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10 best smartwatches for women

Whether you’re trying to keep track of your heart rate or your messages, there’s a handy smartwatch out there for you. Here are our favourites.

By Laura Cooke | Last updated Feb 8, 2022

three women's smartwatches

It’s true that there really is a smartwatch for every occasion. Some smartwatches are great for measuring exercise performance, while others help you to keep tabs on your menstrual cycle and manage medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.

But while some smartwatches are geared up to help us live healthier, more active lives, others are great for managing work and busy diaries, with access to messages and calendars.

So we’ve been busy trawling the Mumsnet forums and beyond to find out which smartwatches women are raving about.

Here are the 10 best smartwatches for women.

1. Best overall smartwatch for women: Apple Watch Series 6

Black Apple Watch Series 6

Price: From £319 | Buy now from Amazon

“I have an Apple watch (Series 6) and I love the fact that I can track my exercise and my sleep.” TheatricalGiraffe

“I totally recommend. Used to have a Series 2 and recently upgraded to a Series 6. Very happy.” MollyAlly 

“I have the Apple Watch 6 [...] I charge it while I’m having my morning cuppa and putting makeup on each morning, and it’s ready to go. It charges incredibly fast too.” StartSelect 

The Apple Watch Series 6 comes highly recommended by Mumsnetters and it’s not hard to see why. This all-singing, all-dancing smartwatch is great for monitoring your daily activity, whether you’re into cycling, yoga, running or swimming, while apps like the Apple Fitness app can measure your blood oxygen level, take an ECG reading and track your sleep. 

The Series 6 is the best smartwatch for older adults too as it can issue notifications if your heart rate goes too high or low and flag up an irregular heart rate, and there’s even a special fall detection feature.

And if that wasn’t enough, you can listen to music, get calls and texts, and use Apple Pay and Siri all from this humble-looking watch.

If you like to have the latest tech on the market, the Apple Watch Series 7 was released on 15 October. But as there are no real sweeping changes from the Series 6, the slightly older model may be a better bet to help save a few pennies.

Pros

  • Huge range of functions
  • Charges quickly
  • Customisable face
  • Available in various colours in aluminium and stainless steel

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Short battery runtime
  • iPhone-compatible only

Key specs

  • Compatibility: iPhone 6S or later with iOS 14 or later
  • Display size: 1.57 inches
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Battery life: 18 hours
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, Cellular, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS
  • GPS: Yes
  • Pregnancy tracking: Via the Apple app
  • Waterproof: Yes

2. Best budget smartwatch for women: Xiaomi Mi Band 3

Black Xiaomi Mi Band 3

Price: £21.29 | Buy now from Amazon

“DH and I have the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 which syncs with both my iPhone and DH’s Android. We both love it.” CouldBeAnyoneReally

If you’re looking for an affordable, straightforward, no-frills smartwatch, then the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is the tech for you.

This lightweight smartwatch shows notifications from app messages, including Facebook and Whatsapp, incoming calls and SMS, while the fitness tracker can monitor heart rate, count calories, track sleep and count your steps. If you want to get the best out of the fitness tracker, download the accompanying app for customised daily activity targets and regular progress reports to keep you motivated.

Apple could learn a thing or two about battery life from the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 - this smartwatch can keep going for a whopping 20 days. 

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Long battery life

Cons 

  • Fewer features than the more expensive smartwatches

Key specs 

  • Compatibility: Android 4.4/iOS 9.0 phones or later
  • Display size: 0.78 inches
  • Storage: N/A
  • Battery life: 20 days
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • GPS: No
  • Pregnancy tracking: No
  • Waterproof: Yes

3. Best smartwatch for fitness: Fitbit Versa 2 Health & Fitness Smartwatch

Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch with a pale pink strap and square black face

Price: £119 | Buy now from Amazon

“I have a Versa 2 and absolutely love it. It counts steps and other activities, measures heart rate, tracks your sleep patterns. It also shows texts and you can text back. Show calls, calendar and notes too.” Luxplus

“I’ve got the Versa and it has a heart rate tracker, tracks sleep cycles, and it displays text messages and calls from your mobile, so similar to an Apple smart watch in that way.Cyclingwidow15

A great way to keep track of your overall fitness levels, the Fitbit Versa 2 counts steps, tracks heart rate and analyses sleep. It’s also great for female health as it tracks both menstrual cycles and pregnancy. 

