The 9 Best Smartwatches for Women in 2021

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The Rundown
"The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is the latest and greatest iteration of this fitness smartwatch from Samsung."
Runner-Up, Best Overall,:
Fitbit Versa 3 at Amazon
"The third generation Fitbit offers an excellent set of health and fitness tracking features, built-in GPS, and a a long-lasting battery life."
Best for Apple Users:
Apple Watch Series 6 at Best Buy
"The new Apple Watch comes packed with new health and fitness tracking features along with new design flourishes."
Best Sensors:
Fitbit Sense at Best Buy
"The Fitbit Sense is packed with sensors to let you track every feature you can imagine."
"The rugged and stylish designers at Fossil pulled out all the stops with their Gen 5 Juliana Smartwatch."
"The latest version of the Sofie includes many of the glaring omissions from its previous versions."
Best for Fitness Tracking:
Fitbit Versa 2 at Amazon
"The Fitbit Versa 2 is a remarkably capable and full-featured smartwatch that costs a fraction of its Apple analog."
"inside its stylish casing, the Kate Spade Scallop 2 packs a serious set of features that improve on its predecessor."
"The Falster 3 is a stylish Wear OS smartwatch loaded with Google-powered features."

The best smartwatches for women act as a companion and accessory to your smartphone, giving you notifications while offering other features like health, fitness tracking, lifestyle management, menstrual tracking, and other features. You'll also want a smartwatch that suits your style and fits your wrist size. Smartwatches oriented to women have smaller strap sizes and feature interchangeable strap options, so you can switch from a casual look to something more professional depending on where you are. Read on to see the best smartwatches for women.

Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2

What We Like
  • Excellent fitness tracking features

  • Resistant to sweat and water

  • Long battery life

  • GPS and improved sensors

What We Don't Like
  • No rotating bezel

The Galaxy Watch Active2 is the latest and greatest iteration of this fitness smartwatch from Samsung. This Android and iOS compatible wearable now has improved sensors, built-in GPS, and more size options than it's predecessor.

While most wearables are content to stop at a step counter, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is capable of tracking up to 39 different fitness activities, ranging from cycling to rowing or swimming. As of February of this year, Samsung's health app now also offers menstrual cycle tracking, a noticeably absent feature from the original wearable.

This wearable also comes in a variety of colors for both its 40 and 44mm watch faces, as well as different bands available in either leather or sweat-friendly nylon. But there are a virtually limitless number of 3rd party wristbands for this wearable that allow it to suit nearly any style.

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 can last several days on a single charge and can even be topped off from other Samsung devices through its convenient Wireless PowerShare feature.

"The screen is colorful, sharp, and more entertaining than it has a right to be. If I lived my life in Android, buying the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 would be a no-brainer." — Lance Ulanoff, Product Tester

Runner-Up, Best Overall,: Fitbit Versa 3

What We Like
  • Onboard GPS

  • Lightweight design

  • Voice assistant integration

  • Music storage with Deezer or Pandora

What We Don't Like
  • Music control only with Spotify

  • Message reply/call answering for Android only

  • SPO2 monitoring limited

The Fitbit Versa 3 is arguably one of the best, most feature-packed Fitbit devices on the market next to the feature-packed Fitbit Sense. It boasts built-in GPS, has an attractive design with an AMOLED display, and comes with a lightweight and comfortable strap. Our reviewer found it easy to wear for a whole day and had no problem sleeping with it on.

The nice looks aside, the Fitbit Versa 3 is heavily wellness focused. The smartwatch can track your runs, monitor your heart rate, sleep schedule, and keep track of your workouts and activity tracking. It has support for smart voice assistants, can store music and do playback. It doesn't have the more advanced sensors that track SPO2 and stress levels like the Fitbit Sense, but the six-day battery life is an excellent trade off.

