Gifting smart health / fitness devices can be very thoughtful, but it can also be difficult to know what to choose. Below, we’ve got a look at some of the best smart health / fitness devices among the best smart scales, a self-cleaning water bottle, a metabolic analyzer, plus some tips if you’re considering gifting a smartwatch.
The first smart health / fitness devices featured below range from great smart scale options, a blood pressure monitor, a self-cleaning / 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 gifting a wearable device, we’ll give you some tips to help you decide if a smartwatch or a core fitness band is best. In addition to finding out how Apple Watch compares to Garmin / Suunto and Google’s Wear operating system.
Best smart health / fitness devices for 2021
Withings connected scales
I have been using Withings Smart Scales for eight years and they are very reliable and useful. The reason I recommend going with Withings over other brands is because the company has a great track record, a solid iOS app with Apple Health integration, and a durable and stylish build quality.
Withings Body connected scale
For those who are just starting a health / fitness journey, the Body Withings smart scale is a good choice. It shows weight and BMI, automatically syncs with the iOS / Apple Health app, 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 is more advanced in their fitness journey, the Withings Body + Smart Scale adds body composition measurements. This includes body fat, muscle and bone mass, as well as the percentage of water. 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 offers all the features of Body + like full body composition and adds heart rate monitoring and vascular age. It typically sells for around $ 150.
Withings blood pressure monitor
The Withings BPM Connect smart blood pressure monitor offers a wireless experience, a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 6 months, it is FDA approved as medically accurate, and you can easily send the results to your doctor.
As it works with the Withings iOS Health Mate app like the smart scale above, you get Apple Health integration and can see all of your health data in one place.
The Withings BPM Connect costs $ 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 are the most likely to appreciate a metabolic analyzer, Lumen is easy to use for anyone to lose weight, build muscle, or maintain weight.
I did a full Lumen review and I think it’s a really innovative device that offers useful and actionable data. It is a pocket-sized metabolic analyzer that can tell you whether you are burning fat or carbohydrates based on your breath. From there, the Lumen app gives meal / macro planning recommendations to achieve your specific weight loss or fitness goals.
Another goal of Lumen is to help you develop your metabolic flexibility. Research shows that there are a wide variety of health benefits, including better sleep, a stronger immune system, more consistent blood sugar levels, improved training performance, and more.
Lumen is normally priced at $ 299 for one year but goes for $ 259 during the holidays.
Larq smart water bottle
The Larq PureVis bottle 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.
The cap does this with a built-in UV-C LED light that removes 99.9999% of bio-contaminants from both your water and the bottle. You can activate it with a button but it also self-cleans automatically every 2 hours.
The Larq PurVis is also double-walled vacuum insulated to keep your frozen drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks at temperature up to 12.
This smart water bottle makes a great gift by taking the hassle out of cleaning bulky bottles and making sure your loved ones always have clean water.
The Larq PurVis normally costs $ 95 but is on sale from 15-30% discount for the holidays. Larq also makes the Movement PurVis (no double wall insulation) starting at $ 78.
Apple Watch, Wear OS, Garmin, fitness bands compared
If you’re thinking of gifting a smartwatch or fitness bracelet for the holidays, here are some quick tips:
- Lots of features (eg messages, maps, email, fitness tracker, heart rate monitoring, ECG, much more
- Fully integrated with iPhone
- Autonomy of one day (estimated at 18 hours can be more or less depending on use)
- Plenty of finishes to choose from, especially when considering Apple Watch straps / bracelets
- Solid for general and specific fitness tracking, not as ideal for marathons, ultra-runners, and other multi-day fitness events
- Price: Usually $ 219 and up
Be sure to check out our comparison here to learn more about 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 solution.
- Complete smartwatches from these companies often include a battery life of 7 days or more.
- Dedicated GPS to track workouts, bikes, races, etc. without cellular data or iPhone in your pocket
- Ideal for marathons, ultra-runners, triathletes and other endurance athletes
- Durable build quality
- Often run on Google’s Wear operating system
If the person you’re gifting is an Android user, it’ll probably be best to go with Wear OS (or a band-type fitness tracker).
- Very wide choice of styles
- Designed to work with Android smartphones
- Wide range of prices
Check out our partner site 9to5Google, the roundups of the best Wear OS smartwatches:
Band Style Fitness Trackers
These are a good option if you are looking for something more affordable and more basic in overall functionality.
- Slim profile
- Usually includes step and activity tracking, some include sleep tracking
- Overall less functional than Apple Watch or other smartwatches
- Often more than 7 days of autonomy
- Most cost $ 100 or less
Smart Health and Fitness Device Summary
Hope you now have some great ideas on what you would like to offer the person (or people) who might use a smart health / fitness device. For more ideas, see all of our 2021 holiday gift guides.
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