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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 3992 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is a great fitness tracker!

    Posted
    Jessie

    Before reviewing this product, I did tons of research on youtube, and talked to friends about the fitbit alta, and the hr. I was originally thinking of buying the fitbit alta because of the cheaper price. On, the fitbit alta hr it has a heart rate monitor which is not on the original alta. That is 20 dollars more. At, first I thought it was pretty useless, but the salesman at the store was very helpful. In, my opinion, the fitbit alta hr is the way to go. Features: steps,heart rate, miles traveled, calories burned and sleep. Set up: Very easy on my computer Clip charger: I was going on vacation and felt that putting the charge into my laptop was really inconvenient. So, I took my apple usb charger and put the fitbit alta hr usb charger end into there. Then, plugged it in. The results were impressive. Battery life/ charging: Battery lasts 4-5 days. Charge 3,4,5 hours. (*I highly recommend going to the store. At best buy, the customer service was helpful. ) Finally, you may ask, why get this if the fitbit alta is the same except for the heart rate monitor? WELL! The fit bit alta has a weird 2 clips band that is not stable. It could end up falling off! The hr has a traditional watch clasp which is way more sucre. Also, knowing your heart beat is pretty darn cool. ___________________________________________________________ WORKOUTS: For an average workout, I think this was very helpful. It's light and not bulky like the charge 2. It's simple, and not complex. The only down side is this is not waterproof. So, don't take this swimming, or showering! I hope this review helped you form an opinion, but both the alta and the hr are great devices. Also, If this helpful you, check the box below! Thanks for your time!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stylish, good all around fitness tracker.

    Posted
    HunterPL
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    I was in the market for a fitness tracker for a while. The Apple Watch series 2 was a no brainer for me. It had everything; GPS, heart rate, and it was swim proof! It was also much more expensive, and the battery life was max two days of regular use. After seeing many of my friends go for Fitbits, and getting personal insights, I am very happy with my purchase of my Fitbit Alta HR. Some prerequisites for the fitness tracker I was looking for was that it had to look decent since I would be wearing it all the time, and replaceable bands help with that a LOT. I also really wanted one that lasted a while without having to charge it, since the data it collects is only useful if you're actually WEARING it! I also really wanted it to be swim/water proof so that I didn't feel limited while wearing it. The Fitbit Alta HR, the Garmin Vivosmart 3, the Apple Watch series 2, and the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ were all great choices. The Garmin Vivosmart 3 was newer and better looking than the Vivosmart HR+, but lacked GPS. Both were much more waterproof than the Fitbit, but suffered highly in the style department. I like having technology that looks good. PLEASE consider the Garmins if you value substance over style. The Apple Watch series 2 was too expensive for me at the moment, and also I just don't like the design. Call me a hater but without the $500 metal link bracelet accessory from Apple, I just don't like the Apple Watch. The Fitbit Alta HR had the best battery life of them all, and although it wasn't water or swim proof, the kind words my friends with Fitbits had about it got me to feel better about it. Plus it was on sale at Best Buy for 129.99. so it was much more affordable than some of the others. The stainless steel accessory band also makes the Alta HR look like the coolest fitness tracker there is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but...

    Posted
    Phil
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    Bought this for a relative that isn’t too tech savvy but needed to monitor her heartbeat. I had purchased one for Christmas for my wife and went on her recommendation. Most of the features work well, exercise reminder, heartbeat monitor, watch, connection to smartphone. The one area that they have noticed that doesn’t work so well is the step counter. Apparently since you wear it on your wrist, it monitors your wrist movements more than your actual steps. We tested this when my sister in law was sitting at a table when the buzzer went off reminding her she needed 250 steps to achieve her goal. Still seated, she achieved her “steps” by shaking her arm for a couple minutes. My wife noticed the same thing when we went on an extensive shopping trip, but since it was cold she had her hands in her coat pockets. It barely registered any of her steps even though my Fitbit One showed we had walked thousands of steps. Another relative mentioned the same happened to her as she went up and down steps holding the rail. It didn’t register most of her flights of steps. All of those that have these Fitbits say they are happy with them as they like the secondary features. And are conscientious to move their arms as they walk so their steps are counted. So I guess depending on your priorities and how much you like the cool features versus what I consider the core function, you may like this particular Fitbit model. I guess I could recommend it with some caveats.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable and convinent device

