There is no doubt that the wearable business is huge. It has been reported that the wearable industry was valued at $15 billion in 2015 and is estimated to be worth $25 billion by 2019. That’s a significant jump, and the focus of many businesses throughout this calendar year and beyond is women. Why? Because more women than men say that they are solely responsible for financial decisions in their household. So – manufacturers – if you want to target the decision maker for purchasing your product, it’s time to look at the female segment.
Wearables for women and men differ greatly. From fitness watches that are ideal for a man’s wrist, but are far too big on our own wrists, to heart rate monitors that don’t take into account our sports bras that often get in the way (the worst), wearable companies are still figuring out the landscape between these two genders.
That’s exactly why I set out to find the best wearables for women in 2017. Since it’s so important to find a wearable that works for you, one that is custom to your body and unique needs, we should be looking for wearables that are made for us. Though the landscape is still to be determined, there are some companies that are making waves in the women + wearables market. And to them, I tip my hat.
The Best Wearables for Women
Find out my 7 favorite wearables for women below that you need to check out now.
1. Garmin fenix 5S
I’ve been waiting for a wrist wearable that is made for female wrists – and believe me, I’ve been waiting a long time. I’ve worn them all, from Garmin to TomTom, and everything in between. So, Garmin announced that the company was releasing a brand new line of fenix watches, with one of them being a wearable made for females, I was intrigued.
So, I picked up this watch last week, and I was immediately hooked. The Garmin fenix 5s has everything you need from a fitness wearable – tracking for every sport you can imagine, GPS capabilities, built-in heart rate monitoring and so much more. Plus, I’ve worn this watch from day to night – from the office to the gym, which makes it a bonus in my books.
You can get the Garmin fenix 5s on Amazon, starting at $599.99.
2. Bellabeat Leaf Urban Health Tracker
The smart wearable that doesn’t even look like a wearable. Great, right?
The Bellabeat Leaf Urban Health Tracker can be worn in many ways – as a bracelet, necklace or a clip. Wear it as you’re going throughout your day, either taking your dog for a walk, meditating, doing yoga or even sleeping. It’ll track every single move you make.
Instead of having a wrist wearable, the Bellabeat is for those who want to be more discreet in nature. Yet, it will track your sleep time and quality, dress levels, menstrual cycle, motivation, provide an alarm and so much more. Bonus: It’s water resistant, so you can even wear it while you’re running. The associated smartphone app will provide all of the data you need to view.
The Bellabeat Leaf Urban Health Tracker is available for $139.00.
3. Ringly – Activity Tracker
To add to the list of wearables that are disguised in appearance is the Ringly. This is an activity tracker that connects to your phone via Bluetooth and sends you customized notifications with vibration and a color-coded light. So, you can head out for dinner with your girlfriends or and keep your phone in your purse – though secretly know when messages are coming through. Wink, wink.
The Ringly tracks activity, such as steps, distance and calories you have burned. Yet, it also notifies you of calls, texts and emails, so your wearable does double-duty. Plus, how gorgeous is this accessory? The gemstones on the Ringly are hand-cut and semiprecious, adding an additional element to this wearable’s impressive feature-set.
It’s available now on Amazon for $165.00 – the price of bracelets without smart technology included.
4. adidas Heart Rate Monitoring Smart Bra
One of the biggest annoyances I have with heart rate monitors is that they can sometimes be irritating to wear for hours on end. If I’m doing a long ride or a long run, wearing a heart rate strap for a few hours can irritate my skin. I see the value in wearing it, however, as it is so important to monitor your heart rate over time.
When I came across the adidas Heart Rate Monitoring Smart Bra, I was intrigued. This product features exclusive heart rate sensing technology that is knit directly into the fabric, which means that no chest strap is required. The heart rate sensing fabric captures heart rate data during your workout, so you get all of the features of a chest strap yet without the annoyance. The device can pair with Polar, Garmin, Runtastic, Wahoo Fitness, Zephyr and more.
adidas Heart Rate Monitoring Smart Bra is priced at $59.99.
5. First Response Digital Pregnancy Test
When you’ve made the decision that you need to pee on a stick and get your results fast, it can be both a joyous and nervous process. You want to know – and you want to know fast. So, what if I told you that a product could provide the results 6 days prior to a missed period?
That’s exactly what the First Response Pro Digital Pregnancy Test Kit does, but it goes one step further – it connects via Bluetooth to an associated app, which provides you with step-by-step test assurance that walks you through the process as you go. It displays your results, and provides post result support for the next 9 months, suggested next steps and more. The First Response Digital Pregnancy Test is available for $14.47.
6. Stelle Audio Mini-Clutch Speaker
A clutch that doubles as a speaker? Yeah, thanks to smart technology, that exists.
The Stelle Audio Mini-Clutch Speaker is not only a functional accessory, it also offers the best in sound quality when you need it. It pairs via Bluetooth, so you can make hands-free calls and listen to music, too. Plus, it has a built-in jack so it can charge any USB enabled device (like your phone) at the same time.
A clutch that does double, triple and quadruple duty? Yes please. This clutch can be yours on Amazon for $149.00.
7. Misfit Bloom Necklace
Can you tell that I love jewelry that doubles as a smart device? That’s exactly why I’m closing off this list with just that.
The Misfit Bloom Necklace is a fitness and sleep monitor that tracks steps, calories and distance, and pairs with the Misfit Shine App on iOS or Android. When it comes to sleep, the necklace tracks sleep quality and efficiency.
The jewelry itself is crafted from hand-finished stainless steel. It features a beautiful geometric design on an 18” stainless chain. The accessory is beautiful for the day and night, and no one will even know that Bluetooth technology is giving you a depth of insights into your day.
The Misfit is a cool $49.00 on Amazon.
When choosing a smart wearable, it’s important to consider something that will work for you. For us women, for example, we tend to have smaller wrists, which means that certain wrist wearables won’t work for us. We also need to be mindful of undergarments like bras or sports bras, certain clothing that fit our bodies, devices that adapt to our lifestyles and more.
That’s exactly why I compiled these 7 Smart Wearables For Women that you need to know about this year. From breast pumps and safety bracelets to UV awareness and smart jewelry, these are devices that will work for females.
Have any you ladies found other smart wearables that you rely on? Let us all know on Twitter!