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5 of the best smartbands you can buy in 2021

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 might want a dedicated fitness tracker or a simple smartwatch. However, some smart bands do it all, making it one of the best picks 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. Functionality, style and compatibility with iOS and Android make this my number one.

5 of the best smartbands you can buy in 2021

Some of the main 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
  • Built-in Apple Music and Apple Pay
  • Full access to the App Store
  • Comes in 40mm and 44mm varieties

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

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

3. Fitbit Versa 2

At one time, Fitbit was known only for activity trackers, but now the Fitbit Versa 2 is easily one of the best smartbands in 2021. At just 39mm, it's a small smartband, but that works in its favor, especially with a major emphasis on an active lifestyle. It comes in several elegant varieties. Although it is compatible with iOS and Android, there are two drawbacks. There's no LTE or cellular option, and there's no built-in GPS. Otherwise, it's a very affordable option that's hard to beat.

5 of the best smartbands you can buy in 2021

Some of the main features include:

  • Amazon Alexa integration
  • Spotify included (no offline storage)
  • Monitoring blood oxygen saturation levels
  • Sleep monitoring
  • Permanent display
  • Access to personalized training programs according 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 best value smart bands.

4. Suunto 7

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

5 of the best smartbands you can buy in 2021

Some of the main features include:

  • Highly accurate tracking of over 70 sports and activities
  • Built-in GPS
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Heatmaps to know 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 personalized training tips and advice
  • 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 last option of the great smartbands to buy in 2021. Although there is no LTE or cellular option, it has one of the best battery lives out of all the smartbands. 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 a single price.

5 of the best smartbands you can buy in 2021

Some of the main features include:

  • Compatible with iOS and Android
  • Tracking energy levels
  • Pulse monitoring
  • Sleep tracking
  • Built-in music storage, including songs you own and streaming services
  • Garmin Pay integration
  • Includes preloaded fitness apps, including displaying yoga and pilates workouts on device
  • Built-in GPS
  • Security and Incident Tracking

You get all of these features and more for $349.99.

While these aren't all the smartbands available in 2021, they offer the best mix of features, with most costing under $500, even for LTE-enabled models.

Photo credit:Samsung connected watch:Galaxy Watch Active 2, Apple Watch series 5, Fitbit press kit

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