Smart watches are becoming increasingly advanced and increasingly popular. Most of them function like a phone on your wrist and can take calls, messages, facebook, and reminders. There are also smart watches that are specifically for health and fitness. They can do all of the above plus track your heart rate, sleep patterns, blood pressure, calories burn, fatigue levels and so much more. There are a number of fitness watches on the market and some of them can cost as much as a laptop. So in this article, we are going to go through the top fitness watches on the market to help you decide which is best for you.
Fitbit is well known for having great tracking and monitoring technology. In the Fitbit Blaze, the company has stepped it up and included a GPS tracking feature that allows you to map running and cycling routes. Blaze is also the first watch that will begin monitoring your day without the need of pushing a button – everything is automatic. Of course, the watch has the usual features like calorie counting and heart rate tracking. The watch also features FitStar, which is a program to teach beginners how to exercise. The interface and related app are both very easy to use.
Amazon Customer Rating: 4 stars
Cost: Around $250
Key Features: calories, heart rate, sleep pattern, all day tracking, multi-sport mode, GPS, on-screen workouts and smartphone alerts.
Apple Watch Nike+
Apple has worked together with Nike to create an Apple Watch that is specifically for the health and fitness market. The main difference between the Apple Watch and the Nike+ is that it can provide coaching for all fitness levels and can make recommendations based on friends and the weather. The Apple Watch Nike+ also will keep a workout scheduler to remind and prompt you when it is time to exercise.
Amazon Customer Rating: 4 stars
Cost: Around $350
Key Features: Easy to use interface, waterproof up to 50 meters, GPS, bright display, smartphone alerts, heart rate monitor, camera, and music.
Suunto Spartan Ultra
The Suunto Spartan Ultra is a great all-rounder watch. It can track over 80 different types of activities including swimming, climbing, freediving, running and weight training. It is waterproof up to 100m and has a built-in GPS as well as a barometric altitude meter, so it can track your depth as well as altitude. Unfortunately, the heart rate monitor is not built in so you will need to wear a chest strap monitor to watch your calories, recovery time and heart rate.
Amazon Customer Rating: 3.5 stars
Cost: Around $400
Key Features: Color touchscreen, GPS, route navigation, 26 hours of battery life, digital compass, barometric altitude, waterproof up to 100m.
The HELO Watch has gained considerable recognition because it claims to have many features including heart rate, mood levels, blood pressure, fatigue levels, breathing rate, GPS and even a panic button that will alert someone if your health is in danger. However many people have complained that these features don’t actually work correctly. The screen interface is also very basic.
Amazon Customer Rating: 2.5 stars
Cost: Around $300
Key Features: GPS, heart rate, mood levels, blood pressure, fatigue levels, breathing rate.