The 14 best new watches for women, according to an expert

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  • Watch offerings for women are colorful this year, including hues like mint green and bright yellow.
  • The dive watch category – including models dusted with diamonds – is especially popular.
  • For watches with a more masculine look, check out our guide to the best men’s watches.
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In 2001, I attended my first watch fair in Switzerland. I’ve made a living writing about timepieces ever since. Over the years, I’ve seen plenty of “ladies’ watches” come and go, most of them small, decorated in feminine motifs (think floral designs and mother-of-pearl dials), and powered by quartz battery movements.

Recently, however, the conversation about women’s watches has taken on new resonance, as more brands embrace the notion that a woman’s watch is – wait for it – any watch worn by a woman. In the spirit of genderless style, we highlight 15 of the best watches for women on the market today, including ultra-feminine gem-set timepieces, complicated mechanical wonders, and no-frills sport models designed to take a beating.

These are the best watches for women in 2021:

Armitron Ridgemont

The best watches for women in 2021 - Armitron Ridgemont

Inspired by the 80’s teen classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the Armitron Ridgemont features a dual analog/digital display guaranteed to appeal to vintage lovers on a budget. Bonus: It’s water resistant to 165 feet.

Ridgemont (button)
Skagen Aaren Naturals

Best womens watches 2021 Skagen Aaren Naturals

Perfect for eco-conscious shoppers, the timepieces in Skagen’s Aaren Naturals collection have been designed using stainless steel with recycled content and come on straps made with leather alternatives such as mulberry bark, cork and apple. 

Aaren Naturals Three-Hand Blue Leather Alternative (button)
Shinola Pee-Wee Detrola

Best womens watches 2021 Shinola Pee Wee Detrola

Lovers of Americana will flip for the new Pee-Wee Detrola watch from Detroit-based Shinola, which offers a big look in a pint-sized package.

Pee-Wee Detrola (button)
Seiko Prospex

Best womens watches 2021 Seiko Prospex

Introduced in 1959, the Seiko Prospex is a cult favorite among watch lovers. This modern “re-imagining” of the Japanese watchmaker’s first sport watch has a rotating inner compass bezel and is water resistant to 660 feet.

Prospex (button)
Nomos Tangente 38 – 50 Years Doctors Without Borders

Best womens watches 2021 Nomos Tangente 38

A classic of unisex styling, the new Tangente 38 from German watchmaker Nomos Glashütte benefits the nonprofit Doctors Without Borders. (The red 12 on the dial is a nod to the organization’s 50th anniversary.) The watch is available in a limited edition of 2,021 pieces, with 100 euros from each sale going directly to emergency aid services.

Tangente 38 (button)
Rado True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier

Best womens watches 2021 Rado True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier

Rado pioneered the use of high-tech ceramic in watchmaking. That legacy is evident in the sleek new True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier collection, named for the Swiss-French architect, designer and painter known as the “Father of Modernism.” 

True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier (button)
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300

Best womens watches 2021 TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300

The newly redesigned Aquaracer Professional 300 from TAG Heuer is a no-nonsense dive watch that works equally well for armchair explorers. The model’s signature 12-sided unidirectional rotating bezel hasn’t changed since the model was introduced in 1983, but virtually everything else has been updated, including a new scratch-resistant ceramic insert, an upgraded sapphire crystal and a slimmer case and bezel.

Aquaracer Professional 300 (button)

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Longines DolceVita

Best womens watches 2021 Longines DolceVita

A tribute to both the Art Deco era (the design is based on a 1920s model from Longines’ archives) and the Italian notion of the “good life,” the rectangular DolceVita with a diamond-set bezel is the perfect, and perfectly elegant, timepiece for the Roaring 2020s.

DolceVita (button)

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Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 South Sea Capsule Collection

Best womens watches 2021 Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 South Sea Capsule Collection

Breitling’s Chronomat South Sea Capsule Collection — including this 36 mm model with the fetching midnight blue lacquered dial — channels the exotic vacation vibe we’ve all been craving, thanks to its striking hue, golden indexes and hands, diamond-set hour markers and cocktail-hued gem-set bezel.

