Best hybrid smartwatch: Blend health tech and style

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Best hybrid smartwatches in 2022
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If you're considering a new smartwatch, but you're put off by full touchscreens, rectangular cases and short battery life, the answer could be to explore the world of hybrid smartwatches.

A hybrid packs in many of the fitness tracking, health tech and notification features you'll find on a regular smartwatch – such as the Apple Watch Series 7 or Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 – but inside a traditional-looking watch, with hands and numbers.

It means you get the best of both worlds, opening your wrist up to activity tracking, sleep monitoring, health data, notifications and grabbing the charger on a less regular basis, while still looking like the regular analogue watch you're used to.

Over the years, we've tested swathes of hybrid smartwatches from the likes of Fossil, Garmin and Withings, making us ideally placed to guide you on the key considerations.

Below, you can peruse our rankings and decide which is best for your wrist.

Withings ScanWatch

Price when reviewed: From $299.99/£279.99

Withings ScanWatch

The Withings ScanWatch has now got the green light from the FDA to be sold in the USA, and its blend of super smarts and style has now gone global.

The ScanWatch is a fine example of how to make a good looking hybrid that offers powerful features – with ECG, pulse ox and advanced sleep monitoring – and a 30 day battery life.

Available in 38mm and 42mm size options, the ScanWatch is built with premium stainless steel with a small AMOLED display at the top of the watch face to show off you tracking stats notifications and heart rate data.

It uses connected GPS to track outdoor activities like running, offers VO2 Max estimations and automatically recognise activities, which we found pretty reliable in our testing.

On the health front, you're getting an ECG sensor that can look for arrhythmia, so low or high heart rates. There's also an SpO2 sensor to measure blood oxygen levels and can monitor for breathing disturbances during sleep, which will be useful when it's cleared to detect signs of the disorder sleep apnea.

Data is stored and synced to the impressive Withings Health Mate app and you can up to 30 days of battery life dependent on what features you have enabled.

If you're looking for a hybrid that looks like a lovely watch and shines with its fitness tracking and innovative health features, the ScanWatch should be right up your street.

Wareable verdict: Withings ScanWatch review

Garmin Vivomove 3 series

Price when reviewed: From $199.95/£199.99

 Garmin Vivomove 3 series

The old Garmin Vivomove HR held our title of best hybrid smartwatch since its launch in 2017, and its successor, the Garmin Vivomove 3 series, has now taken over as one of our top recommendations.

The emphasis here is still on blending the hidden screen around physical hands, but now there's many more options to pick from, with case sizes coming at 39mm, 42mm and 44mm.

We're fans of all the styles, as they offer largely the same on-screen experience - it's just a case of how much you're willing to spend and what fits your wrist best.

The Vivomove 3 and Vivomove 3S are at the more affordable end, with the hidden screen sitting on the bottom half of the watch face and delivering the likes of notifications, activity data and more.

Garmin Vivomove 3

With the pricier Vivomove Style and even pricier Vivomove Luxe (the only variation to offer a color screen, as shown above), that hidden screen extends to cover the full face. With a double tap on the screen, you can start swiping to see your health, fitness and other updates.

New features include a pulse oximeter to offer richer sleep data, Garmin Pay, the ability to track respiration rate (via heart rate), a sport tracking profile for cycling and connected GPS to piggyback off your phone to map outdoor activities. You still get the best of Garmin's fitness tracking and notification support for both Android and iPhones.

Garmin may not be the first company you would think of when looking for a classic-looking watch, but the Vivomove 3 series offers excellent build quality and a real touch of style, particularly in the Luxe range, which comes with metal or leather straps.

Wareable verdict: Garmin Vivomove 3 series review

Withings Steel HR Sport

Price when reviewed: $199.95/£189.95

Withings Steel HR Sport

A more sport-focussed hybrid than Withings' other devices, the Steel HR Sport adds connected GPS and VO2 Max data on top of standard activity information such as steps, sleep monitoring, heart rate readings and other basics.

Unlike some other Withings devices, though, customization is limited. The Steel HR Sport only comes in one 40mm size with a matte black metal case, the only option being a white or black watch face and your choice of band.

In terms of its hybrid leanings, the small digital screen on the face allows you to view data, including activity tracking and smartphone notifications.

