Fitbit activity trackers are a great way to monitor your daily steps and make you more aware of how active you are during the day. As well as encouraging you to do more, other models have extra features for more serious running and training.
If you’re interested in getting your child a Fitbit – great! If you have one too you can compare daily steps and movement to ensure your kids get the best possible exercise.
But children don’t necessarily need a Fitbit with all the bells and whistles. Growing wrists and short attention spans may mean you are also hesitant to spend a lot of money on a Fitbit your kids might not use for long.
Then again if they are keen to monitor their activity then this should be encouraged, and there are particular Fitbits that are suitable. And if you also have a Fitbit you can compare your activity to encourage them to keep moving.
While our four choices are indeed the four cheapest Fitbits, that is not the only reason we’ve picked them. A combination of price, design and features means they are the best Fitbits for kids from the current range.
Best Fitbit for kids 2018
1. Fitbit Ace
Designed specifically for kids
This £79.99 / $99.95 Fitbit is the first to be specifically designed for kids, so is the most obvious choice. It has a simple, tough design and straps specifically for small wrists with a slim display for the time and basic readouts.
Fitbit recommends the Ace for children over the age of eight and tracks steps, active minutes and sleep. And while they may not have their own smartphone or tablet yet, you can track their progress on your own device to make sure they’re keeping active.
It’s showerproof and the battery should last for five days, meaning your kids can wear it all through the school week to keep an eye on their exercise (and making sure they go to bed when you turn the light off!)
Fitbit also ensures all the data collected is private and not shared with its servers, keeping info about your kids safely with you and you only.
2. Fitbit Flex 2
The simplest wrist strap Fitbit
This is the simplest wrist-based Fitbit as it doesn’t have a screen. With four LED dots it flashes and vibrates for certain notifications, but for kids without a smartphone it’s a durable, fully waterproof Fitbit. It costs £69.99 / $59.95.
It tracks steps and sleep, and physically is a little oblong tracker that pops in and out of the rubber strap – so if your child is prone to losing small items this might not be the one to go for.
It’s child-friendly advantages are its small size, less breakable construction as it has no screen and the difference accessories you can buy for it such as a necklace to wear it as a pendant.
3. Fitbit Zip
The cheapest Fitbit
This is the cheapest Fitbit you can buy at £49.99 / $59.95 due to the fact it’s basically a pedometer, so if your kids don’t like things on their wrists it’s the one to go for. Clip it onto your child’s clothing for the day and you and they will be able to track steps, distance travelled and calories burned.
The simple display shows daily stats and the time and is a better option if you want to give your kids the simplest version of a Fitbit without breaking the bank.
4. Fitbit Alta HR
More features in a slim design
The £99.99 / $129.95 Alta looks a lot like the Ace, but has more features hence the slightly higher price. Just bear in mind even the small size strap might be too big for littler wrists.
It adds calories burned, call and text notifications and calendar alerts, so it’s up to you if you think it’s worth the extra spend (and depends if your child has a smartphone to use those features).
Optional heart rate monitor
The more expensive Alta HR adds a heart rate monitor, but even at £129.99 / $149.95 it’s the cheapest Fitbit with one. If you want a slim Fitbit to help your kids track their heart rate then it’s the one to get rather than the regular Alta.