Includes ECG app

Cons
  • Limited features

The Charge 5 is a great fitness tracker for anyone, but we especially recommend it for beginners. It’s loaded with data, but it won’t bog you down with tons of features you don’t really need.

The slim, low-profile Charge 5 makes it easy to get started with fitness tracking. It automatically logs your steps taken and distance traveled, and it offers 20 different workout modes. When you exercise, the Charge 5 tracks the time you spent in your peak heart rate zone. And to help you optimize your routine, it gives you a daily readiness score.

It also monitors your sleep quality and blood oxygen levels. And it even has an ECG app that checks your heart rate regularly. But it doesn’t track floors climbed or offer guided breathing sessions. Plus, while it sends you text and call notifications, it doesn’t let you take calls from your wrist. 

While these missing features may seem like a downside, they actually make the Charge 5 more beginner-friendly. It won’t overwhelm you with so much data—instead, you’ll see all the statistics you need to make decisions about your health (and nothing extra). We also like that, at $150, the Charge 5 is $80 cheaper than our top overall pick, the Versa 4. 

Price at time of publication: $150

Heart Rate Tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Water Resistance: Yes, up to 50 meters | Battery Life: 7 days | Fast Charging: No | Compatibility: iOS, Android

What Our Experts Say

“If you want a high-quality device that won’t break the bank, I highly recommend the Fitbit Charge 5. It comes with built-in GPS, has 20 different workout modes, and will provide deeper insights into your exercise, sleep and wellness patterns. It has a good battery length, and the bonus is its sleek and stylish design.” —Lauren ‘Lolo’ Wilson, Senior Master Instructor for CycleBar

Best for Kids

Fitbit Ace 3

Fitbit Ace 3

Amazon

Pros
  • Water-resistant

  • Budget-friendly

  • Parental controls

Cons
  • Band may not be as durable

Designed for wearers ages 6 and up, Fitbit’s Ace 3 has many of the same features as our other top picks, all in a kid-friendly package. It automatically logs steps taken, distance traveled, and average pace. And parents can program the Ace 3 with custom reminders that nudge kids to get moving after hours of sitting still. 

We love that kids can challenge their friends and family members to different fitness competitions, winning virtual badges every time they reach their goals. And the Ace 3 is great for sleep tracking—parents can even set up sleep reminders that can help little ones stick to a routine. The Ace 3 is also designed with alarms you can program to vibrate in the morning when it’s time to wake up. 

We love that the Ace 3 is sturdy and water-resistant, up to 50 meters. And we appreciate that it lasts eight days on a full charge. Plus, you can use Fitbit’s Parent View to check in on your kids’ activity any time you want to. At $80, it’s also budget-friendly. 

But some parents have found that the band isn’t as durable, with a tendency to snap if it’s stretched too far. 

Price at time of publication: $80

Heart Rate Tracking: No | GPS: No | Water Resistance: Yes, up to 50 meters | Battery Life: 8 days | Fast Charging: No | Compatibility: None

Most Stylish

Fitbit Luxe Fitness & Wellness Tracker

FitBit Luxe

FitBit

Pros
  • Many band options

  • Text and call notifications

  • Mindfulness programs

Cons
  • Limited features

  • Upgrading bands can be expensive

  • Short battery life

The Luxe is our pick for a Fitbit that’s as stylish as it is functional. Like Fitbit’s other trackers, the Luxe has plenty of classic features. It tracks your steps taken and distance traveled, with 20 different workout modes. 

It also tracks your heart rate, your blood oxygen levels, and your sleep quality. And it uses your workout history to give you a daily readiness score, helping you understand when to exercise and when to take it easy. However, the Luxe doesn’t have an ECG (electrocardiogram) app, an EDA (electrodermal activity) sensor, or a built-in GPS. And its battery only lasts 5 days on a full charge.

Like many of our other top picks, the Luxe comes with a silicone wristband, which you can swap out for something fancier. But when you pair the Luxe with a wristband that matches its stainless steel casing, it looks like a genuine watch. (Fitbit’s Luxe Stainless Steel Mesh wristband and gorjana for Luxe Parker Link Bracelet are two of our favorites.)

To get this look, you’ll have to spend another $80 to $100 on top of $130 for the tracker itself—but we think the upgrade is worth it. After all, a fitness tracker is only as good as the data is collects. And if you have to take off your Fitbit every time you head to a wedding or a nice restaurant, you’re bound to miss out on valuable information. It’s also worth noting that the Luxe has a significantly shorter battery life than other Fitbits on our list.

Price at time of publication: $130

Heart Rate Tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes (when connected to your phone) | Water Resistance: Yes, up to 50 meters | Battery Life: 5 days | Fast Charging: No | Compatibility: iOS, Android

How We Selected the Best Fitbits

To find the best Fitbits, we assessed each one based on its fitness and health tracking features, smartwatch features, battery life, style, price, and overall value. For advice on what to look for when buying a fitness tracker, we turned to two personal trainers: Lauren ‘Lolo’ Wilson, Senior Master Instructor for CycleBar, and Corey Lewis, CPT, co-founder of 1AND1. 

Fitbit currently sells ten fitness trackers—two models didn’t make it into our list. We did not include the basic Google Pixel Watch because the Google Pixel Watch 4G LTE (our best smartwatch pick) boasts more features. We also excluded the Versa 2 because it wasn’t best-in-class in any category.

What to Look for in a Fitbit

Battery Life

Battery life varies between Fitbits. The Inspire series has the most impressive battery life, lasting up to 10 days on a full charge. Meanwhile, the Google Pixel Watch can die after just one day of use. 

