Best wearables for women: Smartwatches, trackers and running watches compared

The wearables that prioritise looks, practicality and plenty of choice
The best smartwatches for women
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In the early years of wearables, women were an afterthought. We'd be stuck with large, oversized devices.

Fortunately, things have changed, and many brands now offer slimmed down versions of their smartwatches and sports watches that don’t shortchange women when it comes to features.

We’ve also seen a welcome rise in female-specific features – things like menstrual cycle tracking, the ability to change training programs to allow for pregnancy, or safety measures such as the ability to remotely track the watch. Things that genuinely take account of women’s differing needs, rather than a simple pink paint job.

Speaking of pink, though, we admit it is nice to have options other than black (or very very dark grey), especially for watches we want to wear all day, and all evening too. A bit of style or sparkle is always nice, as is the ability to switch out straps to match with different outfits.

With those properties in mind, we’ve rounded up the very best smartwatches, sports watches and fitness trackers for women. Read on to find out our top picks.

Best smartwatches for women

Apple Watch Series 6/Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE

  • 40mm/44mm case
  • Menstrual cycle tracking
  • GPS tracking
  • Huge range of third party straps
  • SE: $279.99 (40mm)
  • Series 6: $399 (40mm)

The Apple Watch Series 6 and SE both come in 40mm and 44mm sizes, and with a slim 10.74mm depth casing that means that these are two of the best options for smaller wrists.

Choose from a number of different metal case finishes, and opt for a silicone or woven sport band, leather strap or stainless steel band, all in a range of colors. There’s a big third-party market for Apple Watch straps too.

Both models have built-in GPS and LTE for making calls and streaming music when you're away from your phone, and fitness tracking is highly accurate and provides a good level of detail.

On-board ECG offers serious heart health monitoring and there's a new blood oxygen sensor (both Series 6 only) that's designed for offering additional insights into your current state of fitness. There’s also an app for breathing exercises, one to monitor your hearing and another to track your menstrual cycle – plus the expansive app store means you can also easily plug into smartphone apps such as Clue.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is a flawless smartwatch, but the SE will be good enough for most at a much lower cost.

Read our reviews: Apple Watch Series 6 / Apple Watch SE

Garmin Lily

Garmin Lily

  • Menstrual and pregnancy features
  • LiveTrack for security
  • 34mm case
  • Price when reviewed:$249.99 (Classic) $199.99 (Sport)

This is a new launch, but it ticks a lot of our boxes. The Lily comes in two flavors, the Sport, with an aluminum case and silicone band, and the Classic, with a stainless steel case and leather band.

It’s one of the smallest smartwatches on the market, with a 34mm case, so is suitable for the slimmest of wrists and won’t look out of place with a smart dress or spaghetti strap top. The resolution hasn’t been published but doesn’t look to be particularly high, though there’s a patterned lens for extra style points when the display is off.

The Lily is pitched more towards wellness than fitness, and offers step tracking, 27 heart rate monitoring, stress, hydration and SpO2 plus Garmin’s Body Battery feature. There are also pregnancy-focused features, menstrual tracking and LiveTrack, so friends or family can get a real-time view of your location – ideal for women who like to go running alone, for example. If running’s your thing, though, the lack of GPS does disappoint, as the Lily will need a connected phone for location.

Read our review: Garmin Lily

Fitbit Versa 3/Fitbit Sense

Fitbit Sense

  • 40mm case
  • Menstrual tracking
  • Vibrant display
  • Fitbit Sense: $329.99
  • Fitbit Versa: $229.99

With a similar design to the Apple Watch Series 6, the Versa 3 is a small smartwatch with 40mm casing that comes in black, silver and rose gold options, as well as a range of strap colors. The Sense is a more health-focused watch with a design that’s closely modelled on the Versa 3.

Both models comes with a vibrant 336 x 336 pixel resolution curved AMOLED display, with accurate fitness tracking that caters for a wide range of activities. They also come with excellent sleep tracking features, menstrual tracking from the screen and breathing exercises on board.

