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The Best Smartwatch on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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A smartwatch is a great way to untether yourself from your phone, and it can also be an invaluable tool to track your health metrics. While we’ve written about plenty of things you can use to do this before — including the best fitness trackers and the best GPS running watches — here, we’ve rounded up the best smartwatches, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated smartwatch

Apple Watch Series 7 GPS

“Since getting the watch, I’ve worn it all day, every day,” writes one reviewer. “I’ve found that I use my watch more than I use my iPhone. Now, I don’t know how I ever got by without it.” Reviewers love the ease of use and multitude of features. “Everything you think a smartwatch should do, this watch CAN do,” says a second reviewer. “The screen is high resolution, it’s fast, and you can seamlessly transfer between phone and watch. The screen is small, but it displays a lot more information at once than I really expected it to, so using it isn’t a headache.” In addition to monitoring heart rate, blood oxygen, and other health metrics, the Apple Watch reminds users to stand up and move. It’s also beloved by longtime Apple Watch owners, who are enthusiastic about the upgraded features. “I’ve owned an Apple Watch since the 2,” writes a third reviewer. “The 7 is equally as great and is faster [and] bigger … The stainless steel feels more substantial and looks better, but the aluminum is great too.” A fourth reviewer, who upgraded from the series 3 to this model, says, “I love this watch. The larger face is amazing … 45mm is insane!”

Best-rated (less expensive) smartwatch

Fitpolo Smart Watch

One reviewer who lost their Fitbit smartwatch says this Fitpolo model is a great dupe. “The software is comparable to Fitbit in terms of function,” they write. “It has a heart rate monitor, exercise app, steps, calories, stairs, even a sleep [tracker] … Overall, this watch represents an incredible value for the money.” Another former Fitbit user who’s tried out many smartwatches says this Fitpolo model is “the best, especially for the price” and that the battery life is unbeatable. “I would say it is easily eight days between charges … being able to track my sleep every night without having to worry about the amount of charge every day is a real plus.” A parent who was reluctant to purchase an Apple Watch for their teenage daughter bought this model instead and says, “I’m extremely impressed. She uses all the workout modes, steps, calories, music, messaging … basically everything that my $400 watch does!”

Best-rated (less expensive) Apple Watch

Apple Watch SE (GPS, 40mm)

“SE is the best bang for your buck hands down,” writes one reviewer. “For the average person who wants an Apple Watch for working out and convenience, this is perfect.” Unlike the series 7, the SE model does not have a blood-oxygen sensor or an electrical heart sensor. This model only comes in aluminum options (the series 7 is available in titanium and stainless steel), but reviewers rave about its functionality. “The SE basically has all the same features [as the series 7] for a cheaper price,” writes a second reviewer. “Definitely satisfied with the quality & price … so happy with my purchase.” A third reviewer says, “If you can live without the always-on [retina] display and the blood oxygen sensor then I recommend this watch!” A reviewer with ADHD who typically leaves their phone in a different room to avoid “major distractions” says, “Having a notification station essentially on my wrist is a game changer! I can see notifications as they come in to make sure I’m not missing anything, but it’s not a distraction by any means.”

Best Android-compatible smartwatch

Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch, Rose Gold

Folks with Android phones tend to prefer this Samsung Galaxy smartwatch, and in some cases, reviewers even prefer it to the Apple Watch. “I have used many smartwatches and fitness trackers. I currently have a Fitbit Versa and Charge HR, and an Apple Watch Series 3 + Cellular. This Galaxy Watch takes the cake,” writes one reviewer, who adds that in comparison to the Apple Watch, the Samsung Galaxy has a longer battery life and includes a barometer and altimeter reader. On top of being pleased with the technical features, several reviewers noted that the watch is quite stylish. As one explains, “I love this watch. It’s beautiful as well. The Galaxy Watch is definitely worth the upgrade if you’re looking for a more feminine piece.” Another reviewer, who calls the watch “striking,” writes, “I have had and used the Gear S2 & S3, several Wear OS watches, the Apple Watch Series 2, the Garmin Fenix line, and the Fitbit Ionic. The Galaxy Watch is the most complete, stylish, and comfortable smartwatch I have had to date, and I am very impressed with the total package.”

Best sport smartwatch for runners

Garmin Forerunner 35

Dozens of runners and athletes praise the Garmin for its accuracy, battery life, and durability in their reviews. “I’m a Garmin gal. I guess you’d say I’m a seasoned or intermediate runner. This has all the features I need, and it is small enough to wear all day,” one says. A second reviewer, who says that after a full year of use, it still works like new, writes, “I’ve taken this watch on runs ranging from 3–10 miles. On each run it has accurately tracked my run — the GPS never seemed to lose signal.” A third athlete writes, “The Garmin watch is meant for a runner. If you aren’t such a serious runner, then I’m sure you can get away with something else, but the main reason I needed a watch was to track my mileage and timing ONLY during my daily runs and races. This watch literally does what it’s supposed to — accurately give you your running distance and time.” Our writer Karen Adelson wrote that the Forerunner 35 has all of the “elements needed for more intense training, including instantaneous speed display and the ability to program in intervals.”

Best fitness-tracker smartwatch

Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness and Activity Tracker

Multiple reviews mentioned the Fitbit’s superior fitness tracking at such a low price point. One reviewer writes that it provides useful daily fitness information: “I find it to be very accurate as my daily sleep score corresponds very well to how rested I feel that day. Also, the tracking of your resting heart rate is a good indicator of fitness level and is a nice thing to track over time.” Another praises the display, which is “easy to read, depending on the watch face and your eyesight, even in sunlight, [and] the rapid menus are intuitive.” Another user likes the lack of bells and whistles, “which gives it a really good battery life. Setup and updates were easy as well.” And quite a few reviewers praised the Fitbit for its tiny shape: “It’s light, accurate, easy to interface, easy to read, and the battery lasts a week,” says one.

Best smartwatch for kids

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 Purple

Parents and kids alike were thrilled with this Vtech smartwatch, with one grandmother raving, “My 7-year-old granddaughter was longing for a watch after her mother got an Apple Watch. Of course, that was out of the question. I thought this one would be scorned as babyish and no comparison! BUT she is thrilled with it.” One mother, who bought the watch for her 8-year-old son as a gift, writes, “This was my son’s favorite toy for two weeks after Christmas. It has kept him very well entertained, and we wondered why we bought other gifts for him after seeing him engaged with this watch.” Another parent says that their daughter “absolutely loves it. She feels so big with her ‘Apple Watch’ and plays on it often. She loves to record herself singing or take pictures of our family and then add funny faces. She also loves the exercise ‘app’ and a few of the games.”

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The Best Smartwatches, According to Reviewers