Best Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers

Choosing a new smart watch or fitness tracker can be both exciting and overwhelming. After all, there are smart watches for kids, women and men made by Samsung, Apple, Garmin, Kogan and so many other brands.

Whether you're new to the world of smart wearables, or you want to find a waterproof smart watch or cheap fitness tracker, we're here to help point you in the right direction. Continue Reading...

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Based on 783 reviews
Garmin Forerunner 235

Garmin Forerunner 235

4.0  (84)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $469
  • Screen Size 1.23"
  • WaterproofingSwim-proof
  • Battery Life9 days
Carls
Carls10 posts
 
Garmin Vivofit 3

Garmin Vivofit 3

3.6  (68)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $159
  • Screen Size 0.39"
  • WaterproofingWater Resistant
Robbie
Robbie233526 posts
 
Wonderful as a watch and calendar, as well as tracker for steps, heart rate & calories burnedMy Garmin goes with me everywhere. I download the information each evening via WiFi onto my Tablet App. My health has improved and my weight has dropped considerably. Very happy. Show details
Garmin Vivosmart HR

Garmin Vivosmart HR

3.6  (75)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $189
  • WaterproofingSwim-proof
  • Battery Life5 days
Michael C.
Michael C.QLD6 posts
 
Garmin Forerunner 735XT

Garmin Forerunner 735XT

3.8  (19)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $599
  • Screen Size 1.23"
  • WaterproofingSwim-proof
  • Battery Life11 days
kez
kezNSW3 posts
 
Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE

3.4  (20)
 Summary
  • WaterproofingSwim-proof and Water Resistant
Adam K.
Adam K.
  Fair Incentive GPS + Cellular 44mm
The frice very chipsGood I think so because I always buy this store Show details
Garmin Instinct

Garmin Instinct

3.2  (22)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $399 to $549
  • Screen Size 0.9"
  • WaterproofingWater Resistant
  • Battery Life14 days
Ryan
RyanWA6 posts
  Original
Replaced by Garmin Vivosmart 4 3.0 
Garmin Vivosmart 3

Garmin Vivosmart 3

2.8  (36)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $139
  • WaterproofingWater Resistant
  • Battery Life5 days
Bruce
Bruce
 
FitWatch FW-01

FitWatch FW-01

3.4  (17)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $159.95
  • WaterproofingNone
  • Battery Life9 days
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Shiranee A.
Shiranee A.2 posts
 
Cannot synchronize my i Phone to my watch. sThe old Da fit App is no longer available, and there is a new one Glory fit App, which I have downloaded, but I tried everything in the book, but cannot synchronize my phone to the watch. will be grateful for some advice on how to do it. thanks Show details
Garmin Venu 2 Series

Garmin Venu 2 Series

4.1  (10)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $629
  • Screen Size 1.1" and 1.3"
  • WaterproofingSwim-proof
  • Battery Life9 days to 12 days
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Jules I.
Jules I.NSW2 posts
  2S
Garmin Forerunner 35

Garmin Forerunner 35

3.8  (11)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Screen Size 0.93"
  • WaterproofingWater Resistant
  • Battery Life9 days
Unhappy
Unhappy
 
Replacement Strap!I like the watch but I am very disappointed that the strap broke and I couldn’t replace the strap- fortunately, my brother is a dab hand with sue glue and was able to cobble it together. How ridiculous- that a perfectly functioning watch becomes unusable because the strap is moulded on. In this age of eco-awareness why create this type of watch! Show details
Replaced by Apple Watch Series 9 3.3 
Apple Watch Series 8

Apple Watch Series 8

4.8  (6)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $629 to $1,179
  • WaterproofingSwim-proof and Water Resistant
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JadeH
JadeH8 posts
  Watch Series 8 GPS 45-mm Aluminium
Garmin Fenix 6 Series