The Versa 2 has 2.5GB of storage solely for music - that’s a huge selection of 300-plus tracks to provide an uplifting soundtrack to your workout.

Calls, messenger messages, SMS, app notifications and calendar events pop up on the watch display when your smartphone is nearby.

And if these aren’t enough of a reason to sway you, the Versa 2 also comes with Fitbit Pay and Amazon Alexa built in. 

Pros

  • Good for tracking periods and pregnancy
  • More affordable than other leading brands
  • Great for workout playlists

Cons

  • No GPS, so not the best choice for runners

Key specs 

  • Compatibility: Apple iOS 13 or higher and Android OS 8.0 or higher
  • Display size: 1.34 inches
  • Storage: 4GB (2.5GB for music)
  • Battery life: Up to six days
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC
  • GPS: No
  • Pregnancy tracking: Yes
  • Waterproof: Yes

4. Best smartwatch for runners: Garmin Forerunner 245 Running Watch

Garmin Forerunner 245 running smartwatch with a berry-coloured strap and round watch face

Price: From £208.90 | Buy now from Amazon

“I love my Forerunner 245. I had the 220 for years and years, and then upgraded. Garmins are great - simple, accurate and far less glitchy than most other brands.” Fellrunner85

“I have a 245 and it's served me very well for a few years. Does everything I need (and more).” ReviewingTheSituation 

If you’re into your running, then the Garmin Forerunner 245 comes highly recommended.

This no-nonsense smartwatch keeps tabs on everything from your ground contact and stride length to whether you’re under-training or overdoing it. 

And the best bit is that the Garmin Coach App can provide a training plan to help you prepare for your next race, whether that’s a 5k fun run or conquering the London Marathon.

This GPS smartwatch also comes with safety features such as incident detection which sends your real-time location to emergency contacts through your paired smartphone. So if you like to run alone or in remote locations, the Garmin provides that extra bit of reassurance.

Pros

  • Advanced training features for runners
  • Safety features
  • Shows notifications for emails, social media and text messages

Cons

  • You have to be serious about running to really get the most out this smartwatch
  • Expensive

Key specs

  • Compatibility: iPhone and Android
  • Display size: 1.2 inches
  • Storage: 64MB
  • Battery life: Seven days
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi
  • GPS: Yes
  • Pregnancy tracking: No 
  • Waterproof: Yes

5. Best smartwatch for Android: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 witha light pink strap and pink and purple face with white hands

Price: £179 | Buy now from Argos

“I have an Active2 and I love it. I don't use it much for fitness tracking really so I can't comment on that side of it. I use the smart parts of it more. Can take calls on it, read/reply to messages, get reminders, get Ring notifications etc. Samsung Pay is great as well as I can pay for things using the watch.” Corrag

If you’re looking for a, well, smart smartwatch that looks like your more traditional timepiece, then the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 ticks that particular box.

The Samsung offers all the fitness essentials you could need, such as automatic workout detection, coaching, heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking, plus it helps you to work and organise your social life on the go by making and receiving calls, sending and replying to emails and getting social media notifications. 

The Active 2 is a great all-rounder smartwatch, which doesn’t look too sporty like some other smartwatches on the market.

Pros

  • Can customise straps and watch face
  • Music player
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • If you’re into sports, rival smartwatches have more specific exercise features

Key specs 

  • Compatibility: Android 5.0 or higher and iPhone 5 and above, and iOS 9.0 or above
  • Display size: 1.2 inches
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Battery life: Up to four days
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC, USB 2, Wi-Fi
  • GPS: Yes
  • Pregnancy tracking: No 
  • Waterproof: Yes

6. Best smartwatch for iPhone: Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE with light pink strap and a white square face

Price: £249 | Buy now from Amazon

“I have an Apple Watch SE and it's fantastic. I charge it for 30 minutes in the morning while I shower and 30 minutes at night while I read, and that's all it needs. Would really recommend.” B1rdinthebush

“I have the Apple SE. Love it!” londongirl12

The second entry for the mighty Apple on our list, the SE smartwatch was released at the same time as the Apple Series 6.

