If you need a nudge to keep you moving, these are the best fitness trackers for it. Studies have shown that fitness trackers can improve both your motivation levels and actual daily activity – something we could all do with in the weirdness that is this year, TBH.
The problem though, is knowing where to start. There are currently over 50,000 devices available on Amazon – all claiming to be number one. So, how to find the best fitness trackers for women? If you’ve found yourself getting lost in the endless scroll, you’ve come to the right place.
Top 10 best fitness trackers for women in the UK
We’ve done the legwork for you and hunted down the best fitness trackers for women for every workout style and budget. Some are good for running, some are waterproof (swimmers, we’re lookin’ at you) and others are great for the HIIT workouts you’ve been doing in your living room.
1. Fitbit Versa 3 Health & Fitness Smartwatch
The Fitbit Versa 3 is Fitbit’s best smartwatch for most people. With an always-on display, built-in GPS, blood oxygen and temperature tracking during sleep, and a battery that lasts six days, the Versa 3 holds its own against some of its pricier competitors like the Apple Watch SE and even the Fitbit Sense. While you don’t get the stress tracker and FDA-cleared electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) like the Sense, the rest of the Versa 3’s smartwatch and fitness features are similar. As an added bonus, the Versa 3 costs $100 less than the Sense.
2. Huawei Watch Fit
The Huawei Watch Fit is the brand’s latest fitness tracker, and sits somewhere between budget activity bands and serious running watches. Earlier this year, we saw the Watch GT 2 and Watch GT 2e from Huawei, both of which came with solid fitness tracking, but were held back by software limitations.
The Watch Fit doesn’t improve anything on the software front, but it’s a different kind of value proposition from Huawei that brings most of the fitness and health tracking suite found on the Watch GT 2e in a lightweight design that’s accessible, easy to use and, most importantly, affordable.
3. Fitbit Versa 2 Health & Fitness Smartwatch
If you’re looking for a tracker with a smartwatch edge, the Fitbit Versa 2 is a great choice – especially if you want a wearable that you can wear outside of the gym too. The Fitbit app translates your health stats into easy-to-understand graphs and recommendations, and the sleep score is a win if you struggle with getting enough Zzz.
Polar’s new Ignite is retailing at a similar price point (£175) but it’s glitchy where Fitbit is slick, and the latter translates stats and data into info that’s much easier to understand than what Polar’s app Flow churns out. If you’re looking for a all-rounder, a tracker-come-smartwatch, the Versa 2.0 hits all the sweet spots.
4. Garmin Forerunner® 45S
The Garmin Forerunner 45 is by far the best budget running watch you can buy today, offering an appealing design and a raft of excellent features. Those include GPS tracking, a heart-rate monitor, and, perhaps most impressively, the ability to follow structured workouts or even entire training plans from your wrist.
With that in mind, you hardly need to go any further if you’re looking for help choosing your first GPS running watch. However, if you want to get into the nuts and bolts, to justify splashing out, read on. If you’re serious about improving your performance, it might just be the best £180 you’ve ever spent.
5. Garmin Fēnix 6
The Fenix 6 series is a slate of more than a dozen different watch variants, with battery life extending upwards of 120 days. Yes, days. And GPS-on time for ultra-type scenarios at nearly 150 hours. Or in full expedition mode GPS-on time at 56 days. Yes, again, days. Obviously, there are some caveats to those numbers – but we’ll get to those.
Oh, and did I mention there’s now solar charging of the unit? No, it’s not the panacea that your own solar farm might be – but it’s a start and hint at where Garmin is going. And the new PacePro feature will automatically create a course-elevation optimized race plan for your specific goal time.
6. Polar Vantage V
The was the first running watch to offer metrics on running power – a new metric which helps you to train more intelligently. There’s no built-in music, but this running watch is still worth the investment. It’s the closest thing you’ll get to having a real life trainer sat on your wrist.
