Fitbit Charge HR Review
The Fitbit Charge HR is one of the best rated fitness trackers on the market, which is great for giving you the motivation to improve your fitness and physical activity and give you a clear indication of your overall health.
Unlike most of the other Fitbits in the Fitbit range the Fitbit charge HR also has a heart-rate sensor which constantly tracks your heart beat resulting in a more comprehensive and accurate log of your fitness and day to day physical activity.
Another main feature that the Fitbit Charge HR has which most of the other Fitbit’s in the range don’t feature is the ablity to track your sleep, The device can track your sleep patterns so that you can see when you are in a deep sleep and when you are restless throughout the night, this data is really interesting to look at.
The gadget is based on a wristband therefore can be discretely worn round your wrist whilst doing any physical activity, the Fitbit Charge HR tracks your steps, distance, sleep quality, floors climbed and much more. The gadget also wireslessly syncs and connects to your smartphone and computer making it easy to track and review your progress and come up with goals.
The Fitbit Charge HR also has the ablity to track your exercise, this can be done by holding down the button on the left hand side of the device and putting the device into ‘stopwatch mode’, this allows it to start tracking your training sessions.
Fitbit Charge HR Specs
Tracking Metrics: Motion, Distance, Steps, Calories, floors climbed, heart-rate, sleep
Battery Life: 120 Hours, Rechargeable
Water Resistant: Yes
Rechargeable Battery: Yes
Compatibility: Android, IOS, Computer
Included Accessories: Wireless sync dongle, USB charging cable
Size and Design of the Fitbit Charge HR
The Fitbit Charge HR is a wristband fitness gadget with a rubber scrap and a secure watch strap meaning it can be worn on your wrist without it falling it or being lost. The band is comfortable to wear and is fairly discrete, a lot of the time you will forget you are wearing it.
The Fitbit Charge HR Comes in two different band sizes which are small (5.5-6.5 inches) or large (6.3-7.6 inches) Both of the straps are 21mm wide.
The Fitbit Charge HR is available to purchase in 5 different colours which are teal, blue, tangerine, plum and black. The small screen on the gadget also matches the colour of the screen.
The charge HR is said to be water resistant however is is not completely waterproof therefore shouldn’t be warn in the shower or when swimming. However it is protected against sweat and small splashes of water or rain.
The Fitbit charge HR has a small OLED screen on the front of the wristband which is really clear and easy to read, it also has a small single button on the side of the device which can be clicked to scroll through the various screens such as the time, total steps, distance, calories, heart rate and floors climbed. The Charge HR makes it really easy to track your fitness and check your daily results from the wristband itself.
One of the main features to the Fitbit Charge HR is the heart rate sensor, this sensor is located underneath the strap on the inside so that the sensor is sat against your skin when you wear the wristband. This means that the sensor can take heart readings constantly and display the results on the OLED screen on the top of the device.
One of the only complaints about the design of the Fitbit Charge HR is that a few users of the device have reported skin irritation and itching when wearing the wristband, This is because the band has a percentage of nickel in it, which isn’t the best material to be worn against the skin. I personally haven’t experienced this itching myself however in order to help prevent this its important that you wipe and clean the Charge HR and ensure you take breaks from wearing it all the time.
Fitbit Charge HR Key Features
The Fitbit Charge HR tracks all the usual fitness related statistics such as steps, calories and floors climbed. However the Charge HR is also a much more advanced Fitbit compared so some of the older Fitbit devices therefore as well as tracking the usual fitness statistics is also has a couple of other added on extra key features.
The Fitbit Charge HR also enables you to track your overall exercise which is a great feature for getting a more accurate idea of your overall fitness. To enable this you simply need to click the button on the left hand side of the device and put the Fitbit into stopwatch mood. This will enable it to start tracking your training sessions.
As briefly mentioned above the main differences between the Fitbit Charge HR and some of the older Fitbit Models is that the Fitbit Charge HR also has the ablity to track your heart rate and sleep patterns, Here are a few of the key features to the Fitbit Charge HR.
Fitbit Charge HR Heart Rate Tracking
As I have mentioned above one of the main advantages to purchasing the Fitbit Charge HR compared to other Fitbits is the Heart Rate Tracking feature. Tracking your heart rate is really important along side the usual fitness tracking such as steps and calories, this will also give you a more accurate idea of your fitness and physical activity.
