- 1 Best Smartwatch for Women 2018
- 1.1 Women’s Smartwatch Comparison Table
- 1.2 Smartwatch Key Features
- 1.3 Tier 1 Smartwatches- The Best Apple Watch Series 3
- 1.4 Tier 2 Smartwatches – Best Android Smartwatch for Women
- 1.5 Tier 3 Smartwatches – Top Fitness and Fashion Choices
- 1.6 Huawei Watch 2 – Best Fitness Smartwatch
- 1.7 Tier 4 Smartwatches – Some Functions
- 1.8 Tier 5 Smartwatches – Fashionable not Functional (Especially Fitness)
- 1.9 Tier 6 Smartwatch – The Budget Toobur Fitness Tracker
- 1.10 What is the Best Smartwatch for Women?
- 1.11 Final Comparison Table
The best smartwatch for women in 2018 is the Apple Watch Series 3. The generally high-quality feel, snappy software and a wide range of features tick the boxes of what a smartwatch encompasses in our eyes. However, as ever with any tech product; one size does not fit all. Due to smartwatches being as much as a fashion statement as a tech product to many purchasers, it is a relatively more subjective tech product to review. Our full list of fourteen smartwatches has taken the current best models and provide a possible range of options that cater to suit different needs based on design, features, waterproofing and fitness tracking.
Women’s Smartwatch Comparison Table
There is a variety of options available from steel classical looking watches to more sport styled bands. With this article, we aim to outline the key tech features that make each model stick out and are likely to be the most valuable to you in directing your purchasing decisions. A consideration of style is taken into account when we determine the best smartwatch for women, although as a tech blog we rank this as less important. This is highly subjective, of course, so you may well disagree with our choices on the best smartwatch for women.
Smartwatches can be broken down broadly into having a few purposes:
-Being a fashion item
-Acting as an interface for your smartphone
-A fitness & health tracker
-Telling the time of course!
Options in the smartwatch market encompass these to varying degrees, e.g. some are targeted fitness trackers, some are hybrids with a classical watch look but with limited function and some have a SIM card installed acting like a smartphone. Given these four key areas, any purchaser must consider what they want from their smartwatch. The majority of models are inclined to suit at least one of these needs to a high standard whilst the best can hit two or more to a high level.
Smartwatch Key Features
Before looking into our top picks of smartwatches, we will quickly outline the key features and terms related to smartwatches that you should be aware of. Going through each feature clearly explains why the Apple Watch Series 3 is the best smartwatch for women. It has pretty much everything you could ask for in a smartwatch. This will cover some of the features mentioned in our comparison chart as well as many others that we couldn’t fit on.
Smartwatches were originally designed to be an interface on for your smartphone, the range of features that are included under this term are:
Notifications: Most smartwatches have the ability to relay smartphone notifications. The most common notifications are incoming calls, text messages, alarms, and reminders. Every smartwatch in our picks can do this. Only some have the ability to do some other notifications such as from social media. Generally, the lower down tiers lack this area, such as the Toobur Fitness Tracker and Asus ZenWatch 3. The better smartwatches will let you interact and respond with the notifications, but most are just there to purely be a notification to relay you to your smartphone.
Speakerphone: As well as notifying you of a call, some smartwatches allow you to make calls via a built-in speaker and microphone. Some of the smart watches allow you to make a call, only accept calls or no ability to receive calls but just notify you. The Apple Smartwatch Series 3 will allow you to make a call even if you far away from your iPhone as it has its very own built-in SIM card.
Multimedia: Smartwatches vary in whether they have music libraries or video streaming available. This is a luxury feature that the best models tend to have.
The fitness tracking abilities of smartwatches are one of their strongest selling points. The top tier smartwatches will have these, but as you get further down the tiers, you tend to have smartwatches that either focus on fitness or fashion.
GPS: Is a satellite-based coordination and navigation system that is accurate. When determining movement through your fitness tracker, having GPS built into your smartphone will increase the precision and accuracy of your metrics. This is generally a bit of luxury in smartwatches and the fitness orientated models are the only ones that tend to have it. Brands which have it are the Apple Watch Series 3, Huawei Watch and Samsung Gear S2.
Accelerometer: A common device in smart watches that measures acceleration. Most models have this including Apple Watch Series 3, Asus ZenWatch 2, Samsung Gear S2, Huawei Watch 2, Toobur Fitness Tracker, Kate Spade Scallop, Michael Kors Sofie & Bradshaw,
Gyroscope: Is used in smartwatches to measure orientation based on rotation.
Calories burned: Estimates the calories burned typically in a day based on a range of factors. The better smartwatches do this more accurately as they measure heart rate and have a more precise reading of movement and energy expenditure.
