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The best smartwatches for men you can buy (September 2022)

There are plenty of options, but which is right for your wrist?
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September 2, 2022
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro in black titanium color with black metal strap on wrist side profile closeup
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Unlike smartphones, modern smartwatches aren’t essential pieces of tech, but they sure make getting through the day a lot easier. These wrist-worn companions not only display the time but double as personal fitness trainers and, in some cases, completely independent smart devices. Choosing a suitable smartwatch for your wrist is a tough decision. But we’re here to make your life a little easier. Below, you’ll find a list of the best smartwatches for men you can buy in 2022.

See also: The best smartwatches you can buy

Buying the right men’s smartwatch for your needs

We understand that the majority of the smartwatches mentioned below could appeal to both men and women, but we’re specifically considering models that have larger faces, chunkier or svelte styling, and reliable health tracking. Before we consider the individual options, it’s important to understand what features are essential to you. If you own an iPhone, you’ll naturally gravitate towards an Apple Watch. For Android users, it’s mostly open season.

Do you find yourself pegged to the boardroom or office? A comfortable, minimalist device that melds style and substance might be best for the stylish man. The likes of Samsung and Withings are well versed in creating beautiful watches without sacrificing functionality.

Men leading more active lifestyles seeking gym companions or a general health tracker should consider smartwatches with GPS. A selection of specific smart tracking modes and a wide array of sensors are also useful to provide more intuitive insight. Looking for an outdoor option? We have a few candidates for you, too, with longer battery life and off-the-grid features.

If you’re budget-limited, don’t worry — you don’t need to break the band on a fitness tracker, either.

The best smartwatches for men

  • Apple Watch Series 7: The Series 7 is the best men’s smartwatch. Sure, only iPhone users can apply, but its feature set, build quality, and wealth of apps make it the top smartwatch on the market.
  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: Samsung upped the ante with its latest smartwatch series’ new Pro model. Packing a much larger 45mm dial, outdoor features, and a more durable build, it’s the best Wear OS smartwatch for men you can buy.
  • Garmin Venu 2 Plus: Garmin’s latest addition to the Venu line, the Venu 2 Plus features everything you should need, whether you’re out on the trail or trekking the concrete jungle. It’s our top pick for the best Garmin smartwatch for men.
  • Fitbit Sense: The best Fitbit smartwatch for men you can buy is the Fitbit Sense. It’s perhaps not the best value Fitbit smartwatch, but it packs additional sensors for detailed health tracking.
  • Withings ScanWatch: The Withings ScanWatch is the best hybrid watch. It’s arguably also the best smartwatch on this list for health tracking as it packs medical-grade SpO2 and ECG smarts.
  • Fitbit Charge 5: For something simpler, the Fitbit Charge 5 is the best fitness tracker for men. The new color screen makes this line more attractive than ever.
  • Xiaomi Mi Band 7: The best cheap fitness tracker for men is the Xiaomi Mi Band 7. It’s a capable, no-fuss fitness tracker with a few new tricks for casual athletes.

Apple Watch Series 7: The best smartwatch for men

An image of the Apple Watch Series 7 on a wrist showing the Modular Duo watch face
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

After we dubbed the Apple Watch Series 6 the best smartwatch money can buy, the Series 7 has plenty to live up to. On the surface, it doesn’t deviate too much from its predecessor, offering no health tracking upgrades. However, the larger display and more durable screen are welcome upgrades.

The Series 7 still tracks all the basics, including heart rate, blood oxygen, and sleep. A built-in ECG makes a welcome return, especially for those with a history of heart problems. For smartwatch features, the App Store hosts a plethora of apps crafted for the upgraded watch screen. The latest Apple Watch also packs a larger screen than ever before, making it look right at home on wider wrists.

While the Series 7 didn’t have to do much to keep the best smartwatch title, you’ll have to look elsewhere if you own an Android smartphone.

Apple Watch Series 7
Apple Watch Series 7
Bigger Retina display • Durable, premium design • Accurate GPS tracking • Great software and app support
The new Retina display is the Apple Watch Series 7's biggest strength.
The Apple Watch Series 7 boasts a larger edge-to-edge display, tougher durability, faster charging, and more color options than before. If you want the best of what Apple has to offer, the Series 7 is it.

Pros

  • Bigger Retina display
  • Durable, premium design
  • Accurate GPS tracking
  • When it works, heart rate sensor can be very accurate
  • Great software and app support

Cons

  • Battery life isn’t great
  • No third-party watch faces
  • Sleep tracking still feels like an afterthought
  • Finicky heart rate tracking

Check out our full review to learn more about the Apple Watch Series 7.


Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: The best Wear OS smartwatch for men

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Watchface
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You have a little more variety when shopping for a Wear OS 3 smartwatch. Luxury firm Montblanc now has a Wear OS 3 smartwatch, while Google is set to launch its Pixel Watch in a few weeks. However, the best Wear OS smartwatch for men comes from Samsung.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, in particular, is our choice. It features a sleek yet hardy aesthetic with a sapphire lens, a titanium build, and a new lip that runs around the outside of the watch’s dial. You forgo the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic’s more rugged design with a physical rotating bezel, but the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro also includes more for your money.

Chief of the new features is the much, much larger battery. The larger power store fuels the watch’s outdoor-orientated features, from GPX map support to Track Back for lost hikers. If you don’t like the new D-buckle clasp, you can always snag a third-party band to further enhance the watch’s look.

Despite its advancements, it remains limited in several ways. For one, its new skin temperature sensor isn’t available at launch and won’t be available in several countries. You may also find better battery life from products from other smartwatch stables. But if you don’t mind these small roadblocks, and can cough up the cash, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is an excellent smartwatch for men.

Of course, if you do still crave the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and its bezel, it’s still available to purchase.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
Supports last Wear OS version to date • Improved battery life • Solid GPS accuracy
Rugged, refined, and ready for adventure.
The Galaxy Watch 5 smartwatch offers a bigger battery, and this increase, Samsung claims, leads to ten extra hours of battery life. It supports Google Assistance and Google Maps navigation, and the health-tracking updates are outstanding.

Pros

  • Durable, premium build, and D-buckle clasp
  • Improved battery life and faster charging
  • New hiking and navigation features
  • Reliable heart rate monitoring
  • Solid GPS accuracy

Cons

  • No skin temperature monitoring at launch
  • No more rotating bezel
  • GPX file sharing not applicable to runs
  • Expensive

Check out our full review to learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.


Garmin Venu 2 Plus: The best Garmin smartwatch for men

An image of the Garmin Venu 2 Plus on the wrist showing the Health Snapshot feature
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

The Garmin Venu 2 Plus is the best all-around Garmin smartwatch the company has ever made. Aesthetically, it’s also one of the company’s best-looking products to date.

Building on the strengths of the original Garmin Venu 2, the Plus edition adds smartwatch features that help to round out the user experience. Active men will still find over 25 workout modes, Body Battery, sleep score, and Health Snapshot as well as Garmin Pay and music storage. What’s new is support for Google Assistant as well as the ability to make and receive on-wrist phone calls when paired to a nearby smartphone.

However, compared to the likes of Wear OS devices and the Apple Watch, the Venu 2 Plus still lacks app support. The heart rate sensor could also use some work, especially in terms of consistency. Finally, it’s quite pricey at a sliver under $450.

Garmin Venu 2 Plus
Garmin Venu 2 Plus
Excellent design and build quality • Features rapid charging technology • Accurate fitness and health tracking • Excellent phone call support
Garmin is trudging into true smartwatch territory with the Venu 2 Plus.
The Garmin Venu 2 was nearly crowned our favorite wearable of 2021. Its accurate fitness- and health-tracking features, as well as the company’s revamped software, made for an overall compelling package. But Garmin watches tend to fall far behind the competition when it comes to “smart” features. You can install third-party apps and watch faces, but there’s traditionally been no support for voice assistants, phone calls, or other smartwatch staples.

Pros

  • Excellent design and build quality
  • Rapid charging helps make for battery woes
  • Clear call quality on the wrist
  • Slow, but useful voice assistant support
  • Accurate fitness and health tracking

Cons

  • High price tag
  • Battery life is shorter than Garmin claims
  • Heart rate sensor still has issues

Check out our full review to learn more about the Garmin Venu 2 Plus.


Fitbit Sense: The best Fitbit smartwatch for men

A user wearing a Fitbit Sense utilizes the devices EDA sensor.
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

On paper, the Fitbit Sense is the best Fitbit smartwatch for men. It’s loaded with sensors, including a skin temperature monitor, an EDA sensor to measure stress, and an ECG for heart health. On top of this specialized tech, you’ll also find an SpO2 sensor, heart rate monitor, and Fitbit’s stellar sleep and daily activity tracking. It’s an impressive smartwatch for men intent on improving their overall fitness score step-by-step.

