The 10 Best Smartwatches to Help You Leave Your Phone at Home

Steve GoodlessLast Updated Mar 26, 2020 1:23:00 PM ET
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When smartwatches first came onto the tech scene, many users were excited about the idea of these James Bond-worthy, high-tech devices that could take calls, respond to text messages, organize schedules and browse the web. While those functions are still important, today’s smartwatches have also morphed into mini health hubs that help you track and support daily activities, fitness goals and other wellness interests. If you’re considering purchasing one of these devices, learn about the 10 best smartwatches that are tailored to meet your lifestyle needs.


Best Overall: Fitbit Versa 2 Health & Fitness Smartwatch

Considered a top pick by many consumers, the Fitbit Versa 2 has features such as Alexa built in, and an intuitive sleep tracker that knows when you’re in REM sleep or just restless. Reviewers love almost every feature of this watch, praising its battery life, sleep-tracking capabilities and accuracy. However, it’s important to note that it seamlessly pairs with Android smartphones but sometimes has trouble pairing with iPhones, according to some consumers.


Best Value: UMIDIGI Smartwatch Uwatch3

Like to share your toys? The easy-to-adjust band on the UMIDIGI Smartwatch Uwatch3 is sized to fit men, women and kids. It connects to both iOS and Android phones, and it lets you know when calls or texts are coming in. It can also monitor your sleep patterns and heart rate — all for less than the cost of a personal training session. Reviewers praised its long battery life, value for the money and the fact that it was so easy to use.


Best Multi-Sport Tracking: FitFort Smartwatch for Android and iOS

This FitFort smartwatch is ideal for the athlete who participates in multiple activities, as you’re able to set this watch to track 14 different sport settings. The battery also lasts for up to two weeks on a single charge — ideal if you’re always on the go. Reviewers loved its value for the money, heart rate tracker, battery life and integration with both iOS and Android operating systems.


Best Multi-Language: Xiaomi Mi Band 4

Looking for something sleek and uniquely capable? You’ll appreciate the slim design of the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 and the flexible language feature that lets users toggle between multiple written languages. It also tracks metrics for six different activity types, including swimming, bicycling and running. Amongst its wealth of features, reviewers gave strong praise to this smartwatch’s long battery life, mobile app, sleep tracker and step counter.


Best Multi-Feature: Fitpolo Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker

This FitPolo smartwatch and fitness tracker commands a low price but has a ton of valuable features, including water resistance, nine sport modes, music control, GPS, heart rate monitoring and guided breathing, among others. You can even set it to vibrate if it determines that you’ve been lounging too long. Reviewers called it "better than more expensive smartwatches on the market," touting its accuracy, long battery life, user-friendly mobile app and overall ease of use.


Best Battery Life: L8star Fitness Tracker HR

One of the frustrating things about a smartwatch is the need to charge it, which can sometimes happen at inconvenient times. If you’re using it to track sleep, this can become especially cumbersome. You won’t have to worry about that with this L8star fitness tracker; its battery lasts up to 30 days on one full charge. Reviewers absolutely loved this feature, along with its stylish design, colorful straps, comfortable feel and myriad high-performing attributes — all for a value price.


Best Women’s Smartwatch: Fossil Women's Neely Stainless Steel Hybrid Smartwatch

A prettier pedometer does exist. The [product asin="B075BQ86PH"]Fossil Neely[/productid] is coined a "hybrid smartwatch" because calls, texts and notifications are routed to your watch via Bluetooth, and you’re notified by a gentle buzz on your wrist. Unlike many other designs, the Neely is an aesthetically pleasing smartwatch that still looks like a regular wristwatch. Reviewers loved that the stylish design didn’t scream "techie" yet was easy to use with the mobile app and had an accurate step tracker.


Best High-End Smartwatch: Samsung Galaxy Watch Smartwatch

In terms of great smartwatches, it’s hard to top the comments that reviewers had to say about the Samsung Galaxy series smartwatches. This watch pairs with both Android and iOS phones — some companies can play nicely with others — and can last for several days on a single battery charge. Many reviewers said it was one of the best on the market, praising its long battery life, great looking watch face and accurate tracking of fitness metrics.


Best for Runners: Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Running Watch

On the road? Off the beaten path? The GPS system in the Garmin Forerunner 35 is unparalleled and will even keep track of you if you’re off the grid, checking how far and how fast you run. Reviewers praised its sleep tracking, also stating it was a capable watch for tracking various metrics while working out. They also appreciated its long battery life and smart connectivity.


Best Reminders: Letsfit Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker

This Letsfit smartwatch is a great tool for helping you set and keep your fitness goals, with features like reminders for you to warm up and cool down after workouts. It also serves to help motivate you to get started. Reviewers called it "intelligently designed and very accurate" while raving about the long battery life ("holy cow this watch's battery life is amazing!"), beautiful screen, smart sleep sensors and simple operation.

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