15 Best Running Watch With Music in 2021

Premium Pick

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar

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Best Choice

Suunto 7

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Best Value

Amazfit Stratos 3

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It’s best to choose a running watch with music when shopping for one. Aside from fitness trackers and heart rate monitors, music is the best companion when you are getting your daily jog. While you can get this with your trusty smartphone, don’t you think it’s a bit of a hassle to carry around while running? iPods nowadays are no longer a wise choice either as they turn impractical. Hence, running watches with music are the smartest choice, as they let you run with just something on your wrist and a pair of wireless headphones.

Manufacturers have started exploring the idea of a smartwatch being an independent media player or a music player at the least. Due to the heavy competition, it is a bit hard to pick which of these offers best suits you. In that regard, we have made this article to help!

 

Inside This Article

  1. Best Running Watches With Music
    1. Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar
    2. Suunto 7 
    3. Amazfit Stratos 3 
    4. Garmin Forerunner 745
    5. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
    6. Apple Watch Series 7 
    7. Garmin Vivoactive 4 
    8. Fitbit Versa 2 
    9. Fitbit Sense 
    10. Garmin Venu 
    11. Fossil Sport Watch Carlyle – Gen 5 
    12. Huawei Watch GT 3 
    13. LG Watch Sport 
    14. Coros Vertix 2 
    15. Polar Vantage V2 
  2. Heading To The Future 

 

The 15 Best Running Watches With Music For Runners and Fitness Buffs

Due to our focus on finding the best running watches with music, we will only feature watches that can play music on this list. The watches we will choose can play music, either through offline watch-stored memory, online streaming apps like Spotify or Youtube Music, or by connecting through Bluetooth or 2.4 GHz to another device. Aside from that, we would also give you some technical information about the watches like their expected battery life and OS if relevant.

Let us move on to the 15 best running watches with music!

1

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar

Our “Premium Pick” and the best of the best out of this list is the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar. Aside from the usual premium materials and build quality of the Fenix series, the 6 Pro Solar has all the bells and whistles available from Garmin’s suite of fitness and health watches. These include the Garmin Body Battery with its heart rate monitor, sleep monitoring, and pulse OX sensor.

When used as a running watch with music, the Fenix 6 Pro Solar lives up to its “premium” price and offers connectivity with Amazon Music, Deezer, Spotify, and other online streaming apps through Garmin’s Connect IQ Store. Aside from that, it has 32 GB of internal storage available that allows up to 2,000 songs to be stored internally.

The Fenix 6 Pro Solar also has Bluetooth connectivity with most Bluetooth-capable headphones and earphones that allow you to control the music selection from the watch without the phone. It can also connect to both Android and iOS phones either through the Garmin Connect app.

ProS

  • Able to connect to Amazon Music, Deezer, Youtube Music, and Spotify
  • Works up to 10 hours in GPS mode
  • Can store up to 2,000 songs internally
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Expensive

 

2

Suunto 7

We have chosen the Suunto 7 as our “Best Choice” running watch with music for those who would not compromise on build quality and wants a lower than “premium” price. The Suunto 7 is the latest Suunto wearable device that does offer full music capabilities, as the newer Suunto 9 does not support online or offline music listening.

When it comes to music, the Suunto 7 runs on Google’s Wear OS and would work for any platform that has an app on that system. The Suunto 7 officially only supports the Spotify app when it comes to offline music playing.

While the Suunto 7 has Bluetooth connectivity and can work on Training Mode with GPS for up to 12 hours, the battery life is not great. Those that want to listen to music while running with this watch should remember to pace their use as directly connecting headphones and earphones to the Suunto 7 would drastically lower its battery operating time.

Pros

  • Able to connect to the Wear OS-compatible apps
  • Can store thousands of songs using the Spotify app internally
  • Bluetooth compatible

Cons

  • Limited offline music app choices
  • Average battery life

 

3

Amazfit Stratos 3

An objectively obscure brand compared to Garmin, Samsung, or Apple, Zepp Health Corporation are the brains behind our “best value” choice, the Amazfit Stratos 3. This relatively new Chinese company was first established in 2015. Although new, their Amazfit Stratos is already on its third iteration, with the Stratos 3 version as their latest music-capable product in the “Sports” line.

While it is incapable of online streaming from services like Spotify or iTunes, the Amazfit Stratos 3 does offer 2 GB worth of onboard internal space for songs. It lets you store around 400 songs into the watch, with each file at 5 MB each. Aside from that, the Amazfit Stratos 3 is Bluetooth compatible and can interface with both Android and iOS devices.

