Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches you can buy online in 2020
Getting in shape doesn’t need to cost a lot of money. Though getting in physically fit is enough of a battle on its own for you not spend a lot of money as well, you will at least need one of cheap fitness tracking watches listed below to keep track of your physique progress. As the title of this guide suggests, these are the best fitness trackers you can get without spending too much money.
But fitness trackers for the most part tend to be quite cheap anyway, which means there are loads to choose from. You don’t have to sacrifice much at the budget end of the market either, with many of these selections, such as Fitbit Inspire HR – packing some combination of GPS, heart rate monitors, sleep tracking, and more.
Of course, with so many to choose from, actually making a choice can be tricky, especially as while many fitness trackers sound similar on paper, some are better than others. But that’s where this buying 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 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.
|Fitbit Inspire HR||Lightweight and discreet
Solid five-day battery life
Swim-proofing and guided breathing
Notifications leave lots to be desired
|Honor Band 5||Affordable price.
Small but sunny AMOLED display.
Decent fitness and sleep tracking features.
Good battery life.
Notifications can preempt the workout setup.
|The Garmin Vivofit 4||1-year battery life
Connect app works with other ANT+ trackers
|No GPS or heart rate sensor
Bad sleep tracking
Bulky, unattractive strap
|The Amazfit Bip S||Great battery life
Accurate built-in GPS
Water-resistant up to 50m
Clean and simple watch UI
Slightly reflective display
No third-party app support
No recording freestyle workouts
|Garmin’s Vivosmart 3||Comprehensive fitness tracking, including heart rate.
Good battery life.
Safe for swimming.
Automatic activity tracking
Hard to read in direct sunlight.
No interchangeable bands.
Wake movement sensing isn’t great
Fitbit Inspire HR
Fitbit Inspire HR Features
Heart rate tracker: Yes
Activity tracking: Yes
Battery life: 5 days
This is the first time a Fitbit device made its way into the top cheap fitness tracking watches list for a long time. The new Fitbit Inspire HR is a great fitness tracker overall, but it isn’t the most affordable device on this list. Although you will pay extra than you would for a lot of the other devices surrounding it here, Fitbit has created an overall easy to use package with a very attractive design.
It doesn’t feature GPS, which a lot of the other trackers on this list do offer though. Instead, you’ll get access to Fitbit’s app, an accurate heart rate monitor, and a variety of workouts directly from your wrist.
Day to day performance of the Fitbit Inspire HR (Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches) proves strong in almost every regard. You will start an exercise and it will kick off right away. The Inspire HR comes with a lot of basic fitness tracking features, such as daily step tracking and the like, but it also boasts connected GPS and a heart rate monitor. This is one of the most accomplished budget fitness trackers Fitbit has ever created, and it comes with 15+ exercise modes as well. You can set these exercises up manually by going up on the main menu, or you can just start jogging and the fitness tracker will recognize it for you.
This is useful for when you don’t remember to start up an exercise. It’s better to manually start an exercise on the tracker when you think to though to ensure it’s logged. The Inspire HR will keep an eye on your daily step count outside of this as well as your resting heart rate, to give you a clear picture of your overall health.
Connected GPS works well. It means you won’t be able to track your location by taking out just your fitness tracker, but it will use your phone’s GPS features when you’re on a run to bring the data directly into the app.
The Fitbit Inspire HR (Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches) will also track your nightly sleep stats. This isn’t in-depth data like you’d get from a dedicated sleep tracker, but it’s enough to make it worthwhile wearing at night. You’ll get the amount of time you have slept, the times you have woken up, and the time you were awake or restless throughout the night. It will also break down your night into Sleep Stages to give you an idea of whether you suffer from any conditions such as sleep apnea.
Fitbit estimates between four and five days of usage with the Inspire HR. The more exercise you do with the tracker, the faster it will drain of course, but I don’t think it’s likely to drain completely in less than four days. That’s quite a lot of battery, meaning you only have to recharge it twice a week, and you get a lot of features for that. The good news is, the Fitbit Inspire HR is very likely to work with your smartphone. The Fitbit app works with most modern Android handsets and iPhones. You’ll be using the Fitbit app on your phone to connect with your tracker and bring up lots of data that you can’t always see on your wrist.
