What Wearables Should I Use with My Smartphone?


When we say “wearable tech,” our minds often go to one place: the smartwatch. And with good reason. After all, smartwatches (and other wrist wearables) are the tech that more or less established the wearable category and helped to solidify an entirely new branch of consumer electronics. But recent years have seen the category of wearable tech expand well past the wrist and the watch. To give you an idea of what else is out there, and what to pair with your current smartwatch, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite wearable add-ons and accessories.

Apple Watch Series 3 38mm Smartwatch

Heart-Rate Monitors

Many modern fitness trackers and smartwatches come with some sort of optical heart-rate monitor, a device that, generally speaking, shoots light into your wrist to measure blood flow and determine heart rate. Despite early struggles, current optical heart rate measurement does a fair job of giving you accurate, if somewhat limited, information. However, if you want a better idea of what’s really going on with your heart health, including more advanced analytics and data points, consider picking up a chest strap heart-rate monitor. Devices like the Polar H10 and Garmin Heart Rate Monitor, for example, will typically give you more accurate readings because of their placement, which is more secure and closer to your heart, and because they have more data leads than an optical sensor, so they can gather more information.

Garmin Soft Strap Premium Heart Rate Monitor

Fitness Sensors

Beyond heart rate monitors, there are plenty of other fitness sensors available to help enhance various workouts and sport activities. Garmin is a brand that offers a whole slew of supplemental sensors, including a foot pod, speed and cadence sensors, and even a swing sensor to help improve your golf game. All of these sensors are designed to integrate with select Garmin sport watches and devices and provide you with detailed information about your performance to help you train more effectively and reach your athletic potential.

Garmin Foot Pod

Smart Scales

Smart scales aren’t a wearable per se, but they do pair nicely with certain sport watches and trackers to help you reach your personal fitness goals. Consider the Fitbit Aria 2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale, for example, Fitbit’s Wi-Fi-enabled smart scale. More than just body weight, the Aria 2 also measures Body Mass Index (BMI), your lean mass, and body-fat percentage. It integrates seamlessly with other Fitbit devices (such as the Versa), and it syncs with the Fitbit app, so you can see your progress and get chart readouts and statistical trend analysis of how you’re doing. If you want to supplement your smartwatch or other wearable with a weight- and body-composition-tracking scale, check out the Aria 2.

Fitbit Aria 2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale

Bluetooth Headphones

Even though you do wear them, headphones aren’t devices we typically associate with wearable tech. However, thanks to the advent of Bluetooth technology and the increasing number of smartwatches that allow you to stream music directly from your wrist, we wanted to mention Bluetooth headphones because of how well they integrate with certain wearables. Just pair any set of Bluetooth-enabled headphones with a music-friendly wearable (Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S3, Fitbit Versa, Garmin Forerunner 645, etc.) and you’ll be able to listen wirelessly to your favorite tunes without having to also tote your phone around. There are plenty of viable Bluetooth headphones options out there, but for the perfect wireless experience, especially when running or working out, we recommend either the Powerbeats3, Apple Airpods, or Bose® SoundSport™ headphones.

Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones

Those are just some of our favorite wearable add-ons. What other accessories do you use with your smartwatch or wearable device? Tell us in the Comments section, below!