Best Fitness Watches and Trackers for Women in 2021

Natalie Cecconi
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With the modern age of technology upon us, it is no surprise that they have revolutionized the fitness industry. It used to be that if you wanted to monitor your heart rate or count the number of calories burned you would have to resort to a bulky machine.

Measurements such as these are now being taken care of by a tiny wrist watch or fitness tracker. Since there are literally thousands of different products on the market now, deciding on which one is best for you can be hard. This is why I have put together a list of the top fitness wearables for women for 2019.

NameCategoryProduct
Garmin 010-02172-11 Vivoactive 4SBest OverallGarmin 010-02172-11 Vivoactive 4S
3D Fitness Tracker & Real Time Audio CoachBudget Pick3D Fitness Tracker & Real Time Audio Coach
Garmin Fenix 6SUpgrade PickGarmin Fenix 6S

1. Garmin 010-02172-11 Vivoactive 4S

Our rating: 9 / 10

Garmin 010-02172-11 Vivoactive 4S

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Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Tracks heart rate, steps, distance, calories, and sleep
  • Easy to use with minimal buttons
  • No touch screen
  • Can be worn in the shower

The Garmin Vivoactive 4S is an upgraded version of the Vivoactive 3 music. The Vivoactive 4S includes Garmin Pay, Strava Live Segments, GPS, and heart-rate monitoring.

It includes a couple of sensors that track your body energy, stress levels, and oxygen saturation. This is great for athletes and active users that prefer a smaller sized watch.

It’s rugged design and water-proof abilities means you can wear it whether you’re out in the rain or swimming at the beach.

2. Garmin 010-02172-21 Vivoactive 4S

Our rating: 9 / 10

Garmin 010-02172-21 Vivoactive 4S

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Pros:

  • The evidence of wear is perfectly hidden under the Garmin bands
  • Most people report the watch to be very comfortable to wear
  • The digital section is well-lit under all conditions
  • The display is fairly clear even in direct sunlight

Cons:

  • The "goals" section is a bit difficult to navigate
  • It drains the battery faster than expected
  • When the display is off, the indicator flips from being on the right side to the left, which is a little disconcerting

The Garmin 010-02172-21 VivoActive 4S features built-in GPS, wrist-based heart rate, activity tracking for steps, stairs, calories, and more with additional connected features like automatic sync with Garmin Connect, smart notifications, and automatic uploads to Garmin Connect.

The Vivoactive 4S is a larger, more active version of the Vivoactive 3. This watch includes every feature of the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music with extended in-activity tracking, VO2 max and fitness age estimates, rep counting, recovery time and more. The Vivoactive 4S is water rated 5 ATM, which means it is safe up to 164 feet.

The VivoActive 4S has the same case as the Fenix 5, Garmin's top of the line Multisport GPS Watch. It also offers the same hard-wearing stainless steel metal housing.

3. Garmin 010-01689-00 Forerunner 35; Easy-to-Use GPS Running Watch

Our rating: 8 / 10

Garmin 010-01689-00 Forerunner 35; Easy-to-Use GPS Running Watch

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Pros:

  • Stylish, slim, and lightweight design
  • Full-color Garmin Chroma Display
  • Automatically sync your stats to the web
  • GPS-enabled, so you don’t need a phone
  • 5 built-in sport modes (running/cycling/swimming/weights/multi-sport)
  • Automatic activity tracking; monitors steps, sleep, heart-rate, and more
  • Water-resistant (up to 50 meters)
  • Comfortable, touchscreen watch with lots of apps and smartwatch features
  • Smart notifications (email, SMS, and other alerts)
  • Connected features (Wi-Fi, smartphone compatibility/sync, live tracking, social media sharing, weather)

Cons:

  • No built-in cadence sensor
  • Button interface
  • When on the wrist, it’s not super accurate
  • Very expensive

4. Garmin Forerunner 45S

Our rating: 8 / 10

Garmin Forerunner 45S

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Pros:

  • The Garmin has a great screen and touch screen interface
  • Has a lot of options for tracking your form
  • It has some fun features including a timer and stopwatch, which are not present on a lot of other basic fitness watches.
  • The battery life is longer than average for these types of devices
  • Garmin is well known for their quality products, so you won’t have to worry about support
  • It has a built in heart rate sensor, which is a feature in more expensive versions
  • Has a reading on your VO2 along with the number of calories burned
  • Has an in-activity and sleep tracker within it
  • Comes with a chest strap for heart rate monitoring when exercising
  • 24/7 activity tracking, such as steps and calories