Pros

  • Can store thousands of songs using the Spotify app internally
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • Decently priced

Cons

  • No streaming music app choices
  • Short battery life
  • Limited 2 GB song space

 

4

Garmin Forerunner 745

Another Garmin “premium” product, the Forerunner 745 has a lot of the same features the Fenix 6 Pro Solar has. The biggest exception, of course, is its exclusive solar rechargeability. Due to the similarities with the Fenix 6 model, the Forerunner 745 could be considered as a slightly cheaper alternative.

The Forerunner 745 can also connect with Amazon Music, Deezer, and Spotify through Wi-Fi. It can also play music offline with up to 500 songs saved internally. This models’ battery is a little weaker than the Fenix 6 Pro Solars’ as it can only operate for up to 6 hours in GPS mode with music.

Overall, while still keeping Garmin’s premium build quality and specs, the Forerunner 745 is a more affordable alternative to those that want a Garmin running watch with music without shelling out too much.

PROS

  • Able to connect to Amazon Music, Deezer, and Spotify
  • Works up to 6 hours in GPS mode with music
  • Can store up to 500 songs internally
  • Bluetooth compatible

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Decent battery life

 

5

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm)

Samsung’s equivalent and competitor to Apple’s Apple Watch Series 7, the Galaxy Watch 4 is a running watch with music and was released a few months earlier, on August 27, 2021. Equipped with Google’s WearOS, the Galaxy Watch 4 can now connect and pair with YouTube Music and Spotify, so you can save offline playlists and stream them online through WiFi or LTE.

While it can use any future WatchOS compatible music streaming apps, its ability to save offline songs and podcasts is limited by its small 16 GB memory capacity. Aside from that, the Galaxy Watch 4 also has two models, a 40 mm model and a 44 mm model, that have different battery capacities. The 40 mm model has a 247 mAh, while the 44 mm has a 361 mAh battery. Due to the differences between what apps are running while playing your music, either model’s battery life varies immensely from user to user.

pros

  • Able to connect to YouTube Music and Spotify
  • Works up to 6 hours in GPS mode with music
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • 16GB of internal memory
  • Average price

Cons

  • Decent battery life

 

6

Apple Watch Series 7

The latest Apple Watch is the Series 7 and was announced on September 14, 2021. Pre-orders started on October 8, with the first ship-out date starting on October 15. Expected to be better than the earlier Series 6, this version of the Apple watch still supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity as well as integration with Apple products like Apple Music.

The Series 7 only offers 32 GB of internal memory but is unable to independently have offline music without the Apple Music app. This model is more attuned to users who also have Apple devices like iPhones and Macs due to the integration between devices.

Overall, the Apple Watch Series 7 is only this high on this list due to the heavy integration between Apple products. However, Android users or other platforms should give this running watch a hard pass.

pros

  • Able to connect to Apple Music, Deezer, and Spotify
  • Bluetooth compatible

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Decent battery life
  • Limited offline and online music choices
7

Garmin Vivoactive 4

Another Garmin product, the Vivoactive 4 is another alternative to Garmin’s premium Fenix 6 Pro Solar. Although there are a few big differences between the Vivoactive 4 and the Forerunner 745, like their active sensors and “Daily Smart Features,” the high build quality and customer service support are the same.

Similar to the Forerunner 745, the Garmin Vivoactive 4 also features Amazon Music, Deezer, and Spotify compatibility through their respective apps on the Connect IQ store. Overall, although the Vivoactive 4’s main strengths are still on its health and fitness apps and programs, it is the cheapest Garmin running watch with music that we recommend to users.

pros

  • Able to connect to Amazon Music, Deezer, and Spotify
  • Works up to 6 hours in GPS mode with music
  • Can store up to 500 songs internally
  • Good price

Cons

  • Decent battery life

 

8

Fitbit Versa 2

As one of the first companies to develop “smart wearables” for health and fitness, Fitbit’s Versa 2 continues to focus on these features. While it is a running watch with music, the main draw for the Versa 2 is its activity and fitness trackers.

That said, the Fitbit Versa 2 offers up to 300 songs to be saved internally, as well as offline and online streaming for Pandora, Deezer, and Spotify when connected and paired to a phone or through Wi-Fi. Aside from that, the Versa 2 is a little cheaper than the Fitbit Sense due to being part of an older generation of smartwatches.

Pros

  • Able to connect to Amazon Music, Deezer, and Spotify
  • Can store up to 300 songs internally
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • Good price
  • Average battery life

Cons

  • Older model

 

9

Fitbit Sense

Fitbit’s most advanced wearable smartwatch, the Fitbit Sense has the most up-to-date health sensors with sleep functions and stress managers. Quite similar to the Versa 3, the Sense has similar specs when using it as a running watch with music.

