Smartwatches are still a very new thing to a lot of people, and for good reason. You don’t absolutely need one to get through the day, and some of the best smartwatches are much too expensive for many folks out there. With that said, they are good for a lot of things. They can provide you with an easy way to get information, allow you to dismiss or reply to new messages without having to pull out your phone, and much more.

Now, we’ve already rounded up some of the best Android watches and fitness trackers you can buy, but what about the other wearables that are worth considering? With so many smartwatches on the market, we understand choosing the right one can be a bit daunting. We’re here to help!

Here are the best smartwatches you can buy right now.

UpdatesSeptember 18, 2018
This month we removed the Apple Watch Series 2 and Samsung Gear S3 to make room for the Samsung Galaxy Watch, Apple Watch Series 4, and Fitbit Ionic.

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Apple Watch Series 4

We have yet to try out the Apple Watch Series 4, but we’re thinking it’ll take the Series 3’s spot on our list in due time.

This is the biggest update to the Apple Watch lineup, since… well… ever. The display is 30 percent bigger than the Series 3’s, and sports a higher resolution. The microphone has been moved to the other side of the watch for better phone calls and Siri responses. The speaker has been upgraded too.

The big new feature under the hood is the addition of an FDA-approved electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor. If you’re someone who has to frequently get expensive ECG tests at the doctor, this will save you a ton of money in the long run. 

Also read: Samsung Galaxy Watch review: The smartwatch that tries to do it all


The best smartwatch

Apple Watch Series 3

Apple Watch Series 3

I know, I know. This is an Apple product. And we only like Android products here, right? Wrong-o.

The Apple Watch Series 3 is a really nice smartwatch that does exactly what it should. This is easily one of the best smartwatches on the market. It’ll give you quick access to notifications, allow you to pay with your wrist, give you turn-by-turn directions, and it’s a decent fitness tracker. In terms of design, it doesn’t feel like Apple cut too many corners with the overall look and feel of the device. Even the Sport model (the cheapest one of the bunch) feels like a well-built piece of hardware.

See also: Best Fitbit alternatives Which Fitbit is right for you?

The Series 3 Apple Watch comes with cellular connectivity, which means you can make and receive phone calls from your wrist.


Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch is the one to get if you need a smartwatch that can do it all. In our full review, we mentioned that it’s a fantastic all-around smartwatch, fitness, and health tracker. It has a great display, solid build, comes with Samsung Pay support, and offers wireless charging. Plus, the Tizen operating system has tons of great apps and watch faces.

Perhaps the only downside to the Galaxy Watch is Bixby, which we’ve found to be pretty unreliable in our testing. Aside from that, this is a great Apple Watch or Wear OS alternative that you should definitely check out.


Mobvoi TicWatch Pro

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro
The newest member of the TicWatch family from Mobvoi is the TicWatch Pro. The biggest feature about this smartwatch is that it actually has two displays. The first is a transparent and low-power FTSN LCD display, and that is placed on top of its OLED display. While the top FTSN display shows you basic info like the time, the date, your heart rate and step count, you can switch over to the OLED display, which shows off all of the features of Google’s Wear OS.

When you do switch to the OLED display, you are in TicWatch Pro’s Smart Mode, and you can perform all of the features and functions that are available in the smartwatch. However, switching to the low-power FTSN LCD display puts the watch in its Essential Mode. The nice thing is that when you switch back to Smart Mode. all of the heart rate and steps info gathered by the watch’s Essential Mode are synced up and transferred to the onboard Wear OS. As you might expect, the battery life in Essential Mode can last up to 30 days, while using the smartwatch in Smart Mode cuts that battery life down to just two days.

In addition, the TicWatch Pro has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, along with its own heart rate monitor and GPS hardware. It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor inside, along with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. It’s available now in either black or silver colors on Amazon for $249, but at the moment it’s exclusive for members of Amazon Prime until August 15. You can read a lot more about the TicWatch Pro in our extensive review.


Fitbit Versa and Ionic

fitbit versa vs fitbit ionic

Fitbit Ionic (left), Fitbit Versa (right)

The Fitbit Ionic and Versa have improved a ton since launch, and are two of the best smartwatches you can buy today.

They both offer smartphone notifications, quick replies (if you own an Android phone), as well as Fitbit’s female health tracking suite which makes this a much more powerful health tracker for women.

Don’t miss: Fitbit Versa vs Ionic: What’s the best Fitbit smartwatch?

Plus, these smartwatches are made by Fitbit, so they’re incredible fitness and health trackers. They both offer 24/7 heart rate tracking, on-screen workouts with Fitbit Coach, over 15 exercise modes, GPS (Connected GPS in the Versa’s case), and swim tracking thanks to their 5ATM rating. There’s also room to store your music, as well as Fitbit Pay support (Ionic and Special Edition Versa only).

If you’re trying to decide which one is right for you, allow us to help. The Versa is smaller and looks good on most wrist sizes, while the Ionic is probably best for large wrists. The other main difference is GPS connectivity — the Ionic comes with built-in GPS, while the Versa does not. However, you can pair it with your smartphone if you don’t mind bringing it with you on a run. 

Related: Fitbit vs Garmin: Which ecosystem is right for you?


Huawei Watch 2

Huawei Watch 2

Overall, the Huawei Watch 2 is another good showcase of the capabilities of Android Wear 2.0, though there are some things you should know before buying one.

Editor's Pick

Wear OS comes with a focus on fitness features, but unfortunately Huawei managed to simultaneously move too far in this direction and also fall short of it. It doesn’t come with a rotating side button for navigation, which is a shame as we really love the button on the LG Watch Sport. It does, however, come with great battery life and a stellar feature set otherwise.

The other thing you should know is that it’s not nearly as classy as the original Huawei Watch. Sure, there’s a Huawei Watch 2 Classic model that doesn’t look as outdoorsy, but it’s hard to compare to the elegant Watch.

In a world where the LG Watch Sport exists, it’s a bit harder to recommend this new Huawei device. However, if you love the look and aren’t turned away from the lack of rotating side button, this may be a good option for you.


So there you have it, our list of the best smartwatches on the market! Do you have any suggestions for us? What do you think is the best smartwatch out there? Be sure to sound off in the comments!

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