Hybrid smartwatches are stylish and bundle a few essential health features to track your fitness activities. Also, you needn’t tap on the screen to check the time. Thankfully, these smartwatches are now affordable, and most of these hybrid watches track steps and monitor your sleep. However, if you want to take action further, it’s time you get a hybrid smartwatch with a heart rate sensor.
Like their conventional counterparts, you’ll be able to measure beats-per-minute and get an overall idea of your heart’s health—whether you are trying to manage your stress levels (see Calm vs. Headspace) or looking to boost your fitness levels.
So if you are in the market looking for some good hybrid smartwatches with a heart rate monitor, here are the best ones. But first,
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1. Withings ScanWatch
The Withings ScanWatch watch is the perfect cross between a smartwatch and a classic analog watch. First off, it looks stylish and gives off a classic vibe. Secondly, it brings an interesting mixture of smarts, including medical-grade ECG and SpO2 tracker. Apart from the usual step and heart rate monitoring, this hybrid smartwatch comes with automatic activity tracking. And the battery life is piped to last around a month.
As noted above, it boasts a classic design and the stainless design plays its part in accentuating the look. All the details like steps, notifications, and other health-related details are displayed via a small display (13mm diameter) at the top.
The inclusion of the medical-grade ECG will help you track the health of your heart or sleep better. ECG-enabled smartwatches or watches may or may not detect AFib. It’s always advisable to visit your doctor should you feel any discomfort during breathing or experience irregular heartbeat.
The Withings ScanWatch is a worthy contender if you do not want a traditional smartwatch and looking for a hybrid one.
2. Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR
The Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR is more than your average hybrid smartwatch. Unlike the one above, it bundles a full E-ink display (that means, more battery life) packaged in a traditional watch case. And the combination sure looks attractive both for men and women. When it comes to the smart features, it can display notifications, track your steps & fitness activities, monitor your sleeping data, among others. Also, you can also control the music on your phone via the controls on the smartwatch. Pretty good for a hybrid watch, right?
Since Skagen is a subsidiary of Fossil, the Jorn Hybrid HR runs Fossil’s home-grown operating system.
The good thing about the Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR is that it features a 3 ATM water-resistant rating. Though it’s not fully waterproof, it can take the occasional water splashes.
It’s available in two variants—leather and mesh. If you are lucky, you might also catch the one with the silicon strap. The latter comes to the picture if you want a hybrid smartwatch that can double as your fitness tracker during your gym sessions.
3. Garmin Vivomove 3s
Another elegant hybrid smartwatch that’s worth a peek at is the Garmin Vivomove 3s. At first glance, it looks like any traditional analog watch. The real surprise is when you tap on the display (or raise the wrist). Here’s when the digital touchscreen display comes into the picture (literally). The best part is that the transition is seamless and works like a charm.
Like the watch above, it comes with several smarts like music control, step tracking, including the number of floors you have climbed. Furthermore, you can monitor your heart’s beat per minute, oxygen saturation. Like some conventional smartwatches, the Vivomove 3s also bundles breathing exercises if your stress levels are through the roof.
Surprisingly, for a Garmin watch, this one lacks built-in GPS. So even if you go running or trekking, the measurements won’t be accurate. On the bright side, you can rely on the GPS of the connected watch.
4. Garmin Vivomove HR
The Garmin Vivomove HR is the predecessor to the Vivomove 3s and is a popular hybrid watch. The highlight of this watch is the disappearing LED screen. All you need to do is tap on the screen or flick your wrist to bring up the display, just like its successor above. Being a Garmin watch, you will see a detailed analysis of your activities on the companion app, and this is a huge plus. Though it’s an older watch, it comes with automated fitness tracking and starts tracking once it detects 10 minutes of continued activities.
You will find the usual features such as heart rate monitoring, stress monitoring, and breathing exercises. Again, you will be able to get an idea of the pending notifications. However, the screen is a little tiny to see and read the notifications.
Nevertheless, this one is a durable watch, and is easy to set up and pair. It does the basic tracking well and several users have backed this claim.
Being an older device, you might find some pretty good discounts or price drops during holiday seasons.
5. Amazfit Neo Retro Smartwatch
If you want your hybrid smartwatch to attract its share of stares from onlookers, it’s time you said hello to the Amazfit Neo. The first thing that catches the eye is the classic retro design. It doesn’t have analog clock hands. Instead, it has a digital watch face like the retro Casio watches of the 90s. Secondly, it’s one of the affordable hybrid watches out there and costs less than $50.
Considering that it’s an affordable hybrid smartwatch, you are bound to lose out on a few features. And here, it’s in the form of smart features. You will be able to check native and third-party notifications. Or, you can put the watch on the DND mode, and that’s about it. You won’t be able to read the notifications on the watch or control the music on your phone.
That said, the Neo doubles as an efficient fitness tracker. Apart from keeping an eye on your step count, this hybrid watch can continuously track your heartbeats during exercises. Plus, it keeps a score of your activities and heart health to make it easy for you to see if you are active enough. Considering that most of us spend a lot of time on our chairs, this one is the need of the hour.
The Neo has a water-resistant rating of 5 ATM. So unlike the Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR, you can wear it to your swimming classes.
6. Fossil Hybrid HR
The Fossil Hybrid HR proves to be a good buy if your priority is the look of the watch rather than the heart rate monitoring. The Fossil Hybrid HR is a full-on beauty and lends a classy vibe. Like the Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR smartwatch, it has an E-ink display. The good thing is that it stays in the background and lets you have a quick roundup on your activity levels at a glance.
The hands do not get in the way of checking the notifications. Simply flick your wrist to see the background display. Simple, no? Since it’s not a touchscreen display, the watch utilizes the crown and the buttons on the side for specific action.
The E-ink display is much wider than its counterpart above, which facilitates easy reading of the notifications. However, do note that the screen is not backlit and comes with the same limitation that some analog watch has with the low-light setting.
It has the usual smarts like step counts, weather status, notifications, active minutes, among others. However, note that the screen is not backlit and comes with the same limitation that some analog watches have with the low-light setting.
The bottom line is if you want a stylish watch with basic smart features, you should go for the Fossil Hybrid HR.
The Best of Both Worlds
One of the main advantages of hybrid smartwatches is battery life. Unlike smartwatches, you do not have to take off your watch every day to charge it. With hybrid watches, you get to experiment with different types and get your hands on a stylish and professional watch.
Last updated on 02 February, 2022
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