If you want to push yourself in terms of exercises you can set up challenges, plus you can become friends with other Fitbit users to share your stats. There’s also the added benefit of female health-tracking, which has previously been exclusive to the company’s smartwatch range but it’s here on the Inspire HR. This allows you to record your menstrual cycle within the app so you can record symptoms and follow your cycle. It should also help give you a clear picture of how this can affect your exercise regime.
Honor Band 5
Honor Band 5 Features
Heart rate tracker: Yes
Activity tracking: Yes
Battery life: 14 days of low use
Like most cheap fitness trackers the Honor Band 5 (Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches) stands out mostly for its very low price, but it’s also a very solid band and a step up from the Honor Band 4. It’s waterproof to 5ATM, so naturally, swim tracking is included, alongside tracking for all sorts of activities you will do on drylands, such as running, cycling, and cross-training. Of course given how cheap this is you might most want it just as a pedometer and the Honor Band 5 works well there too, with accurate step tracking. The Honor Band 5 also includes a heart rate monitor and sleep tracking – and it provides more detail on your slumber than the Honor Band 4. Plus you can get up to a week of life out of it with normal use, so you won’t need to take it off to charge at night.
The screen can be sluggish and the design is nothing special, but with everything else the Honor Band 5 (Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches) offers, coupled with its low price, it’s a worthy inclusion in this list. The Honor Band 5 has a small, 0.95-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 240 by 120 pixels, which lights up when you raise your wrist or tap the touch-sensitive button below the screen. There are eight different faces, from the fitness-focused to the more stylish, but each one looks bright and punchy against the black background.
Take the Band off your wrist and you’ll see the straps are detachable, although that’s easier said than done as they’re stiffer than the connections on more expensive fitness bands. On the back is a sensor for monitoring vitals such as heart rate, as well as a couple of pins to charge the device via a proprietary dock that plugs into a micro USB cable.
Swiping down from the home screen, the Honor Band 5 offers quick access to a pedometer, a heart rate monitor, a sleep tracker, a workout menu, notifications, and a settings menu that also offers a timer, stopwatch, and a handy ‘Find Phone feature.’ Even handier, the wearable can control a variety of music apps (provided you’re paired with an Android rather than an Apple device). You can manage Google Play Music, Spotify, and YouTube remotely, which is a neat extra that even the Huawei Watch GT 2 is currently missing.
Once you’re into a workout, the Honor Band 5 can track outdoor running, outdoor and indoor walking, outdoor riding, indoor cycling, free training, swimming (it carries a waterproof rating, albeit for splashing or shallow swimming rather than prolonged diving), and use of an indoor treadmill, oval trainer, or rowing machine. The device tracks fitness relatively well; the required Huawei Health app shows a good amount of data including how hard you were exercising (ranging from warm-up to extreme) and the number of calories burned.
Garmin Vivofit 4
Garmin Vivofit 4 Features
Compatibility: : iOS and Android
Display: Transflective 8-colour MIP
Charging method: 2 x SR43 user-replaceable
IP rating: Swim-proof
The key addition over the entry-level Vivofit 3 is the always-on, color display that’s visible in sunlight. This is remarkably achieved without sacrificing the year-long battery life of the stellar third edition. Basic stats like steps, distance, calories, and sleep are covered off, while there are also automatic activity detection thanks to the Move IQ system. The Garmin Vivofit 4 is a curved device that comes tucked inside a flexible strap made of TPU or silicone, depending on color. You can buy the Vivofit 4 with different band colors (black, white, speckled black, speckled navy, speckled maroon) and in two different sizes (small/medium, large).
