With multiple fall detection watch or wrist-based solutions now available, choosing the best one requires a comparison of the offerings. While all provide “fall detection,” the products are very different in functionality, ease-of-use and how much safety they actually provide the wearer.

We've tested some of the most popular options and are presenting these options for you side-by-side for your convenience.

Fall Detection Watches Compared

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24/7 Monitoring service/Emergency support included?
US-based monitoring agents are available 24/7 to assist you through your watch, even if you are not responsive. Agent has your GPS location and can dispatch appropriate care (EMS, police, fire, friend, family member, etc.)
US-based monitoring agents are available 24/7 to assist you through your watch, even if you are not responsive. Agent has your GPS location and can dispatch appropriate care (EMS, police, fire, friend, family member, etc.)
US-based monitoring agents are available 24/7 to assist you through your watch, even if you are not responsive. The agent has your GPS location and can dispatch appropriate care (EMS, police, fire, friend, family member, etc.)
US-based monitoring agents are available 24/7 to assist you through your watch, even if you are not responsive. The agent has your GPS location and can dispatch appropriate care (EMS, police, fire, friend, family member, etc.).
Only contacts 911.
Only contacts 911.
Wrist-based fall detection?
Comes standard.
Requires the wearing of a neck pendant for an additional monthly fee.
The watch does not have fall detection.
Requires the wearing of a neck pendant for an additional monthly fee.
Comes standard.
Comes standard.
Voice and button activated alert options?
Alert can be activated by a button and/or voice commands.
Button activation only.
Alert can be activated by button and/or voice commands.
Button activation only.
The Apple Watch does support voice control through Siri, but this feature is only accessible when connected to a Wi-Fi connection or when near a paired iPhone.
To use Samsung's voice assistant, Bixby, users need a Samsung account as well as internet access, either through a paired device or a Wi-Fi network.
Can handle non-911 emergencies?
US-based monitoring agents can contact a friend, family member, doctor, etc. to provide you with non-emergency help at your request.
US-based monitoring agents can contact a friend, family member, doctor, etc. to provide you non-emergency help at your request
US-based monitoring agents can contact a friend, family member, doctor, etc. to provide you with non-emergency help at your request.
US-based monitoring agents can contact a friend, family member, doctor, etc. to provide you with non-emergency help at your request.
Only contacts 911.
Only contacts 911.
Can wear in the shower?
Water-resistant and safe to wear in the shower.
The watch band is made of TPU, a highly durable and hypoallergenic plastic that is safe for skin and odorless. The MGMove is not waterproof but water-resistant, this means it can handle minimal contact with water such as droplets from an accidental spill, walking in the rain, or hand washing. It should not be submerged in water.
Water resistant and safe to wear in the shower.
The device is water-resistant and is safe to use in the shower.
Water-resistant and safe to wear in the shower.
Water-resistant and safe to wear in the shower.
Can wear 24/7?
The patented rechargeable battery system ensures you never have to take it off your wrist to charge - providing real 24/7 protection.
Needs to be removed daily to charge off the wrist.
Needs to be removed daily to charge off the wrist.
Needs to be removed every few days to charge off the wrist.
Needs to be removed daily to charge off the wrist.
Needs to be removed daily to charge off the wrist.
GPS tracking?
Monitoring agents can pinpoint your location via the watch's built-in GPS functionality.
Monitoring agents can pinpoint your location via the watch's built-in GPS functionality.
Monitoring agents can pinpoint your location via the watch's built-in GPS functionality.
Monitoring agents can pinpoint your location via the watch's built-in GPS functionality.
GPS functionality, but 911 may not receive that info to provide help if you are not responsive.
GPS functionality, but 911 may not receive that info to provide help if you are not responsive.
Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity?
Employs both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.
The MGMove does not support a Wi-Fi connection.
Employs both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.
Cellular connectivity only.
Employs both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.
Employs both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.
Battery Life (More than 1 day)?