The Sense also comes with a new EDA scan app that can delve deeper into stress, plus Fitbit's newest PurePulse optical heart rate sensor and an ECG sensor to offer medical grade-style heart rate measurements. A new temperature sensor is also on board to monitor body temperature during sleep.

Both the Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Sense come with Fitbit Pay, and a solid battery life.

Read our reviews: Fitbit Versa 3 / Fitbit Sense

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

  • 40mm and 44mm case sizes
  • 20mm interchangeable straps
  • Period tracking
  • Price when reviewed: $279

The Watch Active 2 comes in 40mm and 44mm case sizes, which both feature AMOLED screens, a waterproof design and pretty much every feature you could think of in Tizen, making it potentially a neat choice for Android owners who aren't convinced by Wear OS.

You’ll find phone notifications, fitness and sports tracking here, and though it doesn’t have our favorite physical rotating bezel as seen on the Galaxy Watch 3, it does have a touch sensitive one, which works well.

Battery life has been beefed up from the first Active, though still struggles to get past two days, and Samsung has started to roll out ECG, fall detection and blood pressure monitoring features to it too.

If you want to go sportier, there's an Under Armour edition that offers a more gym-friendly watch band and some extra watch faces. There’s also period tracking available via the Samsung Health app.

Read our review: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Huawei Watch Fit

Huawei Watch Fit

  • 46mm case
  • 10 days battery life
  • Music controls
  • Price when reviewed:$110

Huawei's Watch Fit is a smartwatch and fitness tracker hybrid that brings in a lot of smartwatch features into a slimmer frame for a great price.

The 46mm case gives it the look of a squashed/stretched out Apple Watch and comes with a sharp, bright AMOLED touchscreen display. It’s not the friendliest for a slim female wrist, we’d have to say, though we like the selection of cases and straps available.

Features-wise, you'll get built-in GPS plus Huawei's running plans if you’re not sure where to start. You’ll find core running metrics and also performance metrics like aerobic training effect, VO2 Max and recovery time.

Away from running, you're getting 24/7 activity tracking including sleep monitoring, plus there's an SpO2 sensor to measure blood oxygen levels and you can continuously monitor your heart rate too.

Those core running features work well on the whole, and while Huawei's Health app is pretty decent, you can't share data to third-party apps like many devices.

Key smartwatch features include notification support, music controls and the ability to change up watch faces. You’ll also find menstrual cycle tracking and estimated ovulation dates.

Read our review: Huawei Watch Fit

Garmin Vivoactive 4S

Garmin Vivoactive 4

  • 40mm case
  • Garmin Pay
  • Pulse Ox sensor
  • Menstrual and fertility
  • Price when reviewed: $274.99

The Vivoactive 4 is Garmin's sport focused smartwatch, offering the benefits of notifications and smart features with a jack-of-all-trades sports tracking which supports up to 20 activities. The standard model is a pretty hefty 45mm, but there’s also a more female friendly 4S model with a 40mm case.

Like its main rivals, this is a watch that aims to bring more than just fitness smarts to your wrist. It comes with a relatively low resolution transflective display, but it's got a glossy screen that makes the whole package a lot more stylish than previous models.

In terms of sports tracking, it's pretty comprehensive – you get running (indoor, outdoor, treadmill), cycling (indoor and outdoor), swimming (pool only), golf, strength, cardio, elliptical, indoor rowing, yoga and more. 5ATM water resistance is also on board.

You’ll get decent fitness tracking, and sleep is aided by the pulse ox sensor that will deliver advanced sleep stages and information on your respiration as you sleep. You can also track your menstrual cycle, symptoms and fertility prediction via the Health Stats section of the Garmin Connect app.

Read our review: Garmin Vivoactive 4

Skagen Falster 3

Skagen Falster 3

  • 42mm case
  • 22mm interchangeable straps
  • Onboard GPS
  • Price when reviewed: $299

If you're in the market for a really good smartwatch, the Skagen Falster 3 is currently our favorite Wear OS smartwatch.

For a minimal, simple style, this smartwatch is a good choice, with its round, stainless steel watch case and a choice of leather or metallic mesh strap. It’s pretty slim at 11mm thick too.

