7 Best Smartwatches For Small Wrists in 2021

Last Updated on June 13, 2021 by Wristly

While buying a smartwatch, people tend to overlook the case size and thickness. And so, most people have their watch returned right after delivery just because it doesn’t fit their wrist size. Due to their petite or slender wrists, women have a hard time finding the right watch size.

I remember one time I ordered the original Galaxy Watch for myself and a similar one for my girlfriend. But only later did I found how ridiculous a 46mm smartwatch looks on my tiny wrist. I knew at that time that Samsung is offering a 42mm version for people with a small wrist, yet I underestimated the 4mm difference.

Anyways, this post is a roundup of small smartwatches that women more than men would find helpful. There is a brief buyer’s guide which you can skip as I have explained everything in detail later in each review. You can use the table of content to navigate through the post.

So without further ado, let’s get started.

How To Choose Smartwatch for Small Wrists?

Your main focus should be on the design of the smartwatch. If a smartwatch doesn’t snugly fit on your wrist, what is the point if it has the latest heart rate sensor or calling and texting feature?

Casing Size:

Smartwatches these days usually come in two sizes for the obvious reason that their manufacturers want them to appeal to a wider audience: 40mm and 44mm. For slender wrists, the smaller the case size, the better.

Casing thickness:

If the case size is slightly bigger than 40mm, a thin design will compensate for it. Case thickness around 10-11mm is the most suitable for small wrists.

Strap size:

Smartwatch straps are distinguished mainly by their width. Usually, you get two width options: 20mm and 22mm. You shouldn’t underestimate the 2mm difference, as it would ultimately decide how the watch might look around the wrist. If you have the choice, choose the short-length strap.

Bezel:

The screen bezel should be minimum so you can easily view the menu and widgets. A small case size with a large bezel allows for a limited screen of real estate, limiting the number of metrics a watch can show in a single glance. As a result, you would have to swipe more to get to your desired metrics.

Water Resistance:

5 ATM water resistance is the baseline for modern smartwatches, roughly translating to protection against water up to 50m. You can swim and bath with 5 ATM-rated smartwatches.

Smartwatch Features:

The more the smartwatch features, the better. A voice assistant can be very handy if you have multiple IoT devices at home, and Music storage and streaming capability is an absolute must if you prefer to leave your phone behind when you go out for a run.

Health & Fitness Features:

The smartwatch should have a solid GPS, and a powerful heart rate sensor as its capabilities as a Fitness device depend mainly on these two. Most health-oriented watches like Fitbit Sense & Apple Watch Series 6 come with advanced features like SpO2 and ECG tracking, but keep in mind you would have to pay top dollars for them.

Battery Life:

Three days is the baseline standard of battery life, and if the watch promises battery juice just around this figure, you should go for it. Small smartwatches are usually at a disadvantage when it comes to battery performance for the obvious reason that their battery size is small.

Best Smartwatches for Small Wrists

1. Fitbit Versa 3: Best FitbitFor Small Wrists

Features and Specs:

  • Case Size:40mm
  • Case Thickness:35mm
  • Display:58-inch | 336 x 336 pixels resolution
  • Band Type: Elastomer (replaceable)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • Battery Life:5-7 days
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM
  • Voice Assistant: Alexa, Google Assistant
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, GPS, Heart Rate Monitor, Blood saturation sensor, NFC, Ambient Light Sensor, Altimeter

Fitbit devices are a good alternative to Apple Watch for Android users, though their watches can also pair with IOS.

The 40mm casing of Fitbit Versa 3 is the smallest size available in smartwatches except for a few options like Apple Watch Series 3, Fitbit Versa 2, and the original Versa, which have 38mm or even smaller casing size. Though highly suitable for skinny or small wrists, these watches are pretty old and lack features.

The 1.58-inch display is large enough for a clear view, whereas 336 x 336 pixels resolution translates into a crisp and vibrant display. The touchscreen, though, is a bit laggy and often unresponsive to touch.

Versa 3 packs inside a load of health and fitness features. Priced nearly $100 less than the flagship Fitbit Sense, Versa 3 offers almost all the same features minus the advanced sensor, ECG monitoring, and screen size (We didn’t recommend Sense for it is slightly large for small wrists).

Besides a solid heart rate sensor, the watch comes with a SpO2 tracker with performance comparable to Apple Watch. Versa 3 has an edge in sleep tracking as it offers detailed, in-depth metrics (REM, light, deep sleep). A built-in GPS tracker offers acceptable position tracking but is not as accurate as Garmin devices.

Fitbit Versa 3 is more of a health watch than a smartwatch. You can take calls but only when it is connected to your phone via Bluetooth. You can store about 100-200 songs and can stream music on Deezer or Pandora only. Notification alerts are available for Android and IOS, but you can send quick replies only when connected to an Android phone. Also, you can make payments via ‘Fitbit Pay’ and can control IoT devices at home using Alexa and Google Assistant.