However, the Sense’s biggest threat is arguably its cheaper sibling. It’s debatable if its fancy tech is worth the premium, especially when held up against the Versa 3. You might lament Fitbit’s half-baked smartwatch features compared to its peers, too.

Fitbit has just announced the Sense 2, bringing a sleeker design, always-on stress monitoring, and a refreshed UI to the table. However, considering that the original Sense remains a known quantity, it keeps its place on this list. At least for now.

Fitbit Sense
Fitbit Sense
High-end, premium design • Improved quick-release straps • Accurate GPS and heart rate sensors • Detailed sleep tracking • ~6-day battery life
The Fitbit Sense delivers on the basics, but it's clear some features need more work.
The Fitbit Sense is Fitbit's flagship health-focused smartwatch. It has built-in ECG, GPS, and heart rate sensors, plus a new EDA Scan app that measures your body's stress levels. This is by far Fitbit's most advanced health watch so far.
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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

  • Bad inductive button
  • SpO2 tracking requires a dedicated watch face
  • EDA and ECG sensors need refining
  • Fitbit OS still needs work

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


Withings ScanWatch: The best health-focused watch for men

A user models the Withings Scanwatch on their wrist, displaying the device's clock face.
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

The Withings ScanWatch isn’t a smartwatch in the true sense, but this list wouldn’t be complete without it. First off, it’s a gorgeous piece of technology melding classic analog watch aesthetics with modern touches. You could argue that it’s the best-looking device on this list.

Its beauty isn’t skin deep, either. The ScanWatch is thick with health tech, including medical-grade ECG and SpO2 sensors. These power its real unique selling points: atrial fibrillation (AFib) and sleep apnea tracking — two features that some men who struggle to breathe easily at night may consider indispensable. As a hybrid smartwatch, the ScanWatch’s battery life is the best of all the devices on this list, lasting a month between charges.

While it’s a wholly polished experience, the ScanWatch lacks the app support and large digital display of its actual smartwatches contemporaries. But men seeking the perfect balance between classic style and heart health monitoring will feel right at home.

Withings ScanWatch
Withings ScanWatch
Premium, classy design • Long-lasting battery • Health Mate app is well-designed and easy to use • Potentially lifesaving and easy-to-use ECG monitor • Clinically validated AFib and breathing disturbance notifications • Fantastic sleep tracking
Don't overlook the ScanWatch as a "specialty" hybrid smartwatch.
The new Withings ScanWatch is taking health tracking to the next level. It has built-in ECG and SpO2 sensors to help detect early signs of AFib and sleep apnea. Plus, it acts as a hybrid smartwatch, giving you notifications, HR data, and more on your wrist.

Pros

  • Premium, classy design
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Health Mate app is well-designed and easy to use
  • Potentially lifesaving and easy-to-use ECG monitor
  • Clinically validated AFib and breathing disturbance notifications
  • Fantastic sleep tracking

Cons

  • Small display limits smart features
  • Few advanced fitness features or insights

Check out our full review to learn more about the Withings ScanWatch.


Fitbit Charge 5: The best fitness tracker for men

A user holds a Fitbit Charge 5 in hand in front of a green concrete wall.
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Want a pure fitness-first tracker with limited smartwatch features? Few devices can come close to Fitbit’s Charge series. While the older and cheaper Charge 4 is also a viable contender for this crown, the Charge 5 brings a larger, color AMOLED display, an ECG, and an EDA stress monitor to the table. You’ll also get an SpO2 sensor, heart rate monitor, and excellent sleep tracking consistent with other Fitbits.

Sure, Charge 5 doesn’t necessarily have a feature set to match its lofty price tag. It sacrifices an altimeter and the lengthier battery life offered by its predecessor — two factors that make it less attractive to men who regularly hike or run. However, if you’re looking for something sleek that doesn’t occupy much space on the arm, the Charge 5 is the ticket.

Fitbit Charge 5
Fitbit Charge 5
Bright, beautiful full-color OLED display • EDA, SpO2, and skin temperature tracking • Excellent tracking accuracy
Fitbit has launched a good fitness tracker at a very high price. The question is: why?
The Fitbit Charge 5 is a major update from its predecessor. Not only does it have a color AMOLED display, it's the first tracker to come with Fitbit's Daily Readiness Score — a feature that aims to predict how much activity or rest you should take on for the day.

