Fitbit Inspire HR review

The lightweight Fitbit Inspire HR offers an impressive suite of features for relatively little cash

The Fitbit Inspire HR is a slim fitness tracker that will help you develop healthy everyday habits. It’s now succeeded by the Fitbit Inspire 2, which adds additional workout tracking tools like Fitbit’s ‘Intensity Minutes’ metric, but the Inspire HR is still a solid choice if your needs are simple.

We’re expecting to see some great deals on older Fitbits like the Inspire HR for Prime Day 2021 as Amazon aims to clear out stock, so this is a great opportunity to bargain.

Previously, the likes of the Fitbit Flex 2, Fitbit Alta, Fitbit Alta HR and even the Fitbit Zip were in that lower price bracket, but with the Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR that’s all changed.

The company has reduced its budget range and brought it under one roof with these two new affordable trackers. They put in more effort than the devices listed above but don’t come with the same level of functionality as the Fitbit Charge 3.

Fitbit Inspire HR release date and price

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You can now buy the Fitbit Inspire HR from the official Fitbit website as well as from a variety of third-party retailers in the US, UK, and Australia.

The Fitbit Inspire HR is a touch more expensive than its heart rate-lowering sibling at $99.95 / £89.99 / AU$179.95. This is for a version with a silicone band, while other bands cost between $24.95 / £19.99 / AU$44.95 and $64.95 / £59.99 / AU$99.95, with options including leather, double wrap and stainless steel.

You can buy clips for the original Fitbit Inspire that allow you to wear it on a belt, pocket or bra instead of on your wrist, but these aren’t compatible with the Fitbit Inspire HR, so you’ll have to opt for the cheaper option. To be able to use the tracker one.

Considering the Fitbit Alta HR – a product with similar specifications as this tracker – launched in 2017 for $149.95 / £129.99 / AU$249.95, it’s a fairly affordable fitness device. Arguably, this is one of the best trackers the company has ever produced from a price point of view.

The Fitbit is generally more expensive than its competition, so it’s not the most affordable tracker on the market for the functionality you’re accessing here.

design and performance

It’s also the smallest and therefore the sleekest looking fitness tracker you can buy right now – though it’s pretty thick. Still, it’s one of the most attractive trackers Fitbit has ever made, and it’s notably lighter and thinner than the Fitbit Charge 3.

It replaces the Fitbit Alta HR and Fitbit Flex 2 in the company’s line-up of trackers, and it feels like an integration of those two to ensure it’s a handy product.

You have black, lilac or white color options for this tracker. Silicone bands come with this by default, but you can upgrade to a number of other straps if you’re looking for a more formal or just different look.

For our review we used the Black Tracker, but the other two options also look good on the wrist. If you don’t particularly like this look, it’s worth mentioning that there are a variety of straps and accessories you can use to change up its look. Fitbit makes a few but there are plenty of third-party options as well.

There’s a button on the right side of the body that you can use to wake up the device and take it back to the home screen. You’ll use the touchscreen to go through its various stats, but it’s not as responsive as a smartwatch display.

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You actually use the screen to swipe between a few menus to show your stats for the day. You can start some features, including exercises and guided breathing sessions, using the touchscreen, but you’ll have to swipe up to find them.

It’s a fairly unappealing part of the user interface, and we often find ourselves scrolling through menus before we even remembered where the options we were looking for sat. The screen also didn’t register all of our swipes, so sometimes you can get frustrated navigating around the tracker’s menus.

It’s a black and white display, which isn’t a problem for the kind of data you’ll be viewing on the screen. It is important that you also know that the display does not take up the entire front of the device shown in the images in this review.

There are some large, thick bezels at the top and bottom of the display as well as lines running down either side of the Fitbit Inspire HR’s screen. The top and bottom bezels of the screen are 11mm, while the side ones are 3mm.

Considering the tracker is 37mm tall and 16mm wide it doesn’t leave a huge amount of room for the screen. That said, we didn’t find it irritating in day-to-day use, and especially with the bezels being black, it’s not obvious that you’ve got these big bezels all over.

The Inspire HR comes with a swim-proof build which means you can wear it in the shower without worrying about it getting ruined. At the time of our original review, we thought the Inspire HR was unable to track swims, but it is actually possible to track swim length, duration, distance, and speed.

We haven’t tested the feature yet, but we expect to update our review with a full ruling on its swim capabilities at a later date.

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