While it can sync with Amazon Music, Deezer, and Spotify, it cannot store them offline on the watch itself, like the older Versa 2. This means you can only play online through the apps or on your paired phone.

pros

  • Able to connect to Amazon Music, Deezer, and Spotify
  • Can store up to 300 songs internally
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • Average price
  • Average battery life

Cons

  • No offline music storage

 

10

Garmin Venu

Yet another Garmin smartwatch, the Garmin Venu comes from the same sub-series as the Garmin Vivoactive. Due to this, the Venu also has similar features when using it as a running watch. It has the same 6-hour battery capacity when using it in GPS mode with music and offline storage for up to 500 songs.

Aside from these similarities, the Venu also has the same compatibility with Connect IQ apps like Amazon Music, Deezer, and Spotify that lets you play songs offline from the smartwatch. Overall, the Venu offers more monitoring and health tracking compared to the Vivoactive. However, those using it as a simple music player for their jogs should get the Vivoactive instead due to its cheaper price.

 

 

pros

  • Able to connect to Amazon Music, Deezer, and Spotify
  • Works up to 6 hours in GPS mode with music
  • Can store up to 500 songs internally
  • Average price

Cons

  • Decent battery life

 

11

Fossil Sport Watch Carlyle - Gen 5

Although more known for their classic analog and mechanical watches, Fossil also has its own line of smartwatches and hybrid smartwatches. The latest of their smartwatch line is their fifth Generation — the Carlyle. Released in 2019, Carlyle works on Google’s Wear OS that allows it to work with other apps compatible with the system like YouTube Music, Spotify, and Deezer.

Aside from that, the Carlyle is compatible with both Android and iOS phones and can pair with both through Bluetooth. It can also access online streaming services through Wi-Fi. Battery-wise, Carlyle’s battery needs only 60 minutes to reach 80% charge.

pros

  • Able to connect to Wear OS-compatible apps
  • Works up to 6 hours in GPS mode with music
  • Average price

cons

  • Decent battery life

 

12

Huawei Watch GT 3 (46mm)

The Huawei Watch is Huawei’s contending device in the wearables market, and the running watch with music we chose is their third iteration of the Huawei Watch – the Watch GT 3. Although available in two models, we have chosen the 46mm model due to its higher battery capacity capable of up to 14 days on one charge.

Practically, though, the Watch GT 3 (46mm) can only sustain playing music for 30 minutes continuously at a time according to that 14-day “schedule.” Aside from this, the model can only store up to 4 GB of data, including the onboard Harmony OS, and does not have apps to connect to online streaming services.

Also See: Huawei Watch 3 Review.

pros

  • Can store up to 4 GB of songs internally
  • Works up to 14 hours on one charge (with only 30 minutes of continuous music playing)
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • Good price

cons

  • Decent battery life
  • No connection to online streaming services

 

13

LG Watch Sport

Quite similar to the Apple Watch, the LG Watch Sport has a model with integrated LTE support for data services, aside from Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Although already discontinued, the Watch Sport is still part of this list due to its more than decent features and specifications as a running watch with music.

It has 2 GB internal onboard space for offline music and other apps aside from the Wear OS. Aside from this, it is also compatible with Wear OS online and offline music streaming apps. You can also pair it with both Android and iOS phones and use it as a remote when playing music from your phone.

pros

  • Able to connect to Wear OS-compatible apps
  • Good price

cons

  • Decent battery life

 

14

Coros Vertix 2

The second last on this list of running watches with music is the Coros Vertix 2. Coming from a new company established in 2016, Coros’ Vertix 2 is the latest model of their smartwatch wearables line. Aiming to compete with others in the wearables scene, the Vertix 2’s best selling point is its satellite system compatibility, as it can connect with GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and Beidou.

While mainly meant for training and traveling, the Vertix 2 also has 32 GB of integrated onboard storage for songs and audio files. Those buying this will need that space since the Vertix 2 has no music streaming support for any app. It does have a battery that lets you have all systems turned on while playing music for up to 30 hours.

pros

  • Has 32 GB of onboard storage for offline music
  • Works up to 30 hours when all systems are turned on with music
  • Long battery life

cons

  • Expensive
  • No online music streaming services
15

Polar Vantage V2

Our last pick for a running watch with music is from Polar, one of the many players in the wearable fitness and health market. The Vantage V2 is one of their latest offers and packaged with their Polar Flow app that works with the smartwatches’ different trackers and monitors, including its heart rate, energy level, and running monitors.

When it comes to using it as a running watch with music, the Vantage V2 does not have internal offline storage to save your songs. It does allow you to use it as a remote when paired to a compatible Android or iOS phone, however.

Pros

  • Works up to 40 hours on GPS mode
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • Average price

cons

  • Decent battery life
  • No connection to online streaming services
  • No offline music storage

 

Heading To The Future

Running watches with music and other fitness wearables are a growing market with more and more players trying to dethrone the leaders of this generation’s pack. With Google’s Pixel Watch entering the picture, the shifting market might soon turn from Garmin, Apple, and Fitbit to Google or another up-and-coming competitor.