Waterproof Smartwatch Battle! – 2020 edition
It was not long time ago when a Kick-starters project was backed by a million people to launch the first smartwatch called Pebble, it could connect to your phone using Bluetooth and do some basic notification and music control tasks.
Early smartwatches, like the early smartphones, were revolutionary. Though they were large, expensive, not easy to use and did not solve any consumer needs or problems yet it was an innovation that was here to last. With the increase in technological development, smartphones have become small yet powerful, giving rise to powerful computers, tablets and now the smart watch. With specialised applications, fitness trackers and ability to notify user of such things as call and message, it can act as a standalone gadget as well as an accessory for the phone.
In other words, you can say that smartwatches are to the smartphone what wristwatches were to the pocket watch. They have become the utmost smartphone accessory. And Yes! It can tell the time, of course.
What is a fitness tracking smartwatch that you cannot use while swimming or running in the rain? So in this article, we will talk about the Top 11 Best Waterproof Smart Watches of 2020. These rugged smartwatches could become the best companion for travelers & Field workers.
Are These smartwatches Fully Waterproof?
When it comes to the electronics, the term “waterproof” should not be taken literally. “Water-resistant” is term more accurate as increasing depth, pressure and time can damage most waterproof devices. The list below focuses on Smart watches, which are at least water resistant to 50 meters (5 ATM)
Best Waterproof Smartwatch Reviews- 2020
1. Apple Watch Series 5
The Apple Watch 5 is the best smart watch you can get right now. It was a major update to Apple’s first draft at a wearable as it delivered to bring the most of your phone on to your wrist.
This smartwatch is the latest edition to the Apple Watch Series with bigger screen and amazing swimming abilities. It is 5ATM waterproof and can track a host of metrics including pool and open water swimming, lengths, distance covered and can also distinguish between stroke style.
Just like the first iPhone which was released almost a decade ago, Apple watch has evolved into a super product. If you are into fitness tracking, with all the fitness and tracker superb integration with iPhone, makes the Apple Watch 5 the perfect wearable.
With Series 5 Apple took a huge but successful leap by making it not only waterproof but also Swim-proof.
If you like square watches over the round one, then this watch I definitely for you. The square screen of this luxury smartwatch makes it easier to use this watch with gestures such as swipe up, down, left, right from the edges. The rotating Digital Crown is the cherry on the top, as it still works best with zooming in and out, and general navigation.
Series 5 looks smart and futuristic with its square dial design and is available in various color and case finish to choose from. It is powered by all new WatchOS 6 and boasts the new always-on Retina display.
- Review Price: $390
- Always-on Retina display
- 5ATM (50m) waterproof
- 18 hour battery life
- eSIM support
- ECG functionality
2. Garmin Vivoactive 3
The Garmin Vivoactive 3 smartwatch is a great buying option if you are looking for a waterproof smartwatch with stylish round dial design.
It looks very attractive and is water-resistant up to 50 meters. It comes with in-built GPS and an optical heart rate monitor for solid fitness tracking.
It features swim tracking and has an impressive battery life of 7 days. Another appealing feature is the new Garmin Pay which allows contactless payments.
- Review Price: $158.99
- Attractive design
- Contactless payment support
- Solid fitness tracking
- Up to 7 days battery life
- Connect IQ app store
3. Fitbit Versa 2
Fitbit Versa 2 has a slim and small design making it a good option for women. It is a good swimming smartwatch for beginners as it is priced reasonably and has got basic swim tracking features.
You can view lengths, distance covered and workout duration on display but doesn’t display type of stroke which can be a drawback for hardcore swimmers.
Apart from this it has great battery life of up to four to five days and includes smart features like Fitbit Pay, notification support and access to Alexa.
- Review Price: $199.99
- Slim & smart design
- Fitbit Pay
- Amazon Alexa access
- 4-5 days battery
- 5ATM waterproof
4. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Samsung may have had many “Hit” and “Miss” when it comes to smartwatch. The predecessor of this watch, Galaxy watch active, was more of a hit rather than miss. In 2019, Samsung launched watech active 2 with a bigger and bolder design.
If you want smartwatch from a high-end brand but don’t want to invest $400 or $500 than Galaxy Watch Active 2 from Samsung is worth considering. It is a great option for women as it has a slimmer and smaller design.
Galaxy watch active 2 is waterproof up to 50 meters and comes with dedicated swim tracking features.
It allows you to view metrics like lap time, distance, strokes and SWOLF to measure swimming efficiency on its crisp Super AMOLED display. It supports Samsung Pay, offline Spotify, 4GB memory and a day of play time.
The only drawback to this smartwatch is that it works on TizenOS and not on widely accepted Google’s Android Watch OS.
- Review Price: $299.99
- Super AMOLED display
- Dedicated swim tracking
- 5 ATM water resistance
- Offline Spotify support
- Samsung Pay
- 4GB storage
5. Withings Steel HR
Withings Steel HR is different from the above smartwatches as it is a hybrid smartwatch with swim tracking feature. It has a classic round analog display which is not touch sensitive but its body is 50 meters waterproof.