The battery life of Versa 3 is yet another plus point of the watch. Even with a high-resolution AMOLED display, it lasts for 6-7 days on a single charge. But not with continuous GPS tracking, sleep, heart rate, and blood oxygen saturation monitoring.

PROS:
  • Great Value for money
  • Contactless payment, Voice assistant
  • SpO2 tracking
  • GPS onboard
  • Solid battery performance

CONS:
  • Laggy touchscreen
  • Limited third-party apps

 

2. Apple Watch Series 6: Best Apple Watch For Small Wrists

Features and Specs:

  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Case Thickness: 4mm
  • Display: 1.57 inch | 324 by 394 pixels Resolution | 1000 nits brightness
  • Band Type: Silicone band | Interchangeable
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Cellular 4G, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Battery Life: 5 days
  • Voice Assistant: SIRI
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Heart Rate Sensor (ECG), Blood Oxygen Saturation Sensor, Gyroscope, Altimeter, Compass, GPS, Ambient Light Sensor

Apple Watch Series 6 comes in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, and the starting price for each variant is $400. The former is perfectly suitable for small-sized wrists, but if you are still skeptical and are on a budget, we have also included the old Apple Watch Series 3 in this roundup.

In the design department, Apple is the king. Its squarish design with a rounded edge has inspired many (Fitbit Sense, Garmin Venu SQ, Amazfit GTS 2). The 40mm variant is 10.4mm thin (considerably slimmer when compared to 11.1 thick Galaxy Watch 3 and 14.7mm thick Garmin Fenix 6). The screen measures 1.57 inches from edge to edge and has superior resolutions and brightness levels. This means a vibrant display with deep black and whites.

Series 6 is one of the few smartwatches that allows you to make calls, send texts, and stream music directly on the watch. It has the best voice assistant in wearable devices and an app store with the largest third-party app collection. It has a massive storage of 32 GB.

Series 6 is a full-fledge health watch with nearly every other feature incorporated into the design a smartwatch can offer. You get a pretty accurate heart rate tracking, can measure blood saturation levels and can monitor ECG. The watch can also track sleep, but the data is very basic compared to Fitbit’s flagship Sense watch.

Long battery performance has for long been on the wish list of Apple. Series 6 has changed little. A full recharge can make it to 1 day at max, but now the watch charges pretty fast. (0 to 100 in 90 minutes)

PROS:
  • Slim smartwatch
  • Blood Oxygen and ECG monitoring
  • Calling, texting, and Streaming
  • Voice assistant
  • Massive storage

CONS:
  • Only compatible with iPhone
  • Poor battery performance
  • Expensive

 

3. Garmin VenuSq: Best Garmin For Small Wrists

Features and Specs:

  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Case Thickness: 11.5mm
  • Display: 1.3-inch LCD display | 260 x 260 pixels resolution
  • Band Type: Silicone (interchangeable)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • Battery Life: 6 days (up to 14 hours with GPS)
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM (for up to 50m or 164 ft)
  • Sensors: GPS GLONASS Galileo Garmin Elevate, heart rate sensor, Compass Accelerometer, Thermometer, Pulse ox, Ambient light

Garmin Venu SQ is the most affordable smartwatch by the company offering a slew of fitness and health features. The form factor of the watch, casing size, and thickness are suitable for people with tiny wrists. There is a music edition of Garmin Venu SQ that will cost you around $50 more. The watch might appear a little boxier on your wrist, and the plastic construction might fail to impress you.

Pro Tip: If you are looking for a circular design and can fork out extra dollars, check the new Garmin Venu 2 (40mm). We have covered a detailed Apple Watch Series 6 vs Garmin Venu 2 comparison.

As the name suggests, Venu SQ has a square design with a prominent bezel around the screen. The AMOLED display in the original Venu is missing in this edition. Rather you get the lackluster LCD screen with a low 240 x 240 resolution screen. Garmin has to make this trade-off to maintain solid battery performance, a signature feature in Garmin devices.

The watch office a slew of health and sports features. There are 20 sports modes and a wide variety of workouts available. It can accurately track heart rate, sleep, and stress. Plus, you get blood oxygen tracking, the most sought-after feature in health watches during the pandemic. The onboard GPS tracker is accurate than Apple, Fitbit, and Samsung devices, and so have we expected from a company that thrived on the strength of its superior position tracking capabilities.

In smartwatch features, the watch offers contactless payment (Garmin Pay), music storage, and a couple of other handy features like notification alert, timer, and a stopwatch, and so on.

Other than GPS, solid battery life is another key strength of Garmin wearables. Venu SQ is no different. Mixed usage would get you as far as 6 days, whereas battery-killer features like GPS and music would listen drop this performance to 10-14 hours.

