Fitbit Versa

Last updated date: February 15, 2019

DWYM Score
8.2

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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, New York Times Wirecutter, Tom's Guide, Tech Radar, CNET, Trusted Reviews, Digital Trends, Mashable, Wired, Wearable, PC Magazine and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Fitbit you should buy.

Overall Take

The Fitbit Versa is a lightweight device that's equal parts smartwatch and activity tracker. You won't be disappointed by all the features this version has. It provides 24/7 heart rate, personalized guidance, on-screen workouts and phone-free music. In our analysis of 107 expert reviews, the Fitbit Fitbit Versa placed 2nd 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
0.0
0 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
In addition to fitness tracking, offers Fitbit OS with access to numerous apps and Pay.
- BestReviews
The Fitbit Versa offers a mix of smartwatch and activity tracker features, and its large, squared-off touchscreen is attractive and easy to navigate.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The new female health-tracking features, which are a welcome addition, could use more customization and use the rest of the data Fitbit collects to give you more insights.
- Tom's Guide
December 17, 2018 | Full review
Fitbit claims the Versa is one of its lightest smartwatches yet due to its ultra-thin, anodized aluminum case and slightly tapered and angled design that has been built to fit small or large wrists.
- Tech Radar
November 16, 2018 | Full review
The Versa feels small to me. But that compactness is a positive. It feels less bulky than the 42mm Apple Watch Series 3. But it's also wide -- wider than the Apple Watch -- and the square screen has a lot of bezel around it. Still, I like the design a lot.
- CNET
April 22, 2018 | Full review
Unlike some other smartwatches, the Versa won’t dominate on your arm. Its aluminium body is slim, compact and comfortable to wear, sitting flat against your wrist. It looks far slicker than the clunky, angular Ionic.
- Trusted Reviews
October 20, 2018 | Full review
The Fitbit Versa’s most impressive new addition is the inclusion of female health tracking, and Fitbit began rolling it out for iOS and Windows on May 7 (users can access it on the Ionic as well). The new feature allows you to log your period, record symptoms, and receive push notifications two days before and on the day of your predicted period start date. For easy access, you can add the tile to your personalized health dashboard on the Fitbit app
- Digital Trends
July 23, 2018 | Full review
I can confidently say the Versa is the most comfortable Fitbit wearable — smartwatch or fitness tracker — I've ever used. Even on my bony wrists, the Versa feels good. It's light enough that I hardly ever noticed I had it on, and it didn't bother me at all when I wore it to bed.
- Mashable
October 11, 2018 | Full review
At $200, the Versa is relatively affordable—certainly much more affordable than its close competitor
- Wired
April 23, 2018 | Full review
One of the Versa's more interesting features is Fitbit's female health tracking, which is now live. The idea is that Fitbit's female health tracking lets women log and track their menstrual cycles and symptoms with the view to comparing the data to activity and sleep patterns to spot correlations.
- Wearable
August 9, 2018 | Full review
You'll get around four to five days of battery on a single charge with the Versa, and that's with continuous heart rate monitoring.
- PC Magazine
September 14, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Music syncing ability has some bugs, and Bluetooth connection occasionally drops.
- BestReviews
App offerings are not robust enough for it to compete as a smartwatch.
- New York Times Wirecutter
The Versa does not have built-in GPS; instead, it connects to your phone's GPS.
- Tom's Guide
December 17, 2018 | Full review
At the moment, the contactless payment feature doesn’t work with many banks in the UK yet, either, so we wouldn’t advise this being one of the main reasons why you buy the Versa.
- Tech Radar
November 16, 2018 | Full review
To make things worse, there's no way I can bookmark or otherwise save my "favorite" watch faces. And, oddly, only one watch face at a time can be stored. That gets annoying, because the Fitbit app loads apps slowly, and sometimes requires the Fitbit to be connected to Wi-Fi, which has to be connected manually from the Fitbit app running on a phone.
- CNET
April 22, 2018 | Full review
Our biggest design criticism concerns the bezel running around the Versa’s display. It’s thick, noticeably so.
- Trusted Reviews
October 20, 2018 | Full review
Noticeably missing on the standard Versa is a built-in GPS
- Mashable
October 11, 2018 | Full review
It does have a not insignificant bezel, which reduces the usable screen size.
- Wired
April 23, 2018 | Full review
The big one missing here is built-in GPS, which you'll need to get by pairing with your phone.
- Wearable
August 9, 2018 | Full review
The Versa doesn't come with standalone GPS and doesn't support LTE connectivity.
- PC Magazine
September 14, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Meet Fitbit Versa - an all-day companion that helps you live your best life. This lightweight, swimproof smartwatch empowers you to reach health and fitness goals with 24/7 heart rate, actionable insights, personalized guidance, on-screen workouts and more. Run your day with notifications, quick replies (android only), apps, phone-free music -- all with 4+ day battery life (varies with use and other factors). Plus, wear it your way with fresh accessories and clock faces.

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.