Men and women may be looking to achieve similar fitness goals, but in terms of style – there’s a huge difference in what we’re aiming for!
Following an initial few years of fitness trackers aimed squarely at the male market (think big, black and chunky), several companies now design a womens’ fitness tracker that both looks great and is functional.
So if you’re in the market for a women’s fitness tracker, then read on for our ultimate guide.
Let’s start with the biggest player in the fitness tracker market – Fitbit.
Their Alta offering (also available in the Alta HR derivative, that monitors your heart rate) can be worn by both men and women but has been designed to be more discreet and not scream ‘fitness tracker’ when you see it.
It has all the usual functions you’d expect – step counter, calories burned, active minutes, and a super user-friendly app, which also helps you to track and improve your sleep.
Check out our more in-depth review of all its capabilities here.
Where Fitbit Alta really ups the style stakes is that it is fully customizable.
The simple fitness tracker component can be easily attached to a range of wristbands. Fitbit themselves have produced a range of interchangeable wristbands, along with special editions, plated in 22k gold!
Aside from Fitbit, there are lots of other companies who create Fitbit Alta wristbands in leather, stainless steel and a range of funky designs. This gives you the freedom to swap them out as your mood, or outfit, takes you.
Bellabeat Leaf Urban and Nature
Bellabeat leaf describes itself as the world’s smartest piece of jewelry. It has been deliberately designed to look nothing like a traditional fitness tracker.
With its styling leaf pendant design, this falls squarely into the women’s fitness tracker category and can be worn as a pendant, a clip or on a wristband.
It is currently available in rose gold and silver and has two variants – Urban and Nature. The Urban has the tracker enclosed in a plastic housing, whilst the Nature utilizes a wood effect housing, giving it a more natural appearance.
Designed for Women’s Health
Bellabeat takes a holistic approach to health, and their women’s fitness tracker is designed specifically to meet women’s health needs.
It can help you not only to track your activity levels but also to reduce stress, analyze your sleep and monitor reproduction with an inbuilt period tracker.
By monitoring breathing, they also monitor stress levels, giving them an additional feature that is not found in most fitness trackers.
Syncing with an easy to use app, it provides reminders and gives you insights based on what it has logged. This can help you to make changes to improve your overall wellbeing.
Nokia Steel HR
If you’d like a fitness tracker that just looked a bit more like a traditional, then Nokia Steel HR could be a great choice for you.
Touted as ‘the smartwatch for people who don’t like smartwatches’, the Nokia Steel HR has stylish, customizable wristbands in two tones of leather, three woven hues and seven silicone options, from light pink to mineral blue.
As well as the more masculine feel of the steel case/black watch-face combo, there is a more feminine rose gold and white setup, that puts it into the women’s fitness monitor category.
As the name suggests, this smartwatch includes heart rate monitoring technology. This constantly checks your heart rate which can give you a good overall picture of your general health.
It also monitors your heart rate during exercise, which can show when you’re getting the burn you’re looking for.
We like the fact that whilst it has a traditional, analog watch face, there is also a small digital screen discreetly embedded.
This allows you to still receive notifications of calls, emails, and calendar appointments without compromising on style.
Add in the fact that you can wear it whilst swimming and it’s an altogether very appealing package.
UP2 by Jawbone
Circling back round to one of the big players in the fitness tracker market, Jawbone has finally started to realize the potential of marketing a women’s fitness tracker, and they have come up with a thing of beauty.
The Up2 is simple, sleek and elegant.
The wristband is made of hypoallergenic rubber. It comes in a range of colors, from black to teal and rose gold. It doesn’t have an interface – all tracking is viewable in the app provided.
This means that it is discreet and can be customized to suit different activities and outfits.
One of the key selling points of the UP2 is its Smart Coach software. This translates the data it collects into personalized fitness coaching. You set your goals on the app and it gives you pointers and encouragement along the way.
The more you wear the tracker, the more personalized its advice becomes.
It also features a sleep tracker and activity tracking, that also allows you to compete with your friends to spice up your fitness tracking.
The Verdict – The Best Women’s Fitness Tracker
As we have seen, many companies have now recognized that a women’s fitness tracker needs to be more stylish, versatile and functional than a lot of the previous models on the market.
In terms of features, most have the same standard offering, with heart rate monitoring the main feature differentiating one from another.
In terms of both style, and the way it has been designed to specifically monitor and improve women’s health, our winner is the Bellabeat Leaf.
It’s not only stylish and versatile, but its stress monitoring and reproductive tracking really set it apart from the crowd.
In tune with women’s needs in both functionality and aesthetics, this is a great choice for all health conscious women of all ages.
That being said, there are many great options on the market for all lifestyles and budgets, and at New Stylish Device, we have review and guides to help you make the best choice to meet your needs.
Check out our blog on how fitness trackers really can have a big impact on your fitness goals.