PROS:
  • Sturdy Design
  • Health and Fitness oriented
  • Practical Smartwatch Features
  • Extraordinary battery life

CONS:
  • Limited third-party apps
  • LCD display
  • A little expensive

 

4. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: Best Value SmartwatchFor Small Wrist

Features and Specs:

  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Case Thickness: 9mm
  • Display: AMOLED |  360 x 360 pixels
  • Band Type: Silicone (interchangeable)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Cellular
  • Battery Life: 3 Days
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Heart rate Sensor, Blood Oxygen Saturation, GPS, Temperature, Gyro, Barometer, Ambient Light

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 comes in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm. Unlike Apple and Fitbit, Samsung has for long been committed to a circular design. 40mm size would fit your small wrist perfectly, and with 10.9mm overall thickness, the watch is slimmer and stylish.

Active 2 offers a great value for the money, even more than the Fitbit Versa 3. It has a super AMOLED display offering a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. The screen size is 1.2” (30 mm) measured diagonally, so you would have to compromise the screen real estate for a device that doesn’t look awkward on your skinny wrist.

The watch can track heart rate, sleep, and stress. But it doesn’t hold back on advanced health features like ECG and blood saturation level tracking.

The smartwatch features include the calling and texting features. Unlike other smartwatches with cellular connectivity, Samsung devices support a host of different network providers. You can stream music directly on the watch, and it has about 4GB of storage to store music and download third-party apps.

There is a voice assistant (Bixby) built into the watch, but it is not as fast as Siri and Google Assistant. You can make payments via Samsung Pay which covers almost the same number of banks as Google Pay.

Samsung doesn’t make the AMOLED display and advanced health and smartwatch feature an excuse for the poor battery performance. Only a few other watches can offer a solid battery life like Active 2 while at the same time offering a flashy display, the latest smartwatch features, and onboard GPS. In figures, Galaxy Watch Active 2 lasts three days on a single charge, but not with continuous GPS tracking and Music streaming.

PROS:
  • Samsung Pay, Voice assistant
  • Music Storage and Streaming
  • AMOLED Display
  • High Value for money
  • Decent battery performance

CONS:
  • Voice Assistant is not up to the mark
  • Limited third-party apps

 

5. AmazfitBip U Pro: Cheapest SmartwatchFor Small Wrists

Features and Specs:

  • Case Size: 40 mm
  • Case Thickness: 11.5 mm
  • Display: 1.43-inch TFT LCD |  320 x 302 pixels Resolution
  • Band Type: 20mm Silicone (interchangeable)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM
  • Battery Life: 7-9 days
  • Sensors: Heart Rate Sensor, SpO2 sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, GPS

The newly released AmazfitBip U Pro is the most budget-friendly watch in this roundup and is the only smartwatch that offers a reliable onboard GPS tracker and a voice assistant in its price bracket. Measuring the same as its predecessor Bip U, at 40mm length and 11.5mm thickness, the watch is suitable for small wrists but might appear a little bulky.

1.43″ TFT LCD isn’t as impressive as the AMOLED display you find on other squaricle smartwatches like Fitbit Sense, Apple Watch 6, and Fitbit Versa 3. The screen has a considerable bezel around it but is bright enough for clear readability outdoors. Corning Glass 3 protects the screen against scratches, whereas the watch is 5 ATM rated, which means it can be submerged up to 50 m or 164 ft in water.

Considering the watch cost around $60, it is truly remarkable that you get your hands on powerful health and fitness features. It has a SpO2 sensor to track your blood oxygen saturation levels, a heart rate sensor that also helps in tracking Stress and Sleep. However, you should take the data from the watch with a pinch of salt.

There is 60+ sport mode preloaded on the device, including standard running and swimming to cricket and badminton.

The smartwatch features are limited but practical. Alexa is integrated into the watch, though the voice assistant isn’t one of its key strengths as per users’ claim. You would also get music and camera control and the standard notification alert.

The companion app needs a major overhaul. It is buggy and not up to mark with that of Apple, Fitbit, and Garmin.

Huami offers excellent battery performance in its devices, and Bip U Pro is no different. The fitness tracker disguised as a smartwatch can last for up to 7-9 days on a single charge which, in turn, takes almost two hours. Of course, it will depend on the usage. You can’t expect the same performance with continuous GPS tracking and tracking advanced metrics.

PROS:
  • Dirt Cheap
  • SpO2 sensor, Voice assistant
  • Compact design
  • Extraordinary battery life

CONS:
  • So-So companion app
  • Limited Smartwatch Features

 

6. Fossil Sports: Best Wear OS SmartwatchFor Small Wrists

Features and Specs:

  • Case Size: 41mm
  • Case Thickness: 12mm
  • Display: 19-inch AMOLED | 390 x 390 pixel resolution
  • Band Type: Silicone (Replaceable)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • Battery Life: 24-48 hours
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Altimeter, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Heart Rate, Microphone, NFC, Untethered GPS

For people with small wrists looking for a Wear OS (previously known as Android OS) watch, Fossil sport is a suitable companion. In looks, it appears the same as the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. And like Samsung, Fossil is also offering 2 varients: 41mm and 43mm.

