Choosing between Fitbit trackers can be a tough choice. Compounding this issue is the Fitbit website — the company isn’t consistent about the features it highlights, let alone the amount of detail provided. Comparing different models is not easy.
To help speed this process up, we’ve highlighted the most important differences between the Fitbit Inspire 2, Luxe, and Charge 5 for you. This quick, concise read should help you better assess the price and battery life of, say, the Inspire 2 versus the color displays and more luxurious features of the Luxe and Charge 5. Want to see all the specs side by side? Check out the chart at the end of this article.
Inspiration 2 vs Lux vs Charge 5: Learn the differences
At $100, the Fitbit Inspire 2 is the cheapest of the three trackers. The Deluxe Luxe will cost you $150, but be aware that it’s an aesthetic upgrade over the Inspire 2. (For more details, check out our Fitbit Luxe review.) For tangible upgrades to fitness and health tracking, you should look at the $180 Shipping 5.
The Inspire 2 also now comes with a full one-year trial of Fitbit Premium, the company’s subscription service that includes more detailed metrics and access to exercise and meditation sessions. Luxe and Charge 5 include six-month trials.
The Inspire 2 monochrome comes with the smallest screen measuring 0.7 inches. The Luxe features a slightly larger 0.76-inch color screen, while the Charge 5 has the most real estate with a 1.04-inch screen.
The Inspire 2’s monochrome screen may not impress, but it can go a long way on battery life. You get up to 10 days on this entry-level model, while the color display on the Luxe cuts battery life in half that, up to five days. The Charge 5, which also has a color display, falls between the two with a seven-day rating.
The Inspire 2, Luxe, and Charge 5 are all water-resistant to 50 metres, which Fitbit describes as swimming-resistant.
The three trackers monitor the same types of fitness data, including steps, heart rate and sleep. You can also track 20 different exercise modes including swimming, cycling and running, as well as see your distance and speed in real time. The main difference is on this last point: For the Inspire 2 and Luxe, you’ll need to rely on your smartphone’s GPS for data collection. In other words, the Charge 5 only lets you dispose of your phone when you’re jogging or riding a bike.
While trackers are not a substitute for proper health monitoring, the latest Fitbit models come with different sensors that monitor them. Ability Changes in wellness and stress levels. Their capabilities increase as prices go up – the Inspire 2 monitors heart rate variability, as well as respiratory rate and skin temperature while you sleep. Moving to Luxe will tell you the approximate oxygen saturation level in your blood, while the Charge 5 can also handle ECG readings via a compatible heart health app and EDA scans for additional pressure monitoring.
The Inspire 2, Luxe, and Charge 5 devices share many features. For example, they all come with the ability to set timers, stopwatches, and silent alarms, and you can also put them to sleep or do not disturb to silence notifications and/or turn off the screen. But they each have at least one notable feature, too. The Inspire 2 works with Find with Tile, which allows you to locate it through the Tile smartphone app. The Luxe has the option of an always-on display, as with the Charge 5 – hence the latter also supports Fitbit Pay, thanks to the inclusion of an NFC chip.
Of the three, the Luxe is the thinnest tracker, measuring just 1.43 inches wide and 0.4 inches deep. The Inspire 2 has a slightly wider and thicker body at 1.47 and 0.5 inches, respectively, while the Charge 5 is 1.45 inches wide and 0.44 inches thick.
The entry-level Inspire 2 is plastic wrapped, while the sturdier Luxe is made of stainless steel. The Charge 5 comes with a more luxurious feel with aluminum, glass, and resin.
Fitbit Inspire 2, Luxe and Charge 5: A complete specs comparison