Whether you’re a casual user in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, or an enthusiast looking to reach another level, you need a high-quality sports watch in your workout routine.
Such a timepiece will help you track, monitor, and improve your performance via built-in sensors. They include one for tracking your heart rate, as well as a built-in accelerometer, and a built-in GPS chip for precisely mapping your outdoor exercises, just to name a few.
Many of today’s top-rated sports watches can also guide you through your workouts via on-screen animations. They can also track your sleep and recovery patterns, helping you to always feel your best and avoid injuries.
Apple Watch Series 5
When it comes to sports watches, the Apple Watch Series 5 is the one to beat. It’s the most intuitive, desirable, and least intimidating product on this list. A review editor from The Verge called the product “the best smartwatch” and I totally agree!
Available with a 40- or 44-millimeter case, the Series 5 is the first Apple Watch to have an always-on display. The feature is handy, because it will allow you to effortlessly keep track of time and essential exercise metrics. The display of the watch is the best in the business — it’s bright and easy to navigate even under direct sunlight.
Garmin Venu Smartwatch
The Garmin Venu smartwatch is one of the brand’s feature-packed and user-friendly products. The fitness-tracking timepiece has a gorgeous AMOLED touch screen that’s easy to read at a quick glance, as well as a feature-packed yet intuitive user interface. A ZDNet review editor gave the Venu a high score, and noted that it is “an extremely capable GPS sports watch with a display that challenges the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch lines.”
Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch
Priced below $200, the Fitbit Versa 2 is proof you don’t have to splurge for a great sports watch. As Fitbit’s most feature-packed and user-friendly fitness-tracking smartwatch to date, the watch features a vibrant AMOLED touchscreen, excellent ergonomics, and a speedy performance. The Versa 2 is also the first Fitbit product with Amazon Alexa on board — you can summon and interact with the virtual assistant with the press of a button. The sleep-tracking capabilities of the smartwatch (which can accurately keep tabs on the various stages of your slumber) are particularly noteworthy, because they set it apart from its similarly priced competitors.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Smartwatch
Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active2 smartwatch is the best Apple Watch alternative for Android smartphone users. It has an eye-catching design, impeccable ergonomics, intuitive user interface with awesome haptic controls, reasonable price, and a powerful set of fitness- and sleep-tracking features. They include the ability to automatically track and guide you through multiple exercises via a host of built-in sensors, including an accurate heart rate tracker. The product’s heart-rate-tracking capabilities will get even better in the coming months. Samsung will bring ECG capabilities, as well as AFib detection to the product via a firmware update.
Polar Ignite Fitness-Tracking Watch
The reasonably priced Polar Ignite is packed with a ton of features geared toward workout addicts. The fitness-tracking timepiece has a built-in GPS, customizable profiles for various sports, as well as the ability to precisely measure the strain your body endures during every training session. The Ignite can also keep track of your sleep and recovery patterns. Measuring your body strain is essential, as it will help you pace yourself and maintain consistent performance. Most importantly the feature will help you avoid injuries. A TechRadar editor discovered that the feature is helpful in “helping you spot when and how hard to train.”