9 best smartwatches for kids tested: these are the results

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  July 4, 2022

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You want to give your child more freedom but still keep an eye on things, keep track of how much your child sleeps, or motivate you for certain tasks, doing homework or doing the dishes.

All these things are possible with a smartwatch for kids and even more!

With a SmartWatch they can play games and track their activity themselves, but you can also keep an eye on your child's location if you want (so you can be sure of their safety).

The best smartwatches for kids are those that have GPS tracking, SOS buttons, and other features designed especially for kids. But not all of them have that!

We're going to go through all this with you because for this review we tested and compared 30 kids smartwatches to finally be able to recommend these top 6 choices.

We look at the advantages and disadvantages of these six, the characteristics and we give our final verdict. We also explain the special features per smartwatch in detail.

This way you can make an informed decision. Read on soon!

Best smartwatch for kids

There are a ton of smartwatch models on the market today that cater specifically to kids, some with fun games and/or support for educational apps.

In fact, there are SO MANY that it becomes difficult to choose, it was already difficult to pick the best 30 to test, let alone the ONE perfect one for your child. But after looking at this list it will be a lot easier, promises!

Our absolute favorite is this one Garmin Vivofit Jr 3† The uncomplicated settings of this Garmin are top notch, anyone can use it (even grandma and grandpa!), and yet it has very good options.

Here's Katie Ellison trying out with her daughters (cute to watch):

However, there are even smarter smartwatches for children, for example the Garmin does not have a GPS tracker.

Dus if you want to buy a smartwatch to track your child should the need arise, read on for some other great options (plus all the important options you may need and how to choose from them).

First and foremost, these are the best smartwatches for kids, with a few smart fitness trackers in between:

Children's smartwatchImages

Overall best children's smartwatch: Garmin Vivofit Jr 3

Overall best children's smartwatch: Garmin Vivofit Jr 3
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Best kids smartwatch with GPS: Xplora X5 PlayBest Kids Smartwatch with GPS- Xplora X5 Play
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Best Waterproof Activity Tracker for Kids: Fitbit Ace 3Best Activity Tracker for Kids- Fitbit Ace(view more images)
Best kids smartwatch with sim card: WillowWind One2Track Connect GoOne2Track connect go smartwatch child with calling function
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Best kids smartwatch for games: VTech Kidizoom DX2VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 pink - Smart Watch
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Best cheap smartwatch for child 10 to 12 years old: Amazfit BipBest cheap smartwatch for kids 10 to 12 years old
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Best Apple smartwatch for kids: Apple WatchSEBest Apple Smartwatch for Kids: Apple Watch SE
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Reasons to buy a Smartwatch for kids

What you are looking for may not be what someone else is looking for. There can be various reasons for choosing a smartwatch for your child.

Most parents buy one for their child to:

  1. Still able to get in touch but they're not ready for a smartphone yet
  2. To know that they can always send an emergency message if necessary
  3. You would like to keep track of where your child is at that moment
  4. Keep track of where your child went in a day
  5. Be able to set up geofencing (a “safe” area they can go) with a notification if your child goes outside that area
  6. Keep track of how much physical activity your child gets in a day
  7. Give your child more responsibility in their daily schedule with reminders for brushing teeth, doing homework and cleaning the room
  8. Just to provide something nice for music, games and photos to be able to take

This is also what you should pay attention to when you buy one.

Make a list of the features you care about most. Not every watch has GPS, for example, and not every parent wants to track their child (often depending on the age).

Lecia Bushak resigns medicaldaily.com that a smartwatch, for example, can greatly help your child to plan their day themselves, especially children with ADHD who otherwise have a lot of trouble with it.

You put technology in their hands and teach them to take responsibility themselves and to use tech as a useful tool in their daily lives (like with the Garmin Vivofit).

Or just because you want to keep your kids active during the summer holidays, instead of playing Fortnite in bed every day :)

Other things to watch out for:

  1. Does the watch need a SIM card to work?
  2. Is the watch only compatible with certain mobile phones?
  3. How is the battery life?
  4. Is the information on the watch encrypted?
  5. What other functions does the watch offer?