The Fitbit Charge HR tracks your heart rate via a sensor on the inside of the wristband which is against your skin when you are wearing the device, as well as the sensor the device uses a LED light to analyse the blood pulsing through your wrist.
As well as this the Fitbit Charge also measures your resting heart rate, which should be taken when you are fully rested or have just woken up in the morning. Your heart rate should be decreasing as you are getting fitter which is the main point of the device taking this measure.
Fitbit Charge HR Sleep Tracking
As I mentioned above another main feature of the Fitbit Charge HR compared to other Fitbit devices is the ablity to track sleep, which is automatically performed by the device without you having to even tell it you are planning on sleeping. The sleep tracking simply starts automatically based on your heart rate and movement.
Tracking your sleep is really interesting as the data shows you exactly how deep of a sleep you are in throughout the night, when you wake up and your sleep duration. However unlike fitness data you can’t act on sleep tracking data, for example you can’t change the way you sleep therefore this is more of a ‘novelty’ feature than a useful feature.
Fitbit Charge HR The App
The Fitbit Charge HR Can easily be connected to the Fitbit App via Bluetooth. The app can be downloaded onto most leading smart phones and makes it easy for you to track your fitness and physical activity and make goals. When you download and open the app you will be able to see all your data from the current date, this includes the distance you’ve travelled, steps taken, heart rate, calories burnt, floors climbed and the amount of minutes you have been ‘active’ throughout the day.
You can click onto any of this data in order to see previous data and totals for the current week as well as previous weeks, this data is really useful to analyse as you can see how your fitness is improving over time.
As well as providing data related to your physical activity the app also has other metrics which help you track your health and what you eat. On the app you can create food plans, track what you eat as well as track your weight.
The Fitbit app is really easy to use and makes it really easy to track and analyse your progress.
The Fitbit app also allows you to connect with your friends and family which can help to improve your motivation, you can challenge yourself to beat your goals as well as challenge your friends to participate with you in these challenges as well such as counting the most steps in a day or week. The friends section of the app also allows you to message your friends so you can keep in contact and motivate one another.
Fitbit Charge HR Caller ID
Another key feature of the Fitbit Charge HR is the caller ID feature which is surprisingly really useful. The device can connect with your smartphone via bluetooth which means that the wristband will buzz when someone calls your phone and the name of the caller appears on the small screen of the device.
This makes it really easy to check who is calling you without having to take your phone out your pocket when participating in fitness activity.
Fitbit Charge HR Battery Life
The Battery life that the Fitbit has advertised for the Fitbit Charge HR is 120 hours which is approximately 5 days. Given that the heart rate sensor is constantly flashing under the wristband the battery life is pretty good.
The battery for the Fitbit Charge HR is also rechargeable so that you don’t have to replace the battery, the charging cable simply hooks into underneath the wristband and only takes around 2 hours to charge.
Price of the Fitbit Charge HR
The price of the Fitbit Charge HR when this review was written was $149.99.
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- Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband (Pink, Large (6.2 – 7.6 in))
- Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband (Plum, Small (5.4 – 6.2 in))
The Fitbit Charge HR is a bit more pricey than the majority of other Fitbits in the range, however this is because it includes extra features that the other Fitbits don’t include such as sleep tracking and heart rate tracking. These are two very important features that you should track if you want to get an even clearer picture of your fitness and physical activity. However if you are looking for a bit of a cheaper Fitbit which just tracks the Basic fitness metrics then I would recommend that you check out the Fitbit One or the Fitbit Zip.
Fitbit Charge HR Pros
- Can be Easily Synced to a Computer or Smartphone
- Lets you connect with Friends and Family
- Can be easily paired with the Fitbit app, allowing you to see and analyse your live fitness data from your smartphone.
- Has a Long Battery Life with it being rechargeable.
- On a Wristband therefore Unlikely that you will Lose the Device
- Measures Heart Rate and Sleep
- Great device for improving your Fitness Motivation
- Has Caller ID
Fitbit Charge HR Cons
- Can’t be used while swimming or in the shower
- Always visible unless your wearing long sleeves
- More Bulky and heavy than the Fitbit Flex
- Strap has caused some people itching/skin irritation
The Fitbit Charge HR is a great Fitness tracking device which tracks all the important fitness metrics as well as your heart rate and sleep which are both equally important metics in order to get a clearer idea of your overall fitness and physical activity. The Fitbit Charge is a really affordable product and defitnly worth the money if you are serious about tracking and improving your fitness.