Chronomat Automatic 36 South Sea (button)

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Rolex Datejust 36

Best womens watches 2021 Rolex Datejust 36

Considered the classic starter Rolex, the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 now comes in a sophisticated yet sporty Oystersteel and yellow gold combination bearing a golden dial with a pretty fluted motif. Take the model’s signature Jubilee bracelet as an invitation to celebrate.

Datejust 36 (button)

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Girard-Perregaux 1966 Infinity

Best womens watches 2021 Girard Perregaux 1966 Infinity

With its sleek black onyx dial framed by 60 brilliant-cut diamonds, the 1966 Infinity from Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux is the quintessential cocktail watch. But the mechanical timepiece has plenty of substance, too: Its in-house manufactured movement is faithful to the famed Calibre 3000, the origin of the 1966 collection.

1966 Infinity (button)

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Chopard Happy Ocean 40

Best womens watches 2021 Chopard Happy Ocean 40

Chopard’s Happy Diamonds watches, with their trademark floating diamonds, have been a house staple since 1976. The latest iteration of the collection (whose new face is happiness incarnate Julia Roberts), includes this Happy Ocean model, ideal for snorkeling, sunbathing or dancing on the beach.

Happy Ocean 40 (button)

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto Medium

Best womens watches 2021 Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Duetto Medium

Introduced in 1931, the Reverso by Jaeger-LeCoultre has a unique swiveling mechanism that effectively gives you two watches for the price of one (the same movement powers both sets of hands). In the new 18k pink gold Reverso Duetto Medium, the reverse side features a glossy black lacquer dial that accentuates the model’s day/night possibilities.

Reverso Duetto Medium (button)

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Bulgari Serpenti Spiga

Best womens watches 2021 Bulgari Serpenti Spiga

Imagine yourself cruising around the Eternal City on a Vespa wearing the new Serpenti Spiga double spiral bracelet watch by the Roman jeweler and watchmaker Bulgari. The coiling 18k rose gold case and bracelet, set with diamonds and complemented by a black dial, is the ultimate in chic accessories.

Serpenti Spiga (button)

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Luxury items like watches and jewelry are getting even more expensive

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  • The cost of goods in the US saw its largest monthly increase since 2012.
  • Jewelry and watches were among several items that saw a significant price boost.
  • Prices are expected to continue rising in the coming months as vaccination levels increase.
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Luxury items became even more expensive last month as the price of goods in the US saw its highest monthly increase in nearly 9 years, according to the US Bureau and Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index.

Jewelry and watches were among several items that pushed the overall surge in prices. The cost of jewelry in the US rose 7.4% from the previous year and nearly 6% between February and March, according to the index.

Similarly, the price of watches also rose 4.3% from 2020 and 2.4% in the past month alone.

While the price increase might not seem particularly high on a surface level, they could put a further strain on the wallets of people buying big-ticket items.

If applied to the average price of a Rolex in 2020 – which falls around $12,000, according to Wrist Advisor – rising prices mean buyers can add about $500 to the price tag.

And that’s just for the average buyer. Customers looking to purchase even more pricey watches, like Rolex’s $75,000 model, would have to tack on an additional $3,000 to that price tag.

Similarly, for couples looking to buy a diamond engagement ring – an item with an average price around $5,000, according to Jewelry Wise – buyers can expect to pay an additional $370 this year, or even see a price increase of $285 from the previous month.

Prices in the US are only expected to continue to rise in the coming months, as increased vaccination rates allow the economy to reopen and demand to surge.

The cost of goods has also been impacted by several supply disruptions, including a shipping container shortage, port delays in California, and the impact of the Texas freeze on production in the state. Many companies are also still struggling to meet demand after cutting back on production due to COVID-19 shutdowns last year.

Outside of watch and jewelry prices, the Consumer Price Index showed several other goods had significant price increases, in particular fuel and food. Gas prices jumped over 9% in the past month and drove the largest increase in the index.

