May 2024

Smartwatches: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of smartwatches rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2024.

Summary

On 2 May 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 88 smartwatch endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

50 smartwatches were endorsed in total, only 16 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 2 May 2024, Apple Watch Series 9 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed smartwatch with 6 expert endorsements. 6 experts out of 6 recommended it as the '#1 smartwatch' this month.

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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking smartwatches start at $60 (Wyze Watch) and go up to $838.97 (Suunto Vertical Titanium Solar). Median smartwatch costs $269.99 (Samsung Galaxy Watch 6).
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At a glance - May Ranking

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Rank Change Price Smartwatch
Wareable
TechRadar
10Beasts
Trusted Reviews
Tom's Guide
Popular Science
PCMag
Ars Technica
Android Authority
Reviewed
1
- $399
Apple Watch Series 9
The Apple Watch Series 9 receives positive reviews for its fitness tracking features, heart rate monitoring, GPS, smart assistant integration, sleep tracking capabilities, and cycling updates, although its battery life is average.
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- $300
Google Pixel Watch 2
The Google Pixel Watch 2 is a highly capable smartwatch that excels in fitness tracking and health monitoring, with features such as temperature sensors, accurate heart rate monitoring, and integration with Fitbit, making it a top choice for those looking to track their workouts and overall well-being.
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3
- $799
Apple Watch Ultra 2
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4
- $350
Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5
The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5 is a feature-packed smartwatch with accurate fitness tracking, long battery life, and convenient smart assistant integration, making it a great choice for Android users.
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5
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- $270
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 is a feature-packed smartwatch with extensive fitness tracking capabilities, advanced heart rate monitoring, and a stylish design, making it ideal for fitness enthusiasts and health-conscious individuals.
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Apple Watch SE
The Apple Watch SE is a comprehensive fitness tracking device with heart rate monitoring, fall detection, noise monitoring, steps and general activity tracking, and a wide range of workouts, making it a great option for those who prioritize fitness tracking and health monitoring.
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7
- $399
Apple Watch 7
The Apple Watch 7 is a highly capable smartwatch with excellent health and fitness tracking, a durable and stylish design, and seamless connectivity with iPhones, making it a great choice for iOS users who prioritize health and fitness tracking and app integration.
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- $170
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is a comprehensive smartwatch with advanced health tracking features, a sleek design, and seamless connectivity for Android users.
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- $360
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic is a highly recommended smartwatch that offers advanced health monitoring, accurate heart rate tracking, built-in GPS, and integration with smart assistants, making it ideal for fitness enthusiasts and health-conscious individuals.
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10
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10
- $290
OnePlus Watch 2
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- $390
Garmin Venu 3
The Garmin Venu 3 is a highly capable smartwatch that excels in fitness tracking, heart rate monitoring, GPS accuracy, and smart assistant integration, making it a versatile and reliable choice for individuals looking to improve their overall health and well-being.
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- $193
Fitbit Versa 4
The Fitbit Versa 4 is a comprehensive fitness tracker with built-in GPS, Amazon Alexa voice interactions, and a minimum battery life of 6+ days, making it ideal for fitness enthusiasts and those who want to stay connected while on the go.
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Apple Watch SE 2
The Apple Watch SE 2 is a feature-packed smartwatch that offers extensive fitness tracking, smart assistant capabilities, durable design, and seamless integration with iOS devices, making it an ideal choice for iOS users.
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Fitbit Sense
The Fitbit Sense is a comprehensive smartwatch and fitness tracker that offers a wide range of features for users interested in tracking their health and wellness, including heart rate monitoring, automatic exercise tracking, built-in GPS, swim-proofing, voice assistants, and sensors that measure stress levels, heart rate variability, skin temperature, and oxygen saturation levels.
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- $172
Fitbit Versa 3
The Fitbit Versa 3 is a comprehensive fitness tracker and smartwatch that offers a wide range of features, including daily step tracking, heart rate monitoring, workout tracking, built-in GPS, blood oxygen monitoring, voice assistant technology, and a sleek and durable design.
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- $252
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is a durable and feature-packed smartwatch that is perfect for fitness enthusiasts and Android users.
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#13 $151.36 Apple Watch SE 2
#8 $169.99 Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
#16 $171.99 Fitbit Versa 3
#12 $192.99 Fitbit Versa 4
#6 $241.41 Apple Watch SE
#17 $252 Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
#5 $269.99 Samsung Galaxy Watch 6
#10 $289.99 OnePlus Watch 2
#2 $299.99 Google Pixel Watch 2
#4 $349.99 Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5
#9 $359.99 Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic
#11 $389.99 Garmin Venu 3
#1 $399 Apple Watch Series 9
#7 $399 Apple Watch 7
#3 $799 Apple Watch Ultra 2

