Best Fitbit: which is right for you?

Which Fitbit meets your fitness needs?

Update: Both the Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2 have now entered our best Fitbit round-up ready for Black Friday 2016.

Fitbit is now a household name when it comes to fitness tracking technology and it offers options for running experts as well as the everyman who just wants something to track how far they walk each day.

There are new products to choose from in 2016 including the Charge 2 and Flex 2.

Products such as the Alta, Blaze and Surge sit at the top end of the Fitbit product range to keep those who are into their exercise happy, while there are also choices like the Zip, Charge and Flex for those who need something a little simpler.

If you're planning to buy a Fitbit though, it'd be worth checking out our tips and tricks on how to make the most out of using your fitness band effectively.

Here we've put together a list of all the best Fitbit products you can buy right now to help you make a decision on what suits your needs.

Fitbit Charge 2

The best fitness tracker you can buy

Size: Three sizes | Display: OLED | Weight: N/A | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Battery: 5 days | Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0

Big screen
Comfortable strap
Limited phone notifications
No GPS

One of the latest Fitbit devices is the Charge 2, which has a much larger screen compared to the original Fitbit Charge or the Charge HR. 

It's one of the best fitness trackers you can use right now and comes with fitness features such as a heart rate tracker and guided breathing.

There's also Multi-Sport tracking that allows you to keep a track of outdoor runs, walking, weight training and many more exercises.

It also connects with the GPS on your phone to keep track of your runs as well. You won't be able to use this in a pool though, if you want to go swimming with your tracker we'd recommend looking at the choice below.

Read the full review: Fitbit Charge 2

Fitbit Flex 2

Fitbit's Flex is back for round two

Size: Two sizes | Display: N/A | Weight: N/A | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Battery: 5 days | Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0

Fun software
Comfortable and light
Battery life not great
Slow to charge

Do you want a fitness tracker that is easy to use and won't be complicated? The Fitbit Flex 2 may be the best device for you.

It's a brand new addition to the Fitbit range, and it's waterproof so you'll be able to use this while swimming and track how good your dips in the pool are going.

It's a touch cheaper than the Fitbit Charge 2 too, so it may be the perfect new Fitbit tracker for you.

Read the full review: Fitbit Flex 2

Fitbit Alta

Fitbit Alta

Fitbit's best-looking wearable to date is limited in scope

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Striking design
Week-long battery life
Not waterproof
Pretty limited offering overall

The Alta is the latest product from Fitbit and has a big focus on the design rather than its fitness features.

The style is customizable with various straps so you can switch them out for whatever you feel like that day - you aren't limited to just one choice, like you are on some Fitbit devices.

In our review, we found it also had a week-long battery life. That's even more than the 5 days Fitbit claims for the Alta.

It's not all great though as the Alta's screen isn't very sensitive and it's not waterproof either. But if you're looking for an all-rounder fitness tracker, the Alta may be a good choice for you.

Read the full review: Fitbit Alta

Fitbit Blaze

Fitbit Blaze

A solid wearable, but it won't set the world alight

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 5 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Stunning battery life
Interesting fitness features
Lack of notifications
Strange design

The Blaze is the dark horse of the Fitbit family. This is one of the stranger devices on the roster as it looks like it's trying to be the first smartwatch from Fitbit, but it's not.

Despite the design, the Fitbit Blaze is still a fitness tracker at heart. The design is a little quirky, but that may be something you want to go for in a fitness tracker.

The display also offers up notifications for your text messages, but not for any other apps you may want to see. The Blaze does offer up a variety of new fitness features - such as SmartTrack, which will track your exercise even if you haven't told the wearable what you're going to be doing - allowing you to burn through those calories quickly and easily.

Read the full review: Fitbit Blaze

Fitbit Surge

Fitbit Surge

Fitbit's GPS-touting 'superwatch'

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Battery life: 3 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Built-in GPS
Classic watch clasp
Dated '80s-like design
Weaker battery life

Here's the most expensive and arguably most exciting device Fitbit has ever released. It's especially going to get your blood pumping if you're a runner as the Surge comes with GPS technology built-in.

That means you can take your Fitbit out and about without having to keep your phone in your pocket while you're jogging.

It comes with a heart rate monitor and a classic watch-like design that some of the other Fitbit products don't offer.

There's a slightly weaker battery life on this Fitbit and the design isn't to everyone's taste, but if you like to run this is probably the best choice of Fitbit for you.

Read the full review: Fitbit Surge

Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit Charge HR

Great for motivation, even if it's hardly the most scientific device

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 5 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Comfortable to wear
Heart rate monitor
Not particularly accurate
More expensive

Heard of the Fitbit Charge before? This is a slightly newer edition called the Charge HR that looks exactly the same but comes with a heart rate tracker for the very first time.