Whatever you're looking for, these are the best watches for any of these purposes:

Best children's smartwatches reviewed

Overall best children's smartwatch: Garmin Vivofit Jr 3

Sustainable Disney themed watches and activity trackers

Overall best children's smartwatch: Garmin Vivofit Jr 3

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Judgment

  • Best for: boisterous kids, this is the most durable on the list and can take a beating
  • GPS: no, this one is not to follow your child
  • Waterproof: yes, up to 50 meters!
  • Battery life: the built-in battery lasts for a year (says the manufacturer, but if you use it properly it is about 7 months). Interim charging is not necessary.

Features

  • This smartwatch for kids is all about active game, if you want to get your kid moving this is the perfect watch.

Pros

  • As a parent you can check their activities on your own mobile phone
  • one of the best systems we've seen to promote ACTIVE GAME
  • keeps track of sleeping patterns
  • gives responsibility (for example with chores around the house, or exercise)

Disadvantages of the Garmin Vivofit Jr.

  • No full-fledged children's smartwatch, rather an activity tracker

Review Garmin Vivofit Jr.

The Garmin-jr is built to add a little bit of adventure to your life every day. Sometimes kids need some gamification to get their butts out to do active things.

If you don't know what gamification is, here's a simple summary:

By taking a certain action you earn something; a reward. It's the way games keep your kids coming back again and again.

Moving = fun with the Garmin

It is not a full-fledged smartwatch but rather an activity tracker for children, completely made to allow your child to carry out their activities and tasks with enthusiasm.

Upon reaching the set objectives, new adventures of their favorite hero will be unlocked in the application.

First move for 60 minutes, then new play elements will become available from Spider Man, Minnie Mouse and Star Wars, among others.

Because this pedometer is really meant for kids, it is destined for any adventure! From a game of football in the schoolyard to a dip in the pool.

Each band's theme (like Marvel's you see below) includes associated games that the kids can play via the mobile app (**and you know they'll have to get their moves neatly first**).

The more often a child achieves a goal, the more they can use the games. That of course motivates!

If you choose one of the themes now, don't worry, if your child suddenly has a new hero, it's no problem! The straps are available separately, so you can easily switch themes.

Oh, and the straps are stretchable or adjustable with a buckle closure so that also matches the active look they want to achieve with them and your child can easily grow with them.

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This also makes it easier for the watches to grow with their age stages, because you can choose Minnie Mouse first and Captain America a few years later.

The pedometer is much more than just that, because in addition to steps, it also tracks their sleep patterns and offers challenging games and badges (** ah, that gamification **).

This is one of those watches that can give your child more responsibility over their movement, and can also show that even doing household chores doesn't have to be boring.

You can award points for daily tasks and chores!

The idea is that these points can then be exchanged for treats, giving your kids an incentive to brush their teeth or play with their siblings.

Also watch this video of how kids can use it for a week:

As a parent you can read everything in the app. How much they move, but also at what time your child goes to sleep, whether he or she is awake a lot during the night and at what time they get up.

If you notice that your child is not getting much sleep and is not talking about it, it is important to start a conversation.

Perhaps something is bothering the child and does not dare to discuss this with you.

Also read: 10 best games to calm them down before going to sleep.

But something lighter, because they also come in a number of nice designs.

The Garmin Vivofit app: also useful for YOU

Fortunately, the mobile app also helps you a lot. You can monitor your child very precisely.

All those points of net, such as activities they have to do, setting responsibilities and chores you want to encourage…that you can manage and view them all.

Rewards can be given in the form of virtual coins or you can agree on something else, such as the amount of screen time you give them, plus you can also set family goals for them to achieve together (or just have fun competing).

Related: 9 ways to make setting & limiting screen time 10x easier.

If you download the Toe-to-Toe Connect IQ app, children can compete against each other and break personal records.

Oh, and if you already have other apps you can connect them too, such as MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper.

Time for homework!

It is not just there for entertainment and exercise. You can also set reminders and use the task timers.

