Wearable tech has garnered a lot of attention over the past few years. We have seen a lot of wild ideas ranging from actual rings that can be used as fitness trackers, to spectacles that can take photos (courtesy of snapchat). Out of all of these products, the most popular and arguably the most practical wearable we’ve seen so far are smartwatches.
Sadly, most smartwatches are infamous for their awfully generic design. Steel frames and black bands are a common theme everywhere. This is an even bigger issue for women as a lot of watches are too large and seem to be designed with men in mind. But when these smartwatches are made with women in mind, they often don’t deliver on the functions you’d expect from a smartwatch.
That’s why this guide was created to not only help you in finding a fashionable and good-looking smartwatch, but also one which actually takes advantage of all modern features smartwatches should possess. With that said, here are the best wearable smartwatches for women in 2021.
1. Apple Watch Series 6
The Gold Standard
- Electrical and optical heart sensors
- Digital Crown with haptic feedback
- Lot of options for bands
- Great for fitness
- Only pairs with iPhones
Case Size: 40mm, 44mm | Battery Life: 2-3 days | Water resistance: Up to 50m | Heart-rate sensor: Yes | GPS: Yes
The Apple Watch has been the most popular wearable piece of tech, especially for Apple fans, since its debut. Apple nails it in absolutely every way with their latest Apple Watch Series 6. Series 6 is mainly a design refresh over previous generations. Combine great design with a slew of handy features, and arguably one of the best fitness integration in any smartwatch, the Apple watch finds the top spot on our list with ease.
The best aspect of the Apple watch is its design, and customizability with that design. You can choose different casings, from space grey to rose gold and pick from different styles and colors of bands. The flexibility allows you to give your watch a personal look. The watch is slightly bigger this year but not so much that you’ll notice it on your wrist. It still fits perfectly fine for most women. This year’s design refresh slims downs the bezels which results in a bigger screen. The screen is big, bright and more than adequate for a smartwatch.
Moving onto features, Apple has filled this watch to the absolute brim. Siri is integrated almost perfectly as a voice assistant. It now has a “raise to talk” feature which works most of the time and is pretty fast. There are also a lot of health-focused features, such as fall detection and a heart-rate sensor. The newer Series 6 also has an always-on display. Battery life is also good averaging at 3-4 days.
Fitness also works very well. Step tracking, calories burned and overall activity tracking is very accurate and as a fitness tracker, the Apple watch is actually on par with Fitbit’s products. Overall, for women who want a great looking watch with the most functional and handy features, look no further than the apple watch. The only complaint here is that it only works with iPhones and like a lot of Apple products, it is very expensive.
Fitbit is a name you’ve probably heard before when it comes to fitness trackers. As the company name suggests, their products excel at fitness tracking and that is the main selling point of their watches and fitness trackers. However, the new Versa 2 smartwatch from Fitbit does all the great fitness tracker stuff that we appreciate but it’s also one of the best smartwatches out there. Why this works so well for women is because of the smaller design, durability and actual fitness features designed for women.
At first glance, the Versa 2 has a design similar to the Apple watch. It has the same square casing as the Apple watch but is much smaller and lightweight. The screen, unfortunately, has large bezels and is a bit small. All things considered, though it’s not disappointing in any way as the panel is bright, clear and colorful. Some people probably won’t look the square design of the casing but the good thing is that its so lightweight you won’t notice it on your wrist.
The usual great fitness-related features are here. Step tracking, calories tracking, sleep tracking are a few of the most important fitness features coupled with water resistance up to 50m. The Fitbit app on your phone has a lot of profiles for different kinds of workouts, and the watch displays all the results right on your wrist. What makes this watch great for women isn’t just the lightweight design, but the health-focused features specifically for women. The fitness app offers more focus on health tracking for women and has workout profiles designed with women in mind.
Other features that have been sprinkled here by Fitbit really make this a complete smartwatch. The Versa 2 works well with a lot of different apps to give you alerts and notifications. Battery life is also substantially better than their previous watch. The Versa 2 is compatible with both iPhones and Android phones.
