When it comes to wearables such as fitness trackers most are quite sensitive to the elements, especially to water. This is quite understandable given the delicate wirings and advanced technology that may malfunction these gets wet. However, as an athlete or fitness enthusiast, you most likely want a wearable that you can still wear for your workouts knowing it will at least survive splashes, the steamy environment of a hot yoga class, a run in the rain or a post-work shower.
We have listed here the best waterproof fitness trackers that you will find in the market. We considered your budget so it has both affordable and high-end options. All of them have the water-resistance of at least 5 ATM (50 meters) so they’re good for swimming and showering.
If you’re looking for a fitness tracker that particularly focuses on tracking your swimming and other water sports, check out our separate article on Best Swimming Watches. If you don’t need the more advanced swim-related apps or tracking and plan to use your tracker for counting calories and heart rate for Water Aerobics, and aqua-gym classes or like to take a sauna, steam bath or hot shower after exercising without worrying about taking the tracker off your wrist – then check out the list below
Best Waterproof Fitness Trackers
Fitbit Charge 3
Fitbit Charge 3 is a fitness tracker band that comes with a larger display and slick design. It is also considered to be “offering the best fitness tracking experience” in a band design. It sure boasts of a lot of features and outstanding specifications so here are a few things that you should know about this fitness tracker band.
Among others, Fitbit Charge 3 is thinner and lighter compared to its predecessor – Charge 2. Such is attributable to the aluminum case instead of stainless steel that was used in the latter. It is still capable of 24/7 heart rate monitoring that’s useful to track calorie burn more accurately. It also offers more than 15 exercise modes for you to choose from such as running, biking, swimming, yoga, and others.
Fitbit Charge 3 is also water-resistant up to 50 meters, so you may wear it while in the shower, pool, etc. It even tracks your swimming activity automatically. In terms of navigation, however, you may only monitor your real-time pace and distance if you are connected to your phone’s GPS and accessed the map in your Fitbit app.
With all these features and more, Fitbit Charge 3 boasts of seven-day battery life when in full charge. Then, it only needs two hours to recharge.
Heart Rate Monitoring: YesWater Resistance: 50 meters Battery Life: 168 hours (7 days) GPS: via phone only
Garmin Vivoactive 3
As briefly described on the Garmin website, the Vivoactive 3 is a GPS smartwatch with built-in sports apps and a wrist-based heart rate. As such, it is preloaded with more than 15 GPS and indoor sports apps such as yoga, running, swimming, etc. to track the details of your activity. With the built-in GPS, this smartwatch can also track the distance, pace, and location of your outdoor activities. It is rated 5 ATM for water resistance, meaning it can withstand resistance pressures up to 50 meters.
For heart rate monitoring, Garmin Vivoactive 3 uses Elevate wrist-based technology. It can also monitor other aspects of your fitness, such as heart rate variability, VO2 max, fitness age, as well as stress. Despite a load of features, it promises up to seven days of battery life when in smartwatch mode and up to 13 hours when in GPS mode.
Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes Water Resistance: 50 meters Battery Life: 168 hours (7 days) in smartwatch mode; 13 hours in GPS mode GPS: Yes
Fitbit Inspire HR
Fitbit Inspire HR is a sleek fitness tracker band with an easy-to-read display and touchscreen. It is water-resistant up to 50 meters and promises a battery life of up to 120 hours or five days. Once connected to your smartphone, you will still receive notifications from your apps as well as call and text alerts.
As a fitness tracker, it monitors your heart rate 24/7 for better tracking of burned calories. This 24/7 heart rate monitoring also lets you know your Fat Burn, Cardio, and Peak heart rate zones. More so, it monitors your sleep, determines the stages and gives tips on how to improve sleep quality. For exercises, it has more than 15 preloaded modes – such as run, bike, and yoga – through which you can set goals and receive updates one you reach your goal. It also tracks all your activities throughout the day – monitoring your steps, distance, active minutes, and calories burned. For real-time monitoring of your pace and distance, you would need to connect your Inspire HR to your phone’s GPS.
Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes Water Resistance: 50 meters Battery Life: 120 hours (5 days) GPS: via phone only
Garmin Vivosport is another band-style fitness tracker. It is considered one of Garmin’s smallest fitness trackers yet it is still loaded with a heart rate monitor, GPS and an altimeter.
For daily fitness monitoring, the Garmin Vivosport also uses the Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology. As such, it also measures your VO2 max, fitness age and heart rate variability. With these, Vivosport can also determine your stress level. It also has a built-in GPS so you don’t have to worry about your outdoor activities. It can track your distance, pace, time and speed while you run, walk or ride. You can even see a map of your activity through Garmin Connect. It’s even safe when swimming or showering as it is water-resistant up to 50 meters.
Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes Water Resistance: 50 meters Battery Life: 168 hours (7 days) in smartwatch mode; 13 hours in GPS mode GPS: Yes
Garmin Vívosmart 4
Garmin Vivosmart 4 is not just slim and smart; it is also fashionable is it comes with metal accents that compliment stylishly with the band. Its display, although not colored, is pretty easy-to-read as it adjusts automatically with the light levels.
The Vivosmart 4 has a Body Battery feature that tracks the number of pertinent health data such as stress, heart rate variability, sleep, and activity and integrates them to determine your current body energy. For activity tracking, it has specialized timers for various activities such as walking, running, strength training, yoga, swimming, etc. Its water resistance is rated 5 ATM so it’s good for swimming and showering. You may also connect the Vivosmart 4 with your phone’s GPS for accurate tracking of your location.
This fitness tracker can last up to seven days, except when on continuous use of Pulse Ox sleep tracking
Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes Water Resistance: 50 meters Battery Life: 168 hours (7 days), except when using Pulse Ox sleep tracking GPS: via phone
Xiaomi Mi Band 4 Fitness Tracker
The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 may come with a simple black band and case yet it is heavily loaded with fitness tracking features and is still very affordable. It is powered by a 135 mAh lithium-ion battery that promises 20-day battery life. To connect with your smartphone, it uses Bluetooth 5.0 and is compatible with Android 4.4 or iOS 9.0, and later. Once connected, you would be able to receive call and text alerts and notifications from app messages. Mi Band 4 is rated 5 ATM (50 meters) in terms of water resistance so it’s good for showering, surfing, and even swimming.
Xiaomi Mi Band 4 automatically monitors your heart rate 24/7. You are also provided with a dynamic curve chart that shows your heart rate throughout the day. Although, there are some reviews that the data during your intense workouts may not be as accurate. It also analyzes your sleep time and depth and helps you improve your sleep quality. It also has a built-in GPS so this fitness tracker automatically tracks your steps, distance and calories burned even if you don’t bring your phone.
Of course, it also has pre-loaded workout modes – walking, treadmill, outdoor running, cycling, swimming, and generic exercise. It can even recognize five different swimming styles and record 12 data sets.
Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes Water Resistance: 50 meters Battery Life: 480 hours (20 days) GPS: Yes
Fitbit Versa 2
Fitbit Versa 2 is a fitness tracker smartwatch. It comes with an aluminum watch case and buckles, and a polyester woven band. Its larger screen, moreover, is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and is a colored touchscreen. It is also on always-on display mode so you don’t have to worry even if your hands are full. It is water-resistant up to 50 meters and lasts up to four days in a single charge.
It uses SmartTrack technology that automatically tracks your exercises such as running and biking. You may also choose from 15+ exercise modes to set your goal and get real-time data during your workouts. To track your pace and distance more accurately, you will have to connect with your phone’s GPS and download the Fitbit app.
The Fitbit Versa 2 also does 24/7 heart rate monitoring so you can see your heart rate trends and track your burned calories more accurately. It even monitors your sleep and sends you bedtime reminders. If you want to see other Fitbit alternatives see our list here.
Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes Water Resistance: 50 meters Battery Life: 144 hours (4 days) GPS: via phone only
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro comes with a curved super AMOLED screen along with the choice of either a small band or large band to better fit your wrist. The display is significantly brighter and you’ll see more information compared to other fitness tracker bands. It is also touchscreen plus you’ll find two buttons on the side. It is also rated 5 ATM for water resistance, and you may use the Speedo On app to track your swimming workouts. Compared to most other wearables on this list, its battery life is quite shorter as it can only last two to three days with limited usage and only a day if heavily used.
