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Best smartwatches for women in 2022

Woman checking stats on Garmin Lily
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The best smartwatches for women are also among the best smartwatches for everyone, but the options vary in terms of style, price and features. 

Yes, any person will be satisfied with the smartwatches below. But these specific models may cater to women with their diverse designs, wrist-friendly sizes and advanced health tools. Some are also optimized to work with specific smartphones, but all are among the best smartwatches for women you can buy now.

Still, not all of the best smartwatches for women are made the same. Some are sophisticated fitness trackers beyond step counting, helping you manage sleep, stress and menstrual cycle patterns. Others have functional materials that make the ultimate fashion statement. A few of these smartwatches even support LTE, so you can communicate from your wrist, wherever you are. 

For brand-specific smartwatch buying advice, see our guides to the best Fitbit, best Apple Watch and best Garmin watch models. Otherwise, see all the best smartwatches for women below.

What are the best smartwatches for women?

We’ve tested dozens of smartwatches in all shapes, sizes and prices, and came up with a list of the few we think are the best smartwatches for women. Our current top pick is the Apple Watch Series 8. Starting at $399, it has practically everything you could want from a wearable. The next-generation smartwatch comes with a bright screen, thin display borders and a fast charging cord in the box, plus a new skin-temperature sensor for cycle and sleep tracking.

For Samsung smartphone owners, the Galaxy Watch 5 is the best Samsung watch yet and starts at $279. The Galaxy Watch 5 is a Wear OS 3 smartwatch, and has new features like a skin-temperature reader, more scratch-resistant screen and a 50-hour battery life.

Though we’d consider these the top smartwatch options for women, they’re good choices for any person. Smartwatches aren’t created for a specific gender but rather specific needs.

The $299.95 Fitbit Sense is another excellent premium smartwatch for women. The Sense is built on Fitbit’s reliable platform complete with popular apps and voice assistants. The Fitbit Sense provides the most holistic look at your health of any smartwatch we’ve ever worn.

If cumbersome designs have deterred you from smartwatches, the Garmin Lily might be the one you’ve been waiting for. Starting at $199.99, it’s Garmin’s smallest smartwatch yet and is one of the best cheap smartwatches. It doesn’t get GPS, but it has the best display of any Garmin lifestyle watch yet.

The best smartwatches you can buy today

Apple Watch Series 8 shown on wrist

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The best smartwatch for women overall

Specifications

Sizes: 41mm, 45mm
Battery Life (Rated): 18 hours
GPS: Yes
Swim-Proof: Yes
LTE: Optional
Mobile Payments: Apple Pay
Compatibility: iOS
Cycle tracking: Yes
Pregnancy tracking: With third-party app

Reasons to buy

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Skin temperature reader for cycle + sleep tracking
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Crash detection
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New watchOS 9 workout interface
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Low power moder

The Apple Watch 8 is the best Apple Watch for women yet. What's new between the Apple Watch Series 8 vs. Series 7 is the skin temperature sensor, which can inform cycle and fertility tracking, as well as sleep tracking. The watch can also now provide ovulation estimates based your skin-temperature data.

The Series 8 also launched with the long-awaited low power mode, which can extend the latest Apple Watch's battery life to 36 hours. What's more, the Apple Watch 8 has a new crash detection feature, leveraging improved motion sensors for instant help when you might need it most.

Otherwise, the Apple Watch Series 8 is a full-featured health tracker and communications tool. With watchOS 9, this smartwatch packs the latest and greatest of what the Apple Watch experience has to offer. Whether you want a smartwatch for working out, answering calls from your wrist, or using the best Apple Watch apps, this is the smartwatch for you.

Read our full Apple Watch 8 review.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

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The best smartwatch for women with Samsung phones

Specifications

Sizes: 40mm, 44mm
Battery Life (Rated): 50 hours
GPS: Yes
Swim-Proof: Yes
LTE: Optional
Mobile Payments: Samsung Pay

Reasons to buy

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Sporty, yet versatile design
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Stronger, scratch-resistant screen
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Added skin temperature sensor
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Longer-lasting battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life can bSkin temperature sensor doesn't work at launche inconsistent

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is another top choice among the best smartwatches for women. It has a new skin-temperature reader, more scratch-resistant display and a longer-lasting battery life. It's the best Samsung watch yet, because while there aren't a ton of differences between the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 vs. Galaxy Watch 4, the changes make what was already a great device all that much better. And starting at $279, it remains a fair value.