This way your child can take the first steps to better organize and plan his own life, such as homework, tutoring and brushing their teeth!

The reminders can be repeated as often as needed, for example daily or weekly.

Thanks to this smartwatch, children will learn to live a structured and meaningful life which is extremely important for their general development and future!

Perhaps the only downside to this pedometer is that it lacks the heart rate monitor. A bit strange actually, because it contains many other health functions.

On the other hand, a heart rate monitor is killing a battery, so that's why it lasts so long without having to replace it.

If you want a more active child and at the same time give them more responsibility for their own lives and their tasks, the Garmin is perfect.

Different versions of the Garmin are available here

Garmin Vivofit Jr 3 vs 2

It wasn't even that long ago that the Jr 2 came out and that model is still for sale. That's why we briefly discuss the most important improvements, to show you what you get for the extra money.

The main difference is the look, where version 3 looks more like a smartwatch for the first time.

The design also makes it feel sturdier, and you'll have a larger display to see important notifications and tracking activity, plus you get a bit more screen resolution (112x112 instead of 88x88).

Version 3 is a bit more expensive, a bit heavier, but you get a lot more functions in return because you can also track more at the same time.

Best Kids Smartwatch with GPS: Xplora X5 Play

Best and Most Reliable Safe Features

Best Kids Smartwatch with GPS- Xplora X5 Play

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Judgment

  • Best for: if you want more control over where your child is, while at the same time making sure they can call in an emergency.
  • GPS: ja!
  • Waterproof: yes, up to a maximum of 1 meter
  • Battery life: The battery lasts a long time, the manufacturer says, but we all know that the GPS drains your battery… so especially in the evening on the charger.

Features

  • It lets you keep in touch with your kids while they are wearing it and saves you the investment in a cell phone, a tricky situation with kids under 12 for example.
  • This smartwatch is actually the best replacement for a mobile phone, but do put a SIM card in it. It is suitable for European countries

Pros

  • You can call for them to come home for dinner, while they can reach you if there is anything (ALARM BUTTON INCLUDED!)
  • One link with your phone and your number is stored
  • Limited who they can call so you don't have to worry about them doing different things with it than you intended
  • You can track their movements with GPS
  • The battery has a high capacity: at a constant volume, it is increased to 650 mAh. 

Cons

  • Not very cheap
  • Maybe a bit big for younger kids

The Xplora Smartwatch ensures that you can enjoy video chatting without delay, you always have range with this 4G multifunctional watch! You hear each other clearly and the sound quality is good. 

What is also important in a good smartwatch with GPS is the real-time localization, which is much more accurate with 4G than with 2G smartwatches. Always know where your child is, a great idea for many parents. You can even check its location history throughout the day.

Your child can quickly send photos, chat (voice chat is also included), the smartwatch is IPX7 waterproof, the watch will not be damaged by an immersion of up to 30 minutes in water, to a depth of up to 1 meter. 

So even if your child unexpectedly falls into a ditch, he will still do it.

If your child is in an emergency situation, he can press the SOS button for 3 seconds and 3 SOS numbers will be called in turn (which you have set in advance), until someone answers. 

Your child can choose from 3 different screen styles, different languages ​​and the brightness of the display.

Furthermore, this smart watch has a phone book, alarm clock with alarm, games, flashlight lighting, stopwatch, pedometer, weather check, camera with album and the option to enter the class schedule.

The smartwatch bracelet is made of soft silicone, durable material and comfortable to wear. The smartwatch can certainly take a beating.

Download the app to learn more and for entertainment.

When do you buy a mobile phone for your child? 15, 12, 8?

Buying a whole smartphone, with all that this entails, can be a bit too early at your child's age, especially for kids under 10.

This Xplora X5, is a good alternative: a smartwatch for children designed to be able to receive or call you, WITHOUT all the baggage that comes with a mobile phone.

Design

It is available in blue or pink and is sturdy, especially due to its simple design (on the outside).

The silicone strap and housing is easy to clean.

The watch face can be displayed in a digital or analog style.

You'll probably have to charge it every day, just like your own smartwatch in most cases.