Garmin Vivofit 4 (Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches) display is small but usable, thus11 x 11 millimeters and 88 x 88 pixels. The screen shows just one metric at a time: time, date, steps, steps to your goal, distance, calories burned, weekly “intensity” minutes, and weather. You can toggle these metrics on and off in the Garmin Connect app, and there’s also an option to add a custom widget. The Vivofit 4 has one button. Tap the button once to cycle through the different metrics, and tap and hold the button to enter the Vivofit 4’s menu. Once you’re in the menu, tap the button once to cycle through the menu options, and tap and hold the button to select an option.
The Garmin Vivofit 4 also has a “find my phone” menu option, which can force a sound to play on your phone when you misplace it. This is a handy feature (and one you usually don’t see in budget trackers). Though, you can’t rely on it 100%.
Thanks to the Garmin Connect app you can also customize the display while setting timers and alarms directly from the wrist. Best of all the Vivofit 4 it is also 20% cheaper than the Vivofit 3’s 2015 launch price. Of course, you’ll miss out on premium features like heart rate tracking and GPS, but that’s to be expected at this price.
The Garmin Vivofit 4 doesn’t have a built-in GPS or a heart-rate sensor, so its fitness-tracking features are a little limited. The Vivofit 4 tracks steps, distance, calories burned and intensity minutes, or active/workout minutes. To determine intensity minutes, it uses Garmin’s Move IQ technology, which automatically detects what type of activity you’re doing based on the movement of your wrist. If the tracker senses you’re doing something strenuous, such as running or biking, it automatically launches itself into workout mode to record your intensity minutes. If you’re worried this auto-detection might fail, you can also manually launch workout mode from the Vivofit 4’s menu.
The Garmin Connect app is a little overwhelming at first. It’ has a ton of menus and options you can toggle on and off, but once you take the time to explore it, it’s useful and full of customizable features. The Garmin Vivofit (Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches) 4 also tracks sleep, but not very well. Maybe it’s because Garmin’s Move IQ technology needs movement to work. But the Vivofit 4 will think you’re asleep if you’re sitting on the couch playing video games, lying in bed reading Hot Tech Gadget reviews.
Amazfit Bip features
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Display: LCD Color
Battery: 45 days
Charging method: Proprietary wired
IP rating: 68
The Bip S is a really capable but really simple fitness watch that we referred to in our full review as “the layman’s Apple Watch” and we stand by the nickname.
In terms of a super-rich experience and high performance, it can’t compete with Apple. Not at all. But for its extremely budget-friendly price tag, the Amazfit Bip is a competent fitness tracker that has a few awesome tricks up its sleeve – most notably the fact it can last more than 30 days on a single charge. If you are after a simple wearable that can push notifications from your smartphone, wake you up with a dedicated alarm, and track your workouts with built-in GPS, and more, the Bip makes a strong case for itself.
Gift-wise it’s a great buy for anyone who is in the market for a cheap and cheerful fitness device. Its simple set-up also makes it a good choice for complete fitness tech beginners.
The Bip S is an updated version of the original Bip. It comes in four color options, including black, white, pink and white, and orange and blue. At a glance, the Bip S almost looks like an Apple Watch with its square watch face with rounded corners. Upon closer inspection, its polycarbonate (plastic) case reveals this is most certainly not a sleek, aluminum Apple Watch. On a positive note, aside from the obvious cost savings in going the plastic route, the Bip S weighs just 1.1 ounces with its comfortable silicone strap attached. It feels as light as a feather on my wrist.
The watch face measures less than half an inch thick and features a 1.28-inch always-on color display with a resolution of 176 by 176 pixels. It has a strong Corning Gorilla 3 touch screen with an anti-fingerprint coating that successfully resists blot.
The Bip S (Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches)has one physical button, located on the right side, that lets you access the main menu, go back to the watch face, and trigger the backlight to illuminate the screen. The display also lights up when you lift your wrist, and dims when you lower it. The interface has a black background with white text and colorful icons. It’s easy to navigate with taps and swipes on the screen.
A swipe down from the clock face lets you access ‘Do Not Disturb mode,’ enable the screen lock, adjust the screen brightness and access music control settings. Swiping left and right from the clock face brings up music controls, the current weather, and your heart rate, PAI (personal activity intelligence) health score, and step count. You can swipe down on each of the latter four screens for additional information, including a weekly weather forecast, information about your heart rate zones, your last seven days’ PAI, and calories burned.