Our favourite feature is the smart recovery feature which tells you when to amp up the pace and when to tone things down. But if that wasn’t enough, this fitness tracker lasts for 40 hours without being charged and has sleep tracking thrown in for good measure. It’s well worth the investment.
7. Garmin Vivosmart 4 Smart Activity Tracker
The latest entry to the Vivosmart line is the Garmin Vivosmart 4. It’s a slimline wearable that’s swim-friendly and comes loaded with fitness and well-being features that are designed to help you become more active, healthier and less prone to stress and burnout.
It does this through its range of sensors and features, including a Pulse Ox sensor that estimates blood oxygen saturation, an optical heart rate sensor, stress tracking, and guided breathing, plus Body Battery energy monitoring, which helps you figure out when you’re primed to be active or when you may need to rest.
8. HONOR MagicWatch2 42mm Smart Watch
The Honor Magic Watch 2 is the successor to the Honor Watch Magic – note the inexplicable semantic change there – and the latest step in Honor’s push into wearables, alongside the Honor Band series.
The Honor Magic Watch 2 is a fantastic device for fitness buffs, with a range of new and returning health features like stress monitoring and exercise pace tracking. However, as with other wearables from Honor and parent company Huawei, its lifestyle tools are rather limited, so it might not suit someone who doesn’t exercise much.
9. Withings Steel HR – Hybrid Smartwatch
The Steel HR is truly innovative in the world of hybrid watches in that it incorporates a heart rate monitor and a small digital screen without compromising its analog design. The watch isn’t bulky, it’s comfortable to wear, and it blends in like a normal watch would. It’s the perfect hybrid watch for someone who wants an attractive timepiece that happens to be nearly as smart as a smartwatch, minus the bulk and futuristic look.
10. Garmin vivomove HR Hybrid Smart Watch
The Garmin vivomove is an elegant-looking watch. The watch face is analog, so it looks just like a normal watch, but it features a secret touch screen to switch between informational screens. It comes in a variety of stylish colors as well. Although it doesn’t look like a conventional smartwatch, you’ll be able to track your steps, monitor your sleeping patterns and an inactivity tracker too. Connect to the Garmin Connect app for more advanced insights.
Here you’ll have access to all-day Health Monitoring, which includes your steps, your calories burned, and how many calories you’ve consumed so you can track your progress. Menstrual cycle tracking, Body Battery monitoring, hydration tracking and stress tracking are other useful functions.
How to choose the best fitness tracker for women
These are the main factors you should consider when choosing a watch:
A basic fitness watch that tracks steps costs about $75-$100. The cost rises as the number of features increases. Fitness watches that track running, walking, and other outdoor activities using GPS cost between $100-$250+. Those types of watches do cost more, but you get a much more accurate speed and distance than less expensive watches.
2. DAILY USE
Do you want to track how far you walk every day? Then a fitness tracker should be fine. Would the watch also be used regularly for running, cycling, or hiking? Then think about getting a watch with GPS. Just doing a little bit of outside activity? A higher-end fitness tracker will count steps and have basic GPS for occasional outdoor use.
3. WEIGHT AND WATCH SIZE
A basic fitness tracker is a fairly simple device and doesn’t weight much. Fitness watches that can do more and have long batteries are heavier and bigger.
In addition to counting steps and outdoor activities with GPS, some of these watches add on extra features. These are usually minor features like counting floors climbed, fitness scores, or tracking intensity exercise minutes. If these are important to you, check each watch for specific types of features.
5. BRAND ECOSYSTEM
Each brand has its own software and app that go with it. They are all unique and generally do the same sort of thing. We wouldn’t say that one is dramatically better than the other. But do note that if you ever switch watch brands in the future, it can be hard, or even impossible, to move your old data to the new software system. Just keep this in mind when choosing a watch.
With so many good fitness trackers for women on the market and promising ones on the horizon, it’s hard to contain them all in just one list. We’ve limited our picks here to trackers, but there are lots of other very good options out there that might be right for you. We update this article often, so make sure to check back for our latest recommendations.