Overall, prices rose over last year at their highest rate since 2018, beating analysts estimates. The index rose 0.6%, while analysts estimated a 0.5% increase, according to Dow Jones estimates.

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The best smartwatches in 2021 for fitness, sleep tracking, and style

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The best smartwatches are useful for making sure you’re kept in the loop when your phone’s not in reach. They’re also a great motivational tool for staying in shape and keeping tabs on your overall wellness.

Smartwatches come in many different sizes, designs, and they can vary greatly when it comes to features. Before making a buying decision, ask yourself whether you want a watch primarily for fitness and sleep tracking, or whether style is your top priority.

I’ve been reviewing tech products for nearly a decade, and that includes testing smartwatches over the course of the past seven years. That means I’ve tested and researched many wearables from companies like Apple, Fitbit, Samsung and others and have a strong sense of what makes a good smartwatch for the price.

Here are the best smartwatches you can buy:

The best smartwatch overall

Apple Watch 6 Red

The Apple Watch has long been our favorite smartwatch for its ease of use, comprehensive health tracking, and polished design, and the Series 6 is the best iteration yet. 

Pros: Large always-on display, polished design and software, wide variety of health-focused and smartwatch-oriented features

Cons: Expensive, shorter battery life than some rivals, only offers basic sleep tracking

The $400 Apple Watch Series 6 is Apple’s most expensive smartwatch, and for good reason. With an always-on display that’s brighter than the Series 5’s, fast charging, new color options, and blood oxygen monitoring, it’s the best Apple Watch you can buy. 

Apple also sells the less expensive Apple Watch SE for $280, another great choice if you want an Apple Watch that still feels new and fast at a more reasonable price. But you’ll be missing out on advanced health features like blood oxygen level monitoring and the ability to take an ECG from your wrist.

Those features may not matter for everyone; if you’re the type of person that just wants to stay active and challenge yourself with fitness goals, the  SE will do just fine. It’s these features combined with the Series 6’s always-on display and faster charging that make it our top choice in the lineup.

More broadly, the Apple Watch stands out from other smartwatches for its modern design that easily fits with any style, broad customization options, smooth performance and wide variety of apps, and polished software. Our writers and editors have tested dozens of WearOS and Fitbit watches over the years, and the Apple Watch has consistently been the best when it comes to the overall experience.

That doesn’t mean it’s perfect, though. The Apple Watch’s biggest drawbacks compared to rivals from Fitbit and other companies are its high price tag, shorter battery life, and lackluster sleep tracking.

The best smartwatch for Android users

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is a fantastic fitness-focused smartwatch for Samsung fans.

Pros: Sleek design, gorgeous screen, great fitness tracking, heart rate monitor, LTE option, auto workout tracking, sleep tracking, swim-proof

Cons: Requires a bunch of extra Samsung apps to work if you don’t own a Samsung smartphone

Samsung’s Galaxy smartwatch lineup has been getting better every year as more apps and features are added. While it has the word “Active” in its name, the Galaxy Watch Active2 is perfectly suitable for fitness or general use.

Samsung also added a feature to the Galaxy Watch Active2 that helps it better compete with Apple: ECG readings. The feature launched in September after gaining approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration. However, it only works if the watch is connected to a compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone. 

You can get it in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm — just like the Apple Watch. It has a slim, sleek round watch case so it looks more like a normal watch than a piece of tech. The bezel is also touch-sensitive, which makes the software easier to navigate since you don’t always have to obscure the tiny screen with your finger.

You can get it in aluminum (WiFi/Bluetooth) and stainless steel (LTE) and choose between silver, gold, and black finishes. It’s rated at 5ATM for water resistance, so you can swim with it.

The Galaxy Watch Active2 can automatically track workouts, which is surprisingly a big plus for the Samsung watch, as Google’s Wear OS watches don’t have automatic workout detection. The heart rate monitor also helps the watch track the intensity of your workout.

