The best Fitbit 2017: which is the best Fitbit for you?

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

1. 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
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The Charge HR is effectively replaced by the Charge 2. 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.

2. Fitbit Blaze

Fitbit's version of 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
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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. 

3. Fitbit Alta HR

Fashion first 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
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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.

4. Fitbit Surge

A 'fitness super watch' according to Fitbit

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
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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.

5. Fitbit Flex 2

The best swimproof wearable

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
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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. 

6. Fitbit Alta

Fitbit's most fashion-forward wearable

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
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The Fitbit Alta is easily the most attractive fitness tracker that Fitbit makes. It's thin, lightweight and comes with a number of band options from durable rubber to more fashionable leather. It's a massive improvement from previous Fitbits, and will look less out of place when worn with a dinner dress and bangles. Plus - unlike 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.