It handles fitness tracking well (although not perfectly) and comes with built-in GPS and a heart rate monitor. It also has a 3ATM waterproof rating, which makes it suitable for swimming. You won’t find any period tracking, though.

You will get everything else Wear OS has to offer, including Google Pay, music controls and notifications, plus you can also take calls from your wrist as long as your phone is nearby.

Read our review: Skagen Falster 3

Kate Spade Sport Smartwatch

Kate Spade Sport Smartwatch

  • 41mm case
  • Built-in GPS
  • Google Pay
  • Price when reviewed: $275

This is a Kate Spade smartwatch with a sporty twist. Previous Kate Spade smartwatches had some fitness and activity tracking features built-in, but this version is geared-up for workouts and the design changes make it much more versatile.

Rather than a linked strap or leather strap you’ll now find a silicone strap, making it much more gym and sweat-friendly than previous models. It has a light nylon and aluminum case that measures 41mm.

The Kate Spade Sport Smartwatch is also available in three different colorways. One has a pink strap and bronzed finish, another has a nice deep green strap and that same finish, and there's an all-black option with light purple accents, too.

With this sporty smartwatch you can track a range of activities, set goals and monitor your heart rate. There’s also everything you’d expect from a Wear OS-powered smartwatch, including built-in Google Assistant, NFC for Google Pay and notifications.

Michael Kors MKGO Gen 5E

Michael Kors MKGO Gen 5E

  • 43mm case
  • Heart-rate monitor
  • Built-in GPS
  • Price when reviewed: $249

Like the Kate Spade Sport Smartwatch above, the Access MKGO Gen 5E is a more versatile and fitness-friendly offering from Michael Kors.

The sportier MKGO uses a silicone strap and 43mm aluminium case, but doesn’t hold back from adding a serious dose of sparkle to the bezel.
Both of these arrive with Snapdragon Wear 3100 running the show. They share the Fossil Gen 5E spec sheet with a 1.19-inch AMOLED display and 4GB memory. They both retain NFC, a speaker, and a quoted 36 hours of battery life.

It’s worth noting it’s at the larger end of the scale, and there’s no smaller version than its 43mm case size, however it sits flush against your skin and doesn’t look bulky on smaller wrists.

There are four case colors to choose from – black/god, pink and pink/grey – and depending on the strap you can get a sportier or classier look to suit. We do like this gold/white combo. It’s sporting Wear OS and comes with built-in GPS and a heart-rate monitor plus it’s waterproof so you can track swims too.

Garmin Vivomove 3

Garmin Vivomove 3

  • 44mm case (39mm 3S option available)
  • Touchscreen
  • Hybrid display
  • Price when reviewed: $219.99

The Vivomove 3 is one of the best-looking hybrid devices around, stylish and great for everyday wear while also being fantastic for fitness training.

The standard case is 44mm and 11.6mm thick, so it’s not super svelte but not too bulky for female wrists either. And there’s a huge range of style choices available, with black, silver and rose gold cases plus leather and silicone bands in several colors.

Most of the time you’ll see a standard watch face with hands displaying the time, but the touchscreen allows you to swipe through screens to see your messages, heart rate and other data.

There are also a few different versions of the basic watch to suit style and price points. The 3S offers a more female-friendly 39mm case, while the Vivomove Style and Luxe have color displays with more information above the watch hands and a wider range of materials, but for significant additional cost.

Despite being a Garmin it’s very much a smart rather than sports watch, though it does of course offer the basics like step, calorie, fitness and sleep tracking. You’ll also get all-day stress tracking thanks to the heart-rate monitor, and Garmin Connect can track menstrual cycle and pregnancy, allowing you to log details from your wrist.

Read our review: Garmin Vivomove 3

Withings Move

Withings Move

  • 38mm case
  • Good sleep tracking
  • 18 months battery life
  • Price when reviewed: $69.99

This is a basic hybrid smartwatch. But it’s small (just 38mm), slim, and you can customise exactly how you want it to look.

There’s no bright OLED screen, but a traditional watch face that comes in a range of different colors – customise the detailing, strap and casing with simple shades or a bunch of fun colors and patterns. The Move has a standard strap fitting making it easy to customise without being limited to Withings’ own straps.