"In true Fitbit brand fashion, the Fitbit Versa 3 supports wellness in a big-picture way." — Yoona Wagener, Product Tester

Best for Apple Users: Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch Series 6
What We Like
  • Lots of new case designs and strap options

  • Improved screen and processor

  • Loaded with new activity tracking features and sensors

  • Improved wireless chip

What We Don't Like
  • Somewhat pricey

The new Apple Watch Series 6 builds on other models with a number of new improvements in both hardware and software. For starters, it comes with a wide range of new case and design options, along with some fancy new straps. There are now plenty of ways to customize the Apple Watch to suit your style and sense of fashion. Beyond that, it comes with a new 64-bit dual-core processor, making it 20 percent faster than the Series 5. This should allow you to more smoothly navigate settings, menus, and apps.

The display is still an always-on Retina display, but it's now 2.5 times brighter than the one you get on the Series 5, making for easier sunlight visibility. On the software end, there are lots of new features rolled in with watchOS 7. You get an oximeter to measure blood oxygen levels, sleep tracking which can detect sleep apnea, and an always-on altimeter for hiking and climbing to track elevation. An improved wireless chip (U1 Ultra Wideband) also offers improved tracking and accuracy for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

"Series 6 is the best Apple Watch to date, but also the one that provides the least incentive to upgrade if you already have last year’s model." Andrew Hayward, Product Tester

Best Sensors: Fitbit Sense

Fitbit Sense
What We Like
  • Stylish

  • Onboard GPS

  • ECG app for heart rhythm monitoring

  • 6+ days of battery life

What We Don't Like
  • No on-device Spotify music storage

  • Side buttons awkward to use

  • Slightly heavy over time

  • Expensive

The Fitbit Sense is the newest smartwatch model from the Fitbit brand and it’s also the most tech-forward. It’s designed with premium materials including high-end aluminum and stainless steel and a larger AMOLED display with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 finishing and an always-on option. The Sense band is also a new seamless and lightweight infinity-style strap, which comes in both small and large sizes. Another unique design aspect of this wearable is the low-profile button that’s virtually invisible but responds to both long and short presses. 

Aside from design innovations, the Fitbit Sense features a biosensor core that can provide clues about changes in health. New sensors measure skin temperature, SPO2 (blood oxygen saturation), and provide even more accurate 24/7 heart rate tracking. The device-exclusive ECG app puts the Sense in company with the Apple Watch, and EDA monitoring, which tracks electrodermal responses, encourages stress management throughout the day by logging reflections and meditation sessions. 

Fitbit also emphasizes the addition of a slew of extra connectivity features, including the option of responding to texts and calls received on Android smartphones, music streaming and storage with premium Deezer and Pandora subscriptions, Fitbit Pay, and Amazon Alexa and forthcoming Google Assistant integration. That’s on top of onboard GPS and support for over 20 different exercises and the step and heart-rate tracking users have come to know and love from Fitbit wearables.

Our product reviewer found the brand’s battery life claim of over six days to be accurate and appreciated the consistently quick charging times. She was less impressed by GPS consistency but was a fan of the Sense’s general wellness support and the opportunity to view long-term trends via the companion Fitbit mobile app. 

"The Fitbit Sense shines brightest when it comes to health and wellness support." — Yoona Wagener, Product Tester

Best Design: Fossil Juliana Smartwatch Gen 5

What We Like
  • Built-in GPS tracking

  • Heart rate and activity monitoring

  • Supports 3rd party apps

What We Don't Like
  • No native menstrual cycle tracking

The rugged and stylish designers at Fossil pulled out all the stops with their Gen 5 Juliana Smartwatch. This WearOS powered smartwatch is a drastic improvement over Fossil's previous iterations, providing you with all the features you've come to expect from wearables and blending that seamlessly with a classic watch style that can be customized for a variety of users.

