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The Best Fitness Watches for Men of 2021

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We finally live in an era where your daily movements, exercise stats, and personal habits can be tracked. If you’re someone who likes to pump iron, hike mountain trails, run, catch waves, these devices will be perfect on your wrist.

Fitness watches used to be simple, including not much more than a stopwatch. Now they have altimeters, barometers, a GPS for finding your way home, and a heart rate monitor. Whether you’re a runner, a jogger, a pro cyclist, or a surfer, there’s something useful in these fitness watches for you.

1. Apple Watch Series 6

This is one of the best sports watches you can buy and it has all of the latest features that you might expect. Use this watch to measure your blood oxygen levels, take calls, and reply to text messages from your wrist. With an upgraded S6 SiP, this watch is 20% faster than the Series 5, and 2.5 times brighter when used outdoors.


You can also use this watch to track your heart rate with the electrocardiogram app and monitor your sleep. With a digital crown with haptic feedback, an always-on altimeter, this watch is also 50% louder than a Series 3. 

Features

  • 40mm Case Size
  • 10.4 Case Thickness
  • Always-on Retina display
  • Second-generation Optical Heart Sensor
  • Fall detection
  • Compass
  • Noise Monitoring
  • 32GB Capacity
  • Bluetooth 5.0

PROS

  • Perfect for monitoring health conditions Post-Covid-19
  • Reminds you to exercise and keeps you conscious of your diet
  • The watch never turns off on its own

CONS

  • More expensive than other smartwatches
  • Has to be charged daily
  • Low level of detail on sleep data

2. Garmin Forerunner 645 Music

This model of the Garmin Forerunner allows you to download over 500 songs to your watch and listen to them using a bluetooth headset, if you have one. Along with the plentiful music, you can also enjoy all the performance monitoring tools you might expect, such as the GPS, Running Dynamics Pod, or the HRM-Tri monitor. Track items such as ground contact balance, stride length, vertical ratio, and more. 

Features

  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Smart Notifications
  • Wrist Heart Rate
  • Garmin Pay

PROS

  • Nice size and shape, with a great display
  • Great battery life
  • Extensive music storage

CONS

  • The buttons take some getting used to
  • Not an inexpensive watch

3. SmartWatch Tracker with Heart Rate Blood Pressure Monitor

This smartwatch has several different functions. It includes a counter sleep monitor as with blood pressure and heart rate measurement. If you're looking to improve your health, this is an essential accessory for you.


The watch supports iOS and Android systems so you can connect your phone to your watch via Bluetooth. This means you can also use this watch to receive calls and SMS notifications. The watch can auto monitor your heart rate in real time.


This means you can also use this watch to receive calls and SMS notifications. The watch can auto monitor your heart rate in real time. This watch also includes a pedometer. It helps you calculate your calories. If you are sedentary for too long, it gives you a reminder to get up and move. It includes a voice recorder and different languages.

Features

  • Alarm Setting
  • Message and Incoming Call Notifications
  • Sedentary Reminder
  • Notifications with Gentle Vibrations
  • Has a supporting software for smartphones

PROS

  • Relatively Affordable
  • Can be used to track your heart rate and all-day activities
  • Gives you a better understanding of your endurance levels

CONS

  • While water resistant, it will be damaged if held underwater
  • Does not have replacement bands

2. Smart Watch

This elegant smartwatch features Swiss quartz movement, 316 stainless steel frame, a comfortable leather strap, and a 9H hardness sapphire lens. 

The black color makes it work with anything you might wear. The smartwatch looks very conventional and modest while retaining a technological edge. This phone is compatible with Android 4.4 and iOS 8.0 and above.


This watch comes with an app that will help you monitor your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, sleep quality. It also works as a pedometer with calorie burn and distance statistics. You can easily share this data on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. It also can display your notifications, SMS, call, or other details without the need to remove your phone from your pocket. You can go swimming with this unit. No need to worry about the rain ruining your watch. You can also see the display clearly whether late at night or in direct sunlight. It only takes 2 hours to charge this unit with a USB 5V/1A charging plug.


Features

  • Measure Function for Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, Blood Oxygen and Fatigue
  • Vibration Reminders and Social Network Sharing
  • You can shake the watch to take a photo of the display
  • Emit Light for Touch Screen

PROS

  • Works as advertised
  • Helpful for watching blood pressure

CONS

  • Difficult to read the dial at night
  • Short Battery Life

This watch monitors changes in your heart rate, your calories burned, and your sleep duration. If you like doing any kind of indoor or outdoor sports, this watch will be perfect for your needs. It will track your effort while doing outdoor sports like running, cycling, and even swimming. It will monitor your endurance levels while doing sit-ups, jumping jacks, jumping rope, or running on a treadmill.


Like most of the other watches in its category, you can connect to your phone via Bluetooth. It will provide notifications from your social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter or Whatsapp. It gives a soft vibration when something requires your attention. You'll never miss an important message again. Not only does with watch have a sporty design, but the sports wristband is also comfortable and sturdy. The OLED display is bright and keeps the watch lightweight on your wrist while you work out.

Features

  • Sleep Monitor
  • Clock Alarm
  • Pedometer
  • Multiple Sports Modes
  • Never Miss a Call
  • Track Activities – Set Sports Goals
  • Remote Control

PROS

  • Good value for the money

CONS

  • You can’t answer calls using the watch

4. Tracker Heart Rate Monitor

Now here’s a more expensive offer in comparison to the other watches I’ve reviewed. This watch is a practical step tracker to help you evaluate and reach your goals. This waterproof watch is very accurate. You can use it to monitor your lap times, heart rate, and health data conveniently. You don’t need a phone to use this watch to its fullest potential. It will monitor your sleep patterns, caloric intake, and daily exercises without requiring any extra software.


Features in this Watch

  • Accurately count steps
  • Keep track of laps, sprints, HIIT workouts
  • Set target goals and monitor progress
  • Set reminders from your calendar
  • Sedentary reminder
  • IP67 waterproof design

PROS

  • Very accurate
  • Provides more information than other watches
  • Easy to set up and use

CONS

  • Sometimes has syncing issues with certain phones

5. Men's Gen 4 Explorist

While this watch looks conventional, this no-charge hybrid has built-in smartwatch features, including filtered notifications, multiple time zones, and activity tracking.


The watch works as an interface to your phone via a Bluetooth connection. For example, you can switch music tracks, adjust the volume, snap a photo, and even ring your phone in case you lose it.


You can set goals and track your progress, just like with other watches. The watch sends you notifications with a very gentle vibration. If you get a message from a social network, an email, or an SMS text message, you won’t miss it.


The battery life extends for one year based on how actively you use the device, and it syncs to your phone automatically. This watch is compatible with Android 5.0+ and iOS 9.0+. You can use the interchangeable straps to switch to a style you like.


Features in this Watch

  • No Charging Required
  • Receive Notifications
  • Activity Tracking
  • Check Commute Time
  • Customizable Watch Straps
  • Customizable Buttons

PROS

  • Elegant Style
  • Looks like a regular watch
  • Great Functionality

CONS

  • You can't swim with this watch, and it's not waterproof
  • No touch screen to feature notifications

Conclusion

While most of these watches essentially the same service, you can see how this technology could help you reach your goals. I imagine in the future these functions will be standard features in all watches. With style and substance, you can see how these items are also excellent gift ideas. Speaking of gift ideas, don't forget to check my list of the best gym accessories for 2018.

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