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In this busy world, sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with daily, or even weekly, exercise goals. Having a fitness tracker that’s on you at all times can really help establish workout routines. Plus, seeing how many steps you’ve taken or how many calories you’ve burned throughout the day motivates you to do more.

Many fitness trackers are also combined with other smartwatch capabilities, like checking texts and other notifications, displaying the weather, and more. We’ve compiled a great list of the best fitness trackers for women you can buy right now. 

The best fitness trackers for women

Editors note: This list of the best fitness trackers for women will be updated as new devices launch.


Fitbit Charge 4

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The Fitbit Charge 4 is a slim and customizable option. Its built-in GPS allows you to see your pace and distance on the screen during runs, hikes, and more. If you’re using the GPS, your battery life can last up to five hours. If you’re simply using it as a smartwatch, the battery can last up to seven days. Also, in the app’s workout intensity map, you can see how your heart rate changes during exercise. 

This fitness tracker is also compatible with Fitbit’s female health tracking suite. Plus, you’ll have Active Zone Minutes that help you optimize your workouts; you’ll feel a buzz when you reach your target heart rate zones during your workout. The Active Zone Minutes will help you get the most out of your workouts and push you to do better. It’s also water resistant to 50M so you can track swim workouts or run in the rain.

The biggest upgrades from the Fitbit Charge 3 to the Charge 4 include the addition of Active Zone Minutes and the built-in GPS.

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Pros

  • Sleek, customizable design
  • Good battery life
  • Fitbit Pay standard on all models
  • Sleep tracking is fantastic
  • (Mostly) accurate GPS and heart rate sensors

Cons

  • Finicky inductive button
  • GPS can take its time to lock on
  • Heart rate sensor can be laggy

Check out our full review to learn more about the Fitbit Charge 4.

Fitbit Charge 4 specs

  • GPS: Yes
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Display: 1.57-inch grayscale OLED
  • Battery life: 7 days
  • Music storage: No
  • Fitbit Pay: Yes

Apple Watch Series 6

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The Apple Watch Series 6 is a sharp looking accessory that also comes with unmatched app support. What’s not to love? It comes in five different colors and a highly customizable always-on retina display. While it does look beautiful on your wrist, it also comes with a lot of neat functionality too. 

You can track your daily activities and overall fitness in the Fitness app on your iPhone. You can monitor your heart rate and use the watch underwater. And, you can even measure your blood oxygen with a new sensor paired with the Blood Oxygen app. With all of these handy fitness features, you’ll be set on a great path for your wellness journey. 

Fitness aside, let’s talk about what else you can do with the Apple Watch Series 6. When you get calls and texts, you can handle them directly from your watch. You can listen to music, use Apple Pay, use Siri, and so much more without having to get out your phone. 

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Pros

  • Premium design and accessories
  • Big, bright screen with always-on display
  • Stellar heart rate monitoring
  • Accurate, reliable GPS
  • Unmatched app support

Cons

  • Sleep tracking is too basic
  • Battery life could be better
  • No third-party watch faces

Check out our full review to learn more about the Apple Watch Series 6.

Apple Watch Series 6 specs

  • GPS: Yes
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Display: 1.78-inch Retina OLED
  • Battery life: ~36 hours
  • Music storage: 32GB
  • Apple Pay: Yes

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is a great improvement from previous models. The design is thinner and lighter, making it a super comfortable accessory to wear all day. The display also looks great and, with over 50,000 watch faces to choose from, is highly customizable. 

If running is your workout of choice and you have an Android, this smart watch would be a great option for you. The advanced running metrics are super helpful during and after your workout. There are 6 other popular fitness activities that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 will automatically detect, track, and analyze.

Samsung works with the National Sleep Foundation, so their sleep tracking on the Galaxy Watch 3 is really top notch. It detects when you fall asleep and wake up, and gives you a ton of useful information about your sleep cycle. You can easily view all of this info in Samsung Health and analyze where your sleep cycle could be improved. 