It immediately feels like one of the more expensive watches on the market and it shows that the design has been thought through.

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Do you need a SIM card for this kids smartwatch?

Yes, a SIM card for mobile phones, so you can program the watch to call important numbers with the "panic button" should something really go wrong.

Receiving a call is easy: you press the display and, just like with the Apple Watch, just talk to your wrist.

Some of the watches tested were almost inaudible when your child is outside with all the ambient noise, but the speaker and microphone of the Xplora smartwatch 4G are the best we've heard.

Xplora smartwatch 4G

There are two reasons to buy the Xplora X5 smartwatch 4G instead of the Garmin Vivofit (the best activity tracker):

  1. being able to make and receive calls with great audio quality
  2. the most accurate GPS tracker

Some other watches with GPS trackers weren't as reliable, and that's not what you want.

You can just follow your kids or be alerted when they walk a certain distance from you, or go outside a certain area.

The app captures the data live and then plots it on a map for you to view.

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Xplora X5 vs Xgo2

Xplora has even more models, and the model that comes closest to the X5 in terms of features is the Xgo 2.

The difference is mainly in the quality of the watches. Although the Xgo 2 is a few tens cheaper, you get a much better processor and camera with the X5 so that you can track more activities.

I think the main difference is the water resistance of the X5 (IP68 waterproof), while the Xgo 2 is only splash-proof. For children playing, especially in the summer (or the very wet autumn), that is a must for me.

Best Waterproof Smartwatch Activity Tracker for Kids: Fitbit Ace

Miniature fitness tracker for slightly older children

Best Activity Tracker for Kids- Fitbit Ace

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Judgment

  • Suitable for: Children who want a watch with Activity tracker
  • GPS: No, you cannot follow your child with this
  • Water resistant: Yes, up to 50 meters and easy to keep clean
  • Battery life: 5 days

Features

  • This kids smartwatch is designed to track daily steps and make it fun by giving rewards and badges for achieving certain goals (just like the Garmin).
  • You can even set alarms and timers for your child from the app and track his or her sleep patterns.
  • You can create a family unit that not only creates a benign rivalry between you and your children, but also allows you to monitor their progress and make sure they get enough exercise.

Benefits of the Fitbit

  • If your child really likes swimming
  • If you are a fitbit family, it's very easy to connect all the fitbits in your family
  • It's slightly cheaper than the Garmin Vivofit, and besides that, it's a lot easier to keep clean
  • As a pedometer it is the MOST ACCURATE of all that I have tested, but you can expect that from a Fitbit, right?

Cons

  • The watch can track steps as well as active minutes, but it also doesn't have a heart rate monitor or GPS.
  • He is disappointing in following other tasks, and even other activities. For example, he cannot register that your child is cycling, which can be quite a disadvantage in your family (do you like cycling?).

Essentially, the Fitbit Ace is a Fitbit Alta with a simplified app that allows for parental controls, so if you're already familiar with Fitbit and want a pedometer for your child, this makes sense.

Ace 3 automatically sets fitness goals for your child and you will get notifications when they reach their goal for the day, as long as the device is within range of your phone so it can sync the data.

Fitbit Ace 2, the waterproof activity tracker for children from 6 years old

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The battery can last up to 5 days, so that makes it perfect for wearing to school all week. Fine if you like rechargeable watches more than a battery that you have to replace (although the Garmin Vivofit lasts 7 months). A matter

But here comes the absolute power of the Fitbit Ace. Ready?

You can set up a family account if you all have Fitbits so you can easily view your kids' progress together.

As a family it is important to develop healthy habits together (**oh, am I supposed to lead by example?**). With the Fitbit Ace 3, your kids are guaranteed a healthier life and everyone in the family can participate.

The Fitbit Ace 3 is suitable for children from 6 years so younger siblings can quickly join in too.

Fitbit Ace 2 kids smartwatch review

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Using the Fitbit app, you can use a special 'background' on the watch; our personal favorite is 'Sprout' which shows a plant pot with a flower that grows slowly as your child builds up more steps.

