July 2021

Smartwatches: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Smartwatch rankings posted by key online experts, as of July 2021.

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 July 2021 ranking

At a glance - July 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Smartwatch
TechRadar
Tom's Guide
Wareable
Android Authority
Ars Technica
Popular Science
ZD Net
Trusted Reviews
10Beasts
Reviewed
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- $349 Apple Watch Series 6
3
1
3
1
1
3
1
1
-
1
2
- $350 Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
2
2
4
2
7
2
3
2
-
5
3
- $249 Apple Watch SE
1
5
1
-
-
-
2
3
-
3
4
- $287 Fitbit Sense
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3
9
-
2
4
7
10
-
-
5
- $250 Samsung Galaxy Active 2
5
4
8
-
-
-
4
-
4
2
6
- $229 Fitbit Versa 3
4
6
10
3
3
-
-
-
-
-
7
- $300 TicWatch Pro 3
9
-
19
4
-
-
5
5
-
-
8
+1 $179 Apple Watch 3
10
7
-
-
-
-
-
7
10
-
9
+2 $244 Fossil Gen 5
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-
-
-
-
-
6
-
3
-
10
+3 $254 Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro
-
-
13
-
-
-
-
8
-
-
11
+3 $221 Skagen Falster 3
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-
15
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
12
+3 Check price Withings ScanWatch
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-
-
6
-
-
-
11
-
-
13
New * Check price Oppo Watch
-
-
14
-
-
-
-
9
-
-
14
+2 $239 Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE
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-
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
9
15
+2 $168 Fitbit Versa 2
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-
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
8
16
New * $400 Garmin Venu 2
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-
5
5
-
-
-
-
-
-

We ranked Apple Watch Series 6 #1 in July 2021 because:

  • 9 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
  • Out of those, 6 experts ranked Apple Watch Series 6 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The top tier Apple Watch for those willing to spend

Pros
Great color additions
Always-on display

Cons
Lacks a headline upgrade
Battery life needs to be longer

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch overall

Pros
Blood oxygen (SpO2) app
New colorful casings
Brighter always-on display
Faster charging

Cons
Still just 18-hour battery life

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Wareable

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Android Authority

The best smartwatch you can buy

Pros
Premium design and accessories
Big, bright screen with always-on display
Stellar heart rate monitoring
Accurate, reliable GPS
Unmatched app support

Cons
Sleep tracking is too basic
Battery life could be better
No third-party watch faces

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Ars Technica

The best smartwatch overall

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Popular Science

Best smartwatch display

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ZD Net

Best overall smartwatch

Pros
Gorgeous, refined hardware
Bright and useful always-on mode
Blood oxygen sensor
Excellent third-party application support

Cons
Expensive
Less than two-day battery life
Limited sleep details

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Trusted Reviews

Pros
Great design
Excellent fitness and health tracking
Wide range of straps

Cons
Battery life remains basically a day

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Reviewed

Best Overall / Editor's Choice

Pros
Bright, always-on display
Great fitness tracking
Advanced sensors
Smooth, intuitive performance

Cons
Battery still average
No Android support

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 #2 in July 2021 because:

  • 9 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best smartwatch for those on Android,and it works with iPhone too

Pros
Great, premium design
Rotating bezel is useful

Cons
Battery could be better
High price

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch for Android users

Pros
Slimmer design than the original
Physical rotating bezel is back
FDA-approved ECG readings

Cons
Shorter battery life than original

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Wareable

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Android Authority

The best smartwatch for Android

Pros
Fantastic display and rotating bezel
Thinner, lighter design
Two-day battery life
Advanced running metrics can be helpful
Useful sleep tracking and insights

Cons
GPS and HR sensors can be inaccurate
No MST payments with Samsung Pay
Big price increase over original Galaxy Watch
The setup process for non-Samsung phones is a pain
Third-party app support is lacking

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Ars Technica

Best Android smartwatch

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Popular Science

Best android and iPhone-compatible smartwatch

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ZD Net

Best smartwatch for Android phone owners

Pros
Slick rotating bezel design
High-quality stainless steel material
Broad support for health and fitness features
Solid battery life for provided features

Cons
Limited third-party applications
Large size not fit for small wrists
Blood pressure certification taking much longer than advertised