Though the skin temperature reader won't work at launch, there's plenty to like about the Galaxy Watch 5. For one, it lasted for an entire two days in our testing, and reached almost 50% charge from 0% in 30 minutes. Wear OS 3 with Samsung's skin has more perks, too, including Google Assistant and better interoperability with your other Samsung devices. For more GPS features and an even longer-lasting battery life, check out the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 review.

Fitbit Sense displaying menu screen

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The best smartwatch for women looking to understand their overall health

Specifications

Sizes: 40mm
Battery Life (Rated): 6 days
GPS: Yes
Swim-Proof: Yes
LTE: No
Mobile Payments: Fitbit Pay
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Cycle tracking: Yes
Pregnancy tracking: Yes (with specific watch face)

Reasons to buy

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Attractive design
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Long battery life
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Comprehensive fitness/health features

Reasons to avoid

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No Spotify storage

The Fitbit Sense is the company's most ambitious smartwatch yet. It comes with more advanced health and wellness features than any of the best smartwatches for women. Not only does it have an FDA-approved ECG sensor and blood oxygen reading, but the Sense has the ability to measure electrodermal activity and skin temperature, too. It can tell you when you’re stressed, and how to better monitor. You can even meditate with Deepak Chopra with Fitbit Premium.

Aside from it being a premium health tracking device, the Sense has on-board GPS, a native app store, Alexa, Google Assistant and other tools you’ll find useful on your wrist. The Google-owned Fitbit isn’t just a brand with products for tracking our steps: Fitbit devices like the Fitbit Sense show what it means to take a holistic look at our health. 

Read our full Fitbit Sense review.

Garmin Lily smartwatch worn on wrist

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The best smartwatch for women with small wrists

Specifications

Sizes: 34mm
Battery Life (Rated): 5 days
GPS: No
Swim-Proof: Yes
LTE: No
Mobile Payments: No
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Cycle tracking: Yes
Pregnancy tracking: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Stylish, lightweight design
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Best display of any Garmin lifestyle watch
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On-board pregnancy tracking app

Reasons to avoid

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No GPS or NFC

The Garmin Lily is a small and stylish smartwatch that will make you forget the bulky GPS wearables the brand is best known for. An offering designed with first-time, female smartwatch users in mind, the $199 Garmin Lily isn’t one of the best sport watches, but it is a great choice for those who don’t like the traditional smartwatch look.

We like the Garmin Lily’s barely-there feel and fashionable appearance, which is accentuated by a patterned lens that somehow doesn't obstruct the display. Of all the best smartwatches for women we’ve tested, this one looks the most like actual jewelry. Between its 34-millimeter button-less case, intricate hardware details and thin straps, it's dainty. For female users, the Garmin Lily offers menstrual cycle tracking, as well as a pregnancy tracking guide that gives expecting mothers a more complete overview of their health. Although the Lily isn't compatible with the Garmin Connect IQ app store, the pregnancy tracking app is one of the options that comes pre-installed on this smartwatch.

Read our full Garmin Lily review.

Apple Watch SE displaying multiple apps

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An affordable Apple Watch for women

Specifications

Sizes: 40mm, 44mm
Battery Life (Rated): 18 hours
GPS: Yes
Swim-Proof: Yes
LTE: Optional
Mobile Payments: Apple Pay
Compatibility: iOS
Cycle tracking: Yes
Pregnancy tracking: With third-party app

Reasons to buy

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Less expensive than flagship Apple Watch
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Familiar, reliable design
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Gets annual software refreshed

Reasons to avoid

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No always-on display

The Apple Watch SE is a hybrid of the Apple Watch Series 5 (which has since been discontinued) and the Apple Watch Series 3. The $279 smartwatch doesn't have all the Series 6's features — there’s no always-on display, for instance —  but still stands out for its speedy chip and safety features. It also offers an LTE option, making it a good choice for those interested in trying out Family Setup. Plus it gets the watchOS 8 software update, and will continue to get new software updates for the coming years.

When choosing between the Apple Watch 7 vs. Apple Watch SE, your ultimate decision will be if you want to spend an extra $120 for a brighter display with an always-on option, an ECG monitor, and an SpO2. If those tools aren't deal-breakers for you, the SE is a highly capable option for female iPhone users.

Read our full Apple Watch SE review.

