May 2022

Smartwatches: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Smartwatch rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2022.

At a glance - May 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Smartwatch
Tom's Guide
TechRadar
Reviewed
Popular Science
Wareable
Ars Technica
Trusted Reviews
10Beasts
PCMag
Android Authority
1
- $384
Apple Watch 7
1
1
1
-
1
1
-
2
1
1
2
- $200
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
2
2
3
-
2
7
-
1
4
2
3
- $177
Fitbit Versa 3
7
4
7
-
12
3
-
-
3
3
4
- $218
Fitbit Sense
3
6
-
4
11
2
10
-
11
-
5
- $329
Apple Watch SE
4
3
2
-
4
-
3
-
5
-
6
- $300
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
6
5
5
2
-
-
2
-
-
-
7
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Samsung Galaxy Active 2
9
7
4
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
8
+1 $420
Apple Watch Series 6
-
8
-
3
-
-
1
-
-
-
9
+2 $450
Garmin Venu 2 Plus
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
-
4
10
-2 $238
Apple Watch 3
10
-
-
-
-
-
7
-
6
-
11
-1 $255
Withings ScanWatch
-
-
-
-
16
-
11
-
-
6
12
New * $425
Huawei Watch 3
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
6
-
-
13
-1 $300
TicWatch Pro 3
-
10
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
14
- $348
Garmin Venu 2
-
-
-
-
6
-
-
-
8
-
15
- $200
Garmin Lily
-
-
-
-
-
9
-
-
7
-

We ranked Apple Watch 7 #1 in May 2022 because:

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

The best smartwatch overall

Pros
Larger display
Brighter always-on mode
QWERTY keyboard
Comes with USB-C magnetic charger

Cons
Still just 18-hour battery life

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TechRadar

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

Pros
Brighter, larger screen
Faster charging

Cons
Workouts are varied, but basic
Battery life needs to be longer

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Reviewed

Best Overall

Pros
Bigger display
Quick charging
Solid fitness tracking

Cons
Limited watch faces
Battery life shorter than expected

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Wareable

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Ars Technica

Best All-Around Smartwatch

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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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PCMag

Best Overall / Editors'Choice

Pros
Larger display than previous models
Faster charging
Improved durability
New watch colors and faces

Cons
No major feature updates from last generation
One-day battery life remains the same

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Android Authority

The best smartwatch you can buy

Pros
Bigger Retina display
Durable, premium design
Accurate GPS tracking
Great software and app support

Cons
Battery life isn’t great
No third-party watch faces
Sleep tracking still feels like an afterthought
Battery life could be better
Finicky heart rate tracking
Check out our full review to learn more about the Apple Watch Series

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 #2 in May 2022 because:

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

The best smartwatch for Android

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

Cons
Inconsistent battery life

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TechRadar

The best Samsung smartwatch

Pros
Excellent performance
Interesting new software

Cons
Limited compatibility
Lacks rotating bezel

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Reviewed

Best for Android / Editors' Choice

Pros
Bright, vibrant display
Tiles provide a lot of information
Solid fitness tracking

Cons
No iOS support
Bixby needs some work
Accessibility feels like an afterthought

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Wareable

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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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PCMag

Best for Android Users / Editors' Choice

Pros
Competitively priced
Bright, sharp display
Thinner than the Classic model
Fast processor
Wrist-based body fat and composition measurements
Tracks snoring
More third-party apps than previous Samsung watches

Cons
One-day battery life
Third-party app selection still trails Apple's watchOS

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Android Authority

The best Wear OS smartwatch

Pros
Classy, durable designs
Multiple size options
Wear OS 3 is all-around good
Large models have decent battery life
Improved heart rate sensor
Useful body composition metrics

Cons
No solid software update commitments from Google
No Google Assistant support
Slow, slow charging
Poor GPS performance
Sleep tracking needs tweaking
Small models have short battery life

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

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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 2022 ranking

We ranked Fitbit Versa 3 #3 in May 2022 because:

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

The best Fitbit

Pros
Built-in GPS
Lightweight and comfortable

Cons
Poor side button
No offline Spotify

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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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Wareable

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Ars Technica

Another Option We Like

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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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Android Authority

The best Fitbit smartwatch

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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We ranked Fitbit Sense #4 in May 2022 because:

