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Sport watches make exercising even better, so you have a way to track progress throughout each activity. The best sports watch you can pick up is the Garmin Forerunner 35, which has built-in GPS for run tracking and it's water-resistant. If you're looking for something a bit simpler, there are great options on this list for every sport activist out there.

Best Overall: Garmin Forerunner 35

Garmin Forerunner watch lifestyleSource: Garmin

This Garmin Forerunner 35 is an excellent choice for anyone who might want a watch that will sync to their phone post-run or exercise. With a built-in GPS and vibration alerts, you'll be able to track everything with your watch and stay at your best time. Not to mention, you don't have to carry your phone with you while you're exercising, the watch will automatically sync when you get back near your phone.

With that said, there have been some comments about syncing time taking awhile, so you'll have to wait while it syncs. This also has a 24/7 heart rate monitoring system, but that can also not be 100% accurate. However, with most watches these days, they aren't always wholly accurate anyways.

If you can handle the sync time, this watch could be a perfect addition to your workout necessities. The built-in GPS will allow you to see where and how far you've run, and it's waterproof for up to 50 meters for ten minutes to track swimming. It also has vibration alerts to let you know about pacing progress and activity milestones. This is the best option for all athletes, so be sure to add it to your gear.

Pros:

  • Built-in GPS
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters for ten minutes
  • 24/7 heart rate monitoring
  • Vibration alerts
  • Exercise without your phone

Cons:

  • Syncing to the app takes some time
  • Not always accurate with heart rate monitoring

Best Overall

Garmin Forerunner 35

The front-runner

If you're looking for a high-quality watch to track your runs or any exercise you may do, this Garmin watch is perfect for you.

Best Value: Casio Men's Classic Sport Watch

Casio Men's Classic Sport Watch lifestyleSource: Casio

This is a great choice for anyone who is on a strict budget and wants a digital sport watch. The Casio watch has a ten-year battery life, so you'll never have to worry about it dying on you. It can also set two different time zones, which is perfect if you're traveling and need to reach out back home.

This watch is water-resistant for up to 100 meters, so it's also a good option for anyone who wants to time their laps. The viewing angle is limited on this watch, so looking at it from a sideways view makes all the numbers disappear, It's a good thing to be conscious about when working out or needing the time.

With a ten-year battery life, this watch will last you quite a bit of time, even if you use it frequently. It also has the ability for you to set two time zones, and it's 100-meter water-resistant to make any swimmer happy. If you want a cheap option to pick up that allows you to time yourself, then this is a great one to pick up.

Pros:

  • Ten-year battery life
  • 100-meter water resistance
  • Dual time

Cons:

  • Poor viewing angle

Best Value

Casio Men's Classic Sport Watch

Cheap but great

This watch may be simpler than the Garmin, but it is still a great option if you want to track times and be able to have a clock.

Best Slim Design: Armitron Sport Watch

Armitron Sport Watch lifestyleSource: Armitron

If you're looking for a slim watch to fit your wrist, then the Armitron sport watch is perfect for you. Even though it is marketed to women, it is excellent for anyone who needs a smaller, digital watch. The slim oval case is made of 23-millimeter resin and helps with the 100-meter water-resistance of this watch.

There is a backlight on this product so that you can wear it outside even at night. It has been said that setting the time on the watch is a little tricky, so be sure to read the instructions carefully. If you're using this watch often, the color may fade off the band as well as the casing.

Once you get the time setting figured, this watch is a great, slim option for any runner who's looking for something on the light side. It's 100-meter water-resistant, so you can have this small watch on while you're swimming. It also has a backlight to make running at night easy and next to no hassle.

Pros:

  • Slim oval case
  • Backlight
  • 100-meter water-resistant

Cons:

  • Hard to set time
  • Color fades

Best Slim Design

Armitron Sport Watch

Perfect for small wrists

This slim design isn't just meant for women; it's a sleek choice that can look good on any wrist if you like a smaller option.

