Our best budget fitness tracker has a replacement

The Charge 6 features Fitbit’s “most accurate heart rate tracker”.

The Fitbit Charge 6 is the latest affordable tracker from the Google-owned brand, replacing the Charge 5, which currently sits atop our best budget fitness tracker guide. 

Along with its highly reasonable price point, the Charge 6 features a host of upgrades and new features over its predecessor. While it may not look all that different externally, there’s plenty going on inside. 

Two men running in a city while wearing the Fitbit Charge 6 fitness trackerCredit: Google

Can it really monitor my heart rate?

Heart rate tracking and more

Google claims the Charge 6 comes with “the most accurate heart rate on a Fitbit tracker”, as the new device borrows the technology used in the Google Pixel Watch. 

What does this mean for you? Well, Google says accuracy has been improved by up to 60% when tracking heart rate during strenuous exercise such as HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts, spinning and rowing, so for those who like to keep a keen eye on their beats per minute, the Charge 6 will deliver more precise readings. 

The improved heart rate monitoring has a positive knock-on effect on other metrics measured by the tracker, including calories burned, your Daily Readiness Score and your sleep score. All this means the Fitbit Charge 6 should provide more accurate data across a range of key metrics, helping you keep a closer eye on your overall health.

As ever, all your data will be integrated on the redesigned Fitbit app, where you’ll have access to a wide range of metrics. Some of these – such as your Daily Readiness Score and Sleep Profile – are only available with a Fitbit Premium subscription (you get six months of Fitbit Premium included with the Charge 6).  

Like the Charge 5, the new Charge 6 also features the ECG app, allowing you to monitor your heart rhythm for atrial fibrillation (a common form of irregular heart rhythm). 

If you’re a gym-goer, or have a smart exercise machine at home, the Charge 6 can wirelessly connect with equipment from several well-known brands (including NordicTrack, Peloton, Concept2 and Tonal) to give you a live readout of your heart rate on the machine’s display. 


New exercise modes

The Charge 6 offers more than 40 exercise modes to help you track your favourite workout, with 20 of these options being new. These include HIIT, strength training, surfing, CrossFit and snowboarding. 

Accessibility features

The screen on the Charge 5 was bright and clear, although not the biggest. It’s pleasing to see that Fitbit has tried to improve accessibility on the Charge 6, by offering zoom and magnification features. 

If you’re struggling to read small text, or if you prefer to make the font larger, a couple of taps on the screen will magnify what’s on the display. 

What else has been added?

Google smarts inside

A cyclist paying for something using their Fitbit Charge 6Credit: Google

Fitbit was bought by Google a few years back, so it makes sense that we’d eventually see Google services integrated into Fitbit. On the Charge 6, this means that Fitbit Pay is replaced by Google Wallet. Google Wallet enables contactless payments via your Charge 6. It’s far more widely accepted than Fitbit Pay, making it a much more useful feature than that found on its predecessors.  

There’s also Google Maps integration, which offers turn-by-turn directions while you’re on the go, without needing to take your phone out of your bag or pocket. You will, though, need to be within Bluetooth range of your phone to use this. 

As well as these, YouTube Music controls are available on the Charge 6. You’ll need a YouTube Music Premium subscription to use this, and you’ll still need to have your phone close by (you can’t for example, download music to your Charge 6 and go for a run without your phone).  

One added feature is the ability for YouTube Music Premium to make music recommendations based on the exercise you are doing. You’ll get a one-month free trial of YouTube Music Premium when you buy the Charge 6. 

How much does the Fitbit Charge 6 cost?

Fitbit Charge 6 price

Fitbit Charge 6 fitness trackers showing different watch strapsCredit: Google

The Fitbit Charge 6 was released on October 12.  

The Charge 6 price is £139.99, which is highly reasonable considering its predecessor launched at £169.99 in 2021. 

You have the choice of three colours: black with an obsidian band; champagne gold aluminium with a coral band; and silver aluminium with a porcelain band. 


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Steven Shaw

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Steven Shaw has been a freelance writer for a variety of outlets, most notably TechRadar. His degree in Medieval History prepared him less adequately for his career than you might expect, but the years spent working in technology focused retail were much more helpful.

Outside of work, Steven is passionate about health and fitness, and particularly enjoys high-intensity interval training, weight training, and increasingly, spending time recovering. Steven loves reading, films and a wide variety of sports. A particular highlight was watching Viv Richards and Sachin Tendulkar batting together in an exhibition match.

He wishes he could travel more. He can also tell you a lot about the Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, and Carolingians. Most of his non-work time is spent with his young children, who are the living embodiment of high-intensity training.