Here Are The Top 10 Best Fitness Smart Watches 2017


This list of the latest fitness smart watches includes only smart watches that satisfy these specs:

  • Most smart watches feature fitness applications, but fitness smart watches, to be included in this list, must at least include an actual heart rate monitor
  • Of course, they must still also act as genuine smart watches, not just fitness bands.


The List:

* Top list currently adjusted to just the best American fitness smart watches (Currently available in the U.S. from the stores we monitor)

Best Model 2017*
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Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

Based on this fitness smart watch's aggregated ranking of 92%, we believe that the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is currently the best smartwatch 2017. Furthermore, we think that our sample of 3287 reviews from our sources gives us a high confidence level (more on confidence levels) that pushes us to call it a "no-brainer best choice."


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Second Best
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#2
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Garmin Forerunner 230

Based on 4.5 stars averaged over 676 reviews, here is what we consider the second best smartwatch. * These choices are based on a full computation of hundreds of fitness smart watch reviews from around the web.

The Forerunner 230 provides a wrist-based optical heart rate sensor, which helps provide real-time performance feedback to the user.

The Forerunner 230 provides a wrist-based optical heart rate sensor, which helps provide real-time performance feedback to the user.

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#3
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Fitbit Blaze

Fitbit Blaze

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(11318 reviews)

The Blaze delivers continuous heart rate-monitoring through its PurePulse pulse rate-tracking technology as well as an automated sleep-tracking feature.

The Blaze delivers continuous heart rate-monitoring through its PurePulse pulse rate-tracking technology as well as an automated sleep-tracking feature.

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#4
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82%
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Samsung Gear Fit-2

Samsung Gear Fit-2

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The Gear Fit-2 delivers real-time location tracking with its built-in GPS system, which lets users map their various outdoor workouts or activities -- a rather-common feature, though.

The Gear Fit-2 delivers real-time location tracking with its built-in GPS system, which lets users map their various outdoor workouts or activities -- a rather-common feature, though.

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#5
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82%
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Garmin Forerunner 735XT

The Forerunner 735XT aims to attract users who prefer brick workouts (duathlon/triathlon) with its multi-sport activity tracking mode.

The Forerunner 735XT aims to attract users who prefer brick workouts (duathlon/triathlon) with its multi-sport activity tracking mode.

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#6
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86%
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Huawei 55020539

Huawei 55020539

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The Huawei 55020539 affixes an optical heart rate sensor on its back cover and lacks a built-in GPS receiver, which barely qualifies it as fitness model, but skirts along the luxury sub-category due to its price and design.

The Huawei 55020539 affixes an optical heart rate sensor on its back cover and lacks a built-in GPS receiver, which barely qualifies it as fitness model, but skirts along the luxury sub-category due to its price and design.

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#7
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89%
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Good
Garmin Tactix Bravo

The Tactix Bravo prepares to dive down from the sky with its Jumpmaster skydiving activity-tracking feature, which, according to Garmin, offers detailed altitude and speed of descent information.

The Tactix Bravo prepares to dive down from the sky with its Jumpmaster skydiving activity-tracking feature, which, according to Garmin, offers detailed altitude and speed of descent information.

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#8
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82%
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High
Garmin Approach X40

The Approach X40 is a sleek fitness smartwatch from Garmin's approach catalog that sports an optical HRM sensor, a 1.18-inch 160 x 68 resolution monochrome LCD touchscreen with a mineral glass display cover, an on-board GPS antenna, a non-replaceable wristband, and a lithium-ion battery with a 5-day usage time when the GPS is turned off.

The Approach X40 is a sleek fitness smartwatch from Garmin's approach catalog that sports an optical HRM sensor, a 1.18-inch 160 x 68 resolution monochrome LCD touchscreen with a mineral glass display cover, an on-board GPS antenna, a non-replaceable wristband, and a lithium-ion battery with a 5-day usage time when the GPS is turned off.

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#9
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81%
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Garmin Vivoactive HR

The Vivoactive HR is a touch-enabled fitness smartwatch with Garmin's GPS receiver technology, holding a 1.13-inch quadrilateral display with a 205 x 148 resolution, two physical interface buttons, a built-in optical pulse rate sensor, and compatibility with Android/iOS/Windows 10 Phone smartphones (Garmin Connect app required).

The Vivoactive HR is a touch-enabled fitness smartwatch with Garmin's GPS receiver technology, holding a 1.13-inch quadrilateral display with a 205 x 148 resolution, two physical interface buttons, a built-in optical pulse rate sensor, and compatibility with Android/iOS/Windows 10 Phone smartphones (Garmin Connect app required).