Distance traveled: How far you have traveled or walked in a given time period. GPS is the most accurate measurement of this.
Heart rate: Heart rate monitoring is a relative luxury in a smartwatch. Measurements taking throughout the day can display to you when your heart rate was elevated and your average heart rate across long time periods.
Steps: This is one of the most common pieces of information gathered by smartwatches as many users aim for a certain number of steps per day. This can be accurately measured by most brands.
Sleep duration: Most smartwatches can tell how much you slept just by monitoring movement.
Sleep quality: They can measure the quality of your sleep based on your heart rate and movement throughout the night. Reports are generated to show how much deep sleep is obtained.
Battery Life: Our top choices of best smartwatches for women typically have a battery life between 18 hours to 4 days. Our list includes a couple of hybrid smartwatches (a hybrid between a normal watch and smartwatch) which have much longer battery lives of 6 and 8 months.
Waterproof Rating: The IP waterproof resistance rating scales an object’s resistance to water before breaking. All the smartwatches listed are highly waterproof, they can take full submersions of water for extended periods of time at certain depths. This is an important feature to be a hundred percent on as to avoid any unnecessary breakages.
Screen Display: Practically all these smartwatches come with OLED or AMOLED screens. These provide bright, punchy and colorful lighting to the small device. There is some variation of the display screen size, but they are normally around 300 x 300 pixels to 450×450 pixels. A higher pixel density sharpness (measured as ppi) will give the screen’s pixel a sharper look. The budget Toobur Fitness Tracker has a more basic digital styled number based screen.
Touchscreen: Smartwatches tend to come with a touchscreen, although some use buttons to navigate instead. Generally, the better models will use a touchscreen as it tends to give a quick and fluid feel.
Compatibility and Connectivity
Android Wear: A significant majority of big brands in the smartwatch game use Googles Android Wear as their operating system. There are many different versions which can be bracketed under Android Wear 1.0, Android Wear 2.o or Wear OS. The latter is a very recent rebranding done by Google that new versions of smartwatch will have integrated. This is used by Asus, Casio, Fossil, Huawei, Michael Kors, Samsung and in the Kate Spade Scallop. As you can see, it is the go-to set up for smartwatch software.
Watch OS: The WatchOS is what Apples smartwatches run on. If you want to buy the Watch OS then you must have an iPhone as their operating systems only work with each other and not other brands.
There are three ways smartwatches can connect to your smartphone or even act on their own accord.
Bluetooth: Every smartwatch on our list has Bluetooth 4.0 or higher as a possible connection method. Bluetooth 4.0 is one of the newest and best forms of Bluetooth in terms of connection range and speed of data transfer.
Wi-Fi: All smartwatches on our list except from the bottom two; Kate Spade Scallop and Toobur Fitness Tracker, can connect to Wi-Fi. This allows quicker and bigger data transfers, which may be done directly to your smartphone or perhaps your router. This will improve the use of apps of playback of media through your smartwatch.
4G: Having a SIM card built into the smartwatch allows you to use it for calls, texts and accessing data without your smartphone. Some have it, some don’t; it isn’t necessary but certainly useful if you want to leave your smartphone at home. Bear in mind that any data will come with an extra subscription cost.
Tier 1 Smartwatches- The Best Apple Watch Series 3
The Apple Watch Series 3 most comprehensively ticks the boxes when it comes to offering the feel, functions, and features that a smartwatch should have. Scoring well in all three areas leads us to give it the top spot as the best smartwatch for women. Given this is a product by Apple it is unsurprising that this is the case, especially as there is a huge crossover between a smartwatch and smartphone functions. The Apple Watch Series 3 does showcase a relatively big leap from the 2nd gen version. The design of the Apple Watch Series 3 is slick and tight, and more geared towards the smartwatch tech audience rather than those seeking a luxurious look.
This version comes with a much snappier and powerful Apple S3 processor, giving the Series 3 a high performance feeling to the product. Perhaps one of the most defining features of this upgrade is the built-in LTE in the highest spec version. This comes into effect when your out and you have left your iPhone at home. Unfortunately, for some, ownership of an iPhone is still mandatory to use the Apple Watch Series 3. It also involves a monthly bill of $5-$10 of data for your smartwatch SIM card. The battery life is 18 hours, the lowest on our list of smartwatches. In reality, we don’t see much difference between this and the 24-hour models. The value in the battery life relative to the Series 3 realistically becomes worth noting when exceeding a couple of days. If your smartwatch is pushing on having the same technical capabilities as your smartphone then you can expect to charge it as much.
