Should you buy the Fitbit Inspire 2 this Prime Day?

Fitbit Inspire 2 on Live Science tester's arm
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The Fitbit Inspire 2 is a truly budget tracker. Thanks to October’s Prime Day event, it’s also now cheaper than ever, retailing for just $56 on Amazon (opens in new tab). Despite its low price, we still rate it as one of the best Fitbits (opens in new tab) in 2022. It packs in all the health-tracking features that most people will need, including heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking, while also offering on-wrist notifications.

As it’s such a slim gadget, it doesn’t have some of the features you find in expensive models like in-built GPS or blood oxygen monitoring. But unless you’re a serious runner with a need for absolute accuracy, this shouldn’t affect your experience too much. You just have to connect the Inspire 2 model to your smartphone and you’ll be able to tap into GPS from there. 

As the Fitbit Inspire 3 has recently been announced, this older model has had some serious price cuts. It’s currently sitting at its lowest-ever price on Amazon, thanks to the Prime Early Access Sale event that’s taking place. Here’s everything you need to know about the device before committing to a purchase. 

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Fitbit Inpsire 2 | Was $99.95 Now $56 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Snap up this discounted Fitbit Inspire 2 and you’ll get one year’s free access to the Fitbit Premium Platform. On top of that, you’ll also be able to take advantage of Fitbit’s excellent sleep-tracking capabilities, heart rate monitoring and on-wrist notifications, all for less than $60.

Should I buy the Fitbit Inspire 2?

The Fitbit Inspire 2 is the most affordable in the brand’s extensive range but it still has lots of awesome features including heart rate monitoring, sleep and menstrual cycle tracking and wrist notifications. 

If you want a basic fitness tracker and have never owned one before, this is a great first choice. It comes in three colors: Black, Desert Rose and Lunar White.

During our testing period of the Fitbit Inspire 2, we rated it four out of five stars and said that it does a few things well and is an ideal first fitness tracker. While it has a small OLED screen it’s easy to read both in sunlight and indoors. It’s crystal clear despite its modest resolution but the lack of colored icons might be an issue for users with vision impairments.

It doesn’t have a pulse oximeter (or SpO2 sensor, that uses light to measure your pulse and see how saturated with oxygen your blood is) and the monochrome 1.4” display isn’t as crisp as the Fitbit Luxe. You can get notifications on the Inspire 2 but because of the slimline display you will have to scroll through a lot if you get a long text message.

While it doesn’t have GPS you can piggyback off your phone’s GPS connection so if you’ve got your iPhone or Android with you then you can track your route and progress. However there’s no storage for music so you won’t be able to load the Inspire 2 with your favorite playlist or podcast.

Couple walking wearing their Fitbit Inspire 2

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How much does the Fitbit Inspire 2 cost?

The Fitbit Inspire 2 retails for $99.95 (£90) but you can often find it reduced to around $60 so it’s worth keeping an eye out for deals, especially with Amazon Prime Day coming up. The lowest price we’ve seen it available for is $56.84. The Fitbit Inspire 2 also comes with a year’s membership to Fitbit Premium.

Cheaper fitness trackers

If you want to buy a Fitbit Inspire 2 but have a limited budget, then here are a couple of cheaper options.

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 7 (opens in new tab) is an affordable tracker with an impressive 14-day battery life and advanced health monitoring, including blood oxygen and stress levels. It also has over 110 sport and fitness modes to choose from. We found some of the metric tracking wasn’t accurate and the screen isn’t very responsive, but at $54.99 it’s a decent offering.

The Fitbit Charge 4 is another great value option for under $100 (currently on Amazon for $94). With built in GPS, up to seven days battery life and all day heart rate zone and sleep tracking it’s one of the best Fitbits (opens in new tab) you can buy today. The Fitbit app is also fantastic, though it’s worth investing in Fitbit Premium (or giving the free trial a try) to get the most from it.

Maddy is a freelance journalist and Level 3 personal trainer specializing in fitness, health and wellbeing content. She has been a writer and editor for 22 years, and has worked for some of the UK's bestselling newspapers and women’s magazines, including Marie Claire, The Sunday Times and Women's Health. Maddy loves HIIT training and can often be found working out while her two young daughters do matching burpees or star jumps. As a massive foodie, she loves cooking and trying out new healthy recipes (especially ones with hidden vegetables so the kids eat them).