Giving away smart health / fitness devices can be really thoughtful, but it can also be hard to figure out what to choose. Below we have an overview of some of the best smart health / fitness devices from high-end smart scales, a self-cleaning water bottle, a metabolic analyzer, as well as tips if you are considering a smartwatch gift.
The first smart health / fitness devices presented below range from great smart scale options, blood pressure monitors, self-cleaning / purifying water bottles, to a pocket metabolic analyzer. And all without a smart water bottle are compatible with iPhone and Apple Health.
If you are thinking of giving away a wearable device, we will give you tips to help you decide whether a smartwatch or a basic fitness bracelet is the best. As well as dive into comparing Apple Watch with Garmin / Suunt and Google’s Wear OS.
The best smart health / fitness devices for 2021
Withings smart scales
I have been using Withings smart scales for eight years and they have been super reliable and useful. The reason why I recommend going to Withings compared to other brands is that the company has great results, a solid iOS app with Apple Health integration and durable and smooth build quality.
Withings Body Smart Scale
For those just starting out on a health / fitness trip, the Body Withings Smart Scale fits well. It has weight and BMI, automatic synchronization with the iOS app / Apple Health and recognizes up to 8 different users. It usually costs around $ 60, but is on sale for the holidays.
Body + Smart Scale and Body Cardio
If you’re shopping for someone who goes further on their fitness journey, Withings Body + Smart Scale adds a measurement of body composition. This includes fat, muscle and bone mass, as well as the percentage of water. Body + costs about $ 99, but is also discounted for the holidays.
If you want to choose the most capable model, Withings Body Cardio offers all the features of Body + such as the composition of the whole body and adds monitoring of heart rate and vascular age. It usually sells for about $ 150.
Withings blood pressure monitor
Withings BPM Connect smart blood pressure monitor offers a wireless experience, a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 6 months, is approved by the FDA as medically accurate, and you can easily send the results to your doctor.
Because it works with the Withings iOS Health Mate app like the smart scale above, you get Apple Health integration and you can see all your health data in one place.
Withings BPM Connect sells for $ 99, but is on sale for the holidays.
Lumen metabolic analyzer
This is a great gift for those who already have all the smart health / fitness devices you can think of. Although fitness enthusiasts will most likely appreciate the metabolic analyzer, Lumen is easy to use for weight loss, muscle building or weight maintenance.
I did a full review of Lumen and I think it is a really innovative device that offers useful and useful data. It is a pocket metabolic analyzer that can tell you whether you are burning fat or carbohydrates based on your breath. From there, the Lumen app provides meal / macro planning recommendations to meet your specific weight loss or fitness goals.
Another focus of Lumens is to help you build metabolic flexibility. Research shows that it has a wide range of health benefits, including better sleep, a stronger immune system, more consistent blood sugar levels, improved exercise performance and more.
A lumen usually costs $ 299 for a year, but it goes for $ 259 during the holidays.
Larq smart water bottle
The Larq Bottle PureVis solves two problems with its smart lid that keeps the bottle clean and ensures you always have clean water no matter where you fill it.
The lid does this thanks to an integrated UV-C LED light that removes 99.9999% of bio-pollutants from both your water and the bottle. You can activate it with a button, but it also cleans automatically every 2 hours.
Larq PurVis is also vacuum insulated with a double wall to keep your cold drinks icy for up to 24 hours and hot drinks for up to 12 hours.
This smart water bottle is a great gift as it removes the hassle of cleaning bulky bottles as well as ensures that your loved ones always have clean water.
Larq PurVis usually costs $ 95, but is on sale from 15-30% discount for the holidays. Larq also produces Movement PurVis (without double-wall insulation) for $ 78.
Apple Watch, Wear OS, Garmin, fitness bracelets in comparison
If you are thinking of giving away a smartwatch or fitness bracelet for the holidays, here are some quick tips:
- Lots of functionality (e.g. Messaging, Folders, email, fitness monitoring, heart rate monitoring, ECG, more
- Fully integrated with the iPhone
- One day battery life (estimated in 18 hours may be more or less depending on usage)
- Lots of finishes to choose from, especially when considering bracelets / straps for the Apple Watch
- Solid for general and specific fitness monitoring, not ideal for marathons, ultra runners and other multi-day fitness events
- Price: Usually $ 219 and up
Be sure to check out our comparison here for more on the differences between the Apple Watch models:
Garmin and Suunto
If you’re looking for a gift for endurance athletes or someone who appreciates a dedicated GPS, Suunto or Garmin smartwatch might be the best fit for you.
- Full smart watches from these companies often include a battery life of 7 days or more
- Dedicated GPS for tracking training, cycling, running, etc. no mobile data or iPhone in your pocket
- Ideal for marathoners, ultra runners, triathletes and other endurance athletes
- Durable build quality
- It often runs on Google’s Wear OS
If the person you are giving away is an Android user, it will probably be best to choose Wear OS (or a band-style fitness tracker).
- A very wide selection of styles
- Made to work with Android smartphones
- Wide price range
Check out our sister pages of 9to5Google reviews of the best Wear OS smartwatches:
Band style fitness trackers
This is a good option if you are looking for something more affordable and basic in overall functionality.
- Thin profile
- They usually involve tracking steps and activities, some involve tracking sleep
- All in all less functional than Apple Watch or other smartwatches
- Often 7 days + battery life
- Most cost $ 100 or less
Completing smart health / fitness devices
We hope you now have great ideas on what you would like to give to a person (or people) who could use a smart health / fitness device. For more ideas, check out all of our 2021 holiday gift guides.
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