The best Fitbit deals for Christmas 2017

Count steps, track sleep and calories with our guide to the best Fitbits around

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The best fitness trackers do more than just count steps and Fitbit has been around since before activity tracking became cool. A wealth of experience, plenty of development and a product that's been evolving for years means that Fitbit is the leader in this area. 

But with strong competition from the likes of Garmin, Polar, Jawbone and a million smartphone apps with powerful built-­in tracking options, can Fitbit's plethora of bands still compete?

Some Fitbits here are similar to other high-end bands on the market, packing in  in GPS and other features to measure heart rate, track runs and bid to be lite versions of running watches or smartwatches

Many Fitbits are more orientated towards the classic fitness band though - counting steps, tracking sleep and keeping you up to date with how far you've walked and how many calories you've burned.  If you just want to push yourself to be a little more active then a basic fitness tracker is the way to go.

Our pick of the best Fitbits available to buy today

Fitbit Ionic

The latest Fitbit is a cool mix of fitness band and smartwatch

Reasons to buy
+Powerful fitness features+Handy notifications and contactless payments
Reasons to avoid
-Half baked app selection-On wrist video coaching not a great idea

The best Fitbit to date in many ways, the Ionic takes the brand's basics (step counting, sleep tracking, excellent app and social integration) and adds some (although not many, so far) smartwatch elements such as contactless payments and notifications.

More usefully, it also adds a lot of running watch functionality, far more successfully than the old Fitbit Blaze and Surge. Runs are auto-detected, and tracked via GPS, and there's also heart rate tracking that works relatively well during high intensity workouts.

Ionic still feels very new – there aren't many apps, and the OS could be slicker – but it's still a very good fitness tracker, and will no doubt improve with subsequent software updates and new apps.

2. Fitbit Charge 2

Packed full of options, this is our favourite

Specifications
Size: Three sizes
Display: OLED
Weight: N/A
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Battery: 5 days
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
Reasons to buy
+Big screen+Multi-sport tracking
Reasons to avoid
-No GPS-Limited phone notifications
Today's best fitbit charge 2 deals

Despite not having HR in its name, the Charge 2 does do pulse tracking.  As well as tracking your resting and active heart rate, the Charge 2 will attempt to give you a score for your overall fitness, by calculating your VO2 Max. The Fitbit Charge 2 has plenty of advantages over the original. First off, the screen has been blown out to display even more information than before, including smartphone notifications – even if the feature is a bit limited. In addition, the Charge 2 features multi-sport tracking through the comprehensive Fitbit app that we know and love.

3. Fitbit Blaze

Fitbit's first stab at a smartwatch

Specifications
Size: Three sizes
Display: LCD
Weight: N/A
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Battery: 5 days
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
Reasons to buy
+Good value+Unique fitness features
Reasons to avoid
-Display is unresponsive at times-Isn't as robust as most smartwatches
Today's best fitbit blaze deals

The Fitbit Blaze is a 'smart fitness watch', a sort of hybrid between a fitness tracker and a smartwatch. What do you get over Fitbit's previous models? A colour touchscreen for a start. This enables the watch to perform more advanced functions, such as true smartwatch notifications, and music control. This is definitely the most versatile Fitbit that you can purchase at the moment. This model is splashproof, but not waterproof like the Fitbit Flex 2, nor is its battery life as spectacular. 

4. Fitbit Alta HR

Fashion-forward Fitbit now has a heart rate monitor

Specifications
Size: Three sizes
Display: OLED
Weight: N/A
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Battery: 5-7 days
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
Reasons to buy
+Striking design+Week-long battery life+Accurate Heart rate monitoring
Reasons to avoid
-Tap-sensitive screen isn't sensitive enough-Not a tremendous value
Today's best fitbit alta hr deals

The Fitbit Alta HR takes the fetching formula of the original and adds heart rate monitoring into the mix, so opt for this model if heart rate-based exercise is important to you. It will also enable call, text, and calendar notifications on your wrist but in a more attractive band. Much of this package is also available on the Alta, like the usual Fitbit smarts, including step, exercise and sleep tracking functionalities. To top it off, the battery life is astoundingly good.

5. Fitbit Surge

As used by Barack Obama, no less

Specifications
Size: Three sizes
Display: LCD
Weight: N/A
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Battery: 7 days, 10 hours w/ GPS
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
Reasons to buy
+Built-in GPS+Heart-rate monitor
Reasons to avoid
-Quite large on the wrist-GPS totally drains the battery
Today's best fitbit surge deals

The Fitbit Surge is Fitbit's most serious fitness offering, packing in a long 7-day battery inside, along with a GPS sensor that can track your run or walk for up to 10 consecutive hours. Fitbit claims that the Surge is its most advanced tracker to date, supporting sports like golf, yoga, cycling, and swimming. That's why it's positioned as a 'fitness super watch', which is a big shout considering the competition ticks a lot of similar boxes, such as an actual running watch from Polar, Garmin or Suunto. So it probably won't come as a surprise that this is Fitbit's priciest wearable, but it is generally a better value than most smartwatches boasting similar specs. The inclusion of GPS, its splashproof design and a battery that can last up to 7 days makes it a smart option.

6. Fitbit Flex 2

The best swimproof Fitbit

Specifications
Size: Two sizes
Display: N/A
Weight: N/A
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Battery: 5 days
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
Reasons to buy
+Comfy and lightweight+Fun, engaging software
Reasons to avoid
-Slow to charge-Lack of screen might baffle some
Today's best fitbit flex 2 deals

A no-fuss tracker that's an update to the Fitbit Flex, the new and improved Fitbit Flex 2 doesn't do a whole lot to change the familiar look, but there's plenty of internal upgrades. It's smaller, more fashionable, and most importantly, it's water-resistant, . It's also remarkably low-profile but there is no screen, of course, which can take a bit of getting used to. 

7. Fitbit Alta

A basic, but very wearable, fitness band

Specifications
Size: Three sizes
Display: OLED
Weight: N/A
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Battery: 5-7 days
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
Reasons to buy
+Striking design+Week-long battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Tap-sensitive screen isn't sensitive enough-Not a tremendous value
Today's best fitbit alta deals

The Fitbit Alta is probably the most attractive fitness tracker that Fitbit makes, and certainly the most discrete, unless you buy a gold one. It is also rather basic but if all you want is step counting and sleep tracking, hooked into Fitbit's market-leading app and community, then it's all you need.

It's thin, lightweight and comes with a number of band options from durable rubber to more fashionable leather. For women in particular it's a massive improvement from previous Fitbits, and will look less out of place when worn with a dinner dress rather than gym kit. 

Unlike older, similar-sized trackers, the Alta has a 1.4-inch OLED display packing 128 x 36 pixels. It's a monotone screen, and as well as showing your fitness data, will also display caller ID, calendar and text message alerts.