The best fitness trackers for women to help you monitor your health, fitness and sleep

Our round-up of the best fitness trackers for women has something for every fitness goal and budget

A selection of the best fitness trackers, including the Apple Watch SE, Fitbit Charge 6 and Garmin Venu Sq 2
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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: Fitbit Versa 4
3. Best Garmin tracker: Garmin Venu Sq 2
4. Best Fitbit tracker: Fitbit Charge 6
5. Best tracker for beginners: Apple Watch SE
6. Best tracker that's not a watch: MyZone MZ-3
7. Best minimalist tracker: Fitbit Inspire 3
8. Best fitness tracker bracelet: Fitbit Luxe
9. Best for cardio exercise: Garmin Forerunner 945
10. Best for indoor workouts: Polar Ignite 3
11. Best tracker without a screen: WHOOP 4.0
12. Best fitness tracker app: My Fitness Pal Premium
13. How to choose a fitness tracker

If you're planning on making some changes to your health and fitness this year, it's worth investing in one of the best fitness trackers for women. From monitoring vital stats during your workout like heart rate and distance covered to helping you sleep better, it truly could make the world of difference. 

But how do you find the best fitness tracker for you? Wearables like smartwatches and heart rate monitors are so personal. Your pick of the bunch may well be different from someone else's purely based on lifestyle factors and interests. For instance, there's no point in buying a watch specially designed for running enthusiasts if you don't ever plan to do a 5k. 

Most fitness trackers these days combine exercise tracking with measuring lifestyle factors. For example, you'll likely find most watches offer insights into your sleep behaviour (provided you wear the watch to bed) and your stress levels alongside tracking your essential stats during a workout, like heart rate, steps, and distance. This makes them excellent side kicks when it comes to improving your overall health. 

From the best Fitbits to our favourite Apple Watch, to help you find your favourite fitness tracker, the health team at woman&home has tested out some of the world's favourite brands to find the best of the best in each category. So, whether you're totally new to fitness tracking and want something simple or you're looking to level up and make some changes, we've got you covered. 

Our top 6 picks

The woman&home health team has tried and tested 12 of the best fitness trackers from a range of top brands, including Garmin, Fitbit, and Polar to bring you a complete overview of the top trackers. Here are six of our 11 top picks. 

The best fitness trackers for women as tried and tested by the woman&home health team

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The best fitness tracker overall

Fitbit Versa 4, one of the best fitness trackers for women, in a range of colours

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Best fitness tracker overall

Specifications

Dimensions : 40.5 × 40.5 × 12.3mm
Battery: 6+ days
Waterproofing: Water resistant to 50m
Available colours: Black, blue, pink, or red
GPS: Yes
RRP : £179.99

Reasons to buy

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Simple to use 
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Long battery life 
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Tracks all essential metrics 
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Some advanced features 
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Sleek design with multiple colour options

Reasons to avoid

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Touchscreen can be activated accidentally

Fitbit has faced intense competition in recent years with consistent new releases by Garmin, Polar and Apple challenging the capabilities of the brand. However, after testing many of these devices, the Fitbit Versa 4 remains my top choice for the best fitness tracker overall. 

It's not the most advanced on this list but it certainly covers all the must-haves, offering a buffet of fitness tracking options and lifestyle assistance features set up in an easy-to-use design at a reasonable price point. If you're looking to make any changes to your health and wellbeing this year, the Fitbit Versa 4  can help you do it. Monitor your heart rate, step count, calorie burn through the day, switch to a workout mode for specific insights into your run, walk, cycle, and gym session (or 40+ other options), and monitor your sleep and stress for better wellbeing overall. It's more accurate in its insights than previous versions and easier to use, thanks to the integration of Google, with just a couple of swipes taking you through the workout modes and lifestyle features, such as weather report, alarm setting, and more. It's also sleek, stylish, and available in multiple colours. 

All the best insights, as with many of the best fitness trackers, are available in the Fitbit app. Even the free version of the app offers all the need-to-knows, including deep insights into your workouts, night's sleep, and stress levels during the day. With six months of Fitbit Premium included in the purchase of any new Fitbit, you can test out the superb range of exercise videos (from the likes of Les Mills) and recipe tutorials, helping to bridge the gap between the four pillars of health - exercise, sleep, stress, and nutrition - unlike any other device. 

It's also one of the more versatile models on this list. While the device comes with a silicone Infinity band, several others are available to buy and the full-colour AMOLED display adds a real premium feel to the watch.

Read our full review of the Fitbit Versa 4 here. 

A side by side comparison of the Fitbit Versa 3 and Fitbit Versa 4

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Garmin Venu 2

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Best Garmin fitness tracker

Specifications

Dimensions : 40.6 x 37.0 x 11.1 mm
Battery: Up to 12 days
Waterproof: Up to 50 metres
Available colors: Black, white, and green with customisable options
GPS: Yes
RRP : £179.99

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use 
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Detailed insights available in app 
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Long battery life
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Choice of two designs
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More affordable Garmin model than others

Reasons to avoid

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Limited lifestyle assistance 
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Less premium design and material feel

It's fair to say that most of Garmin's extensive fitness trackers could be included on this list. I've whittled their range down to the Garmin Venu Sq 2 for best pick though because it includes all of the key features needed in one of the best fitness trackers, with in-built GPS and app connectivity at a reasonable price point. 

While others in Garmin's extensive range may be better suited for those interested in a specific sport, for those looking to improve their fitness this year, the Venu Sq 2 is a great choice with complete heart rate monitoring, step count features, over 25+ workout modes to choose from, and sleep tracking. It's also uncomplicated, with an easy to use navigation. 