Pros

  • Bright, full-color AMOLED display
  • Sleek, slim design
  • EDA, SpO2, and skin temperature tracking
  • Sleep tracking is top tier
  • Accurate GPS and heart rate sensors

Cons

  • No altimeter
  • Battery life could be better
  • Expensive

Check out our full review to learn more about the Fitbit Charge 5.


Xiaomi Mi Band 7: The best budget fitness tracker for men

A Xiaomi Mi Band 7 displays its watch face.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

Finally, what if you’re limited by a slim budget? The Xiaomi Mi Band series has long been the cheap fitness tracker of choice, and the seventh edition continues this tradition. It feature a much larger display, which seems a better fit for larger wrists. It’s also complemeted by an upgraded UI that’s easier to navigate for those with bulkier fingers.

Underneath its skin, there’s also a larger power store, all-day SpO2 monitoring smarts with low oxygen alerts, and built-in training metrics. This combination makes it a great choice for gym-goers and runners on a budget. While it doesn’t feature marked upgrades over its predecessor, you’ll struggle to find a better fitness band at this price point.

Xiaomi Mi Band 7
Xiaomi Mi Band 7
Bigger, brighter display • Accurate resting heart rate • Continuous SpO2 monitoring
Xiaomi proves a budget band can still deliver big-ticket features.
The Mi Band 7 takes Xiaomi's fitness tracker to the next level with a larger battery, always-on display, and more health and activity tracking smarts than ever.

Pros

  • Bigger, brighter display
  • Accurate resting heart rate
  • Continuous SpO2 monitoring
  • Comically huge number of sport modes
  • Fun new band colors
  • Slightly more expensive, still amazing value

Cons

  • No built-in GPS
  • No NFC or voice assistant on global model
  • Inconsistent sleep tracking
  • Confusing app situation

Check out our full review to learn more about the Xiaomi Mi Band 7.


Honorable mentions

That’s it for our list of the best smartwatches for men, but it’s only a fraction of what’s out there. We also want to give an honorable mention to the following smartwatches:

  • Apple Watch SE (Amazon): The entry-level Apple Watch trades some features, like the ECG and sleep tracking, for a lower price.
  • Garmin Fenix 7 (Amazon): This is arguably the most powerful outdoor watch money can buy. It’s pricey, but if you find yourself out on the trail more often than not, its functionality is invaluable.
  • Garmin Forerunner 745 (Amazon): We believe this is the best running watch available on the market and makes a few sacrifices to the core experience to achieve a reasonable price tag.
  • Garmin Forerunner 255 (Amazon): For those on a tighter budget, the latest addition to the Forerunner lineup brings NFC and Garmin pay support with an improved heart rate sensor and refreshed triathlon mode all for under $350.
  • Suunto 5 Peak (Suunto): Suunto’s newest affordable outdoor watch is light, tracks over 80 sport modes, and packs built-in GPS.
  • Fossil Gen 6 (Amazon): Fossil’s classic circular timepiece now packs an SpO2 sensor, faster charging, and a brighter display. If you don’t mind running Wear OS 2, this is a great option for traditional watch lovers.
  • TicWatch Pro 3 GPS (Amazon): Finding a cheaper Wear OS watch with decent battery life is a tough task, but the chunky Pro 3 will give you swift performance, an accurate heart rate sensor, and up to 3.5 days per charge.
  • Fitbit Inspire 2 (Amazon): If you need nothing more than the basics, the $99 Fitbit Inspire 2 is worth your time. It’s slim and light, packs plenty of battery life, and includes a Fitbit Premium subscription which sweetens the deal.
  • Huawei Band 6 (Amazon): A surprise hit, the Band 6 is a stellar fitness tracker with few flaws. It packs SpO2 tracking, a smartwatch-sized screen, and plenty of endurance. It’s wonderfully cheap, too.

Top smartwatches for men questions and answers

Choosing a smartwatch for men will depend on your requirements. Do you put the smartwatch experience above health and fitness tracking? Try the Galaxy Watch 4 if you’re on Android or the Apple Watch if you’re an iPhone user. A Garmin or Fitbit device would be a good choice if you’re more interested in reaching your fitness goals.

We’d recommend Fossil smartwatches for those seeking a sophisticated aesthetic. If you really want to splurge, the Michael Kors range is specifically suited to those who privilege aesthetics over functionality.

Purchasing a smartwatch or a fitness tracker will depend on your particular needs. If you privilege fitness tracking, low price points, and slim, light builds, a fitness tracker is for you. If you want a device with a larger screen and smarter smartphone integrations with onboard apps, get a smartwatch.