Fitness watches can be called in a myriad of different ways: more generally as an activity tracker, or even sports watch, and they can take different forms. There are the models that have the shape of a classic watch, others that look like bracelets that are a little more “bellied.”
Whether you are looking for an economic model or a professional model, know that you are in the right place. Today I will guide you in choosing the best fitness watch based on your personal needs, showing you step by step everything you need to know to guide you in your next purchase.
Before starting, I advise you to take some time and read the next few lines, so that you understand what the features you need are based on the daily activities you carry out.
Here we had listed out some of the best fitness watches with the advanced features that are present below.
- ♥【Smart watch for Android Phones Samsung iPhone】- Compatible with most iOS 8.0 & Android 4.4 above smartphones. Download and install Free "VeryFitPro" APP, bind this smartwatch in your cell phone,you can receive alerts of calendar, SMS, incoming calls and SNS (Facebook, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and more) on this watch;It will never let you miss any important things.
- ♥【Accurate Fitness Tracker & Connected GPS】- Supports 9 sports such as Walking, running, bicycle , Hike, Mountaineering, Dynamic cycling, Hike, fitness, treadmill, Yoga. Accurately record all-day activities like steps, distance, calories burned, miles walked, active minutes. Connecting the GPS in your cellphone can track all your workout routes, distances, and physical status during exercise. Stay motivated all day!
- ♥【24/7 Heart Rate Monitor & Sleep Tracker】- Automatically monitor your real-time heart rate, and provide comprehensive analysis of your sleep quality (deep sleep,light sleep and wake up time) to help you develop a healthier lifestyle.
- ♥【Waterproof Fitness Watch & Long-Lasting Battery】- Willful smart watches is designed with IP68 waterproof rating,which allows you to swim in the pool with it with no worries(NOTICE:It can not track your swimming data). Large capacity and low power consumption design offers longer endurance.It support 7 days of normal use and 30 days standby time
- ★【More Practical Tools 】- Willful smart watch also features with many practical tools, such as alarm clocks, stopwatch, timer,deep breather guide, music controller, sedentary reminder, adjust brightness,find phone.
- Adjustable white 12 millimeter resin strap fits up to 7.5-inch wrist circumference
- 100-hour chronograph with 10-lap memory; 24-hour countdown timer
- customizable alarm; 24-hour military time mode; 2 time zones; Day, date & month calendar
- White & rose gold-tone 33 millimeter resin case; acrylic lens; gray digital display; Indiglo light-up watch dial
- Water-resistant to 100 meter (330 feet): In general, suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
- 【Stainless Steel Smart Watch for Men and Women】Smart watch has a handsome design,with square display and full touch 1.54"colorful screen.The screen brightness can be adjusted, the display screen will be lightened up automatically while lifting the wrist.The case of bluetooth smart watch is made of aluminum alloy metal,the band is made of stainless steel(And equipped with an extra TPU strap).Featuring the latest bluetooth 5.0 technology which provide an incredibly stable and swift connection.
- 【Accurate Activity Tracker Watch & 9 Sport Modes】Fitness watch supports 8 sports such as Walking, running, hiking, cycling, treadmill, Mountaineering, fitness, climbing, spinning, yoga. Accurately record all-day activities like sleep stages,heart rate, steps, distance, calories burned, miles walked, active minutes;Connecting the GPS in your cellphone can track all your workout routes, distances, and physical status during exercise. IP68 waterproof,you can wear it when swimming.
- 【Heart Rate Monitoring & Sleep Tracking】24/7 heart rate monitoring allows to check your heart rate anytime, and better understand heart rate trends. The fitness watch automatic sleep tracking your deep, light, and awake sleep patterns, and provide comprehensive analysis of your sleep quality (deep sleep,light sleep and wake up time) to help you get a better understanding of your health and and make reasonable adjustment on your lifestyle.Digital watch has 5 face, you can even set as you like.
