Fitbit Luxe: Sleek and Stylish
PC Magazine|August 2021
Do you like the idea of a fitness tracker, but you haven’t found one that suits your sense of style? The Fitbit Luxe might be right up your alley.
ANGELA MOSCARITOLO

It offers all the basics Fitbit is known for, including 24/7 heart rate monitoring, step counting, more than 20 exercise modes for workout tracking, a swim-proof design, reminders to move, sleep insights, stress management tools, and smartphone notifications, in a fashion-forward design you’ll want to wear. It’s thinner than the Fitbit Charge 4 and Inspire 2, making it more comfortable to wear while sleeping and a better fit for small wrists, and it features a stainless-steel case and an AMOLED color display for a significant step up in style. It lacks the altimeter, GPS, and mobile payment support you get with the Charge 4 ($129.95), and it has about half the battery life of the Inspire 2 ($99.95), but the Luxe offers a more attractive take on the basics, making it the best Fitbit if you’re serious about style.

A STREAMLINED DESIGN

Measuring 1.43 by 0.69 by 0.40 inches (LWH), the Luxe stands out among Fitbit’s other trackers for its AMOLED color display and stainless-steel case. These details give it a more sophisticated look than the Inspire 2 or Charge 4, both of which are around 0.1inch thicker, feature plastic cases, and have grayscale screens.

For comparison, the entry-level Inspire 2 is a good starter model that offers the longest battery life of any Fitbit device. The Charge 4 is Fitbit’s most advanced fitness tracker, offering a standalone GPS to map your exercise route without a phone, an altimeter to track your floors climbed, Spotify support, and Fitbit Pay for mobile payments. The Luxe offers similar features and functionality to the Inspire 2 but blends function and form with an elevated, jewelry-inspired design.

The Luxe’s display is tiny, just 0.76 inches diagonally. But it’s sharp and bright, with a resolution of 206 by 124. It offers a slight bump in daylight brightness compared with the Charge 4.

Fitbit offers the Luxe in soft-gold with a white band, matte-black with a matching band, or platinum with a pink band. The band is made of silicone and features a metal buckle. In the box, you get both small and large bands, which fit wrists measuring 5.5 to 7.1 inches and 7.1 to 8.7 inches in circumference, respectively.

Fitbit Luxe

PROS

Slim, jewelry-inspired design with a metal case. Color touch screen. Tracks heart rate variability.

CONS

No built-in GPS, altimeter, or NFC. Blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring not available at launch.

BOTTOM LINE

The sleek, style-forward Fitbit Luxe offers all the basics you want from a fitness tracker in a design that looks more like jewelry than gym wear.

Fitbit also sells a Special Edition model ($199.95 ) designed in collaboration with the Laguna Beach-based jewelry brand gorjana, which features a soft gold case and metal link bracelet. The Special Edition model also comes with a pink silicone band.

In addition, the company offers a range of Luxe accessory bands priced from $29.95 to $99.95. For this review, Fitbit sent me the soft-gold/white model, along with a soft-gold stainless steel mesh accessory band (sold separately for $79.95). That accessory band is classy, but I’d save it for special occasions, as its magnetic clasp can’t be fully trusted when you’re exercising. Once I was playing with my dog, and the clasp separated; the Luxe fell off my wrist. Luckily this happened in the house, so it was easy to find. I recommend you use the included silicone band for the best security.

Accessories aside, the Luxe features a streamlined design with no physical buttons, so you navigate it solely with swipes and taps on the screen. It doesn’t have an always-on display, so the screen turns off after a few seconds of inactivity.

In terms of sensors and other components, it has a three-axis accelerometer, an optical heart rate monitor, a vibration motor, and red and infrared sensors for blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring. The Luxe is water-resistant to 164 feet, so it’s safe to wear in pools and the shower.

Fitbit says the Luxe offers up to 5 days of battery life on a charge. It’s possible the company is lowballing this estimate, because in testing, my Luxe review unit still had 43% battery life remaining after four days of continuous use. That’s still less than the Inspire 2, which offers up to 10 days of battery life, as well as the Charge 4, which lasts up to 7 days (or up to 5 hours while using GPS).

The Luxe comes with a six-month trial to Fitbit Premium, which gives you access to guided workouts, meditations with Deepak Chopra, and other wellness tools. Fitbit Premium normally costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year.

SETTING UP AND NAVIGATING THE LUXE

To set up the Fitbit Luxe, just plug the included charging cable into a USB port and attach the other end to the tracker, then wait for it to reach 100% battery life.

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