    Posted
    KimSue
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    I have really been enjoying my new Fitbit Alta HR. It's the first wearable technology that I've had, so I don't have much to compare it to. However, here is what I've noticed so far: Pros: • It tracks my sleep very well. It appears to be incredibly accurate and I like to look at my sleep pattern and hours of sleep as soon as I wake up in the morning. • The heart rate monitor also appears to be very accurate. I really like this feature so I can monitor my activity and try to keep myself at the heart rate I want depending on my goal for the exercise. • The band is very comfortable - I usually don't even notice that I'm wearing it. • Stays charged for about 4-5 days. Charging takes a couple of hours. Cons: • It is not always accurate in tracking my exercise. When I mow, it thinks I'm riding a bike. Sometimes it will count steps when I'm riding in a car. • I wish it would give me reminders for inputting my weight every couple of days so I can track it better. Since I don't have the Fitbit scale, it doesn't update it automatically. It also has the option for tracking what I eat and how much water I drink (but of course everything has to be entered manually). I would say it is comparable to other apps for tracking eating and drinking, with a very thorough bank of foods to search from. Plus it gives the breakdown of carbs, fat and protein, along with the total amount of calories. All in all I am very pleased with my Fitbit. It was given to me as a gift by someone very special, so that makes it even better as it reminds me of him every time I look at it! :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    terrible customer service from fitbit

    Posted
    kimme21

    I've been a member of the Fitbit community for well over a year now, making the switch from my Misfit Shine (mainly switching because of a work promotion). I recently bought the new Alta HR from fitbit.com but was hoping to return it and purchase the special edition rose gold version. I contacted customer service to see about doing this. Mind you, the original Alta HR I bought has been unopened and I am willing to pay the difference for the upgraded color. I was told that I am unable to do this because the edition I would like to purchase is a special edition (even though it is exactly the same minus the color). The person answering my questions was pleasant enough but unable to tell me why this matters other than it is "different." I was not asking for an even exchange and understood there was a price difference. This is where I have trouble understanding why fitbit.com will not take back an unopened item for a customer to repurchase a more expensive model. I was told that this issue would be directed to a higher level of service. After waiting a week without response I emailed Fitbit and again asked about the return policy. Once again there no reason as to why I cannot return the original purchase to repurchase a different model, only that return policy states it can be returned/exchanged within 45 days for a different color or size. I still have yet to find a place to leave a review, other than specific retailers. This, I guess, should have been a red flag. If a company doesn't trust reviews to be directly on their website when purchasing a product then there may be something wrong. After researching a bit I've noticed many problems with the new Alta HR listed in the community section, step count, calorie count, charging, etc. Guess my run with Fitbit is over. I will be switching back to my Misfit which has a more accurate step count, looks sleeker, and is waterproof!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So glad I bought it!

    Posted
    novakc
    • My Best Buy® Member

    My daughter bought my husband a Charger HR and frankly, he used for a couple of weeks and then found it a hassle to use. I started to use it and got kind of 'hooked' especially since my daughter and I started competing against each other!!! While it was fun, the Charger was just too big for my small wrist and rubbed against wrist bone and started to hurt. No fun. Hubby decided to purchase me Alta HR as a present and I so glad that he did. I so prefer the smaller form factor and found it easy to use after I went through some issues with it getting set up with my Samsung 7 Edge so it would give me input from my text messages. Really like this option since I keep my phone on mute. One of the things I really enjoy is the tracking of my sleep patterns. I have found this useful since I have issues with sleeping the whole night. Yes, I like the fact when I wake up in the middle of night two quick taps gives me the time I have awoken as does sleep pattern graph in the morning. One of the big things I like is the ability to customize what I see on the display. The other is the increased battery life over the Charger HR. I found it very easy to use my battery backup for my cell phone for charging. Works great to recharge my Altar HR while I am taking a shower in the morning and lasts a few of days. If you want an activity tracker (no really serious reason why), this is a very good option. Did I really need it? No. Is it fun? Yes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Surprised for the cost at the inaccuracy with Alta

