Fitbit Ace 2 review

The Fitbit Ace 2 is a fitness tracker to keep kids active, while parents stay in control

Fitbit Ace
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While the more colorful casing might make this a hard sell for older kids, there's no denying that the Fitbit Ace 2 is a much better fitness tracker for children than the original.

The strap offers both comfort and protection, while the improved screen is a big step up from the one seen on the original Fitbit Ace. Enhanced water resistance is another bonus, as is the slightly reduced cost.

Mastering the smartphone app can be a bit tricky, but all in all, this is the ideal way to ensure your offspring lead as healthy and active a lifestyle as possible without hovering over them 24 hours a day.

Fitbit Ace 2 from above

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Who’s this for?

Aimed at kids aged 6 and up and available in bright colors, this is definitely a child-friendly product. Your kids will likely love being seen with such an eye-catching accessory and will become engaged with the daily goals and visual rewards for progress.

Should you buy it?

Should you be a parent who is already an active Fitbit user, then this is a bit of a no-brainer. You can create a family unit which not only creates some good-natured rivalry between you and your offspring but also allows you to monitor their progress and make sure they're getting enough exercise.

Should you be a Fitbit newcomer then it might be worth looking at alternatives, but to be honest, the Ace 2 ticks all of the boxes.

First reviewed: June 2019, updated March 2021.

Check out these three alternatives:

Fitbit Ace

Fitbit Ace

The original Ace is actually based on the Fitbit Alta, and – metal case aside – is inferior to the Ace 2 in almost every respect. However, it's likely to come down in price now that its successor is here, so it might be worth keeping an eye out for one - though Fitbit no longer sells it directly.

Read our full Fitbit Ace review

Moov Now

Moov Now

It may be incredibly basic and lack key features – including any kind of screen – but this is a cheap and accurate tracker which is ideal for fitness newcomers, as it's robust and can take plenty of knocks and bumps.

Read our full Moov Now review

Garmin Vivofit 4

Garmin Vivofit 4

While it's not aimed at children, the Vivofit 4 is in the same price bracket as the Fitbit Ace 2 and offers the same kind of feature set, so there's no GPS or heart rate monitor, but unlike the Ace 2 you do get a color screen.

Read our full Garmin Vivofit 4 review