The best fitness watch will give you extra incentive to get active and provide you with a wealth of statistics on your workouts and general health so you have the data you need to achieve your fitness goals.

With so many fitness trackers on the market, it can be daunting knowing where to begin, so we’ve rounded up the top options we’d recommend to help you better understand your health. Whether it’s tracking a run, monitoring your sleep patterns or monitoring your stress levels, there’s a fitness tracker to help.

Right now this guide is designed to show you the best of the best that your money will get you. We’ll show you how each ranks in terms of stand-out features, specs, price, design, the quality of the software you’ll be using on your phone and much more.

Top 10 Best Fitness Watch 2021 In UK

Here are 10 best fitness watches that we have carefully selected for you.

1. Fitbit Charge 4

The biggest new feature on the Charge 4, is that it has GPS tracking. Along with the 24/7 heart rate tracking, step count, calorie calculation, and elevation monitoring, finally everything you need to track your exercise is in one place. Plus, there’s a few nice little surprises. A seven day battery life is impressive and the sleep tracking functionality is better than ever.

It also automatically detects what exercise you’re doing and tracks accordingly; I went for a bike ride and, forgetting to switch on exercise mode and tracking, the device did that all by itself.

Once you connect the device to your phone, you can also take advantage of a few extra features such as weather updates, timers, and the calendar, all of which are handy albeit slightly pointless additions. One feature that’s more useful is Fitbit wireless payments, which can be done through the watch.

The Best Fitness Watch 2021 In UK
The Best Fitness Watch 2021 In UK
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2. Honor Band 5 

There’s a lot to love about the Honor 5 Band. The sleek, bracelet design of this one reminded me very much of the Garmin Vívosmart 4 and it’s got a great, responsive touch screen with a nice big friendly button as an interface.

The functionality is also very strong. You’ve got all the usual stuff like step counting and calories burnt being estimated, as well as some other interesting stuff like 24/7 heart-rate monitoring (most devices measure heart-rate at intervals to save battery), swim stroke recognition, support to track 10 exercises, and an incredibly good sleep monitoring function.

There’s also some handy smart features too. While a lot of these devices will show text alerts, the Honor Band 5 allows you a bit of extra smartphone control. You can use it as a selfie remote for example or you can use it to get your phone to ring if you’ve lost it.

Suffice to say, all this goes above and beyond what an average fitness tracker is capable of.

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The Best Fitness Watch 2021 In UK

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3. Xiaomi Mi Band 5 

If value is your main objective, it’s hard to find better bang for your buck than the Xiaomi Mi Band 5. Officially priced at £40, in truth it seldom sells for more than £30, which is frankly amazing when you consider what it offers.

A comfortable band that tracks your activity in the day and your sleep at night, this band combines a sharp 1.1in (28mm) AMOLED screen with great stamina, promising up to 14 days’ use on a single charge.

The notable new features for the fifth generation are a barometer, REM sleep tracking, four new sport tracking modes and a new feature called PAI (Personal Activity Indicator). This is a simple way of tracking your activity: simply average more than 100 PAI points per week and, according to research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, you’re less likely to develop heart problems.

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The Best Fitness Watch 2021 In UK

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4. Garmin Vivosmart 4

While few could deny that Garmin’s Vivosmart 4 is well overdue an update in its fourth year, it’s still a formidable fitness tracker with many features that also appear on its pricier siblings.

The Vivosmart 4 includes automatic rep counting, estimates of VO2 max and fitness age, all-day stress tracking and automatic activity tracking, and it’s waterproof so you can take it swimming. It also has a built-in heart rate monitor for 24/7 tracking and a resting heart rate measurement, and will even estimate your energy levels with the Body Battery feature.

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The Best Fitness Watch 2021 In UK

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5. Fitbit Inspire 2

Fitbit Inspire 2 is not overly complex, but has all the essential features to keep you moving and motivated, and is extremely simple to use.

It’s controlled entirely through its responsive touchscreen and single side button, and will monitor your activity and heart rate all day (with alerts when you hit your goals). There are over 20 workout modes, and several will start tracking automatically when the fitness tracker detects that you’ve begun exercising.

All of your data is collected together in the extremely user-friendly Fitbit app, where you can see patterns over time, set new targets and (if you subscribe to Fitbit Premium) find a whole library of video workouts to follow at home.

There’s no color screen or on-board GPS for mapping out runs, but the Inspire 2 is a pleasure to use, and ideal for beginners.