For fitness tracking, the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro uses various apps – UA (Under Armour) Record for 24/7 tracking, MapMyRun to track your every run and get stats to improve, My FitnessPal on calorie counting and losing weight, and Endomondo for training exercises. It also does continuous heart rate monitoring to better track your performance and calories burned. It also comes with built-in GPS for more accurate tracking of pace and location. See full specs on Samsung.com.
Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes Water Resistance: 50 meters Battery Life: 72 hours for limited usage and an average of 24 hours for high usage GPS: Yes
Huawei Band 3 Pro
The Huawei Band 3 Pro comes with a colored AMOLED touch display yet its interface is quite simpler than that of Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro. It is water-resistant for 50 meters and comes with a 6-axis imu sensor that can provide you with various swimming-related stats. Its heart rate monitor uses Huawei TruSeen 3.0 technology and is active 24/7, monitoring through your intense workouts and resting periods. It also has a built-in GPS so you don’t have to worry about your navigation even without your phone.
Of course, you can also receive text and call alerts and even use this fitness tracker as your camera remote. With all these features and more, the Huawei Band 3 Pro can last up to 12 days in a single charge (or more, depending on usage).
Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes Water Resistance: 50 meters Battery Life: 288 hours (or more) GPS: Yes
If you want a tracker that focuses on fitness, Misfit Ray is the most minimalist one on this list. It is a simple band, with no display and instead comes with an anodized aluminum body that sends vibration alerts for your phone notifications. You wouldn’t even have to worry about recharging because it comes with a replaceable battery that’s good for four months. Misfit Ray is water-resistant to 50 meters.
It can monitor your activities and sleep but it does not monitor your heart rate.
Heart Rate Monitoring: None Water Resistance: 50 meters Battery Life: 2880 hours (or more) GPS: None
Withings Pulse HR
The Withings Pulse HR fitness tracker band can monitor heart rate 24/7 so it can provide data on your heart rate zones. It can also track your exercises automatically. For more accurate tracking of your distance, elevation, and pace, you would have to connect the Withings Pulse HR with your phone’s GPS.
It is water-resistant to 50 meters and can last for 20 days in a single charge.
Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes Water Resistance: 50 meters Battery Life: 480 hours (20 days) GPS: via phone only
Withings Steel HR Sport Smartwatch
Withings Steel HR Sport Smartwatch is significantly different from the above-listed Withings Pulse HR. This one os a hybrid smartwatch while the previous product is a fitness tracker band. The first thing you’ll notice is the analog display on the dial and a digital subdial that shows fitness tracker data.
As a fitness tracker, it also monitors your heart rate continuously and shows you your heart rate zones. It has more than 30 sports profiles for you to choose from but you have to connect the smartwatch with your phone’s GPS for more accurate tracking of distance, elevation, and pace.
It has a battery life of up to 25 days and a water resistance of up to 50 meters.
Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes Water Resistance: 50 meters Battery life: 600 hours (25 days) GPS: via phone only
Garmin Vívofit Jr, Kids Fitness/Activity Tracker – best for kids
Garmin Vivofit Jr. is the activity tracker specifically designed for kids. It is comfortable, durable and comes with vibrant designs. It may be worn 24/7 as it is rated 5 ATM for water-resistance so it can be worn while showering or swimming, and up to 50 meters deep.
It is also loaded with features that both parents and kids will surely appreciate and enjoy. The Garmin Vivofit Jr. can track steps, sleep and 60-minute activity of the wearer, which can be viewed by parents using a mobile app. Through the app, the parent may also assign tasks or set reminders that the kids will see on their watch. The parent may also host a daily step challenge for all the members of the family.
Heart Rate Monitoring: None Water Resistance: 50 meters Battery Life: 8,760 hours (1 year), replaceable battery GPS: None
The smallest fitness tracker on this list is none other than the Motiv Ring. It’s stylish, comfortable to wear, durable, and of course, smart. It is even waterproof for up to 165 feet or 50 meters. Its battery life is good for three days and only needs about 90 minutes to recharge fully.