You can still buy the Charge - look down below - but it doesn't cost much extra to go for the Charge HR and you get the added benefit of knowing how much your blood is pumping.

The Charge HR is possibly the most stylish out of all the Fitbit products included on this list but it's not always the most accurate at tracking your steps.

If you're looking to do more rigorous exercise go for the devices above such as the Surge or the Blaze. But the Charge HR is still a good choice if you're looking for the odd update on how far you've walked.

Before you buy a Charge HR, it may be worth waiting for the brand new Charge 2 which will be released soon and features a brand new design with new heart-rate tracking tech.

Read the full review: Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit Charge

Fitbit Charge

A fitness tracker that misses out on the heart rate hype

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 5 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

OLED displays stats
Auto-tracks sleep
Poor sleep accuracy
Faulty clasp

Don't need the heart rate tracker in the Fitbit Charge HR? Why not go for the Fitbit Charge instead? You'll save a little bit of money and get the stylish design as well as all the activity tracking features you'll need.

Sleep features automatically kick off when your head hits the pillow on the Fitbit Charge, but the problem is it's not particularly accurate.

Still, if you're looking for it to track your daily exercise rather than how well you sleep, this is a good choice and isn't as expensive as some of the other Fitbit's you can buy right now.

Read the full review: Fitbit Charge

Fitbit Flex

Fitbit Flex

No such thing as wrist aversion

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Lightweight wristband is comfortable
Track activity and sleep
Display isn't informative
Strap isn't exciting

After something a little bit cheaper than the devices just above? If you can sacrifice the screen, the Fitbit Flex may be the best choice for your tracking needs.

It does include a screen, but it won't give you numbers on how well you're doing. Instead it includes dots - when the dots are full you've achieved your daily steps.

It's not the most useful device for when you go running, but it will make sure you reach your minimum step goals in a day and sometimes that's all you really need.

If you like the design of the Fitbit Flex and don't need much in the way of run tracking skills it's a strong choice.

If you can wait to buy a Fitbit, the Flex 2 may be worth waiting for when it launches in late September 2016 with a waterproof design and all-day tracking.

Read the full review: Fitbit Flex

Fitbit One

Fitbit One

Once the ultimate fitness gadget, now not so much

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Versatile
Lightweight
Battery only lasts 7 days
Some see it as expensive

We're down to the more basic fitness trackers that Fitbit produces. The Fitbit One is a couple of years old now, but if you don't want something strapped around your wrist it may be a good choice for you.

The Fitbit One is a clip on tracker that will monitor your steps and fitness activities without having to sit on your wrist.

The technology is a little old now, but it may be a good choice for you if you're just looking for something to take a good look at your steps.

Plus remember it's one of the cheaper Fitbit options, so if you're here to save money this could be the best choice.

Read the full review: Fitbit One

Fitbit Zip

Fitbit Zip

Counting the steps to fitness

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Clever, accurate tracking
Affordable
Touchscreen doesn't always work
Limited features

This is the cheapest of the cheap in the world of Fitbit.

If you want a cheap and cheerful tracker that will just monitor how far you walk each day, go for the Zip. Again, it's a clip you can put onto your clothing and from there you can just look at how far you've walked each day.

Essentially it's a glorified pedometer and won't be able to track your running anywhere near as accurately as you could on devices like the Surge or the Blaze.

But if you're here to keep a track on how far you've been walking, the Fitbit Zip isn't a bad choice for you.

Read the full review: Fitbit Zip

Other best fitness trackers

Best fitness tracker

You don't have to go for a fitness tracker from Fitbit. There are lots of other choices out there and you'll find a full selection in our best fitness trackers ranking. Admittedly, this list does feature a lot of Fitbit products with the Charge HR sitting in first place.

But we also include choices such as the Microsoft Band 2, which is the perfect choice for anyone with a Windows Phone and also includes a stylish design and a full color screen.

There's the Jawbone UP3 that pairs with an impressive app, is good at tracking sleep and will also offer you around a week of battery life.

Or maybe you're looking for something like the Withings Go. This doesn't need to connect to a phone and offers up a huge eight weeks battery life with an e-ink screen and a super low price.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James is Phones, Wearables and Tablets writer for TechRadar and covers all the big announcements from the best manufacturers making gadgets for your palms, wrists and face. Based in London, James is often testing out the latest and greatest phones, smartwatches, VR headsets and - when he can be motivated to go outside - fitness bands. Be sure to follow him on Twitter for all the latest from the mobile world.