To the untrained eye, there are actually very few differences between the two, except the SE lacks a few of the extra features of the Apple Series 6, such as an ECG monitor, and doesn’t have the same power as its sibling.

However the big difference is the price, with the Apple SE coming in at almost £80 less than the 6. So unless you’re desperate for the handful of extra wellness features and the ‘oomph’ of the Apple 6, then the SE will likely be the better choice for you.

Pros

  • Considerably cheaper than the Apple Series 6
  • Easy to set up

Cons

  • Not as powerful as the Series 6
  • Short battery life
  • Only compatible with iPhones

Keys specs

  • Compatibility: iPhone 6s or later, with iOS 14 or later
  • Display size: 1.78 inches
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Battery life: Up to 18 hours
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, GPS
  • GPS: Yes
  • Pregnancy tracking: No 
  • Waterproof: Yes

7. Best smartwatch for walking: Amazfit GTS Smartwatch

Amazfit GTS Smartwatch with a blue strap and black square face

Price: From £89 | Buy now from Amazon

"I had a Fitbit years ago that barely got used but recently got an Amazfit which was [...] pretty good for the price. I’ve found it does help me to move more. It reminds me to move during a work day and has shown me how much pottering I actually do at home, so all in all being pretty useful.”  PrancerandDancer

It may not boast the same bells and whistles of other smartwatches on the market, but the Amazfit GTS Smartwatch is a reliable watch that will keep you active and healthy.

As well as monitoring your heart rate, tracking sleep, counting calories and giving you a gentle nag if you’ve been sitting down for a while, the Amazfit will measure no less than 12 different sports, including walking, hiking, trail running and cycling.

You can’t answer calls or messages, so it’s not really a smartwatch for work, but for under £70 it’s ideal for helping you to get moving.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Good health features
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Limited functions
  • No app store available

Key specs

  • Compatibility: Android 5.0+ or iOS 10.0+
  • Display size: 1.65 inches
  • Storage: N/A
  • Battery life: Up to 14 days
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • GPS: Yes
  • Pregnancy tracking: No 
  • Waterproof: Yes

8. Best multi-sport smartwatch for women: Garmin Vívoactive 4

A Garmin Vivoactive 4 smartwatch in grey

Price: From £209.06 | Buy now from Amazon

“I have the Vívoactive 4 which is really neat for daily use.” LookdeepintotheParka

“I use a Garmin Vívoactive 4 and really like it. I swim every week, but also do a combination of running, yoga, horse riding, hiking and YouTube strength and cardio workouts. The watch can track all of them, which is why I bought it: it's more of a general exercise watch than the Forerunner series.” Shurl

Whatever sport you are into, the Garmin Vívoactive 4 has got you covered. It boasts 20 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps, covering yoga, running, swimming and everything in between.

You can access easy-to-follow, animated workouts on your smartwatch screen, including Pilates and cardio, plus you can listen to some fab sounds while you do it - you can download your fave tracks, including playlists from Spotify and Deezer, to help get your blood pumping.

Pros 

  • Health monitoring, including tracking energy levels and pulse oximeter
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Pricey

Key specs

  • Compatibility: iPhone and Android
  • Display size: 1.3 inches
  • Storage: 3.5GB
  • Battery life: Up to 8 days
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • GPS: Yes
  • Pregnancy tracking: No 
  • Waterproof: Yes

9. Best heart rate smartwatch for women: HUAWEI Watch Fit Smartwatch

HUAWEI Watch Fit smartwatch with an orange strap and black square face with multicoloured graphics

Price: From £75.79 | Buy now from Amazon

Another quality smartwatch on our list under £100 is the HUAWEI Watch Fit. 

Despite its low price tag, this watch takes care of all your health tracking essentials, particularly heart rate, and offers warnings and timely advice if your heart rate exceeds its normal range.

