Fitbit Inspire HR review

The lightweight Fitbit Inspire HR offers an impressive suite of features for relatively little cash

Fitbit Inspire HR

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Considering the price of the Fitbit Inspire HR, this tracker can actually do a lot.

If you’re looking for a fully-fledged fitness device, this may not be for you. But considering it’s under £100 / $100, you’re getting a lot of features plus access to Fitbit’s second-to-none app and integration.

Sharing stats with your friends is easy, and the app itself just works. You can buy cheaper fitness trackers with this amount of features and more, but you're unlikely to get such an attractive device that works this slickly.

Who’s this for?

Anyone who is looking to start getting fit or wants to a find a way to monitor their exercise each week will likely enjoy the Fitbit Inspire HR.

It sports a heart rate monitor for extra insight over the standard Fitbit Inspire, but it lacks features like GPS, so it’s probably not designed for you if you need to know your exact location with just your tracker on your person.

The Inpsire HR is beautifully put together making for one of the most attractive fitness trackers from the company ever. In fact, we think we prefer the design of the Inspire HR to the more expensive Fitbit Charge 3.

Should you buy it?

We won't lie - you can get cheaper fitness trackers with this feature set. If you want to be confident that your tracker will work smoothly and accurately though and you like the idea of the Fitbit brand and its app you'll be happy with what this provides.

It's also important to note that the price of this tracker isn't as high as previous Fitbit prices for comparable devices, so you're still getting a lot here for your money.

The Fitbit Inspire HR isn't the most comprehensive fitness device on the market, but if you want to track the odd jog or your increased step count when you're trying to get fit it's hard not to recommend this solidly built and impressive tracker.

First reviewed: March 2019

The competition

Don’t think the Inspire HR is for you? Here’s a selection of other trackers that may suit you.

Fitbit Inspire

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Don’t need a heart rate monitor? Then you may want the Fitbit Inspire, which is exactly the same otherwise aside from being slightly thinner. It’s a touch cheaper too, so if you don’t need heart rate monitoring we’d recommend going for this. 

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro 

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The Gear Fit 2 Pro is more expensive than the Inspire HR, but it comes with a full color and beautiful display that offers you a variety of different features to cycle through directly from your wrist. 

It also sports some swim tracking tech, so it may be better for you in that regard too.

Xiaomi Mi Band 3

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Looking to spend as little money as possible? The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 will allow you to do that. The fitness tracking isn’t as comprehensive as the Inspire HR, plus it doesn’t come with such a slick design and as useful an app. 

But you do still get the basics and a heart rate monitor, so the money you’ll be saving may mean it's worth losing some of those features. 

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James Peckham

James is Managing Editor for Android Police. Previously, he was Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He once fell over.