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The Best Wearable Tech for Women

May 8, 2018 By

If you’re into fitness and technology, you know that the latest “thing” in the active world is “wearable tech” — a watch or other bracelet-type item that can keep track of anything from your steps and heart rate, to your sleep patterns and calories burned throughout the day.

Woman sleeping with fitness tracker on

While this is a really cool development in the tech world, and a great resource for meeting your fitness and weight loss goals, a lot of the designs can be clunky and uncomfortable, especially if you have tiny wrists like me.

So, I decided to do some research and round up a few different options if you’re looking into getting some sort of wearable tech.

Here are my top 3 fitness trackers for women:

Scosche Rythym+ Heart Rate Monitor

 

WHAT IT IS

A dedicated heart rate monitor with a single button and indicator light that shows what heart-rate zone you are in. Instead of dealing with clunky, uncomfortable chest straps, you wear this monitor on your forearm, so you never have to worry about discomfort.

WHAT IT DOES

This simple device is designed to track heart rate, calorie burn, hydration levels, and more. It syncs with an app on your phone so once you finish your workout, you can easily view your stats.

COST

At a price point of $80, this is a cheaper alternative than any smartwatch on the market, but it is somewhat limited in what it can do.

SHOULD YOU BUY IT?

If you’re looking for something to track your workouts, and nothing but your workouts, this is for you. However, if you want something with more robust features like pay options and notifications, I’d opt out of this.

Fitbit Charge 2

 

Woman's Wrist with Fitbit on

WHAT IT IS

Another less bulky fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 2 has a sleek design and multiple color options, so it is a great “everyday” device for fitness tracking.

WHAT IT DOES

The Fitbit Charge 2 keeps track of your heart rate, steps, sleep, and calorie burn throughout the day (and night if you decide to wear it to bed). With multiple fitness “modes” — you can tell the Fitbit what you’re doing and it will more accurately track your stats. Once the workout is done, the Fitbit sends all of the information to an app on your phone so you can easily see it in one place. It also comes with fun extras like guided breathing exercises, reminders to move, and GPS tracking (great for running and other distance-based workouts.)

COST

The Fitbit Charge 2 retails for about $150, but you can expect to pay a little more depending on whether you get customizable wrist straps.

SHOULD YOU BUY IT?

Yes, if you’re looking for more of an “everyday” fitness tracker that you can wear to monitor your workouts and general activity without sacrificing style. Bear in mind, wrist-based heart rate tracking isn’t as accurate as a chest strap or forearm monitor, so you’ll need to take the heart rate information with a grain of salt.

Apple Watch Series 3

 

Apple Watch 3 on Woman's wrist

WHAT IT IS

The Apple Watch Series 3 is for those who want a watch that does it all… fitness tracking, payments, phone notifications and GPS all come standard on this watch. Its small size and customizable bands make it an excellent choice for us ladies.

WHAT IT DOES

You can use this watch to dictate text messages, take calls, and talk to Siri — all great features if you’re looking to disconnect from your phone. Plus, with a step counter, heart rate monitor, and GPS you can use it to track workouts both in and out of the gym.

Plus, the built-in Apple Pay features make it so you don’t need your wallet. So, say you’re out on a run and you’re desperate for a bottle of water. With this watch, no problem. Just pop into any store and grab yourself a refreshing beverage.

COST

This watch comes in at a whopping $399, so unless you’re truly serious about this watch, you may want to pass.

SHOULD YOU BUY IT?

The cost might be a bit of a deterrent, and unless you have a compatible iPhone, you can’t use this watch. Plus, the battery life suffers when GPS is enabled, so you’ll need to be prepared to charge it often if you’re using that feature. That being said, this is a small, sleek-looking watch that does it all.

Fitbit Versa (special edition)

 

WHAT IT IS

If you want (almost) all of the same features as the Apple watch, but (like me) you don’t have an iPhone, your best bet is the Fitbit Versa. Its small, sleek band and square face make it very similar in appearance to the Apple Watch.

WHAT IT DOES

This pretty little watch isn’t just for looks. It also boasts fitness tracking features such as a step counter, heart rate monitor, and GPS. Plus, with the special edition version, it’s is all set up for pay options, so you can make payments directly from your wrist.

You’ll also receive notifications from your phone — calendar events, texts, emails, etc., but you won’t be able to respond to them, so keep that in mind if you’re someone who needs to be connected at all times.

COST

At a more reasonable $229 for the special edition with cheaper models available, this is a good introductory device into the world of wearable tech.

SHOULD YOU BUY IT?

This new watch from Fitbit is a very strong contender and making strides in the wearable tech scene. It’s small enough to compete with the Apple watch, and customizable enough to still be attractive. Plus, it also has almost all the same features, with the exception of responding to texts. So if you’re looking for an Android-friendly option with a lot of great features, this is a good bet.

So, after hours of exhaustive research, I have come to the following conclusion: there is no “do it all” option out there for women who don’t own an iPhone. That being said, there are many advancements being made as time goes on, and I am excited to see what’s next! Plus, the options above are all solid, depending on your needs.

So why not strap one of these babies on and see where they take you?

woman checking fitness tracker on beach

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