Best Smartwatches 2019

Product Use case Rating
Apple Watch Series 4 Best Overall 4.5
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4
Apple Watch Series 3 4
Fitbit Versa 4
Garmin Vivoactive 3 3.5
Amazfit Bip 4
Fossil Sport 4

Smartwatches DEALS

Smartwatches are becoming more than just a way to get smartphone notifications on your wrist. The devices have to be everything in one: a fitness tracker, a wallet and even a phone.

A report from NPD says that 16 percent of U.S. adults now own a smartwatch, up from 12 percent in December of 2017. And Apple is the "clear market leader."

After spending hundreds of hours testing dozens of smartwatches, our pick for best smartwatch is the Apple Watch Series 4 with GPS (starting at $399), which has a huge display, ultra-fast processor, Raise to Speak Siri, fall detection and a built-in electrical heart rate sensor for taking on-the-go electrocardiograms. It also runs watchOS 5, which makes the watch even more useful with automatic workout-tracking, offline podcast playback and a Walkie-Talkie voice chat feature.

However, the Apple Watch 3 is still a very good value, so be sure to check out our Apple Watch 2 vs Apple Watch 4 comparison.

The best smartwatch for Android users is Samsung's $200 Galaxy Watch Active. In addition to a sleek, sporty design, the Galaxy Watch Active offers built-in GPS, heart rate sensor, water-resistance, Samsung Pay support, plus advanced heart health features for $130 less than its predecessor. You can also download music from Spotify to the watch for offline listening. However, it runs Samsung's proprietary Tizen OS, so you get far fewer apps than you would with a Wear OS watch. Samsung also sells a 42-mm Galaxy Watch ($329) and a 46-mm model with a rotating bezel if you're looking for a larger option with better battery life.

Read on for our other top picks, and if you're on a tight budget, be sure to check out our roundup of the best cheap smartwatches.

Smartwatch News and Updates (April 2019)

  • Fitbit has released a colorful version of its popular Versa smartwatch, the $160 Versa Lite. It's a solid fitness tracker, but the full-fledged Versa is still our favorite smartwatch for women. Check out our Fitbit Versa Lite vs Versa comparison.
  • The Apple Watch is rumored to be getting sleep tracking, but it may not arrive until 2020.

1. Apple Watch Series 4

The best smartwatch overall

Rating: 4.5/5 stars, Editors' Choice

Starting Price: $399

Sizes: 40mm, 44mm | Battery Life (Rated): 18-24 hours | GPS: Yes | Swim-Proof: Yes | Heart Rate Monitor: Yes | LTE: Optional | Mobile Payments: Apple Pay | Compatibility: iOS

Pros: Advanced health sensors; Faster processor; Raise to Speak Siri

Cons: Expensive

The Apple Watch Series 4 packs a huge display and sophisticated health sensors in a stylish package that's just a smidge bigger than its predecessor. The watch comes in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, with an option to add LTE for an extra $100. With FDA-cleared features and a faster processor, the GPS Series 4 is the best smartwatch around, but it's pricey.

Read our full Apple Watch Series 4 review.
   

2. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

The best smartwatch for Android users

Rating: 4/5 stars, Editors' Choice

Starting Price: $199

Sizes: 40mm | Battery Life (Rated): 36 hours | GPS: Yes | Swim-Proof: Yes | Heart Rate Monitor: Yes | LTE: No | Mobile Payments: Samsung Pay | Compatibility: Android, iOS (works best with Galaxy phones)

Pros: Affordable price; Elegant One UI software interface; Sleek design; Useful fitness-tracking

Cons: Limited apps for Tizen OS; Shorter battery life than other Galaxy Watches

The Galaxy Watch Active, which works with both Android (and to a lesser extent) iOS smartphones, has GPS and a heart rate monitor, and can automatically track your activity and sleep. It runs Samsung's Tizen operating system, so it works with both Android and iOS devices, but there's a limited number of apps you can install on the watch. It comes in one size—40mm—and has other such useful features as Samsung Pay, onboard music via Spotify and heart health features.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review.
   

3. Apple Watch Series 3

The best smartwatch for iPhone

Rating: 4/5 stars, Editors' Choice

Starting Price: $279

Sizes: 38mm, 42mm | Battery Life (Rated): 18-24 hours | GPS: Yes | Swim-Proof: Yes | Heart Rate Monitor: Yes | LTE: Optional | Mobile Payments: Apple Pay | Compatibility: iOS

Pros: Improved fitness-tracking; Faster Siri; Apple Music streaming (with LTE model)

Cons: Still just 18-hour battery; Shorter battery life when connected to cellular

Starting at $279, the Apple Watch Series 3 is a more affordable smartwatch option for iPhone users. It's smaller (38mm, 42mm), but still has a heart rate monitor, GPS, 8GB of storage with offline support for Apple Music playlists, and is waterproof up to 50 meters for swim-tracking. However, it has much thicker bezels than the Series 4, and lacks that model's ability to detect atrial fibrillation with an ECG app.

Read our full Apple Watch Series 3 review.
   

4. Fitbit Versa

The best smartwatch for women

Rating: 4/5 stars

Starting Price: $199.95

Sizes: 39mm | Battery Life (Rated): 4 days | GPS: Only when connected to smartphone | Swim-Proof: Yes | Heart Rate Monitor: Yes | LTE: No | Mobile Payments: Optional, Fitbit Pay | Compatibility: iOS, Android

Pros: Sleek, lightweight design; 4-day battery life; Female health-tracking features; Insightful sleep analysis

Cons: Small app store; No on-board GPS; Limited actionable notifications

Fitbit's Versa is a sleek, stylish smartwatch that works with both iOS and Android and costs less than $200, which makes it one of the best-valued smartwatches you can buy. The watch lasts four days on a charge, offers female health-tracking, advanced sleep-tracking and an app store with popular apps such as Starbucks and Pandora. You can even store music offline to listen to while you work out.