Plus, integrated Bixby voice functionality will allow you to read your texts, make a call, use Samsung pay, and more. 

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Pros

  • Fantastic display and rotating bezel
  • Thinner, lighter design
  • Two-day battery life
  • Advanced running metrics can be helpful
  • Useful sleep tracking and insights

Cons

  • GPS and HR sensors can be inaccurate
  • No MST payments with Samsung Pay
  • Big price increase over original Galaxy Watch
  • Setup process for non-Samsung phones is a pain
  • Third-party app support is lacking

Check out our full review to learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 specs

  • GPS: Yes
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • IP rating: 5ATM+IP68
  • Display: 41mm: 1.2-inch AMOLED / 45mm: 1.4-inch AMOLED
  • Battery life: ~2 days
  • Music storage: 8GB
  • Samsung Pay: Yes

Xiaomi Mi Band 5

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Xiaomi’s fitness trackers are popular because they’re good and cheap. Really good and really cheap. In terms of fitness features and accuracy, the ~$40 Xiaomi Mi Band 5 rivals the likes of the more expensive Fitbit Inspire HR and Samsung Galaxy Fit. It’ll track most of the same activity metrics as the other devices and even has two-week battery life.

If we had a few gripes, we wish Xiaomi would beef up the Mi Fit app. It’s okay, but a little buggy and lacking in features. You can buy the Mi Band 5 at the link below. If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck in fitness trackers, the Mi Band 5 is it.

Pros

  • Fantastic value
  • Improved charger with 14-day battery life
  • Good display
  • Useful smart features
  • Mostly accurate heart rate sensor

Cons

  • Mi Fit app needs refining
  • NFC, voice assistant, pulse ox unavailable outside of China

Check out our full review to learn more about the Xiaomi Mi Band 5.

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 specs

  • GPS: Connected GPS
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Display: 1.1-inch AMOLED
  • Battery life: 14 days
  • Music storage: No
  • Mi Pay: Yes, only in certain regions

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Fitbit Sense

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The Fitbit Sense has a high-end, premium design that will look great on your wrist. Apart from just looking great, it also comes with a lot of cool functions. For example, there’s an EDA Scan app that can detect electrodermal activity; in simpler terms, this will show your body’s response to stress. There’s also a built-in skin temperature sensor that logs your temperature regularly. You’ll also get notifications if your heart rate gets too high or too low. 

The built-in GPS is reliable and you can use it when you’re out and about without needing your phone. The battery lasts for about six days and with fast charging, you can have a full day’s charge in about 12 minutes. Plus, for new Premium users, you’ll get a free six-month trial of Fitbit Premium that gives you personalized health and fitness guidance. 

You’ll be able to use Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant as well. You can use the voice assistants to check weather, set fitness reminders for yourself, control your smart home appliances, and so much more that makes your life easier. 

Pros

  • High-end, premium design
  • Improved quick-release straps
  • (Mostly) accurate GPS and heart rate sensors
  • Skin temp sensor provides useful data
  • Detailed sleep tracking
  • ~6-day battery life

Cons

  • Google Assistant, Bluetooth calling unavailable at launch
  • Bad inductive button
  • SpO2 tracking requires dedicated watch face
  • EDA and ECG sensors needs refining
  • Fitbit OS still needs work

Check out our full review to learn more about the Fitbit Sense.

Fitbit Sense specs

  • GPS: Yes
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Display: 1.58-inch OLED
  • Battery life: 6 days
  • Music storage: 2.5GB
  • Fitbit Pay: Yes

Fitbit Versa 3

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The Fitbit Versa 3 is a great option if you don’t like the price tag of the Fitbit Sense. You can still utilize a built-in GPS, track your workouts in the Fitbit app, and track your heart rate. You’ll also still be able to utilize Alexa and Assistant to do all the same things you can do with the Fitbit Sense. Even the battery life is fairly similar between the two smart watches. 

