Fitness trackers have certainly seen a lot of improvements over the years, not only in terms of their capabilities and features, but also when it comes to their designs. A fitness tracker no longer implies a clunky piece of plastic, but there are some wonderful looking options out there that will look good on any wrist. Here is a roundup of fitness trackers for women (or almost anyone) that are both functional and attractive, and great options for fitness enthusiasts out there that are looking for something stylish while also designed for a slightly smaller wrist size.

Without further ado, let’s jump in and look at the best fitness trackers for women, or really anyone that wants a solid tracker that also looks good in the process.

Editor’s Note: We will update this list as more devices hit the market.

Best fitness tracker

Garmin vívosmart HR+

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No, it’s not the most attractive fitness tracker on the market, but in terms of functionality, performance, and features, the Garmin vívosmart HR+ is the best fitness tracker you can buy.

For starters, it has a big touchscreen display that’s easy to read outdoors. And thanks to the larger screen, that means you’ll be able to view more information on the tracker itself without having to pick up your phone to open the Garmin app. It also has a waterproof rating of up to 50 meters, which is a feature many other trackers don’t offer.

How does it differ from our previous fitness tracking champion, the vívosmart HR? For starters, it comes with a built-in GPS while remaining just about the same size as its predecessor. The addition of a GPS brings some new running features like personal records, virtual pacer, Auto Pause, Auto Lap and walk/run mode. It will also track your activity and workouts automatically with Garmin’s powerful Move IQ technology, something the vívosmart HR does not offer.

The vívosmart HR+ has been around for a few months now, but it just recently dropped $30 in price (at least on Amazon). That brings the grand total to only $170, which is an absolute steal for what you’re getting here. With a built-in GPS, great water resistance rating, automatic activity recognition, and the company’s wonderful Auto Goal feature, the vívosmart HR+ is by far the best fitness tracker available in this price range.

Specs

  • Display: 1.0-inch LCD touchscreen display
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes, optical
  • GPS: Yes
  • Waterproof: Yes, 5 ATM (up to 50 meters)
  • Battery life: Up to 5 days
  • Notifications: Call, text, email, alarm, idle alerts and more
  • Colors: Black/Shark Fin Gray, Imperial Purple/Kona Purple, Midnight Blue/Bolt Blue

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Runner up

Fitbit Charge 2

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When it comes to fitness trackers for women, the Fitbit Charge 2 comes in at a close second. It has most of the features that the vívosmart HR+ offers, only in a more well-designed package.

It’s clear Fitbit really focused on design when making the Charge 2. This device not only looks more like a piece of jewelry and less like a standard fitness tracker this time around, you also have the option to change out the bands if you’d like.

The Charge 2 also has a bigger display this time, meaning you get more room for smartphone notifications. Plus, Fitbit also introduced a few new features to the Charge 2 that should help users stay healthy and relaxed overtime: Cardio Fitness Level, which will give you a cardiovascular rating based on an estimate of your VO2 Max, and Relax, a new on-device guided breathing feature that will walk you through short breathing exercises to help you lower blood pressure, reduce stress and lessen anxiety.

Overall, it’s an all-around great fitness tracker for women and fashion-conscience buyers in general, especially considering its $150 price point.

Specs

  • Display: 1.5-inch multi-line OLED tap display
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes, optical
  • GPS: No
  • Waterproof: Sweat, rain, and splash proof, but not waterproof
  • Battery life: Up to 5 days
  • Notifications: Text, call, calendar, alarm and idle alerts
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Plum, Teal, Lavender/Rose Gold, Black/Gunmetal

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Honorable mention

Fitbit Alta HR

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2016’s Fitbit Alta has been one of our favorite fitness trackers for women (and anyone that wants something stylish) since launch, mainly due to the sleek, stylish design that many other Fitbit devices lack. But what if you’re looking for a device similar to the Alta, but can’t go without a heart rate sensor? You’ll want to check out the Fitbit Alta HR, the company’s slimmest activity tracker with a heart rate monitor.

The new Alta HR brings the company’s own PurePulse heart rate technology to a slimmer form factor. Fitbit supposedly developed a new chip for the Alta HR that reduced the size and number of components needed, allowing for a 25% slimmer design than the Charge 2. With a built-in heart rate sensor, you’ll be able to better track your calories burned, non-step exercises like yoga and spinning, and also see real-time heart rate zones on your wrist. Having a heart rate sensor on your activity tracker really does make a world of difference.

