If there’s one thing we’ve known Fitbit for, it’s their effort in designing some of the best waterproof fitness trackers in the world.
What we love about waterproof Fitbit activity trackers is that they’re quite handy for swimming. That’s because they make it possible for you to track and measure your laps even in the deepest pool in your region.
And the benefit?
You don’t just compete against yourself in the water. The data you record can motivate you to workout continuously and meet your fitness goals overtime.
With that said, here’s a list of the best waterproof Fitbit fitness trackers in the market.
Best Waterproof Fitbit Reviews
1. Fitbit Charge 3
Fitbit Charge 3 is, the latest upgrade of the popular Charge 2, features a bigger and more vibrant OLED display. Its touchscreen is smooth and responsive and it displays content in clear and concise monochrome format. You get a better notification experience as you can read full text, get call alert, and view reminders.
Rated 5 ATM, Fitbit Charge 3 can survive even in the deepest swimming pool in the world. Able to go as deep as 164 feet and stand up to such a depth, this activity tracker is truly a waterproof gift for fitness enthusiasts that love to swim.
It sports an aluminum design, which makes it 20% more lightweight than its predecessor. You can wear it for a longer period and still feel like you don’t have a Fitbit on your wrist. While it has a recessed button for navigation, you’ll find yourself using the responsive touchscreen most of the time to swipe to and from different screens.
On health and fitness, Fitbit Charge 3 tracks steps from walking and running. It includes guided breathing and smart tracking sensor that automatically detects and record different types of workouts.
Also, it has a 24/7 heart rate monitor, not to mention an SPO2 sensor, which measures oxygen levels in your blood stream to help you determine if you need medical attention or otherwise.
- Waterproof design, good for swim tracking and you can even use it in the shower
- Good battery life, you get a 7-day runtime on just a single charge
- Features a heart rate monitor and SPO2 sensor
- Clear display with a very responsive screen
- NFC payment only available on the Special Edition
- Only work with Fitbit’s proprietary charger
- This upgrade doesn’t have a built-in GPS
- Sometimes the swiping hangs, other times it’s too slow
2. Fitbit Inspire HR
Fitbit Inspire is a good fitness tracker, but it’s missing two things. First, it doesn’t have a heart rate monitor. And second, it’s not a waterproof Fitbit.
The Inspire HR improves on the original model, with a pulse rate sensor and 5 ATM water resistance. Like Charge 3, you can use this one for swim tracking.
Inspire HR has a rather thick bezel at the bottom for the heart rate sensor. But this doesn’t add weight to the device. On display, you see content in black and white. Because the screen is touch sensitive and very responsive, this activity tracker should be very easy to navigate.
Robust and powerful than the original built, the Inspire HR can show cardio fitness levels, distance covered, sleep quality, and total steps.
You do get a battery life of 5 days, which isn’t a bad runtime. The intuitive dashboard lets you check female health, dehydration levels, distance, calories, and current heart rate.
To extend the functionality of Inspire HR, Fitbit adds smart tracking to detect your workout straight out of the box. Spend the first 5 minutes doing the same activity, it’ll know what you’re doing, and then start tracking it for you. So in case you forget to log your exercise manually, this waterproof Fitbit will do it for you.
And does the Inspire HR help with goal setting and tracking?
Yes, it does.
Whether you plan to swim more laps every weekend, you look forward to logging more steps during the day, or you want to burn more calories, you will find this fitness tracker quite useful.
- Small and lightweight, easy on wrist and comfortable to wear for an extended duration
- Inexpensive compared to other Fitbit models, good if you’re on a budget
- Data you get is reliable, even though not 100% accurate
- The battery doesn’t have the best runtime
- Some notifications are hard to read
- While not life-threatening, the strap isn’t exactly comfortable
3. Fitbit Ionic Watch
The Ionic was Fitbit’s first attempt to build a smartwatch but they ended up with a smart fitness tracker instead. This doesn’t come even close to Apple Watch Series 4. Yet even then, it still serves its purpose quite well.
The Ionic has tons of impressive features, the first being an up to the standard water resistance rating. Sporting a 5 ATM, this watch is truly waterproof to use for swimming. It’s ability to stand up to a depth a deep as 50 meters makes it one of the few fitness watches that can survive even the deepest swimming pool you’ve ever used.
It sports a lightweight aluminum build, a colorful display, and a comfortable strap. With three buttons, two on the right and one on the left, and a touch sensitive screen, this watch should be very easy for you to navigate. The content on screen is clear and colorful, with a brightness level as high as 1000 nits.
This watch has its heart rate sensor placed somewhat closed to your skin. This ensures you get accurate pulse rate stats from every workout. You can even optimize workout intensity based on your pulse rate and get the most out of your fitness routine over time.
With multisport tracking ability, the Ionic is a watch to and beyond the pool. Track paces, see distance, map routes, and use the built-in GPS system to get key stats when walking, running, and cycling.
