Best-Rated Smartwatches & Fitness Trackers

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Best smartwatches and fitness trackers

Most Satisfied Customers | Samsung

Samsung has really stepped it up, winning Canstar Blue’s 2024 smartwatch and fitness tracker ratings. It scored a clean sweep of five stars across all categories, including customer satisfaction, along with value for money and user friendliness.

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How we rate smartwatches and fitness trackers

Our ratings compare a range of smartwatches and fitness trackers based on customer satisfaction, as rated by Australians, so you can find out what other Aussies think about their smartwatch or fitness tracker all in the one place.

Canstar Blue surveyed 592 Australians for their feedback on the smartwatches and fitness trackers they’ve purchased in the last two years. This refers to wearable watches/devices with digital capabilities (not analogue watches).

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Survey respondents are asked to rate their satisfaction with their smartwatch/fitness tracker brand from zero to 10, with zero meaning extremely dissatisfied and 10 meaning extremely satisfied. Smartwatch and fitness tracker brand satisfaction is rated on the following criteria:

  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a smartwatch/fitness tracker brand as an individual score, NOT the combined total of all criteria.
  • Battery & charging performance: the smartwatch/fitness tracker has a good battery life and is easy and efficient to charge.
  • User friendliness: the smartwatch/fitness tracker is easy to set up and operate.
  • Durability: the smartwatch/fitness tracker feels sturdy and is able to be worn all day and/or during certain activities, such as exercise, with minimal damage to the product.
  • Design: the smartwatch/fitness tracker looks good, is a good size for the user and is comfortable to wear all day and/or during certain activities (such as exercise).
  • Value for money: the quality of the smartwatch/fitness tracker is good enough or exceeds expectations for the price paid.

The winning brand is the brand that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating. All the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are then combined and averaged to determine the overall winner.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and therefore win the award. If a clear leading brand still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

To qualify in the ratings results, brands must have received a minimum of 30 responses to be included. Therefore, not all smartwatch/fitness tracker brands in the market will be compared in this survey. Brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

  • Samsung
  • Apple
  • Garmin
  • Fitbit

Find more information on our Most Satisfied Customers ratings.

Best smartwatch and fitness tracker brands in Australia

  1. Samsung
  2. Apple
  3. Garmin
  4. Fitbit

Not sure which smartwatch/fitness tracker to buy? Check out our buying guide below.

1. Samsung

Ratings results

Samsung Galaxy Watch6
Samsung Galaxy Watch6

Taking out top spot was Samsung with an impressive five stars across all categories, including overall satisfaction. This marks a big jump for the brand, which came in third in our 2023 ratings and last won in 2021.

Editor’s notes

Samsung offers a simple selection of smartwatches under the ‘Galaxy’ name. Each year the brand releases a couple of Galaxy Watch devices, and it typically includes a more basic device along with a premium ‘pro’ version. Like Apple, the Galaxy watches are typically more on the more expensive end, but come packed with features.

Samsung’s latest watch series includes the Galaxy Watch6 and the Galaxy Watch6 Classic. The more basic Watch6 includes a smaller screen (unless you upgrade size) and more standard features for a $549 AUD starting price. The Watch6 Classic offers a bigger screen (by default) and a focus on that classic watch design, for a starting price of $699 AUD. Samsung also offers some of its previous Watch editions, like the Watch5 series. Opting for last year’s Watch can be a great way to save money on a wearable without missing out on high-end features.

2. Apple

Ratings result

Apple Watch9
Apple Watch 9

Apple came in second with four stars for overall satisfaction, along with battery and charging performance, durability and value for money. It scored five stars for user friendliness and design.

Editor’s notes

Apple is a big player in the smartphone space, but has also forged a strong following with its range of smartwatches, under the simple name Apple Watch. However, like with many of Apple’s products, its range of smartwatches are typically on the more expensive end.