5. Fitbit Inspire HR Heart Rate and Fitness Tracker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Fitbit Inspire HR Heart Rate and Fitness Tracker

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Pros:

  • Integrated heart rate monitor
  • Versatile use; works with fitness trackers and apps too
  • Reminders to move
  • Available in 3 colors: Black, White, and Cobalt Blue
  • Battery lasts for 7 days
  • Easy setup and operation

Cons:

  • The heart rate monitor is not as accurate as chest strap monitors
  • It is not suitable for swimming
  • The band is fairly bulky

(Dusty Rose)

The Fitbit Inspire HR is the latest version of the popular Flex and Zip models. It comes with a classic wristwatch design, heart rate monitoring, and smart functionality that can be integrated into the Fitbit app.

The Fitbit Inspire HR is one of the few fitness trackers that allow you to receive notifications from your phone so you can view calls, text messages, and calendar reminders. This makes it very convenient and stylish.

6. Garmin Fenix 6S

Our rating: 8 / 10

Garmin Fenix 6S

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Pros:

  • Well-designed and has good aesthetics
  • The reverse display is a great feature to have on any fitness watch
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comes built-in with all the sensors that you will need to track your fitness
  • The Bluetooth tracker feature is particularly useful

Cons:

  • The heart monitor sensor is not very accurate
  • The design of this device is quite bulky

The Garmin Fenix 6S is one of the best trackers on the market, and it has tons of features that both men and women will find useful.

One of our favorite things about this tracker is that it comes with an altimeter and temperature sensor. Both of which are pretty useful if you are hiking or working out outside and you want to keep track of the weather conditions around you, as well as your own body temperature and how it changes over time.

In terms of aesthetics, we really like the fact that this model has a reverse display. This means that the text is white and the back is black. Most of the other fitness watches that you will find have a white screen, which means that they can be a bit difficult to read in certain lighting conditions.

7. Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness and Activity Tracker

Our rating: 8 / 10

Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness and Activity Tracker

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Pros:

  • Pedometer functionality is surprisingly useful and accurate
  • Call and text notifications feature works well
  • Activity tracking feature works well
  • Day and night heart rate tracking works well
  • The bands are comfortable and adjustable
  • Hands free operation is convenient

Cons:

  • The battery life is somewhat below average
  • The touchscreen is easily damaged
  • The touchscreen is slow on response
  • The device can be a bit annoying to setup
  • The device can be a bit clunky

The Fitbit Charge 4 is one of the popular fitness trackers for women. It combines smartwatch features with a full-featured fitness tracking system., and it is very affordable. It features a large OLED touchscreen display and automatic activity tracking. It has improved on its predecessor’s design in terms of ease of use, display, interface, and other important features. The overall design is much more attractive.

With a new design and a whole lot of new features, the Fitbit Charge 4 is one of the best fitness trackers for women on the market. It is attractive, affordable, and its functionalities are truly in-depth. It is equipped with a new, comfortable band that secures the tracker well, so you won’t have to worry about it falling out or accidentally getting into the washing machine.

8. Garmin 010-01995-10 Vivosmart 4

Our rating: 7 / 10

Garmin 010-01995-10 Vivosmart 4

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Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Comfortable and well-made wristband
  • Flexible and fully waterproof to 50 meters
  • Features a smart alarm

Cons:

  • Lacks advanced fitness metrics
  • Poor distance tracking
  • Unclear automatic goal settings

The Garmin 010-01995-10 Vivosmart 4 is a fitness tracker that has a heart rate monitor which lets you keep in touch with your heart rate. It also gives you an estimate of calories burned based on heart rate and intensity level.

It comes with a single button that lets you use the touchscreen or skip through your stats by pressing it quickly. It has a battery life of up to seven days which means you should never run out of juice. It has a stopwatch, alarm, and auto sleep detection.

It also has a built-in GPS though it is poorly implemented and even if you do get it working, it won’t be all that accurate. The Garmin 010-01995-10 Vivosmart 4 also has a touchscreen display that shows details like time of day, heart rate, distance traveled, and calories burned. It also tracks your steps and measures floor climbed.

9. Garmin vívosport

Our rating: 7 / 10

Garmin vívosport

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Pros:

  • Has GPS
  • HR monitor
  • 24-hour heart rate monitoring
  • Displays smartphone notifications
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • No alert/notification options
  • No way to add music
  • No way to load workouts
  • No way to create or customize workouts

The Garmin vívosport, Fitness/Activity Tracker with GPS and Heart Rate Monitoring is a great watch for those looking to track steps, sleep, and general fitness goals.