Garmin Fenix 6 Series

3.2  (13)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $999 to $1,649
  • Screen Size 1.2", 1.3" and 1.4"
  • WaterproofingSwim-proof
  • Memory (RAM)0.064 GB and 32 GB
  • Battery Life9 days to 21 days
glenmcd
glenmcdQLD13 posts
  Fenix 6 Pro Sapphire
Garmin Vivofit 4

Garmin Vivofit 4

2.5  (25)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $129
  • Screen Size 0.43"
  • WaterproofingWater Resistant
  • Battery Life365 days
John
John3 posts
 
Garmin Vivoactive 4

Garmin Vivoactive 4

2.9  (15)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 1.1" and 1.3"
  • WaterproofingSwim-proof
  • Battery Life7 days to 8 days
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Tony
TonyNSW7 posts
  Verified 4
Unable to monitor pulse while exercisingDoes not measure pulse while exercising ... can be out by 50 beats per minute using wrist based measurement ... drops out within minutes of connecting the much more acurate chest strap sensor ... unable to use this to monitor heart rate when exercising .... complete waste of money Show details
Replaced by Samsung Galaxy Watch5 3.7 
Samsung Galaxy Watch4

Samsung Galaxy Watch4

2.3  (34)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $399 to $699
  • WaterproofingWater Resistant
  • Memory (RAM)1.5 GB
  • Battery Life2 days
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robin
robinSA49 posts
  Verified Galaxy Watch4 Classic Bluetooth
Realme Band

Realme Band

3.4  (7)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $99
  • Screen Size 0.96"
  • WaterproofingWater Resistant
  • Battery Life10 days
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Denise Cox
Denise Cox
  Verified
This is just what I needThe product sent is ideal for me and am very happy with it. I have been using it now for over 2 weeks and find it useful especially when I don't need to carry my mobile around
Samsung Galaxy Watch6

Samsung Galaxy Watch6

3.3  (7)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $549 to $699
  • Screen Size 1.3" and 1.5"
  • WaterproofingSwim-proof and Water Resistant
  • Memory (RAM)2 GB
Sunny
SunnyVIC5 posts
  Galaxy Watch6 Bluetooth 40mm
ALDI Bauhn GPS Fitness Watch

ALDI Bauhn GPS Fitness Watch

2.3  (15)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $79.99
  • Screen Size 1.3"
  • WaterproofingWater Resistant
  • Battery Life7 days
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Glenys72
Glenys72NSW5 posts
 
Waste of money - cannot answer calls only end calls cannot make callsDONT DO IT - Missing green icon to answer calls can only end calls, no access to contacts to make calls. waste of money
Model # ADMSW-0424-R Show details
ALDI
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Withings Steel HR

Withings Steel HR

2.0  (22)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299
  • WaterproofingSwim-proof and Water Resistant
  • Battery Life25 days
Marie-claire Seeley
Marie-claire SeeleyAU2 posts
 
Garmin Forerunner 245

Garmin Forerunner 245

3.1  (7)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $499 to $579
  • Screen Size 1.2"
  • WaterproofingWater Resistant
  • Battery Life7 days
Kieran Saunders
Kieran Saunders6 posts
  245 Music
Great watchThe Garmin Forerunner 245 is a great mid range sports watch. It provides all the statistics from your workouts, without the paywall of a premium subscription app. Show details
Garmin Vivosmart 4

Garmin Vivosmart 4

3.0  (7)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199
  • Screen Size 0.7"
  • WaterproofingSwim-proof
  • Battery Life7 days
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LAR
LARMelbourne4 posts
 
Apple Watch SE (2nd Generation)

Apple Watch SE (2nd Generation)

5.0  (3)
 Summary
  • WaterproofingSwim-proof and Water Resistant
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$396Bing Lee
Siobhan B.
Siobhan B.VIC10 posts
  Verified Watch SE
Garmin Venu 3

Garmin Venu 3

4.7  (3)
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nt_gem
nt_gemNT3 posts
 
