Fitbit Alta HR

Last updated: July 17, 2020

Fitbit's sleekest design comes packed with features. Heart rate monitoring, all-day activity tracking and auto exercise recognition make it one of Fitbit's smartest creations. The slim band comes in a rainbow of vibrant hues.

We looked at the top Fitbits and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Fitbit you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: The Fitbit Alta HR is perfect for stylish, active people who want a full-featured watch without the bulk.

In our analysis of 61 expert reviews, the Fitbit Alta HR placed 2nd when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Motivation is your best accessory with Fitbit Alta—a customizable fitness tracker designed to fit your personal style. Stay motivated by tracking all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes, and get credit for your workouts with SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition. At night, track your sleep and set a silent alarm to wake better and get your best rest. No matter where you’re headed, the easy-to-read OLED screen keeps your goals in focus with stats, time, and call or text notifications on display. And with accessory wristbands in metal, leather and sport, help you find the right style for every occasion. Wear fitness your way with Fitbit Alta.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The slim-design Fitbit Alta HR may appeal to people who want Fitbit’s superior sleep tracking and automatic activity detection.
The stellar battery life of the Alta is its best feature. One charge can yield up to –or over, in my experience– one week of use. It's more than enough time needed to familiarize yourself with the way the Alta feels during day and night, as well as how it tracks your steps.
Sync with IOS, Android and windows devices via bluetooth.
The Fitbit Alta is a stylish fitness tracker with swappable bands. The tracker features a quick-release mechanism that make it easy to swap out the bands. Fitbit offers multiple options that help you personalize the Alta.
Fitbit’s app is an important part of the package here, and for the most part it works as advertised. It’s easy to view your current goals and achievements thanks to a colour-changing bar that fills up as you burn more calories or take more steps, while the leaderboards and badges add a competitive element to your training.
The band display is easy to read in bright and low light
The Alta is a slim, affordable, versatile fitness band that you can take from the gym to the office to after-work drinks without looking like an overzealous weirdo.
The battery lasts for five days.
The SmartTrack feature on the Fitbit Alta automatically recognizes any activities that are continous and high - movement.
Fitbit would argue that it is only as non-descript as you want it to be. The company sells a range of coloured bands that snap in place around the screen element, giving you a degree of customisability. However, even with the most brightly coloured band attached, the Alta still attracts fewer glances than the Blaze.
- Alphr
Fitbit's app is one of its strong points. Easy to use and clear, it offers enough data without feeling overwhelming.

What reviewers didn't like

But it isn’t waterproof, you can’t select any activity modes, and it has limited phone notifications.
Tap-sensitive screen isn't sensitive enough.
Battery life is not great, requires frequent charging.
The tracker is expensive for what it can do and so are the accessory straps.
There’s no GPS – making it a no-go for those looking to seriously track their runs – and no heart-rate monitor either.
Requires included proprietary charging cable which can be expensive and time consuming to replace
Display can slow to respond to tapping.
No stair or heart rate tracking.
The downside of the app is that initial setup can be a challenge, sometimes requiring you to fiddle with device and restart your phone.
A familiar downer that will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Fitbit’s products over the years is that the Alta features yet another unique, proprietary clip-based charger. The reason for this is the aforementioned water resistance; open USB ports are clearly a big no-no.
- Alphr
The notifications aren't as robust as other devices. You get three basic call, text and calendar notifications displayed on the Alta's screen accompanied by a short buzz.Longer texts get cut off and you'll have to pull out your phone to read the whole message though. Unfortunately, you don't get third-party app alerts.
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