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Fitbit Inspire 2 Review

Offering great all-around performance on a budget, we think this wearable tracker is a fantastic option for any bargain-conscious shopper
Fitbit Inspire 2
Credit: Fitbit
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Price:   $100 List | $98.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to use, accurate step counter, excellent smartphone app
Cons:  Not the most comfortable, so-so cycling tracking
Manufacturer:   Fitbit
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Nov 18, 2020
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  • Fitness Impact - 30% 7
  • Health Impact - 25% 7
  • Ease of Use - 20% 8
  • Ergonomics - 15% 6
  • Display - 10% 7

Our Verdict

If you are looking for an all-around fitness tracker that isn't going to cost too much, then we highly recommend the Fitbit Inspire 2. This product delivered excellent performance in our fitness and health tracking metrics, all while being quite ergonomic and easy to use. This wearable delivered excellent results in our step tracking test, as well as heart rate tracking and dieting aids. It has a decent display, it's water-resistant, and offers plenty of cool social features and functions through the companion smartphone app to challenge and compete with your family and friends.

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Pros Easy to use, accurate step counter, excellent smartphone appExcellent display, great health and fitness capabilities, ergonomicGood value, great fitness tracking ability, excellent battery lifeGood display, fairly inexpensive, accurate step counterGreat display, good fitness tracking capabilities
Cons Not the most comfortable, so-so cycling trackingRuns on the pricey sideCould be more convenient to use, doesn't have the most smart functionsNo stair tracker, limited community compare functionsExpensive, harder to use
Bottom Line Offering great all-around performance on a budget, we think this wearable tracker is a fantastic option for any bargain-conscious shopperThis wearable is one of our favorite options, delivering top-notch performances across the majority of our tests and easily earning our recommendationIf you are searching for a fitness-focused wearable that also has smart features and functions without breaking the bank, then this watch is a worthy choiceThe Galaxy Fit is a so-so budget fitness tracker that is great with a Samsung phone but otherwise unremarkableThis flashy, quasi-smartwatch fitness tracker is a solid product, but it is a little pricey for our taste
Rating Categories Fitbit Inspire 2 Fitbit Charge 4 Fitbit Versa 3 Samsung Galaxy Fit Garmin Vivoactive 3
Fitness Impact (30%)
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Health Impact (25%)
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Ease Of Use (20%)
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Specs Fitbit Inspire 2 Fitbit Charge 4 Fitbit Versa 3 Samsung Galaxy Fit Garmin Vivoactive 3
Heart Rate Monitor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter (stair tracking) No Yes Yes No Yes
Battery life Up to 10 days up to 7 days no GPS
up to 5 days w/ GPS
2-5 days Up to 7 days Up to 7 days; up to 13 hours with GPS
Charge time 1-2 hours 3 hours 2 hours 1-2 hours 1-3 hours
Memory 7 days of detailed motion - minute by minute; daily totals 30 days 7 days of detailed motion - minute by minute; daily totals 30 days Saves 7 days of detailed motion data; Saves daily totals for past 30 days 2MB (RAM) / 32MB (ROM) 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data
Water Resistance 5 ATM 5 ATM 5 ATM 5 ATM 5 ATM
Operating Temp -4 - 140 F -4 - 140 F -4 - 140 F N/A 14 - 140 F
Notifications Text, call, push notifications Text, call, push notifications Text, call, push notifications Text, call, push notifications Text, call, push notifications
Vibration Motor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GPS Tracking No Yes Yes No Yes
Multi-Sport Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Music Control No Yes, with Spotify Premium and phone nearby Yes Yes Yes
Sleep Tracking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Silent Alarm Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

We think the Fitbit Inspire 2 is a great option if you are looking to save some cash with a smaller and more basic fitness tracker. It also is compatible with tons of different bands — both from Fitbit and 3rd-parties — to match your personal style.

Performance Comparison


The Inspire 2 is a great option for anyone shopping on a budget.
The Inspire 2 is a great option for anyone shopping on a budget.
Credit: Laura Casner

Fitness Impact


Our initial round of tests rated and ranked the fitness and workout tracking abilities of the Inspire 2. We scored each product on the accuracy of the step tracker, its cycling and workout tracking abilities, and the different community and social functions of each product, as well as the accuracy of the stairs climbed tracker if there is one. The Fitbit Inspire 2 scored quite well, earning a 7 out of 10.


This wearable did very well in our step tracking test, delivering one of the best performances that we have seen. We took each tracker for three separate, mile-long walks and then compared the step counter shown on the tracker with our manual step count made with a mechanical tally counter. After the three trials, the Inspire 2 only had an average discrepancy of 5 steps or 0.23%. It also estimated distance very well, with an average measurement of 1.02 for our walks.

The Inspire 2 is quite easy to operate.
The Inspire 2 is quite easy to operate.
Credit: Laura Casner

However, it didn't do quite as well in our cycling metrics test. The Inspire 2 lost the connection to our test phone's GPS during the test and failed to accurately record the distance or the average speed. It did record the top speed, duration, and elevation change.

There are multiple different activity profiles available on this...
There are multiple different activity profiles available on this tracker.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Inspire 2 can also track a variety of other workouts, recording your estimated calories burned, HR zones — peak, cardio, and fat burn, and impact on your day, along with the other cycling metrics, depending on the workout profile selected. You can choose up to 6 to store on the tracker, with options like run, bike, swim, treadmill, weights, interval workout, workout, elliptical, hike, golf, stairclimber, tennis, walk, spinning, yoga, boot camp, circuit training, kickboxing, martial arts, or pilates.