As with all other Garmin models (and Fitbit models), the most interesting insights post-workout are available in the Garmin Connect app. This includes deep insights into your workout session, such as split breakdowns for running workouts, the chance to name your exercises post-strength training session so you can track your progress with a particular exercise, and a map route analysis for those who like to exercise outdoors. All your workouts are saved here as well and users can see how their fitness level is progressing the more they exercise and even earn badges in the app as a recognition of progress. It's a feature I was doubtful of when I first started using Garmin watches but now find quite motivating - especially during low-energy periods of the year, such as Christmas and the New Year. 

The battery life of the Garmin Venu Sq 2 is a feature I was particularly impressed by. I wore this watch for a week on holiday, where admittedly I was mainly tracking my steps, but I did go on two short runs and it lasted the entire seven days without needing to charge. The same could not be said for other models with similar capabilities, such as the Apple SE fitness tracker. 

Garmins' Venu Sq 2 is also a great choice for those who want to track their sleep and learn how to sleep better this year. Thanks to the lightweight design and intuitive interface, it's comfortable and undisruptive to wear in bed, with detailed insights into your sleep cycle and habits available in app. 

The Garmin Venu 2 is a fitness tracker by heart and function though. It's definitely one for those who want a device to monitor their fitness that also has a clockface, as aside from being able to receive notifications, check the weather, set an alarm, and pay via Garmin Pay, there aren't too many features to assist daily life. 

Read our full review of the Garmin Venu Sq 2 here. 

Fitbit Charge 6

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Best Fitbit fitness tracker

Specifications

Dimensions: 36.7mm x 22.7mm x 11.2mm
Battery: Up to 7 days
Waterproof: Up to 50 meters
Available colors: Black, cream, or coral
GPS: Yes
RRP: £129.99

Reasons to buy

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Better heart rate monitoring than Charge 5
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Over 40 workout modes to choose from
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Slimline, discreet design
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More affordable compared to others

Reasons to avoid

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Very small screen

The Fitbit Charge 6 is the newest Fitbit on the market and an approved Charge model, released late in 2023. It's a huge improvement from the Fitbit Charge 5, offering 60% better heart rate monitoring (according to the brand themselves). For those who want a one-and-done tracker that covers everything with ease - from recording workouts, step count, sleep and stress habits to lifestyle assistance with voice dictation and even in-built GPS with turn-by-turn navigation - this is a great choice. 

All those features make it sound like an advanced tracker but that's far from the case. The Fitbit Charge 6 is easy to use with all the essential information available on the home screen, including your heart rate and a pick of other features - anything from distance covered that day (runners, you'll be pleased to hear that) to calorie burn. Any other feature, including workout modes, is available with just a couple of swipes. So whether your goal is to simply do more steps or you want to train for a marathon, you're covered. And just like any other Fitbit, all the key insights are available to view in the app. 

The only downside to the Charge 6, in comparison to other Fitbit devices like the Versa 4, is the small screen. I found it very hard to view my statistics on the move with this device, especially when walking or running, and I had to stop to check my distance as the screen. However, in turn, the smaller design keeps the device discreet on your wrist so sometimes it's not even obvious you're wearing a fitness tracker and it sits among the more affordable trackers on the list at just under £130. 

The best fitness tracker for beginners

Apple Watch SE

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4. Apple Watch SE

Best fitness tracker for beginners

Specifications

Dimensions: 40 or 44mm
Battery: Up to 18 hours
Waterproof: Water resistance rating of 50 metres
Available colors: 3 metal case colours and up to 48 strap designs
GPS: Yes
RRP: From £259

Reasons to buy

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Simple to use
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On-screen workout motivation 
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Seamlessly integrates with Apple products for lifestyle maintenance  
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Huge variety of designs to choose from
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Cheapest Apple Watch on the market 

Reasons to avoid

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Some features removed, including Whatsapp connectivity 
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Lower battery life than other trackers

New to fitness trackers? If you own an iPhone, the Apple Watch SE is likely going to be a great option for you. Not only does it rival the newest Apple Watch, it works seamlessly with other products in the brand's range. The SE combines all the best parts of the more advanced trackers in the range, you essentially get a premium tracker with all the essentials and more for a lower price. 

Whether you're looking to improve your step count, start a new activity, or boost your overall wellbeing this year, the fitness and health-tracking features on this device (which are in line with the Series 6) can help you get there. You'll find classic heart rate monitoring features, step and general activity tracking, and a huge range of workouts to choose from. Everything from running to cross-country skiing. If you're new to exercise generally and looking for a little motivation, you may also find the activity-monitoring rings beneficial, which encourage users to move, exercise, and stand a little more often throughout the day. You can also record the time you spend asleep, provided you wear the watch at night, but this is limited so for more detailed insights (such as sleep cycles) the Fitbit Versa 4 is a better option in my opinion. If you're undecided between the two, considering weighing up Fitbit or Apple Watch more generally before buying.

When it comes to using the Apple Watch SE in daily life, there are a couple of exciting features to make life a little easier, including faster voice dictation processing so anything you use Siri for will happen a little faster and complete with the iPhone means you can control (almost all) your favourite apps with a touch on the screen. This includes Spotify, Strava, and Google Maps for planning outdoor workouts. 

In exchange for the lower price, however, the watch does remove a couple of features from its offering. This includes software like WhatsApp connectivity and hardware, including the ECG and blood oxygen saturation monitoring (which isn't too important unless you're monitoring these for health reasons), and the always-on screen. The always-on mode means the face is always lit up, which lowers the battery but turns the tracker into more of a standard watch, so that's something to consider before buying. If you'd like to explore other options from Apple, I recommend the Apple Watch Series 9 for an advanced tracker with in easy-to-use software and design. 

The best alternative fitness tracker

MyZone MZ-3

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Best fitness tracker that's not a watch