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#10
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84%
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Garmin Forerunner 235

The Forerunner 235 easily records your active and resting pulse rates using a built-in optical sensor, which seems favorable compared to a chest strap monitor used by other brands.

The Forerunner 235 easily records your active and resting pulse rates using a built-in optical sensor, which seems favorable compared to a chest strap monitor used by other brands.

More fitness smart watches, sorted by the latest model first:

LG Watch Style

The Watch Style is a simple quad-core IP67-rated (for protection against water and dust) smart watch for both men and women, running on the Android Wear 2.0 OS, that relies on its Always On feature, 360x360 resolution on a 1.2-inch circular P-OLED display, and 299ppi pixel density.

The Watch Style is a simple quad-core IP67-rated (for protection against water and dust) smart watch for both men and women, running on the Android Wear 2.0 OS, that relies on its Always On feature, 360x360 resolution on a 1.2-inch circular P-OLED display, and 299ppi pixel density.

Huawei Fit

Huawei Fit

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(240 reviews)

The Huawei Fit is a round-face fitness smartwatch from Huawei touting a 1.04-inch 208 x 208 resolution memory LCD screen with a 200PPI pixel density, an 80mAh lithium-ion battery with up to six days of usage time, and a magnetic charge port.

The Huawei Fit is a round-face fitness smartwatch from Huawei touting a 1.04-inch 208 x 208 resolution memory LCD screen with a 200PPI pixel density, an 80mAh lithium-ion battery with up to six days of usage time, and a magnetic charge port.

RAZER Nabu Watch

The Nabu Watch is a fitness smartwatch from RAZER's Nabu catalog, harboring a green-colored 128 x 16 OLED screen, a mineral glass display-finish, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and a coin cell (CR2032) supporting its main battery function if the smart battery is down.

The Nabu Watch is a fitness smartwatch from RAZER's Nabu catalog, harboring a green-colored 128 x 16 OLED screen, a mineral glass display-finish, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and a coin cell (CR2032) supporting its main battery function if the smart battery is down.

Garmin S20

Garmin S20

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(287 reviews)

The S20 is designed to track fitness activities like running, cycling, or even sleeping, but is mainly programmed for golf.

The S20 is designed to track fitness activities like running, cycling, or even sleeping, but is mainly programmed for golf.

Garmin Quatix 3

Garmin Quatix 3

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(18 reviews)

The Quatix 3 is a water-loving fitness smartwatch enfolding a round 1.2-inch transflective MIP 218 x 218 resolution screen, a sapphire display cover, a 32MB on-board memory, and a 6-week usage time courtesy of its 300mAh lithium-ion battery.

The Quatix 3 is a water-loving fitness smartwatch enfolding a round 1.2-inch transflective MIP 218 x 218 resolution screen, a sapphire display cover, a 32MB on-board memory, and a 6-week usage time courtesy of its 300mAh lithium-ion battery.

Garmin Forerunner 630

The Forerunner 630 needs to pair with a separate wireless heart rate monitor or cadence sensor (Optional accessories) to use some of its other fitness-tracking features.

The Forerunner 630 needs to pair with a separate wireless heart rate monitor or cadence sensor (Optional accessories) to use some of its other fitness-tracking features.

TomTom Spark Cardio Music

The Spark Cardio Music seems to pair with a compatible smartphone in order to update workout summaries only, which appears restricted compared to other models with push notifications from SMS or email.

The Spark Cardio Music seems to pair with a compatible smartphone in order to update workout summaries only, which appears restricted compared to other models with push notifications from SMS or email.

RAZER Nabu 2015

RAZER Nabu 2015

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The Nabu 2015 is the first fitness smartwatch from Gaming peripheral-maker RAZER, assembling a 128 x 16 resolution monochrome OLED display, a mineral glass display cover, Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity, and a 6-day lithium-polymer battery all into a slim splash-resistant body (which appears shorter than other models without an optical HRM sensor).

The Nabu 2015 is the first fitness smartwatch from Gaming peripheral-maker RAZER, assembling a 128 x 16 resolution monochrome OLED display, a mineral glass display cover, Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity, and a 6-day lithium-polymer battery all into a slim splash-resistant body (which appears shorter than other models without an optical HRM sensor).

Motorola 360 Sport

The 360 Sport is a fitness-oriented smartwatch that introduces a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (APQ 8026 model) chipset with 512MB of RAM, a 1.37-inch 360 X 325 resolution AnyLight Hybrid display, and a 300mAh battery as some of its significant components.