Oura Ring

Oura Ring

2.0  (14)
 Summary
  • WaterproofingWater Resistant
PC
PCSydney33 posts
 
Not for Shift Workers!The product does not support Shift Workers. It's great if you work M-F, 9-5 but it doesn't track any activity between midnight and 4am and insists you should be asleep. The company has been saying for years they'll fix this with no ETA on when (or if) the upgrade will happen. Show details
Garmin Venu Sq

Garmin Venu Sq

2.1  (12)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $179
  • Screen Size 1.3"
  • WaterproofingSwim-proof
  • Battery Life6 days
Ekaterina S.
Ekaterina S.2 posts
 
Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro

Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro

4.3  (3)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $499
  • WaterproofingWater Resistant
  • Battery Life14 days
Kanom
KanomSA52 posts
 
ZapppAbsolutely loved this watch as it stays charged for over a week without going flat. I like the addition of the stress calculator too. I had issues with it actually zapping me on the wrist after a while though. I have no idea why it was doing this but I stopped using it. It was a shame because it’s a lovely looking watch as well
Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro

3.0  (5)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 1.4"
  • WaterproofingWater Resistant
  • Memory (RAM)1.5 GB
  • Battery Life3 days
EFT
EFTVIC2 posts
  Bluetooth
Samsung
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Mobvoi TicWatch Pro

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro

1.7  (18)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $369.99
  • Screen Size 1.39"
  • WaterproofingWater Resistant
  • Battery Life5 days
Pete
Pete
 
Fitbit Ace 2

Fitbit Ace 2

2.4  (7)
 Summary
  • WaterproofingWater Resistant
  • Battery Life5 days
Ruda K.
Ruda K.
 
Replaced by Apple Watch Ultra 2 3.5 
Apple Watch Ultra

Apple Watch Ultra

3.3  (4)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,299
  • WaterproofingSwim-proof and Water Resistant
  • Battery Life1.5 days
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Ben O.
Ben O.4 posts
 
Ultra 2Doesn’t worth it , every update causes issue on battery , started to drain in 10 hours , 2 months old watch no background app nothing, i have paid 1800 to this watch it does nothing, if youve got a little sane mind do not do the same mistake i did. Show details

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Should I get a smart watch or a fitness tracker?

Smart watches and fitness trackers are both wearable devices that strap onto your wrist. Fitness trackers mainly keep track of a user’s activity while the device is worn. While smart watches can also track activity, they perform a more diverse range of functions than a fitness tracker.

In a nutshell, a smart watch should be your preferred pick if accessing smartphone-type apps and features on your watch appeals to you.

Put a fitness tracker on your horizons if your main priority is tracking health and fitness stats. If you’re attending a personal training program or a fitness bootcamp, an activity tracker is a good way to track your results as you progress.

Thanks to the popularity of both types of wearables, you might not have to choose between them at all, as there are several crossover models of smart watch and fitness tracker available.

Hybrid models are more expensive, but if you have the money and will genuinely use the features they offer regularly, they can conveniently condense what you need into a single, wrist-sized smart device.

If you know you'd use one type more than the other, there are more affordable smart watches, as well as good cheap fitness trackers.

Smart Watches

Smart Watches at a glance

Apple_Watch_Series_5

Smartwatches are similar to a mini smartphone on your wrist. They're often linked with a well-known brand, e.g. Samsung and Apple (Apple's Series 5 Smart Watch is pictured, left).

The main hook of smartwatches is that they’re convenient. Displaying detailed data, they let you navigate apps without having to fish your smartphone out of your pocket.

A smartwatch can be a handy substitute to your phone when the larger device is tricky to handle. For example, if you don't have pockets to house your phone, or your hands are full taking care of kids, a smart watch can let you make digital payments or calls.

Smart watches usually connect to the internet by syncing to your smartphone via Bluetooth. More expensive models can function independently using mobile data plans and SIM cards, or Wi-Fi.