The vívosport has Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology that is always on to provide 24-hour, continuous heart rate monitoring and uses Bluetooth LE to wirelessly sync with the Connect app.

The watch syncs automatically with your smartphone to record GPS workouts, track your location and track advanced metrics like FIT statistics and VO2 max. Use the vívosport app to see your daily activity stats on your mobile device and get recorded GPS routes and more. You can also use the app to find nearby fitness centers.

10. Apple Watch Series 5

Our rating: 7 / 10

Apple Watch Series 5

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If you already have an iPhone, than the Apple Watch is probably one of the best fitness trackers for you. It works seamlessly with your phone in a number of ways, allowing you to control most of the phone’s functions including camera and audio.

At the time of writing, the Series 5 is the latest in Apple’s range of smartwatches and fitness trackers the stand out feature of which is the larger screen. With a screen size 40mm compared with the previous 42mm, it means you can read emails and texts more easily. It could also display more details of your fitness data when using third-party apps.

The battery life is also longer than previous models, lasting for up to an entire day before you need to recharge it.

11. Bellabeat Leaf Urban Smart Jewelry Health Tracker

Our rating: 7 / 10

Bellabeat Leaf Urban Smart Jewelry Health Tracker

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Pros:

  • Easy-to-use apps
  • Excellent sleep tracking
  • Good app integration
  • Visual coaching

It looks like a piece of jewelry, but it’s really a device that helps you sleep better, exercse better, and generally be healthier. We’ve been testing the Bellabeat Leaf for the previous 6 months and continue to test it. It’s simply an excellent fitness tracker.

The small Leaf is made of 100% natural bamboo and features three replaceable watch straps. It’s just the right size – not too big and not too small – and will look good on your wrist. It’s slim enough to be worn all day and night, but it’s also durable enough to withstand all kinds of wear (and abuse) – much more durable than the thinner bands on other fitness trackers out there.

But where this device shines is in its sleep tracking. It’s the best we’ve ever seen, bar none. It uses this classic set of basic features to measure and track sleep:

12. Apple Watch Series 5

Our rating: 7 / 10

Apple Watch Series 5

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Pros:

  • Multi-sport
  • Waterproof ( 50 meters)
  • Bright and vibrant display
  • Full suite of sensors
  • Reliable activity tracking
  • Extended battery life
  • Comfortable wristband
  • Free HealthKit applications
  • Best SmartWatch in terms of connectivity and compatibility

Cons:

  • Can’t customize look of watch face
  • Can’t download new watch straps
  • Cannot make or reject calls
  • Must use remote voice control
  • Lacks some native apps available on other watches

The latest Apple Watch is their best so far. Sporting a wireless chip and a more modern design, the Apple Watch 5 has a lot to love. The overall design is more attractive and sleek. The new wireless chip makes it a lot more compatible with your iPhone. You can also pair it with AirPods and listen to music.

The big selling point about the Apple Watch is that it works seamlessly with your iPhone. This is possible thanks to iOS 12. Simply put, this is also a great fitness tracker that keeps on tracking your steps, pace and other activity metrics. You also get music controls, text, and phone via the Remote Speak. Don’t forget that it can also connect with your AirPods for wireless listening experience.

13. Fitbit Ionic Watch

Our rating: 7 / 10

Fitbit Ionic Watch

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Pros:

  • Simple and elegant design, very comfortable to wear
  • Good battery life
  • Supports wireless connectivity with iOS and Android for mobile app integration and phone notification support
  • Water resistant to 50 meters
  • Various color and material options
  • Offers a long warranty period
  • Has a large touch screen display
  • Provides coaching and tracking tools
  • Very easy to read text
  • Offers a pleasant user interface

Cons:

  • The GPS features are inadequately tracked
  • The audio prompts can be somewhat confusing to use

The Fitbit Ionic is a next-gen fitness tracker that offers a variety of tools that both beginners and advanced trainers can use as a base for a complete workout regimen.

Both the band and the watch face are highly customizable, and you can opt for interchangeable bands and watch faces. The options are varied and appealing. It’s also relatively easy to figure out how to change things afterwards, if you decide to do so down the line.

The workouts can be browsed and selected within the Fitbit interface, and the actual tracking is easy enough to get a handle on. You can change it to events, and categories, and it syncs just fine with whichever device you choose.

