If you're looking for a cheap fitness tracker that doesn't compromise on features, you're in luck.
So far, we've already seen an influx of next-generation products from the likes of Fitbit and Misfit that seriously lowers the cost of getting the latest wearable tech. Quality fitness tracking needn't break the bank.
These devices are our choices for the best affordable trackers currently on the market, for (about) $50 or less.
Make sure you also take a look at our guide to the best fitness trackers money can buy.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
The brand new tracker from Xiaomi, the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, is the latest from the Chinese purveyors of budget tech. In terms of activity monitoring the Mi Band 2 tracks time, steps and heart rate information. In a Xiaomi first, the Mi Band 2 offers inactivity alerts and will vibrate for incoming calls and texts. It's pretty basic on the smart features front, but as a collective, there's no budget tracker than can beat its spec sheet.
Feature check: Steps, sleep, heart rate, notifications.
Tracking steps, distance, calories and sleep, the Withings Go can be clipped to your clothing or worn on the wrist, but given the look of the E-ink screen we feel that subtle wearing is the way forward. The basic looking display does have its upsides, the 8 month battery life from a single coin cell battery is highly impressive and means no charging. The Withings Go is water resistant up to 5 ATM (around 50 metres), and that does mean you can take it swimming. It also has the ability to automatically track swimming, but you only get duration and calorie burn data.
Read our full Withings Go review.
Feature check: Steps, sleep, calories, swimming.
One of the top fitness trackers in our best activity band round-up, the Jawbone UP2 is now available at an incredible price. In terms of features Jawbone keeps things simple: accurate step tracking, top-notch sleep monitoring and a great app ecosystem, all at a snip of its original cost. A word of warning, while the Jawbone UP2 has been available at a bargain price for a few months now, the deals below could end at any time.
Check out our Jawbone UP2 review.
Feature check: Steps, sleep, calories.
Like the existing Misfit Shine, the Flash can track sleep and steps, be worn almost anywhere (including on the wrist), and tell when you're cycling and swimming. Like its predecessor it comes in a range of colours, has a replaceable watch battery that lasts six months and syncs with the same app.
So what's the difference? The Misfit Flash is chunkier, it's made of plastic instead of aluminium. Check out our comprehensive Misfit Flash review.
Feature check: Steps, sleep, smart button.
Jawbone UP MOVE
Let's not pretend that the Jawbone UP Move isn't just a Misfit Flash in slightly different clothing. It's clear that Misfit had the idea of making its popular Shine more plasticy and affordable at the same time the team at Jawbone were thinking along the same lines.
But we judge each device on its own merits and the UP Move has plenty of them. It has an accelerometer for step tracking and the like, and there's sleep tracking on offer too. Fashionistas will be pleased that it comes in a range of different colours, with different clasps and straps to mix and match.
Feature check: Steps, sleep, clip-on option.
Razer Nabu X
Apart from the fact there's no screen to display notifications, the Razer Nabu X is essentially a half-priced Nabu. It tracks distance, steps, calories and sleep, and is a little smaller and more discreet than its bigger brother.
The set up is a detachable module and, instead of a display, you get three colour LEDs which can light up red, green or blue to notify you of smartphone notifications, or tell you how well you're doing against your goals.
Feature check: Steps, sleep, notifications.
This is Fitbit's least capable fitness tracker, but it's still a useful bit of kit – there's no sleep tracking and no way to measure elevation, but steps, distance and calories are all covered and the Zip has wireless syncing capabilities too.
Add to that the rock-solid Fitbit software and platform and it's an appealing choice for anyone who wants to keep things simple on a budget.
Perfect for: Fitbit family members. Fitbit Zip users can challenge other Fitbit device owners, whether they be One, Flex or Charge, in the existing Fitbit app.
Feature check: Step tracking.
The Fitbug Orb's lightness is the biggest selling point here. Again, sleep, steps and calories are the three main metrics it's measuring, but the app and web interface can prove fiddly to operate and its low price definitely shows through in its overall design.
That said, you can use it as a clip-on gadget or around your wrist, so you have options when it comes to how to wear it.
Perfect for: People who want to track their food intake with a bit more detail - the nutrition aspects of the Fitbug companion app are pretty good.
Only available in the UK for now, the Archon Touch fitness tracker comes at a bargain basement price. You get steps, calories and sleep tracking and a tiny screen which you can summon your stats, and swipe through using your finger. There's also some smart features too, with snippets of messages and incoming call details flashed on the screen. It's not pretty or elegant, but it's usable at an incredible price.
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