The watch even has sleep tracking built in, a feature that’s common on smartwatches but only recently came to the Apple Watch.

But it doesn’t have the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa since it uses Samsung’s Bixby assistant. And its battery life is decent, with reviewers rating it as lasting roughly between 1.5 to two days, but it’s not as long-lasting as Fitbit’s watches.

The best smartwatch for sleep tracking

Fitbit versa 3

The Fitbit Versa 3 is a relatively affordable smartwatch that checks all the boxes, but truly shines when it comes to sleep tracking and battery life.

Pros: In-depth sleep tracking, long battery life, plenty of fitness features

Cons: No LTE version, software isn’t as polished as the Apple Watch

Fitbit is far from being the only smartwatch to offer sleep tracking. But if you’re looking for a general-purpose smartwatch that can provide deep insights into your sleep, the $229.95 Fitbit Versa 3 is the best pick for most people.

Fitbit’s sleep tracking goes beyond the basics by offering time spent in REM, light, and deep sleep, as well as the time you spent awake. It also tells you how much time you spent asleep and issues a Sleep Score that tells you about the quality of your sleep.

In addition to just seeing data indicating how well you slept last night, you can also view a 30-day average and see how your sleeping pattern compares to others of your age and gender. Some of Fitbit’s sleep-oriented features, like metrics that show restlessness, are only available if you subscribe to the $9.99 per month Fitbit Premium service. 

Still, even in the free tier, Fitbit offers more comprehensive sleep tracking metrics than most smartwatches, especially the Apple Watch. The Versa 3 also offers impressively long multi-day battery life that makes it much easier to track your sleep without worrying about draining your battery during the day. 

We recommend the Versa 3 over the $299.95 Fitbit Sense since it’s more affordable and still has many of Fitbit’s most important features. 

These include heart rate monitoring, the ability to deliver notifications from your phone, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support, exercise tracking, comprehensive sleep tracking, and a swim proof design. 

The downside, however, is that there’s no LTE option for the Versa 3 for those who want to receive calls and texts when their phone isn’t nearby. For iPhone owners, the software and app experience is also much more polished on the Apple Watch than it is on Fitbit’s watches.

The best feminine smartwatch

Fossil Julianna HR

The Fossil Julianna HR is a sleek smartwatch with a feminine design, a heart rate monitor, GPS, NFC, and the power of WearOS.

Pros: Classic watch design, stylish color options, lots of compatible watch straps, and it’s compatible with iPhones and Android phones

Cons: It’s a bit chunky, not as good with iPhone

If you’re an Android user who wants a feminine smartwatch, you’re in luck. Over the past few years, fashion brands and watchmakers have been making great Wear OS smartwatches. 

Fossil’s smartwatch line continues to grow each year, and we are looking forward to testing its new Gen 5 LTE watches that were announced in January. As the name implies, the new model adds support for LTE connectivity on Android through Verizon, a feature that most competing smartwatches have offered for years. 

In the meantime, we still recommend the Juliana HR. Fossil offers several different finishes for the Julianna’s watch casing. I love the simple rose gold casing and leather strap option, but you can also get one with a metal bracelet.

It’s a chunky watch, which is great for those who prefer that style. Even though it’s fashionable , this smartwatch is also waterproof up to 3 ATM, so you can swim with it on.

As for the tech inside, the Julianna runs Wear OS (previously known as Android Wear) and works with thousands of apps on the Google Play Store. You can answer texts, interact with notifications, and choose your own watch face — just like you would on any other smartwatch. Fossil has lots of nice watch faces in feminine colors, too.

The Julianna HR works with both Android phones and the iPhone, but it’s best with Android devices. When Android Wear watches are paired to the iPhone, a lot of functions no longer work, and you’re left with a pretty watch that only gives you notifications.

Julianna HR (button)
The best smartwatch for fashionable men

Fossil Carlyle HR

Fashion-forward men who aren’t into the high-tech futuristic look will love Fossil’s Q Carlyle HR with its classic design and smartwatch powers.

