If you're looking to buy a fitness tracker for the new year, a sale on Fitbit devices that kicked off earlier this week may be of interest. Chief among the discounts is the Fitbit Inspire 3, the top budget pick in our fitness tracker buying guide, down to $70 in multiple colors. That matches the lowest price we've tracked. Fitbit normally sells the device for $100, though we've seen it fall $80 at several points in the past year. The sale is available at multiple retailers, including Amazon, Walmart and Fitbit's online store.
The Inspire 3 is an entry-level fitness band with a simple interface and no built-in GPS, so it's not ideal for dedicated runners or cyclists. (Instead, you'll need to bring your phone with you to map runs and bike rides.) For more casual users who just want a dedicated device to log their everyday activity, however, it should be enough. It's slim, light and easy to wear, and navigating its color OLED display is straightforward. Its step, sleep and heart rate tracking is relatively accurate, and it can detect various workouts automatically. Fitbit rates its battery life at 10 days per charge — you may not always reach that, but it'll last longer than most smartwatches either way. The design is also water-resistant up to 50 meters, so it'll be safe in the pool. And while there's no support for contactless payments or digital assistants, it can still display basic smartphone notifications.
Fitbit's app remains an uncomplicated way to view all your metrics after a recent makeover, though it did lose some longtime social features last year. New users will also need to log in with an account from Fitbit's parent company Google. We wouldn't be surprised to see more Google-related tweaks going forward, but for now, the Inspire 3 is still a good buy at this price for those who only need the essentials.
If you do have a little bit more to spend and want a Fitbit smartwatch, however, the Fitbit Versa 4 is also worth a look at $150. That one is bigger and gets less battery life but has built-in GPS and more of the smart features the Inspire 3 lacks. We've seen this price for much of the last few months, but it's only $10 above the best deal we've tracked.