Whether you’re trying to get fit for spring break or just looking to keep tabs on your general health and well being, there’s are a couple of high-end fitness watches out there for you. For most people, the Fitbit Charge 4 will be the best choice. It’s light and stylish, has plenty of stamina, and offers smartphone notifications alongside all the fitness tracking you need. Best of all, you won’t have to cash out your bank account to purchase one. Charge 4 isn’t a one-size-fits-all device, however, which is why we include alternatives for anyone who doesn’t fancy the Fitbit and has their eyes on a tracker that is more suitable to their needs these are the devices that stood out for us. For a wider selection of recommended, full-featured wrist-based wearables, check out our picks for the best smartwatches.
|Samsung’s Galaxy Fit||Color screen
Good battery life
Heart rate monitor
Bad distance tracking
No GPS or connected GPS
|Apple Watch Series 5||Excellent design
Fantastic health ECG features
Good, comprehensive fitness options
32GB of on-board storage
The always-on screen is lovely
|Doesn’t work with Android
|Fitbit Inspire||Lightweight and discreet
Solid five-day battery life
Swim-proofing and guided breathing
Notifications leave lots to be desired
|Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro||Awesome design
Offline Spotify support
|Clumsy setup process
Bad value compared to the cheaper predecessor
|Garmin vivosmart 4||Accurate.
Long battery life.
Automatic activity tracking.
Measures blood oxygen levels, sleep, stress, and body recovery.
Slim, sleek design.
|The touch screen is dull.
Uses proprietary charger
Samsung Galaxy Fit
Samsung’s Galaxy Fit (high-end fitness watches) nails the basics absurdly well. As such, it’s an outstanding choice for the casual athlete looking for a reliable tracker. The first thing you notice is the Fit’s vivid and colorful 0.95-inch AMOLED display. Though small, the use of colors in the Gorilla Glass-encased screen makes it easy to distinguish between metrics while you are exercising. The Fit has a touchscreen interface that is responsive and easy to navigate. We wish you could tap on the screen to wake up the tracker, but that is a relatively minor quibble when weighed against its strengths. After all, you can easily raise your wrist or press the side button if you need to illuminate the display.
Fitness tracking is another highlight of the Galaxy Fit (high-end fitness watches). There are over 90 different workouts you can add to the watch, and six that you can track automatically. This automatic detection was one of our favorite features. It allows you to start exercising without having to fuss with the watch and shows the data you need, like distance, pace, and elapsed time. We also appreciate the inactivity reminders that gently reminded us to get out of our chair and spend some time moving.
Priced at under $100, the Samsung Galaxy Fit (high-end fitness watches) is not only the best fitness wearable for Android users; it’s also one of the best values in a fitness wearable currently available.
Apple Watch Series 5
For iPhone owners who have the money to spend, there is no question that the Apple Watch Series 5 (high-end fitness watches) is the best full-featured fitness tracker and smartwatch available. Like the iPhone itself, Apple’s wearable has a good deal of support from third-party developers, with every significant fitness app offering compatibility. The Watch also found a way to deftly mix features and fashion into a single wearable device, offering all-day battery life and a host of features that are tough to find on any competing device.
The chief upgrade for the Series 5 (high-end fitness watches) over the previous-generation Apple Watches is longer battery life and an always-on display that makes reading the watch dead simple. The latest Apple Watch also offers a faster processor and improved performance over the already outstanding Series 4.
We all know the Apple Watch delivers plenty of functionality, but it is more fitness-oriented features include GPS tracking, an altimeter that records changes in altitude, and onboard heart rate monitoring. It’s also waterproof down to 50 meters, offers support for a vast number of workout types, and even reminds you to stand after periods of inactivity. Throw in Bluetooth connectivity with wireless headphones and greatly improved Siri support, and you have a smartwatch that’s head-and-shoulders above just about anything else on the market.
