As one of the biggest names in fitness trackers, Fitbit is an easy pick for recording your daily steps or sleep patterns. Selecting the best Fitbit model for your needs, however, isn’t quite as simple.

Fitbit Cheat Sheet

Cut straight to the chase with our top recommendations.

The different Fitbit trackers have a lot of overlap in features, and so it’s not straightforward which one is the “best.” Moving up the scale in price doesn’t necessarily mean you get all the features of the cheaper trackers plus additional ones. (This quirk is particularly relevant if you need water resistance.)

That’s where we come in. We’ve boiled down the options into three simple picks that should match most people’s activity levels and styles.

Update 1/15/19: We’ve updated our pick for Best Fitbit.

Best Fitbit

Most people interested in a fitness tracker just want a device that records steps, sleep, and heart rate accurately and displays the information in a straightforward way. The Fitbit Alta HR provides that in a slender, stylish device, plus a few extras: You also get automatic exercise tracking, silent alarms, and reminders to exercise, as well as call, text, and calendar notifications.

The Alta HR does lack built-in GPS and swim-proofing, but making up for the lack is its friendlier price (MSRP $130, but often on sale for $100 or less) and a 7-day battery life. Dedicated runners can connect to their phone GPS if they bring both devices for a run.

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Those who want a larger display and/or the ability to read all of your phone notifications from your wrist will want to upgrade to the Charge 3, but for the fitness-minded, the Alta HR will provide all the data you need.

Runner-up: Fitbit Charge 3

When Fitbit released its successor to the Charge 2, the company supercharged an excellent fitness tracker (and our former Best Fitbit pick), transforming it into a hybrid smartwatch with a sizable OLED touchscreen.

In addition to step tracking, continuous heart-rate monitoring, and sleep tracking, the Charge 3 offers water resistance up to 50 meters, the ability to display any notification that comes to your phone, automatic exercise tracking, and silent alarms. An NFC-enabled special-edition Charge 3 supports Fitbit Pay as well.

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