Activity is tracked directly on the dial using the watch’s third hand and it can pick up walking, running, swimming and more. You’ll need to push the button on the side when you begin though as tracking isn’t automatic.

Withings is known for its solid sleep tech and the Withings Move can track light and deep sleep cycles, duration and sleep quality well.

No fancy screen also means a fantastic 18 months of battery life. It might not be an all-singing, all-dancing smartwatch experience, but it’s a great option for those who want a minimal wristwatch with just a few smart features, a nice app experience and little else.

Read our review: Withings Move

Amazfit Bip U Pro

Amazfit Bip U Pro

  • 41mm case
  • Great value
  • Built-in GPS
  • Price when reviewed: $69.99

The Bip U Pro is an amazing value smartwatch that’s a savvy buy for bargain hunters. It includes GPS as well as SpO2 tracking, stress monitoring and breathing training. There’s also menstrual cycle tracking, which estimates the next fertile period and estimated ovulation date.

The Amazfit Bip U Pro also tracks your heart rate near continuously, and offers more than 60 workout profiles. It also supports Alexa on the wrist.

If it’s still not cheap enough for you, you can also choose the standard Bip U, which loses the native GPS and Alexa support. But it’s not a huge price difference, and GPS in particular is well worth splashing out for.

The Amazfit Bip U Pro is a really strong package that belies its low price.

Read our review: Amazfit Bip U Pro

Best fitness trackers for women

Fitbit Luxe

Best wearables for women: Smartwatches, trackers and running watches compared

The Fitbit Luxe puts the best parts of the Fitbit experience in a nicer, sleeker and more stylish package. We found the Charge 4 a little chunky to live with, and the black plastic and monochrome display was far from pleasing on the eye.

The Fitbit Luxe introduces a stainless steel case and a color AMOLED display, both of which is a huge visual step up from the Charge and Inspire. It's actually something you might want to wear and it retails for $149.99 – which is the same as a standard Charge 4.

It comes in white, black and orchid (pink) options and there's a special edition with gold link bracelet.

In terms of features there's nothing exclusive to Luxe, but plenty of top features filter down the Fitbit range. It's not as advanced as the Charge 4 (there's no built-in GPS, for example) but trumps the Inspire range with its SpO2 sensor for blood oxygen.

The Luxe also has built-in sports tracking modes including yoga and running (pictured above), and you can get GPS tracking if you take your smartphone out too.

There's also a new drive towards mindfulness, and it will keep tabs on stress using a daily stress score. That feature is actually rolling out across Fitbit devices. That's on top of sleep, heart rate and steps.

Read our full Fitbit Luxe review.

Fitbit Charge 4

Fitbit Charge 4

  • Onboard GPS
  • Fitbit Pay
  • 36 x 23 x 13mm
  • Stress tracking
  • Menstrual cycle tracking
  • Price when reviewed: $149.99

The Charge has always been Fitbit’s flagship tracker, and now with the Charge 4 it’s not just one of the most powerful Fitbit fitness tracker we’ve reviewed, but one of the best trackers, full stop. It’s also the first Charge to come with built-in GPS – always a plus for outdoor runners and cyclists. If you’re not ready for a fully-fledged running watch, the Charge 4 might just be for you.

You won’t get the same analysis as from a Garmin, for example, but you can see heart rate zones, helpful for those of us who prefer to train using them. And for general activity tracking, the Charge 4 offers the best of Fitbit’s activity tracking including sleep monitoring and continuous heart rate tracking. The waterproof design brings automatic swim tracking plus dedicated modes for activities including running, cycling and yoga.

There’s also menstrual tracking, complete with predictions for ovulation and your next period, and guided breathing exercises to help you de-stress.

The Charge 4 comes with small and large bands, and the actual Fitbit comes in black or rose gold, with a selection of leather, sport, woven and classic bands to choose from – classic are your best bet if getting sweaty.