Pros: Classic watch look, WearOS, use any 2mm watch band you like

Cons: No LTE

Fossil is one of the few fashion brands and watchmakers that’s making actively gorgeous smartwatches. The Q Carlyle HR is the ultimate WearOS watch for men who want their smartwatch to look like a high-end wristwatch.

It’s a hefty smartwatch that feels luxurious, but it doesn’t cost a couple thousand dollars like the Tag Heuer Connected smartwatch. The stainless steel casing paired with a  chunky metal watch band give it a premium look and feel, but you can choose a number of different finishes.

You can get the smartwatch in dark gray, black, and silver finishes with metal or leather straps. The straps are interchangeable with any 22mm watch band you can buy from Fossil and others.

When it comes to tech, the Q Carlyle isn’t the most high-end one on this list, but it runs WearOS and it’s compatible with thousands of apps. You can send texts, view your notifications, and track your activity — just like you would on any smartwatch. The latest generation also has NFC for mobile payments, GPS, and a heart rate monitor.

Q Carlyle HR (button)
Best smartwatch for fitness enthusiasts

Garmin Forerunner 935

The Garmin Forerunner 935 Running GPS Watch is a fitness enthusiast’s dream that has long battery life and measures several metrics you won’t find on general purpose watches.

Pros: Long battery life, waterproof, durable glass face, built-in barometer and thermometer, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, and the ability to measure more metrics than we can list here

Cons: Expensive, reduced GPS accuracy when running on a track, built-in thermometer only measures temperature right above your skin

Smartwatches running Apple’s, Samsung’s, and Google’s operating systems come with decent fitness tracking features and functionality, but then there are smartwatches that bring fitness tracking to a whole other level. We’re talking about smartwatches from Garmin. 

We had a competitive distance runner try the $500 Garmin Forerunner 935 for 1,000 miles — and it’s better than any running watch he’s ever used. With that testimonial in mind, the Forerunner 935 is our top choice for fitness enthusiasts, at least for those who can allocate up to $500 for a device that’s specifically geared towards fitness. 

When you’re spending this much on a fitness tracking device, you’re better off reading the full review to find out what’s good and what’s not about the Forerunner 935. And realizing that the Forerunner 935 is expensive, we know of some less expensive fitness trackers that will work just fine for the majority of fitness folk. 

Forerunner 935 (button)
What else we considered

Fitbit Versa 2

While these are our top picks, there are several other options worth considering based on your needs, preferences, and budget. Here’s a look at some other contenders: 

  • Garmin Vivoactive 4: Garmin’s Vivoactive 4 is a more affordable alternative to its Forerunner and Fenix lines that still offers more in-depth health features than your standard smartwatch. It also comes with many of the other features around connectivity you’d demand from a watch of its price.
  • Fitbit Sense: The Sense is Fitbit’s top-of-the-line smartwatch and its first to offer the ability to measure how your body reacts to stress. The Sense, like Fitbit’s other smartwatches, serves as a compelling Apple Watch alternative for non-Apple users and those seeking a more affordable watch. However, we chose the Versa 3 instead as one of our top picks because it has many of the benefits of the Sense at a more reasonable price.
  • Michael Kors Access Lexington 2: Michael Kors has been making smartwatches alongside Fossil for years now. If you like MK, you’ll probably like this watch as it has many of the same features.

What we look forward to testing

Tech companies and fashion houses alike are always launching new products, and these are the smartwatches that we’re looking forward to testing soon.

OnePlus Watch: OnePlus’ new smartwatch, which launches on April 14, promises to offer up to 14 days of battery life and costs just $159. That alone is enough to get us excited about trying it. The watch itself has a simple and sleek circular design, much like the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, and also includes health features like blood oxygen saturation measurements and stress detection despite its low price. 

Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR: With its minimalist design and low-power screen, the $195 Skagen Jorn looks promising for those who prioritize sleek looks and long battery life in a smartwatch. The company says it should last for up to two weeks on a charge thanks to its e-ink screen, which draws less power than traditional LCD or OLED screens. It has many of the core features you’d expect from a smartwatch, like the ability to deliver smartphone notifications, monitor activity and fitness, and measure your heart rate. 

