Who it's for:
Anyone looking for a tracker to motivate them into more activity. Fitbit's constant notifications to move, its massive battery life, its easy-to-use interface and app, and its community of users make it top-notch.
Ease of use:
Very easy. You can view all of your stats (steps, heart rate, calories burned, distance moved, etc.) on the tracker, and its side button makes it easy to switch between what is shown on-screen. These stats also sync to the Fitbit app, so you can track everything there in greater detail too.
The Charge 3 now comes with both a small and large band, so there's no guesswork before you order to get the right size. It's very comfortable, and because it's now waterproof, you can wear it in the shower (and the pool) without worry.
I've personally owned every Charge fitness tracker with heart rate monitoring, and they have only gotten better. What really stands out with the Charge 3 is the battery life. It lasted 10 days the first time we charged it and continued to impress us. It's also waterproof at long last, and you can enable notifications for texts, calendar events, and weather updates in addition to move reminders, breathing reminders, and call notifications.
While this is the best fitness tracker, and the best version of the Charge, it's not perfect. It has to be synced regularly for the weather app to work (though that encourages you to sync your data). And if it needs to be reset, you have to connect it to the charger and try to push the "button"through a small window in the charger, which isn't impossible but is also not very user-friendly. Thankfully, these are secondary functions that won't affect your overall experience.
Bonus perk: Sleep tracking
I have always struggled to get "enough" sleep. I blamed it on not getting enough REM sleep and pretended like I knew what I was talking about. The Charge 3 taught me that I actually get the right amount of shuteye, so it's clearly another factor that makes me wish naptime was more acceptable in the workplace. Thanks to the heart rate monitor, Fitbit can break down your sleep into four categories: Awake, REM, Light, and Deep. It also shows you trends over time and gives you benchmarks to show you how your sleep measures up to the typical experience for people like you.
Editors' Note: We still love the Charge 2, and if you don't care about waterproofing or extra notifications, you can almost always find the Charge 2 for $30-$50 less than the 3 at places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, and eBay. At least until retailers move the last of their inventories.