There’s never been a better time to invest in a new timepiece. With a variety of smartwatches on the market, there are plenty of options to suit any need and accentuate your unique sense of style. Not only are these timepieces stylish accessories in their own right, but they also come with a suite of apps for fitness tracking, messaging, notifications and goal tracking.
In the old days, the best watches were judged based on the number of “complications” contained within. Watchmakers would compete to fit as many tiny gears and functions into their watch as possible, meaning the watch could tell time and act as a stopwatch, tell you the day and month and even track lunar cycles. In the smartwatch era, a single timepiece can now boast thousands of complications.
The best smartwatches not only provide useful data about your health but also give you access to all of the contents of your phone without ever having to reach for it. Voice assistants and contactless payments are an added bonus when you want to find information quickly or fly through the checkout stand at your local grocery store. In fact, the best smartwatches are essentially small phones you can wear on your wrist.
Below, we’ve included smartwatches in every price range from the leading brands in the wearables market. You’ll find smartwatches from big names like Apple, Samsung and Garmin as well as lesser-known manufacturers like Veldt, a Japanese company that recently started selling its smartwatches in the United States.
So keep reading to find our picks for the best men’s smartwatches for sale in 2021.
1. Apple Watch Series 6 Smartwatch
Apple Watches offer a great mix of style and utility. Not only will you look great in the office with the Apple Watch Series 6 around your wrist, but you will also be able to stay connected to all of your notifications, text messages and emails without having to pick up your phone. But this time around, Apple has added some new functionality: a SpO2 sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels and facilitate sleep tracking, an altimeter for more detailed tracking and an upgraded accelerometer and gyroscope for greater accuracy. It’s also great for the gym, as the Apple Watch Series 6 is waterproof and keeps track of your specific activity during workouts, so it won’t break while you take laps in the pool and certainly won’t get ruined by a little sweat. As one of the most popular smartwatches in the world, Apple also offers tons of top-rated apps.
The bottom line: The Apple Watch Series 6 is the most stylish and useful timepiece you can put around your wrist.
2. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Smartwatch
When you want seamless integration between your Samsung phone and your watch, the Galaxy Watch Active2 is hard to beat. The same goes for other Android-based smartphones, which is why this is the best smartwatch for Android phones. Purely from a style point of view, this is one of the best smartwatches in the world, even compared to the Apple Watch. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 looks great on your wrist. However, while this smartwatch wins out on design and style, Samsung loses some points for functionality.
The Active2 uses the proprietary Bixby voice assistant to provide hands-free access to all of your apps and messaging, and Bixby isn’t quite as effective as Siri or Alexa. And because the Galaxy Watch Active2 runs on the Tizen OS, there are fewer apps available for this wearable compared to smartwatches running Apple or Google’s operating systems. However, those are minor drawbacks, and this is still a seriously impressive smartwatch.
With Samsung Pay on your watch, you can virtually leave your wallet and phone at home. For active users, the watch provides activity data as well as insights on your recovery and sleep behavior for a complete picture of your daily health. Not to mention, it’s just a great-looking watch that will keep you looking sharp on date night or in the office. Whether you want a sleek wearable phone or a fitness tracker, consider the Active2, available in several colors and two sizes.
3. Apple Watch SE Smartwatch
BUDGET APPLE PICK
A wise man once said, “If you want to save a bunch of money on Apple products, wait a year or two.” While we can’t find exactly who said that (it may have been me), it’s always sound advice. The Apple Watch SE is a Frankenstein of Apple Watches, combining features and design elements from the last three generations of Apple Watches. You get the waterproof chassis of the Series 4, the CPU of the Series 5, and the upgraded sensors of the Series 6, including the altimeter (but not including the SpO2 sensor or ECG tracking). It’s still an incredibly powerful smartwatch with a crystal clear retina display, GPS, sleep tracking and music storage. It works seamlessly with your iPhone, or if you buy one equipped with LTE, can work without an iPhone at all. Plus, with the new Family Setup feature, you can even set up and manage an Apple Watch for your child or aging family member to give them access to safety features, such as fall detection and an SOS signal.
If you don’t mind a slightly thicker casing and the lack of blood oxygen or ECG monitoring, this is a smart way to get Apple tech on your wrist for cheap.
4. Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR Smartwatch
BEST HYBRID SMARTWATCH
Built using Fossil’s Hybrid Watch platform, the Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR takes the general stylings and approach of a traditional timepiece and adds a few subtle smartwatch features to enhance it in just the right ways. The result is a watch that looks as sharp as anything Skagen has ever put out, and as smart as any of Fossil’s other watches.
