Best Fitbit fitness trackers and smartwatches in Australia
From big and feature-packed smartwatches to smaller fitness trackers, we've picked out the 6 best Fitbit devices on the market right now.
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The best Fitbit fitness trackers and smartwatches in Australia
- Best overall Fitbit: Fitbit Versa 3
- Best value Fitbit: Fitbit Inspire 2
- Best Fitbit under $150: Fitbit Inspire
- Best Fitbit for kids: Fitbit Ace 2
- Best Fitbit for fitness tracking: Fitbit Charge 4
- Best premium Fitbit smartwatch: Fitbit Sense
How did we pick this list?
Finder's team checked out more than a dozen Fitbit devices, both new and old, currently on the market in Australia and compared them to each other to find which were best suited for a range of use cases.
Best overall Fitbit: Fitbit Versa 3
Why we chose it
While it's not a small form-factor tracker like many associate with the Fitbit name, the company's mid-range Versa 3 smartwatch strikes the best balance between looks, features and cost, making it the best overall Fitbit you can get your hands on.
At its heart, the Versa 3 is a fitness tracker. It's got 24/7 heart rate, activity and stress tracking, as well as oxygen saturation and sleep monitoring. Runners, walkers and anyone on the go will appreciate the Versa's built-in GPS, which tracks your route as you work out.
The smartwatch comes with up to six days' battery life, according to Fitbit, though users say that number decreases if you turn on the always-on display. If you find the Versa 3 to be running low on charge, just 12 minutes on the dock is supposed to give it enough juice for a whole day.
Fitbit touts the Versa 3 as a fitness tracking superstar that lets you ditch your phone while you work out, but many won't be able to crank music without their trusty mobile by their side. While you can pair Bluetooth headphones to the Versa 3, only Deezer subscribers can access their music offline. Spotify users are only able to control their music from the watch, not listen offline. Apple Music subscribers? You get left out on this one. Unlike last-generation models, you can't store your own music on the Versa 3, either.
At a glance, the Versa 3 is practically identical in appearance to Fitbit's flagship Sense smartwatch. Both watches share a similar metal construction, watchband and rounded display, but the similarities end on the inside. The Sense features additional health sensors that can measure stress and detect an irregular heart rhythm, while the Versa 3 doesn't. We still think that the Versa 3 is the best pick for most people, especially when you consider Australians lack access to the irregular heart rhythm detection and it's a whole $100 cheaper than the Sense at retail.
The Versa 3 takes home a commendable 4.3 out of 5 rating from more than 1,300 reviews on Google, with many customers singing high praises about the device's long-lasting 6-day battery life. Some users were pretty disappointed with the Versa 3 dropping support for onboard music storage, which the older Versa 2 has.
Best value Fitbit: Fitbit Inspire 2
Why we chose it
Offering all of the essential fitness tracking features at a price point that won't break the bank, Fitbit's second-generation Inspire is the best value Fitbit device you can currently get your hands on.
Great for beginners looking to pick up their first fitness tracker, the Inspire 2 helps get you moving. The device tracks how you're going with your goals throughout the day, measuring steps taken, distance moved and calories burned. It also gives you hourly reminders to take 250 steps, making sure you keep active as the day progresses. On top of that, there's more comprehensive activity tracking, which can show you the intensity of each workout, alongside sleep and heart rate monitoring.
Despite its more affordable price point, the Inspire 2 doesn't skimp on features. The fitness tracker is water-resistant up to 50 metres and features a compact, streamlined design. Packed into that slim body is a battery capable of keeping the device charged for a whole 10 days straight, according to Fitbit. Many customers seemed to back up Fitbit's claims, with online reviews suggesting the Inspire 2 could last even longer than that.
There are some compromises you'll have to make if you pick up the Inspire 2. The tracker doesn't feature onboard GPS, so you can't track the location of your runs without your phone by your side. The small display is also a bit of a letdown. It lacks colour and some say it's challenging to view in direct sunlight. Unfortunately, you won't be making any contactless payments with the device, as Fitbit Pay isn't supported.
Users awarded the Inspire 2 a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from more than 1,100 reviews on Google. Many customers were enamoured with the tracker's looks and design, calling it sleek and mentioning that it was comfortable. Some were disappointed with the device's screen and how difficult it could be to control.
Best Fitbit under $150: Fitbit Inspire
Why we chose it
Despite sitting on the more budget end of Fitbit's product line-up, the first-generation Inspire is still a competent fitness tracker. While it doesn't have all the bells and whistles some trackers do, its more affordable price point makes it the best Fitbit you can buy for under $150.
The small fitness tracker has all of the basic features you need in a device designed to keep you fit, such as activity, sleep and calorie burn tracking. Fitbit's SmartTrack functionality automatically tracks a range of workouts and records them without you having to lift a finger. Fitbit's app expands functionality, also helping you track your calorie intake and menstrual cycle.
Like other budget-friendly Fitbits, the Inspire has a tiny backlit OLED screen that won't impress anyone. What's a little more interesting is that the display's colour varies based on what colour model you decide to buy. For instance, the Sangria model features a similarly toned screen that blends into the rest of the device, rather than just staying black and white. While the tracker gets bonus points for colour coordination, it loses them for its lack of built-in GPS.
Built to withstand intense workouts, the Inspire features Fitbit's Swimproof technology, allowing users to wear the devices in the pool or the shower. It'll even track your swimming if that's your thing. The device's discrete design won't garner any unwanted attention, while its compact and lightweight form makes it easy to wear wherever you are.
