Over the last few years, smartwatches have evolved to become worthy of the ‘smart’ prefix. An average smartwatch today is capable of tracking your essential health stats like heart rate, SpO2 level, sleeping pattern, and much more. With the Wearable market seeing major releases from brands across the board, we thought we’d bring you our picks for the best smartwatches for your daily health and fitness needs.
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Fitbit Versa 4
When it comes to health-tracking wearables, fewer brands are held in higher regard than Fitbit. Fitbit has been at the forefront of health and fitness accessories for years, finessing their products gradually and creating a significant market share for themselves. The Fitbit Versa 4 reaps all the results of this continued perseverance. Versa 4 is one of the most well-rounded smartwatches on the market and is well ahead of the curve compared to its peers. With Fitbit’s Versa 4 you get features like enhanced sleep tracking, SpO2 monitoring, stress management, heart rate monitoring, and much more. The Versa 4 is compatible with iOS and Android and offers a wide range of controls for your smartphone.
Apple Watch Series 8
The inclusion of the Apple Watch Series 8 in this list should surprise no one. Launched at the company’s ‘Far Out’ event in September, the Apple Watch Series 8 is already considered by many to be the best smartwatch on the market. The Apple Watch Series 8 comes with new features like crash detection, always on display, and ovulation tracking. Apple’s flagship smartwatch can also detect temperature fluctuations as small as 0.1 degrees Celcius. In low-power mode, the Apple Watch Series 8 can last up to 36 hours.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is available in 1.2-inch and 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display options. Galaxy Watch 5 is powered by 1.5 GB of RAM and a dual-core Exynos W920 SoC. You also get 15 GB of internal storage. Equipped with Samsung’s BioActive Sensor, Galaxy Watch 5 combines optical heart rate, electrical heart signal, and bioelectrical impedance analysis on a single chip to provide a comprehensive analysis of heart rate, blood oxygen level, and stress level. Users can also manage their blood pressure and ECG from their wrists.
Garmin Venu Sq 2
Launched just last week, the Garmin Venu Sq 2 is bound to be one of the better smartwatch releases this year. Available in two variants, the regular model costs Rs 27,990, while the music edition can be bought for Rs 33,490. The Standard model is available in Cool Mint, Shadow Grey, and White colour options while the Music edition comes in French Grey, Black, and Ivory shades. Made out of aluminium, the Garmin Venu Sq 2 sports a 1.43-inch AMOLED display with a 320 x 360p resolution. Apart from all the essential health-tracking functions, the Garmin Venu Sq 2 also offers over 25 sport modes HIIT, cardio, swimming, jogging, and cycling. On top of that, you can even design your own custom program.
Apple Watch SE
Apple Watch SE is the company’s affordable smartwatch option in its lineup, starting at a price of Rs 29,900. The Apple Watch SE comes with all the essential features like cardio tracking, cycle tracking, crash detection, fall detection, and emergency calling. However, it doesn’t have a dedicated Blood Oxygen and ECG app. It is water resistant up to 50m, which means you can wear it while swimming. The smartwatch shines when it comes to the superior display and the overall design and look, which is undeniably Apple.
Fitbit Luxe is a sleek fitness band specially designed for women. It is a compact fitness band, with dimensions of just 1.43 x 0.69 x 0.4 inches. The rubber straps are available in four colour options – Lunar White/Soft Gold, Black/Graphite, Orchid/Platinum, and a Gold coloured special edition. The Fitbit Luxe keeps a track of your steps, heart rate, SpO2 levels, and sleep. You can get a detailed breakdown of your sleep activity and see how many hours were spent in REM, Light, and Deep Sleep. The activity tracker on the Fitbit Luxe can automatically detect when your workout has started. On a full charge, the Luxe can last up to 5 days.
Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite
Smartwatches don’t need to cost a fortune to get the basic job done. With Redmi Watch 2 Lite, Xiaomi continues to deliver affordable products that deliver great performance. Priced at just Rs 4,499, the Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite does a great job of tracking your fitness levels across a wide range of activities. These include walking, running and cycling to swimming, jump rope, trekking, hiking and much more. Its intuitive sensors automatically detect your physical activity and prompt you to record or measure your activity. You also get a detailed analysis of your workout once you end a session. For those looking for a no-nonsense health-tracking smartwatch, the Xiaomi Redmi Watch 2 Lite is an excellent starting point.
Noise ColorFit Pro 4
While we’re talking about budget smartwatches, Noise ColorFit Pro 4 deserves a fair shout. The ColorFit Pro 4 is one of the few smartwatches that offer Bluetooth calling in the under Rs 4,000 price category. This does not mean that the watch makes compromises elsewhere. The build quality is sturdy and the smartwatch is designed for rugged use. The UI is pleasing to look at and extremely easy to use. When it comes to features, Noise ColorFit Pro 4 offers heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, SpO2 sensor, and a fitness tracker for more than 100 different training regimens. The only downside is that there’s no option to track swimming since the smartwatch is not designed to be worn in deep waters. If you can look past that, you wont find any other smartwatch that offers a better value for money priced at Rs 3,499.
Redmi Smart Band Pro
The Redmi Smart Band Pro sports a simple, elegant design. You won’t find any buttons on the dial. The minimal, clean look sets the Smart Band apart from its competition. Powered by the Ambiq Apollo 3.5 SoC, the Redmi Smart Band Pro delivers great performance when it comes to tracking your health and fitness. The widgets can be accessed with one quick swipe to the right, while the notifications can be seen with a simple down swipe. The smart band is equipped has tracking support for more than 110 types of exercises, with the option to create a customised program as well. You can even track your yoga sessions with this nifty device!
Closing out this list is the Playfit Slim. Available at just Rs 3,999, it also offers great value for money. Firstly, the smartwatch comes with 24 sport modes including Outdoor Running, Swimming, Cycling, Table Tennis, Skipping, Badminton, Tennis, Walking, Climbing, Basketball, Football, Baseball, Volleyball, Cricket, Rugby, Hockey, Spinning, Dance, Gymnastics, Jumping Jacks, Boating, Sit-Up, Yoga, and Indoor Running. On top of that, you can also measure your heart rate and blood SpO2 levels. Another fascinating thing about the Playfit Slim is its incredible 7-day battery life.
These are our picks for the top 10 best smartwatches for your daily health and fitness needs. We’ve tried to pick the best from every price category. If you think there’s a smartwatch worthy of being on this list that we missed out on, let us know in the comments!