As the pace of modern life accelerates, our only option is to go with the flow and do what we can to keep up with it. Fortunately, ever-changing technology is helping – and if you’re not investing in the right devices to streamline your life, you’re seriously missing out.
Smartwatches are just one of the many everyday gadgets that can contribute to a smoother life – letting you take and make calls, view notifications, and track your health just by looking at your wrist.
While the previous models were perhaps a little clunky – not that appealing, if we’re honest – with each iteration, they get sleeker and more stylish. Known creators of Michael kors at Hermes even throw their hats off in the ring, which means smartwatches have never looked so chic – and it’s finally time for you to invest, if you haven’t already.
Read on for BAZAARTop picks for smartwatches for women to buy in 2021.
The best smartwatches for women
THE MOST ELEGANT SMART WATCH
MICHAEL KORS Gen 6 Bradshaw Gold Pavé Connected Watch
the Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw is more than a pretty face – although with its gold and pavé stainless steel links it certainly looks pretty.
Compatible with iPhones and Androids, it has a large touch screen through which you can receive notifications; track health statistics including milestones, heart rate and sleep quality; make and receive calls; and make payments without a card.
Perfect for fitting in perfectly into your life and making everyday tasks much easier, this is a chic versatile choice.
BEST SMART WATCH FOR APPLE USERS
APPLE S7 CEL watch 41mm
$ 1,229 +
the S7 is the very latest Apple Watch, and you can buy it in a range of colors, strap designs, and sizes.
With a bigger and better screen than previous versions, the S7 lets you track mindfulness and sleep as well as dozens of different exercises. Stay connected via calls, texts and emails, even when you don’t have your phone with you, and also stream music, podcasts and audiobooks on the go.
Our tape design of choice? Of course, it’s anything Apple’s collaboration with Hermèswhether it’s the chic nylon weave or the classic colored calfskin.
BEST SMART WATCH FOR ANDROID OR IOS
FOSSIL Gen 5E smartwatch in rose gold-tone stainless steel
Initially worshiped for its gorgeous analog watches, Fossil has taken to smartwatches in recent years, leading to the creation of a line of incredibly stylish and smart watches.
Gen 5E is compatible with Android and iOS, can answer calls, receive and reply to texts, control your music and make contactless payments.
It uses Google Fit to track health stats and connect to your home smart devices, which means you’ll have absolutely everything you need right at your fingertips – or rather, on your wrist.
BEST GARMIN SMART WATCH
GARMIN Venu SQ smartwatch
$ 229 (RRP $ 299)
If fitness is your number one priority, let this be the watch for you. Boasting a massive six-day battery life, it aims to keep you in shape with a wide array of health features.
Monitor breathing, hydration, sleep, stress, heart rate, steps and more on the stylish high-resolution display. You can’t take calls or text, but you can show notifications for your convenience – which is all you need when you’re busy sweating anyway.
BEST INTELLIGENT WATCH FOR FITNESS
SAMSUNG Galaxy Watch Active2 AL Gold BT 44MM
Track every movement – from walking to running and cycling to swimming – on your wrist with the Galaxy Watch Active2.
A fitness tracker disguised as a smartwatch, it’s ideal for those who want something a little more stylish than the often goofy designs you see in classic health-focused designs.
Water resistant up to 50 meters and with the ability to receive phone notifications at a glance, this is a great choice.
BEST HYBRID SMART WATCH
FOSSIL Hybrid Smartwatch HR Monroe Stainless Steel
If you just can’t get on board with the fully digital smartwatch, The Fossil range of hybrid timepieces are perfect.
At first glance this looks entirely like a sleek analog watch – but take a closer look and you’ll find that inside the outer analog ring it’s packed with smart features you’ll love, from notification alerts to activity tracking and to music control.
It’s water resistant up to 30 meters and has a two week battery life, making it a sturdy choice that always looks delicate.
BEST SAMSUNG SMART WATCH
SAMSUNG Galaxy Watch4 BT
Samsung’s latest smartwatch, the Galaxy4 BT is a versatile device with an elegant and sporty design.
You can play games and listen to music, view your calendar and set alarms; receive notifications; make calls and send SMS; and track fitness stats – with over 90 exercise monitoring available.
You can also switch to LTE model if you want to make calls and send SMS even when you don’t have your phone with you.
How to choose a connected watch?
The perfect smartwatch varies from person to person – it all depends on what you personally need and want her. If you are wondering how to narrow your search, here are some questions to consider.
- Phone compatibility: Not all smartwatches are compatible with both Android and iOS, so be sure to check the specs for the one you’re interested in.
- Design: A smartwatch is only really worth it if you wear it every day – so it has to be the one you to want to wear every day. Choose a versatile design that fits into your everyday aesthetic, or opt for a model with interchangeable bands that you can adjust to suit your outfit.
- Fitness features: Activity tracking (like step counting) has become standard on most smartwatches, but additional health tracking – from body composition to heart rate – is only available on certain models.
- Battery Life: Many smartwatches only last about a day, like your smartphone. If you don’t want to charge it every night, fitness-oriented models tend to have a longer lifespan.
- LTE: If you see an “LTE” or “cellular” model, that means you can upgrade your phone plan to cover the smartwatch – and that in turn means you can go out with just your watch and use it as a phone on its own. These models are more expensive and require a more expensive phone plan, but they offer great convenience (no phone sticking out of your leggings during your run!)
Is it worth buying a smartwatch?
As a smartwatch convert, I absolutely believe this is a worthwhile purchase. Every day that I forget to put mine back after it’s charged, I find myself missing texts and calls, and I’m still staring at my empty wrist wishing I had it with me. Smartwatches just make your life easier – being able to check your messages and calls (or even send and make them) without having to pull out your phone is incredibly useful and you’ll rely on these features even more than you think.
Fitness tracking options are great for those who invest in their health (or those who just love the small dose of dopamine they get every time they hit their daily step count goal, like me). And the more advanced the watch, the more useful it becomes, with options like music and smart home control, as well as contactless payment on offer.
Which brand of smartwatch is the best?
Again, this answer varies from person to person – but generally the brands widely regarded as offering the best smartwatches on the market are Apple and Samsung – with Garmin and Fitbit up close as the best options for fitness enthusiasts.