Smart Watch Pros and Cons

Pros
Stay organised and up-to-date with social media notifications, emails and text alerts. Some pricier smartwatches are more interactive, letting you make calls and reply to texts. On some advanced models you can dictate a reply to your smartwatch, which it transcribes as a ‘smart reply.'
Pre-installed apps are usually offered aplenty, including weather, calendar apps, camera, voice memos, and music.
Third party apps are available to download on most Android smart watches. For example, if you’d like better fitness tracking functionality on your smartwatch, you can add fitness apps such as FitnessPal and Strava. For music lovers, you can download music apps like Spotify and connect using your Bluetooth headphones, to enjoy your favourite tunes during your workout.
Battery life of smart watches often exceeds the battery life on smartphones. Most brands claim their smartphones can operate without charging for at least a few days, and some, like the Fitbit Versa 2, for up to five days.
Cons
Can be expensive - especially premium smart watches with all the bells and whistles.
Larger and bulkier than a regular watch and most fitness trackers, which can decrease the comfort factor during workouts.
Can be complicated to operate - while this doesn't apply for all smart watches, some can be complex and not especially user-friendly.
Limited range of fitness features compared to a fitness tracker.
Conditional internet connectivity for some models that are solely reliant on a Bluetooth connection. If this is the case, a smart watch cannot operate as a standalone device.
Limited third party apps are offered for download by some non-Android brands, e.g. Apple Series 5.

Fitness Trackers

Are fitness trackers worth it?

While regular exercise is ideally the best way to keep fit, the hectic pace of modern life means that sometimes workout plans fall through. A fitness tracker can be a good way to measure daily activity, even if this involves climbing a few flights of stairs or walking to and from the train station. It can provide the boost of motivation you need to slowly increase your exercise regimen.

On the flipside, while seeing your stats improve as you progress through your fitness plan should theoretically be positive and helpful, sometimes it can be distracting or even stressful.

Remember to invest in a device offering a majority of features you’ll actually use, and keep in mind that raw data is objective. It doesn’t measure the psychological effort it takes to exercise after a long period of time. Sometimes the proof of success can be found in making the effort to show up and take care of your body and mind by exercising.

Fitness trackers at a glance

Garmin Forerunner 235

While this guide focuses on wearable fitness trackers that look like wristwatches, fitness tracking devices also include titanium motiv rings and basic trackers that clip onto clothes.

A wearable fitness tracker monitors your health using various functions. It will store and report data related to your activity and workouts on its screen. Some models let you connect your tracker either to your smartphone via Bluetooth, or directly to your computer via syncing. These let you view stats on other devices.

Even a cheap tracker will count your daily steps, as well as monitor your sleep patterns and sometimes, calorie intake and heart rate.

Keep an eye out for fitness tracker reviews that praise data accuracy, comfort level on the wrist, and user-friendliness, since you'll be using your fitness tracker on-the-go.

Fitness Tracker Pros and Cons

Pros
Cheaper and more affordable than both smartwatches and GPS watches, with lower-priced models starting around $40.
Custom-built for monitoring fitness, fitness trackers can help you set an intention and stick to it, as you’re less likely to be distracted by social media or other modern entertainments.
Specific sport and multi-sport tracking in more advanced models features built-in programs for swimming, circuit training, rowing or golf, for starters. If you engage in multiple exercise types in one session, multi-sports tracking lets you track a workout from start to finish.
GPS-enabled models can track your distance and map out a course as you run or walk, without needing to connect to your smartphone.
Streamlined designs often make fitness trackers light and comfortable to wear, especially compared to some bulkier smartwatch models.
Playing music can make your workouts easier and more fun, with the help of Bluetooth headphones. For example, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music lets you store hundreds of songs for offline listening via Spotify Premium.
Cons
Single minded about fitness, which can of course be a plus point, but keep in mind that many activity trackers can't receive smart notifications, play music or download apps.
Limited functions compared to a GPS watch.
Can be more expensive if you're seeking an activity tracker for a specific sport, e.g. golf, but will rarely, if ever, use the bulk of remaining features.

Smart watch and fitness tracker features

Multiple models of both smart watches and fitness trackers are equipped with the features below. Choose the ones that best suit your lifestyle and purposes.

