Smartwatches have become an affordable addition to our daily lives. Enhancing nearly every aspect of life, smartwatches have become a common sight.

2019 brings some flashy new tech time pieces to the market. However there are a number of really great (and affordable) options already available. We have compiled a list of 6 of the best fitness tracking smartwatches on the market. Couple a good smartwatch with a great phone and you are sure to reap the rewards!

Most affordable

1. Fitbit Charge 2 and 3

Fitbit has established itself as a market leader for fitness tracking with affordable options while remaining subtle and appealing in their design. Though the Charge 2 and newly released 3 are entry level models, their fitness tracking is the best for it’s price point. If you are looking to get back into shape while remaining connected, this series is the way to go.

Pricing: Around R2999

2. Ticwatch S and E

The Ticwatch range is an excellent starting point for curious new users, stylish and affordable, they feature the new Wear OS software and a great health tracking app to boot. It’s crystal clear screen and impressive battery life make it an excellent everyday watch.

Pricing: Around R2599

Mid range

3. Apple Watch Series 3

Now a staple in the smartwatch space, Apple’s annual smartwatch series is always popular especially with iPhone users. The Apple ecosystem is easily one of the most impressive and the Series 3 watches will be a joy for Apple users. Non-Apple users can also enjoy the range but will find it wanting in a some areas. The watches boasts an internal GPS and impressive fitness tracking.

Pricing: Around R4999

4. Samsung Gear Sport

Samsung have long held the crown in the smartwatch department! The Gear Sport is Samsung’s fitness focused watch and is their best GPS running watch to date. Although pricier than its competitors, a rugged look combined with Samsung’s health app on your phone make this a great fitness/lifestyle hybrid

Pricing: Around R3999

Upper echelon

5. Garmin Fenix 3

When it comes to fitness tracking, few can top Garmin’s range. The Fenix 3 boasts an impressive battery life of up to 5 weeks. The built in GPS is exceptional! Alongside a premium durable construction this makes it a solid choice for fitness enthusiasts.

Pricing: Around R6999

6. Suunto Spartan Ultra HR

Suunto are well known in the outdoor community as a leading manufacturer of GPS and diving equipment. The Finnish company has also stepped into the smartwatch range with an impressive (and pricey) selection. Designed for high intensity training and a rugged lifestyle. The Spartan Ultra HR flaunts in-house Suunto fitness software, which can track over 80 sports modes, a barometer, GPS tracking and 100m water submersion.

Pricing: Around R5999

There you go! A few of our favourites on the market currently. Do you already have a smartwatch? Maybe it was already one of your December spending regrets? (Hopefully not!) If not, do you have your eye on anything? Be sure to drop us a line below in the comments or chat to us on social and let us know!

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