Read our full Fitbit Versa review.
   

5. Garmin Vivoactive 3

The best smartwatch for fitness

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Starting Price: $250

Sizes: 43mm | Battery Life (Rated): Up to 7 days | GPS: Yes | Swim-Proof: Yes | Heart Rate Monitor: Yes | LTE: Optional | Mobile Payments: Garmin Pay | Compatibility: iOS, Android

Pros: Always-on watch face; Advanced workout-tracking

Cons: Sleep-tracking not always accurate

Garmin’s Vivoactive 3 takes Garmin’s fitness-tracking prowess, beloved by marathoners and triathletes, and puts it in a stylish smartwatch form factor. The Vivoactive 3 comes in three models, ranging in price from $250 to $280: One without many bells and whistles, one with on-board music storage and one with LTE connectivity (for Verizon customers only, and with an extra monthly data plan). The plethora of options makes it easy to pick which features matter most (and how much you want to pay).

Read our full Garmin Vivoactive 3 review.
   

6. Amazfit Bip

The best cheap smartwatch

Rating: 4/5 stars

Starting Price: $79.99

Sizes: One size, with 1.28-inch display | Battery Life (Rated): Up to 45 days | GPS: Yes | Swim-Proof: No | Heart Rate Monitor: Yes | LTE: No | Mobile Payments: No | Compatibility: iOS, Android

Pros: Apple Watch-like design; Soft band; Built-in GPS; Affordable price; Display is easy on the eyes

Cons: Heat rate and steps not always accurate; Low-resolution graphics; No on-board music storage; Can’t respond to notifications

This ultra-affordable device costs less than $80, yet works with iOS and Android and comes with GPS and a heart rate monitor. Other functionality is limited: You can select only from five different watch faces, and can only view, and not respond to notifications from the watch itself.

Read our full Amazfit Bip review.
   

7. Fossil Sport

The best Wear OS smartwatch

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Starting Price: $275

Sizes: 41mm, 43mm  | Battery Life (Rated): 24 hours | GPS: Yes | Swim-proof: Yes | Heart Rate Monitor: Yes | LTE: No | Mobile Payments: No | Compatibility: iOS, Android

The Fossil Sport is lightweight, stylish and runs on Google’s Wear OS platform, which makes it more seamless to use with Android smartphones. If you want to give Wear OS a try, this is the watch to get. But the watch isn’t the greatest at fitness-tracking, and its cutting-edge Qualcomm processor still lags behind rival watches on Apple’s watchOS platform and Samsung’s Tizen OS.

Read our full Fossil Sport review.

How We Test and Rate Smartwatches

We test every new smartwatch to gauge its design and comfort. If it’s not stylish and comfortable enough to get you from an early morning workout to the office to a night out, you probably won’t wear it every day. Most smartwatches are also fitness trackers, so we put all of its sensors to the test, from step counts to heart rate to GPS (when applicable).

We install apps and use them to see if the device’s app store is robust enough to elevate it to smartwatch status. If the watch has built-in LTE, we test cellular connectivity and call quality to make sure the device can actually stand on its own without a smartphone nearby.

And we measure battery life using everyday scenarios — including workouts, using apps, and getting notifications — to make sure you can get through an entire day without needing to charge up.

Credit: Tom's Guide

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  • cdbc100
    Hmm...no speaker on the gear sport, and definitely more than 1 day battery life. Unfortunately, the calories burned per day is pretty inaccurate through s health.
  • wrappers
    Than they are good?
  • ripped_off_buyer
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  • dagsy73
    The Ticwatch Pro is a very good Android OS Wear Smartwatch. Just be careful on getting the speaker wet as I think mine is blown, from washing my hands. ( I never showered with it on) Also, do not download to many apps as it will lock up and freeze. I am corresponding with Mobvoi to hopefully get a replacement or refund since I only had it for 30 days. Other than that, it was totally Awesome!!!
  • dagsy73
    2881386 said:
    The Ticwatch Pro is a very good Android OS Wear Smartwatch. Just be careful on getting the speaker wet as I think mine is blown, from washing my hands. ( I never showered with it on) Also, do not download to many apps as it will lock up and freeze. I am corresponding with Mobvoi to hopefully get a replacement or refund since I only had it for 30 days. Other than that, it was totally Awesome!!!


    ***Update January 31st, 2019 MOBVOI, A DISHONEST COMPANY!!!
    After many emails and several phone calls of me basically repeating myself about the Ticwatch Pro, Mobvoi became rude and dishonest. In a email on January 23rd, the Movoi Represenative stated that he was going to mail me out a replacement watch that day and for me to return the non working watch with a prepaid post label. The next day I get the watch mailed out. I am permanently disabled and had my neighbor drive me to the Post office to expedite the process. I email Mobvoi and let them know that it was sent and provided tracking information to confirm. They do not respond until I call them on January 25th. Sean, a Mobvoi rep, tells me that the person I emailed has not shipped out the watch and that he was going to take care of it. I ask him to please email me the tracking information when He gets it. Weekend goes by and no email from Sean or Mobvoi. I call Monday morning and this Mobvoi rep would not release his name and told me that they are working on it. I just want everyone to know how this company treats its customers. Remind you that I just purchased the watch at the end of December 2019 and I contacted Mobvoi about a week and a half after it came in the mail...
  • watchki.dean
    The calories burned per day is pretty inaccurate through s health.