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9 Best Smartwatches For Women – Ultimate Shopping Guide

From tracking your steps, to responding to messages and even learning about your daily stress patterns, find out the best smartwatches for women this year.

Forget just telling the time, these days smartwatches can do so much more! They can count your steps, track your stress levels, play music, respond to emails and more.

Wow have they come a long way in just a few years. I remember the first smartwatches were clunky and had too few features to justify the high prices. It’s funny looking at the evolution of smartwatches… who knew they’d become such a desirable accessory?

While they’re useful day to day, there are plenty of great features for travel lover like me. It’s fun being able to keep an eye on how many steps you’ve done. It’s useful being able to pay with your wrist, rather than carrying cards around. Hey, you can even pop your boarding pass on it!

Apple watch and iphone
The Apple watch has become one of the most popular smartwatches for women

Plus I love how you can do quick replies to people without having to get your phone out – particularly useful if you’re travelling to riskier destinations.

While there are plenty to choose from these days, these are my top picks of the best women’s smartwatches for travelling.

9 Best Women’s Smartwatches

Garmin Vívomove HR

One of my favourite things about this smartwatch is how stylish it is. While some feature digital screens, this one has real watch hands which show the time. When you want to use the extra features, swipe the time away and you can reach your steps, calories, heart rate monitor, messages and music.

Garmin vivomove HR
The Garmin Vivomove HR is a great women’s smartwatch

The Garmin Vívomove HR smartwatch is perfect for people wanting to understand their bodies better. It has advanced sleep monitoring to track how much time you spend in each level of sleep. Plus, it monitors your daily stress levels.

With strap options in every colour of the rainbow, you could order a few different ones and then it’s guaranteed to complement your outfit!

Fitbit Versa  

Lots of people wear Fitbits already, but the Fitbit Versa smartwatch is perfect for active sorts who want lots of features, while being able to track their movements in detail.

The watch is much smaller than the previous version and battery life is great, lasting up to 6 days. It also has more than 40 exercise modes and automatic exercise tracking.

Fitbit Versa 4
The Fitbit Versa 4 is one of the top smartwatches for women

It constantly tracks things like steps and heart rate, plus it’s water resistant up to 50m – perfect for swimming and water sports! It’s also designed to show your notifications and reply to messages on the go.

It has a range of clock faces (download from the app store) so you can customise it to your favourite colours, designs and more.

Apple Watch

If you own an iPhone you may be swayed to this one by your Apple loyalty anyway! The Apple Watch is one of the larger options around at the moment (particularly when you compare it to their previous watches) but it’s full of functionality.

Apple watch
Lots of women love the Apple Watch

Check your emails, review your notifications, play music and sync with all your Apple devices too. It’s also waterproof, has built-in GPS and it can make calls when you’re away from your phone.

In terms of design, it’s definitely a smartwatch rather than a pretty fashion accessory! It’s digital rather than delicate, but there are plenty of cute straps to choose from to jazz it up a little.

Google Pixel Watch

Google were a little later to the smartwatch trend than Apple or Samsung, but they launched with a bang! The Google Pixel watch has had good reviews all round.

It’s got one of the sleekest looks around with a bubble domed design. This smartwatch comes with built-in Fitbit fitness tracking which helps tell you your sleep, exercise and even your heart rhythm.

Google Pixel watch
The Google Pixel watch is great for Android users

There are some extra watch bands to choose from too, so you can customise this watch to go with whatever you’re wearing.

It also syncs with Google Wallet so you can pay on the go.

Michael Kors Women’s Smartwatch

This Michael Kors smartwatch is one of the most stylish around right now.

Michael Kors smartwatch
The Michael Kors women’s smartwatch adds style to your wrist

In terms of functionality it works with standard apps, you can use it to check messages, plus it’s fitted with Google pay so you can tap your watch for contactless payments. It has a built in voice-assistant too.

If you’re an active sort, you can use it to track your heart rate, plus it’s fine to wear swimming. It automatically tracks activity goals, steps, sleep, heart rate, cardio level and more.

Samsung Galaxy SmartWatch

The latest Android offering, the Samsung Galaxy Watch, is one of my favourites at the moment. It’s stylish, has a really good screen and plenty of functionality.

Samsung galaxy smartwatch
Samsung Galaxy smartwatch has been highly-rated this year

Along with the standard notifications and apps you can also track your sleep, stress levels, up to 40 types of exercise and plenty more. You can even compete with friends and family using a built-in live message board! It’s waterproof too, perfect for any adventures you have planned.

While there are a few options out there, I really like the rose gold smartwatch – cute, girly but still super functional.

Oh and you can use Samsung Pay for contactless payments, meaning you don’t need to carry your phone or wallet all the time.

Skagen Falster Smartwatch

If you’re finding a lot of the options so far a little cumbersome, then this might be the smartwatch you’ve been looking for! Created by Skagen, who make lovely, classy watches in general (in my opinion!) this smartwatch is a little daintier, with a clear display.

Skagen Women's Smartwatch
The Skagen Women’s Smartwatch is a bit different to the others on the list

It has plenty of the features of the others including being swimproof, tracking heart rate, activities and showing notifications. It’s also fitted with Google Pay so you can tap anywhere that accepts contactless payments.

Fossil Smartwatch

The Fossil smartwatch is another that fits into the slim and simple category. It’s one of the cheapest smartwatches around at the moment, and rated as one of the best smartwatches for women. 

It’s got a great always-on display with thousands of watch faces so you can personalise the look. It also automatically tracks activity goals, steps, sleep, heart rate, cardio level and more.

It also has good battery life, so you won’t have to charge it as much as many in this smartwatch guide.

Fossil smartwatch
This Fossil watch is one of the coolest smartwatches for women

One of my favourite things are that it has a few buttons on the right which you can customise to do different things. The most useful is the ability to snap a selfie, meaning you can set up your phone somewhere and avoid the awkward arm / big face issues of the past!

Kate Spade Smartwatch

Michael Kors isn’t the only designer dabbling in the smartwatch world. Kate Spade’s smartwatch is one of the most stylish smartwatches around right now.

Kate Spade smartwatch
This Kate Spade smartwatch is cute and girly

There are several cute faces to choose from, so you really can customise your watch to your outfit. Plus, it features the signature Kate Spade scallop design around the edge.

In terms of functionality, it has all the usual features including notifications, fitness tracking and various apps you can connect to. Sadly it doesn’t offer contactless payments, but that’s not something everyone is looking for just yet.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my guide to buying the perfect smartwatch for travelling! Let me know which you go for!

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With a passion for food, fun and adventure, Chloe is the content creator behind one of the UK's top travel blogs Wanderlust Chloe. From volcano boarding in Nicaragua, to sailing around Sicily and eating her way around Japan, her travels have taken her to some of the coolest spots on the planet. Named Travel Influencer of the Year in 2022, Chloe regularly works with a number of tourism boards, producing inspirational travel content across multiple platforms. Find out more about Chloe here.

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