We ranked Apple Watch Series 9 #1 in May 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
  • Out of those, 6 experts ranked Apple Watch Series 9 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 7 Oct 2023)
The Apple Watch Series 9 receives positive reviews for its fitness tracking features, heart rate monitoring, GPS, smart assistant integration, sleep tracking capabilities, and cycling updates, although its battery life is average.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

Best overall smartwatch

Superb, unisex design
Incredible sports watch
Gesture feature is very cool
Unmatched app store

Only works with iPhone
Some wellness features feel a little stale
Not a huge leap forward from Apple Watch Series 8

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Trusted Reviews

The best smartwatch

Certain models made from recycled aluminium
Faster Siri
Accurate tracking
Very bright screen

Design remains the same
Health data to be shown better

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch overall

Siri works offline
Double-tap gesture is awesome
New UWB chip helps find your phone
First carbon-neutral Apple device

Find iPhone feature only works with iPhone 15

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PCMag

Best Overall / Editors' Choice

Powerful processor
Bright display
Double-tap gesture for hands-free operation
On-device Siri
Precision Finding for iPhone 15 family
Carbon neutral build option

Familiar design

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Android Authority

Editors Choice

Powerful new S9 chipset
Brighter AMOLED display
Expanded Find My Phone feature

Key new features not available at launch
Battery life still unimproved

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Reviewed

Best Overall / Editors' Choice

Faster processor
Brighter screen
Great fitness-tracking features

Aging design
Battery could be better

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We ranked Google Pixel Watch 2 #2 in May 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 10 Nov 2023)
The Google Pixel Watch 2 is a highly capable smartwatch that excels in fitness tracking and health monitoring, with features such as temperature sensors, accurate heart rate monitoring, and integration with Fitbit, making it a top choice for those looking to track their workouts and overall well-being.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

Best smartwatch for Android

Battery life is improved
Excellent HR tracking accuracy
The design is very sleek and comfortable

Doesn't work with iPhone
Fitbit Premium required for some insights
Only available in one case size

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TechRadar

The best Google smartwatch for Pixel users

Elegant, classic watch-like looks
Brilliant screen
New multi-path HR sensor

One (small) size fit all
Band switch system takes practice
No blood oxygen sensing - yet

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch for Pixel smartphones

Stress-detection sensor
Safety Check feature
Improved battery life

Big bezel
No wireless charger

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PCMag

Best for Style-Minded Android Users

Improved battery life over previous version
More Fitbit health and fitness features
Responsive performance
IP68 rating
100% recycled metal casing
Attractive and comfortable design

Pricey
Some health metrics require a premium membership
No preinstalled compass
Only comes in one size

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Android Authority

Runs a snappy Wear OS 4
Added and upgraded advanced health sensors
New training features and automatic workout detection

Only available in one size
Some health features feel underbaked
Fitbit app redesign oversimplifies

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Reviewed

Most Stylish Android Watch / Editors' Choice

Improved battery
Excellent fitness tracking options
Stylish

Limited app options
Irritating charger

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend smartwatches.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of smartwatches, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for May 2024 ranking

We ranked Apple Watch Ultra 2 #3 in May 2024 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Apple Watch Ultra 2 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

Best sporty smartwatch

Fun gesture cpontrol
Even brighter display
Still a slick smartwatch experience

Needs some native software tweaks
Battery life still isn't amazing
Male orientated

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TechRadar

The best smartwatch overall

Large, bright display
Action button is very useful

battery life could be better
Ultra Wideband only works with iPhone 15

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Trusted Reviews

Best rugged smartwatch

Top screen
Excellent sports tracking
The best Apple Watch

Fitness tracking feels dated
Lack of performance analysis
Mapping rolling out slowly

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch for safety and sports

Best battery life of any Apple Watch
Action Button
Emergency siren

Battery life doesn’t compare with competitors

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PCMag

Best for Outdoor Adventurers

3,000-nit display
Powerful processor
Expanded operating altitude
Carbon-neutral build option
Excellent connectivity features

Expensive
Some map limitations

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We ranked Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5 #4 in May 2024 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 21 Jul 2023)
The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5 is a feature-packed smartwatch with accurate fitness tracking, long battery life, and convenient smart assistant integration, making it a great choice for Android users.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

Best Android smartwatch for battery life

Ingenious and effective screen tech
Multi-day battery life
Good fitness accuracy

No smaller case option
Too many pre-installed apps
No voice assistant

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TechRadar

The best Wear OS smartwatch not made by Google

Big battery
Powerful
Accurate fitness metrics

Quite expensive

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Trusted Reviews

Best Wear OS smartwatch

Outstanding battery life
Wear OS 3 is finally on a TicWatch
Fast charging
The secondary FSTN display is always welcome