- 【Call & message notifications】By connecting women men smart watches with smartphone, it will vibrate and notify you when your phone receives a call, SMS text or SNS notifications (Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Linkedi, Messenger, Instagram). You can even hang up incoming phone calls straight from your wrist.More practical features like sedentary reminder, pedometer,remote camera control, music controller, find smart watches,brightness adjustment,breath training，vibration alarm clock,etc.
- 【45 Days Battery Life & Broad Compatibility】ios android smart watch for men women is equipped with a 240 mAh large capacity battery and can be used for up to 10 days with a standby time of 45 days If fully charge!Wear os smartwatch can support most android and ios phones. Compatible with iPhone 11/11 pro/X/8/8 plus/7/7 plus/6/6 plus/6s/6s plus/5/5s , Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel/Pixel XL, HTC, Sony, LG, HUAWEI, Xiaomi, ZTE etc. smart phones(Support IOS 8.0 and later, Android 4.4 and above).
- 🎁 【Multiple Function】:This Smartwatch includes more practical functions, Activity Tracker (Pedometer, Calories, Distance), Heart Rate Monitor, Sleep Tracker, 8 Sports Modes, Call Notifications, SMS and APP Messages (WhatsAPP, Facebook, Instagram ...), Music & Camera Controller, Sedentary Reminders, Alarm Clock, Stopwatch, Weather, Find your Phone.
- 📱【1.4 Inch Full Touch Screen】 :Fitness watch with 1.4 inch TFT LCD color touch screen display for exceptional HD quality. Full touch screen technology making it easier and quicker to view time and date. Smart watch with 5 levels of brightness, even in the sun, you can clearly read the information. You can also customize the watch face to show your personality.
- 💓 【Heart Rate Monitor & Pedometer】: Fitness Tracker Watch Built-in high-performance motion sensor automatically monitors and detects your heart rate in real time, help you better grasp changes for your health and record more accurately calorie consumption, distance, steps. You can view historical data in the APP “Hero Band III”.
- 😴 【Sleep Tracker & Alarm Clock】:Smart band can records your deep, light, and awake sleep patterns, and track your sleep quality status to get a better understanding of your health and and make reasonable adjustment on your lifestyle. You can also set an alarm to wake you up softly every day. With Donerton sports watch, your life will be easier and smarter.
- ☔【IP67 Waterproof】: With the technology of IP67 waterproof, the smart watch will not be damaged even if you wash your hands, bathe and swim while wearing the fitness watch. Meet your daily needs. (Note: The smartwatch does not prevent hot water and sea water.) After connecting to the phone, you can also see the real-time weather forecast.
- Membership includes body composition, tone of voice analysis, sleep & activity tracking, and more — free for 6 months. Auto-renews at $3.99/month + tax. Contact Customer Service to cancel.
- Screen-free for fewer distractions.
- Body Composition - Measure body fat percentage, a better indicator of health than weight or BMI alone.
- Activity - Track the intensity & duration of your movement plus sedentary time.
- Sleep - Analyze patterns like how often you wake up during the night.
- ALL-DAY ACTIVITY TRACKER: fitness tracker tracks your daily activities: steps, distance, active time and calories throughout the day. (Please note: this data is not for medical purposes.) And provide activity reports on the app so you can complete your goals and see your own historical movements.
- Multiple Functions: Automatically track your sleep quality.You can also set an alarm to wake you up with vibration without disturbing others. As a professional electronic device, it has many fuctions: control music, control photos, conduct breathing training, and find mobile phone.
- 11 SPORTS MODE & Connected GPS: Walking, Running, Riding,Treadmill, Hiking, Fitness, Basketball, badminton, Tennis, Football, Mountaineering, Spinning bike, Yoga, dancing and so on. Connect the GPS on your cellphone can show run stats like pace and distance and record a map of your workout route.Track your movements, steps, distance, calories, heart rate, pace in real time when exercise, help to better monitor your goals and results.
- HD 1.4" Touch Screen, The bigger the screen, the clearer the screen. Feel free to change watch strap at any time, match the style you wear everyday, and the TPU material is more suitable for your skin. The extra strap is a gift.