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The Best Fitness Watch 2021 In UK

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6. Apple Watch Series 6

The optical heart rate monitor holds up better than most smartwatches when you put it to the high intensity test and improvements to GPS performance means it’s as accurate as ever for tracking outdoor runs and rides. The new blood oxygen sensor has been tagged for specific fitness and wellness purposes, but should evolve to become a more useful health feature over time.

Apple doesn’t shirk its health monitoring responsibilities with its ECG sensor still on board to accurately track your heart and its dedicated Noise app to make sure your ears are looked after too. There’s still probably the most extensive collection of apps and accessories that enhance its serious health monitoring powers.

Battery life remains unchanged and this is still for iPhone owners only. If you’re an iPhone owner and ready to go smartwatch to track your fitness, this is the one you need.

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The Best Fitness Watch 2021 In UK

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7. Honor Watch ES

The Honor Watch ES might look like someone took a rolling pin to an Apple Watch, but its elongated shape means that it’s just 10.7mm thin, making for a less intrusive experience. While it offers the usual fitness gubbins (which includes activity, sleep and heart-rate tracking), one of its standout features is its battery.

Promising up to ten days on a single charge, the Watch ES also impresses by sucking up enough juice during a 30 minute charge to last a whole week of typical usage. Pop it on charge during your shave or shower and you’ll never have to worry about running out of power ever again.

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The Best Fitness Watch 2021 In UK

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8. Withings Steel HR Sport

Despite having the appearance of a traditional analogue wristwatch, the Withings Steel HR Sport is packed with useful fitness-tracking features.

Along with a sub-dial that shows progress to your daily step count target, the fitness tracking is offered via a small, circular monochrome OLED screen. This tiny display not only lets you view notifications and heart-rate info, but you can also track up to thirty different sports (including swimming), piggybacking off your smartphone’s GPS where necessary.

It might be limiting having such as a small digital display in some contexts, but the biggest perk to it is that the Withings Steel HR Sport can last “up to 25 days” between charges. Surely that’s a tempting compromise.

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The Best Fitness Watch 2021 In UK

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9. Fitbit Versa 2

Fitbit Versa 2 covers all the aspects of a health and fitness watch; measuring steps, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, hourly activity, and sleep. It offers on-screen notifications from your phone, silent alarms, cardio fitness levels, workout and other exercise modes – such as swimming and weights – female health tracking and wellness features, plus music controls and even Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.

It also beats the cheaper Versa Lite as it boasts a better screen, onscreen workouts, an altimeter to track floors climbed, music storage, Spotify and Alexa functionality.

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The Best Fitness Watch 2021 In UK

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10. The Samsung Galaxy Fit

Galaxy Fit offers a ton of value. It accurately tracks step count, distance, heart rate, and sleep. Its sleek, streamlined design is easy on the eyes and versatile enough to wear both in and out of the gym. While we don’t love the fact that the Fit requires two different apps to use, its interface is intuitive and smooth.

The Samsung Galaxy Fit is a terrific entry-level fitness tracker that accurately measures workouts, heart rate, and sleep. With its sleek design, crisp display, and easy-to-use interface, it’s a worthy choice, particularly if you plan to do most of your tracking on the device itself.

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The Best Fitness Watch 2021 In UK

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How to choose the best fitness watch for you

We’d suggest starting with the main activity or workout you want to track and checking each tracker or smartwatch has the sensors and features you need.

For running, you’ll probably want built-in GPS unless you’re a casual or beginner runner. For swimmers, waterproofing will be key. If you spend most of your time at the gym or in classes, you’ll need a tracker that supports lots of workouts.

Once the core features are ticked off, you can have some fun digging into the more advanced health and fitness sensors that track metrics such as VO2 max and blood-oxygen levels. These make sense for intermediate runners, competing in races and looking to maximise PBs and recovery times. You might benefit from a device you can grow into, though, and make use of extra features as you spend more time with it.

Your next choice is how important real-time feedback is and how large a screen you’d like. If you want a big screen, you’ll have to pay more for a watch, but if you’re happy for a small, monochrome display (or no screen at all) you’re more likely to find something on the budget end. This also impacts on battery life with a range from one day to one or two weeks with limited, daily use available.

Conclusion

Fitness watch help you measure and log a myriad of activities each day; from a simple step count to weights sessions, swimming and more. You can rest assured with the products on the list above, they are worth your money.

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