Top 10 Best Smartwatches – Updated December 23, 2020

Top 10 Best Smartwatches
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Smartwatches can do a great many things these days compared to the devices from more than five years ago, and with so many options out there now finding the best ones to consider is a little more challenging than before.

We've put together a list of the top 10 best smartwatches that are worth your time so there's less work for you to do.

While not every smartwatch can be on this list and some consumers may not find one that works for them, these are still some of the best smartwatches on the market for various reasons.

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If you're looking for a new smartwatch, consider any of the ones in the list below as they might be perfect for you.

Top 10 Best Smartwatches – Summary

Below you'll find a short summary on the list of top 10 best smartwatches we've picked for this month.

As there's still plenty of time to reach all those fitness goals. The summary includes the cost of each tracker, and where to buy if you're short on time.

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Below the summary you'll find a slightly longer description of each item along with the where to buy links.

 

Smartwatch costWhere to buy
TicWatch Pro 2020$260Amazon
Amazfit GTSFrom $110Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, Walmart
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2From $177Amazon, B&H, Walmart, Target, Best Buy
Fitbit SenseFrom $279Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, Target, Adorama
Fossil Gen 5E$169Amazon
Garmin Fenix 6 SeriesFrom $549Amazon, B&H, Walmart, Target, Best Buy
Skagen Falster 3$295Amazon
Fitbit Versa 3From $199Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, Target, Adorama
Garmin Instinct SolarFrom $299Amazon, B&H, Target, Best Buy
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3From $369Amazon, B&H, Target, Best Buy, Samsung

Top 10 Best Smartwatches – List

Here we'll discuss a little bit more detail about each watch in the list, and showcase any trailers for them if applicable.

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We'll also have buy links below the information about each watch so you have quick access to where you can pick them up if you're looking to buy.

Best smartwatch for military-grade durability

TicWatch Pro 2020

TicWatch Pro 2020

  • Price: $260
  • Where to buy: Amazon

The original TicWatch Pro was already one of the best smartwatches and then Mobvoi went and made it even better. The TicWatch Pro 2020 is an updated model of the original.

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It now comes with military-grade durability, helping it stand up to everyday life with ease. It also now comes with 1GB of RAM so it runs a lot smoother than the last model. Which is a huge improvement as one of the main issues with a lot of Wear OS watches is the performance.

Another really awesome feature of the TicWatch Pro 2020 is the dual-display technology. This allows you to get anywhere from two days to thirty days of battery life. And on a single charge no less.

Battery life can be another downfall of some Wear OS watches, so it's pretty important that the TicWatch Pro 2020 has the capability to last for quite a while.

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Best smartwatch for users on a budget

Amazfit GTS

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You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars to get one of the best smartwatches out there. The Amazfit GTS is a great smartwatch with loads of features and it only costs $130. Which is less than some fitness trackers.

This also doesn't run Wear OS or Tizen, and it comes with a surprisingly long battery life of up to 14 days. Now keep in mind that battery life will certainly vary by user depending on how you use the watch, as using the GPS continuously can bring the battery life way down. But no matter what you should get a solid week out of it without the GPS. Or close to it give or take a day.

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When it comes to features, the Amazfit GTS packs in standard things like smartphone notifications, fitness tracking for running, walking, cycling, and more, and it has a 5ATM water resistant rating so you don't have to worry about it getting wet.

There are also multiple color options and strap choices to fit your personal style.

Best smartwatch for style

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

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Every smartwatch on this list is great for a number of reasons, but the best smartwatch overall is definitely the Galaxy Watch Active 2.

It has a sleek understated design with stylish design options including multiple colors, different straps, and a nice metal body with buttons that don't protrude out too much.

When it comes to functionality the Galaxy Watch Active 2 has advanced sleep tracking features to help you get a better night's rest, which is important for taking on the following day.

It automatically tracks various types of workouts shortly after you start doing them. So you won't usually have to worry about starting them manually. If you're going for a walk, just start going for a walk and it'll detect it.

The same goes for runs, cycling and and a variety of other workout types. It also supports Samsung Pay, heart rate tracking, built-in GPS, deep Spotify integration, and a whole lot more.

There's an LTE model too. Though that one will cost a bit more than the standard model. If you're looking for the best all-around smartwatch, definitely consider this one.

Best smartwatch for stress management

Fitbit Sense

Fitbit Sense 9

The Fitbit Sense is one of two new smartwatches that Fitbit launched earlier this Fall, and is currently the company's top-tier option in terms of features and price.

The Sense has many things going for it, such as ECG monitoring with the pairing of an ECG app, as well as an Sp02 sensor, but one of its standout features is the stress management. All too often people pay less attention than they should to how stress is impacting their life.

The Fitbit Sense can help by giving you metrics to go over. To which you can try and adjust different things in your day to day life that can help lower your stress.

Here's how it works. You use the EDA-scan app on the watch, which was designed to detect electrodermal activity. This activity may indicate your personal response to stress, and from there you can track stress trends over time in the Fitbit app.

The app also gives you a stress score, and if you're a Fitbit Premium member you can see even further granular breakdowns of your stress data. Of course beyond the stress management it also has heart rate tracking, Fitbit Pay, Active Zone Minutes, activity tracking, sleep tracking and more.

It even has support for Google Assistant and Alexa, and has customizable watch faces.

Best Wear OS smartwatch for battery life

Fossil Gen 5E

Fossil Gen 5E

  • Price: $249
  • Where To Buy: Amazon

If you like the Wear OS ecosystem but want something that is going to last you up to multiple days on a single charge, then you want or should at least consider the Gen 5E from Fossil.