Alongside the Alta HR, Fitbit also introduced two new sleeping features, Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights. Sleep Stages utilizes the heart rate sensor to estimate the amount of time you spend in light, deep and REM sleep, as well as the time you spend awake each night. Sleep Insights, on the other hand, uses all the data your Fitbit collects to provide personalized guidance on how to better improve your sleep. If you’re interested in learning more about Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights, more details can be found here.

If you need a slim fitness tracker that doesn’t skimp on the features, the Alta HR is for you, making it a great fitness tracker for women and fashion-conscience buyers in general.

Specs

  • Display: OLED tap display
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • GPS: No
  • Waterproof: Sweat, rain, and splash proof, but not waterproof
  • Battery life: Up to 7 days
  • Notifications: Text, call, calendar, alarm and idle alerts
  • Colors: Black, Blue Gray, Fuchsia, Coral

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Best analog fitness watch

Withings Steel HR

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If you’re looking for an attractive analog watch that doesn’t skimp on the fitness features, you should definitely check out the Withings Steel HR.

Withings really hit the nail on the head with the Steel HR. It’s accurate, affordable, comfortable enough to wear all day, and downright gorgeous. Not only that, it sports a digital display that, while not of the greatest quality, offers a unique take on bringing a digital screen to a traditional analog watch design.

Like most other stylish fitness trackers, it’s not the most feature packed. It doesn’t offer an on-board GPS, nor is the digital display great for outdoor use. But for everyone else looking for an attractive, well-built fitness tracker that doesn’t actually look like a fitness tracker, the Steel HR may be just what you’re looking for.

Specs

  • Display: Analog display with secondary digital display
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes
  • GPS: No
  • Waterproof: Yes, 5 ATM (up to 50 meters)
  • Battery life: Up to 25 days with normal use
  • Notifications: Call, text, calendar alerts, and alarm
  • Colors: Black, White

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Runner up

Misfit Phase

The Misfit Phase is another wonderfully crafted hybrid analog watch that offers you most of the fitness and notification features you may want, without looking out of place on your wrist.

The watch can be used to track your calorie count, track steps and distance, monitor sleep duration and quality, and tag specific activities like yoga or jogging, all with an easy-to-use app on your smartphone. Misfit also employs an innovative way to showcase the information on the watch itself. All you have to do is switch to Activity mode, and the watch hands move to show your activity progress for the day.

Unlike the Withings Steel HR above, there is no digital display here. Instead, the Phase comes with a single LED that can be color coded and the watch vibrates to let you know about incoming calls, texts, and app notifications, that you can set up with different colors to know what is going on. You can also switch to the Smart Button mode to find your phone, take a selfie, play and pause music, control smart home devices, and a whole lot more.

The look is also endlessly customizable, with a slew of strap options available, with sports bands, cloth straps, and more among the choices. The only real features that are missing from the Misfit Phase is that it doesn’t come with a heart rate sensor or GPS tracking, but for the casual fitness enthusiast you wants a good-looking watch on their wrists, the Misfit Phase is the way to go.

Specs

  • Display: Analog display, with LED light and vibration for notifications
  • Heart rate sensor: No
  • GPS: No
  • Waterproof: Yes, 5 ATM (up to 50 meters)
  • Battery life: Up to 6 months with normal use
  • Notifications: Call, text, calendar alerts, app notifications, and alarm.
  • Other features: Play/pause music, take a picture, find your phone, and more.
  • Colors: Grey, Navy, Brown, Silver, with changeable straps

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Best GPS running watch

Garmin fenix 5S

Garmin’s new fenix 5 lineup is finally here, and these are the best GPS running watches on the market right now. And the smallest of the bunch, the fenix 5S, was built for people with smaller wrists in mind.

The fenix 5S comes with preloaded multisport functionality for running, hiking, swimming, biking, and more. It also features Garmin’s impressive Elevate heart rate monitor, built-in GPS (of course), water resistance up to 100 meters, as well as navigation features with a 3-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter.

There are also a number of connected features here too, that makes this device a true smartwatches. Users can get call, text and email smartphone notifications. There’s a special Sapphire edition of the watch as well, which comes with support for Wi-Fi connectivity.

If you don’t mind the size of the 5S and want to look at something a bit bigger, the standard fenix 5 measures in at 47 mm and sports all the same functionality as the 5S. The 5X, on the other hand, measures 51 mm and comes with preloaded with TOPO U.S. mapping, routable cycling maps and other navigation features like Round Trip Run and Round Trip Ride.

