THE BEST SPORTS WATCHES FOR EVERY FITNESS LEVEL

Track your daily activity and your workouts to become a fitter, healthier version of you.

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BY STEFAN VAZHAROV
APR 18, 2018
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Apple Watch Series 3 Sport Smartwatch
$359.00
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The Apple Watch Series 3 has cellular network connectivity, so you can leave your phone behind during your workouts. Like its predecessor, the device is waterproof up to 50 meters, so you can take it for a swim, too.

It also has a built-in GPS, so you can precisely keep track of your outdoor activities, and there’s an ultra precise heart-rate sensor. Casing options range from aluminum and stainless steel all the way to ceramic in the Edition models. There’s an excellent selection of Apple-made and third-party bands to help you customize it.

The Apple Watch Series 3 has also received high review scores from the likes of CNET, TechRadar, and Wired, among many others. Testers have noted that the watch has a great set of easy-to-use fitness-tracking features.

Bottom Line: The best option for most people looking for a sports watch.

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Fitbit Versa Fitness Smartwatch
$199.95
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The recently announced Fitbit Versa is the company’s best-looking, most user-friendly smartwatch to date. Its metal case is available with a silver, black, or charcoal finish. You can easily customize the watch via standard interchangeable bands.

Its fitness-tracking features include a built-in heart-rate sensor, a waterproof body to 50 meters, and the ability to offer guided workouts. The device has up to four days of battery life.

Compared to the pricier Fitbit Ionic smartwatch, the Versa lacks built-in GPS and an NFC chip for making contactless payments. A variant of the watch with NFC is available for $30 extra.

Reviewers from Engadget, PC Magazine, and Wired also gave the Fitbit Versa high marks for the blend of user-friendly design and features it offers.

Bottom Line: The most user-friendly Fitbit to date.

Garmin vívoactive 3 Fitness Smartwatch
$238.89
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The Garmin vívoactive 3 smartwatch by Garmin is a highly capable option with a large color screen that’s easy to read at a quick glance. Key features of the watch include a built-in GPS for detailed mapping of the user’s running routes, as well as the ability to deliver smartphone notifications.

You can also install apps on the watch from a dedicated marketplace, as well as make mobile payments with it. The gadget can last for up to a week between charges.

PC Magazine and TechRadar have also praised the Garmin vívoactive 3 fitness smartwatch for offering a rich set of features in a stylish-looking form factor. Tom’s Guide testers have also given the device a high score, though they noted that it would be even better if it had built-in storage for music.

Bottom Line: A well-priced option for serious workout warriors, but the smartwatch functionality could be better.

Suunto Spartan Sport Fitness Watch
$349.99
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The Suunto Spartan Sport fitness watch has a long list of features, including a built-in heart-rate monitor, GPS, and a body that’s water-resistant to 100 meters. The watch can automatically detect and track more than 80 sports and activities, including swimming and cycling.

The Spartan Sport will also connect to your smartphone and deliver notifications. Its battery can last up to 12 hours in training mode, and for almost two days with power-saving on.

The watch is available in several colors: black, white, blue, pink, dark green, and black with bronze accents.

Bottom Line: The Spartan Sport has a great set of fitness-tracking features, but its display quality leaves a lot to be desired.

Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch
$129.66
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The Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch has a powerful set of fitness-tracking features, including the ability to guide you through various workouts. Its waterproof body can withstand depths of up to 50 meters.

An intuitive interface and easily interchangeable bands are also among the gadget’s cool features. Running on Samsung’s Tizen platform, the Gear Sport also comes with a robust selection of apps and watch faces.

Bottom Line: Offers a sweet balance between powerful fitness-tracking features and great smartwatch functionality.

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Nokia Steel HR Activity Tracking Watch
$199.95
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The Nokia Steel is a classic-looking stainless steel watch with a great set of fitness- and activity-tracking capabilities. They include continuous heart-rate monitoring via a built-in sensor, as well as the ability to automatically keep tabs on your exercises and your sleep patterns.

The elegant watch is water-resistant to 50 meters, so you can go swimming with it. Its stainless steel case is available in two sizes — 36 millimeters and 40 millimeters. You can choose between a silver or gold finish and a black or white dial.

Bottom Line: An elegant and attractively-priced option for casual users.

Polar V800 Sports Watch
$350.00
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The Polar V800 is a tad pricey, but it’s packed with incredible features geared toward workout addicts. Its retail package contains a chest heart-rate monitor with Bluetooth connectivity.

The watch has built-in GPS and customizable profiles for various sports, as well as a rugged body. The latter is waterproof to depths of up to 30 meters, so it’s suitable for swimming, too.

Bottom Line: Made strictly for committed fitness enthusiasts.

Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire Fitness Watch
$699.99
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The Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire is a fitness watch with the finish of a luxurious timepiece. It has a stainless steel case and band that are water-resistant to 100 meters, as well as a display covered by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

The fitness-tracking features of the watch include a built-in heart-rate sensor and GPS, as well as the ability to track multiple activities. The Fenix 5 Sapphire can also deliver notifications from your smartphone.

Testers from Tom’s Guide and Wired praised the Garmin Fenix 5 watch for its impeccable craftsmanship, great battery life, and robust set of fitness-tracking features it offers.

Bottom Line: Offers a blend of great fitness-tracking features and a luxurious finish that’s worthy of its price tag.

Fitbit Ionic Sport Smartwatch
$249.95
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The Fitbit Ionic is the company’s most capable fitness-tracking smartwatch available today. It has an excellent set of activity- and sleep-tracking features that include an accurate heart-rate tracker and GPS, as well as the ability to deliver guided workouts.

The device is fully waterproof, so you can go swimming with it. You can install apps on the smartwatch, make payments, and receive notifications from your smartphone as well. Fitbit also offers a number of interchangeable bands for the Ionic.

Bottom Line: Great fitness-tracking and guidance, but poor smartwatch functionality.

Emporio Armani Hybrid Sport Smartwatch
$245.00
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The Emporio Armani Connected smartwatch will pair with your smartphone via a sleek app to track your activity, and even send you discreet notifications. It’ll also automatically set its time once connected to a phone.

The water-resistant smartwatch has up to six months of battery life, and its battery is easily replaceable by the user. The watch is available in a number of case finishes.

Bottom Line: Made for the fashion-conscious.

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