Best Smartwatches 2016

Why get a smartwatch? They deliver smartphone notifications, fitness features, apps and more to your wrist, allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket, without missing important alerts.

Currently, the Apple Watch is our favorite smartwatch. It offers a range of design options, support for Siri and Apple Pay, and a heart-rate monitor. It's also compatible with more than 10,000 apps and counting. There's a learning curve with the device, but it's the most well-rounded wearable thus far, and Apple's watchOS 2 software adds a number of new features.

Update Feb. 9: The Apple Watch is now on sale at Best Buy for $100 off, making it a very good value.

If you're looking for longer battery life, check out the Pebble Time Steel (starting at $249), which lasts up to 10 days on a charge. It also features an intuitive timeline interface and a color E Ink display that's easy to read in direct sunlight. The new Pebble Time Round offers the same features in a sleek, circular design but drops the expected endurance to just two days. The Samsung Gear S2 we tested offers good email handling and an innovative twisting bezel, but didn't make our best list because its proprietary platform has a very limited app selection.

Among wearables running Android Wear, the 2nd Gen Moto 360 is our top pick for its stylish design, which you can customize before you buy, and a unique live dials feature that adds functionality to the watch faces.

Those are just a few of the more than two dozen smartwatches we've tested. Looking at everything from design to software to performance, we've reviewed all of the major smartwatches to help you find the one that suits you best. Here are our top picks.

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