    Posted
    nanaof6
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    I have been a fitbit user for over 10 years but have always used the Fitbit Zip Tracker until my last one stopped working and I couldn't find it available in the stores. So I upgraded to the Alta HR and am disappointed in its accuracy. With the Zip, I wore it hooked to my pants and loved that convenience. With the Alta I have worn it on my inactive wrist as well as around my ankle with a special ankle bracelet I ordered from Amazon and find that while on my wrist, it tracts movement such as hair drying, make up application and dinner prep and cleanup as steps (that were not taken!) On my ankle it performs better but some leg movement while sitting records as steps as well as it doesn't record HR while sleeping. Speaking of the sleep tracking - while I love the feature - if I sit still to read or watch TV and know I didn't nap - it often records me as sleeping - my bp must fall into the sleeping range is all I can figure. For the price and the popularity of this device, I am really surprised at how compromised the accuracy is. I have removed the straps and placed it in my bra - but that doesn't always feel secure to me - I much prefer the zip and wish there was an alternative way to clip the ALTA on at the waistline.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for sleep tracking

    Posted
    humansitis
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    I have had my fitbit for a month now and there are things I love and don't love about it. The main reason why I bought this fitbit was to track my sleep quality. So far, it has only failed once to provide me insight into how much REM, Light, and Deep sleep I am getting each night. Even when it failed to provide the highly detailed info, it still provided basic info such as awake, asleep, and restless. I am fairly pleased with the sleep tracking function. The band is sleek and doesn't irritate my skin, which is a plus. The battery life leaves something to be desired; I expected it to last a week, defined as 7 days, but it lasts around 4-5 days. Charging is quick though, 1-2 hours. The step tracker often records false steps, so I ignore the step alerts. The thing that annoys me the most though is not being able to get the display to appear. A flip of the wrist doesn't work most of the time and I have to double slap the screen because a firm double tap doesn't work. The device is not very responsive in this respect. Since I stopped wearing my watch with the fitbit, it is the only way for me to tell time and it's not very good at providing a quick read. Overall I give it three stars because it does well what I bought it for, but I had to deduct stars for the short battery life and inability to show the display quickly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good watch/fitness tracker

    Posted
    LPalm
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    Pros - cost ($79 - during black friday sale); keeps track of steps, heart rate and sleep pattern from app downloaded on phone or on website; sleep tracker is very useful and informative; app lets you keep track of calories intake, weight, exercise, water consumption, etc., and provides motivation with the goals you set up (for ex., I would only drink 2 glasses of water a day, and after wearing fitbit, I try to drink 4-5 glasses to keep up with my daily goals); battery life (seems to last a couple of days without recharging). Cons - not a full smart watch; not very responsive when you tap the screen or move your wrist to look at the time or info (sometimes I have to tap it several times before screen comes on); I like the sleep tracker, but you need to wear watch when you sleep and it's a bit uncomfortable and something you need to get used to; it has caller and text notification on the watch itself, but sometimes the watch vibrates a few seconds after the call or text is sent, which is not problem for texts, but I miss calls sometimes bc it vibrates too late.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    Posted
    BP81

    I was really looking forward to getting the Fitbit Alta HR and at first thought it was great, but after a few weeks I noticed I was hitting my step numbers while sitting. My heart rate was 85 - 95 while sitting as well, which was about 20 beats too high. When working out or running it was way under. Only around 110 when I could easily count 150 on my own. You have to stand still and sometimes it updates to a more accurate reading (after about a minute) but not ideal to keep stopping while working out. Ironically the more active you are, the less accurate it is. Tried tightening but that just caused irritation...and the same inaccurate reading. I don't usually write reviews but given the level of disappointment in the main feature (HR monitor) and the inability to comment directly to Fitbit, I feel I should warn others that if they want an accurate heart rate monitor, this isn't it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great with reservations

    Posted
    Katie
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    I purchased the Fitbit Alta HR after being interested in getting one for a few months. I liked the idea of a heart rate monitor and sleep tracker in addition to the basic fitness tracker features. The devise is generally comfortable to wear. I've had slight stinging sensations when I think the charging area came in contact with my skin. I've even accidentally put it through a gentle wash cycle (and after a dessicant treatment came out fine). Unfortunately I know for a fact the pedometer is innacurate enough I wouldn't use it for serious measurements. I've gone on short and long walks and jogs which I've tested and counted my steps, the fracker being 10%+ off on most occasions. The heart rate is interesting but that is more than likely inaccurate as well. The light sensors it uses to measure the rate have identified a pulse while the tracker was in a bag I was carrying on more than one occasion (need to give your wrist a break sometimes). Other than that the screen is a little funny to work with but the app makes up for it without question. The information is displayed in very easy to understand graphs and displays (don't expect fine detailed specs, however). As a casual fitness tracker this does very well for me, but I would not recommend to someone who takes the numbers seriously.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good reminder to get up and move