Also read: When can a child play hopscotch? Everything about this motor milestone + play tips

What features does the Fitbit Ace 3 have?

The Ace uses a monochrome OLED touchscreen to display information such as the time, date, total steps for the day and total active time and this saves a lot energy so that it can last a long time.

The screen also displays notifications, so your child is constantly informed of his or her progress; the small animations that took place encouraged children to stay active.

The watch is made of plastic and fitted with a soft, rubbery strap.

This strap - which completely envelops the watch and protects it from bumps and drops - is interchangeable and available in two different color schemes, namely watermelon / teal and night sky / neon yellow.

The straps look playful and attractive and are 100% child-friendly.

The only drawback is that if you have a child who is approaching their teens, the tape may at some point become too childish.

Fitbit account

If you're a parent who wants to set up Ace 3 for your child, you will need to register your own Fitbit account.

From here you can add one or more child accounts and then link the Ace 3 to your phone so it can sync and you can stay up to date with their progress.

If you are a parent who is already an active Fitbit user, then this is of course a perfect product!

Fitbit ace 2 waterproof and safe for kids review

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Fitbit Ace vs Garmin Vivofit Jr 3

Because both of these watches are more activity trackers than smartwatches with a SIM card, you may doubt between these two models when you are looking for that.

The Fitbit Ace looks more like the old design of the Vivofit Jr 2, and indeed looks more like an activity tracker than a smartwatch.

That can be fun for your child, and it's a lot smaller so it doesn't look like a blok on their wrist.

The main difference in features is in the battery:

  • with the Garmin you get a battery that lasts a very long time, but you eventually have to replace it
  • with the Fitbit Ace you get a rechargeable battery, which also lasts quite a long time, but you still have to put it on the charger every 5-8 days

This may be personal preference.

If you are using semen If you want to exercise or do activities, the Fitbit Ace has the best functions for families to interact with challenges together.

But the Garmin Vivofit Jr wins with interactive stimulation for the child itself, because they can earn all kinds of things in the watch itself with parts of the apps that they can then play by doing activities and unlocking them.

Best kids smartwatch with SIM card: WillowWind One2Track Connect Go

Best for text and chat

One2Track connect go smartwatch child with calling function

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Judgment

  • Best for: Slightly older children. The Connect Go is a slightly more expensive smartwatch, but the possibilities to keep in touch with the One2Track are even better, thanks to the text function. If you want to be sure of a good connection with your child, this is your best choice.
  • GPS: Yes
  • Waterproof: showering and water accidents yes. Swimming, no!
  • Battery life: (apparently) emptying quickly

Features

  • Cooler design for older children (which is also less robust) and of course also in the function to text, because smaller children can certainly not do this yet.
  • Phonebook up to 10 phone numbers
  • Works all over Europe

Pros

  • With the Connect Go you can make calls to and from the smartwatch
  • Text messages can be sent with it
  • follow your child easily
  • Installation is actually quite easy and comes with extensive instructions explaining how to do this.

Cons

  • On the pricey side
  • Battery drains quickly

As soon as you have charged it, you can give it along, you can install the accompanying app on your phone, so that you can keep track of settings and possibly follow your child.

Another handy option of the app is to immediately see the calling credit of the corresponding SIM card.

You can also top up the credit directly via the app so that your child is never without it in important situations.

The watch is particularly useful for parents who want to offer their child the opportunity to make calls without having to give them a cell phone already.

For example, from the age of 8, where they independently travel great distances in the neighborhood, but are actually still too young for a telephone.

The tracking function is especially useful for slightly younger children, although I would rather go for the Xplora X5 Play for smaller children.

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Best kids smartwatch for games: VTech Kidizoom DX2

The best smartwatch for your child

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Judgment

  • Suitable for: Children who love apps and games
  • GPS: No, you cannot follow your child with this
  • Water resistant: No, not in the pool with your watch David!
  • Battery life: 2 weeks, very long given the full color screen

Features

  • This watch has a camera for taking photos and videos, a motion sensor for activity tracking, and a variety of games and apps to use.
  • The VTech KidiZoom smartwatch DX2 has been improved over its older brother - the DX - because the DX2 has two cameras, for selfies and photos.
  • Under the hood, it's also a lot faster, so it can handle updated games and is completely ready for its own Augmented Reality games, just like Pokémon Go.
  • This smartwatch is suitable for children from 4 years and can be fun up to a year or 8.