Read the full review: Fitbit Charge 4

Fitbit Inspire 2

Fitbit Inspire 2

  • Sleep monitoring
  • Automatic activity recognition
  • Up to 10 days battery life
  • Menstrual cycle tracking
  • Price when reviewed: $99

The Inspire 2 covers the basics of fitness tracking, with steps, distance and calories burned plus inactivity alerts and continuous heart rate monitoring.

As we expect from Fitbit there’s excellent sleep tracking support, giving you a breakdown of sleep stages including REM.

Female features wise, there’s support for menstrual health tracking plus it’s a pleasantly slim device, with removeable straps so you can switch strap materials to suit activities and coordinate styles to outfits. You can also wear it inside a clip if you choose.

There’s also support for Fitbit’s Active Zone Minutes feature, to help you hit target heart rate zones each week. You’ve also got the ability to train with heart rate zones and check your cardio fitness within the app.

There’s no on-board GPS, but if you’re an out-and-about exerciser, you can track your workouts via Connected GPS as long as you take your phone along.

There’s also a certain amount of smartwatch capability, with the Inspire 2 showing you phone notifications from iPhones and compatible Android phones.

Read the full review: Fitbit Inspire 2

Xiaomi Mi Band 6

Xiaomi Mi Band 6

  • Blood oxygen tracking
  • 14-day battery life (7 days in testing)
  • 47mm case
  • Menstrual cycle tracking
  • $59.99

A very recent update on the previous Band 5, the Xiaomi Smart Band 6 is a huge overhaul of the previous design, with a 50% larger screen size and 1.56-inch AMOLED display.

There are now 30 tracked sports, and an SpO2 sensor to track blood oxygen. This also offers sleep oxygen levels alongside the tracked sleep stages and quality for the full night’s analysis, including potential signs of sleep apnea.

There isn’t yet a price for the US and Europe, but the Chinese price was slightly above its predecessor, so we expect this to sell for closer to $50 than the previous model’s $35.

Battery life is sold as 14 days, although we found our testing averaged at about seven days, which is still pretty good.

There’s no onboard GPS and the heart rate accuracy isn’t brilliant, plus it comes with a cheap strap and fiddly clasp, making it hard to get a good fit. But for the price it’s still remarkable value with plenty of health data offered, including period tracking.

Read the full review: Xiaomi Mi Band 6

Amazfit Band 5

Amazfit Band 5

  • Notifications and music controls
  • Amazon Alexa
  • 47.2 x 18.5 x 12.4mm
  • Menstrual cycle/ovulation tracking
  • Price when reviewed: $49.99

The Amazfit Band 5 is a pretty nice-looking tracker, with a superb 1.1-inch, 126 x 294 resolution, AMOLED display – a higher resolution than you'll find on most wristbands.

There are three plastic band colors to choose from (black, orange and green), and not many other options, so it’s not really one to pair with your smartest outfits.

For fitness tracking, the Band 5 covers steps, distance and continuous heart rate (and SpO2), plus sleep monitoring. It also offers connected GPS so you can track runs as long as you’ve got your phone with you.

You’ll also find women’s health tracking on the Amazfit Band 5, which lets you track menstrual cycles and ovulation periods.

One shout-out feature is the addition of Amazon Alexa, with answers to your queries displayed on the screen. You’ll also find notification support, music controls, the ability to remotely take smartphone photos and a nice collection of watch faces.

Depending on how much you use the features, you can expect 7-14 days’ battery life, so it’s a good model to put on and forget about the faff of charging for a week or more.

Even with those extra features, you can still to get up to two weeks battery life, likely closer to 7-10 days if you use all of its features regularly every day.

Read the full review: Amazfit Band 5

Samsung Galaxy Fit 2

Samsung Galaxy Fit 2

  • Tracks steps, sleep and stress
  • Waterproof to 50 meters
  • 46.6 x 18.6 x 11.1mm
  • Menstrual tracking and related symptom management.
  • Price when reviewed: $59.99

The Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 comes with a 1.1-inch AMOLED screen along with a band that's slimmer and sits more snugly on the wrist than its predecessor.

On-board sensors will monitor steps and sleep, as well as your stress levels via the optical heart rate monitor. There's automated workout support for activities including running, elliptical and indoor rowing, although we did have accuracy issues.

