The Best Smart Band

Updated on 2 September 2022

After 40 hours of research among 23 smart bands, 12 of which were tested, we believe that the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 is the best choice suitable for all audiences in terms of price-quality ratio.

This comparison is certified 100% impartial and follows our selection process.

Our choice, Best mid-range

Xiaomi Smart Band 7

Its numerous functions, larger and more beautiful display, longer battery life, simplicity and a reliable connection are its main assets. It is comfortable to carry and use.

£ 46.00 on Amazon

Xiaomi Smart Band 7

Lightweight and discreet, this comfortable smart band offers a wide range of features suitable for the casual sportsman or woman. There are no major innovations over the previous version, but the screen is bigger and even better looking, the battery life is up and there are more activities (110 sports modes) and training data. It also has NFC and a reliable connection. However, while we appreciated the simplicity of the application in our test, we didn’t find it to be very comprehensive and advanced in its analysis. Moreover, there is no light sensor, which sometimes bothered us at night, and we regretted the absence of a GPS chip.

 

 

Best budget

Xiaomi Mi Band 6

For its price, the Mi Band 6 from Xiaomi has a lot of features and a great display quality that doesn't affect battery life. It is also easy to use.

£ 39.98 on Amazon

Xiaomi Mi Band 6

Although it lacks a GPS sensor, it has a very nice screen quality and good battery life. With the addition of a pulse oximeter and 30 sports modes, it enhances both health and sports functions, although it’s more interesting for general health checks. It still has its usual strengths of easy handling, an intuitive app and a handy magnetic charger: three things we liked during our test.

 

Best high-end

Fitbit Charge 5

Its main asset is the integration of some innovative health features which, combined with better image quality, makes it a reliable and interesting product despite its high price.

£ 169.99 on Amazon

Fitbit Charge 5

With its excellent screen quality, new and enhanced features, interesting application and accurate sensors, it is one of the best smart band for health. Indeed, it can now assess stress management, recovery and heart rate variations: innovative options for this type of accessory. During our test, however, we noticed some interface flaws and the absence of certain connected functions, not to mention its excessive price and the need to take out a subscription to get the most out of it.

 

Mid-range alternative

Huawei Band 7

This accessory is especially dedicated to sports and health with its multitude of functions. It has a nice screen, its interface is intuitive and its fast charging function is useful.

£ 49.99 on Amazon

This slightly thinner and lighter smart band is stylish and comfortable to wear. It has a nice 1.47″ AMOLED display that is easy to read in most situations. Its interface is intuitive and the Huawei Health app is quite comprehensive. It boasts up to 2 weeks of battery life, and even though it’s less than that in use, it’s still compelling. And thanks to the fast charging, you can count on it in just a few minutes. Its physical button is also practical. There are 96 sports modes and a large number of connected, health and sports functions. However, it lacks GPS, NFC and an ambient light sensor, and there are few improvements over its previous version.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best mid-rangeBest budgetBest high-endMid-range alternative
Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Xiaomi Mi Band 6 Fitbit Charge 5 Huawei Band 7
Its numerous functions, larger and more beautiful display, longer battery life, simplicity and a reliable connection are its main assets. It is comfortable to carry and use. For its price, the Mi Band 6 from Xiaomi has a lot of features and a great display quality that doesn't affect battery life. It is also easy to use. Its main asset is the integration of some innovative health features which, combined with better image quality, makes it a reliable and interesting product despite its high price. This accessory is especially dedicated to sports and health with its multitude of functions. It has a nice screen, its interface is intuitive and its fast charging function is useful.
£ 46.00 on Amazon £ 39.98 on Amazon £ 169.99 on Amazon £ 49.99 on Amazon

 

Honorable mentions 

Amazfit Band 5 (£24.00 upon publication): impressive value for money if you are looking for simplicity. Compared to its direct competitor, it has a similar look and feels and an equally good display that makes it easy to read and use while exercising. It has many built-in functions, but no GPS function. During our test, we found its app very intuitive and it has one of the best battery life on the market. However, it has far fewer sports modes than some of its rivals and its screen is not very large, which could make it difficult to read.

Huawei Band 6 (£32.00 upon publication): a watch-like design, a beautiful display, a good battery and many sports modes. After our test, we could see that they don’t have GPS, but all their sensors cover both sports and health. Although it lacks a bit of ergonomics (such as the lack of a light sensor and a power-saving mode), it is still feature-rich, durable and easy to learn.

Xiaomi Redmi Smart Band Pro (£41.99 upon publication): an extended and comfortable use. Its strengths lie in its screen of quality, handling and endurance, while its weaknesses lie in a poorly developed application, in the lack of accuracy of some sensors and in the absence of a GPS. It is suitable for the average person who wants to keep an eye on their health and/or who does sport occasionally. However, regular sportsmen and women may not want to use it because the analyses are too limited and/or not precise enough.

 

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How to choose your smart band?

Whether it is a simple activity sensor, a pedometer, a survival GPS for the modern adventurer or a sports-oriented smartwatch, there is something for everyone on the smart band market… as long as you know what to look for!

Bracelets Connectés
Choosing the right smart band is not an easy task, as there are many different models. | Source: Selectos

Here is a list of criteria to consider before buying your accessory:

  • Sensors: they allow a set of signs to be calculated, such as the number of steps, heartbeats, a route, the level of oxygen in the blood or the intensity of the sun. But be aware that the more sensors there are, the more the battery life is impacted. The GPS is one of the most battery-consuming.
  • Features: some of the more common features are calories burned, sleep statistics, pace, time, distance, pulse, etc. On more expensive models, you can even reply to messages, control your music playlist, and there is a GPS function, an automatic shutdown system, an alarm clock, a stopwatch, etc.
  • Design: this is always biased. But since the point of a smart band is to be worn all the time, you might as well get one you like and one that is comfortable to wear at the same time. In this respect, interchangeable bands have a certain advantage. If a screen is built-in, it is essential that it has good visibility. Ideally, it should have a coloured, anti-glare OLED screen and be large in size.
Xiaomi Mi Band 5
Opt for an ordinary-looking design if you intend to wear your band on a daily basis. | Source: Selectos
  • Autonomy: it is necessary to determine how it is powered, either via batteries cells or via a battery. Batteries can last for several months, while a proper battery will last for about a week, depending on the use and the activation of functions. Compared to smartwatches, the smart band offers much better autonomy. It can go up to 3 weeks for some high-end models.
  • Application: it will allow you to follow the results of your activities and to make your settings. The more features it has, the more accurate it will be. Some of these include sports coaching, challenges and advice on how to improve your lifestyle.
  • Use: some are more for health purposes, others for sports. In this context, make sure that it corresponds to the sport practiced. For example, for swimming, it must be 100% waterproof. For cycling and running, a GPS function is also interesting. The smart band has therefore a very different use from a simple smartwatch.
Fitbit Inspire Hr
Some models are adapted to specific practices such as swimming, which requires waterproofness. | Source: Selectos

 

Translated by Aylin Akturk 

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