In addition to a minimal Scandinavian look, this watch has combined physical watch hands with an e-ink display that can transform on the fly to deliver notifications, media playback controls and info on your activity and heart rate. The watch hands will even move out of the way when you check your notifications. And because it’s not trying to do everything, it has a battery that lasts for six months between charges.
5. Amazfit Bip U Pro Smartwatch
BEST BUDGET OPTION
The Amazfit Bip U Pro is a smartwatch that, for less than $100, gives you heart rate monitoring, blood oxygen monitoring, GPS, sleep tracking, activity tracking, Alexa integration and nine days of battery life. Will this watch have the most premium fit and finish? Certainly not. But it will give you a whole lot of functionality at a price that will not be beaten by another smartwatch on this list.
6. Suunto 7 Smartwatch
BEST FOR ACTIVE LIFESTYLE
For those who prefer an active lifestyle, this watch is a SPY favorite. Reliable GPS, water-resistance, heart-rate monitor, offline map downloads and multiple sport modes make this a great sports watch, a great GPS watch, and a powerful fitness tracker in one device. Beyond that, the watch runs on Wear OS by Google, which lets you view incoming calls, check your calendar and use Google Pay. Oh yeah, and you have Google Assistant on your wrist. Not to mention, this watch looks just as great on date night as it does while you’re kicking ass on the trails.
7. Garmin Fenix 6X Sapphire Smartwatch
Unlike a lot of clunky sports watches, the Garmin Fenix 6x looks as great as it works. With active features such as GPS, ski maps, pace guidance for runs and a barometric altimeter for climbs or hikes, there isn’t much this watch can’t help you accomplish. To justify the price tag, Garmin has packed this smartwatch with cutting-edge fitness tracking tools. It can monitor your heart rate and pulse as you train, not to mention its sleep tracking capabilities. On top of that, this smartwatch boasts all-day battery life, even when listening to music and using the GPS features. For the city dwellers, Garmin Pay allows for contactless payment. You can also have smart notifications sent to your watch as well as store music so you can listen to tunes without having to bring your phone along.
It’s pricey, but it looks so damn good.
8. Fitbit Versa 3 Smartwatch
BEST FITBIT OPTION
The Fitbit Sense is for those who enjoy the fitness tracking of a Fitbit but still want smartwatch functionality. You can have all the great things you love about the best Fitbit products — heart-rate monitor, pedometer, Sleep and SpO2 tracking — but with a touchscreen AMOLED display that has a never-off function. This watch isn’t looking to replace your smartphone; instead, it’s a reliable companion. You can view your messages and look at your calendar when your watch is paired to your phone, and the watch even has GPS and offline music listening capabilities, so if you want to track where you are going on your run, you no longer need your phone.
If you are looking for a watch to completely “replace” your phone, this isn’t it, but if you love your Fitbit, and want a nice upgrade without a huge price jump, we think this is a stellar option.
9. Garmin Vivoactive 4 Smartwatch
BEST FOR HEALTH
When you want to know all the information possible about your workouts and recovery times, the Garmin Vivoactive 4 provides a ton of insights including energy levels, stress and hydration, just to name a few. There are a bunch of apps you can download through the Connect IQ store to customize the watch to your fitness needs. And there’s no need to reach for your wallet, thanks to Garmin Pay. There are two models available: Vivoactive 4 and 4S for those who prefer a smaller watch face.
10. Huawei Watch 2 Smartwatch
BEST BUDGET ANDROID OPTION
Android lovers should take a closer look at the Huawei Watch 2, one of the best budget smartwatches for sale right now. There are plenty of features for active users including GPS, continuous heart rate and even sleep tracking, to recover smartly after a workout. Beyond those active features are contactless payment and having a voice assistant available right on your wrist. Google Play Music allows you to download and play music right on the watch. All you’ll need is a pair of wireless earbuds to pair with the watch and you’ll be set. The design isn’t as thin or attractive as Apple or Samsung’s smartwatches, and you’ll have to compromise on battery life, but it’s also one of the best smartwatches under $300.
11. Veldt Model AA Smartwatch
BEST LUXURY SMARTWATCH
In the era of smartphones and smartwatches, it’s easy to forget how great a classic-looking timepiece looks on your wrist. With the Veldt Watch, you don’t need to compromise on style to get access to the latest smart features. We love this watch’s unique design, which merges classic style with modern tech. Around the impact-resistant watch face are 24 hidden LED lights that act as the wearable’s notification system.
