The best budget fitness trackers

Activity tracking is cheaper than you think: Misfit, Jawbone, Fitbit, Polar and more...
The best budget fitness trackers

If you're looking to buy a cheap fitness tracker that doesn't compromise on features, you're in luck.

There has been an influx of next-generation products from the likes of Fitbit and Misfit that seriously lower the cost of getting the latest wearable tech. Decent, basic, fitness tracking needn't break the bank.

These devices are our choices for the best affordable trackers currently on the market, for (about) $70 or less.

Make sure you also take a look at our guide to the best fitness trackers money can buy.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

best budget activity tracker

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.

$23.99, mi.com | GeekBuying

Withings Go

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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.

$69.95, withings.com | Amazon

Misfit Flash

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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.

$29.99, misfit.com | Amazon

Polar Loop 2

The best budget fitness trackers

Polar's fitness tracker sequel adds smartwatch style features and beefed up build quality, and has notifications for Android users as well as iOS.

The second generation activity tracker will display smartphone notifications for incoming calls, messages and calendar alerts, as well as measuring distance, steps, sleep and calories. It even politely vibrates if you've been sitting down too long. Read our full Loop 2 review for more info.

Feature check: Distance, steps, sleep and calories.

$69.95, polar.com | Amazon

Jawbone UP Move

Best cheap fitness band

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.

$18.95, jawbone.com | Amazon

Fitbit Zip

Best budget activity band

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.

$59.95, fitbit.com | Amazon

Archon Touch

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.

Feature check: Steps, distance, calories. Notifications too.

£34.99 | Amazon

Jawbone UP2

One of the top fitness trackers in our best activity band round-up, the Jawbone UP2 is now available at an incredible price (albeit not officially from Jawbone any longer). 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.

$38.67, jawbone.com | Amazon


Shop for recommended fitness trackers on Amazon

Fitbit Charge 2
Fitbit Charge 2
$149.88
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
$149.99
Misfit Ray
Misfit Ray
$99.99
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
$44.59

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28 Comments

  • SteveCannes says:

    I personally have bought the Mi Band and I have to say, for something this cheap (bought it for $18) it's impressive. I can personally vouch for its accuracy. I was surprised when it knew exactly when I went to bed and when I actually fell asleep! No settings required. The app is simple to use, quite straightforward, but only gathers data, doesn't exactly analyses them and give you recommendations. But updates are quite frequent and future versions of the app might do this.

    The app also updates the Mi Band's firmware and you can switch the LED of the band to a few colors from the app. Battery life - impressive, 2 weeks on and it was still 67%. Definitely one of my best buys ever!

    • UTSAV says:

      Does it have an alarm? I want it to wake me without disturbing my partner. 

      • Luke says:

        yes. I have had mine for three weeks. The alarm feature is great. You can set up to 3 alarms from the app. 

        It also vibrates with notifications and phone calls. It amazes my friends that I know my phone is ringing when it is in the other room on silent.

        I purchased the MI band for $18.50 with free shipping and it arrived in 4 days. Best fitness tracker for the money. 

    • UTSAV says:

      Does it have an alarm? i want iit to wake me up without disturbing my partner. 

    • bc82 says:

      hi...do u have to activate step counters manually or it register steps 24 hours?

      i had one the ibody tracker that was always active and very accurate (it only had sport and sleep mode, nothing more), but unfortunately i lost it, so i want something similar but "smarter"

      thanks

      • mackanmax says:

        it loggs them automatic :)))) (most of them)

    • Cookie says:

      1. Did you buy from their website? It says they're out of stock, so curious as to whether they'll be getting more in stock or not, since Amazon is nearly 2x the price.

      2. In the pictures, it shows distance being in kilometers. Is there a way to change it to miles instead? If not, it's not too big of an inconvenience.

      3. Do you just plug it in to re-charge or do you have to buy new batteries? 

      • QinGuan2004 says:

        1, you can buy from their website

        2. yes. just go to settings

        3.recharge

    • Anette says:

      I have a question, Does that screen on the watch show time? And can you use it as a stop clock?

    • Anette says:

       Does the screen show  the time? And can you use it as a stop clock?

    • Nikos says:

      Εντάξει ρε φίλε συμφωνώ για όλα αυτά αλλά για πες μου πως γίνεται να το συνδέσω με το κινητό μου 

    • iPankajS says:

      Thanks folks.. I got this band at discounted price here: http://amzn.to/29BumWB (you can get this too through this link.)

      Let me be very straight - This is a basic device that does all you need. Nothing fancy like display on the band etc. But it does all that you need and in the best way.

      Major issues with all fitness bands are inappropriate counting of steps, incorrect reporting and durability. This band passed all the parameters. Believe me, I was sceptical before getting this but now I am a fan of it. I got it for my wife as well.