The Apple Watch Series 3 is undoubtedly orientated towards the health and fitness tracking related features. What’s available includes step trackers, workout apps, and a new altimeter. You get the benefits of Apple Music with the Series 3 with 45 million songs available in an expanding library. Siri is integrated into the smartwatch, although it admittedly does not function perfectly all the time. The waterproof rating of the Apple Watch Series 3 is IP68 which means it can resist genera lifestyle water splashes, such as in the shower or shallow swimming. It shouldn’t be used for general sea activities or in soap. A final but sweet benefit of the Apple Watch Series 3 is the Apple Pay compatibility, making purchasing anything incredibly effortless. If you can name a smartwatch feature, this watch will have it. Accordingly, we believe that is undoubtedly the best smartwatch for women.
-Apple Music – 45 Million Songs
-LTE requires subscribed data
Tier 2 Smartwatches – Best Android Smartwatch for Women
Michael Kors Access Sofie & Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
In Tier 2 we have placed two Michael Kors smartwatches which are the Access Sofie and Access Bradshaw, both of which are functional, fashionable and the best Android. Given that smartwatches are strictly tech products, witnessing luxury fashion brands attempt to take their claim of the market is intriguing. One would assume that brands such as Michael Kors would struggle to make an impact in providing the features that define the smartwatch . Especially compared to tech giants like Apple. In this instance, Michael Kors actually delivers one of the best offerings on the market, attributed principally to the luxurious design but also due to the smart features offered. Their intention with this product is clearly communicated by a quote from Michael himself “now there’s no reason to sacrifice style for technology”. This is the best smartwatch for women looking for a classy and classic look with hidden tech gems. The two options for women are the Michael Kors Access Sofie and the Michael Kors Access Bradshaw. As the Apple Series 3 uses watchOS, we believe that the Sofie is the best smartwatch for women who use Android.
The Michael Kors Access Sofie is the newer version and was released a year after the Bradshaw in September 2017. It is an upgraded and therefore more expensive version than its predecessor. Both are made of stainless steel in with various gold and silver options available with added sparkle if desired. An immediately noticeable difference between the two is the size of the watch. Part of the upgrade sees a reduction in band size from 22mm to 18mm and also a reduction in screen size from 1.4 inches to 1.19 inches. This undoubtedly gives the Sofie a more feminine look. The Sofie is generally a better smartwatch as it has a higher resolution and much more RAM. The Sofie does lose out to the Bradshaw on battery life slightly as it is quoted to have 24 hours maximum as opposed to up to 48 hours. Some users have found that the battery reliability is very questionable, with some full charges being depleted in a couple of hours. This is likely to have been dependant on certain settings consuming power.
One area where the Michael Kors Access Sofie and Bradshaw stand out to other smartwatches is their customizable faces. The Access range is not the only products that do this, but the quality of the available signature presets and the depth customization that accompanies them, makes this one of the finest features. Your customizations of the background color, dials, and other elements can be saved and seen from the MK Access app. It is also possible to select day and night modes for the variability of your faces.
The Michael Kors Access Sofie abilities are up to scratch with many of the other brand’s smartwatches. It operates on the Android Wear 2.0 platform, providing real-time notifications from your smartphone. The notifications are brief and the finer details will have to be seen on your smartphone. The overall feel of the OS is fluid and professional. Both the Sofie and Bradshaw are compatible with Google Voice and Google Assistant. This is an important feature that keeps these models in the smartwatch race as voice recognition and voice commands are becoming a hugely important part of modern tech. There are a few problems that limit these products in some ways. As the smartwatches operate on Android software, they don’t work too smoothly on iPhones. The battery life could also be so with being a little longer. Realistically, anyone purchasing one of these smart watches is more likely to be going for style and fashion motives as the price is a little more and the functions are less “fitnessy”.We recommend the Sofie in particular as the best smartwatch for women who use Android.
-Michael Kors luxury style
-Clean steel look available in a few shades of gold and silver
-Best customizable faces
-Battery life questionable
-Limited functions on IOS
Tier 3 Smartwatches – Top Fitness and Fashion Choices
The top 2 tiers contained the best smartwatch for women in regards to having well-rounded features and good looks. The Tier 3 models are geared towards fitness tracking or fashion. Although they are lower down in our rankings, they are the best purchases for anyone who solely wants to achieve one function to a high standard as they are on average, a little cheaper. The best smartwatch for women who just want a fitness tracker is the Huawei Watch 2 as it is feature rich and typically a little cheaper than the Apple Watch Series 3. However, the Apple Watch 3 is a much better all-around option as it is packed with smartphone-like features. In Tier 3 we also have the best-designed smartwatch for women, the Skagen Falster, although its features aren’t as good as other smartwatches. This is a more subjective view, so it is natural that you may disagree or simply disregard the importance of design in a smartwatch.
