Best fitness trackers for women

First published: 20-06-2017

Best fitness trackers for women

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What are the differences between a great fitness tracker for women and one for men? That isn't the start of the bad joke. Of course a fitness tracker should accurately monitor your activity through the day, as well as during workouts; it should also help you to keep control over your eating habits; and it should feel comfortable and look great.

But while few fitness trackers are designed for one gender, women may find different trackers cater to their needs better.

Great multi-activity trackers for women

Females who take fitness seriously know that a diverse workout is the key to improving and developing. If you want some wrist-based help with that, you need a watch that supports multiple activities, and provides accurate feedback for even the most unusual sports.
  • Garmin Vivoactive HR tracker
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Widely considered one of the best multi-activity fitness trackers, the Garmin Vivoactive HR is capable of tracking your fitness across a range of activities, including running, cycling, skiing, swimming and more.

It collects heart rate data, provides calorie-burn data, and uses its smart features to give intensity feedback. The battery life lasts up to 8 days, and the strap is designed so it can fit small wrists, with the overall design of the watch significantly sleeker than some of its bulky competitors.
  • Garmin Vivofit 3 tracker
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With a lower price entry point than the Vivoactive HR, Garmin's slimline Vivofit 3 is ideal for women who are just dabbling in the fitness tracker market. The simple design makes this a tracker you'll feel comfortable wearing all day long, and thanks to the one-year battery life there won't be any gaps in tracking your activity.

The concise screen displays the time, along with steps taken, calories burnt, and even features a subtle move notification, letting you know when it's time to take a walk. For more in-depth information, connect the watch to your smartphone or desktop with the dedicated Garmin Move IQ app to see feedback on a range of activities, including cycling and elliptical training.

Fitness tracker meets smart watch

Those who want to organise their social life as much as their fitness would benefit from investing in a fully-fledged smart watch. Connect the device to your smartphone and enjoy the benefits of a personal assistant by your side 24/7, as well as advanced fitness monitoring.
  • Huawei W1 watch
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Based at the upper end of the smart watch market, the Huawei W1 is a luxury device you'll treasure. The large display is easy to read, while the device is light and slim, and the variety of colours and straps available will appeal to different tastes and styles.

Where the W1 gets an edge is through its exclusive connectivity to the great UP fitness app by Jawbone. The W1 displays basic data on the screen, but once you enter the UP app you'll discover a host of personalised feedback and stats that will take your routine to the next level - all while allowing you to update your Facebook status.
  • Polar M600 watch
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For those who want to wear their love of sport on their sleeves, the Polar M600 is a modern choice of smart watch that specialises in fitness feedback with great smart watch features. When connected with your phone, the touch screen display lets you read and respond to messages and interact with various social feeds, to keep you connected on the go.

Meanwhile, the 'Smart Coaching' feature offers 24/7 activity monitoring - perfect for tracking your steps. Dedicated sports modes can also track your activity, heart rate, and much more, all while providing you with advice to take your fitness to the next level.

Fashion-forward trackers suited to women

For those who value style over complex fitness tracking, several leading fashion houses have started to develop smart watches designed to look like a 'real' watch, while providing stripped back smart features, including fitness tracking.
  • Lacoste 12.12 watch
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Inspired by the iconic Lacoste polo shirt, the 12.12 smart watch is a stylish choice. What the watch hides beneath its simplistic but fashionable veneer, however, is something much smarter. The watch can connect with your smartphone to give social, text and call alerts. But, most importantly, it acts as a very accurate steps tracker - pedometers don't get much more fashionable than this.
  • Garmin Vivomove Sport watch
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Garmin is an industry leading fitness tracker brand, but those who prefer their watches to be as stylish as they are functional will love the beautiful Vivomove Sport. The minimalist design with subtle metallic highlights and soft wrist band hides smart fitness technology that can integrate seamlessly into your lifestyle.

The blue and red bars on either side of the face provide a snapshot into your day's activity, including steps taken and sleep monitoring. Connect the watch with your smartphone, and you'll also be given more in-depth feedback, all from a watch that wouldn't look out of place at a restaurant or in a business meeting.

Women's fitness trackers are available in a variety of designs and with a range of functions that can help to track everything from your nightly sleeping schedule to mountain climbing stats. Explore all of our smart watches to find your perfect fitness time piece.

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