Fitness trackers are a modern day must-have, but the good ones don't come cheap. The Fitbit Versa 2 is currently discounted as part of Amazon Prime Day, so now is a good time to invest as the sale ends just before tonight (13 July).
During Prime Day sales you can usually find activity tracking smart watches for considerably less, but there's no point shelling out on one that isn't up to scratch.
Luckily, the Good Housekeeping Institute has done the hard work for you, sussing out which models do exactly what they say on the tin. (Find out just exactly how we put activity trackers through their paces here.)
And the good news is, the Fitbit Versa 2 was tested by the GHI last year and scored 80/100.
"The Fitbit Versa 2 retains the gold-star fitness tracking features of its predecessor, so you can still log a wide range of different exercises (some of which it'll automatically detect and track without you needing to tap the screen). But it now comes with Amazon Alexa, so you can ask the voice assistant to set timers, get the weather, start exercise sessions for you and control your smart home devices.
"While the watch will alert you to calls, texts and emails on your smartphone, you can't take calls. If you've got an Android smartphone, you can choose from five default replies to respond to texts or WhatsApp with, or you can create a custom reply of up to 60 characters. However, it's not available for iPhone owners just yet."
The GHI ratings for the Fitbit Versa 2 are as follows:
Ease of use: 4.3/5
This newer model does everything a traditional fitness tracker does, but it's been developed with more modern technologies such as voice recognition and Spotify pairing. Here's a full list of its notable functions:
The watch will give you a "Sleep Score" (a figure out of 100 based on your heart rate when sleeping and resting, as well as restlessness, time awake and sleep stages)
If you want a more detailed breakdown, you can subscribe to Fitbit Premium, which offers in-depth details and tips to help you sleep better, as well as access to guided programs that help you get kick sugar and get more active with video and audio workouts for £7.99 per month or £79.99 a year
The Smart Wake function lets you set an alarm to wake up to and ensures it activates when you're in your lightest sleep in a half hour window
It also has a built-in heart rate monitor and handy features found on other Fitbits, such as breathing exercises and reminders to move
The Sleep mode disables your screen display and silences notifications for a night free of disturbances
It's got an agenda app so you can check what's coming up in your calendar
The always-on mode for the screen lets you easily check the time or see your exercise stats without lifting your wrist or pressing a button
It's waterproof and can be used to track swimming sessions
The FitbitCheck app, which costs £3.99, can be installed to monitor your heart for rhythm irregularities, such as Atrial Fibrillation (Afib)
If you aren't fussed about a bigger screen, you could always buy the Fitbit Charge 4 instead – it's also reduced on Amazon at the moment.
This model has also been tested by the GHI, coming top of the fitness tracker test with an incredible score of 91/100. Here are some of the key features that impressed the testing team:
"This was the first Fitbit to track "active zone minutes", which is when your heart is pumping even though you’re not moving very far. For example, it logged 49 active minutes when our tester was washing their car – an activity that's not usually monitored by fitness trackers."
"It's also waterproof, so swimming is one of the 22 exercises it will track. it also senses when you're walking or doing aerobics and automatically logs these sessions – it does this for six types of exercise."
"It comes with interchangeable bands and features contactless payment, reminders to move, breathing exercises and menstrual cycle tracking, too. We love that it offers access to Fitbit Premium, which is especially good for tracking sleep, and the activity tracker will soon have a "smart wake" function too, that activates an alarm during your lightest sleep in a half-hour window."
Looking for the cheapest Fitbit possible? You can nab one for as little as £42.74 today (13 July) in the Prime Day sale.
The Fitbit Inspired 2 is another top rated GHI product, coming number three in our fitness trackers test with a score of 87/100. Here was the testing team's verdict:
"Slimmer and more discreet than our winning Fitbit (the Charge 4), the mid-range Inspire 2 has the longest battery life of any activity tracker we’ve tested, lasting 10 days between charges. We found it just as accurate at tracking steps and distances as its more expensive sibling, and it can log the same 20 exercises, seven of which are tracked automatically. It also logs “active zone minutes”, which is when everyday activities get your heart pumping.
It’s waterproof, so can track swimming (although not the number of lengths) and even offers menstrual health monitoring. Lastly, it’ll notify you when you receive calls or messages on your smartphone but you’ll need your phone with you if you want to track pace and location details for outdoor exercise."
Not bad for £42.74!
Remember, The Amazon Prime Day sale ends today (13 July) – so you'll need to hurry if you want to guarantee these prices. You'll need a Prime Day membership to access the deals and, yes, that includes free trials! Sign up here and you can always cancel before the month ends.
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