If you're thinking 'which is the best Fitbit for me?' we feel your pain. The Fitbit line-up is getting pretty crowded, but short of really serious athletes, there's something there for everyone. Whether your male, female, lazy or active, there's a Fitbit to suit you.
With a range from $59.99 right up to $249.95, Fitbit has done its best to cater to everyone looking to buy their first fitness tracker.
Essential reading: Our investigation into the new Fitbit smartwatch
Read on to find out what Fitbit is right for you. We've spent plenty of time with the whole range to help you decide, so make sure you check out our full Fitbit reviews too.
Fitbit Alta HR
Fitbit has now confirmed the Alta HR as the latest addition to the family, and while we're still to review the product in full, it would be remiss of us not to mention it among our round-up of Fitbit bands.
Fitbit reckons the new device is the world's slimmest to feature continuous heart rate tracking, and also debuts Fitbit's improvements in sleep monitoring. There's a host of new data taken using heart rate variability measurements, and you get details on deep, REM and light sleep and tailored tips on getting better sleep.
Essential reading: Fitbit Charge 2 v Garmin Vivosmart HR+
But Fitbit has canned a lot of the big workout features. Workout recording, VO2 Max tracking, ConnectedGPS and guided breathing are all missing. SmartTrack automatic exercise detection does make the cut, so you get rewards for that spin or yoga class, as well as a run for the bus, and see the calorie burn and active minutes in your Fitbit app.
This is a device that focuses on wellbeing first and fitness second, but for the first time, that doesn't mean you get basic, boring data. It's for people serious about their health, not wanna be athletes.
Feature check: Steps, sleep monitoring, heart monitoring, notifications.
Read our first impressions: Fitbit Alta HR review
Best for detailed metrics
Fitbit Charge 2
With the updated Charge, there's a wealth of new features including guided breathing, interchangeable bands, a larger screen and new data tracking with VO2 Max. If you want basic step/sleep tracking, it's there – but if you want to take things further, you can.
Read this: Fitbit Charge 2 tips and tricks
The Cardio Fitness Level feature is one of our favourite additions. It's a proper fitness metric that's new to the company's ecosystem – and one that we hope to see evolve over time to become even more useful. The Charge 2 also offers a guided breathing exercise, making sure you're not inhaling too deeply or exhaling too quickly.
The size of the display on the Charge 2 is just right and the device sits better than the Surge does on the wrist, which is a relief. The overall design is oddly pleasing, perhaps because the display is larger than Alta's but still smaller than the Surge, which means you get to see a little more information without it being uncomfortably big.
A massive new update adds some much-asked-for features including workout pause, a battery indicator, viewable heart rate zones, new clock faces and vibration support for Fitbit's guided breathing.
Feature check:Heart rate, VO2 Max, ConnectedGPS, auto exercise detection, steps, sleep.
Wareable verdict: Fitbit Charge 2 review
Best smartwatch alternative
Half smartwatch, half fitness tracker, the Fitbit Blaze offers heart rate data and built-in workouts all on the wrist. Designed with customisation in mind, you can switch the screen element in and out of different style bands.
Read this: Fitbit Blaze tips and tricks
Gym bunnies will approve of the automatic exercise detection and biometrics, but it's disappointing for runners and cyclists, as it still relies on your smartphone for GPS data. A new update brings the same cardio fitness levels and guided breathing features from the Charge 2 to make the hybrid a more feature-packed option.
Feature check: Heart rate, guided workouts, exercise tracking modes notifications, steps, sleep, ConnectedGPS.
Wareable verdict: Fitbit Blaze review
Best for style
Fitbit's sleekest tracker keeps things simple and in many ways the Alta harks back to the original Flex, albeit with a 2016 twist. Standard activity and sleep tracking is the order of the day, with steps, calories and distances displayed on the enhanced screen, which also displays calls, SMS notifications and calendar updates.
Read this: Fitbit Alta essential tips and tricks
It's a big visual upgrade from the older Charge and Flex, and there are tonnes of customisation options for giving it a personal look. However, it's certainly not a groundbreaking fitness device.
Feature check: Steps, sleep, screen, SmartTrack auto exercise detection.
Wareable verdict: Fitbit Alta review
Best for swimmers
Fitbit Flex 2
In terms of tracking the Flex 2 covers the bases; monitoring steps, calories, active minutes, hourly activity and sleep. You also get the benefit of Fitbit's SmartTrack tech to automatically recognise and track workouts, including walking, running, cycling and aerobic workouts.
Essential reading: Fitbit Flex 2 tips and tricks
The Flex 2 is 30% smaller than the original, but the real story here is that this is the wearable tech heavyweight's first swim-proof tracker. With its new water-resistant design, you get swim tracking features, letting you automatically track pool sessions and delivering metrics on laps, duration and calories burned.
Feature check: Steps, sleep, swim-proof.
Wareable verdict: Fitbit Flex 2 review
Best for runners and cyclists
The Surge is still the priciest Fitbit you can buy and was originally billed as the company's sports super watch. That's harder to build than it sounds but the Surge is still worth a look if you want GPS for running routes (though its accuracy is debatable) as well as everyday activity tracking. It has a 5 ATM water resistance rating, though Fitbit advises against wearing it in the pool.
Essential reading: Fitbit Blaze v Fitbit Surge
A few more biggies that the Surge alone enjoys – music control and text notifications as well as Caller ID. Music is only during workouts but still might sway you over one of the other trackers.
Feature check: GPS, running and cycling modes, notifications, steps, sleep.
Wareable verdict: Fitbit Surge review
A bit of a retro tracker, the One is now the same price as the Flex 2, which is odd. It differs by coming in a clip-on form factor, handy for bras and suchlike. It also has a clock and, like the Charge, offers elevation tracking.
Sleep tracking is onboard, but with no automatic detection, and there are no extras like automatic exercise detection either. It will work with Fitbit's new Sleep Schedule mode though. You get the same app and steps/distance tracking for a nice price in an inoffensive device. It's a bit fugly, but the OLED shows you fitness stats. Plus the battery life is a winner at ten days or more.
Feature check: Steps, time, sleep (not-automatic), 10 day battery.
Best for simplicity
The budget option of the line-up, the Fitbit Zip is pretty basic next to all the trackers above. So what do you get? As with the rest, the Zip will track your steps, calories and distance as well as telling you your active minutes for the day. There's no sleep tracking and no altimeter to record elevation. There is a clock function on the small display, and it also wirelessly syncs to your phone and comes in some funky colours.
Sweat, rain and splashproof with a whopping six-month battery life, the Fitbit Zip is well worth a look although it's got stiff competition from the Misfit Flash, the Jawbone UP Move and the Withings Go.
Feature check: Steps only, six months battery life.
Best to save money
Still on sale, despite the Flex 2 arriving, the original Flex still offers better value for money, especially with a recent price cut… at least in the US. The Flex is the oldest wrist-based tracker of the lot and offers accurate tracking, handy light notifications and between five and seven days' battery life.
If you're looking to save money and you only care about tracking – no clock, no Caller ID, no messages – then the Flex is a good shout. It still offers sleep tracking and a silent alarm. It's also handy if you don't like Fitbit's style because you can buy a Tory Burch accessory to completely cover it up.
Feature check: Steps, sleep, five day battery.
Wareable verdict: Fitbit Flex review
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