14. AfterShokz Aeropex Open-Ear Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones

Our rating: 6 / 10

AfterShokz Aeropex Open-Ear Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones

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Pros:

  • Bone conduction technology is a great alternative to regular headphones
  • Sound quality is great
  • Comfortable to wear; can be worn around the neck or over the ears
  • Provides you with an optimal workout environment as you’re free to listen to music without having to wear headphones
  • Battery life is great and allows up to 9 hours of playback
  • Makes a great companion if you’re a serious runner or athlete

Cons:

  • Some users have found the device to be a little tight
  • Sound quality is not the best if you switch the setting to Conversational Mode
  • May not be ideal for exercising directly in water

Most athletes and gym goers know that it’s important not to listen to music on headphones during a work out. This is because it may distract you from the environment as you’re focusing on your music.

With that in mind the AfterShokz Aeropex wireless bone conduction headphone is a great alternative for listening to music during your exercises. It uses bone conduction technology which means it goes in front of your ears and works by transmitting sound through the cheekbones rather than through the ear canal.

15. Suunto 3

Our rating: 6 / 10

Suunto 3

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Pros:

  • The heart rate monitor can be read in real-time during exercise
  • The GPS interface has a long-lasting battery life and can be used for tracking short or long distance runs.
  • The optical heart rate monitor delivers accurate measurements
  • The time and date can be adjusted on the fly
  • Has a USB rechargeable battery
  • The smart notifications on your watch can be customized
  • You can view full activity logs on your Suunto smartphone app
  • You can customize the watch to your needs – it will automatically track your daily steps, calories burned, and the amount of sleep you get

Cons:

  • The battery life is only about 8 hours
  • The watch strap can get a bit uncomfortable
  • The display isn’t perfectly clear and can be difficult to read if you’re inside or under less than ideal lighting conditions.

(Black/silver)

Suunto is one of the only fitness monitors that tracks your heart rate the same way a doctor does – anytime and anywhere during your workout. When paired with your smartphone’s GPS, it helps you maximize your workout.

16. 3D Fitness Tracker & Real Time Audio Coach

Our rating: 6 / 10

3D Fitness Tracker & Real Time Audio Coach

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Pros:

  • Real time audio feedback
  • Battery lasts up to five days
  • Fabric strap makes the device comfortable and lightweight
  • The app is easy to use and lets you customize the workout with simple audio cues
  • Suitable for swimmers
  • Comfortable, lightweight, and waterproof: “1m for 30mins”
  • The app makes it easy to follow up on your performance and improve gradually
  • It is more than capable of giving you tailwind leads

Cons:

  • Needs to be charged after every use
  • Audio Cues are available only in a few languages
  • The clasp is somewhat fiddly
  • You often need your phone with you

The Moov Now is a simple set-up fitness tracker which is great in a lot of ways. The device tracks accurate heart rate and details, counts calories burned, tracks distance and pace, and syncs with your smartphone.

It has a lightweight and comfortable strap which fits tightly around your wrist, making it suitable for swimming too.

The device has a Bluetooth Smart connection that supports iPhone and Android.

17. Bellabeat Leaf Nature Health Tracker Rose Gold

Our rating: 5 / 10

Bellabeat Leaf Nature Health Tracker Rose Gold

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Pros:

  • Rose gold leaf design
  • Measures the quality of the air around you and makes sure that you’re getting enough fresh air
  • Wrist and ear clips available
  • Provides useful and simple information
  • Helps you to become more mindful of your surroundings
  • Will track your sleep and also the air quality in your bedroom
  • Can be used for a variety of reasons not only for health
  • Connected to your smartphone so you can receive notifications
  • Comes with a 2 year warranty

The Bellabeat Leaf is an audacious device that has the ability to customize your health and wellness the way you want it. Whether you want it to track your activity, monitor your sleep or sense nearby pollutants, the Bellabeat Leaf tracks it all.

Being a health device the Bellabeat Leaf measures your state of well being and sends notification to your mobile device where you can see the results and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

It comes with a 1 year warranty which is great for keeping the product in good condition for a long time. The product isn’t fragile and is made of top quality. The product connects to your phone so you can receive alerts when things aren’t going as planned.

18. Misfit Wearables MIS5023 Misfit Path Smartwatch in Gold Tone

Our rating: 5 / 10

Misfit Wearables MIS5023 Misfit Path Smartwatch in Gold Tone

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Pros:

  • Stylish and elegant design with interchangeable straps
  • Lightweight
  • The battery lasts for 90 days
  • Water resistant for up to 50m
  • Smartphone notifications can be read on the watch
  • Automatically tracks steps, sleep, and overall activity
  • Hands-free calling and music control
  • Has a feature to call your phone if you lose it
  • 3-year warranty

Cons:

  • Hate frills? You may not like this device
  • No companion app
  • Takes a while to charge
  • As part of the software, you have to calibrate the display
  • Needs to be updated and synced with the app through the app

If you are looking for an efficient and effective fitness tracker that can help you with your workout, calorie management, and sleep pattern, the Misfit Path is the one for you.

