Getting into shape can be costly, but with the best cheap fitness tracker, you can be more active and healthier without breaking the bank. As the name of this guide suggests, these are the best fitness trackers you can get for an affordable price. Fitness trackers for the most part tend to be quite cheap anyway, which means there’s a lot of choice out there. You don’t have to sacrifice much at the budget end of the market either, with many of our selections – such as the Huawei Band 3 Pro and Fitbit Inspire HR – packing some combination of GPS, heart rate monitors, sleep tracking, and more. Of course, with so many to choose from, picking the right one for you can be tricky, especially as while many fitness trackers sound similar on paper, some are better than others.
But that’s where this guide comes in. The products below are an impartial list of the best cheap fitness trackers, drawn from our in-depth reviews, so you can be sure they’re good. And to help you further round down the selections we’ve included an overview of their good and bad points, along with their key specs and features, making it easy to see which ones suit you – but make sure to click through to the full reviews to find out more.
Top 10 best cheap fitness tracker in UK
Here come our 10 best cheap fitness tracker. Every product has specific features to serve multiple purposes. Find out which one pleases you most!
1. Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5
The follow-up to last year’s excellent Mi Band 4, the Mi Smart Band 5 features a new, brighter screen, 24/7 activity tracking, continuous heart rate monitoring, 11 different sport modes, and the ability to record outdoor cardio sessions by connecting to your phone’s GPS.
The crisp color display (one of the best you’ll find on a device this size) also shows notifications, weather reports and app notifications, and you can use it to control music playback on your phone with a tap and a swipe.
While full on-board GPS is more convenient, the incredibly low price of the Smart Band 5 means we don’t feel short-changed. Despite its a high quality touchscreen display and an impressive range of features, Xiaomi has managed to keep the price down and make the Mi Smart Band 5 feel much more expensive than it is.
2. Fitbit Inspire 2
The Fitbit Inspire 2 is the best cheap fitness tracker because it nails the basics: heart rate-monitoring, accurate workout-tracking and logging sleep stages. The fact that it doesn’t have built-in GPS is slightly disappointing — you can connect it to your phone’s GPS — but the Inspire 2 makes up for it with other features, such as Fitbit’s inspiring (get it?) community of people trying to get and stay in shape. You can participate in challenges to out-pace friends, colleagues or even strangers. For $100, you’ll get Fitbit’s Active Zone Minutes metric, 10 days of battery life, touch controls and more. And, it comes in three colors: Black, white, and rose.
3. Garmin Vívosmart 4
As with the majority of the fitness trackers on this list, the Garmin Vívosmart 4 is a fitness multi-tool, offering a smorgasbord of metrics about your daily activity. The idea is that you keep it on at all times; you can then check your step count, the number of floors you’ve climbed, your heart rate, and total active minutes at a glance. When you go to sleep, it’ll also monitor your quality of sleep. You can even keep it on when you go swimming.
All that is pretty par for the course with these devices – but this particular one excels because of the quality of its all-round package.
Let’s start with its looks. The design of the Vívosmart 4 is really smart. It’s more a bracelet than a watch, just over half an inch wide, and the strap is flexible but feels tough. It’s all very ergonomic and sleek; you quickly forget you’re wearing it, which is important, because to get the most out of the Vivosmart, it pretty much needs to be on your wrist 24/7. And the battery life is great, lasting me well over a week of continuous usage.
4. Fitbit Charge 4
The headline new addition here is built-in GPS, which means you don’t have to have your phone nearby to map out your runs or bike rides. Using that GPS will eat away at the promised week-long battery life. If you’re more 5K runner than an ultra runner, though, it does the job on both the accuracy and battery front.
Fitbit’s also making more use of its onboard heart rate monitor with useful alerts for heart rate zone training and workout intensity maps as well as the standard charts. These can be viewed in the Fitbit app to see where you were working hardest on your last outdoor session.
It might still look like an activity band, but it’s smartwatch-like powers have improved too. Fitbit Pay is now standard across all Charge 4 models for contactless payments and there’s now the ability to control Spotify from your wrist, though you can’t load up music or use it during exercise.
You do still get the best that Fitbit has to offer in terms of tracking including rich, useful sleep data and new Active Zone Minutes that puts a greater emphasis on spending more time raising your heart rate day to day.
5. HUAWEI Band 4e Smart Band
The Huawei band 4e Pro offers something few other sub-£100 fitness trackers provide: built-in GPS. This means you can leave your phone at home and still get accurate speed, pace and distance data from your run or ride to pore over at your leisure.
