5 of the Best Smart Bands You Can Buy in 2021

5 Best Smart Bands You Can Buy In 2020

Whether you want to control your smartphone from your wrist or track your physical activity, smart bands are a great option. Depending on your needs, you may want a dedicated fitness tracker or a simple smartwatch. However, some smart bands do it all, making them some of the top choices for 2021.

1. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2

My top pick as one of the best smart bands of 2021 is the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2. Features, style, and compatibility with both iOS and Android make this my number one.

5 Best Smart Bands You Can Buy In 2020 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2

The stylish design is lightweight and fits with most any style. It combines all your favorite smartwatch and activity tracker features into one device. Some of the standout features include:

  • In-depth fitness and activity tracking
  • Integration with Samsung Health to customize your fitness and health goals
  • Includes Bixby voice functionality
  • Samsung Pay built in
  • Includes Spotify, including offline music storage
  • Available in two sizes – 40mm and 44mm
  • Battery life ranges from one to three days, depending on feature use

The Bluetooth-only model is $299.99, while the LTE version is $449.99.

2. Apple Watch Series 5

For iOS users, the Apple Watch Series 5 is one of the best overall smart bands of 2020. One feature that really stands out is the time always staying on. The light adjusts automatically based on your surroundings. It doesn’t really look any different than the Series 4 but offers a few new finishes. The only major con is you’ll need to charge it more often, as it only has an 18-hour battery life.

5 Best Smart Bands You Can Buy In 2020 Apple Watch Series 5

Some of the top features include:

  • Built-in compass
  • Noise level app
  • Easy-to-use heart rate monitor
  • Tracks a variety of health and fitness activities
  • Water-resistant
  • Motivational graphics to get you moving
  • Apple Music and Apple Pay built in
  • Full access to the App Store
  • Comes in 40mm and 44mm varieties

The Bluetooth version is $429, while the cellular version is $529. Depending on the version you get, cellular versions can cost up to $729.

If you’re looking for Apple smart bands under $500 with cellular functionality, the Apple Watch Series 3 is still a great option at $299.

3. Fitbit Versa 2

At one point, Fitbit was known just for activity trackers, but now, the Fitbit Versa 2 is easily one of the top smart bands in 2021. At just 39mm, it’s a small smart band, but that actually works in its favor, especially with a major focus on an active lifestyle. It comes in several stylish varieties. While it’s compatible with iOS and Android, there are two cons. There isn’t an LTE or cellular option, and there’s no built-in GPS. Otherwise, it’s a highly-affordable option that’s hard to beat.

5 Best Smart Bands You Can Buy In 2020 Fitbit Versa 2

Some of the top features include:

  • Amazon Alexa integration
  • Spotify included (no offline storage)
  • Tracks blood oxygen saturation levels
  • Sleep monitoring
  • Always-on display
  • Access of training programs custom to your needs with a subscription
  • Standard Fitbit fitness tracking
  • Battery life up to four days

You get all of these features for $199.95, making it one of the most budget-friendly smart bands.

4. Suunto 7

The Suunto 7 is a fitness lover’s dream come true when it comes to smart watch/activity tracker smart bands. It really shines as a fitness tracker and trainer but still has smartwatch capabilities, too. The larger 50mm size may be off-putting to some, but this just makes it easier to see the advanced fitness-tracking details.

5 Best Smart Bands You Can Buy In 2020 Suunto 7

Some of the top features include:

  • Highly accurate tracking for over 70 sports and activities
  • Built-in GPS
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Heat maps to find out where others are exercising
  • Access to local offline maps
  • Uses Wear OS so you have access to Google Play apps
  • Google Pay, Google Fit, and Google Assistant integration
  • Suunto app provides custom training advice and guidance
  • Battery life ranges from 12 to 48 hours

The $499 Bluetooth option is the only version available.

5. Garmin Vivoactive 4

The Garmin Vivoactive 4 is the final option of great smart bands to buy in 2021. While there isn’t an LTE or cellular option, it does have some of the best battery life among all smart bands. In fact, you can get up to eight days, depending on usage. It’s a nice upgrade from the Vivoactive 3, bundling several previously-premium features into the model for one price.

5 Best Smart Bands You Can Buy In 2020 Garmin Vivoactive 4

Some of the top features include:

  • Compatible with iOS and Android
  • Tracks energy levels
  • Pulse Ox monitoring
  • Sleep tracking
  • Built-in music storage, including songs you own and streaming services
  • Garmin Pay integration
  • Includes preloaded fitness apps, including viewing yoga and pilates workouts on the device
  • Built-in GPS
  • Safety and incident tracking

You get all these features and more for $349.99.

While these aren’t all the smart bands available in 2021, they do offer the best mix of features with most of them coming in under $500, even for LTE-capable models.

Images credit: Samsung Smartwatch: Galaxy Watch Active 2, Apple Watch Series 5, Fitbit Press Kit

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Crystal Crowder has spent over 15 years working in the tech industry, first as an IT technician and then as a writer. She works to help teach others how to get the most from their devices, systems, and apps. She stays on top of the latest trends and is always finding solutions to common tech problems.