- SMART MESSAGE REMINDER: Fitness tracker will receive Call reminder and SMS notification when connect the activity tracker to your smartphone via "YFit" app.Charging for 2.5 hours can be used for 7-15 days.Fitness watch is suitable for Android 5.0 and above, iOS 9.0 and above, will not work with a PC or tablet and is only suitable for phones with Bluetooth 4.2 or higher. Only compare with APP named YFit.
- 【Upgrade Band & Wear Comfortable】The fitness smart tracker comes with a built-in USB plug and upgrade band. Just holding the button of the band, you can easily to pull the band off to charge it. The tracker watch which designed ergonomic, lightweight and comfortable to wear, is perfect for women, man and teen.
- 【Heart Rate, Blood Pressure & Blood Oxygen Monitor】 Fitness tracker can record your all day heart rate in dynamic mode or static mode.Measure your blood pressure and oxygen to help you know your body health.
- 【All-day Activity Tracking & GPS Connected】Our fitness tracker has built-in 3D sensor, accurately count your steps, distance travelled, calories burnt, minutes active.As well as Connected GPS with your phone to record tracking trajectory. Also supports 4 sports modes with walking, running, cycling, Climbing..
- 【Calls Alert ,SMS & SNS Notification & Content】By connecting with your smart phone via the JYouPro APP. Set it up,you can get calls alert,reject phone call and SMS & SNS notification and content. It will be very practical when it is not convenient to take your phone out and you don't want to miss anything important.
- 【Wide Compatibility&Customer Service】Fitness tracker App JYouPro is Compatible with smartphones that use iOS 9.0/Android 5.1 or above(Do not support Windows/Amazon Kindle/Amazon Fire/PC/Tablet/Ipad). We provide one year warranty & 7/24 hour customer service,if you have any question please feel free to contact us.
- Amazfit Bip S Fitness Smartwatch comes with a whopping 40 day long battery life on a single charge of 2.5-hours.
- 10 Sport Modes Tracking (Treadmill, Outdoor Running, Cycling, Yoga, etc) with 5 ATM water resistant so you can take it for a swim.
- Built-in GPS to track daily step count, distance traveled, calories burned, and sleep quality.
- BioTracker PPG Heart Rate Monitor provides high-precision continuous heart rate tracking, warning and interval values.
- Highly colorful always-on display with easily readable outdoors even under bright sunlight. True bright colors with 64 Gamut.
- ⌚【All-day Activity Tracking】 It has more than 20 modes sports，such as running, cycling, mountaineering, walking, basketball, tennis, badminton, football, table tennis, yoga, gymnastics, indoor running, rugby, Baseball and ect. Accurately record all-day activities, and Connecting the GPS in your cellphone can track all your workout routes, distances, and physical status during exercise.(Select and control the modes from the app)
- ⌚【Fitness Watch with HR&BP&SaO2 Monitoring】Using the latest VC31 light sensor chip technology,it can accurately 24/7 regualer monitor Heart Rate.And it can monitor Blood Pressure,Blood Oxygen at anytime, anywhere. Blood oxygen data can be used to judge whether the body's metabolic function is good. You can use this watch to know your physical condition anytime and anywhere. (The data is for reference only and cannot replace medical equipment.)
- ⌚【Call&message notifications and alerts】Once paired with your compatible smartphone, you’ll be able to receive 10 messages, emails,incoming call and more right on your wrist. Stay connected to the app, you can also find your phone via smart watch, and even access music controls.
- ⌚【Music Control and Remote Camera】Keep the Bluetooth connection of your mobile phone and smart watch,tap the watch to play or pause music and switch songs without having to remove your phone from your pocket. And open the camera through the app, shake the watch, you can take pictures.
- ⌚【Best gift and after-sale protection】This smart watch has a simple and beautiful design, a color high-definition touch screen, and 20+ dials to change the interface, and you can even choose your favorite image as the interface. Available in multiple languages, this fitness watch is the best gift for men, women, the elderly, and children. In addition, we provide free return within 1 month, and product warranty within 6 months, which is a fitness tracker that you can use with confidence.