  • 7 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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TechRadar

The second best Fitbit

Pros
Built-in GPS
Lightweight and comfortable

Cons
Poor side button
No offline Spotify

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Popular Science

Best fitness tracker

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Wareable

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Ars Technica

Runner-up

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Trusted Reviews

Best for Alexa

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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PCMag

Best COVID-19 Features

Pros
Attractive design with large, always-on color display
Excellent battery life
Measures blood oxygen level
Features an ECG app
Robust stress management and sleep tracking features
Supports Amazon Alexa, Fitbit Pay, Spotify

Cons
Expensive
Touch screen responsiveness could be better
Band release latch can be accidentally triggered
Small third-party app selection

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We ranked Apple Watch SE #5 in May 2022 because:

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

The best affordable Apple Watch

Pros
Premium design
Great price for Apple Watch

Cons
Lacks always on display
Battery could be better

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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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Wareable

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Trusted Reviews

Best Apple Watch for most people

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 Midrange Apple Watch

Pros
Same screen size and resolution as the Series 6
Supports fall detection, heart health notifications, and Emergency SOS
Always-on altimeter for real-time elevation tracking
WatchOS 7 adds a handwashing countdown timer and sleep tracking
Best third-party smartwatch app selection

Cons
No always-on display mode
Lacks ECG and SpO2 sensors

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 #6 in May 2022 because:

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

The best Tizen smartwatch

Pros
Great, premium design
Rotating bezel is useful

Cons
Battery could be better
Tizen apps are limited

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Reviewed

Pros
Vibrant display
Gorgeous design
Excellent fitness tracking

Cons
Limited apps
Expensive

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Popular Science

Best android and iPhone-compatible smartwatch

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Trusted Reviews

Best for Android

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

Cons
Battery life could be better

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Active 2 #7 in May 2022 because:

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

The best fitness-focused Tizen watch

Pros
High-end design
Rotating digital bezel

Cons
Few features for price bump
Still limited functionality with iOS

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Reviewed

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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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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We ranked Apple Watch Series 6 #8 in May 2022 because:

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

The best older Apple Watch

Pros
Great color additions
Always-on display

Cons
Lacks a headline upgrade
Battery life needs to be longer

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Popular Science

Best smartwatch display

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Trusted Reviews

Best Smartwatch

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

Cons
Battery life remains basically a day

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We ranked Garmin Venu 2 Plus #9 in May 2022 because:

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

The best Garmin smartwatch

Pros
Excellent design and build quality
Rapid charging helps make up for battery woes
Clear call quality on the wrist
Slow but useful voice assistant support
Accurate fitness and health tracking

Cons
High price tag
Battery life is shorter than Garmin’s claims
Heart rate sensor still has issues

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We ranked Apple Watch 3 #10 in May 2022 because:

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

Best Apple Watch on a budget

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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PCMag

Best Affordable Apple Watch

Pros
Built-in cellular connectivity.
Improved heart rate monitoring.
Faster processor.
Clear call quality.
New band and case options.

Cons
Expensive.
LTE drains battery rapidly.

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We ranked Withings ScanWatch #11 in May 2022 because:

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

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Trusted Reviews

Best looking

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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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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We ranked Huawei Watch 3 #12 in May 2022 because:

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

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10Beasts

Most Divisive Smartwatch

Pros
Attractive
Customizable face
Many features
Great for iPhone users
Company has updated its offerings

Cons
Not suitable for Android users
Not suitable for those outside of the US

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We ranked TicWatch Pro 3 #13 in May 2022 because:

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

The best Wear OS watch for battery life

Pros
Big battery lasts 3 days
Fast chipset

Cons
Sometimes poor interface
Sleep tracking isn't the best

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Trusted Reviews

Best for Google services

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 Garmin Venu 2 #14 in May 2022 because:

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

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PCMag

Best Fitness-Focused Smartwatch

Pros
Attractive classic watch design in two sizes and multiple colors
Bright, responsive AMOLED touch screen
Measures blood oxygen saturation (SpO2), respiration, stress, and energy levels
New HIIT and updated strength training apps
Preloaded workouts with animations
Onboard music storage
Supports Bluetooth accessories and contactless payments

Cons
Expensive
Limited third-party app selection
No voice assistant support

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We ranked Garmin Lily #15 in May 2022 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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