The best smartwatches 2022 according to Stiftung Warentest

Stiftung Warentest tested a whole range of current smartwatches – the winner should surprise no one.

The original test dates back to December 2021, but now Stiftung Warentest has added Apple’s latest smartwatch – the Watch Series 7 – and 14 other new products. A total of 69 smartwatches and fitness trackers are part of the product test.

Apple smartwatches form double top in the product test

Apple’s Watch Series 7 came in first with a test score of 2.0, sharing the position with its predecessor, the Series 6, which also scored 2.0. Advantages of the Series 7 are a dust-proof casing and a larger screen, which even now has room for a keyboard. The new Galaxy Watch 4, which now comes with Google’s Wear OS for the first time, still manages to score a 2.4. That is significantly better than the predecessors, which still ran Samsung’s own Tizen operating system. The Galaxy Watch 4 delivers worse results in heart rate measurement, which is less accurate than on the Apple Watch. Furthermore, the handling is still awkward in places despite the many improvements in Wear OS 4. However, the Galaxy Watch 4 is only about half as expensive as the Watch Series 7 at around 200 Euros.

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In the current test, the Garmin fenix 6 Pro is still in second place with a score of 2.1. Of all the smartwatches that Stiftung Warentest examined, it is the most expensive model at around 440 euros. The testers praised the precise route guidance and very long battery life of the watch, which does not run Garmin’s own operating system. In third place is the Polar Grit X with a score of 2.2, which also lasts a long time and is very durable.

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Stiftung Warentest primarily tests the fitness aspect of smartwatches and fitness trackers. The focus is on how precisely the watches collect fitness data during certain workouts. However, communication with the smartphone and operation are also important criteria. Data protection and possible harmful substances are also taken into account – things that can lead to the devaluation of a product.


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