Tool Time, Summer 2021: Fitbit Luxe and More

Fitbit Luxe gold stainless bracelet
The special-edition Fitbit Luxe with gold stainless steel Parker Link bracelet by Gorjana ($199.95)


Fitbit Luxe

Fitbit’s understated, affordable tracker bracelets have become as ubiquitous as the Apple Watch—the best-selling ­wearable in the United States—in recent years. Celebs including Sarah ­Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow wear Fitbit bands, and so does your chatty neighbor and favorite bank teller (just ­guessing, but it’s likely). Now the brand has debuted an ­elevated heir apparent to its popular, recently discontinued Alta trackers. Released in May, the Fitbit Luxe lets you track your fitness, sleep, and exercise, yes, but it was also designed to help you manage stress, which affects overall health.

What it does: Luxe boasts all the health-tracking capabilities of past Fitbit bands, but it also feeds you a daily stress management score, an assessment of your body’s ability to handle stress based on your activity levels, sleep, and heart rate. Then, through the app, the device dispenses advice for curbing stressors. It’s a savvy addition—more than a year into the pandemic, who couldn’t use some stress mitigation?

Fitbit Luxe orange leather strap
Sold separately: a double-wrap leather bracelet in black, gray, or sunrise (pictured) for $49.95

What we liked: With its soft beveled edges and full-color touch screen, Luxe feels better built and more fashion-forward than its predecessors. It’s also available with bracelets that elevate the classic rubber strap. Choices include low-profile colored metal mesh bands and a bona fide jewelry option: a stainless steel link bracelet designed by Laguna Beach, Calif.–based brand Gorjana.

Best feature: Fitbit Luxe runs on the brand’s Premium app, which gives you access to a range of workouts and nearly 200 mindfulness sessions, including Deepak Chopra’s Mindful Method, an exclusive wellness collection designed to make mindfulness practice more accessible. Om, we’ll take it! ($149.95 including six months of Fitbit Premium, which is available for $9.99 a month after that;

Top: The standard Fitbit Luxe comes in four colorways: black, orchid, peony, and white.



NSK Sheenus Zero Ultrasonic Polisher

NSK Sheenus Zero Ultrasonic Polisher
NSK’s latest polisher includes a precision handpiece that’s both lightweight and ergonomically designed (in short, it’s comfy).

The new NSK Sheenus Zero Ultrasonic Polisher from Stuller can be used for grinding, polishing, and mirror-finishing a wide range of materials, from aluminum and cemented carbide dies to plastic molds and ceramics. The beefy, no-frills bench helper removes hard layers of EDM (electrical discharge machining) deposits and polishes hard-to-reach areas. The Sheenus Zero features a power-level indicator, two-mode display selection, easy-touch function switches, and constant-output power—with a maximum output of 19–29 kilohertz—all to help you shine on with ease, for years to come. ($3,899;

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