All of this comes at a price. The Apple Watch Series 5 starts at $399 and goes up from there depending on size, the style of the band, and the inclusion of cellular connectivity. For those who already live in Apple’s ecosystem, this is just another extension of that platform, offering versatility and convenience in a stylish package.
Fitbit Inspire HR – (high-end fitness watches) is a no-nonsense tracker that covers basic fitness tracking and more at an affordable price.
The Fitbit Inspire is ideal if you’re looking for a budget fitness tracker few fitness bands on the market deliver the same core features at this price. You can use the band to track your steps, workouts, sleep, weight, water, and stress (HR model only). It’s a step up from other affordable fitness bands that have limited tracking and a simplistic display. Speaking of the display, it is a perfect size for a stylish device. It is big enough to allow you to view incoming alerts and exercise statistics but small enough to not look overly big on your wrist.
It’s a no-nonsense wearable that helps you improve your fitness while looking great on your wrist. The tracker is so compact and lightweight that you hardly feel it on your wrist. It has a clean, rounded look which is a refreshing change from Fitbit’s older boxy designs. The Inspire model (high-end fitness watches) also uses Fitbit’s quick-change bands allowing you to change the look of the device in an instant. Want to go out to dinner? No problem. Just swap out the sports band for the classic mesh metal band before you hit the town.
Fitbit launched the Inspire as a series that includes both the entry-level Inspire and Inspire HR. The most significant difference between the Inspire and the Inspire HR is the wrist-based heart rate monitor on the HR model. This feature adds $30 to the price tag of the device and enables advanced metrics like resting heart rate and stress management. With a price tag under $100, there is little reason not to recommend either the $100 Inspire HR or the $70 Inspire for someone looking to track their fitness with minimal investment.
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro will handle if at all you get wet and wild in the pool.
Like the Fit 2 before it, Samsung’s Gear Fit2 Pro is a sleek and lightweight fitness tracker that stands out for its in-water performance and stellar feature set. The Gear Fit2 Pro connects to the Speedo app which you can use to track your swim goals, your swim time, your pace, and the distance your swim in a training session. With a healthy dose of smartwatch capability, the option to store and stream music, built-in GPS, and water resistance, it’s a refreshing, cost-effective wearable. It does still feature the same, somewhat bulky design as its predecessor but that’s a minor nitpick on what is otherwise a powerhouse of a fitness tracker.
Featuring a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED screen with 320 x 320 resolution, wearers are treated to a stunning, crystal clear display. This is especially useful when scrolling through the wearable’s daily metrics of steps counted, calories burned, flights of stairs climbed, and the host of typical fitness data. It even offers up a Google Maps-type map after logging a run or bike ride via its built-in GPS, displaying the exact route taken. When listening to music either stored directly on the watch or via Spotify, the interface is easy to navigate, even while on the move. In addition to its subtle nudging feature, the Gear Fit2 Pro also offers accurate auto-tracking of a wide range of activities.
Fitness-tracking aside, Samsung’s inclusion of smartwatch functionality adds a welcome touch of versatility. Capable of sending notifications for Facebook and Twitter, phone calls, text messages, and phone calls, it even allows for quick response actions to be programmed directly on the wearable itself – though this is only compatible with calls and texts. Despite the fact it does offer some iOS support, only Android users have the option of sending responses.
Priced cheaper here, the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro is not only the best fitness wearable for Android users, it’s one of the best fitness wearables on the market in general. Its minimal design and comfortable fit perfectly compliment the suite of fitness tracking and smartwatch features, allowing it to easily stand out in an increasingly crowded market.
Garmin Vivosmart 4
The Garmin Vivosmart 4 (high-end fitness watches) is a very capable fitness tracker that stands out from the crowd because of its sleep tracking. Like most wearables, the Vivosmart 4 uses movement sensors and heart rate data to break down your sleep into stages. The tracker can tell how many hours you slept and you how long you were in REM, light, or deep sleep. It also records how restless your sleep was and how often you were awoken in the night. Its accuracy was uncanny; whenever we woke up tired, a glance at our sleep stats usually showed several periods of restlessness where we were waking up in the middle of the night and not even realizing it. The only thing missing was a sleep score, which is a single number that reflects the quality of your sleep and is available on competing watches.
