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Fitbit Luxe vs. Fitbit Inspire 2: Which should you buy?

Fitbit Luxe Lifestyle
(Image credit: Fitbit)

Choosing between the Fitbit Luxe vs. Fitbit Inspire 2 comes down to whether you prefer the jewelry look, AMOLED color display, and a few additional features of the Fitbit Luxe or the longer battery life and lower price of the Fitbit Inspire 2. The look of the Fitbit Luxe reminds me of my stainless steel Apple Watch Series 6, though, of course, it's narrower. Both are some of the best Fitbit devices you buy. Let's take a closer look.

Fitbit Luxe vs. Fitbit Inspire 2: Many similarities

These two middle-range Fitbit devices share a similar size and shape and similar features, but the Inspire 2 is a bit cheaper and less, well, luxe. The Fitbit Luxe has the edge when it comes to upscale looks and a color display, whereas the Fitbit Inspire 2 has nearly double the battery life and a substantially cheaper price tag. Here's the breakdown.

Fitbit LuxeFitbit Inspire 2
Steps and Activity TrackingYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Calorie TrackingYesYes
Sleep Tracking and Silent AlarmYesYes
Female Health TrackingYesYes
Guided Breathing SessionsYesYes
Auto Exercise RecognitionYesYes
Workout Intensity MapsNoYes
Heart Rate TrackingYesYes
SpO2 (Oxygen Saturation) MonitoringYesNo
20+ Excercise ModesYesYes
Pace and Distance with Phone GPSYesYes
Call, text, smartphone notificationsYesYes
SwimproofYesYes
Customizable Watch FaceYesYes
DisplayAMOLED colorOLED grayscale
Battery Lifeup to 5 daysup to 10 days
PriceFrom $150From $90

The Fitbit Luxe and Fitbit Inspire 2 are both fully-featured health and fitness trackers with much to offer. Both of them offer steps and activity tracking, calorie tracking, sleep tracking, silent alarm, female health-tracking, and guided breathing.

They also have auto-exercise recognition, heart rate tracking, over 20 exercise modes, pace and distance (using your smartphone's GPS), call/text/smartphone notifications, and are water-resistant enough for swimming. Both are sleek and easy to wear. Neither has onboard GPS, NFC/Fitbit Pay, or the ability to download apps and music.

Fitbit Luxe vs. Fitbit Inspire 2: The differences

The Fitbit Luxe is certainly a more fashion-forward device. It's even sleeker than the Inspire 2, plus it has a stainless steel case and buckle, which gives it a more premium, jewelry-like look. Perhaps even more importantly, it has a vibrant AMOLED color display with 206x124 pixels, making it very easy for the eyes. The Fitbit Luxe also has some additional health monitoring features that the Fitbit Inspire 2 lacks: skin temperature and blood oxygen saturation.

Of course, if you don't like the look of the Luxe, or you don't feel the looks and extra features are worth paying extra for, you will save money with the Fitbit Inspire 2. Plus, you'll get about twice the battery life with The Fitbit Inspire 2 over the Fitbit Luxe. The Fitbit Inspire 2 does have a monochrome OLED display, with a pixel count of 126x36.

Fitbit Luxe vs. Fitbit Inspire 2: Sizes and colors

Fitbit Inspire 2 Lifestyle

Fitbit Inspire 2 Lifestyle (Image credit: Fitbit)

The Fitbit Luxe comes in three stainless steel colors. While it comes with a band, you can certainly buy additional bands for different looks. The Soft Gold stainless steel comes with a Lunar White band. The Graphite stainless steel option comes with a Black band. If you pick the Platinum stainless steel, you get an Orchid (pink) band.

The Special Edition gorjana version of the Fitbit Luxe is a Soft Gold stainless steel with a matching Parker Link bracelet for an even more upscale look. The Fitbit Inspire 2 comes only in Black, with your choice of a Lunar White, Desert Rose, or Black band. The bands on both Fitbits can be replaced with other Fitbit or third-party bands if you want to change your look.

These two Fitbits are quite similar in size. The Fitbit Luxe measures 36.30-by-17.62-by-10.05 millimeters, while the Fitbit Inspire 2 measures 37.34-by-16.76-by-12.7 millimeters.

Fitbit Luxe vs. Fitbit Inspire 2: Which is the best?

I would recommend the Fitbit Inspire for most users since it's substantially cheaper with a feature set close to the Fitbit Luxe. Plus, the Inspire 2 has twice the battery life of the Luxe. However, the Luxe is certainly more beautiful, and it does sit on your wrist all day, every day. That AMOLED color display and additional health features are pretty compelling and may be worth the extra money and shorter battery life.

Karen S Freeman
Contributor

Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer, social media manager, and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for AppAdvice and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is a wife and mom (and dog mom) who is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to travel the world and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.