Navigating the UI on the original was Versa was a hassle, but this version is much smoother. Besides that, Versa 2 also lacks built-in GPS navigation which might be a dealbreaker for some people. Apart from those two issues, the Versa is still the best Smartwatch for fitness tracking.
The Kate Spade Scallop 2 is perhaps the best blend of design, price, and features on this list. Sure, a few watches on this list might to a certain thing better than this one, but the Scallop nails the basics, and it’s design will appeal to a lot of women out there.
You can pick from either leather, silicone, or stainless steel straps for the watch. The rose gold and white color options will likely be the most popular choice, and they look the most appealing out of the bunch as well. It’s powered by Google’s WearOS, so a lot of third-party support and app support is included. It even pairs with your iOS, so that’s a good bonus.
It isn’t all about looks with this watch, however. It does all the things you’d expect a smartwatch to do at this price. It has a heart-rate tracker, Built-in NFC and GPS, and even water resistance. You can do all the stuff you can do with more expensive watches as well. It seamlessly delivers notifications, alerts you if there is a call, has built-in music controls, and you can even access Google Assistant. Oh, and let’s not forget it can do basic step-tracking as well.
However, the Scallop 2 does use an older processor so it can be a bit sluggish at times. The battery life could be better, and it is a bit pricey. Still, for those who are willing to sacrifice a few features but still have a good looking wearable, this is the one.
The Fossil Q Neely is probably the best-looking smartwatch on this list. It doesn’t just look like a regular wristwatch, it functions like one as well. This one really does go for form over function. It is termed as a hybrid smartwatch, meaning it uses a regular watch dial instead of a touchscreen. It’s a very barebones smartwatch but for the price and the gorgeous looks, it’s hard to complain.
The Fossil Q Neely is the best-designed watch on this list. It’s one of the smallest, lightest and most comfortable smartwatches. It comes in either rose gold or beige finish with either black or beige watch bands. Its a really small 36mm sized case that sits perfectly on the wrist. The main appeal here is that it looks like a regular watch but can pull off a few important smartwatch features.
Because the Fossil Q Neely is more of a hybrid smartwatch, the added features here are pretty minimal. It can be paired with most social media apps but because it lacks an actual display, the watch buzzes to alert you of notifications. Another way of getting alerts is that the watch has an extra dial. You can program app notifications to any number on this dial so it will move according to the notifications. Unfortunately, this is not very practical in real life and seems gimmicky more than anything.
The Fossil Q Neely can also track steps and works fine as a fitness tracker. Mind you there is no heart-rate sensor or GPS here so it’s not meant to handle workouts. But for barebones step tracking its accurate enough. Because the watch does so little and consumes such little power, the battery life is absolutely amazing. It can last up to 6 months on a single charge. Overall, if you are looking for an elegant watch that can also work for notifications or simple step tracking, for the price, this is the best-looking hybrid on the market.
Michael Kors is a popular fashion brand that recently started making waves in the smartwatch market. Their Access smartwatch features a gorgeous design paired with a lot of great features. It runs on Android Wear 2.0 from Google. Overall, this is a very stylish watch that doesn’t give up on too many features.
This watch features a unique steel bracelet design paired with a large 44m stainless steel casing. The watch comes in gold, rose gold and silver. Silicone bands are also available in different colors. The design might be a bit loud for some but actually fits well into everyday clothing. The watch does have a fairly large footprint which might be bothersome for a few people.
Moving onto features, the Acess runway has a fairly large and bright display that works as a touchscreen. There are a few different watch faces on board. As for features, the watch works quite well for notifications and alerts. Android wear also brings “Google Fit” support for health tracking. The watch is also water-resistant. Although the fitness tracking features work quite well, the design limits its use in serious sports or even running.
All in all, this is a great looking and functioning smartwatch that performs as well as you’d expect. One major dealbreaker here is actually the battery life. It’s very short and can only last a day or a day and a half at best.