As a fitness tracker, it also monitors your active heart rate, automatically tracks your activities, and even your sleep. You just have to connect it with your smartphone to access all the data gathered by your Ring. It is compatible with both Android and iOS. For full specs visit mymotiv.com
Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes Water Resistance: 50 meters Battery Life: 72 hours (3 days) GPS: None
If you have a busy lifestyle then maybe what you need is more than a simple fitness tracker but a smartwatch that packs more features and functions. That’s what this section provides. The succeeding products have a wider functionality that also includes music controls, app notifications, and some even online payment. Although, these options are more costly compared to the previous ones on the list.
Apple Watch 5
When it comes to high-end smartwatches, it’s not surprising to find Apple Watch Series 5 on the list. It is stylish, classy, and packed with advanced technologies. It is built with an aluminum/stainless steel/titanium/ceramic case and different colors of the band to choose from. It is water-resistant to 50 meters and can only last up to 18 hours.
For fitness tracking, it also has a heart rate sensor and can even check your heart rhythm. It can also access various global satellite navigation systems such as GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo. It is also built with other useful sensors – barometric altimeter, accelerometer, geomagnetic sensor, etc. More so, not only does it tracks your progress, but it also invites you to compete with your friends in various fitness challenges.
You may also access various apps through this Apple Watch 5, such as Apple Music, Apple Pay, etc. See the full specs of the Apple 5 here on the Apple website.
Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes Water Resistance: 50 meters Battery Life: 18 hours GPS: Yes
Garmin Forerunner® 945
The Garmin Forerunner 945 is one of the brand’s premium smartwatches. It was built for runners and triathletes who want to always be connected even during their workouts and activities.
It uses wrist-based heart rate monitoring that’s active 24/7. As such, it can alert you when your heart rate suddenly spikes while you’re at rest. It also determines how much your heart is working during activities, even underwater. Aside from heart rate, it also measures your heart rate variability to better determine your capability to perform.
The Forerunner 945 can also access the global navigation satellite systems – GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo. With this, you can easily track your activities and whereabouts even in most challenging environments. More so, it promises an extended battery life that can last up to two weeks when in smartwatch mode only and up to 10 hours when in GPS mode.
Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes Water Resistance: 50 meters Battery Life: 336 hours (2 weeks) in smartwatch mode, 10 hours in GPS with music GPS: Yes
Garmin Fēnix® 6 – Pro
Another high-end smartwatch from Garmin is the Fenix 6 Pro. It comes in a rugged yet modern design and built with premium materials. And of course, it is still packed with loads of features and specifications that will help you monitor your active lifestyle.
For the sensors, the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro still uses a wrist-based optical heart rate technology that can also measure your heart rate variability and stress level. It also has advanced training metrics that can show you your running dynamics, VO2 max, recovery advisor, and more.
In terms of navigation, Garmin Fenix 6 Pro also has the capability to access multiple global navigation satellite systems, i.e. GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo. You may even set your watch on expedition mode for your long trekking as it allows you to use ultralow-powered GPS for weeks.
The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery that can last up to 14 days in smartwatch mode, 10 hours in GPS mode with music, and 48 days if in battery saver mode. In terms of water resistance, it is rated 10 ATM.
Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes Water Resistance: 100 meters Battery life: 336 hours (2 weeks) in smartwatch mode, 10 hours in GPS with music GPS: Yes
As a recap, the product with the highest water resistance is actually the last one on the list – Garmin Fenix 6 Pro, as it is water-resistant to 100 meters. Meaning, it can be used even during surfing, sailing, swimming, and other water sports. The rest of the fitness trackers and smartwatches, however, are water-resistant only to 50 meters (5 ATM rating). With such a water resistance rating, they are already suitable for showering, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and other water-related work. They are also splash- and rain- resistant. With these fitness trackers, you are assured that your wearable is safe and will still be functional even in pools and when it suddenly rains during your workouts.