Find the Best Wearable for You and for Your Pocket
There are hundreds of wearables out there, and each one seems to have a completely different set of features than the rest.
But don’t worry, most wearables only have a handful of features you’ll use on a regular basis.
The rest are just bells and whistles.
Some of those bells and whistles are actually quite useful like the Apple Watch’s Apple Pay and the unique altimeter on the Garmin Vivosmart HR + GPS.
The already huge and growing amount of wearables available today inspired us to identify the best brands and models for your money.
To do so, we conducted a survey of more than 50 products and 20 retailers to make your wearable search as easy and inexpensive as possible.
We found the following models to be the best based on price:
#1. Fitbit Blaze – Most Features and Compatibility
Fitbit is the global market leader in wearables due to its focus on fitness, which is the biggest segment in the wearables industry.
As such, it comes as no surprise that our survey revealed that the Fitbit Blaze had the best price ($199.95 MSRP) for its number of features and device compatibility. It doubles as a smartwatch and fitness band, offering the best of both worlds.
- PurePulse™ Heart Rate
- Connected GPS
- On-Screen Workouts with FitStar
- Multi-Sport, SmartTrack™
- Workout Goals + Summaries
- All-Day Activity
- Multi-Faceted Clock Faces
- Long Battery Life
- Call, Text & Calendar Alerts
- Music Control
- Auto Sleep Tracking
- Silent Alarms
- Compatible 200+ devices
#2. Samsung Gear Fit 2 – Most Features for Price
Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 ($179.99 MSRP) is an improvement on the previous Gear Fit model, and according to our research, it has the most unique, useful features for its price. Its built-in GPS, 4GB of memory and waterproof exterior make it extremely versatile.
The Samsung Gear Fit 2 does almost everything that the others do, but its versatility comes with a limitation. It is not compatible with as many devices. Still, it is perfect for anyone with a recent Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
- Advanced Fitness Tracking
- Built-in GPS
- HR monitoring
- Calls, texts and notifications
- Music Player
- Multi-sport tracking
- Sleep Monitoring
- Activity Summaries
- Counts calories, steps, floors
- 4GB memory
- S Health
- 4 days of battery life
- IP68 waterproof rating (over 1 meter submersion)
#3. Apple Watch – Most Features Overall
The third most popular wearable in the world, the Apple Watch ($549 MSRP) is the definition of bells and whistles. It is a tech-lovers dream, but that comes with a price. It costs more than double the most expensive Fitbit model.
The Apple Watch is also limited to users of Mac or iPhone products. For those that are die-hard Apple users, there is no better wearable available. Its popularity makes it compatible with dozens of third-party applications and makes interfacing between them and all Apple products virtually seamless.
- Make calls
- Receive call, text, calendar and app notifications
- Instant response function
- Display customization
- Activity app
- Workout app
- Multiple sports, workout
- Workout summary
- App Store workout apps
- Progress and results tracking
- Heart Rate Sensor
- Health App
- App Store health app summary
- Third party apps and notifications
- Apple Pay
- Apple TV control
- Mac application connectivity
#4. Xiaomi Mi Band 2 – Most Affordable
Xiaomi is the second most popular wearables brand in the world, and is becoming increasingly popular in the United States, especially since the release of the Xiamoi Mi Band 2 ($45.00 MSRP). Its limitation to basic functions is more than excusable given its extremely affordable price tag.
Xiaomi’s Mi Band 2 is perfect for all sports and fitness routines including swimming. It also has a very unique feature in its body temperature meter. Due to its low price and simple functionality, it is the perfect beginner’s wearable.
- Tells time
- Counts steps and distance
- Measures body temperature and heart rate
- Activity alerts
- Call and message notifications
- IP67 waterproof (up to 1 meter submersion)
- Scratch resistant
- Low power consumption
- Wristband lock
- Hypoallergenic wristband
#5 Garmin Vivosmart HR + GPS – Most Unique Features
Garmin is one of the most prolific wearables brands in terms of variety, even more than Fitbit. We determined that the Garmin Vivosmart HR + GPS ($219.99) is one of the most widely available, found in 28 percent of the retailers we surveyed.
Garmin’s Vivosmart HR + GPS comes close to Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 and the Apple Watch in terms of functionality and even has some unique features. Very few wearables actually have an altimeter to measure how high you climb, opening up fitness tracking possibilities for more sports than the most models.
It also has the best waterproof rating of all the models we surveyed.
- Watch functions
- 5 ATM (50 meters) waterproof rating
- GPS built-in
- Altimeter (elevation meter)
- Smart notifications
- Music control
- Virtual Pacer
- Keeps personal fitness records
- Heartrate monitor
- Activity tracking
- Auto Pause
- Auto Lap
- Customizable screen
- Shock resistant
- Step counter
- Auto goal
- Move bar
- Sleep monitoring
- ANT+ and Bluetooth
- Garmin Connect
- Auto sync
- Calculates floors climbed
- HR alerts
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