This waterproof smartwatch features optical heart rate sensor and uses automatic tracking software to recognize when you are in water.
The Withings Health Mate app is used to sync all the data and show your daily activity goals. The best advantage is its 25-day battery life as it doesn’t waste power on useless apps.
- Review Price: $179.99
- 50 meters water resistant
- Optical heart rate sensor
- 25 day battery life
- Premium looks
- Smart hybrid watch
6. Casio WSD-F30
This is the third smartwatch from one of the biggest sports watch manufacturer, Casio. It may not be a watch for everyone, but if you are a type of person who is outdoor-inclined, it might be the one for you.
This Casio smartwatch has a rugged MIL-STD-810 complied rugged case and 50 meters water resistance. It runs on Google’s Wear OS and has a smaller design than its predecessor. It also includes altimeter and barometer sensors and new power saving features.
Casio WSD smartwatch is an excellent smartwatch for serious outdoor activities like trekking, skiing, surfing, swimming, cycling, horseback riding etc.
It has been tested against some serious wear and tear and it stands like a pro. The watch doesn’t feel incomplete as it has all the sensors. If you are an adrenaline junkie, the altimeter and the air pressure read-outs will make this watch something you’d love to have.
- Review Price: $550
- MIL-STD-810 Rugged Design
- Wear OS
- 5ATM water resistant
- Built-in GPS
- OLED display
7. Garmin Fenix 5X
The Garmin Fenix 5X is the largest watch among the new Fenix smartwatches as it packs such power, not just in terms of battery but the hardware and performance wise as well. This rugged smartwatch has the capability to not only track the basic outdoor activities like running, cycling, swimming etc. but also exploits activities like hiking and paddle boarding.
Brushed metal with exposed screws give it a rough look but the sapphire glass screen is what makes it tough as well. It is a wear-anywhere device, even at the depth of 100-metres. When it comes to the battery life, it can go for a day without any issue.
- Review Price: $410.00
- Onboard maps
- Multi-sport tracking
- Heart rate monitor
- Super-rugged sapphire screen
- Water-resistant (100-meters)
8. Pebble Classic And Pebble Steel
The Pebble smartwatch is considered the best waterproof smartwatch for the first time buyers. Low price and 7 days of battery life is what made this watch appear in this list.
However, it is not an Android wear but it can still perform functions like music control, smartphone notifications, activity and fitness tracking, and the ability to download apps from the Pebble app store.
The Pebble Steel has the exact same features as to Pebble Classic but it offers more formal look with stainless steel bezels, metal bands and 2.5D scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass display.
- Review Price: $39.99
- 25-inch e-paper display
- 5-7 day battery life
- Android and iOS compatible
- Cortex M4 CPU
9. Nixon Mission SS
The Nixon Mission SS is an advanced version of Misson smartwatch. It is currently on the top if you are looking for a smartwatch that is sturdy enough to pass a military level test. It was made for not only running or cycling but also to monitor ocean and mountain conditions.
Nixon Mission SS is far improved than the original Mission smartwatch. It has an improved rugged design featuring stainless steel bezel and stainless steel bracelets. It is focused mainly on outdoor enthusiasts and includes special apps like Trace Snow and Trace Surf for skiers and surfers.
It was designed for activities like surfing and snowboarding. Mission SS being an Android wear has access to Google Play apps and Google Fit activity tracking.
It is 10ATM water resistant means it can withstand 300 feet underwater. It is IP68 certified making it resistant to dust too. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and it feels a little heavy on wrists.
- Review Price: $300
- IP68 Certified
- 10ATM water resistant
- Wear OS
- Stainless steel bracelets
- Always-on display
- 400mAh battery
10. Mobvoi TicWatch S2
TicWatch S2 is a pocket friendly smartwatch with solid MIL-STD-810G rugged design. It is resistant against sand, dust, shock, pressure, temperature shock, solar radiation and 50m under water.
Ticwatch S2 has a plastic built with interchangeable silicone straps and is very lightweight.
It boasts an always-on AMOLED display for vibrant colors and up to one and half day battery backup. It is powered by Wear OS thus including all the Google’s fancy features.
- MIL-STD-810G rugged
- Wear OS
- 5ATM water-resistant
- 415mAh battery
- Vibrant AMOLED display
11. Amazfit Stratos 3
Amazfit Stratos 3 offers solid health and fitness tracking features. It features sensors like Biotracker PPG, biotracker optical sensor inside a 316L stainless steel body. It is 5ATM waterproof and lasts for up to 14 days over a single charge.
It offers 19 sports modes including swimming, cycling, running and more. It comes with 4GB of internal storage and 1.2GHz dual core processor for smooth operation.
- Review Price: $179.99
- 316L stainless steel dial
- 5ATM water resistance
- 19 sports modes
- Up to 14 days battery life
- 4GB storage