Huawei Watch 2 – Best Fitness Smartwatch
Huawei has gained its notable reputation in the highly competitive smartphone market, producing products rivaling that of those made by Samsung and Apple. It is, therefore, no surprise that their impressive smartphone tech is well suited to the smartwatch market. Huawei’s Watch 2 is their top of the line smartwatch and is the best smartwatch for women looking primarily to track fitness and health metrics. You may be thinking, what about the Fitbit Versa? In our minds, the Fitbit lacks some of the essential features, such as inbuilt GPS, that make smartwatches so great for fitness tracking. Additionally, the Huawei Watch 2 is available as a dedicated sports version with tailored training plans and numerous exercise focused features, making it the best smartwatch for women who are focused on fitness.
The Huawei Watch 2 Sport has a premium and quality feel when worn on the wrist. Huawei’s use of material from the ceramic bezel and metal rear face give the watch a solid and premium feel. Unlike early smartwatches that look bulky and unsightly. The Huawei Watch 2 has a low profile (12.6mm wide) and a 45mm watch face giving it a similar profile to many luxury watch brands. It is worth knowing that the 20mm watch strap is interchangeable if you fancy a change from the rubber strap.
The Watch 2 is packed with an impressive array of sensors kept within the IP68 rated waterproof body, meaning you can temporary submerge the watch up to 1.5m. Getting sweaty will be no problem for the Watch 2 Sport. The model with Integrated 4G is great for runners; allowing you to receive calls, messages and live directions without the need to bring our smartphone. However, this does decrease your battery life from 2 days (without integrated 4G) to 1.5 days. Inbuild GPS and continuous heart rate monitoring provide you with impressive tracking abilities. Pairing this with Huawei’s workout app allows you to see detailed graphs, including predicted VO2, as well as giving you reminders when you are inactive for more than an hour. Other notable features include; 4GB flash memory, NFC payment, barometer.
The Huawei Watch 2 Sport is an impressive fitness-focused smartwatch with a complete package of features. Integrated 4G and built-in satnav mean no need to bring your smartphone with you on those long runs and gym sessions. The impressive range of fitness functions undoubtedly makes this the best smartwatch for women who love fitness and health.
-Lower battery life on 4G model
– Two-button watch control
Skagen Falster – Best Designed Smartwatch
The Skagen Falster is a very sweet looking smartwatch. It has an especially simple, classy and authentic look to it which we believe is the best smartwatch for women in terms of design. As smartwatches are as much of a fashion product as they are a tech product, with the former being subjective. Much of our rating of the Skagen Falster is based upon its looks, offering the most fashionable option in our best smartwatch for women overview. The subjectivity of this inevitably means that the Skagen Falsters rating is up for debate the features are not up to scratch with the other smartwatches. Skagen is actually a subsidiary of Fossil so it is well resourced. Compared to regular Fossil watches, it has a relatively compact look opposed to the regular hefty and heavy feel.
The features lack the breadth that many other smartwatches offer for the same price or even cheaper. In practice, the battery life is slightly low despite stating 24 hours. The screen quality and pixelation are also not up to scratch in comparison to some of the better models. Big issues with the Skagen Falster involve missing some of the key health and fitness trackers that are considered necessary by many. This includes not having a heart-rate monitor, no local music playback, inbuilt GPS and sub-par waterproofing not suitable for the pool. It does have Google Assistant and voice commands built in via Wear OS 2.0. This smartwatch is good for delivering notifications and looking classy. If your looking for an all round and functional smartwatch then look at the best smartwatch for women in Tiers 1 and 2. If you want a beautiful watch with a bit of smart function then this is for you.
-Not up to scratch features
Tier 4 Smartwatches – Some Functions
Tier 4 includes some big names; Samsungs and Nokia’s . Overall these lack the range and depth of the functions that our best smartwatch for women choices offer. They lag in activity and smartphone features, such as having only a few kinds of notifications and no voice control. They are a fair bit cheaper though, for example, they are under half the price as the Apple Watch Series 3 on Amazon. The Nokia Steel Activity & Sleep Tracker may be a good choice for some, due to the whopping 8 months of battery life. Additionally, the design of these watches may tickle your fancy somewhat.