Americans may not be familiar with this Japanese company’s wearables, which recently became available in the United States for the first time. The Veldt Model AA watch is compatible with iOS and Android devices. It comes with a ton of great built-in apps and functions, and you can even create your own apps or download functions created by other users. It also boasts a three-day battery life, which is hard to beat. But its real appeal comes in the form of style — it’s a great looking smartwatch for both work and weekend plans. When you wear this smartwatch, everyone will be asking where you got it.
12. Garmin Venu Smartwatch
GREAT WORKOUT FEATURES
The AMOLED display on the Garmin Venu not only looks great, but it also makes it easy to view your heart rate, sleep patterns, energy levels and other health data. You can even watch animated videos to guide you through yoga and pilates workouts. Download and sync up your Spotify and Amazon Music accounts to have access to your tunes without your phone. It’s a great watch for working out, especially if you don’t want to buy one of the best smartwatches under $500.
13. Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch
WEAR OS OPTION
Fossil has been steadily improving its smartwatch game, and the Fossil Gen 5 is proof that the watch brand can make a killer wearable at a very reasonable price. With Google Wear OS, you have access to Google Assistant right on your wrist. Like all of the best men’s smartwatches, the Fossil Gen 5 even has a little built-in speaker so you can hear alerts and take phone calls. The 24-hour battery life isn’t the best in our recommendations, but it charges up to 80% in a single hour of charging. And if you’re the active type, you’ll enjoy the swim-proof design as well as GPS and activity tracking.
14. Garmin Forerunner 935 Smartwatch
BEST FOR RUNNERS
By now it should be very clear that Garmin makes a lot of the best smartwatches for men. The Garmin Forerunner 935 is a solid option for those who want a good-looking watch, but also need a ton of utility from their device. This smartwatch has every bit of utility as the Apple Watch does, but is specially made for activities. You can track a handful of multi-sport activities, including running, cycling and swimming, to name a few. The data goes much more in-depth by tracking things like your stride length and your estimated recovery time. It also has GPS, an altimeter and a barometer to track your distances and elevation. Beyond the workout utility, you can also receive your phone’s notifications on your watch, so you can stay connected without pulling out your phone. If you want a stylish smartwatch, but need a bit more activity tracking capabilities, we recommend going with this Garmin.
15. Suunto Core Military Outdoor Sports Watch
The Suunto Core Military Sports Watch is for those who need a little more from their watch. This watch has an abundance of features, including an altimeter that tracks the elevation gained when you are hiking, trail-running or climbing, as well as a compass to help guide you if you get lost. And the barometer senses drops in air pressure for when you are outside and a storm is starting to form. But just because this watch is ultra-rugged, doesn’t mean it isn’t stylish. The large all-black watch face and the black band look great whether you are dressed up for your meeting, or getting ready for a long trail run. If you want a watch that will keep up with you, no matter the activity or weather, consider this Suunto.
16. Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch
BEST BATTERY LIFE
The Samsung Galaxy is a great looking smartwatch with a crazy amount of battery life. The Galaxy can last up to five days on a single charge, which is fantastic for a watch of this caliber. And as far as aesthetics go, this watch looks excellent with casual and professional wear, especially for how much activity it can handle. Samsung runs with the Tizen OS, a simple-to-use operating system, which makes it the right choice for people dabbling with their first smartwatch. This smartwatch doesn’t have as accurate of a heart-rate monitor or pedometer as the Fossil Sport or Fitbit Versa, but the sleep tracking has a better track record (no pun intended). For the money, this is one of the best smartwatches for men in the world.
We recommend this watch for Android users who want to get a stylish smartwatch around their wrist at budget prices.
17. Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 Smartwatch
If you have the money to spend and want a little bit more luxury from your smartwatch, you should consider the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45. It has the classic look of a mechanical watch, but an AMOLED screen that boasts 400 x 400 resolution that is always on. This watch won’t be the best option for the active type, as it is missing a heart-rate monitor, although it does boast GPS capabilities, a microphone and a built-in gyroscope. There isn’t a way to connect this watch to 4G, but it does have WiFi, so while you are connected to your home network, you can stay away from your phone and use your watch for notifications. The reason you get this watch is for the unmistakable style of the Swiss Brand combined with a modern AMOLED display.