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Compare the Fitbit Sense to the Fitbit Versa 3

With the Fitbit Sense, Fitbit introduced the advanced version of the Fitbit Versa 3. The Fitbit Sense measures even more than the Versa 3. For example, the watch has a pulse oximeter to measure the oxygen level in your blood. The Sense also has more swimming functions. We tell you more about the differences and similarities between these 2 Fitbit smartwatches here.

Fitbit Sense Carbon/Graphite

40mm wide | Call and respond to messages | Route registration via GPS
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  • With 6 months of free Fitbit Premium, you get more insight into your health and you receive tips on how to improve it.
  • With additional sensors, such as a thermometer and a pulse oximeter, you can keep an even closer eye on your health.
  • Not only do you receive notifications of messages, but you can also make calls via the watch when your phone is nearby.
  • Fitbit isn't compatible with all Huawei smartphones.

Fitbit Versa 3 Black

40mm wide | Answer calls and respond to messages | Route registration via GPS
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  • You can leave your wallet at home, because you can make contactless payments with your watch via Fitbit Pay.
  • You'll receive a weekly email with your performance of that week for motivation.
  • Not only will you receive notifications of messages, but you can also make phone calls via the watch when your phone is nearby.
  • Fitbit isn't compatible with all Huawei smartphones.

Comparison Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3

Fitbit Sense Fitbit Versa 3
Screen 1.58-inch AMOLED screen 1.58-inch AMOLED screen
Weight 33.1 grams 28.5 grams
Colors Black, Lunar White/Soft Gold Black, Pink Clay/Soft Gold, Midnight/Soft Gold
Type of heart rate measurement ECG heart rate measurement (available in EU at a later time) Optical heart rate measurement
Fitbit Premium 6 months free No
Swim measurements Stroke recognition, measures distance, speed, and number of laps, adjustable lane length, SWOLF tracking Automatic stroke recognition, adjustable lap length
Measuring stress Yes, thanks to the EDA scanner No


Fitbit Sense colors

Fitbit Sense: stainless steel watch case, 2 colors

In appearance, the Fitbit Sense and the Fitbit Versa 3 look exactly alike. Nevertheless, there are small differences. The Fitbit Sense weighs 33.1 grams, so it's 4.6 grams heavier than the Versa 3. This is due to the material of the watch case. It's made of stainless steel, a heavier material than the aluminum of the Versa 3. The Fitbit Sense contains a battery that can last up to 6 days and supports fast charging. The Sense is available in 2 colors: Carbon/Graphite and Pink Clay/Soft Gold

Fitbit Versa 3 colors

Fitbit Versa 3: aluminum watch case, 3 colors

The watch case of the Fitbit Versa 3 is made of aluminum. That also makes the watch a lot lighter, so it only weighs 28.5 grams. The Versa 3 is available in 3 different colors: Black, PInk Clay/Soft Gold, and Midnight/Soft Gold. Both the straps of the Sense and the Fitbit Versa 3 are made of silicone. The battery of the Fitbit Versa 3 lasts as long as that of the Sense.

Fitbit Premium

Fitbit Premium free with the Fitbit Sense

Fitbit Sense: 6 months of free access

If you purchase a Fitbit Sense, you get 6 months free access to Fitbit Premium. With this Fitbit service, you get even more insight into your health and activities. You'll get training schedules that are tailored to your activities, body, and health. For example, you work with your Fitbit Sense on better fitness, more muscles, or flexibility.

Fitbit Versa 3 Fitbit Coach app

Fitbit Versa 3: option to upgrade

The Fitbit Versa 3 doesn't come with 6 months of free Fitbit Premium. You can get this for your Versa 3, though. In addition, your Fitbit Versa 3 also has limited access to the Fitbit Coach app. You download it on your smartphone or smartwatch for guidance during exercise. In the app, you'll find all kinds of workouts and sports programs that you can participate in. For some workouts, you have to get a Fitbit Coach Premium before you get started.

Heart rate measurements

Fitbit Sense ECG

Fitbit Sense: ECG, more notifications

With the Fitbit Sense, you can monitor your heart rate even better. The Sense measures your heart rate via an electrical heart rate sensor, also known as ECG. This sensor measures the timing and strength of your heartbeat by measuring electrical signals in your blood. Based on those heart rate measurements, the Fitbit Sense notifies you in the case of a high or low heart rate. That way, you know exactly when to slow down. The Sense also monitors your stress level by measuring your heart rate. Unfortunately, the ECG function will be launched in Europe at a later time.

Fitbit Versa 3 optical heart rate measurement

Fitbit Versa 3: optical heart rate measurement

The Fitbit Versa 3 has an optical heart rate sensor. This sensor measures your heart rate on the basis of green light that reflects off your blood. It measures the speed at which your blood flows through your veins and how fast your heart is beating. Optical heart rate sensors are less accurate than optical heart rate monitors.

Extra health functions

Fitbit Sense extra sensors

Fitbit Sense: EDA scanner, more sensors and meters

What makes the Fitbit Sense especially stand out is the built-in EDA scanner. The watch measures your stress level with this scanners and gives tips to lower your stress level, like breathing exercises and mindfulness. Unlike the Fitbit Versa 3, the Sense also has a gyroscope, thermometer, and an oximeter. With a gyroscope, the Sense keeps track of laps, such as running laps, or training sessions. An oximeter measures the oxygen values of your blood. In short: the Fitbit Sense gives you even more insight into your health.

Fitbit Versa 3 good foundation health watch

Fitbit Versa 3: good foundation

With the Fitbit Versa 3, you have a good foundation to keep track of your health. You have insight into your heart rate, your fitness age, and how many calories you burn. Your fitness age says something about your health and fitness in relation to that of other people your age. The Fitbit Versa 3 also measures your sleep, just like the Sense, and the watch gives you insight into the quality of your sleep.

Extra sports functions

Fitbit Sense swim watch

Fitbit Sense: suitable for the avid swimmer

In terms of swimming functions, the Fitbit Sense is rises above the Fitbit Versa 3. The watch, just like the Versa 3, has automatic stroke recognition and you can set the lap length on the watch. In addition, it keeps track of automatic intervals and the watch measures your swimming distance and speed. The Sense also has SWOLF tracking and a swim lane counter, so everything you need to keep track of your swimming workout.

Fitbit Versa 3 sport profiles

Fitbit Versa 3: various sport profiles

You can also dive into the pool with the Versa 3 on your wrist. The watch is waterproof, but keeps track of your swimming workout less accurately than the Fitbit Sense. The Versa 3 does measure your active minutes during the day and shows your active zones in the app. The sport profiles are adjustable, just like on the Sense. This means that you can set them to your favorite sports.


The Fitbit Sense goes a step further than the Versa 3 in several respects. For example, the Sense's watch case is made of stainless steel instead of aluminum. You get Fitbit Premium for 6 months for free, which you don't get with the Versa 3. The Fitbit Sense has more functions and sensors to monitor your health. Are you looking for a watch to simply keep track of your workouts? The Versa 3 will probably suffice. Do you want to improve your sports performance? We recommend the Fitbit Sense.

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