- Full Touch Screen With 4 Stylish Displays: Our ID216 smart watch features a 1.3" high-resolution full color screen, ensuring great visibility in all lighting conditions. It also comes with 4 stylish dial displays to let you choose a style that suits you
- Heart Rate And Sleep Monitoring: Our Letscom ID216 Smart Watch can automatically monitor your heart rate and sleep 24/7, and can give you an accurate and comprehensive analysis of your sleep quality afterwards, giving deeper insights into your health
- 12 Sports Modes: This smart watch can accurately track up to 12 sports modes giving you your fitness information in detail. Your fitness information includes: heart rate data, steps, calories burned, distance traveled and more. Know how you perform and how to improve
- Functions That Matter:Weather Forecasting, Smart Notifications, Sedentary Reminder, Alarm Clock, Timer, Stopwatch, and etc, all are included to help you run your day
- Easy Charging and Long Battery Life: The 260mAh battery capacity of our smart watch gives up to 10-days of normal use or 30-days standby on just a 2-hour charge. You can also manually adjust the brightness of your screen or turn on Do Not Disturb mode to reduce power consumption
Buyer Guide to Choose the Best Fitness Watches
The display of a fitness watch can have different sizes and shapes. There are, in fact, models that use a circular dial, but there are several models that adopt a square dial, such as Apple’s Apple Watches.
In any case, the panel resolution is indicated with two numbers, for example, 240 × 240 pixels. In this case, the presence of 240 pixels (points) is indicated for both the horizontal and vertical sides.
As happens on smartphones, TVs, and other types of displays, the resolution does not indicate the dimensions of the panel (which are declared in inches or millimeters ), nor its definition, but only the calculation of pixels present inside the display.
The more advanced models can also have a touch-screen, i.e., a touch-sensitive panel as a command input mode, others have physical or capacitive keys, wheels, and other input modes.
It is however more interesting, on a smartwatch or on a smart band, to speak of the type of integrated panel: many models make use of OLED displays, which consume less than traditional LCD (liquid crystal) and which manage to turn off the pixels to reproduce the black (they are very bright and can reproduce perfect black in the dark).
Unfortunately, very few fitness watches with e-Paper displays, a particular type of technology similar to that found on e-book readers, which offer perfect visibility under the sun and at the same time consume energy only when the status changes.
Pay attention to the models with the always-on function. Are you wondering what it means? I’ll explain it right away: this is a mode that allows you to have the basic information always active on the screen.
The always-on displays are, in fact, always on thanks to an advanced energy-saving mode, which is deactivated when you bring your arm upwards as if you wanted to read the time, or by making a “tap” on the dial.
Smartwatches or smart bands that don’t have this feature usually show the black dial when they are in use. Finally, check the data on visibility under sunlight, an essential part of a fitness watch as you will often use it outdoors.
It is not uncommon to use a fitness watch outdoors or in less than optimal conditions, such as when it rains. There are also models on the market with the possibility of analyzing swimming activities, and it is clear that they must be able to function even when immersed underwater without the risk of breaking.
For this purpose, there are several standards that define the ability to withstand in certain circumstances: for example, we have the IP certification, also common to smartphones, but often on smartwatches, sports watches, and smart bands, we read the word 3ATM or 5ATM.
The first declares that the device can be used within certain time limits at a maximum depth of 30 meters, the second instead that it can also reach a maximum of 50 meters in depth.
The strap is an essential component of a fitness watch since it establishes how comfortable it is and how easy or difficult it is to unfasten in the least suitable moments.
You can get an idea in this sense by reading the reviews online on the most reliable sites. However, to date, almost all fitness watches on the market offer the possibility to change their strap with universal or dedicated models for each specific model.
As a rule, the most famous models offer a vast possibility of changing the strap, with shapes, materials, and colors that adapt to every need.