What’s more, the automatic pause sensor checks to see if you’ve stopped working out, pauses tracking, and then restarts when you resume working out.
- Includes tailored workout that can help you create a healthy and consistent fitness routine
- Tons of cool feature for the price, include Fitbit Pay, built-in GPS, and storage for music
- Reasonable battery life, at most 4 days runtime on a single charge
- Accurate heart rate technology that makes it easy for you to tailor your workout
- Clunky design with an uncomfortable strap
- Limited smartwatch features
- Sometimes the screen doesn’t respond
4. Fitbit Versa
Whether you seriously want to track swimming laps every time or you just need the best waterproof Fitbit, try the Versa model. While not as advanced as Versa Special Edition, this standard version still packs some unique features that are hard not to love.
For starter, Versa can survive in water for an extended period. In testing, it survives an entire session of swimming, tracking laps quite well and displaying the results on the colored display.
Like Charge 3 and the Alta HR, Versa has a 5 ATM water resistance rating, which translates to a survival depth of 50 meters. Putting this into perspective, you’ll have to swim to a depth of 164 feet to destroy this device.
Beyond swim tracking, you can use Fitbit Versa to monitor your heart rate, sleep quality, log stairs climbed, and your overall fitness. You can use the 15+ pre-included exercise modes to record starts for different workouts like yoga, walking, and biking. You even have the freedom to connect it with your favorite fitness apps, not to mention track female health.
Also, Versa provides guided coaching, which gives you some on screen workouts that you can try so you keep on your health and fitness line. No need to search YouTube or fitness blogs for workout idea, because Fitbit provides it to you right from the Versa.
- Waterproof and even designed to monitor swimming laps
- Includes on-screen workout and guided coaching to enhance your fitness lifestyle
- You can store and play music through this Fitbit
- You can use it to track and see stats of the floors climbed
- Terrible battery life, only 4 days runtime with continuous use on a single charge
- Doesn’t include Fitbit Pay
- GPS not included
5. Fitbit Ace 2 Activity Tracker for Kids
Ace isn’t the very best Fitbit for kids. At the very least, it doesn’t have a heart rate monitor, it’s not waterproof, and it’s somewhat too small. With an intention to do an upgrade of the model, Fitbit introduced Ace 2, which is one of the top-rated waterproof Fitbit activity trackers for boys and girls.
For the young lads who love to hit the pool from time to time, Ace 2 just might be the best to choose. Rated 5 ATM, which is the highest water-resistance rating standard we’ve seen so far, Ace 2 can survive pools for kids and keep logging data for months to come.
From a design standpoint, Fitbit’s upgrade on the Ace 2 is downright praiseworthy. At a price lower than the original model, you don’t expect this to be any better. But it is. The design is unique, the screen is quite vibrant, the charging system is improved, and it even has a number of watch faces. Moreover, kids as young as 6 years of age can use it.
Kids will love the display of the Ace 2 more than they’ll appreciate that of the original model. That’s because it’s touch sensitive and very responsive. In fact, kids will find it easy to use because they simply have to swipe instead of tapping.
And apart from being swim proof, Fitbit Ace 2 one can track active minutes, monitor steps, and even display sleep patterns. While not included, many of us still wish this one had a heart rate monitor and a built-in GPS system.
- Goal settings and alert features included
- Has a vibrating alarm that kids can use to wake up early for school or weekend activities
- Waterproof up to 50 meters in depth, swim proof and very hard for water to destroy
- 5 days battery life on a single charge, decent runtime even on a continuous use
- Affordable yet feature packed, priced lower than the original Ace
- No heart rate monitor
- No built-in GPS system, mapping and rout tracing is simply impossible
- Kids account somewhat hard to set up
6. Fitbit Flex 2
Meet Flex 2, an activity tracker that has been making waves ever since its debut. Colorful, slim, and well built, without a screen to show workout stats, this is the most lightweight Fitbit you’ll ever wear.
Plus, it’s very easy to use. Pair it with your smartphone via the Fitbit app and done. You’re ready to start tracking your activities, setting fitness goals, and working out.
Like other models in this review, Fitbit Flex 2 has the same 5 ATM waterproof rating. Worn to the pool, the device can monitor your swimming and display the stats on the Fitbit app.
Flex 2 doesn’t just perform well in water. It also monitors every step you take, every active minute, the distance you cover, and the calories you burn.
Fitbit Flex 2 also features a SmartTrack function, which automatically recognizes the type of workout and then logs it for you on the app.
And when it’s time to go to bed, just keep it on your wrist if you’d like to track you’re the stages, duration and quality of your sleep.
- Fitbit Flex 2 includes guided coaching, so you can add this to your fitness goal and get the most out of your workout routine
- Waterproof design, automatically track swimming exercises and displays results on the app
- Has the SmartTrack feature that automatically detects and records type of workout for you
- Has a poor battery life
- No screen, you can only view stats via the iOS or Android app
- It doesn’t have a built -in GPS or a heart rate monitor