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Fitbit Luxe vs Charge 4

Fitbit Luxe vs Charge 4

Published May 2022
by Amirah Zakiyyah

The Fitbit Luxe and Fitbit Charge 4 are excellent watches. One of Fitbit's fashion-conscious activity and wellness trackers to date, the Luxe balances functionality and a stylish design. Alongside this is the Charge 4, marketed toward runners and gym-goers as an affordable training companion. But how do they compare considering they are similarly priced?

To know which watch is best for you, we take a closer look at these differences:

1. Fitness Features

2. Smartwatch Features

3. Design and Display

4. Battery Life

5. Price

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1. Fitness Features

Fitbit Charge 4

Fitbit Charge 4

The Fitbit Luxe and the Fitbit Charge 4 are highly capable as fitness trackers. Both watches track activity, and steps and detect sleep. You're getting the same 24/7 heart rate monitoring and measuring effort levels during exercise. When you switch to sports mode, these watches offer pace, distance, auto-exercise recognition and over 20 exercise modes. Not only that, both devices provide female health-tracking, guided breathing, inactivity alerts, Active Zone minutes, sleep tracking and SpO2 (oxygen saturation) monitoring.

Beyond those features, there are important differences between these two devices. Firstly, the Fitbit Charge 4 has built-in GPS whereas the Fitbit Luxe has 'connected GPS' where it tethers to the GPS hardware of your smartphone. This is crucial because connected GPS isn't as accurate, hence, you need your phone to map and track walks, runs or bike rides.

Secondly, while both the Charge 4 and Luxe track steps, only the Fitbit Charge 4 has an altimeter to report elevation and the floors climbed. Finally, the Fitbit Luxe has a focus on wellness. The watch is equipped to help you find a bit of calm with a range of stress management tools, tracks physical signs of stress to give you a stress management score and on-wrist guided breathing sessions.

2. Smartwatch Features 

Fitbit Luxe

Fitbit Luxe

While both watches are compatible with iOS and Android smartphones, the Fitbit Charge 4 is the one you'd want to go for if you're looking for a little more as far as smartwatch features go.

The Fitbit Luxe supports smartphone notifications from first and third-party apps. Moreover, you can receive calls and text alerts, set up silent alarms, and timers, and do not disturbs and sleep modes on your wrist.

On top of all the features mentioned, the Fitbit Charge 4 offers contactless payment via Fitbit Pay, the ability to control Spotify music streaming and checking weather reports using your watch. 

Fitbit Luxe

Fitbit Luxe

Elegant on your wrist

A wellness tracker that doubles as an accessory.

3. Design and Display 

Fitbit Charge 4

Fitbit Charge 4

Many recognise the Fitbit Luxe and Fitbit Charge 4 for their narrow and slim appearance. Both are also waterproof up to 50 metres but that's where the similarities stop.

Taking inspiration from the human body, the Luxe is stylish yet fitted for comfort with smooth lines and soft, curved edges. It has a durable stainless steel case and is available in a range of soft colours (lunar white, black, orchid). If you're in the mood to treat yourself, the Luxe also comes in a special edition Gorjana Soft Gold Stainless Steel Parker Link Bracelet. What's more, you can change the look and feel of your Fitbit Luxe whenever you feel like you need a change since it comes with interchangeable bands.

Fitbit Luxe

Fitbit Luxe

The Fitbit Charge 4 has a sporty feel. Featuring a rectangular shape, the Charge 4 is more angular and has a range of dark colour (black, navy blue and deep purple) options to choose from. The Charge 4 has a plastic buckle and body with silicone, diamond-textured bands. In addition, the special edition is black and comes with a Granite Reflective Woven band. Similar to the Fitbit Luxe, you can enjoy swapping out the Fitbit Charge 4 bands as you see fit.

Although the Luxe measures a narrow 0.76 inches diagonally, its resolution of 124 x 206 pixels means you get crisp and smooth graphics and text. The vibrant, colour display makes it easy on the eyes even at the lowest brightness setting. Compared to the Fitbit Luxe, the Fitbit Charge 4's display is less impressive with a grayscale display rather than an attractive colour screen. It's worth noting that the Charge 4 is slightly larger measuring 1 inch diagonally but has a 100 x 106 resolution.

4. Battery Life

Fitbit Charge 4

Fitbit Charge 4

The Fitbit Luxe offers five days of battery life on a single charge. However, the Fitbit Charge 4 boasts a longer battery life, getting two extra days.

Fitbit Charge 4

Fitbit Charge 4

Plenty of features

Gain a deeper understanding of your body with activity and fitness tracking.

5. Price

Fitbit Luxe

Fitbit Luxe

Both watches are almost identically priced but the Fitbit Charge 4 is available at a slightly lower cost of S$158 than the Fitbit Luxe at S$168.

Final Thoughts

All things considered, which is better, the Fitbit Luxe or the Fitbit Charge 4? If we had to choose a winner, the Charge 4 is the one we'd go for. Packed with richer fitness features, coming at a more affordable price point and the inclusion of additional perks not available in the Luxe, the Fitbit Charge 4 is worth every penny. However, the Fitbit Luxe is preferable if you want a more sophisticated wearable that offers Fitbit's trademark fitness and wellness tracking with the addition of a desirable colour display.

Check out our top picks of Fitbit's best watches here.

Previously, we explored the differences between the Fitbit Charge 5 and Charge 4, the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 and Fitbit Versa 2 and Versa 3.

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