Fitbit Versa 3 sitting on end table

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The best smartwatch for women for sleep tracking

Specifications

Sizes: 40mm
Battery Life (Rated): 6 days
GPS: Yes
Swim-Proof: Yes
LTE: No
Mobile Payments: Fitbit Pay
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Cycle tracking: Yes
Pregnancy tracking: Yes (with specific watch face)

Reasons to buy

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Long battery life
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Great sleep analysis
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Improved display compared to Versa 2

Reasons to avoid

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Limited app selection

The best smartwatch for women interested in basic fitness tracking and advanced sleep tracking is the Fitbit Versa 3, the next-generation of the popular Fitbit Versa 2. The Versa 3’s standout upgrade is on-board GPS. Even when you leave your phone at home, the Versa can track your location during outdoor exercise. Sleeker metallic finishes are welcome, too.

Plus the Versa 3 has gained a great motivational workout feature, Active Zone Minutes. Introduced with the Fitbit Charge 4 and now a staple of Fitbit devices, Active Zone Minutes monitors the time you spend in the fat burn, cardio or peak heart-rate zones while exercising. Your goal is to earn the AHA’s and WHO’s recommended 150 Active Zone Minutes each week. Again you can use your Fitbit Versa 3 for phone calls and speak to voice assistants for queries, but note you can only enable one voice assistant at once. Torn between the Sense and Versa? See our Fitbit Sense vs. Fitbit Versa 3 face-off.

Read our full Fitbit Versa 3 review.

Fitbit Versa 2 displaying time

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A good smartwatch for women $200

Specifications

Sizes: 40mm
Battery Life (Rated): 4 days
GPS: No
Swim-Proof: Yes
LTE: No
Mobile Payments: Fitbit Pay
Compatibility: Android, iOS
Cycle tracking: Yes
Pregnancy tracking: Yes (with specific watch face)

Reasons to buy

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Good battery life
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Colorful display
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On-screen workouts 

Reasons to avoid

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No GPS

Another previous-gen model on this list, the Fitbit Versa 2 is a highly capable smartwatch for women. It has Amazon's assistant built in, which lets you do such things as control smart home devices, look up the weather and news, and a lot more. It comes with advanced sleep-tracking features, which, when combined with the Versa 2's ability to monitor blood oxygen saturation levels, could help alert you to conditions such as sleep apnea.

You can also download up to 300 songs to the Versa 2 itself, as well as from Pandora and Deezer, so you can leave your phone at home if you want to listen to some tunes. Sadly, the Versa 2 lacks on-board GPS, so you will need to tote your phone if you want that feature. Thanks to the best Fitbit deals, you can usually find this model at a discount.

Read our full Fitbit Versa 2 review.

How to choose the best smartwatch for women

Among the best smartwatches for women, you have a bounty of options to match your needs and style. That said, if you have an iPhone, you’ll probably appreciate the ecosystem experience of the Apple Watch 7 or Apple Watch SE. The same goes those with Samsung smartphones, your best choice is a Samsung-made Galaxy Watch, But if fitness tracking or working out is your priority, a Fitbit or Garmin wearable might be better for reaching your goals. Plus both those companies offer diverse design options.

When picking any smartwatch, you’ll also want to get one that fits your wrist comfortably. Those with smaller wrists may find larger smartwatches bulky and cumbersome. All of the smartwatches above have 40mm or smaller size options, though the 34mm Garmin Lily is by far the more compact. 

Some of the best smartwatches for women look like high-tech fitness trackers while others look like traditional timepieces, too. If you want something sporty, stick to sleek materials with fewer embellishments. If you want something you can wear on nicer occasions, look for bezels or other eye-catching accents.

Be sure to check out our smartwatch buying guide for more smartwatch shopping advice.

How we test the best smartwatches for women

Whenever an attractive smartwatch for women is released, we fully charge it up, then strap it on our wrist for about a week or so to test out all the features.

We gauge how it feels on our wrist throughout our day-to-day, as well as how easy (or not) the interface is to navigate when we need to read notifications, set timers or change other settings. Next, we look at its fitness features, such as heart rate readings, blood oxygen readings, step counts and, when applicable, GPS. How accurate are all these readings? Does the smartwatch offer female-specific features for menstrual cycle or pregnancy tracking?

Finally we consider battery life claims and compare it to our actual use. Some features like continuous GPS use, playing music or enabling an always-on display chew up juice faster than others. We understand that not all smartwatches last two weeks — we just want our experience to match up with the expectations set by the company.

Kate Kozuch is an editor at Tom’s Guide covering smartwatches, TVs and everything smart-home related. Kate also appears on Fox News to talk tech trends and runs the Tom's Guide TikTok account (opens in new tab), which you should be following. When she’s not filming tech videos, you can find her on an exercise bike, mastering the NYT Crossword or channeling her inner celebrity chef.