Fitbit Charge 3 Smartphone Compatible Fitness Tracker

Last updated: January 18, 2022

The Fitbit Charge 3 is a solid fitness tracker option. It boasts a larger screen and extensive health tracking, which includes calorie burn and more than 15 different exercise modes, including swimming. It's also swim-proof, so you can take advantage of the exercise modes in all weather. The watch face also features key information — including time, steps and heart rate — prominently.

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

Product Details

In our analysis of 64 expert reviews, the Fitbit Charge 3 Smartphone Compatible Fitness Tracker placed 7th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

This advanced fitness tracker is packed with smart features that are compatible with iPhone, Android & Windows Phones. Windows compatibility coming soon.

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mansour   
Certified Personal Trainer, Health and Wellness Expert

Stephanie Mansour, host of “Step It Up with Steph” on public broadcasting, has been coaching women for over a decade on how to lose weight and make it last. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis on women’s studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. She holds certifications in life coaching, personal training, yoga and Pilates.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

It reliably senses, correctly identifies, and begins to record your workouts—running, walking, biking—after about 10 minutes of movement.
Bigger screen. Lighter design. Completely waterproof.
It has a sharper screen, longer battery life, new sensors, a swim-safe build, and more informative phone notifications.
The design isn’t radically different [than the previous model], but a larger display with an actual touchscreen that responds instantly to swipes and taps is a huge improvement.
Lasts a solid week on a charge and can be worn while swimming.
Its primary purpose is to track your health, and like all Fitbits it does this very, very well.

What reviewers didn't like

Still no onboard GPS. Monochrome screen. Proprietary charger.
Swipe interface can be finicky. Proprietary charger.
No automatic run-pausing at launch. No on-board GPS. Not the most accurate heart rate.
Limited watch faces, and you can't get new ones or apps like the Fitbit Versa can.
Persistent software bugs and a market that wants smartwatch features hampers the Charge 3's appeal.
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