Stylish and feature-packed smartwatches for women

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by Mother & Baby |

Smartwatches can be a perfect addition to your arsenal of tools as a mum because it means you can put yourself first for a moment as well as running around caring for your family.

We've rounded up the best smartwatches for women, looking at factors like size, shape, and of course how many different colour straps there are to complement our style. Aesthetics aside, it's important that a smartwatch is still packed full of features so you can look stylish while also keeping a close eye on your health every day.

Whether you are looking for a budget entry into the fitness tracking and smartwatch market, which an Honor Band will help you with, link up an Apple Watch to the rest of the Apple products in your household, or want to treat yourself with a luxury option like a Michael Kors smartwatch, we've got a variety of options for you to choose from.

The best smartwatches for women:

Fitbit Charge 4

Fitbit Charge 4
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The Fitbit Charge 4 is a great all-round smartwatch with in-built GPS that tracks steps, miles, calories, heart rate, sleeping patterns, menstrual cycle, water intake and more. The key is in its simplicity, a touchscreen watch where you can manage alarms, meditation and log your different exercises directly from the watch and then go more in depth on the companion Fitbit App. It also boasts Spotify support and built-in Fitbit Pay, who needs a phone?

Specifications:

​Touchscreen: Yes

Colour display: Yes

GPS: Yes

Compatibility: Android and iOS

Weight: 27g

Battery life: Up to 5 days

Tried u0026 Tested by Deputy Commercial Content Editor, Natalie Corner: “I was drawn to the slim style of this watch, and the fact it promises to do so much. The sensitivity of the watch monitoring your heart rate and sleep temperature is really impressive and isn’t affected by a lot of sweat during an intense workout unlike the Garmin Lily Sport watch I recently tested out. I enjoy how much I can do directly on the watch and then check in more detail my goals on the app itself. I’m a firm Fitbit fan and can’t see myself changing now.”

Fitbit Versa 3

Fitbit Versa 3
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This is Fitbit’s attempt at their own style of Apple Watch, slim and smooth curved design and colourful LED touchscreen included. It has plenty of advanced features like the ECG sensor for heartbeat rhythm and EDA for stress monitoring. And can also track and record 20 different exercises as well as your usual steps and calories. Definitely an option to consider if you want more advanced health tracking, including the new addition of the ‘Snore and Noise Detect’ feature.

Specifications

Touchscreen: Yes

Colour display: Yes

GPS: Yes (Bluetooth 5)

Compatibility: Android and iOS

Weight: 45.9g

Battery life: Up to six days

Other features: Snore and Noise Detect

Verdict: Reviews of the watch suggest buying a screen protector is a smart move because Fitbit do not offer repairs.

Garmin Lily Sport Smartwatch

Garmin Lily Sport Smartwatch
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The Garmin Lily Sport Smartwatch boasts plenty of options for those looking to track every aspect of their health and get started on their fitness journey, including joining steps, hiking, cycling or running challenges alongside their mates. Smart notifications remind you to drink more water, to get up and move, what phase of your menstrual cycle you’re in, or recharge your body battery are all clever touches.

Specifications

Touchscreen: Yes

Colour display: No (greyscale)

GPS: No

Compatibility: Android and iOS

Weight: 24g

Battery life: Up to 5 days

Other features: Menstrual cycle tracking

Tried u0026 Tested by Deputy Commercial Content Editor, Natalie Corner: "I cannot fault the Garmin Lily for the way it looks, it’s bang on trend with the chic gold bevel and the patterned watch face, and it certainly doesn’t scream 'ugly fitness tracker'. If I was interested in a straightforward activity like walking, running or cycling, this would be the ideal option, so based on my personal workout regime which is a lot more intense it doesn’t quite meet my requirement, and I need something a little sturdier."

Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch Series 6
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What smartwatch list would be complete without the Apple Watch. We’re focusing on the Series 6 as our choice purely because the Series 7, although on its way, hasn’t been released. Not only is it pretty high-tech, it comes with a second-generation optical heart sensor, a blood oxygen monitor, meaning you can track in so much more detail when it comes to your health. As well as this you can take calls and reply to texts all from your wrist, which is no doubt ideal for busy mums who can't reach for their phones. But the only downside is how pricey it is, plus the battery life (up to 18 hours compared to many other smartwatches on our list that have days) - but if you're already loaded up on Apple products then you're bound to want this.

Specifications

Touchscreen: Yes

Colour display: Yes

GPS: Yes

Compatibility: iOS

Weight: 47.1g

Battery life: 18 hours

Other features: ECG app, Water-resistant up to 50m, calls and texts

Review: "Great watch and the amount of things it does but my favourite it health tracking to see everything in one place on the app, previously owned an original first Apple Watch and decided it was time to upgrade it and glad I did this is brilliant super fast and battery life is phenomenal whole day and only gone down 37 per cent."

Polar Vantage V2 Smartwatch

Polar Vantage V2 Smartwatch
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Easy to use and good value, the M200 has a wrist-based heart rate monitor, GPS and daily activity tracker, all in a funky design. The Polar Flow software provides data analysis and training plans. It took longer than some watches on the test to locate a GPS signal, and the display, although easy to view, only shows two data fields at a time.

