Best smartwatches and wearables for women

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.

There's been a rise of "unisex" options for smartwatches, with case sizes shrinking down to 38-42mm to suit thinner wrists.

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 when out and about. 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 7/Apple Watch SE

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

  • 41mm/45mm case (Series 7), 40mm/44mm case (SE)
  • Menstrual cycle tracking
  • GPS tracking
  • Huge range of third party straps
  • SE: $279.99 (40mm)
  • Series 7: $399 (41mm)

Last year’s launch of the Apple Watch Series 7 heralded a design change for the leading smartwatch, with slightly larger case sizes and a smaller bezel giving more screen real estate than ever before. In comparison, the more budget-friendly SE is slightly easier on smaller wrists, but with a boxier design that now looks a little dated. Both models have a narrow 10.74mm depth casing though, making them two of the best options for slimmer 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 a blood oxygen sensor (both Series 7 only) gives additional insights into your 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 7 is a flawless smartwatch, but the SE will be good enough for most if you don’t mind the dated design – or really want that smaller case size.

Read our reviews: Apple Watch Series 7 / 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)

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

The Fitbit 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 4

galaxy watch 4

  • 40mm and 44mm case sizes
  • 20mm interchangeable straps
  • Period tracking
  • Price when reviewed: $249

The first Galaxy Watch to come with Wear OS instead of Tizen, the Watch 4 is essentially a replacement for both the Watch 3 and Watch Active, and offers a sleeker, more minimalist look. It comes in 40mm and 44mm case sizes, both of which feature AMOLED screens.

The standard Watch 4 has the touch sensitive version of Samsung’s rotating bezel. If you prefer the physical one you can go for the Watch 4 Classic, but that comes with slightly bigger case sizes (42mm and 46mm) and is less sporty in feel.

You’ll find notifications plus music controls and storage on board, plus of course extensive fitness and sports tracking. One big potential downside is that, unlike earlier versions, it’s not iPhone compatible.

Read our review: Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

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 Gen 6

Falster 6

  • 41mm case
  • 20mm interchangeable straps
  • Onboard GPS
  • Price when reviewed: $295

Skagen's Falster smartwatches have remained faithful to the minimalist roots of the Scandi brand, and we're happy to say it's more of the same with the Gen 6. If you're looking for a simple and elegant look, and one that's light to wear, you'll find plenty to like here.

It handles fitness and sports tracking well, and wellness features include workout tracking stats, sleep, cardio fitness, blood oxygen and heart rate data. It also has a 3ATM waterproof rating, which makes it suitable for swimming, and it’s light and comfortable to wear while exercising.

Annoyingly it’s still only running Wear OS 2, not 3.0, but will get that update later this year.

Read our review: Skagen Falster Gen 6

Fossil Gen 6

Fossil Gen 6

  • 42mm and 44mm cases
  • Range of strap materials and styles
  • SPO2 sensor
  • Price when reviewed: $299

Fossil has made some of the best-looking smartwatches going, and that thankfully doesn't change with its Gen 6 watch. It's another stylish number, and there's a good quality AMOLED screen with accurate colors, deep blacks and a good maximum brightness.

The Gen 6 offers activity and sleep tracking, has 3ATM waterproofing and locked onto a GPS signal nice and quickly when we took it out for a run. Battery life is underwhelming, but a fast-charging feature will get you from 0-80% in just over 30 minutes.

Read our review: Fossil Gen 6

Michael Kors MKGO Gen 5E

Michael Kors MKGO Gen 5E

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

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 ScanWatch

Withings scanwatch

  • 38mm and 42mm case sizes
  • 24/7 heart rate tracking
  • 30 day battery life
  • Price when reviewed: $299.99

The least smartwatch-looking smartwatch here, the Withings ScanWatch has a mostly analogue face which hides a powerful health smartwatch, with ECG and a heart rate monitor dominating the feature sheet.

It comes in 38mm and 42mm case sizes, and the more female-friendly 38mm size is available in four color combinations: white and silver; black and silver; white and rose gold; and our favorite, blue and rose gold.

All the usual health metrics are also here and it’s a good activity monitor and step tracker too, and the interior dial on the watch face will show your progress towards your step goal. The associated Withings Health Mate app includes a pregnancy tracker as well as the ability to track and monitor a baby’s weight gain.

It’s also not completely analogue. A small OLED screen sits on the dial, showing basic information like real time HR, steps and calories burned, and you can get some basic notifications there too.

Read our review: Withings ScanWatch

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

Fitbit luxe

The Fitbit Luxe puts the best parts of the Fitbit experience in a nicer, sleeker and more stylish package. It's actually something you might want to wear and it retails for $149.99.

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 5 (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 5

Fitbit Charge 5

  • ECG sensor
  • Fitbit Pay
  • 36.7 x 22.7 x 11.2mm
  • Price when reviewed: $179.99

The best looking Fitbit Charge yet, the Charge 5 comes with an AMOLED screen and is touchscreen controlled. There are three color options – gold, silver and black – and there are plenty of options for swapping the straps, though it is a proprietary fitting.

A health and fitness powerhouse, the Charge 5 offers step and heart rate tracking, including resting HR, plus VO2 Max, a skin temperature sensor and SpO2 sensor.

There’s also an electrodermal activity sensor which reads your sweat to assess your stress level, plus menstrual tracking, complete with predictions for ovulation and your next period.

It’s also pretty functional as a smartwatch alternative, offering notifications that are easy to read on the clear screen.

Read the full review: Fitbit Charge 5

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 6

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

  • 43mm case
  • Menstrual cycle tracker
  • 14-day battery life
  • Price when reviewed: $63.99

The Honor Band 6 is a follow-up to our previous budget favorite the Band 5. It’s a bit of a jump in price from that model, but is a much swisher design, and comes with a black case and a choice of black, grey or pink straps.

Like its predecessor the Band 6 is built primarily to deliver those core features of tracking steps and automatically monitoring sleep.

You'll find accelerometer and gyroscope motion sensors to help deliver that and giving you step counts, distance covered and can keep track of your active hours. For sleep, there's Huawei's TruSleep sleep tracking software to capture sleep duration, stages, sleep scores and offer sleep quality insights.

There's also a female cycle tracker feature, which offers an on-band experience, letting users see upcoming fertile windows.

Read the full review: Honor Band 6

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 55

Garmin Forerunner 55

  • 42mm case
  • Menstrual cycle/pregnancy tracking
  • LiveTrack
  • Price when reviewed: $199.99

The latest upgrade to Garmin’s budget running watch range, the Garmin Forerunner 55 unfortunately doesn’t come with a slimline version like its predecessors, but it’s still a reasonably sized model with a great set of features for the price.

New software makes this the best version yet analysis wise, and you get built-in GPS, an optical heart rate monitor and access to Garmin’s PacePro feature, which works out the splits you’ll need to hit a target time on a run.

The Garmin Forerunner 55 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.

Read our review: Garmin Forerunner 55

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 7S

Best smartwatches and wearables for women

  • 42mm case
  • VO2 max
  • Powerhouse of sports data
  • Price when reviewed: $699

The Garmin Fenix 7 (shown above) is packed with the best features from throughout Garmin’s outdoor range. It’s not very female-friendly though, with a massive 47mm case (or 51mm for the 7X!) that looks bulky even on male wrists.

The Fenix 7S, then, is just what we need, bringing all that power and tracking smarts and packing it into a 42mm case aimed at women. There are also Solar and Sapphire Solar models in a range of band colors (we like the Rose Gold) that are pricier but can bump up the battery life – helpful when it’s not quite as long-lasting as the larger versions.

Read our review of the Garmin Fenix 7

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