Fitbit Review: Does It Actually Help Make You More Active?

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Fitbit on arm: Fitbit ReviewsThinking of joining the Fitbit community but unsure which band you should get? Our Fitbit Review discusses the different types of devices Fitbit has on the market as well as some of the items they excel at and some things they could improve. Fitbit has been a leader in the activity tracker world since their first device came out and they continue to create newer and better products for you to track your fitness.

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Fitbit

4.55 / 5
Fitbit
Accuracy 4.8
App Performance 4.0
Features 5.0
Price 4.5
Battery Life 4.5

Pros

  • Excellent customer service
  • Wristbands look like watches, so they aren’t as noticeable as competitors
  • Easy to learn how to use & setup
  • 1-year warranty & 45-day money back guarantee
  • Partners with Tory Burch for more fashionable ways to wear your Fitbit
  • Higher end devices have smart notifications & heart rate monitors
  • Extensive food database to track your diet in the app
  • Alta and Ionic can be used swimming
  • Swap bands to leather, metal or colored to change the look of your tracker (some models)
  • Reminds you to move

Cons

  • Flex band comes unlatched easily
  • The Zip and One aren’t as accurate as the newer models
  • More “natural” workouts are recorded better, i.e., running outside is tracked better than running on a treadmill
  • Not all bands/clips display the time
  • Surge is kind of bulky
  • Bands can break easily
  • Reports that some devices stop working randomly

What Is Fitbit & How Does the Fitbit Work?

Wondering what is Fitbit and how do their devices work? Fitbit (like many other activity trackers) has an altimeter in some of their devices to help track the number of steps you take in a day. You can set goals, and the bands will vibrate to notify you when you’ve reached your goals. Some of the devices tell time, and the more advanced ones have GPS, music control, smart notifications, caller ID and more. They have a range of products in all sizes and colors. Everything from a simple (and incognito) clip to their newest Ionic Fitbit, a full-fledged smartwatch (similar to the Apple Watch).

Key Features

  • Tracks steps, calories and distance
  • Active minutes tracked and more
  • Music control and GPS (on some models)
  • Water resistant
  • Comes in variety of types of wristbands and clips
  • Records sleep patterns and has a smart alarm

Fitbit Comparison Table

Need to know which Fit Bit to buy? Check out the Fitbit comparison table below to determine the best Fitbit for you, including pricing (MSRP), type and features for each.

 ZipOneFlexFlex 2AltaCharge HRCharge 2BlazeSurge
ZipOneFlexFlex 2AltaCharge HRCharge 2BlazeSurge
Price$124.99$236.74$68.28$91.00$74.67$77.99$128.99$153.95$234.49
Clip or WristbandClipClipWristbandWristbandWristbandWristbandWristbandWristbandWristband
Steps, Calories, DistanceCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
ClockCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Sleep TrackingCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Auto Sleep DetectionCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Silent Wake AlarmCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Floors ClimbedCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Active MinutesCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Multi SportCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Continuous Heart RateCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Caller IDCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Text NotificationsCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Music ControlCheckmarkCheckmark
GPS TrackingCheckmarkCheckmark
Swim ProofCheckmark
Battery LifeUp to 6 Months
(Replaceable Battery)
10+ Days5 DaysUp to 5 DaysUp to 5 DaysUp to 5 DaysUp to 5 DaysUp to 5 DaysUp to 7 Days
(GPS Battery Up to 10 Hours)

Customer Reviews

Everyone we know has loved their Fitbits. We’ve heard very few complaints about these activity trackers. We did do some searching online and found a couple of positive and a couple of negative reviews to share with you.

Positive Reviews

I’m especially pleased with the graphic information available after a workout such as the graph of heart rate after a bike ride. Very impressive and helpful. – MEDrace, REI 10/2016

Love my Fitbit! Love that it tracks steps, exercise, sleep, calories (intake and burned), food, weight, and more!! – CeeRoll, Best Buy 11/8/2015

Negative Reviews

I wanted to like this, I was super excited to be able to receive text and email notifications that my old Charge HR did not provide. However, this ONLY syncs with the default email and calendar on my phone which I don’t use on my Android. It’s also pretty thick – thicker than I thought. So, sadly I sent it back since it didn’t do some of the main reasons I purchased it. – SCrozier, REI 12/2016

Clasp is junk design. I had the Flex for 37 hours. Fell off my wrist while playing golf! Poor engineering, poor design on the wrist band and metal clasp. I read a few reviews, but didn’t heed the warning. Should have used duct tape on the wrist band to hold it on my arm. $99 thrown away in the breeze. – GolfNH, Best Buy 8/20/2015

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Learn more about Fitbit’s latest product the Ionic:

Ready to Jump… on the Bandwagon?

Fitbits are a great way to motivate yourself to workout. They hold you accountable and help you reach your fitness goals. You can learn how Fitbit stacks up to its fitness tracker competition in our comparison article. Or, if you prefer something a little more fancy (or are loyal to a different brand) check out our smartwatch comparison for some other options. Also check out our review of their smart scale, the Fitbit Aria.

Which Fitbit are you thinking of getting and why?

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Hillary22
I am looking to get one of these for my mom to keep her motivated to be more active. I wonder which is the easiest to use since she’s not that technically savvy or all they all about the same? Seems like the ones with the GPS tracking and texting might be overkill for her but would be nice if we can train her how to use!