Fitbit's Inspire tracker has a 4.3 out of 5 rating from more than 2,300 reviews on Google, with customers happy with its battery life and simplicity. Some were disappointed by the lack of features, such as no heart rate monitoring.
Read more in our full review of the Fitbit Inspire.
Best Fitbit for kids: Fitbit Ace 2
Why we chose it
Capable of keeping your little ones moving while taking on everything they throw at it, the Fitbit Ace 2 is the best Fitbit tracker you can buy for any younger kids.
The Fitbit Ace 2 was built from the ground up for kids aged six and up, with a simple and easy-to-use design, animated watch faces and parental control features. The silicone band helps to protect the small, water-resistant tracker from any knocks.
No matter what colour your kids pick, the Ace 2 is a vibrant tracker that stands out. Your little ones can choose the Night Sky/Neon Yellow tracker or they can opt for the Watermelon/Teal option if that's more their style. There are also several bands and accessories, which you can easily swap in and out as your kid's taste evolves. According to Fitbit, the Ace 2 also works with wristbands for its Inspire trackers, opening up many more customisation possibilities.
The Ace 2 tracks your kid's steps and active minutes, with a pre-set goal of 60 minutes of physical activity per day based on recommendations from the World Health Organisation. There's also sleep tracking, so you can make sure your child is getting the right amount of rest each night. Some notable tracking features are missing, such as heart rate monitoring. There's also no built-in GPS. While the Ace 2 might seem a little light on features, nothing is missing that would be materially important for kids.
Many customers are impressed with the Fitbit Ace 2, handing it a 4.6 out of 5 rating on Google from almost 2,000 reviews. Plenty of people said that the device was easy to set up and that the tracker's goals helped motivate their little ones. Some customers had issues with the tracker falling out of the band, where it could potentially be lost or damaged.
Best Fitbit for fitness tracking: Fitbit Charge 4
Why we chose it
Designed for those who take their health and fitness seriously, the Fitbit Charge 4 packs a heap of sensors into a small and compact form factor. With its middle-of-the-road price point and impressive feature set that rivals some more mainstream smartwatches, Charge 4 is the best fitness tracker the company makes.
The Charge 4 is, at its core, a fitness tracker. The device sports comprehensive tracking for steps, distance and calories burned to help you keep on top of your goals. Charge 4 helps give you an insight into your sleep patterns, measuring how much time you spend in each stage of sleep. There's a built-in GPS so you can see exactly where you've exercised and a heart rate monitor which measures your beats per minute all day.
Despite its more sleek and minimal design, the Charge 4 features plenty of the same features you'd expect from a fully fledged smartwatch, including support for notifications. It'll even run some very basic apps. The tracker supports Fitbit Pay, too, so if you need to grab something while you're on the go, you don't have to worry about lugging a wallet around with you.
Unfortunately, Charge 4 has an unimpressive non-colour display which some users say is hard to read when it's super bright outside, a significant disadvantage when compared to bigger smartwatches. There are also a lot fewer features than you might find on a smartwatch, with no third-party app support and limited music control functionality. Fitbit bakes Spotify support into the device, but no other streaming services, such as Apple Music, will work.
The Fitbit Charge 4 earned itself a commendable 4.3 out of 5 rating on Google from more than 4,700 reviews and is Finder's pick for the best fitness tracker you can get your hands on right now. Many customers were impressed with the slim tracker's comfort regardless of the environment and its accuracy in measuring steps, distance and heart rate. Some weren't impressed with the quality of the display on the Charge 4, mentioning that it wasn't something the company had improved across generations.
Best premium Fitbit smartwatch: Fitbit Sense
Why we chose it
Branded as a "health watch", Fitbit's top-of-the-line Sense has plenty of ways to monitor your fitness and overall health, while also offering features commonly found on more traditional smartwatches. With heaps of features and a high-end design, the Fitbit Sense is the best premium Fitbit smartwatch you can buy.
The Sense comes stuffed with almost every type of sensor you could imagine. There are stress and skin temperature sensors, as well as a heart rate and oxygen saturation monitor. That's all on top of the more standard sleep, calorie and activity tracking that you'll find across Fitbit's entire product line. That's probably more tracking than the average person will ever need.
Made with premium components, you probably won't have to worry about the Sense unexpectedly dying on you. The device has a stainless steel foundation and an AMOLED display topped with Corning's tough Gorilla Glass. Fitbit's Infinity Band comes included, which is water-resistant and stain-resistant. It's easily replaceable with, so you can swap it out for something that more closely matches your style.
Unlike most of Fitbit's other devices, you can install third-party apps on the Sense. But being able to install apps isn't much of a feat if there are almost none. There's an incredibly unremarkable selection of apps available for download and those that are might be of very little use here in Australia. You won't find many (if any) locally developed apps, but if you frequently browse The New York Times or fly British Airways, you might be in luck. At its hefty retail price of $499.95, that shortcoming is hard to ignore.
Customers on Amazon awarded the Sense a 4.4 out of 5 rating from more than 3,800 reviews. Customers praised the smartwatch's health tracking capabilities and were particularly impressed with the in-depth stress monitoring and management features. Some weren't so happy with the battery life, which significantly decreased when the GPS is active.
Best products chosen
- We've taken a look at all of the most-recently released Fitbit devices to find which suit each use case best.
- We selected these picks based on Finder expert reviews, the key features of each product and by looking at customer reviews (as of February 2021).
- The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.
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