The best smartwatches 2020 - chosen by Mumsnetters
14 May 2020
Whether you’re replacing one, or buying one for the first time, how do you know which smartwatch is right for you? This round-up of the best devices available right now - as chosen by Mumsnetters - will answer your questions and maybe even settle the ongoing debate: Apple or Android?
1. Apple Watch Series 4
As you would expect from Apple, the Series 4 watch is bigger and better than all the ones before it. It comes with plenty of additional features to keep you active, healthy and connected as well as a 30% larger display, both electrical and optical heart sensors and it's has been engineered to be fully swim-proof. It also has a 50% louder built-in speaker.
As far as Mumsnetters are concerned, the Apple Watch is still king and has been ever since it first entered the market back in 2014. Even though many other brands have launched their own interpretations, the Apple Watch hasn’t lost its prestige or respect because it keeps evolving and leading the way, changing how we communicate and share health information for good.
With the latest Apple Watch (Series 5), £429 recently on the market, now's a good time to get the 4 at a reduced price.
“I have a 4 and I'm very happy with it.”
“Got it in silver with the white sports band (the sports band has a lot more adjustability and it's doesn't get icky when sweating). I love it. It helps me track what I'm doing. Also downloaded the water app so I drink more. I look at my phone less as I used it for the time. It also helps push me to do more with the activity rings.”
“I use it for everything – best thing I've ever bought.”Buy now from Currys
2. Skagen Unisex Hybrid Smartwatch
If you’re not a fan of a digital interface but still love the functionality of a smartwatch, try this Skagen Hybrid. It comes with a sophisticated brown leather strap, has a black dial and lets you track activity progress, take incoming notifications and features an alarm mode. For a smartwatch that doubles up as wrist candy (while gently prompting you to get off Mumsnet and get moving), Mumsnetters recommend you treat yourself to this one.
“I'd recommend Skagen Hybrid. I got mine in January as a birthday present and I’ve not taken it off since!”Buy now from Amazon
3. Garmin Forerunner 645 Smartwatch
Mumsnetters can’t rate Garmin smartwatches highly enough and the Forerunner 645 comes best in class. Its digital display is water-resistant and is encased in a silicone strap – this one is fuchsia, but it also comes in grey and black. With Bluetooth connectivity and GPS tracking, it’s practical, intelligent and looks good – plus you know the quality is unrivalled if it’s made by Garmin.
“I have a Garmin 645 which is the one down from the Fenix and it's superb. I love it so much."
“Garmin all the way! My ancient Garmin still gets updates.”Buy now from Amazon
4. Fitbit Charge 3 Smartwatch
Make a move to improve with the Fitbit Charge 3 Advanced Health & Fitness Tracker. Its user-friendly face makes it easy for you to keep track of your data and progress, while the whopping seven-day battery life means you're not tied to charging it every night. Nifty features also include a 24/7 heart rate monitor, lightweight band, notifications, apps and a female health tracker, making it the best smartwatch option for women who want to keep tabs on their cycle.
“I got a Charge 3 for Christmas and I love it. I use mine to track my sleep, steps and whatever when I've been to the gym.”Buy now from Amazon
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5. Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch
For adventurers and android lovers, Mumsnetters rate the Samsung Gear S3. Free yourself from your phone while maintaining connection to the outside world with the ability to respond to calls, read messages and check in on that new app you like so much – all from your watch. The options are endless and you'll love the freedom it brings.
“I have the Gear S3 and love it. I use it for exercise, sleep tracking, and heart rate monitoring. I keep my phone on silent but have notifications of messages and calls on my watch. I can even make and receive calls on it – handy when my phone is buried in my bag or on charge.”Buy now from Amazon
6. Pebble Steel Smartwatch
With a digital face and a leather strap, this smartwatch really looks smart. The Pebble Steel Smartwatch can be customised to show the face of your choice and, thanks to Corning Gorilla Glass, you'll have to try really hard to crack or scratch it. It can receive instant notifications when you get a call or a text and is compatible with Android (OS 4.0 and up) and Apple (iOS6 and up) phones. It's even waterproof to 5ATM in fresh and saltwater so you don’t need to worry about the occasional water-related mishap.
“My husband has the Pebble smartwatch. He uses it as a step tracker, and for notifications (text, call, email) when he’s at work but can’t have his phone out. It lets him reply to texts via the watch, and links to his Bluetooth in the car when he’s driving so the phone stays in his pocket.”Buy now from Amazon
7. Huawei Watch 2 Bluetooth Sport
This Huawei smartwatch is designed with sport in mind. It integrates health and fitness, message notifications, mobile payments and more, allowing you to get outside and run along to your favourite music, receive coaching from a real-time trainer and go off-roading safely with GPS. You can read reports on your activity so you’re always working towards a new PB and sync to Android Pay so you can buy yourself a post-workout treat, too.
“My husband just got himself a Huawei Watch 2 and he's really impressed with what it does, especially for the price. It syncs with his Samsung S8 for all the usual texts, emails and WhatsApp messages etc and he can customise quite a lot on it too.”Buy now from Argos
8. Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch
If you liked the look of the Skagen watch up top, but would prefer to pay a little less, Mumsnetters would advise you to go for the Fossil Hybrid. It also has that classic watch face but is packed with smart features to keep you up to date. It has built-in activity tracking, is compatible with Android and iOS – plus that unmistakable Fossil style and quality. To top it all off, it’s excellent value for money.
“Fossil do a nice hybrid smartwatch – it’s less than half the price and has a normal watch face but does your steps and sends notifications. It doesn’t have a screen you can read messages on though. I like it because the battery doesn’t need charging constantly as it works with a normal watch battery.”Buy now from Amazon
Best smartwatches for kids
1. Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2
Looking for a smartwatch that your kids will love using? This one from Kidizoom lets them take great photos and videos thanks to its dual cameras – the fact that your camera roll will no longer be full of their “artistic” shots is an added bonus. It also features an augmented reality game designed to encourage youngsters to play outside and be active – perfect if they need a little motivation to tear themselves away from the telly. The face on this children’s smartwatch is splash-proof, and it comes with a motion sensor, timer, stopwatch and alarm clock too.
“My daughter got the Kidizoom when she was four and a half and still plays with it now – two years later. It's been a great gift. Easy to use, the battery lasts for ages and it's robust. She doesn't use it as a watch but plays the games, takes photos, makes little videos etc. She also uses the step counter if we go on walks – that's been ideal to prevent boredom and moaning. “Oh, how many steps have we done now?” and so on!”Buy now from Amazon
2. KiDSnav Jellies Smartwatch, £70.95
Suitable for children ages 5-12, this iOS and android compatible smartwatch features a touch screen interface, camera, £30 worth of free app downloads included, and a real-time GPS for your peace of mind while they’re playing out with their friends. It's available in three colours so why not let your little one pick the jelly strap of their liking?
“KiDSnav looks great and is exactly what I was searching for!”
“I have the KiDSnav for my son, it gives me peace of mind when he's playing out.”Buy now from KiDSnav