Best Fitbit for Seniors

Best Fitbit for Seniors iMore 2020

The new Fitbit Inspire are our pick for best Fitbit for senior citizens. Between the affordable starting price, small size, ease of use, and ability to be either worn on your wrist or clipped to a belt, it's a great fitness tracker for anyone looking to get or stay active.

Our pick

Fitbit Inspire

An unobtrusive, easy-to-use fitness tracker with a five-day battery life.

One of Fitbit's newest trackers, the Inspire is easy to use and affordable. It's also lightweight and small, and the straps can be removed, allowing you to place it in an optional clip-on carrying case to be worn on your waist.

Why is this good for seniors?

Staying active is important at any age, and the Fitbit Inspire is a great, affordable device to help you do that. The Inspire features a dashboard that's easy to read that tracks your calories burned and steps taken. The battery lasts for up to five days, so you won't need to worry about charging it every night, which is especially good news if you want to use it to track your sleep.

It's lightweight and unobtrusive on your wrist, but it's also small enough that it can be clipped to your waistband or belt by taking the Inspire out of its band and placing into the optional belt clip.

Is it a good time to buy this Fitbit?

Absolutely. The Fitbit Inspire and Inspire HR were just announced and will be released on March 15, 2019. They are replacing Fitbit's older Alta, Alta HR, Flex 2, and Zip trackers, which have officially been discontinued.

Reasons to buy

  • Lightweight and affordable
  • Tracks a lot of workouts
  • Automatic exercise tracking
  • Removable band
  • Battery life up to five days

Reasons not to buy

  • Heart rate monitoring costs extra
  • Limited color options on base model

The Fitbit Inspire is an affordable, easy-to-use fitness tracker that's great for seniors

No matter your age, staying active is important. Fitbit's new Inspire tracker is a great combination of features and ease-of-use. It has automatic exercise tracking, including for swimming, will keep you up-to-date on your daily calorie burn, and even get notified about calls and text messages when you're not using it to track activity. You can swipe through everything on the Inspire using its intuitive touch screen display. The Inspire also features a battery life of up to five days, which is great if you want to use it for sleep tracking.

The Fitbit Inspire is intuitive, automatically tracks your exercise, keeps you up-to-date on vital stats, and even helps you keep in touch with your friends and loved ones.

When you're looking to keep active, features like automatic exercise tracking can be essential, especially if this is your first fitness tracker. After all, you don't want to start jogging with your new Fitbit only to realize halfway through that you forgot to start the workout. This feature automatically tracks runs, cycling, and swimming. And because the Inspire is swimproof, you can also wear it in the shower and the pool. The reminders to move are also a helpful way for you to remember to get on your feet and move around.

If you're wondering if you should pay a bit more for the Inspire HR, which comes with a built-in heart rate monitor, you should know that it does more that monitor your heart during exercise, and has some unique features over the standard Inspire that the monitor enables. It will also track your resting heart rate, you can use it with the Fitbit app to check on your overall cardio fitness level, and get a detailed breakdown of your sleep stages. It also features support for measuring your pace and distance in real time when used in conjunction with the Fitbit app.

The Fitbit Inspire is also versatile in how its worn. You can use the included small or large bands, but you can also swap those out for more colorful bands. Fitbit has made some additional bands for the inspire made out of leather, stainless steel mesh, and more. You can also forget about the bands entirely, and clip it to your belt or waistband using the optional belt clip.

Beyond fitness tracking, the Fitbit Inspire can be a great tool for keeping track of the world. You can get notifications for calls and text messages (though you can't answer them on the Fitbit), as well as set timers or use the stopwatch function.

Alternatives to the Fitbit Inspire

While Fitbit just did a bit of house cleaning, introducing new fitness trackers while discontinuing several older ones, there are still a number of Fitbit models to the Inspire. If you're looking for a more advanced fitness band, you can check out the Fitbit Charge 3, which has most of the same features of the Inspire and Inspire HR, but adds support for some of your favorite apps, as well as Fitbit Pay, Fitbit's contactless payment system. If you want more of a full-fledged, fitness-tracking smartwatch, check out Fitbit's Versa line, which offers similar features to the Charge 3 in the form of a watch.

More advanced

Fitbit Charge 3

All of the features of the Inspire line and then some.

The Fitbit Charge 3 has all of the features of the Inspire and Inspire HR like automatic activity tracking, heart rate monitoring, and move reminders. Adds everyday apps like calendar and weather, and contactless payments.

In many ways, the Fitbit Charge 3 is a more advanced version of the Inspire and Inspire HR, it's just that the Charge 3 happened to come out first. If the Inspire line sounds appealing but you just want a little more out of it, the Charge 3 is what you're looking for. It's a little bigger than the Inspire, but it has all of the same features as the Inspire HR, including Fitbit's full fitness tracking suite, swappable bands, and notifications. It adds apps like your calendar and weather, as well as Fitbit Pay, Fitbit's contactless payment system. Plus, it has a bigger battery than the Inspire, with up to seven days of usage before you need to charge it.

Fitness-focused smartwatch

Fitbit Versa Family

Fitbit's full-blown smartwatch lineup offers fitness tracking, apps, and more.

Fitbit offers a line of smartwatches, the Versa Lite, Versa, and Versa Special Edition, that offer varying degrees of fitness tracking, everyday apps, and notifications, all with a big colorful display. Get four days of battery life between charges.

If you're looking for a smartwatch rather than "just" a fitness band, the Fitbit Versa family of watches offers excellent options. All three editions offer heart rate monitoring, automatic exercise tracking, more than 15 guided workouts, notification, and apps. You can also connect Bluetooth headphones to all of them so you can listen to your favorite music while working out. The brand new Versa Lite is a little more limited compared to the standard Versa and Special Edition, though, as Joe Maring notes in his review, this watch is better than it has a right to be. The Versa and Versa Special Edition, on top of the other features, add music storage, on-screen workouts, and tracking for floors climbed, while the Special Edition also adds Fitbit Pay support.

Bottom line

The Fitbit Inspire is easy to use, tracks most everything you'd want it to, and has a battery that should last the better part of a week. It has a simple design that you can customize with a number of bands, straps, or even a belt clip. It's also versatile, and can go with you anywhere, whether on your next run or for a swim.

It's also a affordable. Starting at $70, it's the cheapest of Fitbit's new fitness trackers, and less expensive even than some of the older models that you can still find on Amazon.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Joe Keller is a senior editor at iMore. He spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS, always trying to find new ways to work on his iPhone and iPad.

Joe Maring is Android Central's News Editor and has had a love for anything with a screen and CPU since he can remember. He's been talking/writing about Android in one form or another since 2012, and often does so while camping out at the nearest coffee shop.

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