If you're considering a new smartwatch, but you're put off by full touchscreens, rectangular cases and short battery life, the answer could be to explore the world of hybrid smartwatches.

A hybrid packs in many of the fitness tracking, health tech and notification features you'll find on a regular smartwatch – such as the Apple Watch Series 7 or Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 – but inside a traditional-looking watch, with hands and numbers.

It means you get the best of both worlds, opening your wrist up to activity tracking, sleep monitoring, health data, notifications and grabbing the charger on a less regular basis, while still looking like the regular analogue watch you're used to.

Over the years, we've tested swathes of hybrid smartwatches from the likes of Fossil, Garmin and Withings, making us ideally placed to guide you on the key considerations.

Below, you can peruse our rankings and decide which is best for your wrist.

Top Pick: Withings ScanWatch

Withings ScanWatch

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Withings ScanWatch: specs and features

  • 38mm and 42mm case size options
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Connected GPS
  • View notifications
  • Tracks runs, swims and cycles
  • Up to 30 days battery life
  • Automatic run tracking
  • Step and sleep tracking
  • ECG sensor for detecting Atrial Fibrillation
  • Heart rate and SpO2 monitoring
  • Detects breathing disturbances
  • 5ATM water resistant rating
  • Price when reviewed: From $299.99/£279.99

The Withings ScanWatch now has the green light from the FDA to be sold in the USA, and its blend of super smarts and style has now gone global.

The ScanWatch is a fine example of how to make a good looking hybrid that offers powerful features – with ECG, pulse ox and advanced sleep monitoring – and a 30 day battery life.

Available in 38mm and 42mm size options, the ScanWatch is built with premium stainless steel with a small AMOLED display at the top of the watch face to show off you tracking stats notifications and heart rate data.

The ScanWatch uses connected GPS to track outdoor activities like running, offers VO2 Max estimations and automatically recognise activities, which we found pretty reliable in our testing.

On the health front, you're getting an ECG sensor that can look for arrhythmia, so low or high heart rates. There's also an SpO2 sensor to measure blood oxygen levels and can monitor for breathing disturbances during sleep, which will be useful when it's cleared to detect signs of the disorder sleep apnea.

Data is stored and synced to the impressive Withings Health Mate app and you can up to 30 days of battery life dependent on what features you have enabled.

If you're looking for a hybrid that looks like a lovely watch and shines with its fitness tracking and innovative health features, the ScanWatch should be right up your street.

Wareable verdict: Withings ScanWatch review

Withings ScanWatch Horizon

Best hybrid smartwatch: Blend health tech and style

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Withings ScanWatch Horizon: specs and features

  • 38mm and 42mm case size options
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Connected GPS
  • View notifications
  • Tracks runs, swims and cycles
  • Up to 30 days battery life
  • Automatic run tracking
  • Step and sleep tracking
  • ECG sensor for detecting Atrial Fibrillation
  • Heart rate and SpO2 monitoring
  • 5ATM water resistant rating
  • Detects breathing disturbances
  • Price when reviewed: From $499/£499.99

The Withings ScanWatch Horizon is essentially a version of the ScanWatch with a more formal-friendly look that houses all of the same features as the cheaper version.

You're getting a larger 44mm case with a stainless steel construction with the option of stainless steel link and sporty rubber straps.

You still get that small AMOLED display up top to show off tracking, notification and heart rate stats with a digital crown letting you scroll through available menus.

There's an optical heart rate monitor and ECG sensor to help detect signs of arrhythmia and you're also getting an SpO2 sensor to measure blood oxygen levels and monitor breathing during sleep.

It'll track steps too and there's connected GPS to track workouts like runs and rides with basic swim tracking support also on offer.

What you get with the Horizon is a real statement look with a nice mix of fitness, health and some useful sports tracking features thrown into the mix to make it one worth paying more to strap on.

Wareable verdict:Withings ScanWatch Horizon review

Garmin Vivomove 3

 Garmin Vivomove 3 series

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Garmin Vivomove 3: specs and features

  • 44mm case size option
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Connected GPS
  • View notifications
  • Tracks runs, swims and cycles
  • Up to 5 days battery life
  • Step and sleep tracking
  • Heart rate and SpO2 monitoring
  • 5ATM water resistant rating
  • Price when reviewed: From $199.95/£199.99

The old Garmin Vivomove HR held our title of best hybrid smartwatch since its launch in 2017, and its successor, the Garmin Vivomove 3 series, has now taken over as one of our top recommendations.

