January 2023

Smartwatches: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of Smartwatch rankings posted by key online experts, as of January 2023.

Summary

Between 9 Jan 2023 and 9 Jan 2023, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 85 Smartwatch endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

42 Smartwatches were endorsed in total, only 15 made it into this month's ranking (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included).

As of 9 Jan 2023, Apple Watch Series 8 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed smartwatch with 7 expert endorsements. 6 experts out of 7 recommended it as the '#1 smartwatch' this month. It is followed by Fitbit Versa 3 and Apple Watch SE , with 7 and 6 expert endorsements respectively.

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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking smartwatches start at $39.98 (Wyze Watch) and go up to $779.99 (Apple Watch Ultra). Median smartwatch costs $245 (Fossil Gen 5).
$39.98
$779.99

At a glance - January 2023 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Smartwatch
TechRadar
Popular Science
Wareable
Ars Technica
10Beasts
Reviewed
Trusted Reviews
Android Authority
PCMag
Tom's Guide
1
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Apple Watch Series 8
4
-
1
-
-
1
1
1
1
1
2
- $145
Fitbit Versa 3
8
-
-
3
-
5
4
3
2
11
3
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Apple Watch SE
2
-
3
-
-
2
2
-
4
4
4
- $229
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
1
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
3
2
5
+1 $780
Apple Watch Ultra
3
-
5
-
-
-
6
-
5
7
6
+1 $339
Google Pixel Watch
6
-
6
-
-
4
-
-
9
3
7
+1 $400
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
5
-
2
-
-
-
5
2
-
-
8
+1 $199
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
-
-
-
7
1
-
-
-
-
9
9
+1 $450
Garmin Venu 2 Plus
-
-
4
-
7
-
-
4
-
6
10
-5 $399
Apple Watch 7
-
-
-
1
2
-
-
-
-
-
11
- $178
Fitbit Sense
9
4
-
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
13
- $294
Fitbit Sense 2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
5
14
- $200
Mobvoi TicWatch E3
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
15
- $228
Fitbit Versa 4
-
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
16
- $250
Garmin Lily
-
-
-
9
-
-
-
-
7
-

Sorted by price:

Position in ranking Price Smartwatch
#2 $144.99 Fitbit Versa 3 [buy] [more info]
#11 $177.88 Fitbit Sense [buy] [more info]
#8 $199 Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 [buy] [more info]
#14 $199.99 Mobvoi TicWatch E3 [buy] [more info]
#15 $227.99 Fitbit Versa 4 [buy] [more info]
#4 $229 Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 [buy] [more info]
#16 $249.99 Garmin Lily [buy] [more info]
#13 $294 Fitbit Sense 2 [buy] [more info]
#6 $339.50 Google Pixel Watch [buy] [more info]
#10 $399 Apple Watch 7 [buy] [more info]
#7 $399.99 Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro [buy] [more info]
#1 $419.55 Apple Watch Series 8 [buy] [more info]
#9 $449.99 Garmin Venu 2 Plus [buy] [more info]
#5 $779.99 Apple Watch Ultra [buy] [more info]

We ranked Apple Watch Series 8 #1 in January 2023 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
  • Out of those, 6 experts ranked Apple Watch Series 8 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

One of the best around

Pros
Useful temperature sensor
Car crash detection

Cons
Average battery life
Almost the same as the Apple Watch 7

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Wareable

Best overall smartwatch

Pros
Superb, unisex design
Incredible health tracking capabilities
Unmatched app store

Cons
Only works with iPhone
Some won't require advanced health and safety features
Not a huge leap forward from Apple Watch Series 7

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Reviewed

Best Overall / Editors' Choice

Pros
Same outstanding quality
Potentially life-saving crash detection
QWERTY keyboard

Cons
Incremental upgrade
Temperature sensor underutilized
Ovulation predictions retrospective

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Trusted Reviews

The best smartwatch

Pros
Excellent tracking features
Plenty of sensors, including clever use of temperature sensor
Charges quickly
Additional low power modes

Cons
No big battery upgrade
Minimal additions over the last model

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Android Authority

Best Smartwatch

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PCMag

Best Overall / Editors' Choice

Pros
Overnight temperature sensing
Car crash detection
Improved battery life
More accurate period predictions

Cons
Same design as previous model
Limited usefulness for retrospective ovulation estimates