Not only does the Vivosmart 4 (high-end fitness watches) track sleep stages, but it also has a pulse oximeter which measures blood oxygen levels throughout the night. These values can be used to help identify sleep disturbances like apnea. For most people, their blood oxygen levels stay well above 90% both during the day and at night when they sleep. People with apnea have periods of sleep where their oxygen levels dip below 90% due to an obstruction or some other physical condition that affects their breathing. In response to the low oxygen, their body jolts them awake causing them to wake up, change their position, and take a deep breath. This apnea episode can happen multiple times each night without the person realizing it.
Both this movement and the low oxygen levels can be detected by the Vivosmart 4 tracker. The tracker is not sensitive enough nor does it track the other parameters necessary to confirm sleep apnea. To get a medical diagnosis, you need an in-depth sleep study. The Vivosmart 4 can, however, provides you with valuable preliminary data that you can bring to your doctor. He or she then can decide if it is indicative of a sleep disturbance and worth further treatment.
Samsung Galaxy Fit -(high-end fitness watches)
Samsung Galaxy Fit is a more-than-capable wearable that remains the best fitness-tracking option for Android users.
Samsung Galaxy Fit Silver suits you if you want a comfortable fitness band with a vivid display and reliable fitness tracking. As well as any Android user who’s teetering between a fitness band or a smartwatch.
The Samsung Galaxy Fit is accessible and easy to live with, but poor distance readings and basic tracking see it fall behind the best. The Galaxy Fit (high-end fitness watches) is arguably the first Samsung fitness band that goes head-to-head with ultra-mainstream choices from companies like Fitbit, Xiaomi, and Huawei.
It’s a bit of a mixed bag. There are nice touches to the design like a glass-topped display and metal elements, but I am not big fans of the strap. Its distance tracking is unpleasant. At this price, you can also get rival bands with either connected GPS or full GPS, which are important for any semi-serious training.
However, the Samsung Galaxy Fit suits someone who wants a tracker that might get them out exercising a bit more. It works well as a step counter, and long battery life makes it fairly low maintenance.
Until Samsung sorts out its distance tracking algorithms, the Galaxy Fit is hard to greatly recommend. And even when it does, there are more fully-featured options at the same price or less.
Apple Watch Series 5 (high-end fitness watches)
Apple Watch Series 5 (high-end fitness watches) is expensive, yes. But the Apple Watch Series 5 can do it all. Though, its the best best for iOS.
Should you upgrade from Series 3? Yes! This is the perfect time for an upgrade you’ll get a new design that’s marginally more comfortable than the old one, a bigger and better screen with this always-on tech, all the new health tech… it’ll feel like a huge, huge step up.
Series 3 is still a great watch, with impressive battery life and plenty of speed. It’s only marginal one of the lot here – I would say no one will regret upgrading from the 3 to the 5, and you’ll notice the difference, but it’s the one you could stick with without feeling like you’re falling behind. For Series 1 and 2 owners, I 100% recommend upgrading! This is the best version yet of the best smartwatch
Apple Watch Series 5 suits you if you want the absolute best fitness tracker and smartwatch for iOS. And as well as for any iPhone user who is looking for a full-featured smartwatch that also tracks fitness activity.
Fitbit Inspire HR – (high-end fitness watches)
Fitbit Inspire HR is for budget shoppers who want a basic fitness tracker for steps, sleep, and overall fitness.
This latest tracker is more affordable than the fitness bands it replaces within Fitbit’s range and it comes sporting more tech than those older products too. It isn’t the most affordable tracker on the market, but everything works well here and it’s a great option if you’re looking to start tracking your fitness journey. Considering the price of the Fitbit Inspire HR, this tracker can do a lot.