The emphasis here is still on blending the hidden screen around physical hands, but now there's many more options to pick from, with case sizes coming at 39mm, 42mm and 44mm.

We're fans of all the styles, as they offer largely the same on-screen experience - it's just a case of how much you're willing to spend and what fits your wrist best.

The Vivomove 3 and Vivomove 3S are at the more affordable end, with the hidden screen sitting on the bottom half of the watch face and delivering the likes of notifications, activity data and more.

Garmin Vivomove 3

With the pricier Vivomove Style and even pricier Vivomove Luxe (the only variation to offer a color screen, as shown above), that hidden screen extends to cover the full face. With a double tap on the screen, you can start swiping to see your health, fitness and other updates.

New features include a pulse oximeter to offer richer sleep data, Garmin Pay, the ability to track respiration rate (via heart rate), a sport tracking profile for cycling and connected GPS to piggyback off your phone to map outdoor activities. You still get the best of Garmin's fitness tracking and notification support for both Android and iPhones.

Garmin may not be the first company you would think of when looking for a classic-looking watch, but the Vivomove 3 series offers excellent build quality and a real touch of style, particularly in the Luxe range, which comes with metal or leather straps.

Wareable verdict: Garmin Vivomove 3 series review

Garmin Vivomove Sport

Best hybrid smartwatch: Blend health tech and style

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Garmin Vivomove Sport: specs and features

  • 40mm case size options
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Connected GPS
  • View notifications
  • Tracks runs, swims and cycles
  • Up to 5 days battery life
  • Step and sleep tracking
  • Heart rate and SpO2 monitoring
  • Stress and respiration tracking
  • 5ATM water resistant rating
  • $179.99/£159.99

The Garmin Vivomove Sport is the cheapest option in Garmin's hybrid family and while it might miss out on the AMOLED screen you get on the Style and Luxe, it's still a great feature-packed option to strap on.

It's got a Swatch Pop watch look that comes in three different looks including the mint version above. The OLED display shows off smarts, which includes the ability to view notifications, reject phone calls or respond with a text (Android only).

You can track steps, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, stress and offers Garmin's Body Battery energy monitor here too. It can track runs, swims, cycling and even strength training, though it only offers connected GPS and goes light on training and analysis insights.

Battery life is around 5 days, which is similar to what you can expect from other Vivomove watches.

If you want a cheaper route into using Garmin's hybrid smarts and can live without the higher quality display, there's plenty still to like here.

Wareable verdict: Garmin Vivomove Sport review

Withings Steel HR Sport

Withings Steel HR Sport

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Withings Steel HR Sport: specs and features

  • 40mm case size option
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Connected GPS
  • VO2 Max estimates
  • View notifications
  • Up to 25 days battery life
  • Automatic run tracking
  • Step and sleep tracking
  • Heart rate monitoring
  • 5ATM water resistant rating
  • Price when reviewed: $199.95/£189.95

A more sport-focussed hybrid than Withings' other devices, the Steel HR Sport adds connected GPS and VO2 Max data on top of standard activity information such as steps, sleep monitoring, heart rate readings and other basics.

Unlike some other Withings devices, though, customization is limited. The Steel HR Sport only comes in one 40mm size with a matte black metal case, the only option being a white or black watch face and your choice of band.

In terms of its hybrid leanings, the small digital screen on the face allows you to view data, including activity tracking and smartphone notifications.

As we say, there's also a heart rate monitor on board to continuously keep a tab your heart rate through the day, as well as during your workouts.

You can expect 25 days of battery life with normal use, and another 20 in power reserve mode.

Wareable verdict: Withings Steel HR Sport review

Withings Move ECG

Withings Move ECG

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Withings Move ECG: specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 38mm case size
  • 5ATM water resistant rating
  • ECG sensor to detect atrial fibrillation
  • Altimeter and accelerometer motion sensors
  • Step and sleep tracking
  • Tracks runs and swims
  • Price when reviewed: £129.95/No US release

Like the ScanWatch, the Move ECG is a great pick for those who want that great Withings hybrid look, but can't stretch to spending on its most premium option.

The first hybrid watch to feature the ability to take an electrocardiogram reading - helping detect the signs of atrial fibrillation - the Move ECG is also water resistant up to 50 meters and will automatically track your activity.