Some Fitbits are also equipped with a fast charging feature, meaning it will fully charge in just a few minutes. For the best battery life, look for a Fitbit with this feature that also lasts a long time, like our best overall pick, the Fitbit Versa 4. Consider how often you’re willing to recharge your Fitbit—and remember that you can’t wear your Fitbit while it’s charging.

Metrics Tracked

The key to finding a Fitbit you love? “Know what features you need to monitor to achieve your goals,” Wilson says. Both Wilson and Lewis recommend a fitness tracker that monitors basic metrics like steps taken, distance traveled, and heart rate. (Every Fitbit on our list, aside from the Ace 3, tracks all three.) Lewis also recommends tracking your training heart rate because it’s “a reliable gauge of how challenging your workout was.”

Once you’ve covered the basics, consider what other data you might find useful. Many Fitbits track your sleep quality, stress levels, breathing rate, and more. Decide which additional metrics will help you work toward your health and fitness goals.

Smartwatch Features

Many Fitbits aren’t just fitness trackers—they’re also high-tech smartwatches. You can use them to receive texts, accept phone calls, listen to music, pay for things (using Fitbit Pay or Google Pay), and more. These features can be handy or distracting, depending on your perspective. And they often cost more money. 

“You may not need all the bells and whistles,” Wilson says. So before buying, consider which features you’ll really use (and which you may not need).

Style

Fitness trackers only collect data when you wear them, so buy a Fitbit you’ll feel comfortable wearing a lot. Consider where you go on a day-to-day basis and choose a Fitbit that fits into your routine. Do you need something that’s more simple for work or something that’s fancy enough to wear to dinners out and other events? “With so many styles, colors and shapes, you will be able to find a tracker that you will be happy to have on your wrist long-term,” Lewis says.

Price

Fitbits range from $80 to $400, so it’s easy to find an option that suits your budget. The key? Find a Fitbit that only has the features you need. “The more features a fitness tracker has, the more it will cost,” Lewis says. “That’s why you need to think about what you really need to do before you start looking.”

Consider what types of health and fitness data you want to collect, and which high-tech features you’d appreciate having. Then, weigh those features against price to assess overall value. “The most expensive is not always the best option!” Wilson adds.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the best Fitbit?

    Fitbit’s Versa 4 is our top overall pick for the best Fitbit on the market. It gathers lots of health and fitness data, including your everyday activity, heart rate, sleep quality, and stress levels. And when paired with your smartphone, it delivers text, call, and app notifications straight to your wrist. The Versa 4 also boasts a long-lasting battery and built-in GPS, plus it’s water-resistant up to 50 meters. These well-rounded features—coupled with a mid-range price point—makes the Versa 4 a solid buy.

  • Does Fitbit measure blood pressure?

    Right now, you can’t use a Fitbit to measure your blood pressure. But in 2021, the brand launched a study to find out whether Fitbits can estimate your blood pressure using Pulse Arrival Time (PAT), a metric that may be detectable using Fitbit’s heart rate tracker.

  • Are Fitbits worth the money?

    “The answer depends on who you are and how you find your motivation,” Lewis says. “If you love technology and data and are driven by external motivation, then you are the ideal target market for a fitness tracker. If you are new to exercise and in need of an ongoing source of motivation, then a fitness tracker can be a good investment.”

    However, Fitbits can be expensive, and they’re not necessary to create a well-rounded workout routine. “Fitness trackers are not essential to getting fit,” Lewis says. “If you are very internally driven and disciplined and don't need to know every detail about what’s going on with your body, then you should not get a fitness tracker,” he adds. “You already have the motivation, determination, and drive that fitness trackers are designed to impart.”

  • What is Fitbit Premium? And is it worth the money?

    First, it’s important to note that you don’t have to buy Fitbit Premium in order to use any of the brand’s fitness trackers. “Fitbit Premium is a paid-for membership service that is an extension of the basic Fitbit platform,” Wilson says. With Fitbit Premium, you’ll get access to in-depth stress and sleep data, 90-day trends in your health and fitness data, and hundreds of workouts and guided meditations. 

    A Fitbit Premium membership costs $10 per month. And when you buy a Fitbit for the first time, Fitbit often gives you a six-month membership for free. This makes it easy to try the program before you buy.

    If the Fitbit you like doesn’t come with a free trial, consider whether you’re happy with the data you’ll already get from the free Fitbit app. “The Premium service is great for Fitbit users who want a better understanding of their data,” Wilson says. “It provides personalized, actionable guidance and coaching, which is particularly helpful if you need extra motivation or [want more] accountability.”

  • What is the best alternative to Fitbit?

    Fitbits aren’t the only fitness trackers around. If you’re looking for a Fitbit alternative, brands like Amazfit and Xiaomi make fitness trackers that are less expensive and simpler than many Fitbit models are. Amazon’s Halo Band is another budget-friendly option with many of the capabilities Fitbit watches offer. 

    Many of Garmin’s fitness trackers gather in-depth, sport-specific data that’s ideal for runners and athletes. And the Apple Watch Series 7 is a comparable alternative to the Google Pixel Watch if you want a smartwatch that runs on iOS, rather than Android.

Why Trust Verywell Fit

Lindsey Lanquist is a contributing writer for Verywell Fit with seven years of experience in the health and fitness space. Lindsey owns a Fitbit Sense—the predecessor to our best splurge pick, the Sense 2—and she absolutely loves it. She appreciates fitness trackers that look sleek, feels comfortable, and offer lots of different ways to track health and fitness data.

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