Reviews - February 6, 2024

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Best Fitbit: Fitbit Sense 2

Fitbit Sense 2 on a wooden desk

The Fitbit Sense 2 is a great all-round activity tracker, and while it lacks some of the standard smartwatch features, it’s still an impressive wearable. Rick Stella/Insider

Fitbit Sense 2

Fitbit’s Sense 2 combines the brand’s advanced health and fitness features with decent smartwatch functionality, unique sleep tracking, and a clean design reminiscent of the Apple Watch.

When it comes to smartwatches that make great reliable sleep trackers, Fitbit’s Sense 2 takes the lead. It tracks your sleep every night and provides in-depth data, as well as unique recommendations on how to improve your rest through multiple indicators. There are many wearables that attempt to provide this level of insight, but Sense 2 does it best.

What sets Sense 2 apart is how comprehensive the data it provides is. For example, after I go to sleep at night, the Fitbit app displays indicators to show how well I rested. This includes time spent in REM, deep sleep, and light sleep, as well as other factors such as how long you were awake, how anxious you were, and your heart rate.

The Fitbit app can then recommend ways to improve your sleep to increase your nightly score. This may include specific exercises, when to exercise, or how to maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Once I learned how to use the recommendations, there was a noticeable difference.

One of the biggest obstacles to using all your sleep data is using Fitbit Premium, the subscription portion of the Fitbit app. Membership runs from $10 per month or $80 per year, and is a worthwhile investment, especially for those who want to use the extra data.

Fitbit Premium also offers a unique Daily Condition Score that analyzes your activity and rest from the previous day and generates a numeric score that indicates how hard you worked. Subscribers also receive in-depth health information, such as heart rate changes.

In addition to functioning as a sleep tracker, Sense 2 is also a great fitness tracker. It offers tracking for a variety of activities such as running, cycling, and strength training, uses a skin temperature sensor, has heart rate (ECG) reading, and debuted Fitbit’s real-time stress tracker. Stress trackers are especially useful for giving you feedback on how to lower your stress throughout the day.

The Fitbit Sense 2 is one of the best smartwatches out there, but the actual smartwatch experience leaves something to be desired. Yes, you get notifications like calls, texts, and app updates, but it’s disappointing that Fitbit has removed third-party app support and access to Google Assistant. There’s also no way to store or play music through the watch.

But I don’t think this is a reason not to buy the Sense 2. Especially if you’re looking for a smartwatch with premium sleep tracking features. It’s one of the best Fitbit products you can buy, and while it’s just an average smartwatch, it gets the job done when you need it to, while also offering an array of advanced health and wellness features.

Read our article Fitbit Sense 2 full review.