That means walks, runs, cycles and swims will all be logged and reported to the companion app on your phone. And you don't need to worry about charging it before exercising it, either, with 12 months of battery available from the button cell battery.

Unfortunately, this one is currently still undergoing clinical validation from the FDA in the US, though it is available in the EU already.

If you can get hold of it, you'll get a sleek-looking hybrid with some decent fitness tracking features and a potentially life-saving one with the addition of ECG.

Wareable verdict: Withings Move ECG review

Fossil Hybrid Gen 6

Best hybrid smartwatch: Blend health tech and style

Fossil Hybrid Gen 6: specs and features

  • 41mm and 45mm case size options
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 1.1-inch E Ink screen with mechanical hands
  • Heart rate sensor
  • Up to 2 weeks battery life
  • View notifications, messages and emails
  • Heart rate and blood oxygen tracking
  • Activity and sleep tracking
  • Connected GPS
  • Amazon Alexa built-in
  • 3ATM water resistant rating
  • Price when reviewed: From $229/£199

The Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid is the latest version of the fashion watch brand's hybrid series that offers stylish options for both men and women that does things a little differently.

Instead of a hidden screen or smart dial, the Gen 6 Hybrid instead brings the smarts in an E Ink display that works around the physical watch hands.

This is still far away from the functionality you'll find in a touchscreen watch, but it does impress by taking the hybrid concept and pushing it into a place we haven't really seen before.

There's a range of looks to pick from all with an E Ink display that sits beneath the screen to show off notifications and weather updates, as well as activity metrics, such as heart rate, steps and calories. Fossil is now adding the ability to track heart rate, SpO2 and is adding Amazon Alexa into the mix thanks to the addition of an onboard mic.

These features can be customized in Fossil's phone app to make sure you see what you want to see when not in standard watch mode.

Each model will also last around two weeks on a single charge, so it'll go longer than most full-fat smartwatches.

You can read our review of the Fossil Hybrid HR below to get a sense of what to expect from the new Gen 6 Hybrid.

Wareable verdict:Fossil Hybrid HR review


Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR

Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR

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Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR: specs and features

  • 38mm and 42mm case size options
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 1.1-inch E Ink screen with mechanical hands
  • Heart rate sensor
  • Up to 2 weeks battery life
  • View notifications, messages and emails
  • Heart rate and blood oxygen tracking
  • Activity and sleep tracking
  • Connected GPS
  • 3ATM water resistant rating
  • Price when reviewed: From $195/£189

If you like the idea of Fossil's Hybrid HR, but not in love with the styling, you can get the same hybrid tech packaged up in a Skagen watch instead.

The concept is the same matching an E Ink screen and traditional watch hands and casing to show off notifications, weather forecasts, fitness stats and music controls.

It's one that works with Android and iOS devices with the Skagen companion app letting you assign shortcut features to the pushers that sit above and below the crown. They can also be used to scroll through messages.

There's a heart rate monitor that can continuously keep tabs on your ticker day and night and during exercise. There's connected GPS letting you piggyback off your phone's GPS signal to track outdoor activities and it can automatically monitor your sleep too.

It promises up to two weeks battery life and there's fast charging support to get you back close to 100% from less than an hour sat on the charger.

If you want an attractive hybrid that's better built for basic interactions and fitness tracking, then the Jorn Hybrid HR will appeal.

Wareable verdict:Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR review

Amazfit Neo

Amazfit Neo

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Amazfit Neo: specs and features

  • 40mm case
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 1.2-inch STN black and white display
  • Heart rate sensor
  • Up to 28 days battery life
  • View notifications, messages and emails
  • Heart rate tracking
  • Activity and sleep tracking
  • Accelerometer-based sports tracking
  • 5ATM water resistant rating
  • Price when reviewed: From $39.99/£34.99

The Amazfit Neo is a bit of different take on the hybrid, but if you like the idea of wearing a retro-style timepiece and not have to spend much money to do it, we think you'll like this one.

The 40mm rectangular case houses a 1.2-inch STN black and white display that looks like one that's been yanked off a Casio watch. It tucks a smaller sub-display in the corner to let you know which of its smart features is currently in use.

It can let you know a notification has landed on your phone, just not read it on the display. You can see weather forecasts, the time from different time zones and turn on a do not disturb mode when you just want to use it in basic watch mode.

There's an accelerometer onboard to track activities like running and offer step counting and sleep monitoring and it supports Zepp's PAI heart rate-powered health scores to make sure you're raising that heart rate on a regular basis.