If you’re looking for a fully-fledged fitness device, this may not be for you. But considering it’s under $100, you’re getting a lot of features plus access to Fitbit’s second-to-none app and integration.
Sharing stats with your friends is easy, and the app itself just works. You can buy cheaper fitness trackers with this amount of features and more, but you’re unlikely to get such an attractive device that works this slickly. This bit is for anyone who is looking to start getting fit or wants to find a way to monitor their exercise each week.
It sports a heart rate monitor for extra insight over the standard Fitbit Inspire, but it lacks features like GPS, so it’s probably not designed for you if you need to know your exact location with just your tracker on your person.
The Inspire HR (high-end fitness watches) is beautifully put together making for one of the most attractive fitness trackers from the company ever. It’s also important to note that the price of this tracker isn’t as high as previous Fitbit prices for comparable devices, so you’re still getting a lot here for your money.
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro -(high-end fitness watches)
The Samsung Gear Fit2 is good for fitness enthusiasts who want to jump into a lake or swim in the pool with their fitness tracker. Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro is waterproof up to 50 meters and can track basic metrics when you are swimming with the companion Speedo app.
The fact that the greatest threat to Samsung’s new Fit 2 Pro smart fitness band is its predecessor. Fit 2 has a lower price and an equally comprehensive feature set.
The main goal of the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is to make working out easy and fun, even if it’s in a pool. By and large, it succeeds, though so did its predecessor for the most part.
For most, the new model’s enhanced durability for the elements won’t be reason enough to broaden their fitness expeditions, though it does add some peace of mind. The fact that fitness apps are displayed front and center on the Gear Fit 2 Pro’s app screen provides more of a nudge to start burning calories than before, though this wearable’s painstaking setup and sync process might deter those who are looking for a device that’s ready to go out of the box.
Aside from the Gear Fit 2 Pro’s addition of the stellar offline Spotify support, most of its so-called improvements don’t make this a tempting purchase. That’s because they only act to call out a low-point somewhere in the platform that hasn’t been remedied.
Decent fitness trackers are simple to come by, though ones that are equipped to handle the rigors of rapid breaststroking in the pool are far and few between. It’s a very solid option for those who want to do some aquatic exercise. This wearable isn’t the best value for those who already own the Gear Fit 2, but worth looking into if other waterproof options, like the Apple Watch 4 or the Samsung Galaxy Watch are too expensive or haven’t worked to your liking.
This is still a good product and easy enough to recommend from the outside looking in. It has a beautiful screen, fulsome smooth touch interface, and a surprisingly decent app selection. But this comes with a big disclaimer: that you can get 90% of what Samsung’s new smart wearable offers in Gear Fit 2.
Garmin vivosmart 4 – (High-End Fitness Watches)
Pulse oximeter sets the Garmin Vivosmart 4 apart from its competition. It’s good for people looking to track the duration and the quality of their sleep.
The Garmin Vivosmart 4 is an attractive fitness tracker with accurate, in-depth metrics and up to a week of battery life. The Garmin Vivosmart 4 (high-end fitness watches) might be stylish, but fitness is its priority. On top of continuous heart rate monitoring and detailed stress and sleep data, Garmin provides you with more trackable metrics than most companies. And with roughly seven days of battery life, you won’t have to worry about charging it all the time.
For the same price, the Fitbit Alta HR has a similar look, feel, and functionality, but with more flexible fashion options thanks to its swappable bands. It also has a more responsive touch screen and a better user interface, but less detailed metrics. If you’re deciding between the two, your choice should come down to whether you place a greater priority on data (in which case you should get the Vivosmart 4) or lifestyle versatility (the Alta HR wins here). For notifications and apps, you’re better off with a smartwatch like the Fitbit Versa or the Apple Watch. At the end of the day, the Garmin Vivosmart 4 is one of the best affordable trackers for the primarily fitness-minded. The Garmin Vivosmart 4 has a pulse oximeter that can help you identify sleep disturbances. Its as well the best fitness tracker for sleep.