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Trusted Reviews

Pros
Super swish design
Solid fitness and health tracking
Decent smartwatch functionality

Cons
Battery life could be better

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Reviewed

Pros
Vibrant display
Gorgeous design
Excellent fitness tracking

Cons
Limited apps
Expensive

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We ranked Apple Watch SE #3 in July 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Apple Watch SE as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best smartwatch... but you'll need an iPhone

Pros
Premium design
Great price for Apple Watch

Cons
Lacks always on display
Battery could be better

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Tom's Guide

The new mid-range Apple Watch

Pros
Classic design
Huge app library
Large screen

Cons
No always-on display
No ECG

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Wareable

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ZD Net

Best value Apple Watch

Pros
Gorgeous, refined hardware
Excellent price for a powerful smartwatch
Broad support for health and fitness features
Extensive third-party application support

Cons
Less than two-day battery life
Limited sleep details

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Trusted Reviews

Pros
Excellent value
Huge range of tracking features
The best smartwatch OS around
Wide variety of straps available

Cons
No always-on display
Battery life still only really a day

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Reviewed

Best Value / Editors' Choice

Pros
Strong performance
Great fitness tracking
Loads of storage

Cons
No always-on display
Missing latest health features

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We ranked Fitbit Sense #4 in July 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best Fitbit smartwatch

Pros
Attractive
Long battery life
Comprehensive fitness/health features

Cons
No Spotify storage

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Wareable

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Ars Technica

Runner-up

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Popular Science

Best health and fitness smartwatch

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ZD Net

Best basic smartwatch

Pros
Bright and clear AMOLED display
Lightweight and comfortable for 24/7 wear
Google Assistant and phone call support
Smart alarm support
Extensive health and wellness support

Cons
Solid-state button is not as reliable as physical button
Limited third-party app support

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Trusted Reviews

Pros
New focus on health tracking
Great battery life
Fast GPS tracking
Informative running data

Cons
Offline playback limited to Pandora/Deezer
Overzealous step counter
Fitbit Premium required for best use
Back panel scratches easily

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Active 2 #5 in July 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

Adding in a digital rotating bezel for a nominal price bump

Pros
High-end design
Rotating digital bezel

Cons
Few features for price bump
Still limited functionality with iOS

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Tom's Guide

A sleek fitness smartwatch for Android users

Pros
Offline Spotify storage
Gorgeous design
Works with iOS and Android

Cons
Sleep-tracking needs some work

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Wareable

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ZD Net

Best Samsung smartwatch without a rotating bezel

Pros
Sleek, minimalist design
Vibrant Super AMOLED display
Affordable
Digital rotating bezel

Cons
Limited third-party application support
Battery life not as long as expected

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10Beasts

Best for Fitness Accountability

Pros
Great haptic dial control on-screen
Great minimalist design
Battery life is decent

Cons
Very few third party apps

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Reviewed

Best for Android / Editors' Choice

Pros
Large display
Good battery life
In-depth fitness tracking
Advanced sensors

Cons
Limited third-party apps
Setup is tricky

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We ranked Fitbit Versa 3 #6 in July 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

Fitbit's best smartwatch is a great choice for fitness

Pros
Built-in GPS
Lightweight and comfortable

Cons
Poor side button
No offline Spotify

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch for sleep tracking under $250

Pros
Good battery life
Custom training programs (with subscription)
Great sleep analysis

Cons
Can only use one voice assistant at once

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Wareable

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Android Authority

The best Fitbit smartwatch for most people

Pros
Decent battery life
Pretty accurate health tracking
Built-in GPS
Google Assistant and Alexa support
Speaker with phone call support
Good price

Cons
Very small app library
Onboard music limited to two services
The capacitive button isn’t ideal
Proprietary charging cable

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Ars Technica

A slightly more affordable smartwatch we like

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We ranked TicWatch Pro 3 #7 in July 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The watch with two screens

Pros
Big battery lasts 3 days
Fast chipset

Cons
Sometimes poor interface
Sleep tracking isn't the best

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Wareable

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Android Authority

The best Wear OS smartwatch

Pros
Great battery life
Zippy performance
Dual display is ace
Improved design
Accurate heart rate sensor

