Fitbit Charge HR Review

Last month I purchased a Fitbit Charge HR and rejoined the FitBit world. I say rejoined because this isn’t my first rodeo in the world of fitness trackers. I started with a Fitbit Flex, after receiving one at BlogHer a couple years ago. Then, I switched over to the Jawbone UP24, and now, here we are.

Sometimes I think I need to join Tech Gadget Anonymous because I can’t get enough of this stuff! But in my defense, I hopped around because of the technology improvement in the above-mentioned devices.

The biggest selling points for me on this item were: heart rate tracking (not sure why I feel the need to know what my heart rate is, but it’s there if I need the info), the watch component, and the ability to see the rest of the stats with the push of the side button (i.e. time, steps, heart rate, distance, calories burned, stairs climbed). Also, my previous tracker was having synching issues which started to drive me crazy!

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Here’s a peek at the main dashboard of the app. You can see a high-level view of your day’s stats, including total number of steps, heart rate, distance walked, calories burned, etc. This also updates in real time which is pretty cool to watch as you’re moving around.  This is customizable too, so you can rearrange the order or move things up (if you keep scrolling down on this view in the app, you can see weight, sleep, calories, and water intake).

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If you tap on a category, you get an even more detailed view, comparing the current day with the previous week. This is one of my favorite features of the Fitbit app! I really like being able to see what my patterns have been and what my areas of improvement need to be.

Looking at my sleep, I have two starred days, meaning I met my 8 hour sleep goal. Yay me! But as you can see, there were some days I definitely struggled to meet the goal. Also, those light blue and pink notches? They represent movement/restlessness and awake times. More good to know info!

I also really like that FitBit detects when you go to sleep – and it’s actually very accurate! I don’t need to push a button to let my device know that it’s bedtime.

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I did pretty well with my steps (goal of 10,000 per day) last week too!

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In addition to being able to access my stats via the Fitbit app, I can also view them online on a dashboard, or check them out in my weekly update email which is great!

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Overall I’m very happy with my Fitbit Charge HR. The biggest con is the battery life. It lasts about 4 days, meaning you need to charge just about twice a week. Most of the time it alerts you to low battery, but there have been times where I noticed on my own and was worried it’d die on me! Fortunately I made it to the charger in time, but still. I don’t want steps to not be counted!

Of the fitness trackers I’ve used so far, this is my favorite. It’s not the cheapest on the market, but it’s also not the most expensive. If you’re wanting to be aware of your active/inactiveness, fitness trackers are a great tool to have!

Do you use a fitness tracker? How do you keep up with your fitness goals?

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  • Nadine

    Do you find that having a heart rate monitor helps during your fitness activities? Like is it more accurate for calorie burn?

    • It’s great to know what my heart rate is and what zone (fat burn, cardio, etc.) I’m in. I’m not positive how accurate the calorie burn is, but I like to think that it’s pretty close!

  • Ashley Chase

    I have a flex and I love it! Do you see much a difference in the flex and HR? Like do you see a huge help to have the HR over the flex?

    • I loved my Flex too but the clasp became being pretty flimsy after a while (it actually fell off my arm one day when I was traveling and was lost forever) and I ended up having charging issues with it. The HR is a huge improvement! It’s very secure (I never worry about it falling off), it’s great to be able to see my numbers on my wrist as well as heart rate, and there are no charging issues with this one!

  • I have the same one and I love it! I used to have the flex but I like that I can use this as a watch and it’s cool to track exercise with the HR monitor. What’s your username and we can be friends?

  • oh man, i really want a fitbit now. i have a garmin for running, but i’d love to know my steps and the stuff about the sleep would be super helpful!

    • You should get one! I was thinking of getting a Garmin or Polar for heart rate and then I ended up going with this model since it’s basically an all-in-one fitness tracker!