Tier 5 Smartwatches – Fashionable not Functional (Especially Fitness)
Tier 5 is our largest grouping with four smartwatches that are nice to look at it but are nowhere near as functional as the best smartwatch for women. They do include models from Fossil and Kate Spade Scallop, which designs are very popular and may be of preference to many. The Fossil Q Venture and Accomplice are sharp looking smartwatches but lack some of the most sought-after fitness features such as a heart rate monitor or GPS. They do track steps, distance and estimate calories albeit a little bluntly. One perk of the hybrid Fossil Q Accomplice is the 6 months of battery life. The Kate Spade Scallop is in a similar situation as the two Fossil Q models. A pretty and solid design but lacks a wide range of features, particularly in the fitness department. These may be areas both these brands will make up with over time, but for now, if you want fitness tracking, as many people do, steer clear of these two brands. Finally, the Asus ZenWatch 3 is worth mentioning due to its very pretty big bright display screen and two-day battery life. As with the rest of this grouping, the features are ok, but you can certainly get better.
Tier 6 Smartwatch – The Budget Toobur Fitness Tracker
The Toobur Fitness Tracker Watch is a pretty incredibly cheap option for a smartwatch. It is certainly more a fitness tracker than a smartwatch but we felt it was the perfect fit for a budget option. Toobur is a very small company and they only currently offer two wearables which are both in the $20 range. The Toobur Fitness Tracker Watch is accompanied by the free fitness and health tracking app VeryFitPro. This app reports data it has collected in regards to a wide range of health-related purposes. We feel that this is pretty amazing technology for the price, making the Toobur our best smartwatch for women on a tight budget.
The Toobur Fitness Tracker Watch comes preset with fourteen activity modes which cover basic activities such as walking, running and cycling to more diverse sports such as yoga, dance, and basketball. It is a matter of selecting an option, exercising and referring to the app available on IOS and Android. Data that is monitored includes heart rate, steps taken and calories burned to name a few. There is also a feature to track your sleep quality which is again trackable on the VeryFitPro app. The metrics included are deep sleep, light sleep, wake-sleep and an overall sleep duration. The Toobur Fitness Tracker Watch also syncs to your smartphone to send calls, SMS and SNS notifications. This is pretty amazing for its price and quite possibly earns it the status of smartwatch rather than a fitness tracker. The tracker has a IP67 waterproof rating, meaning it should survive for 30 minutes when submerged in one meter of water. This is not the best smartwatch for women by any means, but it rivals some products which are literally ten times the price. It also has a very strong battery life, one of the best on our list. The Toobur Fitness Tracker Watch is stated to have a battery life of five to eight days.
With budget options that are so much cheaper than its rivals, it is certainly hard to go wrong. The Toobur Fitness Tracker Watch is certainly one of those products. This is the best smartwatch for women seeking to track fitness and health-related metrics who is less fussed about making a fashion statement.
-Decent fitness & health tracking
-14 activity modes
-Call & SMS notifications
-Less features & functions
-More of a fitness tracker
What is the Best Smartwatch for Women?
The best smartwatch for women 2018 is undoubtedly the Apple Watch Series 3 because of its well-rounded nature and its complete features. However, the purchase of an Apple Watch does have to follow a purchase of an iPhone. This will inevitably mean that for many readers it will not be a viable option. Well, I hope you all enjoyed our best smartwatch for women article and hope we have given an option to suit everyone. Check out our other articles on our home page.
Final Comparison Table
|Tier||Smartwatch||Rating||Highlight||Battery Life||Water Resistance||Connectivity||Price|
|1||Apple Watch Series 3||100||"Fast processor|
|2||Michael Kors Access Sofie||96||"|
|2||Michael Kors Access Bradshaw||95||"|
|3||Huawei Watch 2 Sport||93||"|
Variety of sensors
|3||Skagen Falster||93||"Best design|
|4 Days||5ATM||" WiFi|
|4||Samsung Gear S2 Classic||89||Simple & fluid OS||48 - 72 Hours||IP67||"WiFi|
|4||Samsung Gear S2||88||Simple & fluid OS||48 - 72 Hours||IP67||"WiFi|
|4||Nokia Steel Activity & Sleep||86||Huge battery life||8 Months||5ATM||"WiFi|
|5||Fossil Q Accomplice||84||"Fossil quality design|
|6 Months||3ATM||Bluetooth 4.1||$|
|5||Fossil Q Venture||82||"Fossil quality design|
|5||Asus ZenWatch 3||80||Pretty display||24 - 48 Hours||IP67||" WiFi|
|5||Kate Spade Scallop||78||"Fashionable design|
|24 Hours||IP67||Bluetooth 4.1||$$$|
|6||Toobur Fitness Tracker Watch||66||Budget Option||5 - 8 Days||IP67||Bluetooth 4.0||$$|