Battery life is up to four weeks and shouldn't take a huge hit with heart rate monitoring enabled, which can be sometimes be the case with more feature-rich Amazfit smartwatches.

It's cheap, looks great and offers a fair amount in way of smarts to make the Neo a great affordable buy.

Wareable verdict: Amazfit Neo review

Frederique Constant Smartwatch Vitality

Frederique Constant Smartwatch Vitality

Frederique Constant Smartwatch Vitality: specs and features

  • 42mm case
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Up to 11 days battery life
  • Heart rate sensor
  • View notifications, messages and emails
  • Heart rate tracking
  • Activity and sleep tracking
  • Inactivity alerts
  • Weather forecasts
  • Guided breathing exercises
  • 5ATM water resistant rating
  • Price: $1,000/£750

Frederique Constant is one luxury Swiss watchmaker that hasn't been afraid to embrace the smartwatch age. It offered discreet smarts on its Hybrid Manufacture and Horological hybrids and with its Gents Vitality range it's made room for more connected features.

The watchmaker has added four new looks to its gents collection with the Vitality taking a similar approach to Garmin and Withings watches mentioned above, adding an additional digital screen inside of the analogue watch face.

It's equipped with a heart rate monitor to track heart rate continuously and that joins features like sleep monitoring, breathing exercises and the ability to view notifications.

There's support for connected GPS to track outdoor workouts, inactivity alerts to keep you moving during the day and access to coaching features as well to bring more structure to your training. It's also one that works with Android and iOS devices.

All models are water resistant to up to 50 metres and promise battery life up to 11 days. Unsurprisingly, this hybrid does not come cheap with prices knocking around the $1,000/£750 mark.

Kronaby Connected

Kronaby Connected

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Kronaby Connected: specs and features

  • Available in 38mm, 41mm and 43mm sizes
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Up to 2 years battery life
  • Notification alerts (doesn't display messages)
  • Step tracking
  • Walk you home safety feature
  • Music controls
  • Camera remote
  • Waterproof up to 100 metres
  • Price when reviewed: $625/£495

The Swedish hybrid startup was saved in 2019 after it was bought out of bankruptcy by Spanish watch brand Festina Lotus SA, and we are glad to see its stylish connected watches are still up for grabs.

Born out of a team where the core worked on Sony's smartwatches, the Kronaby Connected comes in a range of different collections for both men and women with sizes ranging from 38mm to 43mm.

You pay a lot, but in return you're getting on-trend looks, sapphire crystal protecting the watch face and Italian leather straps. All models are water resistant for up to 100 metres, though you're more likely to jump in the shower with them than go for swim.

When it comes to smarts, there's a surprising amount you can do here. From the sub-dial you can view daily step tracking progress. You can be buzzed for notifications letting you select different strength vibrations for different contacts. Assign features to the crown and pushers above and below it to control music playback or prop up your smartphone and take pictures from afar.

There's also safety features that let you let favoured contacts see that you've made it home, while a remember this spot mode will make sure you can make it back home if you plan to go exploring.

It's a hybrid that doesn't look very smart features-wise, but actually does a surprising amount. Plus, it's a great looker too.

Wareable verdict: Kronaby Connected review

Bellabeat Time

Bellabeat Time

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Bellabeat Time: specs and features

  • Available in silver color only
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Up to 6 month battery life
  • Monitors activity and sleep
  • Optimised for women's health tracking
  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • 3ATM splash resistant rating/suitable for showering
  • Price when reviewed: $179/£179.99

A lot of hybrid watches care about tracking your activity throughout the day, but the Bellabeat Time is more focused on your wellness.

It does still offer basic tracking, such as steps, but where it really places emphasis in the companion app isn't in fitness metrics. It's here where you can get meditation exercises, stress tracking and period logging, and it uses all of these to help you keep track of your own wellbeing.

Those meditation exercises, by the way, are held to a high standard. During our testing, we found them to be just as good as some dedicated meditation apps.

They're divided into your mood, which is neat, so they can help you whether you're hungry or hurting from menstrual cramps.

It can also link up with Bellabeat's other products, like its connected water bottle, to track your hydration levels. All of this is topped by a very neat, classic design.

The Time is one of the few options on this list that are primarily aimed at women, which allows it to concentrate on features other smartwatches might not have even thought about.

In that way, it's one of the most refreshing hybrids currently available.

Wareable verdict: Bellabeat Time

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