Water resistance is a core feature of modern smartwatches and fitness trackers. They provide the necessary protection for swimmers and divers, and peace of mind for clumsy folk. But which Fitbit devices are waterproof, and which can you use in the shower or the pool?
Most Fitbit smartwatches and trackers are water-resistant up to 50 meters.
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Are all Fitbits waterproof?
Before we delve deeper into this topic, it’s important to note that “waterproof” and “water resistance” are not the same thing. Fitbit does not claim that any of its devices are waterproof, but several devices are classed as water-resistant.
A waterproof device is impermeable to water under any circumstances. This means it’s effectively impossible for water to get into the device. Water resistance, however, suggests that there is still a chance that water damage can occur in certain conditions. According to Fitbit, its water-resistant devices can be used in water as deep as 50 meters (164 feet). Any deeper, and you run the risk of damage due to pressure at that depth. It’s important to keep this in mind if you’re a diver shopping for a new smartwatch.
See a breakdown of which Fitbit devices include water resistance below.
Fitbit wearables that are water-resistant
Interestingly, Fitbit notes that the original Ace is not water-resistant but “showerproof.” This means that users can’t swim with the Ace, but it is designed to brush off splashes.
Which Fitbits are the best underwater?
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There isn’t one Fitbit device specifically designed for swimmers or divers, but we’d call out the Fitbit Sense and Charge 5 best for that particular purpose.
The Sense is the company’s most advanced wearable to date, with a large display that improves legibility underwater. When selecting swimming as an activity, the Sense automatically engages a screen lock to guard against accidental touches.
The Fitbit Charge 5 also boasts the largest color screen of any of the company’s trackers. It also features a Water Lock mode that you can manually enable in its settings menu.
Fitbit Charge 5
See also: How much is a Fitbit?
Can I shower with my Fitbit?
Yes. If you own any of the Fitbits mentioned above, you can absolutely shower with your device. However, Fitbit does note that prolonged exposure to soap can damage the device. In this case, we recommend rinsing the device thoroughly after showering and drying off any residual water with a cloth. Fitbit doesn’t recommend users take their Fitbits into a hot tub or sauna.
Can I swim with my Fitbit?
Yes. If you own any Fitbit device mentioned above (bar the original Fitbit Ace), you can swim with that device.