Today on this post review, we’ll compare the Fitbit Charge 5 and Fitbit Luxe. These are the two newest bands in the Fitbit lineup, along with the newly released Fitbit charge and Fitbit luxe. We’re going to compare the similarities, the differences, and, of course, which one is best for you, so let’s get started now.
|Fitbit Charge 5||Fitbit Luxe|
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|✔️Lovely OLED display|
✔️Tracks overnight HRV, breathing rate, SpO2 and skin temperature variations
✔️Supports mobile payments
|✔️Sharp looking AMOLED display|
✔️Capable health tracking
✔️Impressive heart rate monitoring
✔️Slim, jewelry-inspired design with a metal case
✔️Robust companion app
✔️Good battery life
|❌No music control|
❌Exercise options could be expanded
❌More expensive than the Charge 4
❌Daily Readiness score needs Fitbit Premium
❌Clock faces aren’t customizable
❌No altimeter for elevation tracking
❌No physical buttons
❌Screen feels too small
|❌Lacks Fitbit Pay|
❌Notifications feel cramped
❌No built-in GPS, altimeter, or NFC
❌Fitbit Premium required for full experience
❌SpO2 monitor not yet activated
Fitbit Charge 5 vs Fitbit Luxe: Specs
|Categories||Fitbit Charge 5||Fitbit Luxe|
|Design||Rectangular, made with|
aluminum, glass, and resin.
made with stainless steel
|Display||0.86 inch, AMOLED touchscreen||0.76-inch, AMOLED touchscreen|
|Dimension||36.78mm x 22.79mm||33.5 x 17.5 mm|
|Sensors||Optical heart rate tracker,|
multipurpose electrical sensors
compatible with ECG app & EDA Scan app,
ambient light sensor
|Optical heart rate monitor,|
ambient light sensor
|Water Resistance||up to 50 meters (swim-proof)|
– 5 ATM
|up to 50 meters (swim-proof)|
– 5 ATM
|GPS||Built-in GPS||Connected GPS|
|Where to Buy?||View On Amazon||View On Amazon|
Fitbit Charge 5 vs Fitbit Luxe: Similarities
- Both bands are made of stainless steel.
- Both have magnetic chargers.
- Both have very bright AMOLED displays.
First, let’s discuss their similarities. Both bands are made of stainless steel, making them both very sturdy bodies, and they interchange using the exact locking mechanism.
The fitbit charge 5 is about 0.9 inches, while the fitbit luxe is about.76 inches. They both have magnetic chargers that clip in, and they both have very bright AMOLED displays, but despite how similar those measurements sound, I promise you that they look very different in person.
- Both have heart rate monitors with built-in spo2.
- Both have the same Fitbit app and six months of Premium Fitbit.
- Both have five atmospheres of water resistance, track swimming.
- Both have the active zone minutes in the Fitbit app.
They both have heart rate monitors with built-in spo2 so you can check your blood oxygen levels, and they both have the same user interface, which we’ll discuss later in the post.
They both have 20 different sports modes, excellent sleep tracking, stress monitoring for women, and even some guided breathing, so there is no difference between the two of them in those areas.
They both have the same Fitbit app and six months of Premium Fitbit. I’ve previously discussed how they place some content behind the Fitbit Premium paywall, which costs about $10 per month or $80 per year, such as the new readiness score that debuted with the Charge 5 but will also be available on the Fitbit Luxe.
They both have five atmospheres of water resistance, track swimming just as well, and have the active zone minutes in the Fitbit app, so you can somewhat gamify your fitness with it since the readiness score isn’t yet available.
Fitbit Charge 5 vs Fitbit Luxe: Differences
Extra Features & Battery Life
- The Fitbit Charge 5 only offers an always-on display.
- The Fitbit Charge 5 only has Fitbit pay for NFC payments.
First, screen size. We briefly discussed that screen size earlier in the post, and it works great. In addition, the Fitbit Charge 5 offers an always-on display, making it easier to check your pace while running without waiting for the watch to turn on, which can be a little laggy. Therefore, the always-on display is a big plus, even though it’s not the best option.
A little bit more on battery life: The Fitbit Charge 5 is rated to have about seven days, while the Fitbit luxe is rated to have about five days of battery life. However, in real-world use, you’ll get closer to four days with the Fitbit luxe and more immediate to three days with the Charge 5 if you use the always-on display.
And unlike the luxe, the Fitbit charge 5 has Fitbit pay, which enables NFC payments through the band itself. The charge 5 comes with an Automator, making it the better choice if you need more precise information about the distance traveled up and down.
- The Fitbit Charge 5 only has an ECG monitor to detect conditions like Afib.
- The Fitbit Charge 5 only has an EDA sensor.
- The Fitbit Charge 5 only has also GPS built-in.
If you want to detect conditions like Afib, you also have an ECG monitor on the Fitbit Charge 5, which you don’t have on the Fitbit Luxe. However, that feature will be added in a future update. You’ll receive the readiness score on both, so hopefully, that update will also include the readiness score.
You also have an EDA sensor on the Fitbit Charge 5. It takes about 3 minutes to read, but it provides valuable information about your stress level. Electrodermal activity (EDA) is more accurate in measuring stress levels than body temperature. It takes three minutes to read the entire thing, but it provides valuable information to reduce your stress levels, which is a big plus.
You can go on runs without your phone and get GPS data with the Fitbit Charge 5, but you can’t with the luxe. The Fitbit charge 5’s GPS isn’t the best; the Fitbit charge 4 was slightly better; however, if you have it on a little bit too tightly, it will take a long time to read your GPS.
Fitbit Charge 5 vs Fitbit Luxe: User Interface
I wanted to show you guys the user interface and display on both devices so you could see the differences. They both have pretty much the same UI; when you swipe down, you can see your payments on the Charge 5 even though you don’t own the Luxe; however, everything else is pretty much the same (water lock, settings for display settings, quiet modes, heart rate zones, etc.); and of course, the Charge 5 has GPS.
When you double-tap the screen, it will go home on both of them. When you swipe to the right, notifications, exercises, alarms, or relaxation are available. However, this band also offers an EDA scan, whereas the other does not.
You return to your display as soon as you do and continue. When you swipe up, all your information is displayed on both shows, which are about 15 to 20 on the app itself. They are essentially identical and almost exactly copy one another.
The sensors on the back of both of them will be the same type, and there will be pretty simple ways to remove the bands; you will need to use a little force to clip them back on after taking them off with your nail.
Let’s examine the differences between the two. The most noticeable difference is that the Fitbit Charge 5 costs $30 more than the Fitbit Luxe, which costs $89. Fitbit Charge 5 costs roughly $119. For those $30, you get a tonne of extras.
So, with these two bands, what do I recommend? The only real reason you might choose the Luxe over the Fitbit Charge 5 is its slim design, especially if you have some smaller wrists. I think it’s evident that the Fitbit Charge 5 is the winner between the two for only $30.
The Fitbit Charge 5 doesn’t look bad at all, you can also get another type of band to make it a little bit nicer, but there aren’t as many flashy colors on the Fitbit charge 5. It’s much more functional and less noticeable in many ways, especially with the colors they have online.
But if you want GPS, NFC payment, ECG or EDA scans, a bigger screen for better readouts if you need to check pace and other things like that while running, and that always-on display makes it a lot more helpful for that as well, you should look at the Fitbit charge 5.