It doesn’t stop there, though. With VO2 max and recommended recovery times based on your heart rate zone data, the Huawei Band 4 Pro’s features rival those of wearables more than twice its price. That’s even more impressive when you realise that it rarely sells for its already-generous £70 RRP.
6. Polar Ignite
Don’t be fooled by the simple wrist-watch appearance, this fitness tracker is smarter than your average timepiece. As well as measuring steps taken, distance travelled and heart rate, it can track 130 different exercises, from running and walking to boxing and pilates – you choose the sport you’re doing and it’ll customise the data you see according to that activity. For example, when tracking walking or running we were given the current pace we were achieving, while when swimming we were given the type of stroke.
It also generates personalised workouts based on your fitness level and training history, which you can play straight from the watch. It’ll give you instructions on how to perform the exercises to help you do them correctly, too. We found we were more confident when squatting and performing planks thanks to the guidance on our wrist. It doesn’t come cheap, at more than £170, but for those really invested in their fitness goals, it’s worth every penny.
7. Letsfit Smart Watch for Women Men
If you want the look of a smartwatch but don’t necessarily need the extensive features one provides, Letsfit’s tracker is a great pick to consider. The 1.3-inch screen allows you to view your workout and sleep data more readily than on a traditional tracker, with support also present for music control, stress training, and notifications. With up to 10 days of battery, as well as the ability to sync and store your data in the intuitive VeryFitPro companion app, this rounds out as an affordable and feature-packed experience.
8. Samsung Galaxy Fit 2
Samsung’s Galaxy Fit fitness tracker wasn’t broke, so Samsung didn’t fix it. But, Samsung did improve it. The Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 still offers automatic workout tracking, so you can jump right into your exercise without fussing about on the tracker. It also maintains the AMOLED display of its predecessor but bumps it up to a 1.1-inch size.
The other big upgrade is nothing to shrug at. The Galaxy Fit 2 more than doubles the battery life of the original Galaxy Fit, jumping from a respectable seven-day battery life up to a laudable 15 days. That’ll let you get a ton of exercise in during the day, track your sleep at night, and pay attention to your heart health with pulse tracking. If you need to hop in the shower or take a dip, it’ll even keep up with you there thanks to water resistance up to 50 meters.
9. Samsung Galaxy Fit
If you’re looking for the best fitness tracker for swimming, the Fit gets our vote.
Sitting below the Fit2 Pro, the $99.99 Fit does all the basics including step counting and distance covered, and also offers strong sleep monitoring features too.
You also get smartwatch features like notification support and the ability to switch out watch faces on the gorgeous 0.95-inch AMOLED touchscreen display. There are no music player controls, payment features or Bixby support, but that’s not surprising considering the price.
On the swim tracking front, you’re relying on the onboard motion sensors to monitor pool time.
Accuracy-wise, we found it served up data on par with what our Garmin sports watch recorded, which is impressive given the sub $100 price. What’s more, its slim design means it’s nice and unobtrusive in the pool.
For battery life, you can expect around the seven-day mark depending on usage. If you want a slim, comfortable tracker with decent swim tracking skills, this is definitely one to consider.
10. HUAWEI Watch GT
For those looking for a more traditional looking timepiece, Huawei’s GT has both substance and style to make it a contender for your next smartwatch. Its battery lasts two weeks on a single charge, it has built-in GPS, and a host of personal trainer options for a slew of different activities.
How to choose a fitness tracker?
But there are still huge variations in the quality of data you get – so choosing the right fitness tracker app is just as important as what goes on your wrist. After all, the algorithms that measure and analyse your data are the clever it – rather than just the sensors themselves.
That means that Fitbit trackers and Garmin watches usually offer a better experience with more reliable and interesting insights, and often you’re paying for the research and development of the software as well as the hardware. If you want to make changes to your lifestyle, a compelling app is a great motivator.
But if you just want one eye on your step count and core heart vitals, the ever-expanding range from Chinese brands such as Amazfit, Xiaomi and Huawei are also now major contenders.
Whether you’re looking for basic everyday activity tracking, or you’re after something a bit more in-depth in terms of sports and health monitoring, there’s a fitness tracker out there for you.
I’m hoping this guide was helpful. Choosing the best fitness tracker doesn’t have to be hard, but you need to know what you want in terms of features and what you have to take into account given your room and listening limitations.