Though it’s waterproof, it won’t track activities in the water, which is disappointing.

There are no specific female features on the tracker itself, but the Samsung Health app does offer menstrual tracking and related symptom management.

The Galaxy Fit 2 does allow you to control your music as well as view notifications though, as well as offering quick replies from the wrist if you’re using an Android phone.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Fit 2

Honor Band 5

Honor Band 5

  • Heart rate monitor
  • SpO2 monitor
  • 14-day battery life
  • Price when reviewed: $35

The Honor Band 5 is probably the best fitness tracker around for those who want to pay as little as possible. And despite the low price, you’ll find plenty of higher-end features, such as a 0.95-inch AMOLED color display (240 x 120 pixel resolution) and an SpO2 sensor.

For more basic monitoring, there’s a heart rate sensor, automatic sleep tracking support and the ability to track a range of different exercises including swimming, with waterproofing up to 50 meters.

We were most impressed by the two-week battery life, meaning you don’t have to feel as wedded to a charger unit as with other watches and bands. The Band 5 is also compatible with both iOS and Android phones.

The core unit is only available in black, but you can choose from three colored bands: black, pink and blue. Perhaps a bit too gendered in the small range, though they’re all reasonably attractive, if functional.

The Honor Band 6 has been announced – we'll update when our review is complete.

Read the full review: Honor Band 5

Bellabeat Leaf Urban

Bellabeat Leaf Urban

  • Menstrual and fertility tracking
  • Stress level insights
  • Goal motivations
  • Price when reviewed: $94

One of the most genuinely female-focused designs here, the Leaf Urban eschews chunky wrist bands entirely and offers instead a pretty leaf-shaped tracker combined with a stainless steel enclosure that can be worn as a clip or attached to a necklace or bracelet. Though the Urban isn’t quite as pretty as the original Leaf Nature, it’s water resistant so better equipped for daily life.

The Leaf Urban tracks steps, distance and active time, as well as offering sleep tracking, though it can’t monitor heart rate or GPS.

The app offers general lifestyle tracking and meditation goals, but also both menstrual cycle and fertility tracking, alerting you to fertile days depending on the dates of your period. And if those alerts are successful, there’s a pregnancy tracker too.

Read our review: Bellabeat Leaf Urban

Best sports watches for women

Garmin Forerunner 45S

Garmin Forerunner 45

  • 39mm case
  • VO2 Max/GPS
  • LiveTrack
  • Price when reviewed: $199.99

The Garmin Forerunner 45 isn't the cheapest, nor the most advanced running watch, but it crams a huge amount into a well-designed package. The main Forerunner 45 comes in a 42mm case size, but the Forerunner 45S takes that down to 39mm, making it one of the smallest and lightest on the market and ideal for female runners.

We're still giving it the nod here over the newer (and more advanced) Forerunner 55. That device is a worthy upgrade, but only comes in a 42mm case. If that's OK for you, then read our full Forerunner 55 review.

You won’t get huge analytics or battery life, but it's water resistant up to 50 meters deep and has an optical heart rate monitor, which also kicks out VO2 Max analytics. It’s ideal for runners who don’t want to splash out.

The Garmin Forerunner 45S also offers LiveTrack, emailing a chosen contact with a link showing your GPS location – perfect for giving peace of mind to women who head off the beaten track on their runs.

It's compatible with both Android phones and iPhones, and you also have access to Garmin's Connect IQ store, though only to access additional watch faces.

Read our review: Garmin Forerunner 45

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music

Garmin Forerunner 245

  • 42mm case
  • Spotify offline syncing
  • Pulse ox sensor
  • Menstrual cycle/pregnancy mode
  • Price when reviewed: $349.99

Another model that’s ideal for female runners, the Forerunner 245 Music crams in some of Garmin's top running analytics features and music storage into a 42mm case size.

You’ll find Spotify offline syncing for 500 songs plus the PacePro feature for PB management, as well as VO2 Max and plenty of nifty data points like Race Predictor and recovery times.