Not the most stylish of smartwatches
Included watch faces are hit and miss
No Google Assistant

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PCMag

Best Pixel Watch 2 Alternative

Three-day battery life
Bright AMOLED display
Attractive design
Good app selection

No Google Assistant at launch
Only comes in one size
No cellular option
Some low heart rate readings in testing

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Android Authority

Qualcomm's Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 is snappy and efficient
Digital crown streamlines navigation
Dual display adds even more functionality

Sleep tracking still inconsistent
Band design is cheap and attracts dust
No wireless charging

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 #5 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 4 Sep 2023)
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 is a feature-packed smartwatch with extensive fitness tracking capabilities, advanced heart rate monitoring, and a stylish design, making it ideal for fitness enthusiasts and health-conscious individuals.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best Samsung smartwatch overall

Powerful fitness features
Durable and lightweight

One-day battery life
Optimized for Samsung phones

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch for Android

Slimmer display bezels
Improved interchangeable band mechanism
Satisfying physical bezel on Galaxy Watch 6 Classic

Unimpressive battery life

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PCMag

Best Android Smartwatch

Bigger, brighter screen than previous model
Good app selection
Digital bezel for quick scrolling
Excellent sleep insights
Active skin temperature sensor
Reliable automatic workout detection
Two case sizes, optional LTE connectivity

One-day battery life
Minor workout heart rate accuracy issues

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Reviewed

Best for Android / Editors' Choice

Stylish design
Bright display
Solid battery life

Some features require Samsung smartphone to use

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We ranked Apple Watch SE #6 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
The Apple Watch SE is a comprehensive fitness tracking device with heart rate monitoring, fall detection, noise monitoring, steps and general activity tracking, and a wide range of workouts, making it a great option for those who prioritize fitness tracking and health monitoring.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

Best affordable Apple Watch

Same S8 chip as Apple Watch Series 8
Superb value - and now an even lower price
Comprehensive features and tracking

Only works with iPhone
No Always-On display
Not a huge leap forward from the original Apple Watch SE

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch value for iPhone users

Lower price than previous Apple Watch SE
Color-matched bottom case
Same chipset as Apple Watch Series 8

No always-on display

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PCMag

Best Affordable Apple Watch

Upgraded processor from previous model
New motion sensor with support for Crash Detection
Improved real-world battery life
Lightweight
Excellent app selection and safety features
Lower price than first-generation model

No always-on display
Lacks sensors for ECG, SpO2, or body temperature
No rating for dust resistance

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Reviewed

Best Value / Editors' Choice

More for less
Great iPhone integration
Crash detection

Still no always-on display
Inconsistent evercise detection

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We ranked Apple Watch 7 #7 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Apple Watch 7 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
The Apple Watch 7 is a highly capable smartwatch with excellent health and fitness tracking, a durable and stylish design, and seamless connectivity with iPhones, making it a great choice for iOS users who prioritize health and fitness tracking and app integration.
Critic endorsements:
10Beasts

Best Smartwatch for iPhone

Connects seamlessly with iPhone
Acts as your phone when needed
Easy to read face
Waterproof
Many health and tracking features
Very few complaints

Expensive
Can be easy to crack the screen

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Ars Technica

The best smartwatch overall

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 #8 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 12 May 2023)
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is a comprehensive smartwatch with advanced health tracking features, a sleek design, and seamless connectivity for Android users.
Critic endorsements:
10Beasts

Best Overall Smartwatch

Easy and sleek app
Customizable features with the app
Many features
Clean appearance
Great customer reviews

Slightly expensive
Short battery life

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Ars Technica

Best Android smartwatch

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic #9 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 5 Aug 2023)
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic is a highly recommended smartwatch that offers advanced health monitoring, accurate heart rate tracking, built-in GPS, and integration with smart assistants, making it ideal for fitness enthusiasts and health-conscious individuals.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

Most stylish Android smartwatch

Love the tactile bezel
Accurate heart rate and sleep
Solid health monitoring

Only works with Android
Underwhelming battery life

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PCMag

Best for a Rotating Bezel

Rotating bezel
Stainless steel case
Attractive synthetic leather strap
Bigger, brighter screen than previous model
Excellent sleep insights
Active skin temperature sensor
Reliable automatic workout detection
Two case sizes, optional LTE connectivity

Heavier than standard model
Mediocre battery life
Minor workout heart rate accuracy issues

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Android Authority

The rotating bezel is back
Elegant design and build materials
Ships with Wear OS 4

Only minor upgrades over Watch 5
Imperfect heart rate data
Disappointing battery life

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We ranked OnePlus Watch 2 #10 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best Battery Life