As we say, there's also a heart rate monitor on board to continuously keep a tab your heart rate through the day, as well as during your workouts.

You can expect 25 days of battery life with normal use, and another 20 in power reserve mode.

Wareable verdict: Withings Steel HR Sport review

Withings Move ECG

Price when reviewed: £129.95/No US release

Withings Move ECG

Like the ScanWatch, the Move ECG is a great pick for those who want that great Withings hybrid look, but can't stretch to spending on its most premium option.

The first hybrid watch to feature the ability to take an electrocardiogram reading - helping detect the signs of atrial fibrillation - the Move ECG is also water resistant up to 50 meters and will automatically track your activity.

That means walks, runs, cycles and swims will all be logged and reported to the companion app on your phone. And you don't need to worry about charging it before exercising it, either, with 12 months of battery available from the button cell battery.

Unfortunately, this one is currently still undergoing clinical validation from the FDA in the US, though it is available in the EU already.

If you can get hold of it, you'll get a sleek-looking hybrid with some decent fitness tracking features and a potentially life-saving one with the addition of ECG.

Wareable verdict: Withings Move ECG review

Fossil Hybrid HR

Price when reviewed: From $199/£189

Fossil Hybrid HR

Fossil is no stranger to hybrid smartwatches, with an impressive back catalogue of options for both men and women, but the Hybrid HR is something a little bit different.

Instead of a hidden screen or smart dial, the Hybrid HR instead brings the smarts in an E Ink display that works around the physical watch hands.

This is still far away from the functionality you'll find in a touchscreen watch, but it does impress by taking the hybrid concept and pushing it into a place we haven't really seen before.

With the Hybrid HR range, there's five different styles to choose between - three from the men's Collider range and two for women, the Charter.

The E Ink display beneath the screen shows off the likes of notifications and weather updates, as well as activity metrics, such as heart rate, steps and calories.

However, through the Fossil app, these can all be customized to show whatever you're interested in. And users can also swipe through screen to view notifications or expand music control.

Each model will also last around two weeks on a single charge, meaning features like sleep tracking are available, too.

Check out our full Fossil Hybrid HR review.

Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR

Price when reviewed: From $195/£189

Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR

If you like the idea of Fossil's Hybrid HR, but not in love with the styling, you can get the same hybrid tech packaged up in a Skagen watch instead.

The concept is the same matching an E Ink screen and traditional watch hands and casing to show off notifications, weather forecasts, fitness stats and music controls.

It's one that works with Android and iOS devices with the Skagen companion app letting you assign shortcut features to the pushers that sit above and below the crown. They can also be used to scroll through messages.

There's a heart rate monitor that can continuously keep tabs on your ticker day and night and during exercise. There's connected GPS letting you piggyback off your phone's GPS signal to track outdoor activities and it can automatically monitor your sleep too.

It promises up to two weeks battery life and there's fast charging support to get you back close to 100% from less than an hour sat on the charger.

If you want an attractive hybrid that's better built for basic interactions and fitness tracking, then the Jorn Hybrid HR will appeal.

Read our full Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR review.

Amazfit Neo

Price when reviewed: From $39.99/£34.99

Amazfit Neo

The Amazfit Neo is a bit of different take on the hybrid, but if you like the idea of wearing a retro-style timepiece and not have to spend much money to do it, we think you'll like this one.

The 40mm rectangular case houses a 1.2-inch STN black and white display that looks like one that's been yanked off a Casio watch. It tucks a smaller sub-display in the corner to let you know which of its smart features is currently in use.

It can let you know a notification has landed on your phone, just not read it on the display. You can see weather forecasts, the time from different time zones and turn on a do not disturb mode when you just want to use it in basic watch mode.

There's an accelerometer onboard to track activities like running and offer step counting and sleep monitoring and it supports Zepp Health's PAI heart rate-powered health scores to make sure you're raising that heart rate on a regular basis.

Battery life is up to four weeks and shouldn't take a huge hit with heart rate monitoring enabled, which can be sometimes be the case with more feature-rich Amazfit smartwatches.

It's cheap, looks great and offers a fair amount in way of smarts to make the Neo a great affordable buy.

Have a read of our full Amazfit Neo review.

Withings Move

Price when reviewed: $69.95/£59.95

Withings Move

If you don't want to spend massive amounts on a hybrid smartwatch but still want the features to justify getting something connected, it's worth casting your eye over the Withings Move.

