Withings Move vs Withings Steel: Which should you buy

Both the Withings Move and Withings Steel are entry-level fitness bands for their respective product lines. The one that's right for you will probably come down to price and durability.

Look at the differences

If you're looking for a fitness band that tracks your daily movements and sleep, you can't go wrong with either of these choices. Still, for most folks, we recommend the 2019 Withings Move over the Withings Steel for several reasons.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Withings MoveWithings Steel
Color choices5+Various
CasePlasticStainless Steel
Bottom CaseStainless SteelStainless Steel
Battery life18 months8 months
Fitness and Health monitoringYesYes
Sleep trackingYesYes
Water resistanceUp to 50mUp to 50m
AppHealth Mate, iOS and AndroidHealth Mate, iOS and Android

Both of these watches feature traditional analog faces that show the current time and how far you've gone to reach your daily steps goal. The free Health Mate app for iOS and Android is where you'll find other metrics captured by the watches. These readings include distance and calories, running and swimming, and sleep analysis.

The Withings Move is our choice because of its low price and long battery life. On the last point, the Withings Move can last up to 18 months before needing a new battery, versus eight months for the Withings Steel.

By contrast, the Withings Steel (once called the Activité Steel) is one of the company's oldest fitness bands. Unlike the newer Withings Move, the Steel could be replaced or discontinued at any time. Since the Steel was first released, there is now a Steel HR and Steel HR Sport, each which has more features than the original.

If you can get past its age, the Withings Steel still provides features worth considering. For one, as its name suggests, the Steel's case is made from Stainless Steel versus the plastic found on the Withings Move. This type of material makes the watch more durable. There's also more color choices currently available for the Withings Steel. Using an online tool, you can customize the watch's face color and kind of band (silicone, leather, or Milanese). This customization isn't yet possible for the Withings Move.

The bottom line: In this comparison, save your money and go with the Withings Move. A next-generation Withings Steel could arrive on the market soon, thereby making the current model obsolete. The Move, despite have a plastic case, has a stainless steel back and soft silicone band. Plus, did we mention the 18 months battery life?

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.