Fossil Gen 5 LTE: Fossil’s Gen 5 LTE addresses one of the biggest complaints about its other watches: that they lacked the ability to establish their own cellular connection when your phone isn’t nearby. This new model also runs on Google’s Wear OS like other Fossil watches, and comes with multiple battery modes. But that LTE option also adds to the price; the Gen 5 LTE is $349, making it almost as expensive as the Apple Watch Series 6.

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The 6 best smartwatches in 2021 for fitness, sleep tracking, and style

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  • The Apple Watch Series 6 is the best smartwatch overall because of its ease-of-use and robust health features.
  • For Android users, the sleek and round Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a great choice.
  • But if sleep tracking is your top priority, consider Fitbit instead.
  • Check out our guides to the best smartwatches for women and the best Apple Watches for more buying advice.

Smartwatches can be very useful for making sure you don’t miss anything when you’re away from your phone. They’re also a great tool for staying motivated to move, especially as we’ve all been spending more time at home over the past year.

There’s a smartwatch for everyone on this list, whether you’re loyal to iPhone or Android, want a watch primarily for fitness tracking, or are looking for something that looks more elegant than your average smartwatch.

I’ve been reviewing tech products for nearly a decade, and that includes testing smartwatches over the course of the past seven years. That means I’ve tested and researched many wearables from companies like Apple, Fitbit, Samsung and others and have a strong sense of what makes a good smartwatch for the price.

Here are the best smartwatches you can buy:

The best smartwatch overall

Apple Watch 6 Red

The Apple Watch has long been our favorite smartwatch for its ease of use, comprehensive health tracking, and polished design, and the Series 6 is the best iteration yet. 

Pros: Large always-on display, polished design and software, wide variety of health-focused and smartwatch-oriented features

Cons: Expensive, shorter battery life than some rivals, only offers basic sleep tracking

The $400 Apple Watch Series 6 is Apple’s most expensive smartwatch, and for good reason. With an always-on display that’s brighter than the Series 5’s, fast charging, new color options, and blood oxygen monitoring, it’s the best Apple Watch you can buy. 

Apple also sells the less expensive Apple Watch SE for $280, another great choice if you want an Apple Watch that still feels new and fast at a more reasonable price. But you’ll be missing out on advanced health features like blood oxygen level monitoring and the ability to take an ECG from your wrist.

Those features may not matter for everyone; if you’re the type of person that just wants to stay active and challenge yourself with fitness goals, the  SE will do just fine. It’s these features combined with the Series 6’s always-on display and faster charging that make it our top choice in the lineup.

More broadly, the Apple Watch stands out from other smartwatches for its modern design that easily fits with any style, broad customization options, smooth performance and wide variety of apps, and polished software. Our writers and editors have tested dozens of WearOS and Fitbit watches over the years, and the Apple Watch has consistently been the best when it comes to the overall experience.

That doesn’t mean it’s perfect, though. The Apple Watch’s biggest drawbacks compared to rivals from Fitbit and other companies are its high price tag, shorter battery life, and lackluster sleep tracking.

The best smartwatch for Android users

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is a fantastic fitness-focused smartwatch for Samsung fans.

Pros: Sleek design, gorgeous screen, great fitness tracking, heart rate monitor, LTE option, auto workout tracking, sleep tracking, swim-proof

Cons: Requires a bunch of extra Samsung apps to work if you don’t own a Samsung smartphone

Samsung’s Galaxy smartwatch lineup has been getting better every year as more apps and features are added. While it has the word “Active” in its name, the Galaxy Watch Active2 is perfectly suitable for fitness or general use.

Samsung also added a feature to the Galaxy Watch Active2 that helps it better compete with Apple: ECG readings. The feature launched in September after gaining approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration. However, it only works if the watch is connected to a compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone. 