Despite its budget price tag, it's still a bit of a looker, letting you pick from five different face colours and a range of brightly coloured bands. That's a bit of a departure from Withings' more serious-looking (and more expensive) hybrids.

The 38mm sized watch features a plastic case, but there's now also a pricier Move Timeless Chic option that upgrades it to stainless steel. Both versions are water resistant up to 50 metres and that sub-dial to show off you step counting progress.

It's not just about steps either. There's also support for sleep monitoring and automatic workout tracking for running, walking and swimming. There's even connected GPS support, which means you can use your phone's GPS to better track outdoor activities.

All of your data lives inside of the Withings Health Mate phone app (iPhone and Android) and the CR2430 coin cell battery typically found in many dumb watches will give you 18-month battery life.

There's nothing in the way of smartwatch features like notifications, simply because there's nowhere to show them. If you're not too bothered about knowing an email has come through and just want a nice-looking watch with some decent fitness and sports tracking skills, then there's plenty to like here.

Wareable verdict: Withings Move review

Frederique Constant Smartwatch Vitality

Price when reviewed: $1,000/£750

Frederique Constant Smartwatch Vitality

Frederique Constant is one luxury Swiss watchmaker that hasn't been afraid to embrace the smartwatch age. It offered discreet smarts on its Hybrid Manufacture and Horological hybrids and with its Gents Vitality range it's made room for more connected features.

The watchmaker has added four new looks to its gents collection with the Vitality taking a similar approach to Garmin and Withings watches mentioned below, adding an additional digital screen inside of the analogue watch face. It's equipped with a heart rate monitor to track heart rate continuously and that joins features like sleep monitoring, breathing exercises and the ability to view notifications.

There's support for connected GPS to track outdoor workouts, inactivity alerts to keep you moving during the day and access to coaching features as well to bring more structure to your training. It's also one that works with Android and iOS devices.

All models are water resistant to up to 50 metres and promise battery life up to 11 days. Unsurprisingly, this hybrid does not come cheap with prices knocking around the $1,000/£750 mark.

Kronaby Connected

Price when reviewed: $625/£495

Kronaby Connected

The Swedish hybrid startup was saved in 2019 after it was bought out of bankruptcy by Spanish watch brand Festina Lotus SA, and we are glad to see its stylish connected watches are still up for grabs.

Born out of a team where the core worked on Sony's smartwatches, the Kronaby Connected comes in a range of different collections for both men and women with sizes ranging from 38mm to 43mm.

You pay a lot, but in return you're getting on-trend looks, sapphire crystal protecting the watch face and Italian leather straps. All models are water resistant for up to 100 metres, though you're more likely to jump in the shower with them than go for swim.

When it comes to smarts, there's a surprising amount you can do here. From the sub-dial you can view daily step tracking progress. You can be buzzed for notifications letting you select different strength vibrations for different contacts. Assign features to the crown and pushers above and below it to control music playback or prop up your smartphone and take pictures from afar.

There's also safety features that let you let favoured contacts see that you've made it home, while a remember this spot mode will make sure you can make it back home if you plan to go exploring.

It's a hybrid that doesn't look very smart features-wise, but actually does a surprising amount. Plus, it's a great looker too.

Wareable verdict: Kronaby Connected review

Bellabeat Time

Price when reviewed: $179/£179.99

Bellabeat Time

A lot of hybrid watches care about tracking your activity throughout the day, but the Bellabeat Time is more focused on your wellness.

It does still offer basic tracking, such as steps, but where it really places emphasis in the companion app isn't in fitness metrics. It's here where you can get meditation exercises, stress tracking and period logging, and it uses all of these to help you keep track of your own wellbeing.

Those meditation exercises, by the way, are held to a high standard. During our testing, we found them to be just as good as some dedicated meditation apps.

They're divided into your mood, which is neat, so they can help you whether you're hungry or hurting from menstrual cramps.

It can also link up with Bellabeat's other products, like its connected water bottle, to track your hydration levels. All of this is topped by a very neat, classic design.

The Time is one of the few options on this list that are primarily aimed at women, which allows it to concentrate on features other smartwatches might not have even thought about.

In that way, it's one of the most refreshing hybrids available.

Wareable verdict: Bellabeat Time