Best Badminton Smartwatches: Which One To Get

Badminton Workout on Apple Watch
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Last Updated on 17/12/2023 by Kriss

In today’s tech-savvy world, it’s hard to find a sport that the wave of digital innovation hasn’t touched. From soccer to swimming, athletes everywhere are strapping on the latest gadgets to gain an edge. Smartwatches are now a common sight on wrists in gyms, tracks, and even badminton courts around the world.

We looked at the best smartwatches on the market that have a badminton option and collected them for you.

Let’s dive right in!

Best Smartwatches for Badminton Players

Choosing the right smartwatch for badminton can be difficult since it comes down to personal preference and what else you want from a smartwatch. Here are our top choices:

Apple Watch Series

The Apple Watch comes with a badminton option in its workout app. You will see your average heart rate and calories burnt. You can also see the match duration. The workout needs to be started manually, but for other activities like cycling or running the watch also automatically detects these activities.

The biggest disadvantage here is, that the Apple Watch only works with iPhones but besides that, it is an excellent choice.

The latest model right now is the Apple Watch 9 together with the Ultra 2. The Ultra doesn’t really give you any real advantage when it comes to tracking normal activities, but it has better battery life. If you are looking to save money – the Apple Watch SE or anything from the Apple 7 and above also works just fine.

Sample Workout of Badminton tracked on Apple Watch
A match tracked with the Apple Watch

Polar Ignite 3

Polar Ignite 3
Polar Ignite 3. Source

The Polar Ignite 3 also features a badminton workout and tracks everything else you want. It has a similar price point to the Apple Watch. This watch is nice for Android users since it doesn’t require an iPhone. It features a round design and comes with everything you want from a smartwatch like heart rate monitoring, and sleep tracking. You can also do pre-made workouts. This feature also exists on the Apple Watch – but it’s a paid feature (Apple Fitness +).

A drawback for the Polar Ignite is, that it seems to be a bit laggy and lags other modern smartwatch features and functions like wireless payments and music playback. These are pretty essential features in modern smartwatches, but that doesn’t stop you from tracking your badminton workout.

The Polar Ignite 3 is a nice-looking watch that lags a few features compared to the Apple Watch. As for just tracking your workouts – the Polar Ignite 3 works just fine.

Fitbit Charge

Fitbit Charge 6
Fitbit Charge 6. Source

A popular choice among runners, the Fitbit Charge offers a “tennis mode” that can be used for badminton.

It is also only about half the price of an Apple Watch or Polar Ignite. As the others, it features heart rate monitoring, EKGs, Sp02 readings, and more. It also has support for wireless payments thanks to its built-in NFC Chip and also supports music playback (only YouTube Music is supported).

Since Google bought Fitbit it integrated a lot of features and apps, so this tracker is great for people who are already invested in the Google Ecosystem.

The screen is a little bit smaller, and you cannot install any app you want on the Fitbit Charge. This pushes it more into the realm of advanced Fitness Trackers, and not a “real” smartwatch. For those who want to save a bit of money and still have an accurate and reliable fitness tracker – the Fitbit Charge is a solid option.

Whoop

Whoop Fitness Tracker
Whoop 4 Band. Source

The Whoop band doesn’t actively track any workout. Heck, it doesn’t even have a display! So why is it on this list? Whoop tracks important metrics that are mostly related to your recovery. This is important because it can be a guideline on how certain training sessions drain you and how hard you can train on any given day.

Because of its missing display, the Whoop comes with a battery life of about 5 days – so you can leave the charger at home for the adventure weekend.

The biggest drawback is, that it is a subscription-only service. It costs about 30$ per month. As long as you are a subscriber, you get the latest and greatest Whoop tracker with it. Whoop measures your heart rate every second, which is more often than other smartwatches. This can give more accurate readings for badminton workouts.

Whoop offers an interesting approach and it might be worth it if you do other complementary sports and you need to track your stress and fatigue level.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6. It now features a badminton workout option.
Galaxy Watch 6. Source

For many years, the Galaxy Watches didn’t have a badminton option. You still need to manually add it via the Samsung Health App – but after that, you are good to go!