Garmin vivomove HR

Appearance and design: Digital or analogue - Smart watches and fitness trackers are fitted with a large, interactive screen and a digital display, or an analogue operation, for a more traditional watch design.

You can either access smart displays on a changing ‘second screen,’ for example using a rotating bezel such as the one on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 42mm Bluetooth. Other analogue models integrate their smart features onto the one screen, for example the Garmin vivomove® HR (pictured, right). Other models yet will show their data via a smartphone app.

Smart jewellery - These fashion-forward wearables are faceless, making them look more like bracelets than watches. The data is transferred to smartphone apps, somewhat mitigating the functionality of a smartwatch and making them less convenient.

Removable wrist bands - If you like matching your watch with your outfit or occasion, more premium models can come with the option of purchasing bands with different colours like black or pink. The same versatility applies to watch materials, such as stainless steel or plastic.

  • Activity reminder: Alerts you when you haven’t moved for a while.
  • Alarms: Can make audible sounds, or silently vibrate against your wrist. This can be particularly useful if you need to wake, but don't want to disturb anyone still sleeping.
  • Altimeter: Takes into account any height changes that increase the degree of difficulty while exercising. For example, if you’re running or walking up a flight of stairs, the altimetre will adjust the results according to the increased effort you expend.
  • Battery life: There are two options; rechargeable USB batteries that last for a couple of days, or five days on more premium models, or replaceable batteries that can last from six months to a year.
  • Bluetooth: Make sure your phone is equipped with at least Bluetooth 4, for it to be Bluetooth-compatible with your new smartwatch.
  • Calorie counter: Records your calorie intake, and can show the number of calories lost depending on the steps you’ve taken in a given day.
  • Display and screen size: Some models, with their larger screens and easy-to-navigate, interactive visual displays, make it easier to view instant stats. LCD, OLED and AMOLED screens are available.
  • Distance counter: Measures the distance you’ve travelled, based on how many steps you’ve taken. This feature is made more accurate by a GPS function.
  • Food tracker: Lets you record foods eaten throughout your day.
  • GPS-enabled tracking: More accurately tracks the distance you’ve covered and your speed, based on your locations. An exercise recognition function detects your form of exercise, as well as suggested routes you can follow.
  • Heart rate monitor: Helps you monitor the level of effort exerted during exercise. Some models will remind you to take mindful breaths from time to time.
  • Milestones: Remind you to reward yourself when you’ve reached a milestone, e.g. 10, 000 steps.
  • OS (Operating System): Check that your smart watch or fitness tracker is compatible with your smartphone, for example, Apple smart watches will only pair with iPhones, and Galaxy smart watches can also be selective.
  • Price: Smart watches cost between $50-$5000, but you can get an affordable model for up to $500. As a point of reference, the Apple Watch Series 5 costs $649 (Fun fact: the most expensive smart watch is the TAG Heuer Connected Modular at $US180,000!)
  • Session tracker: Calculates the number of calories burned in an exercise session.
  • Sleep tracking: Measures your level of activity (i.e. lack of restfulness) as you sleep. Most fitness trackers are equipped with this feature, though some need you to wear the band and switch on sleep mode before you sleep.
  • Step counter: This is similar to an included pedometer, and also allows you to enter your height and weight for higher accuracy.
  • Speaker: this is particularly useful if your smart watch is equipped with a voice assistant, or if you prefer to take calls on speaker.
  • Voice assistant: such as Google Assistant can provide you with hands-free information while on the go.
  • Voice coach: is a smart watch or fitness tracker’s answer to a personal trainer, offering motivation as well as workout info such as distance travelled and heart rate.
  • Water-resistance: The level of water-resistance depends on the model, and ‘sweat-proof’ is the basic minimum required. There are water-resistant models range from being only splash-proof to being safe to wear in the shower. Waterproof smart watches can be worn while swimming to 50m.

We hope this guide has helped you decide whether a smart watch or fitness band can help make your life and exercise goals easier. For related accessories that could also help, you can also browse our reviews of wireless headphones and smart phones.

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