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More now than ever before, Americans are focused on their wellness. We have finally become more mindful of the quality of foods we eat, our daily water intake, the amount of exercise we do, and how much sleep we get.
And, in typical modern fashion, we can rely on technology to keep track of it all – right on our wrists. Fitness watches are not new to the worlds of fashion or wellness, but they’re cheaper than they’ve ever been. For less than $150, you can easily track your heart rate, workouts, sleep, calorie consumption, blood pressure, and even catch up on the latest news.
The best fitness watch you can slap on your wrist today is the Apple Watch Series 4. Digital Trends has come to the conclusion after testing dozens of smartwatches and fitness trackers — the latest Apple Watch is one of the few wearables to have ever received a perfect score in our review; it’s such a well-rounded device.
But there are other excellent options, from Fitbits to Garmins, and especially because the Apple Watch only works with people who own iPhone devices. We’ve rounded up several wearables here that blend the world of smartwatches and fitness trackers, if you’re someone who wants something from both worlds. You can check out our guide to the best fitness trackers if you want to focus on a wearable for the gym, or read our guide to the best smartwatches if fitness isn’t top of mind.
Why you should buy this: It’s the world’s best selling watch and chock full of features.
Who’s it for: Users who want a fully featured smartwatch with plenty of fitness-oriented components.
Why we picked the Apple Watch Series 4
If you’re looking for the king of the smartwatches, you want the Apple Watch Series 4. When the Apple Watch first debuted, it was touted as a way to potentially replace your smartphone and while it’s not quite there yet, it definitely packs some power beneath its attractive square watch face. The curved glass is complemented by a bright and beautiful screen while the Digital Crown rotates seamlessly through messages, notifications, and applications.
Apple’s latest flagship features WatchOS 5 which provides more fitness functions than any previous iteration. A comprehensive system, it doesn’t skimp on the basics like step counting, calorie counting, and heart rate monitoring. It adds in an electrocardiogram that measures the electrical activity of a heartbeat to help diagnose heart disease and similar conditions. There’s also a new competition mode for competing against friends and additional fitness modes that support yoga and hiking.
The Apple Watch Series 4 also is waterproof down to 50 meters while a barometric altimeter records changes in elevation — a coveted feature for hikers and mountaineers. This stunning package is complemented by reminders to move, while its 18 hours of battery life is enough to get you through a day or two of workouts before you need to recharge. The biggest downside is that the Apple Watch only works with iPhones.