Pros

  • Encourage creativity with photos and videos that your child can take and edit themselves. With the dual cameras: they can take selfies, record video clips and add filters and effects to their photos and videos
  • Choose the color of the day with 50+ dial choices
  • Educational Options: VTech is known for creatively combining fun with learning. This watch offers many learning and logic puzzles
  • Durable Design: A sturdy watch strap and water-resistant dial (splash-proof, NOT waterproof!) Make this a great option for children who are careless and often bump or fall
  • USB connection: Since this watch does not connect to the internet, it comes with a USB cable to make uploading photos and videos easy

Cons

  • Somewhat older children from the age of 8 will miss features.

VTech has created the ultimate kids smartwatch, which has a lot of cool features but doesn't cost too much.

It's actually just as great a device as the special Vtech kids tablets out there which we wrote about earlier.

You can download all your favorite games and apps to customize your son or daughter's smartwatch.

And since internet connection is not possible on this watch, you can let them play with it with confidence.

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What features does the VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX2 have?

The features of this DX2 smartwatch are an awful lot:

  • two built-in cameras
  • editing photos and videos
  • color touchscreen with analogue and digital time display and 3D display
  • stopwatch - timer - alarm clock - calendar
  • built-in motion sensor and pedometer
  • voice recording and voice changer
  • games (also with AR)
  • 256 MB internal memory
  • built-in rechargeable battery (including micro USB cable)
  • Family Setup (the smartwatch can be set up via a parent's smartphone)

The smartwatch has quite a large memory, of 256 MB: your child will be able to download a lot of games, but also upload his own videos and photos.

He can then share this with a PC, using the supplied USB adapter.

You can therefore easily download all his favorite games, but also apps, on this smartwatch to fully adapt the smartwatch of your son or daughter to his or her taste.

Very nice for your child is that his photos are editable, just like it is possible in Snapchat!

The best educational apps in a smartwatch

As for the educational options, VTech is known for combining fun with learning, in a very creative way.

This watch offers many learning opportunities and also teaches your child to think logically in a playful way.

If your child wants to learn to tell the time, the DX2 will help them too! Your little one can switch the dials between digital and standard dial and the time can be spoken aloud.

Children today – just like us adults – spend far too much time sitting behind a screen, with the children's tablet or behind the computer.

In any case, this watch also takes care of it that your child stays nice and active.

Vtech also has the pedometer and some nice features to boost sports, but they've mostly focused on games, with some active (AR) games, which can add a nice extra dimension (literally!).

It is the most comprehensive and cool smartwatch for your child, due to its many fun functions and educational features.

And fortunately it can take a beating, it has been taken into account that even the younger kids will probably wear this 'smart watch' all day, even while playing outside.

So romping shouldn't be a problem with this watch on your wrist.

With [email protected] Park more games, clock displays and photo effects can be downloaded, how cool is that?

View the Vtech Kidizoom here

Vtech Kidizoom vs Garmin Vivofit Jr

The Vtech Kidizoom is a good entry into the world of smartwatches for children, especially with its lower price point, but as we said for older children from about 8 years old, important features will be missing.

The Kidizoom is more focused on entertainment with pretty fun apps and games so out of the box, while Garmin's Vivofit is really more focused on activities and encouraging sports and chores by unlocking parts of the apps.