    Posted
    kathleenmarie
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    I was a fan of the Nike Fuelbands back in the day and never thought I’d purchase a FitBit. Needless to say, when I went through my fourth Fuelband, I decided to call it quits with any sort of health tracking device. However, the one key difference I found with this was the ability to track my heart rate, as well as how much I was sleeping each night. I didn’t realize how much time I was actually spending awake, even after I thought I had laid down to sleep! This isn’t as accurate as participating in an actual sleep study, or as having wires hooked up to monitor your heart rate; however, it is a nice, small device that allows you have a better idea of what’s going on with your body. Plus, it does remind you when you’ve been inactive for too long. Add in that it also vibrates to alert you when you have a text message (which it will preview for you on the screen for about a line or two) or when you have a phone call. I think this is great since I don’t always have my phone right next to me. I also liked the blue-gray color as it seems to go with everything. I would recommend the Alta for someone who likes to stay active, maybe wants to get a better idea of his/her sleeps habits, and wants to get notifications of texts/calls.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is pretty good!

    Posted
    Aatu
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    I think these watches still have a ways to go with their technology but this is pretty good. I got it mostly for heart rate and sleep monitoring. I had read that fitbit is the best for sleep monitoring and Garmin is the best as a pedometer. So I went with Fitbit. The pedometer is pretty good unless you don't swing your arms when you walk. If I'm pushing a cart at Walmart it doesn't register that I'm walking. I don't know if it thinks I'm in a riding cart or what but I don't get credit. So at the store I track with my phone if I am pushing a cart. I do hope they come out with one that doesn't sit up as high on the wrist but all of these watches tend to be thick, especially if they have so many features. I really like the sleep detection. I have been amazed but they say that is it's strong point. One other problem I had was that it stopped syncing for a while. I finally got online and learned how to reboot it so it started syncing again. That has happened 2 or 3 times. The heart rate thing has been helpful since I have POTS (a type of tachycardia) that can act up sometimes. I found after talking to someone a while, standing, I was able to tell them I need to sit down because see, my heart rate was over 120. I find it is better than just saying I don't feel well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice Fitness Tracker

    Posted
    NordicSkiGuy
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    This was a gift for my wife. I originally got the Charge 2 as a surprise since it has a couple of features that the Alta HR lacks (like stair tracking and the side button). Also, to me, the Charge 2 looks classier. Unfortunately, she thought the Charge 2 looked like a giant mess on her petite wrists, especially considering how thick it is with the HR bump on the back. Major fail on my part. When she saw the Alta HR, she immediately liked the more narrow design. At a glance, it looks more bracelet-like than than watch-like, though it's still pretty thick due to the HR bump on the back. Anyhow, the Charge 2 got returned and replaced with the Alta HR. It seems to be pretty accurate as a fitness tracker...definitely better than her old step counter. The software is easy to use and seems to keep her motivated. A bonus is the ability to display smartphone notifications on the Alta HR, but they're kind of hard to read on the tiny screen. Battery charge lasts about a week. While she prefers the Alta HR's design, she wishes it had the long lasting replaceable batteries that the Garmin fitness trackers have. That way she wouldn't have to worry about charging it. Overall, she loves it, especially now that the price has dropped.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great! For about a day.

    Posted
    Fizzgig
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    I purchased the fitbit Alta HR because I wanted the combination of a step tracker, a sleep tracker, and heart rate monitor. The additional features were a nice touch, and I looked forward to them. The first day, all features worked wonderfully. Not once since. The fitbit itself does not connect to calls, texts, or calendar. The android app does not link or keep up with the daily steps, and I have to use my ipad to see this throughout the day. The sleep stages works intermittently, so sometimes I get the actual sleep stages or a blanket sleep/wake from the time I say I'm going to sleep until I tell it I am awake (so I use the app I purchased separately, to get a consistent analysis) . It's so frustrating. I reset the fitbit almost daily, as instructed to fix the issues, but this has not worked. Fitbit also does not make it easy to get help or solutions when a problem arises. I definitely would not recommend the fitbit alta HR to anyone at this time. Hopefully the maker will correct the issues, which according to their forum they are aware of, if people stop purchasing the product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fitbit Alta HR - Great Weight Loss Aid

