I recently bought myself a FitBit for my birthday. I already had a pedometer and heart rate monitor, but rarely used either one. The pedometer was an old, clunky model that barely worked and kept popping off my belt.
And I was getting tired of strapping on the HRM chest strap every single time. Add in the fact that I'm doing a lot of yoga and Pilates classes, and the HRM just wasn't comfortable to wear while exercising.
I'd already been toying with the idea of getting a FitBit and talking with my nextdoor neighbor sealed the deal. She really loved hers!
Decision made, it was time to head over to FitBit.com to buy my first FitBit. Simple enough, right?
But the decision gets more complicated when it comes down to choosing which of the six FitBit models is right for you.
If money's no object, and you like all the bells and whistles, the decision is easy: get the FitBit Splurge -- um, sorry, I mean the FitBit Surge.
And if you're on a tight budget and only want to track your steps, calories burned and distance, the Zip is your best choice.
But what if you want to spend your money wisely or want to make sure you buy the right one for your activity level?
This review groups the six models by type of exerciser you are. Whether you're a casual exerciser who's only interested in being active, a fitness enthusiast or fitness fanatic, there's a FitBit that's just right for you.
You can also click on an FitBit model down below to quickly see which feature it has. I've set it up using colors so you can easily see the features. Green means yes. Red means no. Pretty neat, eh?
What You Get With Every FitBit
Before we dive into the nitty gritty details, keep in mind that each FitBit comes with these features (except for a few noted exceptions):
- You can track the steps you take, the calories you burn and the distance you've walked or run in a 24 hour period.
- It acts like a watch (except for the FitBit Flex).
- Your "active minutes" will be tracked automatically. Active minutes are activities more strenuous than walking that last more than 10 minutes.
- Free mobile app for your iOS, Android or Windows device (check here first to make sure your device is compatible).
- Free online dashboard, where you can track your food and really dig down into the details.
- Set goals, get notifications, messages from FitBit and connect with Friends who use FitBit.
- Wireless syncing.
- A variety of colors to choose from.
- Track GPS activity through your phone with the FitBit app. (With the FitBit Surge, the GPS receiver is built in.)
- Every FitBit except for the Zip has a rechargeable battery. The Zip has a replaceable 3v coin battery.