  • If you are more focused on educating and stimulating, then the Garmin activity tracker is for you
  • Are you more focused on a nice smartwatch for your small child, then the Kidizoom is a better choice

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Best cheap smartwatch for child 10 to 12 years: Amazfit Bip

A cheap activity tracker with heart rate monitor

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Judgment

  • Best for: Older children who especially want to keep track of their sports performance
  • GPS: Yes, but you cannot track it on your phone
  • Water resistant: Yes, submerged in water for up to 30 minutes
  • Battery life: 4 days (manufacturer says 9)

Features

  • This one is more suitable for older tweens and teens who are no longer interested in taking selfies and playing games, but looking for a cool watch to measure their athleticism.
  • It probably won't appeal to younger kids, but the Amazfit Bip is a great smartwatch for teens interested in walking, running, and more (60 sports fashions!).
  • The GPS is good, but not for you to track your child, although a helpful tip is to arrange to have them share their history with you from time to time if you want some control over where they go.

Pros

  • At 31 grams, it is one of the lightest watches, so it won't get in the way, handy for your kids who really go for top sport.
  • It is compatible with both Android and iOS8 and above and is the first on the market with a good heart rate sensor, while it can also show notifications for calls, texts, emails and other mobile apps.

Cons

  • The app is very easy to use, but it is essentially an adult watch…
  • You will not find any child-friendly settings here.

Improved readability

The first version of this Amazfit Bip was sometimes a bit difficult to read. This new version has made huge leaps in the display so that you can now also see your historical performance on the watch and you do not need your phone for everything.

It doesn't have an OLED display, so the brightness can be a bit disappointing, but that's also where its low price tag comes from.

This usually means that you cannot read your watch properly on a sunny day.

And that's exactly when you want to go outside to work out, right?

They solved this by using a transflective color display that can also be seen in bright sunlight.

A waterproof sports watch that is so accurate and also has smart functions such as reading texts and seeing conversations, WOW!

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Best Apple Smartwatch for Kids: Apple Watch SE

Best Apple Smartwatch for Kids: Apple Watch SE

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Judgment

Best for: Older children, who can really use all the functions
GPS: Yes
Water resistant: Yes, swimming in shallow water, but not for diving or water skiing. When your child starts a swimming workout, the watch automatically locks the screen with the water lock.
Battery life: 18 hours

Features

  • diameter: 40 mm
  • operating system: iOS
  • NFC: yes
  • screen type: retina oled
  • Compatible with: iOS (and Android)
  • built-in GPS
  • heart sensor
  • kompas
  • always-on altimeter

Pros

  • parental control for children
  • Family setup *
  • fall detection
  • automatic calls to emergency services also abroad
  • swim-tight up to 50 meters deep
  • play music without smartphone
  • great price for an apple smartwatch

Cons 

  • high price compared to other kids smartwatches
  • no spotify without an iphone or wifi
  • no charging adapter included

In addition to the Apple top model, you can opt for a cheaper version for a number of years; the SE Series. 

Previously, these models were based on predecessors, but from now on Apple a special middle class of the Apple Watch made, just like the telephone.

With cheaper materials and somewhat fewer functions, such as the ECG function and the Always-on display. Fortunately, fall detection is present!

The Apple Watch SE has an S5 chip, and this model also has the compass, which you may already know from the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5.

The new SE no longer has Force Touch, the pressure-sensitive technology in the screen. If you now want to see additional options, hold your finger on the screen a little longer. 

Your child can choose from dozens of workouts with the SE, and this smartwatch keeps track of all your child's exercise and training goals.

The Sleep app helps children to sleep better, your child can make calls, send messages and listen to music right from their wrist. 

Once out of the water, the screen must be unlocked by turning the Digital Crown and any water can be removed from it. 

*Family Setup allows Apple Watch to be set up through a parent's iPhone without having to use the iPhone afterwards. Previously, it had to be paired with that user's iPhone.

Now, as a parent, you can use your own iPhone to pair multiple watches for kids. But did you know that the V-Tech Kidizoom DX2 also has a Family set up?

Check prices and availability here

Also read: what is the right age for an apple watch for kids

How we picked the best smartwatches for kids

We have researched and compared more than thirty different smartwatches for children.

To make sure we've chosen the cream of the crop, we've kept in mind the factors that matter most to parents and children.

For every smartwatch we considered, we looked at things like price, features, functionality, durability, and usability.

In addition to exploring the details of each smartwatch, we also went through online reviews from customers and experts.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.