Kanega Watch batteries can last up to 36 hours. They can be easily swapped out from the device, which can hold two batteries at a time, one on each side of the watch. The device comes with 4 rechargeable batteries, which means that users can always have 2 fully charged batteries on standby and never have to switch their watch off to charge or replace batteries.
The battery lasts for 24 hours, however, this lifespan reduces over time with frequent use.
The watch battery lasts 20 to 24 hours depending on device usage and the Smart Speaker lasts 48 hours on battery power.
The Lively mobile+ can last up to 80 hours on standby, this of course reduces over time according to how frequently the device is being used. A red flash will appear on the battery indicator to signal the user that it needs to be charged.
The Apple Watch can last up to 18 hours. This is reduced to 14 hours with family setup - this is for watch wearers who do not have an iPhone of their own and whose device was set up using a family member's iPhone.
With regular use, the Samsung Watch 4 can last up to 40 hours.
Works out of the box?
No set up required.
Requires some relatively simple setting up out of the box.
Setting up the WellBe Medical Alert Plus is quite a lengthy process considering that the user sets up two different devices: the Watch and the Speaker. Both devices need to be connected to a power outlet during setup, however, they can both be set up separately. After connection, users need to switch on the devices and then download the WellBe Virtual Assistant App from either the App Store or PlayStore and then create an account. After creating an account they will add a new device to their account - whichever device they are setting up at that particular time and then follow the instructions as shown through the App. In addition, users need a WellBe subscription to set up their devices.
No set up required.
Extensive set up required.
Extensive set up required.
Simple to use?
The Kanega watch has a high contrast monochrome and bright OLED screen. This makes it easier to read for users who have compromised vision such as macular degeneration glaucoma. The device also supports voice control. It has few options by design.
The touch screen and multiple buttons may both be hard for certain wearers to operate.
The watch features a large 2-inch by 1.5 by rectangular face. The display is high-resolution and bright making it easier to read. The watch has two buttons on one end of the watch: one button to wake or sleep the watch and another to contact emergency services. The watch is navigable through touch and does not feature too many apps with 5 icons. These are accessible through swipe and touch, they include the emergency call button, the WellBe button to access the Virtual Health Assistant, the pedometer, the heart rate monitor, and the settings button.
The device is easy to use and only has one button which is used to connect to Lively's Urgent Response Service.
The Apple Watch is fairly easy to use... but it's not simple when compared to other single purpose devices. It has well over 20 built-in apps, giving quite a bit to swipe through.
The watch display is customizable through the Galaxy Wearable app - users can adjust font, brightness, and background to make the screen easier to read.
Other features?
Medication reminders
Step counter, heart rate, medication and appointment reminder functionality.
The WellBe Medical Alert Plus also has other helpful lifestyle features such as a Virtual Health Assistant that helps users with medication reminders, appointment management, and tracking vitals such as blood pressure, blood glucose, and weight. The Speaker also plays audiobooks, music, the news and provides weather forecasts.
The Lively mobile+ is a single-purpose device and does not have any other features apart form fall detection and two-way communication with their Urgent Response Agents.
A diverse set of health and lifestyle offerings included and/or can be added through the App store.
A diverse set of health and lifestyle offerings included and/or can be added through the App store.
Price lock guaranteed?
Unlike other medical alert systems, UnaliWear offers a price lock guarantee for its Kanega Watch subscription service.
Medical Guardian does not have a price lock guarantee for its subscription services and reserves the right to change its prices at any time.
HandsFreeHealth reserves the right to change their subscription fees.
Lively's services are not price lock guaranteed and they reserve the right to change their rates, fees, and charges.
No price lock guarantee.
Partial refund if returned/cancelled?

30 days

15 days

30 days

Restocking fee charged within 30 days

14 days

30 days

Pricing

$199 one-time fee

$59.95 monthly subscription

$199.95 one-time fee

$39.95 per month Subscription

 

$159.95 one-time fee

$44.95 monthly subscription

$49.99 to purchase

$34.99 monthly subscription

$399 to purchase

Monthly cell plan additional

$329.99 to purchase

Monthly cell plan additional

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