The Fossil Juliana now features built-in GPS tracking as well as heart rate and activity tracking powered by Google Fit making it a solid option for fitness in addition to being an effective accessory. While Google Fit doesn't natively support menstrual cycle tracking, it can still import data from 3rd party apps like Clue or Glow and the 8Gb of onboard storage provides you with plenty of space for 3rd party apps as well as music.

While currently only available in a 44mm face format, the Fossil Juliana comes in a variety of finishes and bands to complete any look making it an excellent accessory despite its steep price.

Best Accessory: Michael Kors Sofie Smartwatch (Gen 4)

What We Like
  • Classy design

  • Includes new fitness features

  • Multiple watch face options

What We Don't Like
  • Uses older processor

Most of the smartwatches out there appeal mainly to techies and fitness enthusiasts. Their designs, while sleek and functional, don’t always fit your outfit. Michael Kors’ 4th generation Sofie smartwatch, on the other hand, keeps you both connected and classy.

While previous versions of this watch were notably lacking important fitness features like heart rate monitoring, the latest version of the Sofie includes many of the glaring omissions from its previous versions. The watch still includes a Snapdragon 2100 CPU for snappy performance as well as 4GB of storage for apps and music.

This piece operates on WearOS 2.0, and with the Michael Kors Access app, you can customize the watch face. You can even set the watch face to automatically change at a certain time, helping you transition your day look to your night look. All of these features make the 4th generation of the Sofie smartwatch an excellent accessory and a capable fitness tracker as well.

Best for Fitness Tracking: Fitbit Versa 2

Fitbit Versa 2
What We Like
  • Class-leading battery life

  • Great fitness-focused features

  • Premium build, customizable look

What We Don't Like
  • Short on smartwatch features

  • High end of the price range

  • Limited iOS integration

The Fitbit Versa 2 is a remarkably capable and full-featured smartwatch that costs a fraction of its Apple analog. The low-cost alternative to Apple’s watch is both a qualified fitness tracker and smartwatch, compatible with iOS as well as Android.

Pair it with your smartphone and you’ll receive all your calls, messages and notifications, plus it’ll track things such as your heart rate, sleep, menstrual cycle, and activity. The battery lasts about three days on a single charge, which is exceptional if you’re comparing it to the Apple Watch, but disappointing if you compare it to other Fitbit models. But if you didn’t have to charge it, you’d likely never take it off because it’s fully waterproof, meaning you can wear it in the shower (and even in the swimming pool), and also so comfortable you can sleep with it on.

"With a massive battery capacity, excellent features for the fitness-minded, and the added benefit of a few extra smartwatch-style features, the Versa 2 is a truly impressive achievement by Fitbit." — Jason Schneider, Product Tester

Best Style: Kate Spade Scallop 2

What We Like
  • Sleek design

  • Works with Android and iOS

  • Pairs to Bluetooth headphones easily

  • Solid battery life

What We Don't Like
  • A little bit thicker than expected

This sleek-looking smartwatch marks the fashion brand's second attempt at a touchscreen display smartwatch. And inside its stylish casing, the Kate Spade Scallop 2 packs a serious set of features that improve on its predecessor. Powered by Google's Wear OS, the Scallop has 4GB of internal storage for storing music and apps, as well as customizable watch faces, smartphone notifications, and voice activation with Google Assistant. Fortunately, iOS users aren’t left in the dark — Scallop connects to any iPhone running iOS 9.3 or above as well as AndroidOS version 4.4 or higher.

This smartwatch pairs easily with Bluetooth 4.1 headphones. The watch face, designed with Kate Spade's iconic blend of sophistication and playfulness, is 42mm across and only 9mm thick with a band that's styled like a traditional adjustable watchband. And, with 24 hours of battery life, there’s more than enough power in the Scallop to last you all day.

