The Fitbit Luxe is a slim fitness tracker that tracks sleep, steps, heart rate, and even stress but it’s more like a health and fitness accessory rather than a fully-fledged fitness tracker.
- Color AMOLED Display
- Sleek, attractive design
- Good battery life
- No Built-in GPS
- No Fitbit Pay
The Fitbit Luxe comes as an upgraded version of the latest Fitbit Inspire 2 with extra features and a slimmer design that will feel comfortable on your writs to the point that you can even forget that you are wearing it.
It offers all the basics features that we love: 24/7 heart rate monitoring, step counting, a swim-proof design, more than 20 exercise modes for workout tracking, reminders to move, sleep insights, stress management tools, and smartphone notifications.
As a fully fledge Fitness tracker, the Luxe will help you create a better routine, monitor your well-being, and encourage healthier habits both physical and mental. But have in mind that is not a Smartwatch like the Fitbit Versa 3 or Fitbit Sense, so there are some missing features such as contactless payments with Fitbit Pay or the ability to make calls right from your wrist, although you can receive phone notifications such as text messages or weather reports.
Fitbit Luxe Price and Release Date
The Fitbit Luxe is the First Fitbit released under Google management ( they bought the company back in January), and it was announced in April 2021 and started to be shipped on July 1. It costs $149.95 for the standard edition with a silicone band and $199.95 for the special edition with the gold-colored Gorjana link bracelet.
It’s the same starting price that they launch most Fitbit Fitness Trackers and it’s in between the Fitbit Inspire 2 that costs $99.95 and the Versa 3 which costs $329.
The Luxe also comes with a six months trial of Fitbit Premium, which you can activate as soon as you’ve paired the device with your phone.
When it comes to Design the Luxe stands apart from the rest of the Fitbit models, some of the biggest differences focus on comfort and wearability. The body resembles the Inspire series but it’s even slimmer, and it’s built on a stainless steel frame instead of the plastic that comes with the previous fitness trackers (Inspire and Charge 4).
The Goal with the Luxe was to create a fitness tracker that looks stylish and sits lightly on your wrist with a jewelry-like look and feel. Co-founder James Park said: “We’ve made major technological advancements with Luxe, creating a smaller, slimmer, beautifully designed tracker packed with advanced features – some that were previously only available with our smartwatches.”
Measuring 1.43 by 0.69 by 0.40 inches (LWH) and with a screen size of 0.76-inch the Luxe is the first Fitness Tracker that comes with a Color screen!!, yes you read that right! this model will show your data on a beautiful AMOLED screen. Another real difference that sets the Luxe apart from its predecessors.
If there’s something to critique about the design is the size of the screen that can be extra small, is a 0.76-inch AMOLED panel running at a 124 x 206 resolution, surrounded by a thick bezel to hide all the sensors. It looks stylish but makes things like your workout stats very hard to read.
The Luxe comes in four different color combinations. There’s lunar white with soft gold, black with graphite, orchid with platinum, or a special edition gold-on-gold model.
One topic that our readers always love to address is the band’s options, Fitbit is well known for offering trackers that will match almost all your outfits, with the Luxe they offer the basic in soft gold with a white band, matte black with a matching band, or platinum with a pink band. The band is made of silicone and features a metal buckle. In the box, you will get both small and large bands, that will fit wrists that measure 5.5 to 7.1 inches and 7.1 to 8.7 inches in circumference, respectively.
In addition, the company offers a range of Luxe accessory bands priced from $29.95 to $99.95.
And last but not least they also include a $199.95 Special Edition model designed in collaboration with the Laguna Beach-based jewelry brand gorjana, which features a soft gold case and a metal link bracelet for those that look a more stylish and sophisticated design. The Special Edition model also includes a pink silicone band.
Fitbit Luxe Key Features
- 0.76-inch AMOLED display
- 124×206 pixels & 326 PPI density
- Heart rate monitor/SpO2
- Stainless steel case: white/black/orchid
- Connected GPS (paired smartphone)
- Stress tracking
- Sleep monitoring
- HRV, skin temperature, breathing rate
- Sports tracking modes
The fitness tracking features that come along on the Luxe are similar to the latest Fitbits. Come with the regular 20 workout types, although the Luxe can only store six at a time.
From fabric comes with 6 preinstalled workout-tracking shortcuts: bike, run, swim, treadmill, walk, and workout. You can edit this list in the Fitbit app (tap your profile image > Luxe > Exercise Shortcuts). You can also edit and choose other workouts such as bootcamp, circuit training, elliptical, golf, hike, interval workout, kickboxing, martial arts, outdoor workout, pilates, spinning, stairclimber, tennis, weights, and yoga.
Another feature that comes along is the Goal-based workouts, so you can set alerts every time you hit a goal like the number of calories burned, distance, or Active Zone Minute for example.
You can also track your cardio fitness score (or VO2 Max) using the Fitbit app.
Like the Inspire 2, the Luxe doesn’t have a built-in GPS but connects to your phone to track your pace and distance during runs, walks, hikes, and bike rides. In testing, the Luxe only took a few seconds to connect to our phone’s GPS.
During your workouts, the tracker will display stats depending on the type of activity you’re doing. For example, if you are tracking a walk using the connected GPS, the Luxe will show your distance, pace, and workout duration on the screen. Although, if you are tracking a bike ride with GPS, it shows your distance, speed, and workout duration.
Once you finish you can check the Fitbit app and get all the different types of data like the amount of time you spent in each heart rate zone (Fat Burn, Cardio, and Peak), a graph of your heart rate throughout the workout, your average heart rate, total calories burned, calories burned per minute, and Active Zone Minute points earned.
Last but not least the Fitbit Luxe comes with the Fitbit’s SmartTrack feature, which automatically recognizes and records certain types of workouts, such as walking, running, aerobic and elliptical sessions, outdoor cycling, continuous high-movement sports (like tennis, basketball, and soccer), and Swimming!, yes! the Luxe is also water-resistant up to 50 meters (164 feet) so you can certainly use it freely during your swimming workouts.
When it comes to battery life the Luxe can last up to 5 days without the need for a charge. For us, is a decent battery life if you compare it with other fitness trackers in the same price range and level of tracking, but it’s not that great when compared with its own predecessors. You will get 7 days of battery life with the Charge 4 and 10 days of battery juice with the Inspire 2, so is not a great performer when compared with its own family.
One thing that is worth mentioning is that during our testing we always use all the functions to check the reality of how long the battery can last, sometimes when you are using certain features 24/7 the battery will drop significantly, and on those trackers that have with built-in GPS, the battery will last 30% or less than the numbers they claim. So having this in mind, the Luxe lasts 5 days when using all the features constantly, so in that case will last up to 5 days, if not it can last a bit more.
Another positive point is the charging, the Luxe is supplied with a USB charger that connects to the rear of the device securely using a magnet, which will make it really easy to fully charge the tracker from 0 to 100 % in just 2 hours.
The Fitbit Luxe comes with some additions but the main difference is its size, so depending on how comfortable you will feel using a small tracker the choice will make itself.
When it comes to features it doesn’t stand apart from its predecessors, and even lacks some features like onboard GPS or a battery life that can last long.
It can be a really luxurious tracker when using the gorjana design and bands but that comes with a higher price tag.
Still, for $150, the Luxe is a well-made and capable fitness tracker that can track pretty much everything.