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The best smartwatches for women combine a mix of design and functionality. A smartwatch should look good on your wrist, match your lifestyle and outfit, and give you useful fitness, health, and activity tracking features. Most smart watches also do additional duty with notifications, phone calls, and music playback aside from the things like heart rate monitoring and GPS you'd expect. More new smartwatches also feature native menstrual cycle tracking, removing the need to rely on a third party app.
Our top pick with all these features is the Samsung Galaxy Active2 at Amazon. It's the newest fitness-oriented smartwatch from Samsung and it's less bulky than the relatively chunky Watch3. It's highly durable, has the latest specs, and offers tracking for 39 different activities, including menstrual cycle tracking.
If you're still not sure what smartwatch to get, take a look at our guide to smartwatches to answer some questions before you get started. Otherwise, read on to see the best smartwatches for women.
Excellent fitness tracking features
Resistant to sweat and water
Long battery life
GPS and improved sensors
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 las several days on a single charge and can even be topped off from other Samsung devices through its convenient Wireless PowerShare feature.
Class-leading battery life
Great fitness-focused features
Premium build, customizable look
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
Lots of new case designs and strap options
Improved screen and processor
Loaded with new activity tracking features and sensors
Improved wireless chip
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.
Built-in GPS tracking
Heart rate and activity monitoring
Supports 3rd party apps
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.
Sporty design and removable silicone strap
Supports GPS, NFC, Bluetooth, 4G and Wi-Fi
Lots of fitness tracking features
Perhaps the most feature-rich digital timepiece on the market, the Huawei Watch 2 Sport is part fitness tracker, part smartwatch, part digital assistant. The design is sporty and, by some standards, a bit chunky, but highly functional with a removable and sweat-proof silicone strap. It’s also refreshingly light, considering it packs in GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G SIM, a Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, and 768MB of RAM, plus a relatively small 1.2-inch, 390 x 390 display.
Thanks to the NFC support, you can use Android Pay, and the SIM card means you can receive calls, as well as send and receive messages without being tethered to your phone. It runs Wear OS 2.0 (formerly Android Wear), giving you access to a host of helpful apps. Athletes will find the Workout Coach feature especially valuable, with the ability to track heart rate, sleep stages, and even recovery times and Vo2 max.
Accurate activity tracking
Great battery life
Screen isn't always responsive to swiping
Difficult to get a comfortable fit
Sleek, simple to use, and invitingly affordable, the Samsung Galaxy Fit might not have any extra bells and whistles, but it does have everything you want from a fitness tracker. It automatically tracks your steps, heart rate, caffeine intake and sleep patterns with the utmost accuracy, and its thin and light design transitions easily from the gym to the boardroom. The battery can last up to a week, and when paired with a Galaxy smartphone, you’ll be able to receive notifications, check your calendar and even monitor the weather, all from your wrist. You’ll also receive notifications if your heart rate is too high or low.
The full-color AMOLED display is always on, and the device is built to have military-grade durability so it can handle everything from extreme temperatures to tumbles to swimming sessions. The Galaxy Fit is available in two colors — black and silver — and is compatible with Android and iOS.
"The Samsung Galaxy Fit is an appealing option for those who want a bit of smartwatch functionality and a heavy emphasis on exercise monitoring—without shelling out too much money." — Yoona Wagener, Product Tester
Includes new fitness features
Multiple watch face options
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.
Works with Android and iOS
Pairs to Bluetooth headphones easily
Solid battery life
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.
Crisp OLED display
Packed with sensors and features
Tracks heart-rate and has GPS
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 things missing is an LTE model.
Great set of health tracking sensors
Lots of features and ability to track changes
Built-in Amazon Alexa
Physical buttons would have been nice
Fitbit has become well-known for its smartwatches that offer a great set of features at a reasonable price. The Fitbit Sense lives up to that expectation, it's loaded with sensors and health tracking features so you can comprehensively keep track of every aspect of your health. The key selling points here are sensors that can track skin temperature, respiration, heart rate, electrocardiogram (ECG) which can measure and assess your heart rate variations and even detect atrial fibrillation with the compatible app. Beyond that, it can even track stress levels, push notifications to you when your heart rate is too low or high, and send data to your doctor.
The design itself isn't much different from the Versa 2 or Versa Lite. You get a metal shell, a square touchscreen, and replaceable bands. There's no physical buttons here though, but there is an indented haptic side button that you can use to launch apps and start workouts. There are voice commands with Amazon Alexa built-in so you can check weather, set reminders, and control various smart home appliances. Last, but not least, battery life is estimated to be at least six days before you need to recharge.
The best smartwatch to buy is the new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 (view on Amazon). 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 affordable Fitbit Versa 2 (view on Amazon). It's a reputable brand name that offers a good mix of features and design without breaking the bank.
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's sepcilizes in sporting and fitness tech, and praised the Samsung Galaxy Fit for offering useful tracking features at a reasonable price.
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.