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Best Fitbit 2017 | Best Fitbit Device to buy

With so many Fitbit devices to choose from, here is our guide to choosing the best Fitbit in South Africa for your wrist.

You’re an active person. You work out, spend calories, follow a healthy lifestyle. But, just how healthy? Can health be measured and put into numbers? Well, with a fitness tracker, it sure can.

If you’re looking for a device to keep you up to date with your physical condition, keep track of calories you spend, the steps you take each day, and keep track of your reps as you work out, then you should consider getting a Fitbit fitness tracker. Fitbit is one of the best brands on the market, and their products are top notch.

But, why don’t we let you decide just how good they are as you’re checking our list of the best Fitbit South Africa fitness trackers below.

What to consider when chosing your Fitbit

However, before we let you get to the products, here’s a little guide to help you out when choosing the right product for you, in case you’re not familiar with fitness trackers.

Getting the apps

The first and foremost consideration to make is how good is the app accompanying your Fitbit tracker. Best Fitbit trackers aren’t the best because they’ve got a lot of features, but because they’ve got the best apps. Very few trackers are standalone, so having an app is essential.

Also, check it your Fitbit is compatible with your phone. If not, the product will be next to useless to you.

What do you need it for

Before you go on and throw a couple hundred bucks on your tracker, be sure what are you going to use if for. Remember, the more features the product offers, the more you’ll pay for it. Not only that, but trackers aren’t known to be infallibly accurate – these aren’t device built for scientific-grade monitoring of your vitals, but more of a motivation so you would know how much calories you’re spending every day.

Screen

Most modern fitness trackers offer a screen. Now, this is a double-edged sword – on one side, the screen lets you see notifications and data in more detail, but it will also drain the batteries much more quickly. So, the basic distinction here is between a more feature-packed product with shorter battery life or a product with fewer features but that will work longer.

Design

Let’s not kid ourselves – looks are important, and, therefore, the design. However, this goes past the simple “I like it, I like it not” dilemma. There are mainly two types of devices – carry-ons and standalone devices. Carry-ons come with a strap, while the standalone come without a strap and either features a clip or are simply carried in your pocket. However, you can also buy special wrist bands that you can put the modules in. Many devices also have to be taken out of their bands to be recharged.

And, with that, we finish our little guide. Follow these four guidelines, and you’ll find the best Fitbit South Africa tracker for you.

Best FitBit South Africa – The Reviews

#9 – Fitbit Flex

SIMPLE & STYLISH ENTRY LEVEL FITBIT.

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

First up on our best Fitbit 2017 list is the Flex. The simplest of the FitBits, the watch looks like a simple wristband. However, don’t be fooled – this little device is much more, and features a small screen too. However, you won’t be able to see the number of steps, like you would with models that have an actual big screen, but you will be given a signal once you’ve reached your daily step count.

This watch is very affordable and features a minimalistic design. It’s lightweight and compatible with Windows, iOS and Android devices. On top of that, it’s got a battery that will last you for a week, releasing you from the burden of having to recharge the damned thing all the time.

In essence, if you don’t mind simplicity at the cost of luxury, then this is the perfect FitBit for you.

Read our full Fitbit Flex review.

#8 Fitbit One


Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Next up is Fitbit One, a small but very efficient fitness tracker. This baby doesn’t have straps, but it’s very small and neat and fits into your pocket with ease – just don’t forget to take it out before you throw your clothes into the washing machine.

One is a very basic little device and provides you with the most basic features and data. It does have a screen, albeit a small one. It will keep track of the steps you’ve made throughout your day or your workout, it will keep track of your sleep patterns, and, if you decide to strap it on your wrist, you will be able to make use of its silent alarm.

When it comes to compatibility, the little device is compatible with both Windows, Android and iOS phones. Not only that, but the product comes with a wide range of apps too that will let you really use the device to full effect.

Read our full Fitbit One review.

#7 Fitbit Charge HR


Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 5 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

At spot number 7 of our best FitBit South Africa list, we find the Fitbit Charge HR. Again, a very simple device, and one that looks very like the original Charge. However, the HR has one new addition that you didn’t have with the Charge.

We’re talking, of course, about the heart rate monitor. Now, along with tracking your steps and calories spent, you can keep tabs on your own heart too. One of the best advantages of the HR over the original Charge is the price – HR costs much less than its predecessor.

As far as compatibility is concerned, the device is compatible with all operating systems. There are also plenty of apps that come with the product, so you can use your Fitbit to the best of its abilities.

Read our full Fitbit Charge HR review.

#6 Fitbit Zip

Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Spot number 6 is occupied by Fitbit Zip. This is one of the most affordable devices of its kind on the market. Zip is a very basic device and in the literal sense of the word. If you really don’t mind having only the most basic features, then Zip is for you.

This is a last gen tracker, and, while it features a screen, this is your standard LED screen, the type you would see on your Tetris game.

In terms of features, the Zip can only count how much you’ve walked each day and nothing else. It doesn’t have a heart rate monitor, let alone a GPS. It’s compatible with Android, iOS and Windows phones, though, so there’s that. Oh, and if you try running, you’ll find out the thing’s not that accurate either.

Read our full Fitbit Zip review.