The Misfit Path is thin and sleek – both very important factors for a wearable device. With a solid metallic casing, you can be sure that the Misfit Path device will not rip. The metallic casing also gives it a slight weight, making it feel very high quality. The device is water resistant up to 50 meters, so there is no need to worry about getting it wet underwater.

19. Samsung Galaxy Gear Charm EI-AN920 Wearable Bracelet Ring Smart Fitness Band

Our rating: 2 / 10

Samsung Galaxy Gear Charm EI-AN920 Wearable Bracelet Ring Smart Fitness Band

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Pros:

  • Solid and more durable than other models
  • Realizable applications
  • Can be paired with your phone
  • Waterproof

Cons:

  • Can be bulky and look a little funny on your arm.
  • Can malfunction with other devices
  • The screen is not very sensitive and difficult to navigate.
  • The battery doesn’t hold its charge for more than a day.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a rugged Wearable Bracelet with a 1.4‘ color Super AMOLED display. It includes an Android 2.3 OS, 1.6Ghz dual-core processor, 512 MB RAM and 4GB internal memory.

Other key features of the Gear include Bluetooth 2.1, built-in sensors, 840 mAh battery, 300mAh for the band, built-in microphone and speakers, compass/magnetometer, 2MP camera, Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, and Google Android’s OS 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the best fitness tracker for a woman?

Fitness trackers or bands provide many benefits for women. The main goal is to help you improve your fitness, but they can also help you set goals and stick to them. Spend a few minutes checking out the fitness tracker for a woman that best suits your needs. Before you know it, you’ll have the encouragement and motivation you need to exercise and live a healthier life.

If you donʼt ask yourself if something is worth it, you probably won’t do it. Apps like Strava and Nike + Run Club are great for this phase of sticking to an exercise program. Reminders will pop up on your smartphone, and you can compete with people who’ve surpassed your achievements. You won’t want to lose to your friends, and this can be used as a strong motivator.

What is the best fitness tracker for 2021?

The best fitness tracker for you is simply the one which you are going to wear every single day. That is the key here, because if you are not using your fitness tracker due to the way it looks, it doesn’t really matter how many amazing features it has, because they will go to waste.

The best fitness tracker would have all the features that you are looking for in a fitness tracker. Things like integrations, apps, distance, calorie tracking, sleep tracking, automatic or manual activity tracking etc. are what ‘normal’ trackers come with.

App integrations are a key feature. Because not everyone uses the same app, you should be able to use multiple health and fitness apps. And if you do have a 3rd party health app that you use, it should integrate seamlessly and quickly.

Which fitness watch is the most accurate?

The A&D Medical Wearable Blood Pressure Monitor is an excellent heart rate tracker. You can wear it all day, and you will also get the most accurate blood pressure readings.

It is also pain free, unlike finger devices. 24-hour continuous monitoring during fitness tracking is something you will find in this bracelet. It can also perform pulse rate measurements.

A&D Medical has used a traditional…from the 1970…“two-bulb” concept. The heating that a material produces causes an expansion of the air in the bulb. Many pills make use of this technology, which has become obsolete, and no longer accurate in this modern era of microchips and digital tech.

If you are serious about heart rate monitoring, you should consider this medical grade product.

Is there a fitness tracker that monitors blood pressure?

The short answer is no. But for a more detailed explanation you’ll need to understand how they work.

First, most fitness trackers are worn on the wrist with an accompanying app on your mobile device. You sync the tracker via bluetooth and over time it will record data like heart rate, distance traveled, steps, calories burned and so on.

However, in order for a watch to measure heart-rate it has to have contact with your skin. During the day this is normally not a problem, but during the night while you’re sleeping, the only way to measure your heart-rate is by sleeping it on your wrist.

Conclusion

As the choice of fitness trackers and watches has become more and more diverse, it has also become confusing for many. No wonder, there are many women who are anxious and confused about what to choose.

There are smart wristbands that track your everyday activities, fitness bands with a built-in heart rate monitor (as well as other body metrics), and more. This article helps you choose the best fitness watch or watch-like fitness tracker.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
Garmin 010-02172-11 Vivoactive 4SBest OverallGarmin 010-02172-11 Vivoactive 4S
3D Fitness Tracker & Real Time Audio CoachBudget Pick3D Fitness Tracker & Real Time Audio Coach
Garmin Fenix 6SUpgrade PickGarmin Fenix 6S