This list has been updated for the 2017 shopping season, complete with new smartwatches for women.
Don’t take this as an insult, because I don’t intend it to be. Most smartwatches available today just weren’t designed to accommodate unisex sizes, nor are they appealing to women or those with feminine tastes.
Just take a look at some of the watches on store shelves and you’ll see how bulky, and unattractive they can be.
Our own Lawrence Bradford discussed the struggles she had while trying to find a smartwatch.
Frankly, a woman’s wrist is often smaller and her tastes are much different than that of a man’s; certainly one so invested in the tech market.
The good news is that issue is starting to dissipate, slowly but surely. No one has come up with a viable design for women just yet, but manufacturers have been much better at creating unisex style devices.
The Best Smartwatches for Women: Updated for 2017
There are some unisex watches that are acceptable.
The Moto 360, for example, while still relatively bulky looks sleek and stylish. The real allure is that you can choose from a dozen wrist straps to match your tastes. If you don’t see something you like on the Motorola website, there’s no need to fret. It uses a standard size band measurement so you can swap the stock band out for almost any strap of your choosing.
This is great not just in terms of style, but also when it comes to comfort. You may not like the band that comes with the watch, but you can easily install one that feels better on your wrist. In that sense, the Moto 360 is much more accommodating than some of the other smartwatches on the market. Which explains why Motorola followed up the original with several updated models.
That said, it’s not the only accommodating watch out there, there are many others. We’re going to take a look at some of the other models you might want to consider if you’re in the market for a smartwatch.
Apple Watch Series 2
If you own an iPhone and love all things Apple, then the Apple Watch is your best bet. There’s always the OG model which is cheaper, and since Apple now bundles the old model with the updated processor you won’t be missing out if you stick with their first smartwatch.
If you do spring for the Apple Watch Series 2, you’ll get access to several improvements including waterproofing and built-in GPS.
There are so many styles to choose from it’s ridiculous actually. You should be able to find something suitable to your preferences, female or not.
There are two sizes – 38mm and 42mm – with the only difference being the smaller model is, well, smaller and so it has a slightly smaller battery.
Prices start at $369.
Their first entry is the Phase, a stunning yet minimal-style watch for women. It has an analog face, and notification support. When a notification comes in – for calls, texts, social, and more – the watch will vibrate and a small window will change color. The color change indicates what notification or alert is coming in.
The Phase will also track fitness and health stats like sleep, steps, and total distance.
It’s priced reasonably at $175.
Asus ZenWatch 3
The Asus ZenWatch line has always been attractive, it’s nice to see the company finally dipping into a more rounded style. As the company’s other smartwatches, the ZenWatch 3 is powered by Android Wear.
Prices start at $229, which is considerably cheaper than most which seem to hover closer to the $300 mark.
The exterior is made with “jewelry-grade” 316 stainless steel and it has a diamond-cut bezel. There are a variety of straps to choose from too including genuine Italian leather.
It measures less than 10mm for thickness, while the screen is 1.39-inches. To compare it to other specs, that’s relatively thin. It’s still not the sweet spot, as it might feel thick on smaller wrists, but we’re getting there.
It comes in three colors: rose gold, silver, and gunmetal. Although, the two former would be more suited for women.
Also, it’s IP67 water resistant, which is always a plus.
LG Watch Style
The LG Watch Style is the company’s latest smartwatch. It’s round and powered by Android Wear.
It’s lightweight and relatively thin too at 10.8mm thick.
Not much else to say about this one, other than detailing the styles you can choose from which include rose gold, titanium, and silver.
You can find it for $249.
Samsung Gear S3
The Samsung Gear S2 was a more attractive, round update to their Gear line. It also looked wonderful. It was relatively thin and fit great on smaller wrists.
They’ve done better with the latest model, the Samsung Gear S3.
It comes in two styles: Classic and Frontier. There’s a third model with LTE support (mobile connectivity) built in. All of them have changeable bands, so you can customize them to your liking.
The Gear S3 also has GPS, a decent size battery that lasts for a full day, and Samsung Pay support.