Cons
Dire companion app
Wear OS needs a refresh
Inaccurate sleep and fitness tracking
Cheap strap
Less durable than previous models

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ZD Net

Best Google Wear OS smartwatch

Pros
Innovative dual-display design
Google Assistant and Google Pay on the wrist
Solid third-party app support
Lightweight and comfortable
Affordable price

Cons
Duplicated health apps
No offline music support

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Trusted Reviews

Pros
Fast performance, courtesy of Wear 4100
Long battery life for a Wear OS watch
Dual-display is still a winner

Cons
The design isn’t as bold this time around
Questionable heart rate tracking for weightlifting
No Google Play Music equals no offline listening

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We ranked Apple Watch 3 #8 in July 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The cheapest Apple Watch right now

Pros
Cheapest Apple Watch
Clear, bright screen

Cons
Battery isn't amazing
Only for iPhone users

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Tom's Guide

The most affordable smartwatch for iPhone users

Pros
Improved fitness-tracking
Faster Siri
Apple Music streaming (with LTE model)

Cons
No always-on displayNo fall detection

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Trusted Reviews

Pros
Snappy performance
Super-bright and clear display
Decent battery life (when not reliant on LTE)
Apple Pay

Cons
LTE has a big impact on battery life
Needs more dedicated watch apps to make use of LTE
Siri doesn’t always work
No LTE roaming

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10Beasts

Best for iPhone Users on a Budget

Pros
Screen is bright and clear
Great fitness features

Cons
Somewhat overtaken by newer models
You have to pay more for cellular connectivity

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We ranked Fossil Gen 5 #9 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
ZD Net

Second best Google Wear OS smartwatch

Pros
Vibrant display
Google Assistant and Google Pay on the wrist
Solid third-party app support
Affordable price

Cons
Average battery life
Heavy, big watch

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10Beasts

Best for Android

Pros
Sleek minimalistic design
Pretty fast
Decent battery life
Battery modes feature

Cons
Poor speaker quality

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We ranked Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro #10 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

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Trusted Reviews

Pros
Reasonable price
Good fitness tracking
Attractive design
Formidable battery life

Cons
A bit slow

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We ranked Skagen Falster 3 #11 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

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Reviewed

Pros
Large display
Lots of apps
Google services integration

Cons
Wear OS can be flaky
Battery needs daily charging
Limited fitness tracking

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We ranked Withings ScanWatch #12 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Android Authority

The best hybrid smartwatch

Pros
Premium, classy design
Long-lasting battery
Health Mate app is well-designed and easy to use
Potentially lifesaving and easy-to-use ECG monitor
Clinically validated AFib and breathing disturbance notifications
Fantastic sleep tracking

Cons
Limited availability
Small display limits smart features
Few advanced fitness features or insights

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Trusted Reviews

Pros
Oozing in sophistication
Battery life champion
Simple to use interface
Great app design

Cons
Lagging in fitness tracking
No GPS or NFC

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We ranked Oppo Watch #13 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

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Trusted Reviews

Pros
Bright, clear screen
Solid performance
Great looking design

Cons
Wear OS needs more apps
Average at best battery life

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We ranked Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE #14 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
10Beasts

Best Battery Life

Pros
Impressive battery life (in Essential mode)
Beautiful design
Great innovation on screen

Cons
No LTE connectivity
So-so performance
Poor battery life (in Smart mode)

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Reviewed

Pros
Good fitness tracking
Lots of apps
Integration with Google services

Cons
Chunky design
Mobvoi software lacks polish

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We ranked Fitbit Versa 2 #15 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
10Beasts

Best for Sleep Tracking

Pros
Battery life is great
Always-On AMOLED display
Great sleep tracking features

Cons
No GPS
No Google Fit or Apple Health integration

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Reviewed

Pros
Comprehensive activity tracking
Long battery life
Built-in voice commands

Cons
Limited smartwatch features
No GPS
Fitbit OS needs work

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We ranked Garmin Venu 2 #16 in July 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Wareable

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Android Authority

The best Garmin smartwatch

Pros
Now comes in two sizes
Crisp AMOLED display
Accurate fitness, sleep, and health tracking
Excellent GPS accuracy
Health Snapshot is useful
More music storage

Cons
Battery life can be finicky
Uneven heart rate sensor data
High price tag

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