Like the original Gen 5 collection, the Gen 5E comes with a lot of great features, and one of those is the new multi-day battery modes that can be created so you can stretch the life of the watch out before needing to put it back on the charger.

While this is a a feature of the software update that the Gen 5 also got, the Gen 5E has two things going for it that probably make this a better option. It comes in a new smaller 42mm size that the Gen 5 does not com in, and it comes with a smaller price tag too at $249.

That drop in price though does remove a few things that are on the regular Gen 5. Such as the altimeter, the ambient light sensor, and the compass.

However, this watch does do everything else that the regular Gen 5 can do. It even has the capability to remote start your Toyota vehicle with the Toyota Remote Connect app. Which is pretty cool.

Best smartwatch for outdoor adventurers

Garmin Fenix 6 Series

Garmin Fenix 6

Smartwatches come in a few different forms and the Fenix 6 series from Garmin is the best form for any outdoorsy type that wants a smartwatch that offers loads of multisport features.

Now, this isn't an inexpensive smartwatch. On the contrary it's rather expensive. And the price can get pretty high up there depending on the model you choose. Such as the Fenix 6 Pro Solar.

But the base model starts at around $588, and offers smartphone notifications, a heart rate sensor for tracking your heart rate, built-in GPS (with GPS being Garmin's specialty), a Pulse Ox sensor, and a rugged design to make sure it lasts throughout all of your insane excursions.

With all the features, you'd think that battery life would be an issue. But it's not. It has multiple modes depending on how you want to use it. In smartwatch mode for example it can last up to 14 days. It can last even longer in expedition GPS activity mode with a battery life of up to 28 days.

If you want continuous GPS you're looking at about 36 hours. So maybe a day and a half. But let's say you want to save battery life because you know you'll be gone a while. Battery saver mode can help the watch last for up to 48 days.

Granted you will lose some of the smarter features, but the point is longevity here. Garmin even built in safety and tracking features that can alert people to your position. If you engage in multisport and are outdoors often, you may want to consider this over anything else.

Best smartwatch for most Wear OS users

Skagen Falster 3

SKAGEN Falster 3 Wear OS Watch 1

  • Price: $295
  • Where to buy: Amazon

Skagen announced the Falster 3 back in January of 2020 and while it hasn't changed a whole lot from the Falster 2 in the design department, it does have updated hardware.

It's using the Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform, 1GB of RAM, and double the internal storage of the Falster 2 at 8GB.

Like the Falster 2, it also comes in multiple style options with various colors for the straps, different strap material options, and even different colors for the watch case. It's swim proof, uses the latest version of Wear SO, comes with Google Pay support, Google Assistant, and support for loads of apps.

It comes with heart tracking as well, and there are now speakers on the watch for audible alerts and talking to Google Assistant.

Best smartwatch for heart rate variability

Fitbit Versa 3

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The Fitbit Sense is a great smartwatch if you want things like the stress management and the ECG feature, but that stuff comes at a cost.

A solution here could be the Fitbit Versa 3. It's $100 less than the Sense, and it comes with a lot of the same features, one of the best ones being the ability to track your heart rate variability.

The Versa 3 doesn't have the stress management features that the Sense has, but with the heart rate variability tracking you can at least potentially keep an eye on it in a way.

The heart rate variability feature tracks the variation of time between each heartbeat. Which can be an indicator of things like fatigue, illness, and even stress. You need to be a Fitbit Premium member to access this feature. In addition to it, you have all the familiar things about the most recent Fitbit devices, like active zone minutes, heart rate tracking, Fitbit Pay, apps, smartphone notifications and more.

Plus, the Fitbit Versa 3 comes in a range of color options for customization.

Best smartwatch for solar power

Garmin Instinct Solar

Garmin Instinct Solar

The Garmin Instinct is in many respects, like a multitude of other Garmin smartwatches out there but it has its differences.

For one, it's well under the price you pay for the most basic version of the Fenix 6. Beyond that, it has a solar charging capability which means if you live in a more sunny location, is likely perfect for you. Provided you're outside enough to take advantage of it.

Aside from the solar charging, it also has a feature called the body battery energy monitor, which as the name suggests can help you track your body's energy reserves so you know when to get up and go and when to take a breather.

It also has numerous different sports apps and tracks various sports and exercise activities, a pulse-ox sensor, built-in GPS and route tracking, smart notifications, a calendar, and a whole lot more. It even comes in more than a few fun color options. All of that definitely makes this one of the best smartwatches on this list.

Best smartwatch overall

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

Galaxy Watch3 Mystic Bronze and Black Close Up Lifestyle

Samsung's Galaxy Watch 3 was made official in the beginning of August, and has now hit the market. It's Samsung's most ambitious smartwatch to date and brings back a very popular feature. The rotating bezel.

Aside from that, it also features the capability to measure your oxygen levels and check your blood pressure. Two new features that Samsung has introduced alongside familiar staples such as heart rate monitoring.

It comes in two sizes, 41mm and 45mm, and is packed to the gills with options for customization. You can choose from a range of different straps from leather to silicone, and the Galaxy Watch 3 has access to over 50,000 different watch faces. Making it possible to have a smartwatch that is truly unique to you.

Like the Galaxy Watch Active 2, the Galaxy Watch 3 is also very focused on user health. So if you want the best of the best without giving up fitness features, this is it.