Specifications

Touchscreen: Yes

Colour display:

GPS: Yes

Compatibility: Android and iOS

Weight: 52g

Battery life: Up to 40 hours

Other features: Optical heart rate monitor

Review: "Vantage V2 is a fantastic piece of kit. Much easier to use and set up than my previous watch. The training plan is keeping me on track, the heart rate is accurate and instant. GPS works well. Training load and sleep metrics give lots more feedback. It's also easy to see progress in the Flow app and more detail online. Would recommend."

Samsung Galaxy Active 2 Watch

Samsung Galaxy Active 2 Watch

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At first glance, you'd never know this was a fitness tracker – pretty and delicate, this watch is operated via a rotating bezel, rather than a touchscreen. You can't link to WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger but you can access Spotify offline if you're in need of something fast to run to. This watch is super smart and friendly (if you can believe it) greeting you with a 'hello' when you take it off the charging port. Currently available in colour of the moment, rose gold, black and silver.

Specifications

Touchscreen: Yes

Colour display: Yes

GPS: 4G or Bluetooth options

Compatibility: Android

Weight: 26g

Battery life: Up to 2 days

Other features: Digital dial control, several watch strap designs

Review: "It is a very beautiful and a well finished watch. You can use it well for an active lifestyle but also a non-active lifestyle. It works well and has a good battery. It is also handy that it is waterproof. You can keep track of everything and can even download apps!! I definitely recommend it!!!!"

Honor Band 6 Smartwatch

Honor Band 6 Smartwatch
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If you're searching for a budget fitness tracker, the HONOR Band 6 is a great choice. It won't wow athletes and it can't deliver the way the Apple Watch can in terms of capabilities, but if you're an average Jane who wants to track their fitness and stay up to date with their notifications, it certainly bridges the gap well. It's comfortable to wear, has a great battery life and has a bright, easy to read display. It'll track your sleep, activity, blood oxygen levels, stress levels and has ten exercise modes. Plus, you can see your notifications, but can't respond to them.

Specifications

Touchscreen: Yes

Colour display: Yes

GPS? No

Compatibility: Android and iOS

Weight: 18g without strap

Battery life: 14 days on a 65-minute charge

Other features: Waterproof up to 50m

Tried and Tested by Deputy Commercial Content Editor, Jade Moscrop: "For the price, it's an excellent fitness watch, but the smartwatch capabilities certainly offer more than your average device. Its simplicity is what makes it enjoyable to use - some of the features of the HONOR Watch ES went unused, such as the virtual coach, and its usability is more refined and thought out. If you're searching for a budget fitness tracker, the HONOR Band 6 is a great choice. It won't wow athletes and it can't deliver the way the Apple Watch can in terms of capabilities, but if you're an average Joe who wants to track their fitness and stay up to date with their notifications, it certainly bridges the gap well."

Michael Kors Gen 5E Darci Pavé Two-Tone Smartwatch

Michael Kors Gen 5E Darci Pavu00e9 Two-Tone Smartwatch

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A little glam, a little next-generation technology—our pavé-accented Gen 5E Darci smartwatch delivers refined style for everyday wear. Crafted from two-tone stainless steel and powered by Wear OS by Google™, this timepiece features a built-in speaker for Bluetooth-enabled calling, estimated heart-rate tracking, payment methods and more to support your daily wellness needs.

Specifications

Touchscreen: Yes

Colour display: Yes

GPS: Yes

Compatibility: Android and iOS

Weight: Unknown

Battery life: 24 hours and multi-day extended mode

Other features: Voice-activated Google assistant, Payment technology, Swimproof technology

Tried and tested by Lily Anderson, Senior Commercial Content Writer: “I'm not usually big on two-tone watches, but this Michael Kors accessory is an absolute game-changer. Not only does it bring a bit of glam to the smartwatch market, but it boasts some sophisticated tech, too. Why I didn't swap to a more up-to-date smart watch is beyond me. Before, testing the Gen 5E Darci Pavé Two-Tone Smartwatch, I used a basic Fitbit to track my steps, tell the time and monitor how I was sleeping. This stylish bit of kit has changed my life forever. Not only does it do all these things, but it boasts incredible features like getting social media updates and even being able to take phone calls. Amazing!”

How do I choose a smartwatch?

Compatibility: Firstly you need to consider if your phone will be compatible with the smartwatch you want to buy. There is simply no point opting for an Apple Watch if you use an Android phone, and vice versa if you pick a Samsung Galaxy watch and have an iPhone. The operating systems for these two brands, in particular, are designed to pair with their companions, so simply put, don't waste your money if you don't have a phone to go with them.

Other smartwatches that are not tied down, like Honor, Fitbit, or Garmin, will run on either Android or iOS, you just need to download a companion app to your phone.

In-built GPS is a huge bonus when picking a smartwatch, particularly if you like tracking where you have been on a run or walk.

Battery life: If you're happy to charge your watch every day like most of us do with our phones, then battery life may not be a huge factor. But if you're keen to reduce your daily device charging, then consider longer battery life.

Design: There are so many customisation options on the market to help you find a watch that will suit your needs. Keep in mind the type of watch strap, whether it's silicone or a traditional link style. Will your smartwatch be purely for appearances or does it need to be more durable for high-intensity exercise?

Extra features: When considering a smartwatch for women, some devices offer menstrual tracking as an added feature. This can help with a range of issues you may encounter and can track things like cramps, tender breasts, flushes, and you can even feed the data you have to your doctor especially if you are concerned about any fertility issues.

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