As for all the other features – you can directly compare it to the Apple Watch. Around a full day of battery life, EKGs, blood oxygen monitoring…There are barely any drawbacks. You can also install any app you like and there is no limitation to the operating system you use (Android or iOS).

At about 230$ it is also a little bit cheaper than the Apple Watch.

With the Galaxy Watch 6, you get to wear a real smartwatch that doesn’t really miss any features. You pay for it with only one day of battery life though.

Benefits of Using a Smartwatch in Badminton

A lot of smartwatches offer some kind of tracking for badminton. While they cannot analyze your strokes or the exact distance you covered – they still provide general fitness tracking and lots of advantages for you:

  • Heart Rate Monitoring: Badminton is as much about endurance as it is about skill. Monitoring your heart rate during a game gives you great insight into your fitness levels and the intensity of the match.
Also Read: The Role of Cardio in Badminton
  • Calorie Count: For those who play badminton for fitness, smartwatches offer an estimated count of calories burned during a game, helping you meet your fitness goals.
  • Game Duration and Intensity: Track the length of your games and the intensity of your rallies. This data can be crucial when planning training sessions or preparing for tournaments.
  • Additional Trends and Metrics: This is different for each manufacturer. Most of them offer some trends like your resting heart rate, steps walked, etc… This can help you to see what effect your training has on your body (all sorts of activity and not just badminton!). Some fitness trackers also offer recovery scores where you get an estimate on how much training you should do today (Whoop for example).
  • Tracks Everything: If you do some complementary sport like swimming or cycling, the watch can also help you out there. It also tracks sleep and other important health metrics like blood oxygen providing some additional insights.

What a Smartwatch Cannot Track

While a smartwatch offers a lot of benefits – there are also some drawbacks. A Smartwatch is a device that is attached to your wrist. Measuring data from your wrist can be complicated. Oftentimes, the heart rate can be off by 10%. This might not seem like much, but when it comes to heart rate this is a big difference.

Just imagine wearing two smartwatches: The first one says your heart rate is at 135 BPM, and the other one says it is at 165 BPM. Both are off by 10% from your actual heart rate of 150 BPM. In addition to that comes the estimation of calories. There is no way a smartwatch can actually know how much calories you burn. It is always an estimation. We have previously said in our article about getting fit with badminton that the range can be from 350 kcal all the way to 600 kcal per hour. There are so many factors that play into that number. To name a few: Your weight, height, fitness level, intensity level of the match, your genes, your efficiency, and also your age.

High-end smartwatches can be pricey. You could buy some nice new rackets like the Arcsaber 11 Pro (Read our review here), and some shoes and you would still have some money left over. It is important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages before making a decision.

Another drawback is, that no smartwatch actually analyses badminton-specific data. Heart rate and estimated calories are nice metrics to have. But most smartwatches stop there and cannot give you any extra data like the number of strokes, type of strokes, etc… Samsung trackers offer some sort of tracking for your strokes and I did try it out but the data was not accurate at all. In addition to that, I am also not a big fan of wearing the smartwatch on my racket arm.

Maybe there will be some advancements in the near future – if that’s the case we will keep you updated!

Conclusion

In the world of sports, smartwatches have changed how athletes train. They offer many insights, also for badminton players. But it’s essential to ask: Do they truly help our game or are they just a trendy add-on?

We showed you some of the best smartwatches for badminton, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

What are your thoughts on using smartwatches in badminton? Have you tried any of the models mentioned above, or do you have a favorite sports watch? Share your experiences and insights in the comments below.

FAQ About Smartwatches And Badmitnon

Which smartwatches track badminton workouts?

There are a lot of smartwatches that track badminton. The Apple Watches, Galaxy Watches, and Polar Ignite 3 all track badminton. The Pixel Watches and Garmins don’t have a badminton option yet.

What can I track during the badminton workout?

Most smartwatches track calories burnt, heart rate, and time. They don’t track your strokes, the score, or the distance covered.

Is a smartwatch worth it for badminton?

It is nice to have a smartwatch to track your workouts. You can see how long and hard the game was. The smartwatch also offers other features that can enhance your daily life like wireless payments, EKGs, music playback, and more!

Sources:

Fitbit Accuracy

Apple Watch Accuracy

Best Smartwatches


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