If you’re looking to get your feet wet, connect the dots between your nutrition, your sleep, and your exercise, and boost your overall health, the Fitbit Inspire 2 is a top-shelf choice for you! Read on the following Fitbit Inspire 2 review to learn more about this device.
Fitbit Inspire 2 Review
The Fitbit Inspire 2 is available now and costs $99, making it the most affordable Fitbit model besides the kid-friendly Fitbit Ace 3.
Better yet, the Inspire 2 comes with a full free year of Fitbit Premium, which normally costs $9.99 per month or $80 per year. It’s a pretty good hook into the company’s advanced health tracking and coaching services.
The Fitbit Inspire 2 look just like the Inspire HR that it replaces, although it’s actually a little slimmer and loses the physical side button for a touch-sensitive tap or squeeze. It’s a tracker rather than a smartwatch, so it has a monochrome OLED touchscreen display rather than a colour screen that would enable onscreen workouts and smarter apps.
You can now brighten the screen if you want better outdoor visibility, and Fitbit claims it is 20% brighter than the previous generation.
The tracker itself is the central black part of the screen. It is water-resistant up to 50m and comes with two sizes of silicone wristbands included, so you can choose which fits you best. Fitbit lets you print out a guide to finding your right size.
At 37g, it’s lightweight and comfortable.
It has a robust aluminium buckle that is secure – indeed it feels more secure than the new Infinity Band that ships with the top-end Sense and Versa 3 Fitbits.
The Inspire 2 is available with Black, Lunar White and Desert Rose Classic bands – a better selection than with the older Inspire family.
You can also accessorise the Inspire 2 with patterned, leather and stainless steel mesh bands, from £24.99 or US$29.95.
Another option is a £19.99/$19.95 clip that you can attach to a belt, pocket or bra. You need to set it to an On Clip mode, and of course while in the clip it won’t be measuring your heart rate, so you’ll lose a bunch of features but keep the fitness basics (steps, distance, etc).
3. Fitness tracking
Like some pricier trackers, the Inspire 2 offers automatic workout-tracking for select exercise types, although you can easily begin a workout from the exercise app on your wrist. The workout types include but are not limited to running, walking, weights, interval workouts, biking, and swimming. There’s no onboard GPS like on the Fitbit Charge 4, so you’ll need your phone to more accurately tracking your mileage and viewing your route on a map.
You can’t see all your metrics mid-activity at once, but you can swipe through the exercise app to see calories burned, heart rate, the time elapsed and Active Zone Minutes earned.
For people who are looking to get more motivated, though, Inspire 2 does as its name suggests. You can get encouraging activity reminders and invites for challenges with your Fitbit contacts.
When you activate your included free year of Fitbit Premium, you’ll get even more health and wellness tools. In addition to new mindful meditation sessions with Deepak Chopra, guided nutrition programs, workout plans, advanced sleep-tracking, and more.
4. Health tracking
While you won’t get the kind of innovative health tracking features you’ll find on Fitbit’s new Sense watch, you do have the ability to keep closer tabs on aspects like your mental health as well as access some richer health metrics.
You can continually measure heart rate day and night, which we found offered generally more reliable and accurate readings than monitoring heart rate during exercise.
There’s also access to guided breathing exercises, which offer two or five-minute sessions to focus on your breathing with small vibrations indicating when to breathe in and out.
Fitbit also includes menstrual health-tracking features, which live off the tracker and inside the Fitbit companion phone app.
Like Fitbit’s other devices, you do get access to its Premium service and you’ll get a year’s free trial before you need to pay up to be a member. So what do you get as an Inspire owner? You’ll be able to see breathing rate data and heart rate variability and resting heart rate during sleep.
It will also unlock more features in the new mindfulness section of the app, where you can listen to sessions to get to grips with the basics of meditation.
Something you don’t seem to have access to is the guided programs and more personalized insights that seem to be reserved for more feature-rich Fitbit trackers and watches. Based on our experience, the extras you get with the Inspire don’t feel big enough to warrant paying up.
5. Battery life
The Inspire 2 offers the longest battery life of any Fitbit: a massive 10 days, double that of the Inspire HR it replaces and several days longer than any of the other Fitbits available today.
The charger is different from that of the older Inspire and Inspire HR but works in the same way, clipping firmly to the back of the tracker. It feels a little firmer connection than previously, which helps you know it’s doing its job.
In conclusion, this is the full Fitbit Inspire 2 review that you should read before deciding to buy this device.