Thursday, 13 March 2014

Fitbit Flex Review. Is it worth the price tag?

I am obsessed with my Polar FT4 Fitness Watch and it was the best investment ever, so I was very excited to try the Fitbit Flex* when I received it as a gift recently. It is a little device designed to track steps, distance, and calories burned and help you achieve your daily goals. Sounds good right? I got the pink version, which retails at £79.99 at the moment, but... is it worth the price tag?

First of all, the design is really nice and the silicone band feels very comfortable on the wrist. You get two sizes of the band in the box. The small one will fit most ladies and the big one is made for bigger wrists. I feel more comfortable in the bigger size. They are both adjustable though, so you will definitely get the right fit. It closes with a secure clip and does not come off, until you remove it yourself. It is waterproof and can be used while swimming and in the shower.

I was happy with the pink color at the beginning, but if you want to wear the device at all times, you should probably go for a more neutral color. Fitbit Flex is also available in black, slate, navy blue and orange. The pink is really bright and I felt a bit silly wearing it with a nice outfit. It looks like a simple silicone bracelet, but it doesn't go with everything :) I think I will buy a black replacement band, if I decide to continue using my Fitbit Flex. You can get them on ebay for £9.99.

The actual Fitbit Flex device is a tiny black Bluetooth transmitter (see photo below) which you simply charge with the usb charger provided. I charge it when I am working on my laptop - this way I don't miss out on tracking any steps :) Once all five lights are flashing, the device is fully charged and it will have enough power to last for 5 days. I usually give it a quick, 15 minute charge and it lasts for 3 days.

The device records steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned , active minutes, hours slept and the quality of sleep. You can check all of the data through the Fitbit App on your mobile, tablet or on your PC. You can also set your goals and track your progress during the day. The lights on your Fitbit Flex will flash letting you know how you're doing and you simply tap it twice to see the lights. 

I set my goal to 10 000 steps a day, so each of the five lights on my device will represent 2000 steps. I also like the fact that I can see how many calories I am burning that day (remember, that the number shown includes your basic metabolic rate, which is the number of calories your body needs to function).

An average person takes between 3000 to 4000 steps per day and my normal daily activities add up to just over 3000, which is more than I expected anyway. I really want to walk more, so the 10 000 mark seemed perfect and I can do it easily when I really want to :)

The sleep tracker is a great feature too and I like seeing how much quality sleep I got each night. Depending on your sleeping position, the wrist band might annoy you and it can also leave a big imprint on your face. I tend to sleep with my left arm under my cheek, so I simply put the Fitbit Flex on my right wrist at night time to avoid getting an imprint :) from my experience, the sleep tracker is very accurate and records all my movements.

TIP: Tap the top of device 5 times, when you want it to go to the 'sleep mode' It works every time :) I know that many people had a problem with this feature.

Oh, I forgot to mention - if you are right handed, you have to wear it on your left wrist and the opposite, if you are a lefty. This way the tracking will be more accurate. I tried wearing the band on my right wrist to see if it is true and I earned about 3000 'steps' more that day! Crazy! The moral of the story - always wear the device on the correct wrist, if you want the steps to be accurate.

If you are really bored or want to track you meals and water intake, you can add all these to your diary in the app, but I don't have time for this kind of stuff.


-the most annoying bit for me was the fact that the device didn't record my active minutes on the bike. I use my stationary bike a lot, as my regular form of exercise and since my hands are stuck in one position, the device isn't recording any movement. VERY ANNOYING!

-don't expect it to accurately track other exercise either - it doesn't take your heart rate into consideration, so you can't trust it. I didn't expect it to be accurate, but I am just letting you know, in case you want to use it as a fitness watch. It is not a fitness watch.

-if you move your hand up and down, even when you are sitting down and doing nothing with your feet, you will be earning steps. For people who gesticulate a lot, it could be a real pain.

-it would also be good to see the time on the band. this way I could at least use it as a watch when I am out.

-the pink band gets dirty easily and it is now permanently stained from my black clothing. You can see the difference on the first photo. The top band is brand new and the bottom one has been used for 2 weeks. It looks even more dirty, after 3 weeks of use and I can imagine, that it will only get worse. Another reason why I would recommend a more neutral colour.

I am not sure, if I covered everything in this review, but I tried my best :) Overall, I have mixed feelings about the Fitbit Flex. I like the concept and it made me realise that I should be walking more, but... it is overpriced and a £2 pedometer would do the same job, unless you want to track your sleep etc. I am glad I received it as a gift, but I wouldn't pay nearly £100 for it. It is nice to be able to track my progress on my iPad and it is a little bit addictive, but it is not worth the money.

Do you own this little gadget? Would you pay this kind of money for a step/sleep tracker?

*I received this product as a gift, while taking part in the AlproAM campaign,
As always, my opinion is 100% honest.



  1. It looks nice and all, but that sure is a steep price for what it does. Especially as I am ocasionally described as someone who flails widely with my gesticulating!

    Nicola //

  2. I like the idea of this product, but not sure if I could pay £80 for it. I've used a pedometer before and struggled to get accurate readings from them too, but would love to find something that works! x

    1. It is very accurate with counting actual steps while walking, running etc, but ... it adds extra steps with hand movements and doesn't record my exercise on a bike, which is probably the most annoying part :) x

  3. This seems like a very expnesive pedomiter. Bit like the nike version. I think something that moniters heartrate would be tonnes more accurate! Ots a shame though cause it looks really cute!

  4. My phone always runs out of battery ridiculously quickly if I keep a pedometer app open at all times... So, I've stopped using them. I had thought about getting one of these, but the high price tag has kept me away from such a purchase. I do see the merits to it, but then again, I don't think I can easily justify paying £80 for something that is mainly a pedometer... Lovely review! Love how honest you were about each and every aspect of this device!

  5. I always used to use a pedometer app on my phone but the battery on it is awful and I noticed that the app running in the background was making battery life even worse... I had thought about getting this device (or at least something similar), but I decided against it as I couldn't really justify paying £80 for something that is basically a pedometer! Lovely review! I really liked your honesty on all aspects of the product! :)

  6. I have a Fitbit as well and I'm a little on the fence about it. I talk with my hands quite a bit and find it annoying, as you mentioned, that it tracks steps when I'm not taking any :-/. The sleep tracker, I've found, is fairly accurate but I don't use it often. I think I like the Noom app on my phone a little better as an activity tracker. You enter in all of your info, tell it when you are being active, and it starts recording- which is nice.

  7. Fab review, it's lovely to hear about something a bit different! I really want to get some kind of wearable but I'm stuck with what to choose!

    Stephanie (@hopefreedomlove)

  8. Great review, I love the idea of it and would use it out of curiosity but I can be quite dramatic when I talk and use my hands a lot so it might be a bit of a waste x

  9. Thank you for such an honest review. I was looking into these and now I think a clip one might be more accurate for me, especially since this is pretty pricey too!

    Tara xox

  10. Aww I was hoping this would be good Im after something that will record my distance when running (I'm training for a ten k) finding one with good reviews is actually a lot harder than I thought it would be so far the TomTom GPS one I've sen sees to be coming up top x

  11. i used to have the nike fuel band.. apart from the fuel points being confusing from calories burned, i hated having something on my wrist 24/7. i just bought the fitbit one and i love it! i wonder if you'd like that version more? i just keep it clipped on my bra or in my pocket and just wherever when i'm sleeping [it comes with a wrist band though for that] i'm glad i got it because i'm being more aware of my steps and have been getting more sleep and taking the stairs more! i have mine linked up with my lose it! food tracking app as well. =]

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