    Posted
    LonghornRJB
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    The Fitbit Alta HR is a compact Fitness/Activity tracker worn on your wrist like a watch. In addition to displaying the time and date, a light tap on the tracker toggles the display to show the number of steps you have taken throughout the day. A second tap changes the display to show the distance you have covered. A third tap displays the estimated number of calories you have burned. A fourth tap shows your activity minutes. The remaining battery life can also be displayed with an additional tap. Accompanying the Fitbit Alta HR is an app that not only stores and compiles your fitness data, but let’s you set personal daily and weekly fitness goals. It can also track the calories and macronutrients from the foods you eat, your water intake, your weight, and the amount of sleep/rest you are getting. The Fitbit Alta HR is a fairly encompassing Fitness & Activity Tracker that has helped me lose 10 lbs. over the first six weeks that I’ve used it. Battery life is very good. It is water resistant, but not water proof, meaning you can not go swimming or take a shower/bath with it on. I would highly recommend Fitbit Alta HR to anyone who is looking to get in better shape or lose a little weight.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Great Motivator

    Posted
    CandidCari
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    I've had my Fitbit for a little less than a month now but so far I like it. The only major issue I had so far is that it did not track one of my nights of sleep. Other than that everything else works as it was designed to. Keep in mind that Fitbit won't count your steps in the grocery store or wherever else if you are not swinging your arm (that the Fitbit is on). Nevertheless, I do like how I can compete with my friends and I like that it reminds me to get up if I haven't reached my 250 steps per hour. Sometimes, it seems like I have to hit it multiple times for the screen to display but it almost always responds by the third time around. Additionally, I would like to warn that the lighter colors (coral) can get dirty rather quickly. Other than that I truly think it is worth the money. Especially since it gives you charts of your progress and keeps a log of your sleeping habits (which sometimes need a little adjustment but you can do that manually). I noticed that I have gotten off the couch more or will go for walks just so I can win a competition or because I haven't reached my goal. It has definitely done its job keeping me off the couch but only time will tell how long the product will last.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Your Band WILL BREAK WITHIN 3-4 MONTHS

    Posted
    Anonymous
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    Fitbit sells faulty products that will break within 3 months of use. I have had to replace my Alta HR band 3 times within 14 months of purchase and the only reason it was not more frequent is because I did not use my Fitbit for a documented period of 3 months (from 1/4/2019-4/5/19). I purchased the ROSE GOLD edition of the Alta HR at a premium on 5/7/18, since it costs more than the other colors and yet, it is not available for replacement purchase from retailers and they offer no solution other than to re-purchase a flawed product after the warranty has expired. The Fitbit bands clearly contain a design or quality flaw that the company is not addressing and it has been documented all over the internet, including the many, many posts on the FitBit community forum and in other places.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Alta HR

    Posted
    Redjam
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    I was led to buy this device for the heart rate feature. My heart rate had randomly spiked to over 200, so I thought I'd keep a closer eye on it. The heart rate feature works well. I work in health care and compare my Fitbit's heart rate reading to our machines and they've always been within 5-10 beats of each other. I have not compared the HR during exercise, but I do feel the rate it displays is accurate. Another feature I enjoy (and didn't think I would even use) is the sleep monitoring. I work nights so my sleep schedule is never consistent. Because I work nights I'm tired all the time, but it's nice to visualize when my body actually needs more sleep or when I've slept enough and need to get off the couch. Overall good product. Battery life 4-5days with HR monitoring constantly on. Slim design, no different feeling than a regular watch. Enjoy being able to see text messages from my phone. The only downside I've found is that it is not waterproof, so no tracking swims or wearing it in the shower.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST INVESTMENT!

    Posted
    hannahjco
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    I'm absolutely smitten with my FitBit Alta Charge HR. I payed the extra cash for the Rose Gold edition and it is beautiful. It complements the band beautifully. I love how simplistic the Alta is. I previously owned an Apple Watch and did not like how I was paying more attention to my text messages and apps versus my calories and how much I was exercising. I sold it and decided to switch to FitBit and am SO GLAD I DID. I also use the MyFitnessPal app to track my calories and exercise and I love that the FitBit automatically sends my workout information straight to the app so it tells me how many calories I've burned for the day. They pair so seamlessly together and I really could not be more pleased. The small band fits my small wrist perfectly with no gaps but still gives room for ease or to make it tighter. The battery life is incredible. I purchased it on Friday night and it is now Monday afternoon and I have only had to charge it when I first opened the package so far. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend