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The Top 8 Best Fitness Trackers for Women

Natalie Krafft

Published in Fitness

10 min read

October 27, 2023
someone wearing a fitness tracker smartwatch
someone wearing a fitness tracker smartwatch

In today's fast-paced world, staying on top of your fitness goals has never been more challenging. Enter the world of wearable fitness trackers, which have revolutionized the way we all think about health and wellness.

Every woman’s body is unique, and tracking your fitness goals allows you to customize your diet and workout plans based on your individual needs. Many fitness tracking wearable can even pair with third-party apps, including the Nutrisense app to help you track your progress.

Fitness trackers can help by offering motivation, accountability, support, and real-time, data-driven insights into your health and fitness. In this article, we delve into our top picks for the best fitness trackers tailored for women, highlighting their key features, functionality, and any pros and cons when it comes to using them.

1) Fitbit Inspire 3

a fitbit watch with an orange band

The Fitbit Inspire 3 is a wearable activity tracker designed to help you monitor your physical activity and overall health. Fitbit also has a free app that allows you to connect with others, log your health information, and more. A premium version of the app offers even more features, like advanced health insights, mindfulness sessions, and daily sleep, stress management, and readiness scores. 

Key Features

  • The Fitbit Inspire 3 tracks several health metrics, including heart rate, activity, step count, distance, calories, glucose, menstrual cycles, sleep, mood, and more.
  • The tracker offers several features that help users manage stress, including guided breathing exercises and a daily stress management score. 
  • This device is compatible with most smartphones and can send you call, text, and app notifications when your phone is nearby. 

Pros

  • Battery life lasts up to 10 days.
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters.
  • Auto-detects when you are exercising and records your stats.
  • Can connect to your smartphone’s GPS to track your pace and distance during exercise.

Cons

  • Many features are only available with a Premium subscription.
  • A Google account is required to activate new Fitbit devices.
  • Has a very small watch face, which may be hard to read for some people.

Price

This device costs $99.95 and includes a classic wristband and charging cable. A Fitbit Premium subscription to the Fitbit app costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year. 

2) Garmin Fenix 7

a garmin fenix watch

The Garmin Fenix 7 is a sports smartwatch that gives you tools to assess your current fitness levels and establish realistic fitness goals. The watch comes in three sizes, has a touchscreen watchface, and can track several health and fitness metrics.

Garmin also provides a free app called Garmin Connect, which allows you to view your health stats, track your goals, and connect with friends who also use the app. 

Key Features

  • The Garmin Fenix 7 tracks many health and fitness metrics, including sleep tracking, heart rate data, respiration, hydration, calories, menstrual cycle, blood oxygen levels, and more.
  • The tracker has advanced workout tracking features tailored to specific activities such as running. For example, runners can measure their cadence, stride length, ground contact time, speed, and distance.
  • This health tracking device has preloaded activity profiles for trail running, swimming, biking, rowing, golfing, hiking, surfing, and more. 
  • The tracker has a built-in GPS and can provide maps that help you navigate new and challenging environments. It also contains navigation sensors that can help you find your way in an unfamiliar location. 

Pros

  • Has an exceptionally long battery life of up to 18 days, and some models even include solar charging.
  • Compatible with most smartphones so you can receive texts, calls, and even control your smartphone's music.
  • Waterproof up to 100 meters.
  • Has incident detection for some activities, which will send your name and location to your emergency contact if the tracker senses a fall 

Cons

  • High price point compared to some other fitness watches.
  • Does not contain a microphone for hands-free calls.
  • Has several different models that have different features, which can be confusing.

Price

The standard Garmin Fenix 7 costs $649.99. There are other models that cost more, like the Solar Edition, which costs $899.99, and the Sapphire Solar Edition, which costs $999.99.

3) Apple Watch Series 9

apple watch series 9

The Apple Watch Series 9 is the latest version of Apple’s wearable fitness tracker, and was released in September 2023. As one of the best smartwatches on the market, it comes in a range of colors and sizes and tracks several daily health metrics and physical activities, provides a range of guided workouts, and integrates seamlessly with iPhones. 

Key Features

  • The Apple Watch Series 9 tracks blood oxygen saturation, menstrual cycle, mood, sleep, and includes a body temperature sensor and a heart rate monitor.
  • When you start a workout, it shows up as a Live Activity on your iPhone and automatically tracks metrics like pace, distance, time, power, and speed. 
  • Offers Apple Fitness+ access, which is a premium service that pairs with the Apple Watch and iPhone and offers workout videos and tutorials for 12 workout types, including HIIT, yoga, cycling, running, dance, pilates, and even meditation.  

Pros

  • Offers crash and fall detection and can automatically connect to emergency services, provide location to emergency dispatchers, and notify your emergency contacts.
  • Water resistant up to 50 meters.
  • Can be used to make contactless payments.
  • Customizable always-on display so you can see the metrics you’re interested in.

Cons

  • Works for iPhone users exclusively.
  • The battery only lasts up to 18 hours in standard mode and up to 36 hours in low power mode.
  • Expensive compared to some other models.

Price

The Apple Watch Series 9 starts at $399, but can cost more depending on your chosen case and strap. If you purchase an Apple Watch, you will get 3 months of Apple Fitness+ for free. Afterwards, it costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 annually. 

4) Amazfit Band 7

amazfit band 7

The Amazfit Band 7 is one of the most affordable fitness trackers available, but it still offers many of the same impressive features of other models for activity tracking. It’s available in four different colors and is compatible with both iPhone and Android smartphones. 

Key Features

  • The Amazfit Band 7 tracks several health and fitness metrics, including heart rate, blood oxygen level, menstrual cycle, stress, and sleep.
  • The tracker has 120 different sports modes that track metrics when you’re doing specific activities, including running, walking, cycling, swimming, rock climbing, skateboarding, dancing, and more. 
  • Amazfit offers a daily Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) score, which factors in all activities that influence your heart rate. 

Pros

  • More affordable compared to other brands.
  • Integrates with Amazon Alexa.
  • Provides health reminders alerts, including prompts to perform breathing exercises and alerts when an abnormally low or high heart rate is detected.
  • Water resistant up to 50 meters.

Cons

  • No built-in GPS.
  • Has less tracking features than other models.

Price

The Amazfit Band 7 costs $49.99 and is one of the cheaper fitness trackers to get started with.

5) Suunto 9 Peak Pro

suunto 9 peak pro watch

The Suunto 9 Peak Pro is a multi-sport smartwatch that is ideal for those who prefer multi-day outdoor activities like hiking and climbing. The tracker has military grade durability with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass, and can track your activity continuously for up to 40 hours.

The Suunto 9 Peak Pro is also a more environmentally friendly option, as it’s made using 100 percent renewable energy and 100 percent of carbon emissions used in its production are compensated by planting trees. 

Key Features

  • The Suunto 9 Peak Pro sports watch tracks several fitness and health metrics, including steps, calories burned, blood oxygen level, heart rate, sleep monitoring, and stress levels. 
  • The tracker has presets for more than 95 customizable sports modes, including running, climbing, cycling, and snorkeling. It tracks metrics like speed, distance, pace, power, and training recovery time.
  • The tracker also offers built-in GPS and navigation tools, like maps, route planning, and outdoor terrain and satellite maps.  

Pros

  • Provides 21 days of battery life when not using GPS.
  • Sustainably made.
  • Water resistant up to 100 meters.
  • Can share workouts to social media and follow other users.

Cons

  • Expensive compared to other models.
  • Does not offer menstrual cycle tracking.

Price

The Suunto 9 Peak Pro costs $549 and is currently on sale for $409 on the Suunto website. The titanium versions are available for $699.

6) Coros Pace 3

coros pace 3

The Coros Pace 3 is a lightweight, multi-sport smartwatch for athletes of all fitness levels. Released in 2023, this tracker is specifically formulated as a running watch, but it also provides modes that track metrics for 200 other activities. Improving upon the Coros Pace 2 model, this tracker now also includes built-in audio support to listen to music.

Key Features

  • The Coros Pace 3 tracks sleep, heart rate variability, body temperature, power, speed, distance, endurance, and more.
  • It also monitors your activity volume and intensity to help you avoid over- or under-training, and makes recommendations for recovery time based on your data. 
  • The tracker provides 24 days of battery life with regular use, and can continuously track activity for 38 hours when using GPS.
  • It offers 200 customizable activity modes for different activities, including swimming, cycling, strength training, and jumping rope.

Pros

  • Water resistant up to 50 meters.
  • Affordable compared to other models.
  • Customizable activity screens.
  • Comes with a companion app that offers free one-on-one support from Coros’s team of qualified coaches.

Cons

  • Tracks fewer health metrics than some other models.

Price

The Coros Pace 3 starts at $229, though different bands and accessories can up the price.

7) Garmin Instinct 2

garmin instinct 2

The Garmin Instinct 2 is another GPS smartwatch from Garmin built for endurance. Designed to military standards, this is another ideal watch for those who participate in multi-day outdoor activities like hiking, diving, and climbing. 

 Key Features

  • The Garmin Instinct 2 tracks a variety of metrics, including heart rate, stress, sleep, blood oxygen levels, physical activity, distance, steps, calories burned, menstrual cycle, and more. 
  • The watch provides advanced navigation tools, including access to multiple GPS systems, trail navigation, route planning, and reference points, which allows you to find a fixed location relative to your location. 
  • The tracker provides over 100 activity modes, including running, golfing, cycling, hiking, swimming, and more.  

Pros

  • Water resistant up to 300 meters.
  • Provides incident detection during certain activities.
  • Compatible with iPhone and Android smartphones.
  • Can control smartphone music.

Cons

  • Has a bulkier design than other models.

Price

The Garmin Instinct 2 standard edition costs $299.99 and with the addition of solar capability, it costs $399.99.

8) Samsung Galaxy Watch 6

samsung galaxy watch

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 is the newest model of Samsung’s smartwatch line. Similar to other smartwatches, it includes many health tracking metrics, such as heart rate data, fitness tracking, blood oxygen, and more. This watch is a great option for Android users, as it can easily be paired to your phone.

Key Features

  • This watch has many excellent fitness features such as the ability to track resting heart rate and ECG measurement, blood pressure, individual exercises, skin temperature, blood oxygen levels, and many other in-depth health insights.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 offers contactless payment and bluetooth connectivity.

Pros

  • Has a battery life of up to 40 hours when the “always on” display is switched off.
  • Includes GPS tracking functionality.
  • Is water resistant up to 50 meters.

Cons

  • Certain functions are only compatible with Samsung phones.

Price

The 40mm model of the Galaxy Watch 6 starts at $300, while the 44mm configuration starts at $330.

Nutrisense + Fitness Trackers: Your Ultimate Fitness Guide

nutrisense app

The Nutrisense app syncs to several wearable fitness trackers on this list, including Apple Watch, Fitbit, and Garmin. By connecting your fitness tracker watch to the Nutrisense app, you can sync your fitness and health metrics, like sleep, activity, heart rate, stress, and more, into the Nutrisense app, conveniently putting all of your health data in one place.

Combining CGM data from Nutrisense with data from your fitness tracker plus the support of an expert nutritionist can give you a more holistic understanding of your health. With these unique insights, you can see how specific workouts or meal choices impact your blood glucose levels and symptoms in real time, allowing you to make informed decisions about your diet, exercise routines, and overall lifestyle to optimize your health and fitness goals.

Learn more about how Nutrisense can support your fitness journey here.

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Heather Davis, MS, RDN, LDN

Reviewed by: Heather Davis, MS, RDN, LDN

Heather is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN, LDN), subject matter expert, and technical writer, with a master's degree in nutrition science from Bastyr University. She has a specialty in neuroendocrinology and has been working in the field of nutrition—including nutrition research, education, medical writing, and clinical integrative and functional nutrition—for over 15 years.