The 360 Sport is a fitness-oriented smartwatch that introduces a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (APQ 8026 model) chipset with 512MB of RAM, a 1.37-inch 360 X 325 resolution AnyLight Hybrid display, and a 300mAh battery as some of its significant components.

Suunto Traverse

Suunto Traverse

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(128 reviews)

The Traverse prepares additional sensors like a barometric-altimeter and a thermometer in order to track more environmental data for outdoor activities.

The Traverse prepares additional sensors like a barometric-altimeter and a thermometer in order to track more environmental data for outdoor activities.

Garmin Forerunner 25 Women

The Forerunner 25 Women is a mid-range fitness smartwatch for women, arriving with a 1.07-inch 128 x 128 pixel resolution monochrome LCD, a mineral glass display cover, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a built-in GPS receiver, and a 5-ATM waterproof chassis.

The Forerunner 25 Women is a mid-range fitness smartwatch for women, arriving with a 1.07-inch 128 x 128 pixel resolution monochrome LCD, a mineral glass display cover, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a built-in GPS receiver, and a 5-ATM waterproof chassis.

Garmin Forerunner 25

The Forerunner 25 tracks your location using its built-in GPS receiver during outdoor runs, which overlays your running path over a map when viewed through its Garmin Connect app.

The Forerunner 25 tracks your location using its built-in GPS receiver during outdoor runs, which overlays your running path over a map when viewed through its Garmin Connect app.

Garmin Epix

Garmin Epix

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(58 reviews)

The Epix displays GPS-accurate maps like most other GPS-equipped smartwatches, but works with worldwide shaded relief basemaps with topography view, City Navigator maps, and BlueChart G2 maps.

The Epix displays GPS-accurate maps like most other GPS-equipped smartwatches, but works with worldwide shaded relief basemaps with topography view, City Navigator maps, and BlueChart G2 maps.

Timex IRONMAN RUN X50+

The IRONMAN RUN X50 Plus lacks activity-tracking sensors like an accelerometer or optical heart-rate monitor, which leaves it dependent to the paired smartphone for gathering workout data.

The IRONMAN RUN X50 Plus lacks activity-tracking sensors like an accelerometer or optical heart-rate monitor, which leaves it dependent to the paired smartphone for gathering workout data.

Garmin Vivoactive

Garmin Vivoactive

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The Vivoactive pairs with both Android and iOS devices to receive alerts and notifications through bluetooth, but requires the Garmin Connect app to be installed in order to work.

The Vivoactive pairs with both Android and iOS devices to receive alerts and notifications through bluetooth, but requires the Garmin Connect app to be installed in order to work.

Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire

The Fenix 3 Sapphire is a sapphire-covered fitness smartwatch that presents a 1.2-inch transflective MIP display with 218 x 218 resolution, a 32MB internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity, and a 300mAh lithium-ion battery.

The Fenix 3 Sapphire is a sapphire-covered fitness smartwatch that presents a 1.2-inch transflective MIP display with 218 x 218 resolution, a 32MB internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity, and a 300mAh lithium-ion battery.

Garmin Fenix 3

Garmin Fenix 3

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(1173 reviews)

The Fenix 3 drops touch-screen functionality in favor of tactile physical buttons, which seems practical especially during activities involving water-exposure (given the difficulty to control a wet touch screen).

The Fenix 3 drops touch-screen functionality in favor of tactile physical buttons, which seems practical especially during activities involving water-exposure (given the difficulty to control a wet touch screen).

Mio Alpha 2

Mio Alpha 2

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(346 reviews)

The Alpha 2 only pairs with a compatible smartphone to update its workout summary data, unlike other brands with notifications and other alerts.

The Alpha 2 only pairs with a compatible smartphone to update its workout summary data, unlike other brands with notifications and other alerts.

Suunto Ambit3 Peak

The Ambit3 Peak ostensibly targets hikers by embarking a barometricaltimeter to measure altitude and an electroniccompass.

The Ambit3 Peak ostensibly targets hikers by embarking a barometricaltimeter to measure altitude and an electroniccompass.

Suunto Ambit3 Sport

The Ambit3 Sport allows more activity-tracking options like cycling and swimming, unlike its entry-level model, which is limited to running and sleep.

The Ambit3 Sport allows more activity-tracking options like cycling and swimming, unlike its entry-level model, which is limited to running and sleep.