Best Wear OS: Skagen Falster 3

What We Like
  • Crisp OLED display

  • Packed with sensors and features

  • Tracks heart-rate and has GPS

What We Don't Like
  • No LTE option

  • Google Fit isn't as comprehensive as other apps

The Skagen Falster 3 is a capable Wear OS smartwatch that comes in a stylish package. Front and center, you have a circular 1.3-inch OLED display that has a 416x416 resolution, working out to a crisp 328 pixels per inch. Images and graphics are crisp and the watch gets bright enough to read easily. In terms of design, you get a metal case and clicky metal lugs that serve as buttons along with a rotating crown. The watchbands are replaceable and come in a variety of materials and types. Under the hood, the Falster 3 has a Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor which gets the job done for most apps and functionality.

You won't find any features lacking either. The Falster 3 has heart-rate monitoring, GPS tracking, NFC to use for Google Pay, water-resistance up to 30 meters, integration with Google Fit, and various sensors like an altimeter and gyroscope. The only thing missing is an LTE model.

"The Falster 3 can use any features that are in Google Fit by default and a number of third-party Android apps."Rebecca Isaacs, Product Tester

Final Verdict

The best smartwatch to buy is the new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2. It comes with a nice, lightweight design, a beautiful AMOLED screen, and 39 activity-tracking features, along with menstrual tracking. As a close second, we like the Fitbit Versa 3. It has a sleek and stylish design, can track heart rate, sleep, and spO2, and boasts a long-lasting battery life with fast charging.

About Our Trusted Experts

Jason Schneider has almost ten years' experience writing and reviewing tech. He's covered a wide range of products from audio equipment to laptops and wearables. He particularly liked the Fitbit Versa 2's long-lasting battery life and fitness tracking features.

Yoona Wagener has been reviewing products for Lifewire since 2019. With a background in software and tech, she specializes in sporting and fitness tech, and praised the Samsung Galaxy Fit for offering useful tracking features at a reasonable price. She also tested the Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense, praising their fitness-first features and sensors.

Ajay Kumar is Tech Editor at Lifewire with almost a decade of experience in the industry. He's reviewed thousands of products, from phones to smartwatches and fitness trackers. He personally uses the Fitbit Versa Lite for his day-to-day tracking.

Rebecca Isaacs has been writing for Lifewire since 2019, and she's passionate about testing new gadgets. She reviewed the Falster 3 and appreciated its style and customization options.

FAQ

What is the best smartwatch for Android?
Google's Wear OS is the main operating system for Android smartwatches, though Samsung's Tizen OS is also compatible with all Android devices. We're partial to Samsung's latest releases, the Galaxy Watch3. For a more Android-oriented smartwatch, we also like the Skagen Falster 3.

What is the best Samsung smartwatch?
The best Samsung smartwatch currently out is the Samsung Galaxy Watch3. It's the latest in the Galaxy Watch series and offers a mix of fitness and health tracking features, along with activity tracking and newer features like a blood oxygen sensor. For a more fitness-focused device, we're partial to the Galaxy Watch Active2. It doesn't have the same stylish look, but it's great for taking to the gym and working out.

What is the best smartwatch for kids?
The best wearable for kids is likely the Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2. It's designed for children and works as a fitness band, letting kids and parents keep an eye on activity levels. Aside from encouraging your child to keep moving, it also comes in fun style and has built-in adventure game.

What to Look for in Women's Smartwatches

Style - You no longer have to sacrifice on aesthetics when it comes to choosing a smartwatch. These days, there's a wide range of styles available, from sporty to techie to designer. Choose an option that you won't mind showing off on a regular basis.

Price - Early smartwatches were wildly expensive, but they’ve started to come down in price and are now more on par with traditional watches. Most hover in the $200 range, but you can find basic options for as little as $30.

Functionality - It may look cool, but does your smartwatch truly add value to your life? At their most basic, smartwatches can track your activity level and sleep patterns. However, more advanced models can also act as a smart assistant, working together with your phone to notify you of new messages and upcoming appointments. Some even have support for Apple Pay or Android Pay, so you never have to whip out your credit card again.

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