For the budget-conscious, Apple offers its Apple Watch SE, which is generally a little smaller than the other watches and includes more basic features to account for its cheaper price, starting at $399 AUD. On the more expensive end, Apple offers the Apple Watch Ultra 2, with a hefty $1,399 AUD starting price point. This watch features all the bells and whistles that Apple has to offer, with a more durable build, larger screen and more accurate GPS.

3. Garmin

Ratings result

Garmin Forerunner 165 Music
Garmin Forerunner 165 Music

Dropping down from its first-place ranking in 2023, Garmin came in third for our 2024 ratings, scoring three stars for overall satisfaction and value for money. It scored four stars in all remaining categories, including durability and design.

Editor’s notes

There’s no doubt that Garmin is a leader in the smartwatch/fitness tracker space. The brand has a huge range of devices, with prices starting at around $100 AUD for kids’ wearables and up to over $2,000 AUD.

Garmin’s range of wearables cover a variety of needs and uses, from fitness-specific trackers to smartwatches designed for pilots. There’s also a range of hybrid smartwatches, which look like an analogue watch, but with digital capabilities. No matter your needs or price range, it’s likely that Garmin will have a device to suit.

4. Fitbit

Ratings results

Fitbit Charge 6
Fitbit Charge 6

The fitness-focused brand rounded out our ratings with three stars for battery and charging performance, durability, design and overall satisfaction. It scored four stars for user friendliness and value for money.

Editor’s notes

As a leading brand in the fitness tracking space, Fitbit has been in the game since 2007 and has built a reputation for its wearable devices with a focus on fitness and health. The company was bought by Google in 2021, and since then, Google has used Fitbit’s tech to build its own smartwatch under the Pixel brand.

Fitbit is still a strong force in this space, with smartwatches and fitness trackers designed to suit a range of needs, including activity trackers for kids. Prices start at just under $100 AUD for the kid’s tracker and go up to just under $500 AUD for its smartwatches. Watches under the Google Pixel brand sit around the $400 AUD to $700 AUD price range.

5. Other smartwatch and fitness tracker brands

Not all smartwatch and fitness tracker brands have qualified for our ratings based on the minimal sample size, but that doesn’t mean that the above four brands are the only companies worth considering. There are many smartwatches and fitness trackers on the market, some made by tech brands and others made by watch brands.

Smartwatches and fitness trackers can also offer different features and functions designed for a range of usage needs. Some devices might be focused towards serious fitness and activity enthusiasts with quality GPS and activity tracking technology, or maybe the ability to go underwater. Others might be more on the smartwatch end, with a focus on a wearable device that is an extension of your smartphone and includes apps, NFC pay technology and more.

If you’re considering a new smartwatch or fitness tracker, here are some brands you might want to consider.

  • Diesel
  • Fossil
  • Huawei
  • iFit

  • Kogan
  • OPPO
  • Spacetalk
  • Suunto

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Smartwatch and fitness tracker buying guide

Smartwatches and fitness trackers are becoming an important tech accessory for many Aussies, with 46% primarily purchasing their device to track their fitness and/or health and 17% regularly use their watch’s pay technology, while 32% chose to buy the same brand of smartwatch as their phone.

For many of us, a smartwatch or fitness tracker is an essential part of our daily life, both as a standalone product, and when it works in tandem with our smartphones. However, it can be hard to know what to look for when buying a smartwatch or fitness tracker, so check out our buying guide below for more information.

Types of smartwatches and fitness trackers

While smartwatches and fitness trackers have some similarities, and then there are hybrid watches. All three have a lot in common, but they also have their differences, and understanding that can help you make a decision as to which type of wearable will be right for you.

  • Smartwatch: this is a wearable device with capabilities similar to a smartphone, with apps, the ability to pay with your watch’s NFC capabilities, GPS, cellular connectivity (meaning you can make calls and send messages without your phone nearby) and may also include fitness/health tracking and monitoring.
  • Fitness/activity tracker: a simplified wearable that has a focus on tracking fitness and health monitoring, including heart measurements, blood oxygen, sleep monitoring, workout tracking, etc. Some fitness trackers might have NFC payment capabilities, GPS and other features, but that often depends on the brand/price point.
  • Hybrid watch: this is an analogue watch that has some digital capabilities, such as step counting, calories burned, notifications and more. These typically look more like a traditional analogue watch and are great for anyone who only wants minimal smartwatch capabilities.