Available in five different looks with interchangeable 20mm watch bands, perfect for matching to any outfit, you can also choose a cheaper Garmin Forerunner 245 version without the music capabilities.

This watch has a good balance of design, features and price and is ideal for runners happy to spend a bit more for powerful metrics and a sleek look.

Read our review: Garmin Forerunner 245 Music

Garmin Fenix 6S

Garmin Fenix 6

  • 42mm case
  • VO2 max/GPS
  • Powerhouse of sports data
  • Menstrual cycle/pregnancy mode
  • Price when reviewed: $599

The Garmin Fenix 6 is the pinnacle of Garmin’s sports watches, packed with the best features from throughout its range. It’s very much not female-friendly though, with a massive 47mm case that looks bulky even on male wrists.

The Fenix 6S, then (shown above left), is just what we were waiting for, bringing all that power and tracking smarts and packing it into a 42mm case aimed at women. It’s ideal for long distance runners, hikers, trail runners and more, and comes in standard and pro models with the pro adding a built-in music player, mapping and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The battery life isn’t quite as great as the full-fat version, but power management tools such as Ultratrac mean that you can still get more than 25 hours of GPS tracking. So it’s still on the list for female ultrarunners and endurance athletes.

Read our review: Garmin Fenix 6S

Polar Ignite 2

Polar Ignite 2

  • 42mm case
  • Built-in GPS
  • Waterproof to 30m
  • Price when reviewed $229.90

This is a fitness-focused watch that’s ideal for runners – and with a slender frame and 43mm case, it’s also ideal for female athletes, or anyone with slimmer wrists.

Despite the size, the Polar Igniten2 is packed with features, including a color touchscreen display and great-performing heart rate monitor.

There’s also a FitSpark mode, which analyses your workout data to offer personalized advice and suggested exercises.

The Polar Ignite 2 battery life is 17 hours based on tracked workouts with GPS and heart rate monitoring. In smartwatch mode, it'll last four or five days.

It's well priced, nice-looking and a good alternative to something like the Forerunner 45, for female runners looking for something a little slimmer to wear.

Coros Pace 2

Coros Pace 2

  • 42mm case
  • Up to 60 hours GPS tracking
  • Dedicated triathlon mode
  • Price when reviewed: $199

Coros is a newcomer to the sports watch space, but it's learnt fast how to make a good running watch and the Pace 2 is a great example of that.

The watch has everything a runner could want in terms of sensors and data, including the ability to pair up heart rate monitors and footpod sensors such as Stryd for an extra hit of metrics.

It's easy to set up interval running sessions on the Pace 2, and you can also build cardio and strength-based workouts you can follow on the watch.

The watch also comes with a dedicated triathlon mode (something that costs extra on Garmin models) and is equipped for swim tracking both in the pool and open water.

It’s less capable as a smartwatch, only offering notifications – though you can get third-party support for the likes of Strava and TrainingPeaks.

The Pace 2 offers great battery life too, lasting for 20 days in regular mode and offering 30 hours in GPS mode. You can also tap into an UltraMax mode that will give you 60 hours of GPS tracking.

Read our review: Coros Pace 2

Suunto 3 Fitness

Suunto 3 Fitness

  • 43mm case
  • 36g
  • No GPS
  • Price when reviewed: $229.99

The Suunto 3 Fitness is small and light to wear with solid sports tracking and offers heart rate data driven guidance and easy to follow adaptive training plans.

The watch tracks running, cycling and swimming (pool and open water), with a multi-sport mode for triathletes and a standard sport mode for, well, everything else. However, there's no GPS, so it's much better suited to treadmill and indoor workouts, including classes.

Heart rate tracking is good but not brilliant. There's also regular activity and sleep tracking on board – both of which feed, together with stress via HRV, into Suunto's recovery and resources features.

This is a sports watch that's designed to appeal to casual fitness fans and beginners, with swanky looks and a great price tag.

Other than the slimline size and weight, there aren’t any female-specific features, but if you’re put off running alone outside, especially after dark, then you might be glad to hear that it aced our best running watch for treadmill sessions group test.

Read our review: Suunto 3 Fitness