Giving away smart health / fitness equipment can be very thoughtful, but figuring out what to choose can also be difficult. Below is a roundup of some of the best smart health / fitness devices from the best smart scales, a self-cleaning water bottle, metabolism analyzer, and advice if you are thinking about giving away a smartwatch.
The first smart health / fitness devices featured below range from great smart scale options, a blood pressure monitor, a self-cleaning / cleaning water bottle, to a pocket-sized metabolic analyzer. And anyone without the smart water bottle is compatible with iPhone and Apple Health.
If you’re thinking of giving away a wearable as a gift, we’ll give you tips to help you decide whether a smartwatch or a simple fitness band is best. You will also learn how the Apple Watch compares to Garmin / Suunto and Google’s Wear OS.
Best smart health / fitness devices for 2021
Withings smart scales
I’ve been using the Withings Smart Scales for eight years and they have been super reliable and useful. The reason I recommend choosing Withings over other brands is because the company has a great track record, a solid iOS app with Apple Health integration, and durable and smooth build quality.
Withings Body Smart scale
For those just starting out on a health / fitness journey, the Body Withings Smart Scale is a great choice. It has weight and BMI, is automatically synchronized 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 more advanced in their fitness journey, the Withings Body + Smart Scale adds body composition measurements. This includes fat, muscle and bone mass as well as the water content. Body + costs around $ 99, but is also discounted for the holidays.
If you want to go for the top performing model, the Withings Body Cardio has all of the features of Body + like full body composition and adds heart rate monitoring and vascular age. It usually sells for around $ 150.
Withings blood pressure monitor
The Withings BPM Connect smart blood pressure monitor offers a wireless experience, a rechargeable battery with a life of up to 6 months, FDA approval as medically correct and you can easily send the results to your doctor.
Since it works like the aforementioned smart scale with the Withings iOS Health Mate app, you get the integration of Apple Health and can see all of your health data in one place.
The Withings BPM Connect is priced at $ 99 but will be on sale over the holidays.
Lumen metabolism analyzer
This makes a great gift for those who already have all of the smart health / fitness equipment you can imagine. While fitness enthusiasts are most likely to appreciate a metabolic analyzer, Lumen is easy for anyone to use to lose weight, gain muscle, or maintain the weight.
I did a full review of Lumen and found it to be a really innovative device that offers useful and actionable data. It’s a pocket-sized metabolic analyzer that can tell you whether you’re burning fat or carbohydrates based on your breath. From there, the Lumen app will give meal planning / macro recommendations to help you meet your specific weight loss or fitness goals.
Another focus of Lumen is to help you build metabolic flexibility. Research shows that this offers a variety of health benefits, including better sleep, stronger immune systems, more constant blood sugar levels, improved exercise performance, and more.
Lumens typically cost $ 299 for a year, but it’s about $ 259 during the vacation.
Larq Smart water bottle
The Larq Bottle PureVis solves two problems with its smart cap that keeps the bottle clean and ensures that you always have clean water no matter where you fill it up.
The cap does this thanks to a built-in UV-C LED light that removes 99.9999% of biological contaminants from both your water and the bottle. You can activate it with a button, but it also automatically cleans itself every 2 hours.
The Larq PurVis is also double-walled, vacuum-insulated to keep your cold drinks icy for up to 24 hours and hot drinks at the same temperature for up to 12 hours.
This smart water bottle makes a great gift by making it easy to clean awkward bottles and making sure your loved ones always have clean water.
The Larq PurVis normally costs $ 95 but is available from 15-30% discount for the holidays. Larq also makes the Movement PurVis (no double-walled insulation), which starts at $ 78.
Apple Watch, Wear OS, Garmin, fitness bands in comparison
If you’re thinking of giving away a smartwatch or fitness band for the holidays, here are some quick tips:
- Many functions (e.g. messages, maps, e-mail, fitness tracking, heart rate measurement, EKG, much more
- Fully integrated into the iPhone
- One day battery life (rated for 18 hours may be more or less depending on usage)
- Lots of finishes to choose from especially considering the Apple Watch straps / bracelets
- Solid for general and some specific fitness tracking, not so great for marathons, ultra runners, and other multi-day fitness events
- Price: Usually $ 219 and up
Check out our comparison here to learn more about the differences between the Apple Watch models:
Garmin and Suunto
If you’re looking for a gift for an endurance athlete or someone who values dedicated GPS, a Suunto or Garmin smartwatch might be your best bet.
- Full smartwatches from these companies often come with a battery life of 7 days or more
- Dedicated GPS for tracking workouts, bikes, runs, etc. without cellular data or an iPhone in your pocket
- Ideal for marathons, ultra runners, triathletes and other endurance athletes
- Long-lasting workmanship
- Often runs on Google’s Wear OS
If the person you’re gifting is an Android user, then probably your best bet is to go with Wear OS (or a band-style fitness tracker).
- Very wide range of styles
- Suitable for Android smartphones
- Wide range of price points
Check out the recaps of the best Wear OS smartwatches on our sister site 9to5Google:
Band style fitness tracker
These are a great option if you’re looking for something a little more affordable and more basic in terms of overall functionality.
- Slim profile
- Usually includes step and activity tracking, some include sleep tracking
- Overall less functional than Apple Watch or other smartwatches
- Often 7 days + battery life
- Most cost $ 100 or less
Summary for smart health / fitness devices
Hopefully by now you have some great ideas on what to give to the person (or persons) who might be using some smart health / fitness device. You can find more ideas in all of our Christmas gift guides 2021.
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