#5 Fitbit Alta


Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

Alright, let’s put aside the small fries, and check out some of the better fitness trackers from Fitbit. The Alta is a wearable tracker, and one of the better variety. The product is very stylish, so don’t be surprised when people ask you where did you get that bracelet.

Alta doesn’t have that many features, but the ones that it does have are more than enough to satisfy your needs. It can track your steps, your workout routine and more. It’s also compatible with all operating systems.

The product is also highly regarded for its very long battery life. Alta has a battery life of five days, even with all the features and the modern screen that it has, but you can even pump that time up to a week with a bit of management. However, Alta’s screen isn’t the most sensitive, so getting to the screen you want might be a little frustrating. Alta also appears in Alta HR version.

Read our full Fitbit Alta review.

#4 Fitbit Flex 2


Size: Two sizes | Display: N/A | Weight: N/A | Compatibility: Android, iOS | Battery: 5 days | Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0

Coming up next is Fitbit Flex 2. This is an upgraded version of the original Flex with a few more features added. It also comes with its own strap, making it a stylish addition to your attire. The product doesn’t have a screen, but five LEDs.

However, it does recognise several types of exercises and has a silent alarm mode. The data the tracker collects can be viewed in the accompanying apps. It’s compatible with iOS and Android, but it has a little bit of a problem with certain Android devices, as it takes it a few days to become operational and start receiving alerts.

This stylish device also features a battery that lasts about five days. However, if you use it a lot, the battery life will be reduced greatly. It also takes a little longer for the device to charge. You have to take the Flex module out of the strap and put it on the charging port – charging takes a few hours to complete.

Read our full Fitbit Flex 2 review.

#4 Fitbit Alta HR


Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 7 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

As you’ve seen, we’ve already mentioned the Alta, and we mentioned that there exists an Alta HR version. Alta HR is a little more expensive, but also comes with a neat heart rate tracker. Alta HR also has several more features, making it a feature-heavier product, not only compared to the original but also compared to the other products in its category.

Still, Alta HR is also very stylish, boasting a sleek and contemporary design. It has a simple screen and one that shares the same responsiveness level with the original Alta.

The device is also compatible with Android, Windows and iOS devices. Alta HR also has a few hiccups when it comes reading things on the screen when the glaring sun hits your screen. The product is capable of following your sleep patterns, a thing most useful to insomniacs. Its battery life isn’t the greatest and will last you about five days.

Read our full Fitbit Alta HR review.

#3 Fitbit Surge


Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes | Battery life: 3 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

After all that, it’s time we presented you with our top three picks. Now, these are some serious devices. Surge is the first in the group, and already, you’re going to be blown away. This little device is not only a tracker but also has traits of a full-blown smartwatch.

It features GPS tracking, making it very useful for runners and joggers, and a heart rate monitor to keep an eye on your ticker. All this has been placed into a very convenient watch-like design, making it stylish as well as inconspicuous. The Fitbit can also be taken out, which helps when you’re trying to charge it.

Now, when it comes to the downsides, Surge’s got quite a few of them. For starters, Surge has a hefty price tag attached to it. In fact, it’s the most expensive product on our best FitBit South Africa list. Along with that, the watch’s got a short battery life with all the features running at once. At best, Surge will last some 3, maybe four days before you have to recharge it.

Read our full Fitbit Surge review.

#2 Fitbit Blaze


Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: No | Battery life: 5 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

The penultimate product on our list is the Fitbit Blaze. This one is a little weird, but it still has a lot to offer, once you get used to its peculiarities. The device looks as it is striving to be a smartwatch, but that’s not the case. It has a very large display that gives it the appearance of a regular watch.

However, Blaze is packed with a lot of great features, like the heart rate monitor and a SmartTrack that starts monitoring your calorie spending the moment you start exercising. On top of that, the product has a pretty good battery life, lasting for five days at a time, which is very impressive when you consider the advanced features it has.

On the downsides, the product is a little expensive. It can receive texts from your phone, but that’s about it – it can’t receive any other notification from any other app. It’s also compatible with all operating systems.

Read our full Fitbit Blaze review.

#1 Fitbit Charge 2


Screen: Yes | Heart rate tracker: Yes | Waterproof: No | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes, through phone | Battery life: 4 days | Compatibility: Android/iOS/Windows

At last, it’s time to unveil our top product. We’re talking, of course, about Fitbit Charge 2. This is the finest Fitbit tracker you can find, by far. It has the perfect value for the price, being stocked up on features but costing less than both Blaze and Surge. In its core, Charge 2 is an upgraded version of the Charge and the Charge HR.

It’s got some of the most contemporary features, such as guided breathing and the SmartTrack, featured on the Blaze model. It also has GPS, something you don’t see featured all that often on other devices. Charge 2 is compatible with all operating systems across all platforms.

On the downside, its battery is a little weaker. The exuberance of features means that the battery can keep up for only about four days before shutting down. Also, Charge 2 is not waterproof.

Read our full Fitbit Charge 2 review.

Best Fitbit Tracker – Conclusion

Well, it’s time to wrap this best Fitbit 2017 list up. As you’ve seen, Fitbit’s got a lot of products in their line-up, so everybody can get a product that caters to them especially. The only thing that’s left for you to point your finger, and go home with an excellent Fitbit Tracker.