Pressing the button on the watch brings up the main menu, where you can access status (for your activity stats), heart rate, workout (for sports tracking), weather, alarms, music controls, settings, a compass, timer, and PAI stats.
Amazfit says the Bip S can last around 15 days with typical usage (when you have the heart rate monitoring frequency set at every minute, the screen brightness set at 60 percent, and track three 30-minute workouts a week with GPS enabled) or up to 40 days with basic usage (heart rate monitoring set at every 30 minutes, brightness set to 10 percent, and tracking one 30-minute workout a week with GPS). With the GPS running continuously, it will last for 22 hours.
The companion app also tells you how much time you spent awake, in deep sleep, in light sleep, and which phase of sleep you were in at any time. It tracks your stats over the past week, month, and year, so you can see the average time you fall asleep and wake up and how much time you typically spend in each sleep stage.
It also compares your sleep stats with those of similar users i.e. people who are the same age as you and live in the same area.
The Bip S (Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches)offers some nice features beyond sleep and fitness tracking, including customizable faces, smartphone app notifications, basic controls for music on your phone, an alarm clock, and a compass. It also features a barometer and shows a weather forecast for the upcoming week.
Garmin Vivosmart 3
Garmin Vivosmart 3 features
Compatibility: iOS and Android
Display: Black and white
Battery: 5 days
Charging method: Proprietary wired
IP rating: Water-resistant
The Garmin Vivosmart 4 may have since been launched, but that just makes the Vivosmart 3 suitable for our best cheap fitness tracking watches list as the price has dropped down – and continues to.
It’s not the most affordable activity tracking band on this list, but it’s one of the best looking and it will show all of your stats on its small display including your rep count and other exercises too.
There’s no GPS on this tracker, so this is very much designed for the gym-goer rather than a runner plus the Garmin app is second to none offering you all of your stats in an easy to read format.
In terms of design, the Vivosmart 3 (cheap fitness tracking watches) is your basic silicone bracelet with a watch enclosure. Discreet but mostly just nondescript, it’s sort of like the tomboy cousin of the Alta HR, minus the ability to swap bands, which is disappointing. While it’s available in black or dark purple, both are wardrobe-friendly colors you can’t dress it up or down the same way you can with the Alta HR.
The Vivosmart 3 comes in two sizes: small/medium and large. The small/medium fits wrists 4.8 to 7.4 inches in circumference, while the large fits 5.8 to 8.4 inches. It’s 0.7-inch wide and 0.4-inch thick no matter the size, which is a hair wider than the default strap on the Alta HR.
While it may not be the chicest tracker out there, the Vivosmart 3 is comfortable enough to wear 24/7. The band breathes easily, so you don’t have to worry about it getting unpleasant after a workout. And since it’s waterproof up to 5ATM (164 feet), it’s also perfectly safe for use in the pool, plus it tracks your swims.
Besides the optical heart rate monitor, the Vivosmart 3 has an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and a barometric altimeter. And in addition to steps, it can track sleep, calories burned, floors climbed, distance traveled, and stress. The Garmin Connect app is pretty comprehensive when it comes to displaying these metrics, and includes a helpful Insights tab that lets you see where you stand compared with other Garmin users.
To go deeper into a screen, you simply tap once. From there, you can swipe to access different options within that screen. For example, if you tap on the Steps screen you can access your step count history. Swiping then lets you scroll through your daily step count over the past few days.
Fitbit Inspire HR – (Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches)
Fitbit Inspire HR – (Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches) is an inspirational watch to get you off the sofa
This latest tracker is more affordable than the fitness bands it replaces within Fitbit’s range and it comes sporting more tech than those older products too. It isn’t the most affordable tracker on the market, but everything works well here and it’s a great option if you’re looking to start tracking your fitness journey.
The bit works well for anyone who is looking to start getting fit or wants to find a way to monitor their exercise each week will likely enjoy the Fitbit Inspire HR. The Inspire HR (Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches) is beautifully put together making for one of the most attractive fitness trackers from the company ever.
