They connect wirelessly to your phone or tablet and run loads of apps that can monitor fitness … or control the music on your phone.
They also notify you when calls, texts and instant messages come in.
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is the only watch tested that can actually make a call.
Two new Gear watches just being introduced can also handle calls.
But Samsung watches only work with Samsung phones. Other smart watches pair with any Android phone – but check the specs if you have an iPhone.
The easiest watches pair with a simple tap.
Testers found some watches hard to read in bright sunlight. Some are tricky to navigate.
Consumer Reports says you might want to wait to buy a smart watch until prices come down.
These watches run from 150 up to 300 dollars.
This report is based on an article on Consumer Reports’ website.