If you get the Versa 3 over the Sense, you’ll lose out on stress tracking with the EDA sensor, the skin temperature sensor, and alerts for low and high heart rate. If your main goal is to improve and track your fitness, the Versa 3 is a fantastic option. However, if you also want to track your health in addition to your fitness, you should look more into the Sense. 

Check out: The best Fitbit alternatives: Garmin, Apple, Xiaomi, and more

Fitbit Versa 3 specs

  • GPS: Yes
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Display: 1.58-inch OLED
  • Battery life: 6 days
  • Music storage: 2.5GB
  • Fitbit Pay: Yes

Garmin Forerunner 45

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The Garmin Forerunner 45 is a fantastic GPS running watch. With Garmin Coach training plan support built-in, you’ll quickly be on a path to success. The GPS helps track your pace, distance, intervals, and more to ensure you’re getting the most out of each run. When using the GPS, the battery can last up to 14 hours — much longer than other batteries last when using GPS.

If running isn’t your thing, there are connected sports apps for cycling, yoga, or elliptical cardio. This watch really shines for runners though, whether you’re a beginner or you’re training for a marathon. The built-in Garmin Coach helps you stay on track with your running goals and develop the best workout plan for you.

Not to mention, if you have smaller wrists, this is a great option for you.

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See also: Fitbit vs Garmin: Which ecosystem is right for you?

Garmin Forerunner 45 specs

  • GPS: Yes
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Display: 1.04-inch transflective MIP display
  • Battery life: 7 days
  • Music storage: No
  • Garmin Pay: No

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music

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The Garmin Forerunner 245 is more powerful than the Garmin Forerunner 45, listed above, and is another great option for small wrists. If you want plenty of music storage and advanced training features, this is the fitness tracker for you. You can store up to 500 songs on this smartwatch, and it’s easy to transfer music and playlists from your computer.

As with the 45, you have access to free training plans from a Garmin Coach. Or, you can also create custom workouts using the Garmin Connect online community. Your training progress will be monitored so you can tell if you are under- or over-training. With all of these features, it’ll be super easy to stay on track with your fitness goals. 

In smartwatch mode, the battery can last up to seven days; in GPS mode, the battery can last up to six hours.

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See also: Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review: Striking the right balance 

Garmin Forerunner 45 specs

  • GPS: Yes
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Display: 1.2-inch transflective MIP display
  • Battery life: 7 days
  • Music storage: ~3.5GB
  • Garmin Pay: No

Garmin Venu

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Garmin Venu

Of all the Garmin watches, the Garmin Venu is the best-looking smartwatch. It has a large, bright touchscreen display and looks very attractive on the wrist. If using the Venu in smartwatch mode, the battery can last up to five days; if using GPS, the battery can last up to six hours.

You can track your energy levels, respiration, menstrual cycle, stress levels, heart rate, and so much more with this fitness tracker. Another cool feature of the Garmin Venu is the over 20 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps. You can get super easy-to-follow workouts for yoga, Pilates, and more directly on your watch screen. So if you’re feeling lazy, you won’t have to worry about coming up with a workout on your own. 

Pros

  • Crisp OLED screen with an always-on display
  • Garmin Pay support is convenient
  • Music storage is standard
  • 5-day battery life
  • Unique breathwork exercises
  • Accurate fitness and health tracking
  • Useful and accurate sleep tracking

Cons

  • Touchscreen can be finicky
  • High price
  • Limited app support

Check out our full review to learn more about the Garmin Venu.

Garmin Venu specs

  • GPS: Yes
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • IP rating: 5ATM
  • Display: 1.2-inch AMOLED, 390 x 390
  • Battery life: Up to five days
  • Music storage: ~3.5GB
  • Garmin Pay: Yes

As newer fitness trackers hit the market, this list will certainly change. But as of right now, these are the best fitness trackers for women. Any suggestions for us? Sound off in the comments!

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