Fitbit Charge 2

Last updated date: January 23, 2019

DWYM Score
6.8

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We looked at the top 1 Fitbits and dug through the reviews from 11 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Tech Radar, The Verge, Trusted Reviews, Consumer Reports, CNET, Engadget, Tom's Guide, Runner Click, Wearable, Alphr and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Fitbit you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 107 expert reviews, the Fitbit Fitbit Charge 2 placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Fitbit for a detailed review of all the top fitbits.

Expert Summarized Score
7.8
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
17,897 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Incorporates Pure Pulse heart rate monitor and other convenient features for a good price.
- BestReviews
Fitbit has improved the materials used in its straps dramatically over the past five years. The original Charge launched with a strap that irritated a lot of people's skin, but this new version was comfortable throughout our review period.It felt comfortable, and compared to many other fitness trackers this is a lot easier to wear throughout the day.
- Tech Radar
November 9, 2018 | Full review
The Fitbit app, which was recently redesigned, has a user-friendly interface. At the top of your dashboard you’ll see your steps for the day, with arrows on either side to jump a day before or forward again; below that are snapshots of floors climbed, miles traveled, calories burned, and minutes of exercise.
- The Verge
September 28, 2016 | Full review
The main change with the Fitbit Charge 2 is its more sizeable display – it’s four times larger, in fact. This means significantly more at-a-glance information and better handling of notifications from your connected smartphone.
- Trusted Reviews
August 22, 2018 | Full review
Overall this model was very easy to use, very accurate for counting steps, and very good at measuring heart rate accuracy.
- Consumer Reports
The Charge 2's new selection of watch faces and the larger vertical LED display mean I can see time, steps and heart rate all at once.
- CNET
September 21, 2016 | Full review
It has bigger screen means you can see more stats at a glance.
- Engadget
The Charge 2's heart rate monitor proved more accurate. In addition to resting heart rate, the Charge 2 can also estimate your VO2 Max score, which it dubs "Cardio Fitness."
- Tom's Guide
May 2, 2017 | Full review
It is easy to use and syncs automatically with many different devices.
- Runner Click
Fitbit Charge 2 personalises its guided breathing exercise by taking your heart rate to find a good rhythm, making sure you're not inhaling too deeply or exhaling too quickly. This is actually the debut of some serious new tech for Fitbit, and is the first time heart rate variability has been used on its devices.
- Wearable
September 12, 2017 | Full review
Charge 2 finds a more natural place in Fitbit’s new-look lineup – not least because it’s the cheapest model to offer 24/7 heart rate monitoring.
- Alphr
July 11, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Can't be submerged or worn in the shower
- BestReviews
You won't be able to wear the Charge 2 in the shower or when swimming, though
- Tech Radar
November 9, 2018 | Full review
Fitbit added a big display and multiple-sport modes to the wristband… but didn’t add a pause function. No button, no tap-to-pause option, nothing. So if you need to stop during a workout — to tie your shoe, wait for a friend, or catch your breath — you can’t. It’s also not waterproof.
- The Verge
September 28, 2016 | Full review
Annoyingly, maybe one in four times the display failed to turn on automatically. There is a button on the side to manually turn it on and toggle through the different displays, but for times when your other hand is occupied, the finicky display is a frustration.
- Trusted Reviews
August 22, 2018 | Full review
Requires included proprietary charging cable which can be expensive and time consuming to replace
- Consumer Reports
Not water-resistant for swims or showers.
- CNET
September 21, 2016 | Full review
Unwieldy guided breathing implementation.
- Engadget
I do wish the Charge 2 were waterproof, or at least water-resistant, like the vivosmart HR. While you can splash a little bit of water on it, taking it swimming is a no-no.
- Tom's Guide
May 2, 2017 | Full review
Heart rate sensor doesn't always work properly.
- Runner Click
It is a little annoying that you can't scroll back, and instead must keep tapping to get back round to a previous screen that you might have missed. There aren't a lot of screens to go through but it's still a hassle if you're in a rush.
- Wearable
September 12, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Fitbit will not provide warranty on international version products sold in US

Overall Product Rankings

1. Fitbit Charge 3
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Fitbit Versa
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 11
3. Fitbit Ionic
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Fitbit Flex 2
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 11
5. Fitbit Blaze
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 11
6. Fitbit Alta
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 11
7. Fitbit Zip
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 7
8. Fitbit Ace
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 6
9. Fitbit Charge 2
Overall Score: 6.8
Expert Reviews: 11
10. Fitbit Surge
Overall Score: 6.6
Expert Reviews: 10

An Overview On Fitbits

Knowledge is power, and fitness trackers provide a wealth of health knowledge right at your fingertips — or, more accurately on your wrist. With the right fitness tracker, you can power up a healthy lifestyle and a new you.

