Best Fitbit for Kids iMore 2019

As a team that works remotely, we understand the necessity behind getting to the gym, and we've tested all the fitness tech that we can find to figure out what works best. Finding a fitness tracker that works alongside your little one is a great way to start introducing working out and the joys of healthy living into your kids life.

Best Overall: Fitbit Ace 2

Fitbit Ace 2

The Fitbit Ace 2 is the best Fitbit tracker for kids because Fitbit has geared it toward them specifically. It has an excellent feature set, comes with a durable band, and is relatively inexpensive.

The Fitbit Ace 2 is for parents of children aged six and older who want to buy their child a fitness tracker. It may be overly complex for anyone younger, and they may not be able to appreciate its benefits. It's the newest tracker in Fitbit's lineup.

The Fitbit Ace 2 may be for kids, but that doesn't mean it's a simple plaything. It boasts practical features that its Fitbit counterparts have, offering your child a meaningful foray into tracking their fitness progress. It tracks steps, active minutes during other exercises, and it monitors sleep so that your kid can learn, not only good exercise habits, but also great sleep habits as well.

To add a spark of fun and some friendly competition, your child will earn badges for achieving milestones, and they'll receive daily celebration messages for reaching goals. Got a kid that likes to lay on the couch all weekend? Reminder to Move will encourage your child to stay active throughout the day with friendly reminders.

With its 5-day, rechargeable battery, your kid won't have to put down their Ace 2 very often, and since its shower-proof, they can wear it all day and night. There are 10 clock faces to choose from and two band colors, so your child can add their own sense of style, and the band size is adjustable for little wrists.

If your child is under 13, you'll create a Family Fitbit account, which offers two views — one for you and one for your kid. You can view all of your child's progress, and your child can access their account through Fitbit's secure "Kid View," which shows them their progress, badges, and more. Kids can also go toe-to-toe with their friends in friendly step challenges to win virtual trophies.

Pros:

  • Durable, kid-friendly build
  • Great feature set
  • Shower-proof
  • 5-day battery life
  • Great ecosystem

Cons:

  • Not swim-proof
  • May be expensive for some parents

Best Overall

Fitbit Ace 2

The Fitbit Ace 2 helps make fitness fun for kids.

Fitbit's Ace 2 tracker is basically an Alta made kid-friendly with the same iconic design, but with animations and more, all geared toward children.

Best Design: Fitbit Flex 2

Fitbit Flex 2

The Fitbit Flex 2 features a simple set of LEDs to let your kid know their goal progress, and it's fully water-resistant, so they can even take it to swimming lessons. It's probably the most durable Fitbit tracker since it's just a wristband with an insertable tracker. It tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and much more, and it has a 5-day battery life.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Rugged
  • Great feature-set
  • Fully water-resistant

Cons:

  • No touch screen
  • Not brightly colored for kids

Best Design

Fitbit Flex 2

Simpler and less expensive.

The simplicity of the Flex 2 is perfect for your little one's little wrist. It's water resistant and comfortable; perfect for any kid's daily use.

Bottom line

While there are great alternatives, the Fitbit Ace has features your child can grow into, and the Fitbit lineup is easily the best around when it comes to fitness trackers. $100 might be a big ask, but it's an investment in your child's fitness habits, and the tracker itself should last years, thanks to its hardy build.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Daniel Bader is a Fitbit afficionado with a penchant for exercise and drinking too much coffee (though not necessarily in that order).

Derek Kessler is a proper wizard who makes all this inane rambling look good. He's also a kid at heart and has a preference for colorful fiitness trackers.

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