The watch is lightweight (1.4 ounces) but considerably thick at 12mm. (in comparison. the Apple Watch 6’s 10.5 mm display) You would get the standard silicone strap with the box, and if you know about straps, rubber ones are the most convenient to use.

The smartwatch has a crisp 1.19-inch AMOLED display offering 390 x 390-pixel resolution. A higher resolution means that the screen can fit more metrics in a single view which is extremely useful during intense exercise. The brightness levels of the watch are somewhat lacking, and you might have to squint in daylight.

Fossil smartwatches are fashion-centric, first and foremost. Despite the name ‘Fossil Sports,’ this watch comes nowhere near the dedicated sports watch by Garmin &Suunto. Health tracking is limited to heart rate, calories burn, and steps tracking. However, the watch has a built-in GPS tracker, so you don’t have to take your phone to run or gym.

In the lifestyle department, this watch offers great value. First, the Wear OS app store is sizeable, so you have the freedom to download a wide variety of third-party app. The watch has NFC onboard so that you can make contactless payments via ‘Google Pay.’ You can transfer plenty of songs to the watch as it has 4 GB storage, and you get Google assistant support right on your wrist to control the watch and IoT devices.

Like Apple Watch, battery life isn’t the key strength of Fossil smartwatches. Many of the Fossil problems falls at the feet of Wear OS which has not undergone a major overhaul for the last two year. The operating system sucks the battery out of the device, making it empty at the end of an active day. Normal usage would get you as far as 2 days.

PROS:
  • Google Pay
  • Affordable smartwatch
  • Vibrant Display
  • 5 ATM water-resistant

CONS:
  • A little bulky for small wrists
  • Poor battery performance

 

7. Apple Watch Series 3: Smallest Apple Watch

Features and Specs:

  • Case Size: 38 mm
  • Case Thickness: 4 mm
  • Display: 1.33-inch Retina OLED | 272 by 340 pixels Resolution
  • Band Type: Silicone (Replaceable)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Cellular Connectivity (optional)
  • Battery Life: 18 hours
  • Voice Assistant: Yes (SIRI)
  • Water Resistance: 5 ATM (for up to 50m in water)
  • Sensors: GPS/GNSS, altimeter, optical heart sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor

Apple is still shipping the old Watch 3 even when it released the special edition alongside series 6. For iPhone users with petite or skinny wrists, this would be good news as Watch 3 is available in two sizes: 38mm and 42mm. We would only discuss the former here.

In the design department, Watch 3 is slightly bulky at 11.4mm compared to the latest Series 6. It has metallic construction and comes with a standard silicone strap. The price tag varies depending on the casing material and your choice for cellular connectivity.

Pro Tip: The $100 you spend for cellular connectivity isn’t worth it as Series 3 is notorious for connectivity issues and poor battery performance.

Though the screen is sufficiently bright and clear to view, the overall performance pales compared to the new high-resolution OLED display in Series 6. Also, the screen has a considerable bezel on the sides.

Apple is still supporting the watch with its most recent watchOS 7, which gives the watch sleep tracking capability, new workouts, and much more. You can take calls, send texts, stream music as you can do in the latest Apple Watches. You would have Siri, too, to help you control IoT devices at home. Apple Pay is yet another smartwatch feature.

In terms of health and fitness features, Apple Watch Series 3 lags far behind its successor. It has a heart rate sensor but with no ECG feature. The static heart rate data is reliable, but the active heart rate during exercise is erratic.

There is a GPS tracker built into the watch, perhaps the most advanced feature at the time. A handful of exercises to track, but the Series 3 is far less equipped to beat dedicated sports watches by Garmin, Suunto, and Polar.

It comes as no surprise that you would have to charge the Apple Watch between nights as even twice a day. The battery performance is dismal, and you don’t even have the fast charging capability to live with it.

PROS:
  • Affordable
  • Music Streaming and Voice Assistant
  • Built-in GPS
  • Solid Build quality

CONS:
  • Only pairs with iPhone
  • Poor battery performance

 

Final Verdict

For iPhone users, Apple Watch Series 6 is the default best. But if you are on a budget, Series 3 is still being shipped by the company. Plus, Series 3 is available in a 38mm case size which is highly suitable for small wrists.

Android users can find the best alternative in Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. It has almost all the features you can find in the Apple Watch Series 6 and yet has a price tag that matches Series 3. As the watch is compatible with both IOS and Android, even iPhone users can use it.

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