Up to four days of battery life
Stainless steel case
Responsive touch screen
Good app selection
Accurate sleep measurements
Excellent running insights

Comes in only one size
No cellular option
Lacks ECG, body temperature sensors, fall detection, period tracking
No phone camera controls

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Android Authority

Runs Wear OS 4
Unique dual-chip architecture
Incredible battery life

Bulky, single-size design
Non-functional rotating crown
Simplistic app experience

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Reviewed

Easy to manipulate the screen, use the app
Fantastic battery life and quick charging
Lots of Watch Face options to personalize the look

Only comes in one larger size
No ECG app, menstrual cycle tracking
Always-on display significantly reduces battery life

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We ranked Garmin Venu 3 #11 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 5 Nov 2023)
The Garmin Venu 3 is a highly capable smartwatch that excels in fitness tracking, heart rate monitoring, GPS accuracy, and smart assistant integration, making it a versatile and reliable choice for individuals looking to improve their overall health and well-being.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

Best for wellness

Lots of sports modes
Great battery life
Great screen
Wellness features now feel useful

Lightweight fitness metrics
Relatively pricey
Some sleep-tracking accuracy issues

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Tom's Guide

The best fitness-tracking smartwatch

Intuitive sleep and workout advice
Borrows features from high-end Garmin watches
Up to 14 days of battery life

Not enough third-party apps

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Android Authority

Editors Choice

Highly accurate GPS and heart rate sensors
Automatic nap detection and sleep coaching
On-device phone call and voice assistant support

No ECG app
Pricey compared to competitors
No LTE model

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We ranked Fitbit Versa 4 #12 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
The Fitbit Versa 4 is a comprehensive fitness tracker with built-in GPS, Amazon Alexa voice interactions, and a minimum battery life of 6+ days, making it ideal for fitness enthusiasts and those who want to stay connected while on the go.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

Improved design from Versa 3
UI is very friendly
Super sleep tracker

No third-party apps
No music features
Some heart rate accuracy issues

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch for step counting

Great, slim-profile design
Accurate step counting
Good battery life

Trouble with heart rate accuracy
No third-party apps

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PCMag

Best Fitbit Smartwatch

Attractive, comfortable design
Better touch-screen responsiveness than predecessor
Physical button improves usability
40 exercise modes (up from 20)
Long battery life
Lots of watch faces
Tracks overnight skin temperature variation

No third-party app support
Some lifestyle apps from previous generation removed
Lacks ECG, stress sensors

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We ranked Apple Watch SE 2 #13 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 5 Aug 2023)
The Apple Watch SE 2 is a feature-packed smartwatch that offers extensive fitness tracking, smart assistant capabilities, durable design, and seamless integration with iOS devices, making it an ideal choice for iOS users.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best Apple Watch for iPhone users on a budget

Light and comfortable
Good battery life for price
Packs updated features compared to older cheap Apple watces

No always-on screen or ECG compared to higher-priced watches
Nylon back

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Trusted Reviews

The best value Apple Watch

Plenty of the best Apple Watch features in a cheaper package
Excellent software
Wide customisation options
Accurate tracking

Slow charging
No always-on display

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We ranked Fitbit Sense #14 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
The Fitbit Sense is a comprehensive smartwatch and fitness tracker that offers a wide range of features for users interested in tracking their health and wellness, including heart rate monitoring, automatic exercise tracking, built-in GPS, swim-proofing, voice assistants, and sensors that measure stress levels, heart rate variability, skin temperature, and oxygen saturation levels.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Science

Best fitness tracker

Offers a long-lasting battery life, so you can avoid charging for days at a time.

Screen response time can be slow when compared to other smartwatches.

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Ars Technica

Runner-up

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We ranked Fitbit Versa 3 #15 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
The Fitbit Versa 3 is a comprehensive fitness tracker and smartwatch that offers a wide range of features, including daily step tracking, heart rate monitoring, workout tracking, built-in GPS, blood oxygen monitoring, voice assistant technology, and a sleek and durable design.
Critic endorsements:
Ars Technica

A slightly more affordable smartwatch we like

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Reviewed

Editors' Choice

Automated fitness tracking
Always-on display
Battery life

Button design
Premium-feature paywall
Usability quirks

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro #16 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best smartwatches” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 20 May 2023)
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is a durable and feature-packed smartwatch that is perfect for fitness enthusiasts and Android users.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

Best Samsung smartwatch

Super battery life
Great smartwatch features
Solid health monitoring

Only works with Android
Some sports tracking inaccuracies
Health features require a Samsung phone

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Trusted Reviews

The best Wear OS smartwatch

Solid fitness tracking services
Rugged, sports-ready design
Wonderfully bright display

Route planning process feels clunky
Battery life doesn’t match rival fitness trackers

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