The Latest Smart Wearables We Rate | SLMan
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If you’re keen to improve your fitness goals or post some PBs, it pays to invest in a wearable. More than just step counters, the latest batch of devices measure a wealth of data to ensure you’re sleeping, working out and recovering smarter. Here are the ones we rate...
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Nurvv Run Large

Best for:
Runners

What does it cost?
£249.99

How does it work?
Opt for Nurvv Run if you’re looking to perfect your running technique. A simple, sleek wearable that sits in the sole of your trainers, it analyses your running style from the base of your foot with the help of more than 30 built-in sensors, monitoring your form over 1,000 times a second. Once it’s collected enough data, it will offer up personalised workouts and advice via an app-based virtual coach. It’s also waterproof and will automatically sync to your Garmin, Apple Watch or phone.

Available at Selfridges.com

Oura Ring

Best for:
Overall health
 
What does it cost?
From $299

How does it work?
This ultra-smart silver ring is worn on your finger and tracks three things – readiness, sleep and activity – directly from the arteries within your fingers. Using infrared sensors, it reaches deeper than other wearables but is one of the least intrusive devices out there. It knows to track your movements when awake and your heart rate, body temperature and sleep pattern while you snooze, giving you a 360º view of your health. And all of the data it comes back with is easy to read.

Available at OuraRing.com

Whoop 3.0

Best for:
Recovery
 
What does it cost?
Free with a membership, which starts at $30 a month
 
How does it work?
Designed for smarter, more efficient recovery, the Whoop might be the only wearable that will tell you when not to workout. By monitoring your daily movement, sleep and recovery time, it offers users personalised coaching advice that leaves you feeling healthier and more rested. The Whoop will deliver your data in four main categories – Overview, Strain, Recovery and Sleep – that are easy to navigate. It also monitors your heart rate and sleep pattern to ensure you’re getting the right amount of rest based on your physical activity.

Available at Whoop.com

Garmin VivoSmart 4

Best for:
Good heart health
 
What does it cost?
£70.36
 
How does it work?
Those looking to improve their heart health should opt for the Garmin VivoSmart 4. This clever device estimates your heart rate and your oxygen saturation levels in addition to your sleep and activity levels. It benefits from a stress monitor and comes with an array of guided breathing exercises for when things get on top of you. As an added bonus, it’s one of the most affordable devices on our list.

Available at Amazon.com

Suunto GPS G1

Best for:
Endurance sports
 
What does it cost?
£253.64
 
How does it work?
The Suunto 9 has been designed for those who get their kicks from endurance sports. Robust, sturdy and reliable, it will monitor your movement no matter how hard and how long you work out for. It also boasts a built-in GPS, navigation feature and weather forecaster as well as the ability to track your heart rate, map sleep data and gather your movement metrics. The battery life lasts up to 120 hours on one single charge and the Suunto is water resistant to 100m.

Available at Amazon.co.uk

FitBit

Best for:
Everyday wear
 
What does it cost?
£99 (was £129)
 
How does it work?
The water-resistant FitBit Charge 4 is easy to use and stylish, making it the ideal wearable for everyday use. Our favourite feature is the AZM – active zone minutes – which helps you work out better and hit your goals quicker. A smart wake feature tells you the best time to wake up depending on your sleep pattern, while the impressive battery life lasts up to seven days on a single charge. A small wristband means it’s discreet too.

Available at Amazon.com

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro

Best for:
Cardio intensive workouts
 
What does it cost?
£479.99
 
How does it work?
This multi-use watch is best for those who enjoy a cardio-intensive workout, with preloaded activity profiles for everything from swimming and running to hiking, rowing, golfing, skiing and more. It even has a ClimbPro feature, which lets you monitor real-time data on your current and upcoming climbs including gradient, distance and elevation. Like other wearables, it also tracks your heart rate, location and sleep pattern. It’s on the pricy side, but worth it if you want the best.

Available at JohnLewis.com

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