The best Fitbit for kids will motivate the whole family to get up and move — without you nagging them. (Finally, some kids tech you can get behind.) Today’s kids Fitbit watches and activity trackers are chock-full of inspiring interactive features that encourage an active lifestyle. Parents will appreciate the sleep data and sedentary reminders, while the fun avatars and challenges will motivate even the laziest kiddos to do something active. Help your family build a lifetime of good-for-you habits as they step, snooze, and splash their way to a healthier lifestyle. (FYI. many kids activity trackers double as waterproof watches — perfect for a rousing play sesh in the inflatable pool.)
Sick of telling your kids to brush their teeth, finish their school work and do their chores? The best activity trackers for kids also have built-in chore reminders that you control through a parent console app. For tech-savvy teens and tweens, there are totally souped-up Fitbit watches available with integrated GPS, bluetooth connectivity, and voice activated Alexa — yep, you may want to get one for yourself, too. So whether you’re searching for something that’s high-tech or for a simpler, more affordable unit, we’ve done the legwork (that’s a pedometer joke) for you.
And finally, to clarify: Fitbit is a popular brand of wearable activity trackers (now owned by Google, in case you were wondering), but other brands, such as Garmin and VTech, have their own versions, as well. So now that we’ve gotten all that out of the way, have fun checking out the best Fitbit watches and trackers to get your family off the couch and out living life together. (Cue the cheesy family sayings about spending quality time together.)
Best Kids Fitbits
The Fitbit Ace and Fitbit Ace 2 are the only activity trackers in the Fitbit line created specifically for school-aged children under 13. Not only is the band specifically created for smaller wrists, but there are enhanced data collection security measures within the Fitbit child account (only accessible with a Fitbit Ace and Ace 2). One happy reviewer comments on the safety features, including the “guardian’s” approval of all their kids’ friend requests and the fact that young users can only be identified with avatars rather than real photos.
Additionally, the Ace will keep your kiddo motivated to run, jump, and even cannonball (the Ace 2 is totally swim proof up to 50 meters deep) with virtual badges and avatars that celebrate achievements. Looking for a specific band color? This popular kids Fitbit watch has tons of interchangeable bands available, and they’re a breeze to replace.
One of the more affordable fitness trackers in the line, the Fitbit Inspire is designed to replace the Zip, Flex, and Alta. The updated Fitbit Inspire 2 offers a paired-down assortment of the most popular features in the Fitbit line. These include 24/7 heart rate tracking, sleep monitoring tools for better rest, and Active Zone Minutes (which tells you time spent in those fat burning, peak heart rate zones). The waterproof Inspire 2 is fully swim-proof for those kids who don’t think to take off their watch before diving in. “Looks good,” reviews one Amazon customer. “I bought this to replace a Fitbit Alta, which had a battery that lasted less than 8 hours and had to be recharged continually. So far, 5 days and the charge is still 71%. Has better functionality than the Alta and is easy to read.”
Searching for a smartwatch with fitness tracker capabilities for your teens and tweens? Look no further than the Fitbit Versa 3. Available in three sleek colors with elevating metal accents, the Versa 3’s fitness-tracking smartphone features include built-in voice assist (hello, Alexa) and on-the-go access to texts, emails, and app alerts. (Because what teen doesn’t have their nose in social media 24/7?) Plus, the bluetooth capabilities paired with a powerful integrated microphone allow for hands-free phone calls. (Not that a teenager will actually call anyone, but as parents, it’s comforting to know it’s there for emergencies.) “I love the Fitbit Versa 3,” reviews an Amazon customer. “This Fitbit has brought me back to wearing a watch. The display is attractive and worth the extra size on the wrist. It is amazing that we can get such a good collection of sensors at this price.” Easily access all the best fitness-tracking bells and whistles like sleep tracking, a relax alarm with breath work guidance, and a built-in GPS with a convenient, always-on display.
The Fitbit Charge 4 is the most technically-advanced Fitbit available while still being appropriate for older kids and teens. Offering all the standard sleep, step, and calorie-tracking capabilities, the Charge 4 Fitbit watch also sports built-in GPS, Fitbit Pay, Active Zone Minutes, and swim lap counting. Plus, any music fan will love the updated Spotify functionality. A perfect fitness tracker for a teenage athlete, the SmartTracker feature can differentiate between activities and sports, taking the work out of tracking your workouts. One Amazon customer reviews “The Charge 4 is light, unobtrusive, comfortable to wear, and verifiably waterproof. Best of all, it does not burden you with all the technical complexity of what it does behind the scenes, but instead presents you with simple and easy to understand reports.”
Best Kids Fitness Trackers
Sick and tired of nagging your kids to do their chores and daily tasks? Us too! Good thing the Garmin Vivofit Jr 3 kids activity tracker has a state-of-the-art parent control app where chores and daily task reminders register directly to the watch. Voila, no more nagging. Best part is, this activity tracker will not only remind, but motivate with rewards and games once goals are met and chores are accomplished. A mom reviews on Amazon, “I bought this for my 4 yr and 6 yr old Frozen fans. I especially like the pairing of the app and assigning chores/tasks to complete. My girls spent the day running outside & walking in the house in order to reach their active goal. I like how it reinforces their actions with unlocking game access. Very well made and designed.” Plus the swim-friendly Garmin Vivofit Jr tracking watch has a one year battery life, which means one less device cluttering the charging station.
Perfect for kids as young as kindergartener-age up through the high schooler years (and even adulthood), the lightweight Biggerfive Fitness Tracker has a fully-adjustable strap to accommodate growing wrists. Plus, the comfortable slim profile allows for enjoyable 24-hour wearing so your kiddo can take advantage of the sleep tracking and silent alarm features with ease. “WOWSA!” exclaims one Amazon customer. “The App is super easy, it syncs by itself with no push from me, you can set an alarm to the watch from the app! But the very best thing: the battery life is 2+ full weeks!!! It is absolutely amazing!” Kids of all ages will love tracking all their activity while parents will appreciate the easy-to-sync app for both android and iOS.
The first company to launch a fitness tracker specifically for kids back in 2018 has released the highly-anticipated Trendy Pro 2020 edition. A fitness watch for the whole family, the updated model sports a soft adjustable wristband that comfortably fits wrists as small as 5.1” ( that of a typical 4 or 5 year old) and up to an adult sized 7.3” wrist. Don’t worry about a splash in a puddle or a dig in the dirt with certified IP67 waterproofing protection. And the updated multi-platform app includes Stava integration (a fitness social network), app-controlled picture taking, sedentary reminders to move, and custom notifications for incoming calls, texts and social media alerts. “Perfect fitness tracker for my 6-year-old son. Battery life is long and the fitness tracker perfectly fits on his wrist or mine,” reviews one parent on Amazon. “ I will be buying these for my other two kids for their upcoming birthdays. Great product at an awesome price!”
Perhaps the kid-friendliest activity tracker for younger couch potatoes, the VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch offers plenty of entertainment for mini techies. In addition to letting your kiddo play games, take videos, and snap selfies (complete with funny filters, of course), this watch has lots of games. Most notably, it’s equipped with the Monster Detector game in which players “capture monsters in the real world” through augmented reality, meaning they have to get up and go in order to play (there are motion sensor and pedometer features on it, too). It’s complete with a “splash-proof wristband” that comes in five bold colors. One Amazon parent compares the Monster Hunt game to Pokémon GO because it requires kids to take a certain number of steps to catch a “monster.” Hey, whatever it takes to get your youngster movin’!
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