Garmin Forerunner 225

The Forerunner 225 uses its optical heart rate sensor to provide information about current oxygen levels and pulse rate.

The Forerunner 225 uses its optical heart rate sensor to provide information about current oxygen levels and pulse rate.

Sony SmartWatch 3

Sony SmartWatch 3

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(1453 reviews)

The SmartWatch 3 opts not to include a heart-rate monitor, which most flagship smartwatches from other manufacturers have out-of-the box.

The SmartWatch 3 opts not to include a heart-rate monitor, which most flagship smartwatches from other manufacturers have out-of-the box.

Mio Fuse

Mio Fuse

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(975 reviews)

The Fuse delivers real-time performance metrics, such as pulse rate and repetition count, through its 3-axis accelerometer and optical HRM sensor.

The Fuse delivers real-time performance metrics, such as pulse rate and repetition count, through its 3-axis accelerometer and optical HRM sensor.

Fitbit Surge

Fitbit Surge

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(1791 reviews)

The Surge is a fitness smartwatch with a built-in optical heart rate sensor, declaring a Gorilla Glass-protected monochrome LCD touch display, a 5-ATM water resistant housing, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and a 7-day battery life as its noteworthy specs.

The Surge is a fitness smartwatch with a built-in optical heart rate sensor, declaring a Gorilla Glass-protected monochrome LCD touch display, a 5-ATM water resistant housing, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and a 7-day battery life as its noteworthy specs.

Polar M400

Polar M400

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(2154 reviews)

The M400 is a fitness smartwatch capable of tracking activities like running, cycling, and even sleep, wielding a 1.31-inch always-on 128 x 128 resolution display, and a 190mAh lithium-polymer battery.

The M400 is a fitness smartwatch capable of tracking activities like running, cycling, and even sleep, wielding a 1.31-inch always-on 128 x 128 resolution display, and a 190mAh lithium-polymer battery.

Garmin Approach S6

The Approach S6 focuses on golf-related activity tracking and information like swing metrics, course maps, and game score.

The Approach S6 focuses on golf-related activity tracking and information like swing metrics, course maps, and game score.

Polar V800

Polar V800

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(501 reviews)

The V800 unfortunately depends on a separate HRM accessory to keep users updated about their performance pulse rates, while other fitness-tracking smartwatches include built-in optical heart rate sensors.

The V800 unfortunately depends on a separate HRM accessory to keep users updated about their performance pulse rates, while other fitness-tracking smartwatches include built-in optical heart rate sensors.

Garmin D2 Bravo

Garmin D2 Bravo

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(47 reviews)

The D2 Bravo is described to be able to serve as a backup flight navigation and GPS system for pilots or flying aficionados.

The D2 Bravo is described to be able to serve as a backup flight navigation and GPS system for pilots or flying aficionados.

Garmin Forerunner 620

The Forerunner 620 apparently requires some separately sold accessories to fully maximize its activity tracking options for heart and recovery rates.

The Forerunner 620 apparently requires some separately sold accessories to fully maximize its activity tracking options for heart and recovery rates.

Garmin S4

Garmin S4

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(398 reviews)

The S4 surprisingly limits its fitness tracking to golf-related actions only, unlike other Garmin models with multiple activity-tracking capabilities.

The S4 surprisingly limits its fitness tracking to golf-related actions only, unlike other Garmin models with multiple activity-tracking capabilities.

Tomtom Runner

Tomtom Runner

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(1374 reviews)

The Runner is a fitness-based smartwatch holding Tomtom's GPSQuickFix tracking technology, also bringing along a 1.31-inch 168 x 144 resolution black-and-white display, a 10-hour battery life, and pairing with compatible smartphones through Bluetooth 4.0.

The Runner is a fitness-based smartwatch holding Tomtom's GPSQuickFix tracking technology, also bringing along a 1.31-inch 168 x 144 resolution black-and-white display, a 10-hour battery life, and pairing with compatible smartphones through Bluetooth 4.0.

Pebble Classic

Pebble Classic

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(3883 reviews)

The Classic is a simple fitness-tracking smartwatch holding a 1.25-inch E-paper display with a 144 ? 168 resolution, an 80MHz ARM Cortex-M3 chipset with a humble 128KB RAM, and an 8MB internal storage.

The Classic is a simple fitness-tracking smartwatch holding a 1.25-inch E-paper display with a 144 ? 168 resolution, an 80MHz ARM Cortex-M3 chipset with a humble 128KB RAM, and an 8MB internal storage.

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