Looking to pick up a cheap Fitbit on Cyber Monday? Well you’re in luck as we’ve been monitoring the best Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017 Fitbit deals and will be updating this page with deals and buying advice.
Not sure which Fitbit is for you? Read on as we discuss the different features and compare the best deals available.
The entry level category of Fitbits are the super simple clip-ons. First there’s the Fitbit Zip and then there’s the Fitbit One. They both track your steps, your calories burned and your sleep and they both have a display. The biggest difference between them is going to be battery life – the Zip has a 6 month battery life whilst the One has a 2 week battery life. Also the One will track your stairs climbed whilst the Zip won’t.
But for some people these glorified pedometers just aren’t going to cut it. They’re easy to lose or accidentally throw in the wash and sometimes you’re looking for something that you can just look down and see really easily. Which brings us to wrist-based activity trackers.
Here’s where Fitbit designed a couple of their activity trackers to look more like bracelets and less like activity trackers (that are going to ensure you’ll never have a date again). The first and less expensive one is the Fitbit Flex which tracks steps, calories burned and sleep activity as well as active minutes and how long you’ve been sitting for.
We’re seeing some pretty big discounts on the Flex this Cyber Monday, largely because its now been pushed aside by the thinner, lighter Fitbit Flex 2. The biggest upside to the Flex 2 is that it’s Fitbits first swimproof activity tracker. The biggest downside – it doesn’t have a display so you either have to read the tea leaves and tiny little LED lights on the band or you have to open up the Fitbit mobile app to see your data.
Fitbit Flex 2
That’s why I like the new Fitbit Alta more, even though it’s more expensive. This one tracks all the same stuff that the Flex 2 does but it has a tap-sensitive display that lets you actually see all of your step data. Plus it’s not as cheap looking as the Flex 2. Although, the Alta isn’t swimproof. Ohh and neither of these have optical heart rate sensors. Expect some great Fitbit Black Friday deals
Which brings us to the Fitbit Charge. The Charge is in a category all on its own. Not just because it’s the best selling Fitbit but because it really has hit the sweet spot for a lot of people. It’s aimed at people who are a little bit more active – maybe they work out sometimes and they want something that’s going to record that in addition to tracking stuff like steps and sleep.
If you’re after a heart rate monitor then there’s the Fitbit Charge HR. This does all of the basic activity tracking you could want it to do and also has an optical heart rate sensor and automatically recognises when you start a workout.
Fitbit Charge HR
Now there’s the brand new Fitbit Charge 2 which replaces the Charge & Charge HR. Honestly Fitbit have changed the look of its bestseller without really changing the tech inside of it too much. It has a bigger display and multiple sport modes and it does pull GPS data from your smartphone during workouts but otherwise it’s not a huge step up from last years Charge & Charge HR.
Fitbit Charge 2
Then finally there are the sport Fitbits – the workout watches. I’ll start with the older one first, the Fitbit Surge.I called this one the mother of Fitbits when it came out not only because it looks like a giant Fitbit but because it has built in GPS and tracks a bunch of different sports in addition to everyday activity tracking. It’s also the most expensive Fitbit available. But the Surge was Fitbit being like ‘Hey Garmin, we’re here!’ and also it’s still the only Fitbit with built in GPS if you’re into that sort of thing.
Fitbit Surge GPS
Then there’s the Fitbit Blaze. Ohh the Blaze. Fitbit rolled out this connected, modular watch earlier this year and resisted comparisons to a smartwatch even though it looks like a smartwatch and kind of acts like a smartwatch. Instead, it’s supposed to be a smart fitness tracker but again it has alot of the same technology inside it as some of the other Fitbits – including optical heart rate sensors and the auto exercise tracking. But it doesn’t have built in GPS like the Surge. It’s an odd kind of in between activity tracker and in my opinion not super attractive.
And finally we’ve got the Fitbit Ionic. This is Fitbit’s second attempt at a smartwatch style device, and they nailed it with the Ionic. It’s got all the features that I love about Fitbit – heart rate monitoring, built in GPS and it can store music. On top of that, you get personalised coaching and advice from the new Personal Coaching features. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think I would like the personal coaching until I tried it out.
It provides really useful advice and progress updates without being too annoying and intrusive. The Ionic is also water resistant and has multi-day battery life – this one ticks all the boxes if you’re looking for a smart watch that doubles as an activity tracker. Ohh, and they look a lot slicker than the Blaze too.
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