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch overall

Pros
Skin temperature reader for cycle + sleep tracking
Crash detection
New watchOS 9 workout interface
Low power mode

Cons
Similar to previous Apple Watch

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We ranked Fitbit Versa 3 #2 in January 2023 because:

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

The best Fitbit

Pros
Built-in GPS
Lightweight and comfortable

Cons
Poor side button
No offline Spotify

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Ars Technica

A slightly more affordable smartwatch we like

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Reviewed

Editors' Choice

Pros
Automated fitness tracking
Always-on display
Battery life

Cons
Button design
Premium-feature paywall
Usability quirks

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Trusted Reviews

The best affordable fitness tracker

Pros
Feature-packed for the price
GPS is finally here
Six-day battery with intensive use

Cons
Fitbit’s apps and app store still need work
The step count is just too eager
Still no support for offline Spotify
Fitbit Premium is essential for getting your money’s worth

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Android Authority

Best Cheap Fitness Tracker

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PCMag

Best Battery Life / Editors' Choice

Pros
Attractive design with large, always-on color display
Integrated GPS
Battery charges quickly and lasts for days
Measures blood oxygen level while sleeping
Supports Amazon Alexa, Fitbit Pay, and Spotify

Cons
Laggy touch screen
No stress tracking, skin temperature, or ECG sensors
Doesn't provide high and low heart rate notifications

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch from Fitbit under $200

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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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 January 2023 ranking

We ranked Apple Watch SE #3 in January 2023 because:

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

The budget but very effective Apple Watch

Pros
Light and comfortable
Good battery life for price

Cons
No always-on screen
No ECG built in

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Wareable

Best affordable smartwatch for iPhone

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

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

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Reviewed

Best Value / Editors' Choice

Pros
More for less
Great iPhone integration
Crash detection

Cons
Still no always-on display
Inconsistent evercise detection

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Trusted Reviews

The best value Apple Watch

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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PCMag

Best Affordable Apple Watch

Pros
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

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

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch value for iPhone users

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

Cons
No always-on display

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 #4 in January 2023 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best Android smartwatch overall

Pros
Powerful fitness features
Durable and lightweight

Cons
One-day battery life
Optimized for Samsung phones

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Reviewed

Best for Android / Editors' Choice

Pros
Great design
Improved accessibility features
Vibrant display

Cons
Bezel is still difficult to use
wearOS takes some getting used to
Tied to Samsung's ecosystem

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PCMag

Best for Android Users / Editors' Choice

Pros
Competitive price
Sleek design
Bright, durable display
Good app selection
Slight battery life improvement over previous generation
Digital bezel for quick scrolling

Cons
Temperature data unavailable at launch
Lacks outdoor-specific features of Pro model
Questionable SpO2 measurements
No heart rate variability or respiration data

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch for Android

Pros
Sporty, yet versatile design
Stronger, scratch-resistant screen
Added skin temperature sensor
Longer-lasting battery life

Cons
Skin temperature sensor doesn't work at launch

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We ranked Apple Watch Ultra #5 in January 2023 because:

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

The ultimate Apple Watch

Pros
Large display
Action button is very useful

Cons
Battery life could be better
Lack of navigation features

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Wareable

Best outdoor smartwatch

Pros
Improved sports tracking over standard models
Display is a thing of beauty
Still a slick smartwatch experience

Cons
Needs some native software tweaks
Battery life still isn't amazing
Not the prettiest case design

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Trusted Reviews

Best rugged smartwatch

Pros
Improved battery on previous Apple Watches
Surprisingly light design
Good sports tracking performance
Bigger, brighter Retina display

Cons
It’s not cheap
Design could be sleeker
Some outdoor features are a work in progress
New straps are a mixed bag

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PCMag

Best for Outdoor Adventures

Pros
Highly rugged and water resistant
Much better battery life than other Apple watches
Customizable Action button
Emergency siren
Cellular connectivity comes standard
Louder speaker than Series 8
Tactile buttons work with gloved hands
Dual-frequency GPS
Fantastic Depth app

Cons
Large
Expensive
Digital Crown may irritate skin

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch for safety and sports

Pros
Best battery life of any Apple Watch
Added Action Button
Emergency siren

Cons
Battery life doesn’t compare with competitors

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We ranked Google Pixel Watch #6 in January 2023 because:

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

The best Wear OS watch for style

Pros
Elegant, classic watch-like looks
Brilliant screen
Fitbit integration

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

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Wareable

Pros
Superb design and look
Fitbit integration is a hit
Excellent basic tracking accuracy

Cons
Battery life is very limited
Only one case size is available
Mild HR accuracy issues during high-intensity workouts

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Reviewed

Editors' Choice

Pros
Great design
Good fitness features
Wear OS is maturing

Cons
So-so battery life
Some features require subscription
Already slightly slow

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PCMag

Best for Pixel Phone Users

Pros
Attractive design with stainless steel case
Bright, responsive display
Good app selection
Secure band attachment system
Fitbit fitness tracking
ECG app

Cons
Some syncing difficulties in testing
Only comes in one size
No dust-resistance rating
Doesn't track skin temperature or SpO2
Lacks advanced running metrics

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch for Pixel smartphones

Pros
Minimalistic design
Full collection of Google services on-board
Reliable Fitbit fitness tracking

Cons
Big bezel
Lackluster battery life

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro #7 in January 2023 because:

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

An excellent but expensive Samsung smartwatch

Pros
Excellent performance
Interesting new software

Cons
Limited compatibility
Lacks rotating bezel

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Wareable

Best smartwatch for Android

Pros
Super battery life
Great smartwatch features
Solid health monitoring

Cons
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

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

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

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Android Authority

Best Smartwatch for Android Users

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 #8 in January 2023 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Ars Technica

Best All-Around Wearable for Android Users

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10Beasts

Best Overall Smartwatch

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

Cons
Slightly expensive
Short battery life

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch with a traditional timepiece look

Pros
Slim design and fun watch faces
Improved Wear OS software
Body composition analysis

Cons
Inconsistent battery life

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We ranked Garmin Venu 2 Plus #9 in January 2023 because:

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

Best Garmin smartwatch

Pros
Rich sports and fitness tracking
Great battery life
Comfortable to wear

Cons
Less case sizes than Venu 2
Relatively pricey
Some sleep tracking accuracy issues

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10Beasts

Best Smartwatch for Music

Pros
Can download a lot of music
Many exercise tracking and built-in features
Connects to your hone and wireless earbuds
Attractive

Cons
Expensive

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Android Authority

Best Smartwatch from Garmin

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Tom's Guide

The best fitness-tracking smartwatch

Pros
Stunning AMOLED display
Reliable fitness tracking and Garmin Coach
Call quality is better than expected

Cons
Not enough third-party apps

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We ranked Apple Watch 7 #10 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartwatches” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Apple Watch 7 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Ars Technica

The best smartwatch overall

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10Beasts

Best Smartwatch for iPhone

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

Cons
Expensive
Can be easy to crack the screen

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We ranked Fitbit Sense #11 in January 2023 because:

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

An excellent Android smartwatch with mental health tools

Pros
Detailed stress logging
On-board GPS

Cons
Many tools require Fitbit Premium
Step counting slightly inaccurate

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Popular Science

Best fitness tracker

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Ars Technica

Runner-up

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We ranked Fitbit Sense 2 #12 in January 2023 because:

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

Best High-End Fitbit

Pros
Slim, lightweight, comfortable design
Improved touch-screen responsiveness
5-day battery life
Large, bright display
Excellent stress management features
Accurate body temperature data

Cons
Aesthetic downgrade from original model
No third-party app support
Some lifestyle apps from last generation removed
Band release latch can be accidentally triggered

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Tom's Guide

The best smartwatch from Fitbit

Pros
Proactive stress management with cEDA
Comfortable design
Robust fitness and health tracking with Fitbit Premiums

Cons
No third party apps

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We ranked Mobvoi TicWatch E3 #13 in January 2023 because:

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

The best cheap Android smartwatch powered by Wear OS

Pros
Large display
Fast performance

Cons
Looks simple
Casing feels cheap

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Android Authority

Best Cheap Wear OS Smartwatch

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We ranked Fitbit Versa 4 #14 in January 2023 because:

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

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

Cons
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

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

Cons
Trouble with heart rate accuracy
No third-party apps

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We ranked Garmin Lily #15 in January 2023 because:

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

Great Choice for Women or Those with Smaller Wrists

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PCMag

Best for Small Wrists

Pros
Stylish classic watch design
Measures breathing, energy level, and stress
SpO2 sensor
Lots of useful widgets
Excellent companion app

Cons
No built-in GPS
Lacks a color display

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