The 15 Best Fitness Watches On The Market Today For Every Budget And Every Need

By 03.07.17

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Fitness watches have become an important weapon in the arsenal of anyone who wants to keep their game tight. In addition to providing you invaluable biofeedback, the best ones also allow you to keep the rest of your life connected and organized all on your wrist. This is the future we were all promised by cartoons.

But this isn’t a cartoon, this is real life. And in real life, you’re gonna need a fitness watch, or else be declared an enemy of the future and someone who doesn’t care about their body. Disgusting. Anyway, in order to not be a disgusting enemy of the future, buy one of these fitness watches, all of which are guaranteed to help you in your quest to be a chiseled and healthy sex god of the future.

Polar M400 GPS Smart Sports Watch

This fitness watch by Polar doubles as a smartwatch, which means you can keep your life organized even while you’re keeping your body organized. It tracks all the vital fitness stats – heart rate, calories burned, steps taken, distance run, even your sleep quality – and adds a GPS component to the mix, so you can run without getting lost. It even offers fitness tips and advice. It’s basically a personal trainer shrunk down to something you can wear on your wrist.

Price: $126.59
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Aposon Men Sports Smart Bluetooth Watch

This watch has more of a classic chronograph look to it, but it’s still got smartwatch capabilities. It even has a camera that syncs to your phone. It’s waterproof design and LED backlighting make it a great watch to use in all conditions.

Price: $49.99
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DENISY Fitness Trackers Wireless Activity Smart Bracelet

If you’re looking for something a little sleeker that won’t cost you too much, DENISY offers this fitness bracelet, which provides you with biofeedback like heart rate, sleep quality and everything you’d expect from a fitness watch. It may not be a full smartwatch, but it does have a call and message reminder so that you can feel comfortable working out away from your phone.

Price: $38.90
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Long Run Technologies Smart Band

This is another basic fitness watch (depending on what your needs are, basic isn’t bad, especially when it comes to price) that will get the job done for you. The feature that sets Long Run’s watch apart, though, is that it has a touchscreen interface, which means you don’t have to worry about buttons or anything like that. It also has a remote camera feature, so it provides a little more “smart” than your typical basic fitness watch.

Price: $49.97
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AOKII Heart Rate Monitor

At a certain point, this all comes down to what you’re most comfortable with/which watch simply looks the best to you. This fitness watch by AOKII offers pretty much exactly the same things as other basic fitness watches. It costs a little less, but really, it’s just a good, solid fitness tracker. It may not have the big name brand, but it will get the job done. If it looks good to you, snap it up.

Price: $36.99
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E Tronic Edge Smart Band

Again, it all comes down to what you’re comfortable with. This offering by E Tronic Edge has a pretty high user rating on Amazon, which means you shouldn’t be afraid to take a chance on something that isn’t an expensive name-brand. It does everything you want a fitness tracker to do, all for a fairly low price. Its battery is good for seven days, which is maybe a couple of days better than similar fitness watches, so keep that in mind when you make your choice.

Price: $49.97
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Towabo Fitness Tracker Wristband

Another fitness watch that won’t ruin your bank account, this offering by Towabo has a nearly perfect rating on Amazon. Sometimes that means that the company buys five star reviews, but one way you can tell that it’s a solid fitness watch is that it has zero bad reviews, which is almost unheard of, especially when it comes to tech like this. It covers all your fitness needs, while integrating a range of “smart” notifications, from your calls and texts to Facebook and Twitter.

Price: $46.52
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Fitbit Alta

If you’re more comfortable with a bigger brand name and everything that comes with it (let’s be honest, a lot of the times, bigger brands are more reliable, which is one of the reasons they’re more expensive) then the Fitbit Alta is a good place to start. Sleek and unobtrusive, the Alta comes with a feature that alerts you if you’ve been sitting on your ass for too long, which is perfect for anyone with an office job.

Price: $128.95
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Withings Activité Steel

What sets this fitness watch apart should be obvious – it’s beautiful, classic design. This is a watch that you can wear anywhere and still look classy and professional, which, let’s face it, you don’t usually get with smartwatches. It also comes with a free health-mate app, which provides real-time coaching.

Price: $129.95
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Polar FT60 Heart Rate Monitor

What makes this fitness watch unique is that it is fairly low-tech. I know that sounds counter-intuitive, but what that means is that it’s not something that you need to sync to your phone or use to get your messages or anything like that. It’s a fitness watch. That’s what it does and it does it well. It gives you biofeedback that is tailored specifically to you, and boasts a “unique Smart Coaching feature” that helps you exercise smarter, which is always key. This is a fitness watch that cares about one thing and one thing only: your fitness.

Price: $51.50
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Pebble Time Smartwatch

Pebble has a very loyal customer base that swears by its quality and believes that it is the future of fitness watches instead of Fitbit. The reality is that it’s a great smartwatch that includes Pebble Health, which provides you with all the fitness feedback you need. The best part? This watch is currently over half off its list price.

Price: $67.49
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Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch

Fitbit is the king of the fitness watch. That much is indisputable. You are paying for the Fitbit name as much as anything, but again, there’s a reason that name means so much. You’re probably not going to buy a Fitbit and have it die or turn your wrist green or anything you might risk buying an off-brand fitness watch. But Fitbit is more than just a name. It also promises access to FitStar’s on-screen workout app, along with all the other features that make a smartwatch, well, smart.

Price: $198.95
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Fitbit Charge 2

Another offering by Fitbit, this is a step-up from the Alta, while not quite as balls to the wall as the Blaze. Again, it all depends on your individual needs. This is a little sleeker than the Blaze, which means you don’t really have the big (well, for a watch anyway) interface you might want with a full-blown smartwatch. But, again, if you just want a killer fitness watch the Charge 2 is a good way to go.

Price: $148.95
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Apple 42mm Smart Watch

Listen, you know who you are. You have to have Apple everything. That’s okay, I’m not judging. I’m just saying that if that’s the case – and you know it is – then this is the watch you have to buy. It’s a smartwatch first, and a fitness watch second. Make no mistake about that, but it is an Apple, and it will give you all the biofeedback you need from a fitness watch, so, hey… kneel before Steve Jobs.

Price: $295
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Garmin fenix 3

This is the Ferrari, big-baller watch of fitness watches. It has everything you could ever need from a watch, smart, fitness, or regular. This is the watch. Of course, that also means that it’s going to cost you more – much more – than other fitness watches, but what the hell, this is America. Go big or go home. Buy this watch and lord it over your friends with their Fitbits. Wave it at the hobos wearing off-brand fitness bands and laugh. You’re a Garmin man, now. You’re better than everyone else, and your watch is all the proof you need.

Price: $499
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