There is of course some crossover between smartwatches and fitness trackers, but ultimately it comes down to what is the main focus of the device. Often fitness trackers are smaller wearables, while smartwatches may have a bigger screen more like a traditional watch.

Some smartwatches have cellular capabilities, meaning that you can leave your phone at home and still have access to calls and messages, but often these will require a separate SIM card and plan to your mobile phone plan.

It’s also worth noting that some smartwatches may have a heavy focus on fitness/activity and health monitoring, with some brands cramming these features into smartwatch tech rather than releasing separate fitness trackers. However, these are often rather expensive devices and best suited to serious athletes and adventure enthusiasts.

Ultimately, you need to decide on which features are most important to you and how you want your watch/tracker to fit into your day-to-day life. If you specifically want something to monitor your activity/health during exercise, a fitness tracker might be the way to go. However, if you want something that is more of an extension of your smartphone and that you’ll wear all day, a smartwatch or hybrid watch might be the better option.

How much do smartwatches and fitness trackers cost?

The price of smartwatches and fitness trackers varies greatly between brands and capabilities. Typically the more simple devices, such as those offering basic fitness/health tracking and/or basic smartwatch capabilities, can cost around $100 or so, including activity trackers for kids.

Then on the more expensive end of the spectrum, there are the bigger devices with larger screens, more advanced technology and more capabilities, with these devices costing between $1,000 and $1,600.

Pros and cons of smartwatches and fitness trackers

Of those we surveyed, 67% owned a smartwatch, 21% owned a fitness tracker and 8% owned a hybrid watch. While some Aussies bought their device primarily for health/fitness reasons (46%) and others to replace a traditional watch (28%), 15% of those surveyed said they don’t wear or use their device as much as they thought they would. So if you’re still on the fence about what device you want — or if you need one at all — here are some pros and cons to smartwatches and fitness trackers.

Pros Cons
  • Capabilities such as NFC payment and music controls mean you don’t need to take your phone or wallet out of your bag or pocket to pay for things or control your music
  • Variety of designs, colours, materials, bands and more to personalise your wearable to suit your style
  • Can combine a range of features and functions in one convenient small device
  • Tracking of exercise could help you optimise your workouts
  • Health monitoring can help you understand the basics of your health (such as using sleep tracking to monitor if you’re sleeping well or not)
  • Some devices may be waterproof, so you can wear during a swim, surf, etc
  • Fitness tracking (such as step count or calories burned) could prove to be a distraction and/or preoccupation for some users
  • Notifications appearing on your watch could be a distraction during the day or during workouts
  • Usually requires charging and may need to be charged daily, making it yet another device’s battery to keep on top of
  • Can be expensive depending on what you need
  • You may not use it as much as you anticipate, or find the information particularly useful on a daily basis

Which smartwatch or fitness tracker should you buy?

There is much to consider if you’re looking to buy a smartwatch or fitness tracker. While our ratings may help you get an idea as to what other Aussies think of their smartwatch or fitness tracker brand, it’s still about finding a product that will best suit your needs.


Considering the wide product range available, this also means a wide range of prices, so you might want to consider setting a budget first. According to our survey, the average amount Aussies pay for their smartwatch or fitness tracker is $357, striking the balance between the cheaper devices and the more premium and expensive ones.

Setting a budget can help you focus on what kind of device you’re looking at. While it may be tempting to want to best features on the market, or you may consider some features a nice-to-have, a budget may help you to decide between whether a smartwatch or fitness tracker will best suit your needs, and also which features are most important to you. It can also help you decide which brands you might want to consider, as some brands/products may be out of your price range. Ultimately, you might find you need to compromise on some features or brands, to find a device within your price range.