It’s also important to note that the price of this tracker isn’t as high as previous Fitbit prices for comparable devices, so you’re still getting a lot here for your money. The Fitbit Inspire HR isn’t the most comprehensive fitness device on the market, but if you want to track the odd jog or your increased step count when you’re trying to get fit it’s hard not to recommend this solidly built and impressive tracker.
Honor Band 5- (Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches)
The inexpensive Honor Band 5 fitness tracker offers surprising functionality for the price, though it must be teamed with your smartphone for GPS distance measuring. Everything that’s right (and wrong) about the Honor Band 5 is underscored by the fact that it’s has a higher price compared to some cheap fitness tracking watches). Even without GPS, it undercuts so many rival devices that it’s easy to recommend. It offers no reason to get rid of your $100 Fitbit Inspire HR, but if you’re new to fitness tracking and just want to test things out, the Honor Band 5 is a solid deal.
Garmin Vivofit 4 – (Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches)
The Garmin Vivofit 4 this cheap here. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad deal. The Vivofit 4 fits some niches: It does a solid job of actually tracking (most of) what it sets out to track without overwhelming casual users with confusing metrics. It’s also backed by Garmin’s app and ecosystem; if you’re already part of that ecosystem, you may not need (or want) a wrist-based heart rate sensor or extra GPS, just an accurate fitness tracker that syncs with your other data and never needs to be charged.
The Garmin Vivofit 4 has its strengths, but trackers like the similarly priced Fitbit Inspire HR offer heart rate sensors and more accurate sleep tracking – features that are more likely to appeal to casual users looking for an entry-level tracker. Garmin’s budget wearable is a surprisingly solid fitness tracker, but there’s no reason to wear it all the time.
Amazfit Bip – (Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches)
All in all, the Amazfit Bip S is a pretty good activity tracker for this cheap price here. It’s cheap, yet offers accurate tracking, a lightweight design, a good level of water resistance, a decent (albeit slightly reflective) display, and a comfortable fit. But app connectivity and usability is a big drawback.
If a firmware update resolves the app connectivity issues with the Bip S, then it’s worth considering at the low price. It’s hard to downright dismiss the watch because it does do the job of activity tracking pretty well, but app connectivity issues make it difficult to recommend fully.
The Amazfit Bip S (Cheap Fitness Tracking Watches) is a great fitness tracker if you’re looking for reliable stats and accurate GPS tracking under $100. Its only drawback is spotty connectivity with the Amazfit app, but if you’re willing to live with that, the Bip S is a good buy.
In terms of what you get for the money, the Amazfit Bip S is essentially in a league of its own. It offers a large color touch screen, 10 sports-tracking modes, sleep tracking, and GPS for outdoor runs and walks. It’s waterproof, so you can wear it swimming, and it has a secure band so you don’t have to worry about losing it. The addition of basic smartwatch features like app notifications from your phone, customizable watch faces music controls, and more add to its appeal. The setup process is quite cumbersome, and the heart rate monitor isn’t the best, but if you can get past these issues, the Bip S offers a lot of value for its low price.
Garmin Vivosmart 3
Garmin Vivosmart 3 – (cheap fitness tracking watches) has a lot of smart techs considering the cost
If you are a data nerd or an athlete with a casual interest in stats, the Vivosmart 3 is a solid choice. You get comprehensive metrics, lots of notification options, and good battery life. The downsides are a cloudy display, a lack of interchangeable bands, and a clunky interface. The Fitbit Alta HR is just $10 more and gets you a lot for your money in terms of style and ease of use. Either offer a similar fitness-tracking experience for about the same price, so it comes down to whether you value fashionable flexibility or deeper data. Also make sure to consider our Editors’ Choice, the Fitbit Charge 2. It’s a bit less discreet but has a much sharper display and better controls, as well as the option to connect your phone for GPS.
Garmin’s Vivosmart 3 fitness tracker delivers plenty of accurate, useful health metrics in a dull design.