How to Pick a Fitbit That’s Right For You

How to Pick a Fitbit That's Right for You

This post is by OYS writer Melissa. You can read more about Melissa here and see all of her other posts here. Also, if you live in the Western New York area then go check out her business On The Move Fitness!! She’s taking reservations for her summer class schedule now. We hope to see you there!

One of our current goals at OYS is to test out the latest fitness gadgets and report back to you, our readers, on their usefulness in helping you organize your fitness life. Fit Bits are so popular, so I decided to start there. What I didn’t realize was how many different versions of the Fit Bit there are! This made me think that I should probably back up and write a whole post on how to choose from all of the Fit Bits out there, so here ya go!

The Fit Bit web site is pretty helpful and informative. You just click on “Find your fit,” and off it takes you on a tour of what each gadget does. Basically, I took all of that information and consolidated it here for you.


The first thing you need to know is that there are three categories of Fit Bits: everyday fitness, active, and performance. The everyday fitness products include the Zip, the One, the Flex, the Charge, and the Alta. The active products include the Charge HR and the Blaze. The performance product is the Surge. All Fit Bit products have wireless syncing capabilities to sync to your smart phone or computer. Here’s the breakdown.


The Zip Activity Tracker retails for $59.95. **sometimes you can get it cheaper through Amazon. This is the type of tracker that clips onto your clothing. Even though this is the most basic Fit Bit, this little guy does a lot! It tracks your steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes for the day. It comes in four colors, and has a replaceable watch battery that lasts up to 6 months, with no charging required.

The One Activity and Sleep Tracker retails for $99.95. This is also a clip on tracker. In addition to tracking steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes, it also tracks floors climbed. This tracker includes a clock on its display. The sleep tracker monitors how long and how well you sleep, and has a built-in silent alarm. This gadget has a rechargeable battery that lasts 10 days.


The Flex Activity and Sleep Wristband retails for $99.95. This is the first in the line of Fit Bit wristbands. It tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes. This band has an LED display that lights up as you progress towards your goal throughout the day. You will also get the sleep tracker and alarm here. The Flex comes in 10 fun colors, and has a rechargeable battery that lasts 5 days.


The Charge Activity and Sleep Wristband retails for $129.95. It tracks all of the same stats as the Flex, includes the LED display, and the sleep tracker and alarm. In addition, this wristband has something called Exercise Mode, which tracks your workout stats separately. You will also be able to link to your smart phone, and get caller ID on this wristband. The rechargeable battery lasts 7-10 days.


The Fit Bit Alta is brand new. It includes the same tracking capabilities, including sleep. What’s new here? Quite a bit! It gives you reminders to move throughout your day, which is an awesome little motivational tool. It automatically recognizes and records exercise, unlike the Charge, where you have to push a button to start Exercise Mode. It can give you all of the same notifications as your smart phone, including calls, texts, and calendar items. The Alta has a variety of clock faces and different types of bands, including metal, leather, and classic. The rechargeable battery lasts for 5 days.

Charge HR

The Charge HR Heart Rate and Activity Wristband retails for $149.95. This is the tracker you want if you want all of the same tracking capabilities, but you also want to be able to track your heart rate and learn your heart rate zones. The rechargeable battery lasts for 5 days.


The Blaze is actually a fitness watch. It tracks activity, heart rate, sleep, and offers GPS to track routes and stats for running and biking. It has a color touch screen and a variety of clock faces, bands and frames to choose from. This watch can be synced with your smart phone for all notifications, but also to sync to music. The workout summaries on this device can recognize multisport modes. If you forget to log a workout, it’s no problem here, because it has something called Smart track that basically does it for you. The really cool thing about this fitness watch is the capability to connect to the Fit Star app and get on-screen workouts that include instructions and coaching. (I will be writing a future post about Fit Star, so be sure to look for it!) The rechargeable battery lasts 5 days.


The Surge retails for $249.95. This has it all rolled into one, including all of the previously mentioned tracking capabilities, including GPS. The device has a rechargeable battery that lasts for 7 days, and a 10 hour GPS battery.

Lots of options!

So, when choosing a Fit Bit, think about the following questions:

  1. How often will I be wearing it?
  2. What information do I need to know?
  3. How much am I willing to spend?

I decided to get a Charge HR. Look for my future posts where I describe my experiences with my new Fit Bit!

How to Pick a Fitbit That's Right For You

Do you own a Fitbit? What’s been your experience? Do you have any Fitbit questions you’d like me to answer?

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  1. I have the Charge HR & do like it. However, if you use it as advertised (with the heart rate monitor) the battery only lasts 2 days. This is quite disappointing, as had I known about the poor battery life I could have spent less for the Charge & had the same features I am now using.

  2. I love my hr fitbit. Mone does not hold a charge for that long. I received it last Christmas as a gift. My friend is having the same issue. She also received hers as a gift. What do you think?

  3. cnohero says:

    I love my Fitbit Surge. It has been so much fun. But the strap has a hole in it and does not fit right anymore. It’s so frustrating because the unit works fine I just need a new strap. I have contacted Fitbit and they let me know ” Unfortunately my Fitbit is no longer under warranty( after a year) “so they politely gave me a discount code so I could spend another $200+ to replace it by buying a while new one just because the strap is broken. So you might want to consider one of the items that have a replaceable strap.

  4. Eleanor says:

    Wish i could use a armband but because of my work i am not allowed to wear one. It would be great to have the surge as it has it all wish i would love to have.
    I have been fighting with my weight the last 10 years and now have finally started to get into shape.

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