Providing smart health / fitness devices can be really thoughtful, but it can also be difficult to figure out what to choose. Below we have an overview of some of the best smart health / fitness devices from the best smart weights, a self-cleaning water bottle, metabolic analyzer and advice if you are considering giving a smartwatch as a gift.
The first smart health / fitness devices shown below range from amazing smart weights, a blood pressure monitor, self-cleansing / purifying water bottle to a pocket-sized metabolic analyzer. And all of them minus the smart water bottle are compatible with iPhone and Apple Health.
If you are considering giving a wearable as a gift, we give you tips to help you decide if a smartwatch or a basic fitness band is best. And dive into how the Apple Watch compares to Garmin / Suunto and Google’s Wear OS.
Best smart health / fitness devices in 2021
Withings Smart Scales
I have been using Withings Smart Scales for eight years and they have been super reliable and useful. The reason I recommend going with Withings over other brands is that the company has a great track record, solid iOS app with Apple Health integration and a durable and sleek build quality.
Withings Body Smart Scale
For those who have just embarked on a health / fitness journey, the Body Withings Smart Scale is a great fit. 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 looking for someone who’s more advanced in their fitness journey, Withings Body + Smart Scale adds body composition measurements. It includes fat, muscle and bone mass as well as water percentage. Body + costs around $ 99, but is also reduced to holidays.
If you want to go for the most skilled model, Withings Body Cardio offers all the features of Body + such as. whole body composition and adds heart rate measurement and vascular age. It usually sells for around $ 150.
Withing’s blood pressure monitor
Withings BPM Connect smart blood pressure monitor offers a wireless experience, rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 6 months, it is FDA approved as medically accurate and you can easily send results to your doctor.
Since it works with the Withings iOS Health Mate app as the smart scale above, you get Apple Health integration and 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. While fitness enthusiasts may be the most likely to appreciate a metabolic analyzer, Lumen is easy for anyone to use to lose weight, build muscle, or maintain weight.
I did a complete review of Lumen and think it is a truly innovative device that offers useful and actionable data. It is a pocket-sized metabolic analyzer that can tell you if you are burning fat or carbohydrates based on your breathing. From there, the Lumen app provides meal planning / macro recommendations to meet your specific weight loss or fitness goals.
Another focus for Lumen is to help you build metabolic flexibility. Research shows that there are a wide range of health benefits to it, including better sleep, stronger immune system, more consistent blood sugar levels, improved exercise performance and more.
Lumen is usually priced at $ 299 for a year, but goes after $ 259 for the holidays.
Larq Smart water bottle
Larq Bottle PureVis solves two problems with its smart lid that keeps the bottle clean and makes sure you always have clean water, no matter where you fill it up.
The cap 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 double-walled vacuum insulated to keep your cold drinks ice cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks at temperatures for up to 12.
This smart water bottle is a great gift by taking the hassle of cleaning cumbersome bottles as well as ensuring that your loved ones always have clean water.
Larq PurVis usually costs $ 95, but is for sale from 15-30% discount for the holidays. Larq also makes Movement PurVis (no double wall insulation), which starts at $ 78.
Apple Watch, Wear OS, Garmin, fitness band compared
If you are considering giving away a smartwatch or fitness band for the holidays, here are some quick tips:
- Lots of functionality (e.g. messages, maps, email, fitness tracking, heart rate measurement, ECG, much much more
- Fully integrated with iPhone
- Single-day battery life (rated at 18 hours may be more or less depending on usage)
- Many finishes to choose from, especially when considering Apple Watch straps / straps
- Solid for general and some specific fitness tracking, not so 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 Apple Watch models:
Garmin and Suunto
If you are looking for a gift for an endurance athlete or someone who appreciates dedicated GPS, a Suunto or Garmin smartwatch may be the best fit.
- Full smartwatches from these companies often include battery life of 7 days or more
- Dedicated GPS for tracking workouts, bikes, jogs, etc. without mobile data or an iPhone in your pocket
- Ideal for marathons, ultra runners, triathletes and other endurance athletes
- Durable build quality
- Runs frequently on Google’s Wear OS
If the person you are giving a gift to is an Android user, it would probably be best to go for Wear OS (or a band-style fitness tracker).
- Very wide selection of styles
- Made to work with Android smartphones
- Wide range of price points
Check out our sister site 9to5Google’s summaries of best Wear OS smartwatches:
Band-style fitness trackers
These are a great option if you are looking for something more affordable and basic in overall functionality.
- Slim profile
- Usually includes step and activity tracking, some include sleep tracking
- Overall, less functional than the Apple Watch or other smartwatches
- Often 7 days + battery life
- Most are $ 100 or less
Smart packaging of health / fitness units
Hopefully you have now got some great ideas for what you would like to donate to the person (or persons) who could use a smart health / fitness unit. For more ideas, check out all of our 2021 Christmas gift guides.
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