Best Backlight: PALADA Digital Sports Watch

PALADA Digital Sports Watch lifestyleSource: PALADA

If you're looking for a watch specifically for the backlight on it, then this is the watch for you. The backlight is LED, and the numbers are large, so you will quickly see the timing when you're out running at night. It is also water-resistant for up to 50 meters so you can keep track of your laps in the pool.

The time is said to speed up after your initial setup, so make sure to keep an eye on it if it races forward. This won't affect the timer you set for you runs, only the actual time set on the watch. If you are okay with having to work around that, then this would be a great choice to pick up.

With the LED backlight, you can see what time it is as well as how long you've been working out. The numbers are also rather large, so you won't have to squint in the dark to see where you're at. If you're looking to swim, this watch is water-resistant for up to 50 meters.

Pros:

  • LED backlight
  • Large numbers
  • Water-resistant up to 50 meters

Cons:

  • Time isn't consistent

Best Backlight

PALADA Digital Sports Watch

Day and night

If you like to work out at night as well as during the day, this watch will allow you to see your times in any lighting.

Best Design: LETSCOM Fitness Tracker

LETSCOM Fitness Tracker lifestyleSource: LETSCOM

Fitbits can be rather expensive, so why not pick up a watch that's cheaper with the same look? LETSCOM's fitness tracker is perfect for tracking everyday activities like steps and sleep quality. It also has a heart rate monitor so that you can keep track of your beats per minute throughout the day.

This watch will let you know what texts and phone calls you're getting without the need to lift your phone. The downside is that you can only connect your watch via Bluetooth and no other devices. This may be a bit of a pain, but you can always reconnect the watch and sync it when you're done with the other devices.

If you're looking for a watch to keep track of your everyday activities, then this is a great option for you. It will track steps, sleep quality, as well as your workout route when you have it connect to your phone. It also sends you a notification for any calls or text messages you may receive throughout your day.

Pros:

  • Tracks everyday activities
  • Heart rate monitoring
  • Notifications for calls and messages

Cons:

  • Cannot connect other Bluetooth devices

Best Design

LETSCOM Fitness Tracker

Simple and sleek

With a similar look to a Fitbit without the price point, this is an excellent choice if you want a great tracker with a simple design.

Best For Women: Armitron Women's Sports Watch

Armitron Women's Sports Watch lifestyleSource: Armitron

This matte pink watch is a perfect addition to any outfit, and it's perfectly designed for any woman in your life, or yourself. With a rose gold-tone top and a pale pink resin case, this is a beautiful watch that will get the work done. It has a backlight as well, so you will be able to see your time throughout any workout or exercise.

This device is also water-resistant for up to 100 meters, so you will be able to track how long you're swimming about. The time is hard to set on this watch, so you'll have to be careful when going through it. Make sure to read the directions carefully so you can get it on the first try.

Once you get the time set, you will be able to enjoy the beauty that this watch offers. The backlight will make sure you're able to see your times and what day it is. It's also perfect for any swimmer since this watch is water-resistant for up to 100 meters.

Pros:

  • Beautiful matte pink finish
  • Backlight
  • Water-resistant up to 100 meters

Cons:

  • Hard to set the time

Best For Women

Armitron Women's Sports Watch

Rose gold, yes please

With beautiful color and simple design, this watch will accent any look and anybody's wrist whenever and wherever you wear it.

Bottom line

Sport watches are a great addition for any runner, swimmer, or player out in the world. The best one you can pick up is the Garmin Forerunner 35, it can track your heart rate, and you don't need your phone to track your workouts. It's a great companion for any activity, and you can see your run with the built-in GPS tracker.

If you're looking for something smaller or simpler, there are plenty of options on this list from which to choose. Whether you just want a digital timer or a thinner fitness tracker, you will be able to find your favorite on this list. Get running or climbing and be able to keep track with your brand new sport watch.

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Kennedy Maring is a freelancer who loves playing games, her little animal family along with her husband, and the great outdoors. Although she is a nerd through and through, she is looking to complete her cosmetology certificate in the next year.

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