The straps can have multiple sizes: the one relating to the size of the wearer’s wrist, often indicated with the letters S (Small), M (Medium), L (Large); or that relating to the width of the strap (often in millimeters), which can be useful if you want to change the strap and want to buy one compatible with your smartwatch.
Operating Systems and Compatibility
Another fundamental part of a fitness watch is the operating system, i.e., the essential software that interfaces with the components and, above all, the software with which it is possible to issue commands.
Each operating system is compatible with certain devices, so always check if you can pair your smartphone with the watch you want to buy (for example, to read the notifications, to manage some features, or even to synchronize the fitness data collected for more comfortable reading).
Professional sports watches often use a proprietary operating system, which often boasts the ability to connect with many different smartphones without, however, going deep.
The battery is a very delicate component in a smartwatch since it is usually minimal and should guarantee days of autonomy. Often, needless to say, this is not the case, and many smartwatches – including the latest generation – also struggle to arrive in the evening.
The battery capacity is indicated in milliampere hours ( mAh ). However, there are so many variables that can affect the autonomy of a fitness watch that the declared number does not say much.
Display width and resolution play an essential role in energy consumption, and the always-on mode is also very “heavy” to manage in this sense. Among the functions that most compromise battery life, there is also the use of the GPS module, capable of reducing it even to a few hours.
Now that you know the technical rudiments let’s move on to the more practical factors. In fact, a fitness watch is based on the fitness features it includes inside, and often there is no possibility of introducing new functions with dedicated apps.
On many models, in fact, the functions related to fitness that you can use will only be those available for purchase without the possibility of expansion.
Pedometer, Calorie Consumption
The pedometer is probably the most used function within the fitness watch and allows – as you can easily deduce from the name – to keep track of all the steps that are taken during the days.
Almost all models give the possibility to monitor the history of the steps taken daily, weekly or monthly, and at the same time indicate the distance traveled or the count of the floors climbed during the days.
By combining these data with those of the activities carried out many fitness watches also allows you to obtain an analysis of the calories burned in a given period of time.
Another important aspect of a self-respecting fitness watch is the heart rate monitor, which is a type of sensor – often of an optical type – that allows you to detect the wearer’s heartbeat at any time of the day.
Some models give the possibility to monitor the heart rate 24 hours a day, in order to warn the user when values beyond the norm are found.
The most advanced smartwatch models also have an electrocardiogram (not always of a medical level, however), which allows you to record the frequency and intensity of the electrical impulses that produce the heartbeat, checking for the presence of potentially dangerous cardiac arrhythmias.
If you often do outdoor sports, GPS support is one of the most critical components of the smartwatch that you will want to keep on your wrist.
This component allows you to geolocate the position of your outdoor activities and, in retrospect, to check (through various services) the progress of the training on a map on your computer or smartphone.
In the more advanced models, it is also possible to take advantage of the satellite navigation function, just like on smartphones and tablets.
Analysis of The Activity
The fitness watches are often the activity tracker real, and allow the user not only to analyze the data collected during daily activities and those of gymnastics.
Also, to get advice on how to improve personal well-being, the conditions of health, and performance in gymnastic activities, starting from the same data collected.
Many models synchronize with external services or with apps on smartphones that contain a sort of digital personal trainer able to suggest the best plans to follow to improve physical fitness on the basis of what is observed in the wearer’s sleep and wakefulness activities.
Other Fitness Features
Many fitness watches allow you to take advantage of modes of use designed for specific sports, such as running, cycling, swimming, outdoor excursions, and much more.
Dedicated sports watches can also offer the ability to connect a heart rate monitor, in order to detect more reliable readings relating to the heartbeat, and there are also models that allow automatic recognition of sports activity, intelligently activating the type of activity detected.
Among the most exciting and useful fitness functions, we have sleep monitoring – especially present on smartbands – or the possibility of entering daily goals and following the trend at any time of the day.
Last but not least, the classic functions: a fitness watch cannot fail to have time reading, while, unfortunately, not all models have a stopwatch or timer.