Fitbit One Vs. Fitbit Ultra

Few health products on the market today have come as highly recommended as the Fitbit. Not only does it track your activity levels throughout the day, but it can also help you get a grip on your sleep habits. After all, sleep is a fundamental component of any fitness plan.


Any tool that can help clue you in as to any issues that might stand in your way of success is invaluable. Add the ability to track your caloric intake, stairs climbed, and steps taken throughout the day, and you have a pretty comprehensive monitoring solution. The main thing all Fitbits are missing is a heart rate monitor, which can be purchased separately and integrated with the greater Fitbit Web service.

So what separates the $79 Fitbit Ultra from the $99 Fitbit One? Is there really that much of a difference between the two? Yes.. and the differences might surprise you.

Here are some features both of these devices have in common.

  • Step counter
  • Distance tracking
  • Calories Burned
  • Sleep (hours, time(s) awakened, efficiency)
  • Wireless syncing to OS X and Windows
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Free online and mobile software

Advantages of Fitbit One

The Fitbit Ultra and Fitbit One don’t share all the same features. In addition to a bit more aesthetically appealing design, you get the advantage of some additional perks.

Here’s a look at some of the things the Fitbit One does that the Fitbit Ultra doesn’t.

  • Silent wake alarm
  • Syncs to Bluetooth 4.0 devices (iPhone 4S, iPad 3+4, Android coming soon)
  • Water resistant

While it might seem like a minor detail, the design of the Fitbit One comes at an advantage. The Fitbit Ultra had a tendency to slip off my waistband on occasion due in part to the smooth interior and lack of gripping elements to the clip. The Fitbit One has little bumps that help it grip surfaces and stay in place. It’s also a bit less like a clothespin and more like a small (intentionally invisible) accessory.

Is the Fitbit One Worth It?

My original Fitbit was ruined in the rain. It stopped working shortly after it was exposed to water, which resulted in a loss of the initial investment. Fitbit One might not have very many extremely big differences for the small bump in price, but if a $20 price increase is worth the water resistance to you, it certainly is worth the extra investment.