Our Pick

Fitbit Charge 3

Compact alternative

Fitbit Alta HR

The Fitbit Charge 3 offers all of the health-tracking goodies you could ask for while also combining some smartwatch-like features such as mobile payments, apps, and full phone notifications.

$149 - $169 at Fitbit


  • Large display.
  • Swimproof.
  • Fitbit Pay on Special Edition.
  • Up to seven days of battery life.
  • Rich notification support.


  • $20 more than the Alta HR.
  • Larger body.

If you want a basic fitness tracker that doesn't try to do too much, that's the Alta HR. It has a great battery, heart-rate monitoring, and can track a variety of workouts. However, that's about where the conversation ends.

$129 at Fitbit


  • Up to seven days of battery life.
  • Continuous heart-rate tracking.
  • Sleep tracking.
  • Compact design.


  • Not waterproof.
  • Limited phone notifications.
  • No app support.

The Charge 3 is Fitbit's latest and most powerful fitness band. It has all of the health features you've come to expect while also adding some greatly-appreciated smartwatch-like features. If you don't care about those and want to save some cash, the Alta HR is still a really good product.

How do these two fitness bands compare?

If you're in the market for a wearable that'll track your daily activity and help you lead a healthier life, the Charge 3 and Alta HR are both well-equiped in these regards. Both fitness bands count your steps, calories burned, stairs climbed, distance, and more. Each tracks a variety of different workouts and come outfitted with a heart-rate monitor that'll keep tabs on your ticker all-day long.

Both the Charge 3 and Alta HR have an excellent foundation for basic fitness tracking.

The Charge 3 and Alta HR also share the same outstanding battery life that's rated for up to seven days on a single charge and can track your sleep if you wear either one throughout the night.

Where the Charge 3 gets the upper-hand is with more minute health features. Unlike the Alta HR, the Charge 3 has a 5ATM water-proof rating that allows you to wear it in the pool so you can track your swimming. There's also guided breathing sessions to help you recover after a long workout and the ability to see details on your menstural cycle if you're using Fitbit's female health tracking tools.

Fitbit Charge 3 Fitbit Alta HR
All-day activity tracking ✔️ ✔️
Automatic exercise recognition ✔️ ✔️
Sleep tracking ✔️ ✔️
Continuous heart-rate monitoring ✔️ ✔️
Battery Up to 7 days Up to 7 days
Waterproof ✔️ (up to 50 meters)
Female health tracking ✔️
Guided breathing sessions ✔️
Phone notifications ✔️ 🤔 (texts, calls, and calendar appointments only)
Quick replies to texts ✔️ (only on Android)
Fitbit Pay ✔️ (on Special Edition)

The Charge 3 also gets an edge when it comes to non-fitness features. Although the Alta HR can show basic call, text, and calendar appointment notifications from your phone, that's about it. The Charge 3, on the other hand, retrieves any notification your phone gets and even allows you to send off quick replies to texts, WhatsApp messages, etc.

Also, while the app selection for the Charge 3 isn't anywhere close to what you'll find on something like the Apple Watch, it does have basic apps for checking the weather, your calendar, setting an alarm or timer, and more. Lastly, if you opt for the Special Edition version, you'll get access to Fitbit Pay that allows you to pay with the Charge 3 anywhere that accepts NFC payments.

Our pick

Fitbit Charge 3

A powerful fitness tracker that does it all.

Thanks to its 7-day battery and great design, the Fitbit Charge 3 is one of the best fitness bands around. Combine that with a large display, app support, Fitbit Pay, and full phone notifications, and you end up with one heck of a wearable.

Basic option

Fitbit Alta HR

Less smarts for less dollars.

If you don't want the extra smarts of the Charge 3 and just want a reliable fitness band that lasts a full week on one charge, tracks a variety of exercises, and costs a bit less, the Alta HR is still worth considering.

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