Watches Aren’t What They Used to Be!
Using a wrist watch only for checking time is now a thing of the past.
While we always seem to be busy, the nature of modern employment has led to an inactive lifestyle. Most of our hours are spent sitting in front of a computer! This indoor lifestyle doesn’t often allow for a dedicated workout time in our busy schedules.
It’s therefore more important than ever to track activity time.
This is where fitness watches have stepped up to the mark, fulfilling a need we may not have been aware of. It’s been said that you can never know, understand, or improve on something that you cannot measure. Fitness watches help us do just that, allowing us to become stronger and smarter in improving our health.
When a new market rises with huge potential, a whole host of companies decide to join the party. Healthy competition forces developers to regularly improve on their products, but being spoiled for choice often makes it difficult for the consumer. How do you single out the model best suited to your individual needs?
This can be especially true when it comes to finding the best fitness watch for men.
There are thousands of reviews, making the decision process that much harder. Ranking these devices is a challenge many struggle with, so we’ve put together a list of the best 15 fitness watches for men.
1. Apple Watch Series 2
Apple has always been synonymous with unrivaled quality in their technological innovation. The Apple Watch Series 2 is testament to their commitment to consistency, and preserves their well-earned reputation for combining class and style with the latest technology.
With a display that ensures perfect visibility on the gloomiest of winter days and the brightest summer afternoons alike, you’ll never have to stop your workout to check on your progress. The lightning fast dual-core processor gives you a truly live update. And thanks to the built-in GPS, you’ll never get lost if you decide to take a detour on your run. Water resistant up to 50 meters, this is a perfect match for swimming and other water sports.
The well-designed work out app helps you find a routine that matches your abilities and interests, and you’ll be able to set and manage personal goals with the metrics tool. Thanks to the heart rate sensor, you’ll also know how well your routine is working for you.
Touted as the perfect partner for a healthy lifestyle, the Apple Watch Series 2 is certainly a crowd favorite. It caters for the casual user and die-hard athlete alike. Perfectly designed for men with an active lifestyle, and with multiple strap choices and customizable display faces, you’ll never have to worry about your fitness watch cramping your personal style.
2. Fitbit Alta HR
Offering a slim, sleek design that packs a truly powerful punch, the Fitbit Alta HR most certainly fits the bill as one of the best activity trackers for men.
This wearable marvel will measure your pulse and your heart rate, automatically recognizes exercises and sleep patterns, and will remind you to get active. It also tracks your steps, calories, and distance, and will automatically follow your sleeping patterns.
With a 7-day battery, interchangeable bands, and customizable watch faces, the Fitbit Alta HR is sure to make an efficient and stylish addition to your wardrobe and your lifestyle alike.
3. Samsung Gear Fit2 Watch and Tracker
The highly accurate heart rate monitor, auto activity tracker, Super AMOLED display, fitness widgets are just a few of the features that make the Samsung Gear Fit2 Watch and Tracker a contender for the coveted position of Top Men’s Fitness Accessory. Other notable functions include the HR Accelerometer, Gyro and Barometer, and the 5-day standby battery time. The built-in GPS also allows you to leave your phone at home.
Discreet and comfortable, the smart watch is compatible with a range of smart phones, and even gives you the option of connecting with your training partners’ fitness watches.
The Samsung Gear Fit2 Watch and Tracker is not only a highly functional option though – it’s also sleek, smart, and oh so stylish.
4. Emporio Armani Renato Hybrid Smart Watch
Emporio Armani is another brand name equated with style and technological innovation. The Renato Hybrid Smart Watch certainly lives up to this reputation.
There are a variety of strap colors and styles available to suit your personality, and the Renato Hybrid is able to send you notifications while tracking your exercise routine.
What really sets this water resistant smart watch apart is the Connected app, which works with Android and Apple alike.
How many devices do you know of that can do that?
5. Polar M600 Fitness Tracker Smart Watch
Actually, here’s another one! While based on Android Wear 2.0, the Polar M600 Fitness Tracker Smart Watch is capable of connecting to both Android and iOS devices.
Fully integrated with the Google Play Store App, the possibilities for customization are nearly endless. One of the many apps already installed is the Polar Smart Coaching, which will give you valuable insight on your exercise routine and methods. It works hand in hand with the heart rate sensor to provide appropriate advice. Waterproof and GPS enabled, you’ll also be able to track your speed, distance, and favorite routes.
Powered by a MediaTek MT2601 Dual-Core 1.2GHz processor, the Polar M600 will connect to your devices using WiFi and Bluetooth alike, allowing you to receive notifications on the go and workout to your favorite playlist.
Affording you the luxury of an interchangeable wrist band so that you can change things up to match your mood and personality, this is a smart watch guaranteed to make any man happy.
6. Garmin Vívosmart HR+ Workout Tracker
The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is equipped with a fully responsive touch screen that works well in bright sunlight and water alike.
The built-in GPS will track your distance and pace, while other features will help you measure steps, floors climbed, calories burned, and the intensity of your workout. Thanks to the energy efficient display, you’ll receive notifications and track your exercise routine without having to worry about battery power.
7. Fitbit Charge 2 Tracker
The Fitbit Charge 2 Tracker is a fitness smart watch designed for men, and is a solid choice if you’re looking for the perfect option.
It’s incredibly functional – thanks to the heart rate sensor, multi-sports tracking capabilites, calendar alerts, GPS, sleep tracking, reminders, and the ability to channel texts and calls. The Fitbit Charge 2 will even provide guided breathing sessions and wake you up gently with silent alarms!
Thanks to the 5 day battery life and customizable clock face, you can be sure you’ve invested in a reliable and stylish fitness accessory.
8. Misfit Ray Activity Tracker
At first glance, you may mistake the Misfit Ray Activity Tracker for a stylish bracelet, but don’t be fooled!
This slick and unobtrusive fitness tracker showcases minimalist design in fitness accessories. With six months worth of battery life, the Misfit Ray is also water resistant. Track steps, distance, calories burnt, cycling power, yoga sessions, swimming, and even dancing. It’s all possible with the 3-axis accelerometer.
9. Huawei Fit Smart Watch
Huawei has really established itself as a technological company, so it’s no wonder that their Fit Smart Watch makes an appearance on our list.
With multi-sports modes and a continuous heart rate monitor, this fitness watch will also track your sleeping routine and notify you of messages. It’s also yet another option suitable for both Android and iOS users, and offers up to six days of battery use.
Molded as a single metal case with Corning Gorilla 3 glass and a memory LCD touch screen, you’ll be able to take a swim without worrying about water damage.
With a range of bands to choose from you’re sure to find one to match your personal style.
10. Garmin Forerunner 230 Running Watch
Want to listen to music, give audio prompts, receive notifications, and share your workout on social media? With the Garmin Forerunner 230 Running Watch, you can!
Track your steps, pace, distance, time, calories, and heart rate with ease thanks to the VO2 Max. The GPS will not only record your preferred routes, but allow you to leave your phone at home.
You’ll also be able to install any number of apps and fitness widgets through Connect IQ, making the Forerunner 230 highly customizable. Better yet, the smart watch will also provide you with graphs that help you keep track of your progress over time.
11. Polar A360 Fitness Tracker
Allowing you to plan, track, and analyse your exercise routine 24/7 with the Polar Smart Coaching app, the A360 Fitness Tracker certainly ticks all of the right boxes. You’ll also receive personalized training guidance and monitor your heart rate.
With a high resolution color touch screen and smart notifications, there’s no doubt regarding this smart watch’s functionality. A range of silicone wristbands available in a variety of colors ensures both comfort and style.
12. Polar V800 Fitness Watch
Many fitness champions have lauded the Polar V800 Fitness Watch as one of the best, making it an obvious inclusion for our humble list.
The waterproof V800 model is packed with features, including the usual GPS tracker for distance, route, and speed, as well as a barometer, accelerometer, customizable sport profiles, Bluetooth, and a rechargeable battery. The Polar Smart Coaching app will also help you to plan your routine and run orthostatic tests, among others.
Built with an aluminum and stainless steel shell and Gorilla Glass screen window, the Polar V800 is certainly one for style.
13. Timex Metropolitan+ Smart Watch and Tracker
The Timex Metropolitan+ is a smart watch designed with function in mind.
But that doesn’t mean you’ll lose out on style! The classic analog face is encased in stainless steel and protected with mineral glass, and there are a variety of color options for the strap. Three dials provide you with information on your steps, distance covered, and heart rate.
14. Garmin Vívoactive HR Smart Watch
Sleek and stylish is the first impression you get when gazing on the Garmin Vivoactive HR Smart Watch.
The Garmin Connect app offers smart notifications and coaching tips. The Elevate wrist technology will measure your heart rate in real time. Whether cycling, rowing, swimming or running, the GPS technology is sure to track your progress through every step of your exercise routine.
With a high resolution color touch screen, customizable watch faces, and a variety of apps, this is a fitness watch designed for all sports activities.
15. Fitbit Flex 2 Tracker
Compatible with Android, iOS, and Windows devices, the Fitbit Flex 2 Tracker is certainly a versatile fitness accessory.
Couple this with its highly customizable slim band and removable tracker, and you’ll see why it’s also one of the most stylish options.
Thanks to the SmartTrack application, the Fitbit Flex 2 will automatically recognize your exercise routine and ensure you don’t miss a session. It also tracks your activities in real time, and gives you summaries to help you monitor and evaluate your progress.
The 3-axis accelerometer, vibration motor, and LED display with five indicator lights makes this swim proof fitness tracker a sure win.
If you enjoyed this article, you should take a look at its older brother – 25 Best Waterproof Fitness Trackers for Swimmers.