The 2020 Fitbit Sense, Versa, Charge, and Inspire buying guide: What to get and what to avoid

If you’re in the market for a new Fitbit, you have no shortage of options. Along with the three new devices unveiled this week, Fitbit is also selling many others. Its full lineup includes no less than nine smartwatches and trackers, many of which have overlapping features.

If you’re confused, you came to the right place. There are plenty of Fitbit devices worth buying, but we’re also here to tell you which devices not to buy.

Definitely buy

Fitbit Sense ($330)

What you get: The Sense is Fitbit’s newest flagship device with a 1.58-inch display and interchangeable bands. It has every heath and fitness feature you could want: step tracking, elevation, Active Zone Minutes, sleep tracking, built-in GPS, and an area of next-gen sensors that include EDA for stress, ECG for heart rhythm, and skin temperature for illness. You also get Alexa and Google Assistant, fast charging, music storage, and call answering.

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The Fitbit Sense has an array of next-gen sensors that the Versa 3 doesn’t have.

What you don’t get: The Sense has every Fitbit bell and whistle crammed into a single device.

Why you should buy it: If you want it all. You won’t find a more advanced smartwatch from Fitbit or anyone else. As a bonus you’ll get a six-month trial to Fitbit Premium worth $60, which gives even more data from the watch’s sensors.

Fitbit Versa 3 ($230)

What you get: The Versa 3 is a minor update to the Versa 2, bringing all of that watch’s capabilities (see below) along with GPS, a second-gen PurePulse heart-rate sensor, and a larger display. It also has a new magnetic fast charger that will give a full days charge in about 10 minutes, as well as the ability to answer calls and summon Google Assistant.

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The Fitbit Versa 3 will track your movements but not your stress levels.

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What you don’t get: The EDA, ECG, and skin-temp sensors on the Sense, or the six-month Premium subscription.

Why you should buy it: The Versa 3 is identical to the Sense minus the sensors. The straps are even interchangeable. If your budget is too tight to spend the extra money on the Sense, the Versa 3 is a solid option.