Fitbit Blaze Reviewed for Performance and Quality
The company has advanced beyond counting your daily steps. This device allows you to track your runs and rides, follow a workout, monitor your heart rate, and even gives you golf course specs.
In addition to telling the time (it is a watch, after all), you can even receive a text message and phone call notifications on the Fitbit Blaze. With so many fitness watches available on the market today, the specs can be overwhelming.
Keep reading our in-depth Fitbit Blaze review to help you decide if it is the right fitness tracking watch for your needs.
- Many basic and advanced features
- Multi-sport tracking
- Band options
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Data saved for 7 days
- Fashionable design
- FitStar fitness app
- May be too large for some users
- Does not store music
- The accuracy of heart rate monitors dwindles as workouts increase in intensity
- Not waterproof
It also counts how many steps you take per hour, how many miles you have traveled, the number of floors you have climbed, and the calories you have burned. If you have been inactive for a little while, it even sends reminders to get you up and to move. The Fitbit Blaze tracks your current heart rate as well as your average resting heart rate.
While engaging in physical activity, this watch measures not only your heart rate, but also your distance, pace, lap pace, calories burned, and total workout time. If you wear the Fitbit Blaze while you sleep, the watch measures your sleep patterns and helps you analyze whether you had a restful or fitful night's slumber.
More specifically, software called Sleep Stages tracks your heart rate and data from its accelerometer to determine the type of sleep you are having: light; deep; or REM.
When it comes to running or biking, the Fitbit Blaze most accurately tracked distance when connected to a phone, because it can use its GPS feature. However, it is overly generous when used alone, because it uses your arm movement to track distance. For heart rate monitoring, the Fitbit Blaze is exceptionally accurate, especially in the areas of 24/7 and resting heart rate.
While exercising, the Fitbit Blaze was less accurate when compared to a heart rate monitor that used a chest strap. The harder the users worked out, the less precise the Fitbit Blaze's measurement became.
This device syncs reasonably quickly, within a matter of seconds. Data is saved instantly to the watch and is sent to the Fitbit app on your phone when you sync the devices manually or according to a set schedule. The Fitbit Blaze can connect with over 200 types of devices to make sure you receive regular updates, and reminders to get you moving.
Your Fitbit Blaze will share its data with the app, which stores it so you can analyze your performance and health metrics at any time. The app keeps not only track of your workout performance, but also your sleep patterns, eating habits, and water consumption. These last two features require you to input data into your phone or your Fitbit website (which will automatically sync to the app).
The Fitbit Blaze also connects to FitStar, Fitbit's workout app. There are free workouts available on this app, and paid ones as well. You can run the workouts via your Fitbit Blaze or your smartphone, which allows you to watch a video demonstration of each exercise.
However, the large face, although easy to read and use, is a bit much for a small wrist, and can hinder wrist movement during certain activities. While running or performing other physical activities, the watch is very comfortable. It moves with your body because of the flexible band material. It is also lightweight, which doesn't impede performance or speed.
The one area in which the Fitbit Blaze could improve is band breathability. After a run or workout, my wrist is often sweaty and wet underneath the band. I have to wipe the watch down, so it doesn't develop an odor.
This smart-watch was designed not just as a fitness watch, but as a lifestyle watch. Fitbit Blaze wants you to wear it all of the time, for every occasion, and also always be aware of your progress toward your fitness and health goals.
I have dropped, bumped, and knocked mine around, and there is not a scratch to be found on the frame or the face.
It also makes the touchscreen feature easy to use, as the large face allows for greater finger-tip accuracy.
The large face isn't the greatest for small wrists. However, it can look overwhelming, even though it is a very lightweight watch. It can also impede the movement of small wrists during physical activities. For example, I wore my Fitbit Blaze during a yoga class. It wasn't very comfortable because the face prevented the full movement of my wrist while flowing through poses.
Although the perimeter of the face and its frame are larger, the stainless steel face frame is thin and lightweight. It helps a faceless noticeable, even on a small wrist.
Other bands can be ordered for the Fitbit Blaze, including those made of leather or stainless steel links. A nylon band has also been made available for the Fitbit Blaze. These accessories foster the notion that the Fitbit Blaze is not just a fitness watch, but a lifestyle watch that is meant to be worn during any occasion.
A slim band and frame were recently released by Fitbit to accommodate wearers that may want a sleeker profile from their watch. It is plated with 22k gold and is available with a black or pink band. The watch bands have 12 buckle holes that allow you to customize the fit of the watch.
Ease of Use
The Fitbit online portal and app are both easy to use. Data can be inputted with the tap of your smartphone screen or the click of your mouse. The app alerts you when there is an update for itself or the actual watch. The watch software updates can be installed with one click, and the whole process takes 5-10 minutes to complete.
The Blaze is not compatible with other accessories like heart rate monitor chest straps. Fitstar, a workout and fitness app, can be purchased for your smartphone to increase the amount of workout available in your repertoire. There is a free version of this app, but it does not give you full access to the exercises available.
- Multi-sport tracking
- Flexible band
- Accurate 24/7 and resting heart rate
- Fitbit and Fitstar apps
- Lifestyle watch, not just for fitness
The watch is comfortable to wear and can be worn for any occasion, especially when worn with one of the alternative bands. The Fitbit Blaze is an all-around decent watch to have to keep tabs on your healthy lifestyle.