Best Fitbit Charge 4 (and Charge 3) bands: Leather, metal and sport straps

The battle of the bands
The best Fitbit Charge 4 bands
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The Fitbit Charge 4 is one of the best fitness trackers available - and one of Fitbit's most popular wearables - all for very good reason. One of its selling points is how easily it can transition between different occasions by pairing it with the right straps and bands.

One upside of Fitbit deciding not to change the design of the Fitbit Charge 4 is that bands from the Charge 3 are compatible. That means that anyone picking up a new Charge 4, or one of the cut-price Charge 3's, already has a huge selection to choose from.

Granted, the standard silicone bands look nice enough, and the premium bands that come with the Limited Edition model add an extra degree of class, but there are so many stylish upgrades available and most for under £10. And given changing the strap on a Fitbit Charge is so easy, you can easily change up your look depending on your plans.

Third-party straps offer you far more variety, meaning your Charge 3 stands out from the crowd. You can find bands that are versatile enough to wear all day, or find straps that are specifically suited for the gym or swimming. The quick release design of the Charge 3's strap makes swapping them out incredibly simple.

The other benefit of looking for third party strap options is that they're considerably more affordable than the bands officially from Fitbit. To save you the hassle of searching around, we've done the leg work and rounded up the pick of the best Fitbit Charge 3 bands for you right here. There's everything from sporty numbers to eye-catching fashionable straps.

And for anyone who upgraded from a Charge 2, it's worth noting that the bands are not interchangeable, so a Charge 2 band won't fit the Charge 3 and vice versa. Now onto the ultimate Fitbit Charge 3 bands for your wrist...

Wepro silicone band

Price when reviewed: $6.99

Charge 4 silicone

Available in 16 colours, the Wepro is a waterproof and sweatproof band, which is perfect for sport lovers. The strap is breathable, which is great news for anyone that finds skin a little red after long periods of wear, and at well under $10 (prices vary depending on color), it's almost a no-brainer. Small size is 5.5" - 7.1" wrists, large size 7.1" -8.7" wrists.

BATINY silicone band

Price when reviewed: $6.99

Charge 4 sport band

Another soft silicone option, holes in the strap offer better breathability. The design and two-tone colorways f the BATINY band hark back to the original Nike Apple Watch, and there are 12 to choose from. Just like the Apple Watch, these bands for for the pin and tuck method, rather than a buckle. Small is for 6.8"- 8.7" wrist, and large is for 7.4"- 9.5.

Hamile sport band

Price when reviewed: $5.99

charge 4 sport band red

A shameless imitation of Fitbit's own rubber band that comes in the box, Hamile gives you the option to pick up a second sporty band for next to nothing and in more colors. Perfect for if you want to mix up your bands when one needs a clean - or you just want to add a bit more colour - this band is available in a whopping 24 different options.

Like Fitbit's own, it's also available in both small (5.5-inch - 7.1-inch) and large (7.1-inch - 8.7-inch) sizes.

Qibox sport band

Price when reviewed: $6.99

Charge 4 sport band two tone

If you thought the Milanese loop above was an Apple Watch imitation, get a load of this perforated strap – a dead ringer for the bands used on the Nike+ edition of the smartwatch.

And despite lacking originality, the good news here is that this is the ideal band for exercise. The holes reduce the risk of your wrist getting clammy, and the tucked fit of the band's underside means there's nothing hanging off your wrist to get in the way.

There's also a big range to choose from, 20 different colour combinations and sizes for small (5.7-inches - 7.5-inches) and large (7.1-inches - 8.3-inches) wrists.

Keasy stainless steel strap

Price when reviewed: $12.99

Charge 4 stainless steel mesh band

It may not be as slick as the Apple Watch – the device that helped popularise the Milanese loop in the world of wearables – but this budget stainless steel option can smarten up your Charge 3 to levels you previously thought were unattainable - and for a lot less money.

"If only my fitness tracker could accommodate that sweet magnetic loop like a smartwatch," you once yearned. Well, yearn no longer, the pain is over – Milanese is here and ready to fit both small (5.5-inches - 8.5-inches) and large (6.5-inches - 9.5-inches) wrists. Even better? It's available in 10 different colours.

Aresh metal strap

Price when reviewed: $15.88


Stainless steel metal bands always add a touch of class to a wearable, and that's certainly the case here with this Fitbit Charge 3 metal band. This budget-friendly metal strap practically reinvents the Charge 3 into a super-stylish fitness tracker you're more than happy to wear to a more formal event.

There is a range of color options including silver, black and rose gold to match the body of your Charge 3. As a bonus, you not only get the strap but also tools to add and remove the links, saving you a trip down the jewellers for resizing.

Findway stainless steel mesh

Price when reviewed: $11.99

Charge 4 mesh band

If you're looking for a Fitbit Charge 3/4 band that's a little more formal, then you can't go wrong with a Milanese loop style strap. The stainless steel mesh can be bought in eight colors, including silver, rose gold and standard yellow gold, and fits with a clasp. Small size fits 5.1" - 7.5"(129-190mm) wrists. Large size fits for 6.1" - 9.0"(154-228mm) wrists.

Hooroor Canvas Woven band

Price when reviewed: $16.99

charge 4 woven band

Available in nine muted tones, the Horoor Canvas strap offers a stylish alternative to the standard silicone you'll get with your Fitbit tracker. The woven fabric is comfortable to wear and looks great, and extremely breathable. Large size for 7.1" - 8.7" wrists, small size for 5.5" - 7.1" wrists.

YOOSIDE leather strap

Price when reviewed: $14.99

charge 4 leather band

Leather straps aren't so easy to find for Fitbit trackers, so this lovely tan band caught our eye. With an adjustable buckle, the Yooside band uses cowhide leather – although make sure you don't take it int the shower with you.

Shangpule leather band

Price when reviewed: $10.99

charge 4 cows leather band

From arty to stylish now, and this leather band from Shangpule provides a neat way for your wrist to be both comfortable and smart. There are no bells and whistles really here – this one features a standard pin and buckle design and comes in a range of different leather styles. Unlike other options on this list, though, be aware that it only comes in one size, fitting wrists between 5.1-inches - 7.7-inches.

Maledan woven fabric

Price when reviewed: $7.90

charge 4 woven band

If you want the look of the Fitbit Charge 3 Special Edition but don't fancy paying the extra dough, this band from Maledan is the answer to your wishes. Coming in six different woven fabric styles, this is ideal for those who want a more comfortable strap to wear around the clock.

It's probably not the best for exercise - especially if you're headed for the pool - and may not remain tight enough on the wrist to maintain completely accurate heart rate readings, but it will be by far the best to wear during sleep tracking.

Allbingo print band

Price when reviewed: $7.99

charge 4 flowery print band

If you already have a couple of go-to bands for sport or formal wear, why not add a dash of pattern to your wristwear? Coming in seven different styles, Allbingo gives you one of the few ways to style your Charge 3 outside the usual bands.

If you fancy something on the arty side, this style is available in both small (5.5-inches - 7.1-inches) and large (7.1-inches - 8.7-inches) sizes. This one is bound to stand out from the crowd.