As a result, wearable technology, like fitness trackers and smartwatches, are valuable tools to help you achieve your goals. These devices do so much more than tell time or add a pretty accessory on your wrist. They record and monitor movement and fitness-related activities. They track the number of steps taken, distance walked, sleep duration and quality, heart rate and more. Some advanced models have separate modes that enable them to track specific types of exercise and can distinguish between swimming, running and cycling and keep logs of your favorite routes. Then, you can connect and upload all the stored data to your computer or smartphone to analyze and learn from your activities.

It’s not a passing trend either. In fact, the global fitness trackers market clocked in at just under $18 billion in 2016. That value is expected to grow to more than $62 billion within the next four years. Smartwatches, specifically, are driving most of the predicted growth. Some of the leading fitness tracker manufacturers include Fitbit, Samsung, Nike, Adidas, Google and Apple.

Fitbit is one of the most popular fitness tracker manufacturers. The company launched its very first tracker back in 2007. Since then, it has introduced innovative new technology and features. Now, Fitbit offers a wide variety of different fitness trackers and smartwatch models at a relatively affordable price range. There are high-tech models with detailed data tracking for serious athletes, as well as simple watches, like the Fitbit Flex 2, for those dipping their toe into fitness tracking and data. There are also Fitbits made just for children ages eight and up to encourage movement and healthy habits early. Whether you’re trying to make fitness fun for youngsters or start your own health challenge,  there is a Fitbit for everyone and every goal.

All Fitbits are designed to seamlessly track every part of your day — including activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep. As a result, the company says they will “help you find your fit, stay motivated and see how small steps make a big impact.”

They monitor heart rate with PurePulse. The newest watches, like Fitbit Charge 3, Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Ionic, include SmartTrack. This innovative technology automatically senses different types of exercises and records them accordingly in the Fitbit app. For example, if you hop on a spin bike and start pedaling, the watch will begin recording as a cycling activity.

The current Fitbit smartwatches, like Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Ionic, also incorporate apps and features like wallet-free payments, calendar alerts and text message updates. Today’s Fitbits and fitness trackers are so much more than step counters. They also enhance and ease many everyday tasks.

In addition to encouraging healthy lifestyles, Fitbit connects all users in a like-minded community. Here, you can share your goals and find motivation from people around the world. It also offers fun competitions with friends, family or coworkers on a variety of statistics to push yourself farther.

All those Fitbit insights add up to real lifestyle changes. In fact, researchers from Arizona State University discovered that the combination of wearing a Fitbit Zip activity monitor and expressing more mindfulness throughout the week increased levels of physical activity. For a relatively low cost (most models range from $50 to $250), fitness trackers help motivate you to kick-start and stick with a fitness plan, hold you accountable, encourage goal setting and, best of all, can help you lose weight.

Pick the right Fitbit fitness tracker, and you’re well on your way to living your healthiest life and achieving your goals.

DYWM Fun Fact

Fitbit founders Eric Friedman and James Park recognized the potential of wireless technology in relation to fitness and health. With the first product, they “embarked on a journey to create a wearable product that would change the way we move.” More than 10 years later, both original founders still lead Fitbit and help introduce new and innovative fitness technology each year.

However, hundreds of years earlier, Leonardo Da Vinci created what appeared to be the first sketch of a pedometer. Then, in 1788, Thomas Jefferson introduced the first pedometer in the U.S. Historians believe it may have originated from the motion sensor of the Swiss or French watches.

The Fitbit Buying Guide

  • Fitbit pay allows users to store credit cards right on the watch and pay without carrying around a wallet.
  • Fitbit monitors and records every part of your day — including activity, heart rate, food, weight and sleep — with specialized sensors. Some advanced models include a built-in GPS for improved accuracy and ease of use.
  • The Fitbit app connects all Fitbit users in a global online community, where you can find motivation, inspiration and connect with others and join challenges.
  • The fitness trackers sync data to your computer or smartphone where you can access additional analysis and progress reports.
  • Fitbit fitness trackers lead the market, offering the thinnest and lightest GPS+ heart rate device available.
  • According to researchers, tracking steps and other activity with a Fitbit positively impacts overall health and wellbeing, which makes it a worthwhile purchase for help achieving your health and fitness goals.
  • Fitbit fitness trackers and smartwatches run on rechargeable batteries.
  • The battery life of Fitbits vary based on the activities tracked, but some can last up to five days between charges.
  • Fitbit offers interchangeable accessories to update the band and style of the smartwatches and fitness trackers.
  • Fitbits are swim-proof and showerproof, meaning you can wear them in water or underwater up to a certain depth.
  • Fitbits sync wirelessly and automatically to computers and smartphones, so your data is always up to date and stored.
  • Fitbits and Fitbit app are compatible with more than 200 iOS, Windows and Android devices.
  • Fitbits range in price depending on included features. Some cost under $100 while others fall under $250. The more advanced tracking features included in the Fitbit, the higher the price point.