You can get it in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm — just like the Apple Watch. It has a slim, sleek round watch case so it looks more like a normal watch than a piece of tech. The bezel is also touch-sensitive, which makes the software easier to navigate since you don’t always have to obscure the tiny screen with your finger.

You can get it in aluminum (WiFi/Bluetooth) and stainless steel (LTE) and choose between silver, gold, and black finishes. It’s rated at 5ATM for water resistance, so you can swim with it.

The Galaxy Watch Active2 can automatically track workouts, which is surprisingly a big plus for the Samsung watch, as Google’s Wear OS watches don’t have automatic workout detection. The heart rate monitor also helps the watch track the intensity of your workout.

The watch even has sleep tracking built in, a feature that’s common on smartwatches but only recently came to the Apple Watch.

But it doesn’t have the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa since it uses Samsung’s Bixby assistant. And its battery life is decent, with reviewers rating it as lasting roughly between 1.5 to two days, but it’s not as long-lasting as Fitbit’s watches.

The best smartwatch for sleep tracking

Fitbit versa 3

The Fitbit Versa 3 is a relatively affordable smartwatch that checks all the boxes, but truly shines when it comes to sleep tracking and battery life.

Pros: In-depth sleep tracking, long battery life, plenty of fitness features

Cons: No LTE version, software isn’t as polished as the Apple Watch

Fitbit is far from being the only smartwatch to offer sleep tracking. But if you’re looking for a general-purpose smartwatch that can provide deep insights into your sleep, the $229.95 Fitbit Versa 3 is the best pick for most people.

Fitbit’s sleep tracking goes beyond the basics by offering time spent in REM, light, and deep sleep, as well as the time you spent awake. It also tells you how much time you spent asleep and issues a Sleep Score that tells you about the quality of your sleep.

In addition to just seeing data indicating how well you slept last night, you can also view a 30-day average and see how your sleeping pattern compares to others of your age and gender. Some of Fitbit’s sleep-oriented features, like metrics that show restlessness, are only available if you subscribe to the $9.99 per month Fitbit Premium service. 

Still, even in the free tier, Fitbit offers more comprehensive sleep tracking metrics than most smartwatches, especially the Apple Watch. The Versa 3 also offers impressively long multi-day battery life that makes it much easier to track your sleep without worrying about draining your battery during the day. 

We recommend the Versa 3 over the $299.95 Fitbit Sense since it’s more affordable and still has many of Fitbit’s most important features. 

These include heart rate monitoring, the ability to deliver notifications from your phone, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support, exercise tracking, comprehensive sleep tracking, and a swim proof design. 

The downside, however, is that there’s no LTE option for the Versa 3 for those who want to receive calls and texts when their phone isn’t nearby. For iPhone owners, the software and app experience is also much more polished on the Apple Watch than it is on Fitbit’s watches.

The best feminine smartwatch

Julianna HR slide

The Fossil Julianna HR is a sleek smartwatch with a feminine design, a heart rate monitor, GPS, NFC, and the power of WearOS.

Pros: Classic watch design, stylish color options, lots of compatible watch straps, and it’s compatible with iPhones and Android phones

Cons: It’s a bit chunky, not as good with iPhone

If you’re an Android user who wants a feminine smartwatch, you’re in luck. Over the past few years, fashion brands and watchmakers have been making great Wear OS smartwatches. 

Fossil’s smartwatch line continues to grow each year, and we are looking forward to testing its new Gen 5 LTE watches that were announced in January. As the name implies, the new model adds support for LTE connectivity on Android through Verizon, a feature that most competing smartwatches have offered for years. 

In the meantime, we still recommend the Juliana HR. Fossil offers several different finishes for the Julianna’s watch casing. I love the simple rose gold casing and leather strap option, but you can also get one with a metal bracelet.

It’s a chunky watch, which is great for those who prefer that style. Even though it’s fashionable , this smartwatch is also waterproof up to 3 ATM, so you can swim with it on.