Olio Devices’ Model One
When the Model One smartwatches from Olio Devices first made an appearance they were decidedly masculine. This is because only two models debuted: one in stainless steel and the other in black.
Recently, the company introduced two new styles in their lineup: made of gold and rose gold. Now again, we can’t argue that the overall design isn’t still masculine because it is. That said, the new colors are definitely more accommodating to feminine tastes. You also get to choose from several authentic, Italian-leather bands when you order if you don’t want stainless steel.
All models are compatible with both iOS and Android, and they display notifications and information behind a traditional analog clock face. The display is in the background and blends in stunningly.
Sadly, the recent batch of Model One smartwatches sold out and there’s no estimate on when more might be available. If you’re interested, they’re definitely worth checking out, though.
Prices start at about $595 for the cheaper models. You can also find them in Nordstrom retail stores in your local area.
Withings Steel HR
The Withings Steel HR is a monochrome – black and white – hybrid smartwatch. The watch is analog based, while a small circular display shows info and notifications, and an activity dial reveals tracked stats.
It’s considered a “hybrid” because for all intents and purposes it is a regular wrist watch. It just has a few “smart” features baked in like fitness and sleep tracking, a heart-rate monitor, and basic notification support.
The battery lasts for 20-25 days which is downright impressive, and almost unheard of these days.
There are two sizes: 36mm and 40mm. It’s also good to know the watch is water resistant up to 5 ATM.
Moto 360 2
The OG Moto 360 was good, the Moto 360 2 is even better. Plus, Motorola actually put together some female-friendly versions this time around. The OG wasn’t bad, it was just super bulky, especially on smaller wrists.
As with most of the smartwatches, the Moto 360 2 comes in a couple sizes: 42mm and 46mm. Like the Moto X and Moto G smartphones, you can also customize the watch in Moto Maker – Motorola’s unique personalization system.
Performance and battery life are better, but the second iteration is still powered by Android Wear. That means the experience is still largely the same.
Michael Kors Access
Since it’s running Android Wear, the experience is largely the same as any AW smartwatch. Not much to talk about there. But the watch has four interchangeable silicone straps, and six leather straps – all sold separately. That offers a bit more customization than most comparable watches.
The Access Bradshaw comes in several styles and eight different colors: pave gold ($395), tort gold, gold and turquoise ($375), silver, metallic blue, and metallic brown ($350).
The Huawei Watch – compatible with both Android and iOS – will be considered stylish to those with either masculine or feminine tastes. There is a variety of models to choose from including black, stainless, gold and more. In addition, you can select from a list of different bands when you order, made of either leather or steel.
As you can see, the display is round like traditional watches and looks great in terms of size. It’s not too bulky that it will look like a giant blob on smaller wrists either. Huawei released a few promotional materials that show women wearing the watch, and it looks just as good, if not better than the masculine models.
The cheapest model starts at $399, and the most expensive weighs in at about $699. Obviously, prices depend on the model you choose.
The Omate Lutetia is the only smartwatch on this list that claims to be designed specifically for women. Meaning, it was designed from the ground up to accommodate a more feminine style, instead of the unisex makeup we usually see.
Like many of the watches on this list, it includes a round display that is attractive and more traditional. It also happens to be much smaller than the Moto 360, with a thickness of less than a half an inch. It comes in silver, gold, or rose gold and all models have a stylish matching wristband that look more like jewelry.
The straps are interchangeable too so you can swap them out at any time if you want something different.
As for the watch, it is compatible with both Android and iOS handsets. In addition, it can handle notifications, receiving and making phone calls, voice commands, and much more.
All of this is only $169 and the Lutetia is available now.
The Best Smartwatches for Women
Of course, there are a ton of other smartwatches on the way, some that may even look way better than the models listed here. If there’s something worth mentioning, we’ll add it to the list.
Then there’s the Apple Watch, which we included at the top of our list. There are so many styles to choose from when buying the Apple Watch that things can get confusing fast, the same is true of the Apple Watch Series 2. There are definitely versions of the watch that will meet feminine tastes.
Are there any smartwatches for women that you think we missed? What smartwatch do you wear on your wrist every day? Is it one of these or another model entirely?