Unfortunately, this tracker doesn't monitor the number of stairs climbed throughout the day. However, we feel this tracker more than makes up for it by having a very comprehensive set of community features in its companion app. You can cheer, taunt, or message your friends, as well as check out their achievements and current challenges.

This wearable automatically tracks your sleep.
The Inspire 2 will record the route for outdoor runs or bike rides.

There are also guided workout options, as well as weekly challenges and competitions. You also can opt for the premium plan for even more features.

We like the low profile of this tracker.
We like the low profile of this tracker.
Credit: Laura Casner

Health Impact


Our next series of tests rated and evaluated the health features of each wearable, looking at the heart rate tracking, lifestyle change/dieting features, and sleep monitoring features to determine scores. The Fitbit Inspire 2 also did very well in this metric, earning one of the better scores of the group.


Considering it has an optical heart rate sensor, we found the Inspire 2 to be quite accurate. It did very well with the resting heart rate, matching up quite closely with the chest strap heart rate monitor that we used as a control. Its accuracy dropped a bit with the more elevated heart rates, averaging about 12 bpm per minute compared to the chest strap.

The Inspire 2 also has access to a decent set of dieting features. You can enter food manually or scan barcodes with the mobile app to manage your caloric intake. We also compared the results of the Inspire 2's RMR estimate with a calculator and found that they aligned very closely.

This tracker will also remind you to get up and stretch every hour if you haven't taken at least 250 steps. This model also can be used as an alarm clock and will automatically track your sleep. Even better, the Inspire 2 also has a do not disturb mode.

We think this is one of the easier to use wearables that we have...
We think this is one of the easier to use wearables that we have tested.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


Our next metric compared the user-friendliness and convenience of using each tracker. We rated and scored the battery life, how intuitive it is to use the menus on the watch and on the mobile app, and how easy it is to take on and off, as well how water-resistant each wearable is. Overall, we found the Inspire 2 very convenient and easy to operate, earning it one of the better scores of the group.


The Inspire 2 has an above average battery life, lasting for a claimed 10 days depending on the usage. However, it does require the use of a proprietary USB charger to recharge.

This tracker has a solid battery life and uses a proprietary charger.
This tracker has a solid battery life and uses a proprietary charger.
Credit: Laura Casner

This tracker is also water-resistant to a depth of 5 atm and is both sweat and rainproof. The traditional watch clasp is also very easy to take on and off.

We also found it very intuitive and easy to navigate through the menus on the Inspire 2 and to find things in the mobile app. Pressing both sides of the tracker will go back a screen, while holding the buttons will open up further menu options. The touchscreen was also very accurate in our test, rarely misreading a swipe or tap.

The menus in the app are laid out in a very linear way in our minds, making it hard to get lost. We also liked that data will sync between the tracker and the app automatically, usually only taking a few seconds.

This watch is above average when it comes to ergonomics in our minds.
This watch is above average when it comes to ergonomics in our minds.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ergonomics


Next, we rated and ranked the ergonomic of each tracker, focusing on their looks, how comfortably they are to wear, and how likely they are to get caught on things during daily use. The Inspire 2 didn't do quite as well as it did in some of the other metrics but it still scored above average compared to the rest of the group.


We found this tracker to be rather plain looking on the whole and wouldn't really recommend it if you are looking for something to make a style statement. However, there are always different bands you can buy if you want to improve its aesthetics. Unfortunately, we also didn't think that this is one of the most comfortable options out there, with the heart rate sensor applying a little pressure to our tester's wrist.

The Inspire 2 has a low profile and rarely gets snagged on things.
The Inspire 2 has a low profile and rarely gets snagged on things.
Credit: Laura Casner

We did like that it has a very slim profile and that the stock band comes up flush with the screen. The lack of physical buttons means that it almost never got caught when putting on a jacket or backpack as well.

The Inspire did alright in our heart rate monitoring tests.
The Inspire did alright in our heart rate monitoring tests.
Credit: Laura Casner

Display


Our last set of tests looked at the display of each tracker, scoring the ease of reading, the touchscreen's responsiveness, and the information shown. The Fitbit Inspire 2 rebounded in this metric, earning a solid score.


We found the touchscreen to be very responsive as mentioned above. It takes a little getting used to but once we had the swipes dialed in, we almost never had any issues. The touch panels on the side are also very responsive. The screen will show the date and time depending on the watch face you choose, as well as essentially any smart notification that your phone can get.

Our biggest issue with this tracker is that it can be very hard to see the screen in bright light, usually requiring you to shade the screen if you are using it in bright sunlight.

Value


We think the Inspire 2 is a great value, offering much of the performance of the premium trackers at a fraction of the price.

Conclusion


If you are shopping on a budget and trying to maximize your bang for the buck, then we highly recommend you check out the Fitbit Inspire 2. It offers just about all of the functionality of the best Fitbit trackers all while costing a lot less. You can track basic workouts and compete with your friends but we would suggest upgrading to a tracker with a dedicated GPS module if you are doing very precise data-driven training with outdoor runs or bike rides.

David Wise and Austin Palmer