There are 11 sport modes, including running and swimming, while no less than 85 custom workout modes cover everything from yoga to interval training.

A personal assistant function helps you keep on top of your day-to-day life, from tracking your period to issuing reminders about replying to messages.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Great battery life
  • Lots of sports modes

Cons

  • Can’t make calls
  • Not all features supported by iOS

Key specs

  • Compatibility: Android 6.0 or later and iOS 9.0 or later
  • Display size: 1.64 inches
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Battery life: Up to 10 days
  • Connectivity: NFC
  • GPS: Yes
  • Pregnancy tracking: No 
  • Waterproof: Yes

10. Best hybrid smartwatch for women: Withings Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch

Withings Steel HR Hybrid smartwatch with light grey leather strap and round analogue face and rose gold hands

Price: From £149.38 | Buy now from Amazon

“DH requested a Withings watch for Christmas. It’s sort of semi-smart - lots of health-related features but you can’t do things like send texts.” PirateCatQueen 

“More like a traditional watch style rather than a sports watch.” Salanda

This sleek-looking smartwatch hybrid is the perfect solution for those who want the features of a smartwatch but would like to keep  the appearance of a traditional analogue watch.

The Withings Steel HR comes with a sleep monitor, heart rate monitor and fitness tracker, with a pre-preprogrammed list of 30-plus sports. It can also receive text, call, event and app notifications.

Although the Withings hybrid watch doesn’t have the functionality or features of its rivals, it wins hands-down in terms of battery life. With a full charge, it can power on for an impressive 25 days.

Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • Looks smart

Cons

  • Can’t make calls or send messages
  • Limited smartwatch features compared to others

Key specs

  • Compatibility: Android and iOS
  • Display size: 1.6 inches
  • Storage: N/A
  • Battery life: Up to 25 days
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • GPS: Yes
  • Pregnancy tracking: No 
  • Waterproof: Yes

Is it worth having a smartwatch?

It really depends on what you want a smartwatch for. If you’re into sports or wellness, then a fitness smartwatch is a great way to measure performance and track any health issues. Other smartwatches are excellent for keeping on top of work and helping to organise your day.

However if you just want a watch to tell you what the time is and are unlikely to use any of the features listed above, then a smartwatch probably isn’t for you.

How do I choose a smartwatch?

There are a number of things you should consider when purchasing a smartwatch.

  • Budget: Always set yourself a budget. Smartwatches can be expensive and it’s easy to find yourself blinded by the dazzling array of features. This means you may end up forking out for a top-of-the-range watch with a load of features which, ultimately, you may not need.
  • Function: Are you a runner and want a watch to monitor and help improve your performance? Are you trying to improve your overall health? Or are you just trying to organise your life? Think carefully about what you actually want your watch to do and choose one that’s best suited to meet your particular needs.
  • Compatibility: This one is very important! Not all smartwatches are compatible with every mobile device. For example, it’s no good getting an Apple Smartwatch if you have an Android phone. Check the manufacturer’s website carefully before committing to a purchase.
  • Apps: Check whether your smartwatch can run the apps you want. And don’t rule out buying a smartwatch because it doesn’t have certain features built-in, for example a pregnancy tracker. A pregnancy tracker app can be downloaded, depending on which smartwatch you opt for.
  • Battery life: Are you happy to put your smartwatch on charge every day, or would you rather power up and forget about charging for a few days? Short battery life is a recurring gripe that some people have with certain smartwatch brands (we’re looking at you, Apple).

What is the best smartwatch for women?

Mumsnetters love the Apple Series 6, which can do just about anything except make you a cup of tea. It’s our pick for the best smartwatch for women.

How we chose our recommendations

We scoured Mumsnet forums to find out which smartwatches for women our users rate highly - and which ones they weren’t impressed by.

We also consulted consumer watchdogs and took note of what they looked for in smartwatches for women and which brands they were recommending to their readers.

Finally, we collated all that information and then looked at other online reviews to see which smartwatches for women had received the best recommendations.

Why you should trust us

We work hard to provide unbiased, independent advice you can trust. We do sometimes earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. This helps us fund more helpful articles like this one.

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