Get ready to fork over a good amount of cash, though. The fenix 5 and 5S both start at $599.99, while the fenix 5X can be yours for $699.99.

Specs

  • Display: 1.2-inch glass or sapphire crystal lens display
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes, optical
  • GPS: Yes
  • Waterproof: Yes, 10ATM (up to 100 meters)
  • Battery life: Up to two weeks
  • Notifications: Call, text, email, alarm, idle alerts and more
  • Colors: Black, Slate Gray, White, Champagne

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Runner up

TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music

TomTom’s Spark 3 Cardio + Music has everything you need in a GPS running watch – an accurate heart rate monitor, a built-in GPS (of course) and support for a ton of different running applications. Plus, this model comes with a Route Exploration feature that not only lets you track where you’ve run, but also lets you get routes from any website and upload them to your watch if you’re interested in trying out a new route.

It’s worth noting there are a few different models in the Spark 3 lineup: the TomTom Spark 3, Spark 3 Music, Spark 3 Cardio and our pick, the Spark 3 Cardio + Music. Though less expensive, the Spark 3 and Spark 3 Music unfortunately don’t offer a heart rate monitor. The Spark 3 Cardio certainly offers a lot for the money, though we believe the onboard music storage and pair of Bluetooth headphones that come with the Spark 3 Cardio + Music provide a better value overall. The Cardio + Music model only costs $60 more.

Specs

  • Display: 1.3-inch LCD display
  • Heart rate sensor: Yes, optical
  • GPS: Yes
  • Waterproof: Yes, 5 ATM (up to 50 meters)
  • Battery life: Up to three weeks
  • Notifications: No
  • Colors: Black

Best for fashion

Misfit Shine 2

The Misfit Shine 2 is thinner and packed with more features than its predecessor, and despite a slightly larger footprint, it won’t look out of place on your wrist.

The device is able to keep a track of your activities, your sleep, and calories burned for the day, and apart from the information being readily available to you on the app, you can also get a glimpse at it with the device utilizing 12 LED lights on the front face to show you the time and your progress. The device comes with a capacitive touch sensor and you can connect it to the Misfit Link app to control your music, take pictures, and interact with smart home devices, with a simple touch. Of course, you also get call and text notifications via vibrations.

If your fitness activity of choice is swimming, there is also a Swimmer’s Edition of the device available, that keeps track of your lap count and swim distance, provides a timer countdown, and works for all stroke types, in addition to all the standard features that the regular version of the device does.

The Misfit Shine 2 may not be the most feature packed fitness and activity tracker out there, and lacks features like a heart rate sensor and GPS tracking, but is a wonderful, affordable option for the fitness enthusiast who is just getting started. I

Specs

  • Display: Analog display, with LED light and vibration for notifications
  • Heart rate sensor: No
  • GPS: No
  • Waterproof: Yes, 5 ATM (up to 50 meters)
  • Battery life: Up to 6 months with normal use
  • Notifications: Call, text, calendar alerts, app notifications, and alarm.
  • Other features: Play/pause music, take a picture, find your phone, and more.
  • Colors: Pure Silver, Carbon Black, Rose Gold

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Runner up

Bellabeat Leaf

Bellabeat is one of the very few companies that is focused solely on providing intuitive wellness tools for women to help them lead better, healthier lifestyles. As a result, this one sticks out positively in our list of fitness trackers for women. 

The Bellabeat Leaf is a beautiful piece of smart jewelry that keeps a track of your steps, distance covered, and calories burnt. It also monitors the quality and quantity of your sleep and lets you know your sleep patterns and provides guidance on how to get the most out of your rest. It also guides you through goal-oriented breathing exercises that allow you to take control of stressful situations. Understanding your monthly cycles has never been easier, with the Leaf app allowing you to view your ovulation, premenstrual, and period days at a glance, and gain an understanding of how other aspects of your health are affected during those days of the month.

The Bellabeat Leaf can be worn with a necklace around your neck, or with a bracelet around your wrist.. Not only is it a fantastic activity and lifestyle tracker, but is a great fashion accessory as well which won’t stand out as most other fitness trackers will.

Specs

  • Display: No display
  • Heart rate sensor: No
  • GPS: No
  • Waterproof: Splash proof
  • Battery life: Up to 12 months with normal use
  • Features: activity tracking, sleep monitoring, period calendar, stress prediction, guided meditation
 
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