      Tip #1: Don't go for fancy - high priced bands. they do the same.. and you will realise that you never need those fancy features after some time and will stick to the basics.

      Tip #2: I got the link to a product page on amazon where it was listed at discounted price. and I purchased it from there.. you can do it to.. here I am sharing the link http://amzn.to/29BumWB ;

  • Cam says:

    The new Fitbit Charge has huge improvements over the previous wrist wearables from Fitbit. http://amzn.to/1CGkqDq

  • Philp says:

    The Infinity Bracelet is another cheap fitness tracker option costing only $32. http://amzn.to/1ApyP3E

  • Vicki says:

    Just wanted to mention that the link for the Pivotal Living band is actually http://www.pivotalliving.com/  (The one listed goes to another company).

  • Apratim says:

    Purchased a fitbit surge from Fabmart. So far it is pretty good. The battery does not last as long as HR but it was expected as well. I am waiting for the Apple watch to become available in India. Fabmart seems to have the widest collection of fitness trackers at the best price in India. check them out here: http://www.fabmart.com/collections/fitness-activity-tracker

  • mompro says:

    The pivitol living band is a piece of junk.  The $12 I paid was too much.  It only shows time and sometimes acts as a pedometer.  It does not communicate well with any of our android phones and the time part of the watch keeps getting reset and we have to have the phone to set it up again.

  • vizirxsmart says:

    First of all, thank you so much for the great review and comments. Nothing waste, information structured perfectly. So Xiaomi Mi looks the best thing on such price for me. Frankly speaking, I was amazed with Pivitol Living Band, but after people's comments I think it isn't good choice.

  • Mariamia says:

    jawbone UP 24 is no longer manufactured because of numerous glitches UP24 owners with problems have been give Jawbone UP 2 starting more than four months ago. Keep UP

  • Hermyknee says:

    About the Mi Band Pulse - I have PTSD and I've seen a couple apps that you can use to alert you when your heart rate gets too high. I'm hoping to use this to stop my nightmares. Does the Pulse have real-time heart sensors? Or do you have to go force the app to collect the data, and it doesn't do it continuously? Can I create a notification in the app so that the Pulse will vibrate when my heart rate gets too high or do will I need a separate app?

  • abi says:

    hi guys so is the mi band the xiamio mi band or not please can i have a link xx

  • aesaes1 says:

    the mi band on Amazon has 2 options one that just says mi band which is $18.99 and one that says mi band + black wriststrap which is $23.78. I'm confused on the difference does the cheaper one not come as a bracelet?

  • geeky_greeky says:

    I think the Moov NOW should have been on this list. The guided exercises via the app are great motivation for beginners and people who enjoy that kind of structure.

  • misfit says:

    I love the misfit flash.  It is easy to see on the face of it how you are progressing each day.  The sleep tracker is very good.  The information included on the app is streamlined and easy to read.  I really like that I don't have to take it off in the bath each morning and the battery lasts for months.  I have a fitbit charge and kept forgetting to put it back on and it would conk out part way through the day due to needing a charge.  The misfit is no fuss which suits me fine.  

  • KelvinC says:

    I have Archon, it's light and easy to use. The jogging mode is awesome, it records where you go, steps taken and your speed.

  • scbanawal says:

    It gives fake distance and step value if I travel by any 4 wheeler/ two wheeler

  • Electra says:

    I have just gotten into tracking my daily activity. Its surprising just how much walking I do even working in an office for 10 hours a day! But its because of that that I decided to start tracking what i do to set myself daily challenges to do a little bit more as i was worried that i was falling into a very sedentary lifestyle. as i am just starting out in tracking my daily activity i didnt really want to spend a lot on a device just in case it wasnt for me so I purchased this cheap fitness tracker:https://www.lowcostwearables.com/collections/fitness-trackers/products/fitness-tracker-with-heart-rate-monitor-available-in-black-red-blue-purple?variant=20279093125 It seems to cover everything that I need including a heart rate monitor and I am happy with it so far. I may upgrade to something fancier with GPS once I get my fitness levels up as I am planning on getting back into cycling and I believe that devices with GPS offer better accuracy.

  • Electra says:

    I have recently gotten into tracking my daily activity as I was concerned that I had been becoming more and more sedentary working 10 hour days in an office. I was surprised at how much walking I do, even at work. All those trips back and forth from the printers to see if they are working or still jammed up must do it! I didnt want to spend too much on a tracker in case I found it wasn't something I would keep up so I bought this: https://www.lowcostwearables.com/collections/fitness-trackers/products/fitness-tracker-with-heart-rate-monitor-available-in-black-red-blue-purple?variant=20279093125. i am quite impressed for the price. It does everything I need for now and even has a heart rate monitor. I must say I really like keeping track of everything i do its becoming addictive. I just have to do that bit more than the week befor! I am looking at models with GPS for when I get back into cycling as I believe they have greater accuracy.

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