The reality is that you’re probably not going to encounter a wearable designed especially for Zumba classes. However, that’s not to say there aren’t alternatives.
For example, the Fitbit app allows you to enter a Zumba workout, including the duration (e.g. 30 minutes) and difficulty (low or high) on a scale. Then, Fitbit estimates your calories burned. This is fine for people who only go to an exercise class once in a while, but it doesn’t provide much inspiration or fun for this kind of social activity.
Focus on what Zumba does to your body
Instead of focusing on a wearable that tracks every step – as it does for running – it could be better to use a measure to concentrate on instead. If you’re taking a Zumba class to improve your health or lose weight, it’s a good idea to learn about the various heart rate training areas.
If you’re concerned about measuring heart rate speeds, you shouldn’t need an expensive watch with all kinds of mega features. For example, get a smartwatch that will paint an image of how the heart rate has risen and lowered during your class if you’d like to keep an eye on it but don’t need it to alert you in real-time.
Of course, you can forego getting an activity-specific watch entirely and just pick a metric to track when you shake what your mother gave you in a Zumba session.
It might seem weird that there aren’t more activity-specific fitness trackers on the market. However, many got stuck in the early stages of development or crowd-funding and never made it to market. However, this is most definitely since multi-purpose wearables are becoming more innovative. Brands like Zepp tend to specific niches, while Garmin and Fitbit handle the most common.
So, what are the perfect smartwatches for Zumba classes?
We’ll go through six excellent choices, beginning with low-cost options, progressing to mid-range alternatives and finally, advanced choices.
1. Xiaomi Mi Band 6
Xiaomi’s Mi Band, which debuted seven years ago, is now the king of low-cost fitness trackers. Here we have the Mi Band 6, the most recent iteration.
Its screen is incredibly bright, vibrant, and sensitive, and it has some fantastic features you’d expect to see in a much more expensive product (such as all-day tension monitoring and a pulse oximeter). All in all, it’s a great alternative to any lower-end Fitbit for daily use that provides a lot more than you would think.
- Exceptional display for the cost
- Style is uninspiring
2. Amazfit Band 5 Smart Band
For around $50, Xiaomi has secretly launched a feature-rich new fitness tracker that includes SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation) tracking and Alexa integration.
We first heard about the Amazfit Band 5 in July 2020, but we assumed this was just another title for what would be the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5. Given Xiaomi’s erratic naming style, it didn’t seem unreasonable to make that statement.
With built-in SpO2 tracking and Alexa voice commands, as well as a 15-day battery life, this amazingly cheap fitness tracker doesn’t compromise on quality or functionality.
- Super cheap
- Packed with features
- For a budget price, don’t expect incredible accuracy
3. Fitbit Charge 4
The Fitbit Charge 4 is visually identical to the previous model. In particular, its grayscale touchscreen, but the inclusion of built-in GPS makes a significant difference, making it a realistic alternative to full-fledged running watches if you like working out for fun and fitness but don’t need a plethora of details on splits, cadence, and elevation.
- Excellent support for monitoring Zumba via the Fitbit App
- No major design improvements
4. Garmin Vivosmart 4
The Vivosmart 4, an everyday fitness tracker, can measure heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and energy during the day at a comparatively low price, proves that Garmin isn’t just for serious athletes.
The Garmin Vivosmart 4 is the most recent addition to the Vivosmart line. It’s a slim, swim-friendly tracker with a slew of features aimed at helping you get more involved, happier, and less vulnerable to stress and burnout.
It accomplishes this with a variety of features and sensors. Namely, a Pulse Ox sensor that calculates blood oxygen saturation, an optical heart rate sensor, tension tracking, and direct breathing, as well as Body Battery energy control, which lets you determine when you’re primed to be involved or when you may need to relax.
- Long-lasting battery with a slim build
- Dance app directly acknowledges Zumba
- Small display
- At times, the screen is unresponsive
- There is no GPS
For more Garmin Ladies options see our full review here.
5. Apple Watch Series 6
The Apple Watch is still one of, if not the very best, wearables on the market. If there’s anything negative to be said, it’s that the design hasn’t changed dramatically in all its years. Though, if something’s not broken, why fix it? The look is iconic and instantly recognisable. Now it comes with advanced health-tracking features. The blood oxygen sensor is yet another tool in Apple’s wellness arsenal. Also, there are some modest upgrades to battery life and the display, which features the now-famous Always-On mode.
- Dedicated dance sport mode
- There isn’t a headline upgrade
- Battery life is still poor
6. Garmin Instinct Solar
Finally, a beast for anyone into fitness who wants detailed data. OK, so the Garmin Instinct Solar isn’t the most visually appealing multi-sports watch on the market. And it’s heavy. But it may be the most realistic, due to its incredible battery life and its Power Glass lens. Meaning it gets charged in daylight. With a new blood oxygen sensor and adjustable power modes added to an otherwise impressive list of features brought forward from the 2018 iteration.
Your heart rate, step count, and estimated calories expended are all visible at a glance. Perfect for a Zumba class. Scroll down to see some fascinating observations based on your previous day’s data if you’re a regular class-goer. Things like stress level (based on variations in your heart rate) and Body Battery are really handy. This “tests the level of energy stores you have during the day,” with a higher number indicating a more fully charged battery
- Exceptional battery
- The interface is well-designed
- Dance app available that supports Zumba
- Bulky and heavy on the wrist could be a downside for an energetic class like Zumba
We hope that’s provided a sound basis for looking into the best kind of smartwatch if you’re into Zumba classes! Don’t be disappointed if you don’t see a specific Zumba mode. Remember what you’re trying to achieve during the class and find a device that provides either the metrics or design you need.
- If budget is your main concern, check out our selection of the best budget smartwatches under $100 in 2021.
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Last Updated on June 3, 2021