Best Smart Watches for Men's & Women's

You may have heard the term smartwatch before, but you might not know what they are or why they matter. Smartwatches are wearable, just like fitness trackers, that work in conjunction with your smartphone to let you get notifications and messages on your wrist at any time of day without having to take out your phone. They also offer advanced features such as GPS tracking, heart rate monitoring, activity tracking, and sleep analysis that fitness trackers do not have.

You may have seen an uptick in the number of people using smartwatches over the past few years, whether they’re on their wrists or they’re the small computer you carry around in your pocket. There are literally hundreds of options on the market right now, and many are far more expensive than you’d think (just look at Apple Watch). Luckily, you don’t have to spend that much money to find a watch that has lots of useful features while also looking good. Here are five of the best smartwatches under $200!

Best Smart Watches for men's & Women's Under $200

Fitbit Versa 3 Health & Fitness Smartwatch with GPS

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4.5/5

Garmin Venu, GPS Smartwatch with Bright Touchscreen Display

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4.5/5

Samsung Electronics Galaxy Watch 4 44mm Smartwatch

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4.5/5

Fossil Women's Gen 5E 42mm

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4.5/5

Garmin Forerunner 235, GPS Running Watch, Frost Blue

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4.5/5

Fitbit Versa 3 Health & Fitness Smartwatch

For its price, the Fitbit Versa 3 Health & Fitness Smartwatch with GPS doesn’t have a lot of competitors. It boasts a bigger screen (no pun intended) than many smartwatches and even comes in both men’s and women’s models, making it an easy pick. This device is water-resistant up to 50 meters, which makes it ideal for those who want to wear their watch when swimming or working out. This smartwatch can monitor your heart rate 24/7; however, you will need to bring your smartphone along if you want to use that function because it requires your phone’s connection.

Fitbit’s first smartwatch is a little more versatile than some other options. The user can customize it with different watch faces, and there are several built-in watch faces to choose from. It’s water-resistant to 50 meters, so it should be fine if you’re caught in a rainstorm. The battery lasts four days between charges, which isn’t too shabby for a smartwatch or fitness tracker. As one of Fitbit’s newer products, you may need to wait a few months after launch for third-party apps to build up their functionality.

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Garmin Venu, GPS Smartwatch

The Garmin Venu is a stylish smartwatch that’s perfect for men. It’s got a touchscreen display, GPS capabilities, built-in heart rate monitoring, activity tracking, sleep tracking, notification alerts on your wrist (via an all-day heart rate monitor), and it connects with your smartphone to let you see text messages. The Venu is rated 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. The product comes in several colors including black/silver.

For folks looking to keep tabs on their heart rate, Garmin’s Vivo smart HR+ is an affordable option. With its integrated GPS, you can also keep track of your pace and distance as you jog or run—if you happen to bring your phone along for your exercise routine. The touchscreen display allows users to quickly scroll through music playlists or check their step count, even when they’re not connected to a smartphone. And at only $200, it may be hard to argue against splurging on one of these activity trackers.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Smartwatch

Topping our list of affordable smartwatches is a model from Samsung, a company that’s quickly becoming one of our favourite smartwatch brands. It features a rotating bezel with useful controls, water resistance to up to 50 meters, and a bright display that can be seen in most conditions (even if it’s not on full brightness). As you’d expect from any other smartwatch on our list, it connects over Bluetooth to your phone so you can use alerts/notifications and apps like Uber as well as control your music. This is by far one of our favourite options if you’re looking for an affordable smartwatch that doesn’t sacrifice too much quality.

This smartwatch features a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a 300mAh battery. The case is 44mm wide. On top is an ambient light sensor, microphone, speaker/microphone combo, rotating bezel, IP68 dust/water rating and a heart rate monitor. It also has built-in Wi-Fi with support for LTE via Samsung’s latest Wearable Connectivity standard (which was announced alongside its newest version of Android last week). You can use it on any carrier with support from T-Mobile or AT&T or you can add in your own service if you want it to work independent of your phone.

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Fossil Women's Gen 5E

For a reasonably priced smartwatch, Fossil’s Q Neely hits all of your marks. It has Android Wear 2.0, an Intel processor, 4GB of storage, and can sync with an iPhone or Android phone via Bluetooth. It comes in gold, rose gold, or silver (depending on the model) with leather bands or stainless steel bands that cost an additional $30. The look is customizable but what sets it apart is its battery life. You can expect to get over two days of use before you need to recharge it—definitely, a step up from other smartwatches in its price range. It’s also IP67 water-resistant so you won’t have to worry about getting caught in a rainstorm without being able to make a call.

The Fossil Gen 5E smartwatch is a great entry-level smartwatch. It’s designed for women who want to track their activity, steps, and sleep, but don’t want all of the other bells and whistles that you get with a more expensive smartwatch. It does not have any built-in apps or special features, but it does connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth to allow you to control your music from your wrist. The Fossil Gen 5E comes in several different color combinations: navy blue strap with the white dial; brown strap with the tan dial; white strap with the rose gold case; silver strap with the black dial; pink strap with rose gold case.

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Garmin Forerunner 45

This running watch helps you track distance, pace, heart rate, and more. Connected features let you listen to music, get call notifications right on your wrist plus use a built-in activity tracker to record all-day stats like steps, calorie burn, and sleep quality.

Heart rate monitors used to be a must-have feature in smartwatches—for both men and women. While plenty of smartwatches still has that feature, it’s definitely been emphasized. That said, when you’re thinking about your heart health, keeping track of your heart rate is incredibly important. The Garmin Forerunner 45 is an option for men or women who want an inexpensive smartwatch with a heart rate monitor. It’s not as advanced as some other models on our list, but if all you need is a cheap way to keep tabs on your ticker, it might be just what you’re looking for. Just make sure you pair it with a separate heart rate monitor so you can take full advantage of its features.

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