As for the tech inside, the Julianna runs Wear OS (previously known as Android Wear) and works with thousands of apps on the Google Play Store. You can answer texts, interact with notifications, and choose your own watch face — just like you would on any other smartwatch. Fossil has lots of nice watch faces in feminine colors, too.

The Julianna HR works with both Android phones and the iPhone, but it’s best with Android devices. When Android Wear watches are paired to the iPhone, a lot of functions no longer work, and you’re left with a pretty watch that only gives you notifications.

Julianna HR (button)
The best smartwatch for fashionable men

Fossil Carlyle HR

Fashion-forward men who aren’t into the high-tech futuristic look will love Fossil’s Q Carlyle HR with its classic design and smartwatch powers.

Pros: Classic watch look, WearOS, use any 2mm watch band you like

Cons: No LTE

Fossil is one of the few fashion brands and watchmakers that’s making actively gorgeous smartwatches. The Q Carlyle HR is the ultimate WearOS watch for men who want their smartwatch to look like a high-end wristwatch.

It’s a hefty smartwatch that feels luxurious, but it doesn’t cost a couple thousand dollars like the Tag Heuer Connected smartwatch. The stainless steel casing paired with a  chunky metal watch band give it a premium look and feel, but you can choose a number of different finishes.

You can get the smartwatch in dark gray, black, and silver finishes with metal or leather straps. The straps are interchangeable with any 22mm watch band you can buy from Fossil and others.

When it comes to tech, the Q Carlyle isn’t the most high-end one on this list, but it runs WearOS and it’s compatible with thousands of apps. You can send texts, view your notifications, and track your activity — just like you would on any smartwatch. The latest generation also has NFC for mobile payments, GPS, and a heart rate monitor.

Q Carlyle HR (button)
Best smartwatch for fitness enthusiasts

Garmin Forerunner 935

The Garmin Forerunner 935 Running GPS Watch is a fitness enthusiast’s dream that has long battery life and measures several metrics you won’t find on general purpose watches.

Pros: Long battery life, waterproof, durable glass face, built-in barometer and thermometer, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, and the ability to measure more metrics than we can list here

Cons: Expensive, reduced GPS accuracy when running on a track, built-in thermometer only measures temperature right above your skin

Smartwatches running Apple’s, Samsung’s, and Google’s operating systems come with decent fitness tracking features and functionality, but then there are smartwatches that bring fitness tracking to a whole other level. We’re talking about smartwatches from Garmin. 

We had a competitive distance runner try the $500 Garmin Forerunner 935 for 1,000 miles — and it’s better than any running watch he’s ever used. With that testimonial in mind, the Forerunner 935 is our top choice for fitness enthusiasts, at least for those who can allocate up to $500 for a device that’s specifically geared towards fitness. 

When you’re spending this much on a fitness tracking device, you’re better off reading the full review to find out what’s good and what’s not about the Forerunner 935. And realizing that the Forerunner 935 is expensive, we know of some less expensive fitness trackers that will work just fine for the majority of fitness folk. 

Forerunner 935 (button)
What else we considered

Fitbit Versa 2

While these are our top picks, there are several other options worth considering based on your needs, preferences, and budget. Here’s a look at some other contenders: 

  • Garmin Vivoactive 4: Garmin’s Vivoactive 4 is a more affordable alternative to its Forerunner and Fenix lines that still offers more in-depth health features than your standard smartwatch. It also comes with many of the other features around connectivity you’d demand from a watch of its price.
  • Fitbit Sense: The Sense is Fitbit’s top-of-the-line smartwatch and its first to offer the ability to measure how your body reacts to stress. The Sense, like Fitbit’s other smartwatches, serves as a compelling Apple Watch alternative for non-Apple users and those seeking a more affordable watch. However, we chose the Versa 3 instead as one of our top picks because it has many of the benefits of the Sense at a more reasonable price.
  • Michael Kors Access Lexington 2: Michael Kors has been making smartwatches alongside Fossil for years now. If you like MK, you’ll probably like this watch as it has many of the same features.
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