Features and type

Perhaps the biggest decision you’ll need to make is which kind of device will best suit your needs — a smartwatch, fitness/activity tracker or a hybrid watch. Consider what you think you’ll primarily use your watch for, and then focus on which device will best deliver those features to you.

Out of those we surveyed, 59% used their device to track their general health (heart rate, etc), 29% used it to track their time/GPS/calories burned during a workout and 9% used it primarily to track their sleep. If one or more of these functions are important to you, then it helps to compare devices where health/fitness/sleep tracking is a main priority for the brand or device.

You might also want to consider how often you plan to wear the device (such as all day or primarily during exercise/workouts) to determine what kind of device will best suit you. If you plan on wearing it all day, a device that has smartwatch capabilities, such as NFC payments or media controls, might offer the most convenience.

Ultimately you’ll want to consider what features are most important to you to determine what type of device will best suit your needs. While it may be tempting to go for something with all the bells and whistles, if you don’t end up using your device as much as you intended, or you have a stricter budget, focusing on those essential features can help you narrow your search.

Comfort and design

Considering this is a device you’ll be wearing all day and/or during workouts, comfort and design are pretty essential things to consider. If you want a larger screen, a smartwatch may be your preference, and these can come in many different styles  — from square screens with simple designs, to devices with round screens that emulate a traditional watch. Some devices also come in different colours and materials, and may have the ability to change the watch band. If you feel you’ll want to change things up from time to time, you might consider devices that are easier to personalise.

You’ll also want to consider the size of the device and what will be most comfortable to you. Slimmer-designed fitness trackers might be the preference if you will primarily use your device during workouts and don’t want a large device on your wrist. Certain activities such as yoga and Pilates, for instance, might be made more difficult if you have a chunky smartwatch on your wrist. Consider how and when you’ll use your device to help determine which design and style of device will best suit you.

Compare brands and products

Once you have a general idea of what you want from your smartwatch or fitness tracker, it helps to compare a wide range of brands and products to find something that will best suit your needs. While 36% of those we surveyed bought their device because it was the same brand as their phone, many devices are compatible with a range of smartphones, so you might not be limited to one brand.

If you have an idea of what features and functions are important to you, along with a strict budget, comparing a wider range of brands and products may help you to narrow down what device is going to work best for you and where you can find the best value for money. Just make sure that any device you purchase will be compatible with your phone, as many smartwatches/fitness trackers will require you to download an app to be compatible with your handset and for setup.

Where can you buy smartwatches and fitness trackers?

You can buy smartwatches and fitness trackers from a range of stores, including tech-specific stores, watch stores, sports/outdoor specialist stores and even some telcos (along with any SIM card/plan you may need if it’s a cellular device). Keep in mind that some brands may only be available from one store (such as a Kogan-branded device being available only from Kogan). Here are some retailers that sell smartwatches and fitness trackers:

  • Amazon Australia
  • Apple
  • Appliances Online
  • Big W
  • Bing Lee
  • Catch
  • Harvey Norman
  • JB Hi-Fi
  • Kogan
  • Myer
  • Optus
  • Samsung
  • Telstra
  • The Good Guys

Smartwatches and fitness trackers might be an important accessory in our daily lives, and for some, and essential item for keeping track of health and fitness. So, there’s a lot to consider when you’re looking to buy a smartwatch/fitness tracker beyond the brand, features and design. Consider what features and capabilities are most important to you and what your budget is, and maybe consider what brands have proven popular with Aussies, to help you find the best wearable device for your needs.

About our technology experts

Emma Bradstock: Senior Telco Specialist


Emma Bradstock has been an authority on consumer phone, internet, technology and streaming markets in Australia for the last four years, with a dedication to providing Aussies with all the information they need to make better purchasing decisions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media from Macquarie University and has a decade of professional writing experience in print and digital media.

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Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and two years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed 3,049 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used a brand new wearable smart device in the last two years – in this case, 592 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

Here are past winners of Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers – Wearable Devices ratings:

  • 2023: Garmin
  • 2022: Apple
  • 2021: Samsung