Fitbit Wearables Reviewed 2019
Fitbit is one of the most popular names in the wearable fitness tracker market. Established in 2007, Fitbit primarily offers an array of watch-like devices that can keep track of metrics such as steps taken, heartbeat, sleep quality and more.
Fitbit recently has expanded to more and more product offerings with different features and for someone who is new to fitness wearables, it can be hard to decide what features are truly helpful and others that you likely will never even interact with.
We have listed below the four different wearable Fitbit’s available in 2019 and listed them in order of what we would recommend based on features and user reviews.
Best Overall: Fitbit Alta HR
The Fitbit Alta HR is one of the company’s more inexpensive models with a more modest screen, but that doesn’t mean it lacks in features. The Fitbit Alta HR tracks your heart rate, distance walked, sleep quality and even notifies you when you have a missed call or a text. It is also relatively small and fits comfortably on the wrist (especially for those with larger hands or wrists where most watches cut into your skin, the Fitbit Alta does not).
- Has all the fitness tracking you will likely need
- Good battery life
- Small form factor, comfortable to wear
- The screen isn’t as flashy or as engaging as other models
Check out this great review on the Fitbit Alta HR:
Runner-Up: Fitbit Charge 3
The Fitbit Charge 3 is very similar to the Fitbit Alta HR. The screen is slightly bigger and has more display information that you can access. The primary benefits of the Fitbit Charge 3 is that it is waterproof up to 50 meters, so you can swim or take showers with it on. Additionally, it has more advanced exercises modes that you can use to track running, biking, swimming, and more. It is typically $30-40 more than the Fitbit Alta HR, so it is up to you whether these features are worth it.
- It is waterproof up to 50 meters
- Slightly larger/better screen than the Alta HR
- It is typically 20% more than the Alta HR
Premium: Fitbit Ionic
Though we rank it as number three on our list, don’t get us wrong. The Fitbit Ionic is loaded with features that you just can’t get with the other wearables. These include being able to store and play 300+ songs, the use of GPS to track pace and distance, and a big, beautiful screen protected by Gorilla Glass 3. But, at a cost that is 3-4x that Fitbit Alta HR, the question is whether or not you personally need all of those features. If you are someone who wants to leave their phone at home and go running, this could be perfect for you. If you like having an accessory that resembles a smart watch but is so much more, than this also might be the perfect fit for you.
For us, the calorie/step counting functionality of the other two devices suffice. For those of you who want more data and more advanced features, then we can only recommend the Fitbit Ionic.