Out of all the health gizmos I’ve purchased in my life, my many versions of Fitbit have been the only things that have remained constant in my life. Fitbit has genuinely revolutionized the health industry with its tracking devices, and things continue to get better. In this Fitbit Gift Buying Guide, I look at all the devices and share a Fitbit Models Comparison.
The Fitbit Health Revolution
When you look back at all the fitness crazes in the past, none has had the impact and longevity of Fitbit. With its ease of use and setup, its connectivity to apps and its many models and price points, many of us have owned a Fitbit at some point in our health tracking lives.
For those not willing to shell out for an Apple watch, Fitbit has options for everyone. Once you’ve jumped on the bandwagon it’s hard to drop off as Fitbit connects to everything and becomes our tracker of choice for so much more than the number of steps we are taking each day.
Currently, I’m on my third tracker the Fitbit Alta which is a mid-range tracker for both features and price point. I’ve thought of upgrading mind and did some research on the various models and thought I’d share it all with you.
Fitbit Models Comparison Chart
We have put together a list of Fitbit trackers from older clip models to the newer smartphone featured editions. The chart begins with simpler more affordable models and continues through the higher end and more expensive trackers.
|Model||Description||Best For||Accessories||Price Point|
|Clip design and basic model that tracks steps, stairs and calories. Older model is hard to find now.||No watch and non- serious trackers||Accessories include colourful silicone clip casings.||$|
|Fitbit One||Clip design and basic model that tracks steps, stairs and calories. Older model is hard to find now.||No watch and non- serious trackers||Colourful clip bands available for purchase.||$|
|Fitbit Ace||This Fitbit is primarily made for kids ages 8+. Features include Activity and sleep tracking. Clock faces, reminders to move.||Kids those with tiny wrists.||Accessories available include colourful wristbands.||$|
|Fitbit Flex 2||For those not looking for a watch model, the Flex 2 shows merely a track of lights signalling your step progress. The tracker can be removed from the band and placed inside fashionable accessories.||Non-serious trackers, who want to hide it in stylish bands and accessories.||Accessories Include:|
Wristbands, pendants and bangles.
|Fitbit Alta||Famous for its sleek and slim design and availability of fashionable wristbands. Features include activity and sleep tracking, with auto mode. Smart track, clock faces, smartphone notifications, reminders to move. Wireless sync, changeable bands.||Those who want a slim design. More serious fitness trackers.||Accessories Include:|
Wristbands in sport and stylish models.
|Fitbit Alta HR||Popular slim design model, with fashionable wristbands in a tracker with the addition of heart rate monitor. Features include Pure pulse heart rate monitoring, cardio fitness level, activity and sleep tracking, smart track, reminders to move, sleep stage analysis, interchangeable bands, wireless syncing, smartphone notifications.||Those who want a slim design. More serious fitness trackers with the addition of Heart Rate monitoring.||Accessories Include:|
Wristbands in sport and stylish models.
|Fitbit Charge 3||Wider design than Fitbit Alta HR. Features include Pure pulse heart rate monitoring, cardio fitness level, activity and sleep tracking, multi-sport modes, smart track, reminders to move, sleep stage analysis, interchangeable bands, wireless syncing, smartphone notifications.||Best for serious fitness trackers.||Accessories||Reg $$|
|Fitbit Versa||The Fitbit Versa is a health and fitness smartwatch which allows you to store music, add apps and coaching. Features include on-screen workouts, Bluetooth connections with headphones, exercise modes, female health tracking, swim-proof (tracks swim), GPS, Apps, Heart rate tracking, smart track, personalized reminders, meditation and breathing sessions, cardio fitness level, music, smartphone notifications, payments, sleep and activity tracking.||Best for serious fitness trackers.||Accessories Include:|
Wristbands, charging stands.
|Fitbit Ionic||The Fitbit Ionic is the most advanced tracker in the Fitbit collection. It is a health and fitness smartwatch which allows you to store music, add apps and coaching. Features include on-screen workouts, Bluetooth connections with headphones, exercise modes, female health tracking, swim-proof (tracks swim), GPS, Apps, Heart rate tracking, smart track, personalized reminders, meditation and breathing sessions, cardio fitness level, music, smartphone notifications, payments, sleep and activity tracking.||Best for serious fitness trackers.||Accessories Include:|
Wristbands, charging stands.
Fitbit Gift Buying Guide – The Latest Fitbit Models
Fitbit Ionic – $$$$
This is Fitbit’s most advanced smartwatch and fitness tracker. With customizable clock faces, fitness tracking, coaching, health stats, music storage and the availability of downloading apps to it, this Fitbit is chock full of features for the serious smartwatch or fitness enthusiast.
Fitbit Versa – $$$
The newest Fitbit model brings smartwatch functionality at a more affordable price point. Its curved design mimics that of an Apple Watch, but its features include many of the same features offered in the Ionic. This is for serious fitness buffs looking for a more affordable smartwatch.
Charge 3 – $$$
The Charge is a smartwatch with a sleeker design. This fitness tracker has heart rate monitoring in addition to Fitbit features like reminders to move, phone notifications and fitness tracking.
Alta Hr – $$
The Alta is a popular model because of its slim design and interchangeable fashion bands. This is the HR version of the Alta with a few more advanced features at a slightly higher price than the original Fitbit Alta tracker.
Classic Fitbit Models For Those Just Starting Out
Fitbit Alta – $$
This tracker is the basic Alta model and has many advanced features like smartphone notifications, wireless syncing and smart-track. The Fitbit Alta is one of the most popular models for women seeking sleep and activity tracking in a model with a clock and interchangeable wristbands. For more serious activity enthusiasts you may want to see the Alta HR above.
Fitbit Alta The Fashion Choice
If you are looking for accessories for your Fitbit, the Alta appears to have the most options. With designer bands from Vera Wang and Public School available at the Fitbit store and an assortment of silicone and metal bands available on Amazon there is no stopping you from making a fashion statement with the Alta, fitness tracker.
Fitbit Flex 2
The Fitbit Flex 2 is a great basic model for those that want to change the bands and hide the tracker in jewellery like bangles and pendants. It does not have a clock face and is primarily for those looking to see their activity progress.
Fitbit Zip or Fitbit One – $
These models may be tougher to find in stores or on Amazon, but they are still available in the Fitbit Store. They are very basic clip trackers to track steps and sleep mainly.
Products from Amazon.com
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What Does Fitbit Track?
While some of the Fitbit models have more features than others, the basic models track steps and sleep patterns mainly. The higher models include advanced features like auto exercise tracking
- Sleep Patterns
- Notifications to Move
- Heart Rate (some models)
- Auto exercise recognition (some models)
- Auto sleep recognition (some models)
Other Things Fitbit does
- Call, text and calendar alerts (some models)
- Female health tracking (with the app)
- Food tracking (with the app)
- Water tracking (with the app)
- Music storage (some models)
- Fitness coaching (some models)
I’m on my third Fitbit tracker, the basic Alta model and I love it. I’ve bought many interchangeable bands for it on Amazon and love the slim design. I don’t know what my next tracker will be, but I do like how Fitbit integrates with all my health and fitness apps and here in Canada syncing with Carrot rewards means that I get points for walking each day.
Need some more advice on which Fitbit to buy? Visit the Fitbit website.
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