Best cheap smartwatches: Pebble, Sony, Samsung and more

Smartwatches that won't break the bank
Best budget smartwatches

So your wallet can't stretch to an Apple Watch Series 2 or a Samsung Gear S3, don't fret, there's plenty of other smartwatches you can grab without breaking the bank.

It feels like barely a week goes by without a new smartwatch appearing on the market, and one of the benefits of this high churn rate is that you can often pick up older hardware for decent prices.

Essential reading: Best budget fitness trackers

If you head over to Amazon, you can pick up a host of smartwatches for as little as $15, but take it from us, they are awful. We tested a bunch of cheap smartwatches to give you an idea what you'd be dealing with.

What we have below is our hand-picked list of recommended smartwatches, which enables you to save a few dollars/quid/clams. They're not the cheapest, but they are the bona fide deals we definitely feel comfortable recommending.

Best cheap smartwatches

Pebble Time

While the Pebble 2 is already out (soon to be joined by the Pebble Time 2), but for Pebblers looking for a cheaper upgrade from the original Pebble could look at the Pebble Time for a pretty wallet-friendly price.

So you can enjoy that impressive seven-day battery life, colour e-paper screen, revamped Timeline OS and Pebble Health for a whole lot less.

If you'd prefer a Pebble smartwatch with a circular watch face, the Pebble Time Round is up for grabs for as well.

Wareable verdict: Pebble Time review

$84.75, | Amazon

Sony SmartWatch 3

The Sony SmartWatch 3 was our top Android Wear watch fave for a long time, and while it's starting to feel a bit old, it's still a solid smartwatch all-rounder.

First up, it's got full GPS tracking for all your fitness needs, then you'll also find it's got NFC for all your Google Wallet contactless payments and finally it's got a two-day-plus battery life that actually delivers.

If you want a cheaper sporty Android Wear watch equivalent to the Moto 360 Sport or the Polar M600, then this is your one.

Wareable verdict: Sony Smartwatch 3 review

$125.99, | Amazon

Asus ZenWatch 2

For the ZenWatch 3, Asus decided it was time to go round, but if the whole rectangular or circle argument doesn't bother you, the ZenWatch 2 is worthy of your attention.

Okay, so it's not challenging the big guns such as the Gear S3, Apple Watch Series 2 or Huawei Watch in any respect, but with all the latest Android Wear features and a slim, sleek build, it's a bargain for the price and well worth considering.

Wareable verdict: Asus ZenWatch 2 review

$119, | Amazon

Alcatel OneTouch Watch

Best cheap smartwatches: Pebble, Sony, Samsung and more

The OneTouch offers another cheap-ticket to the smartwatch party, and while it's by no means the perfect smartphone companion, it still offers good value for money.

The iOS and Android-friendly smartwatch features an accelerometer, a gyroscope, an altimeter, a heart rate sensor, an e-compass and an NFC tag, and will offer fitness tracking as well as smartphone notifications.

It can be used to control music playback and can function as a remote shutter for your smartphone. Battery life is a decent 2-3 days, plus it powers up from a USB charger built into the strap, so there's not a proprietary charging dock in sight to carry around.

Wareable verdict: Alcatel OneTouch Watch review

$118.14, | Amazon

Martian Notifier

Back on the cheap smartwatch wagon, the price of this Martian Notifier certainly makes things interesting if not bringing anything groundbreaking to the party. Compatible with Android and iOS, the Notifier mixes an analogue face with a small OLED screen, which displays messages and calls. It's a very similar smartwatch setup to the Guess Connect.

While the screen is a little small, you can customise vibration patterns to identify callers. Yes it's a bit old now, but for less than $40, it's not bad at all.

$35.92, | Amazon

Pebble Classic

The original Pebble first appeared at the start of 2013 on the back of what was at the time the most successful Kickstarter ever. It supports both Android and iOS, comes with a growing pile of apps and watch faces, and can last a week on a single battery charge.

It might be getting on a bit in gadget years, with the likes of the Time 2 and Pebble 2 now taking the headlines, but the device that ushered in the era of the smartwatch still has a lot going for it, and the e-ink screen is a massive boon for battery life.

Wareable verdict: Updated Pebble review

$69.99, | Amazon

Shop for recommended smartwatches on Amazon

Samsung Gear S2
Samsung Gear S2
Garmin Vivoactive HR
Garmin Vivoactive HR
Sony SmartWatch 3
Sony SmartWatch 3
Huawei Watch
Huawei Watch

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  • Yuval says:

    what about the zenwatch 2 in 150 usd? Worth a mention.

  • jeffzsx says:

    The Alcatel watch is total crap.  Battery lasts less than 2 months, and the watch typically breaks before 30 days.  Do research.  

    • RobertShowell says:

      yes, it fails to charge properly too

  • Johhennneee says:

    Chineese knockoffs of them all for 1/4 the price

  • JaredBarley says:

    Can buy knock-offs for $10US or less on Amazon and other online stores. Would like to see you guys buy a varied bunch and test them vs brandname items. 

  • sephia_rezzar says:

    U call these cheap?? So which are expensive?

  • Pebbleuser says:

    i have been using the original pebble for a while now. The watch has a known issue called screen tearing which happened just after pebble upgraded the watch firmware pebble os 2.0. The screen becomes unreadable showing garbage, i.e horizontal lines. This happened exactly in the 13th month after I bought my pebble and of course pebble refused to do anything about it. Basically, you just have to throw away the watch if you get screen tearing issues. If you check the pebble forums, you will note that this is a very common problem. That being said, such article always tend to mislead potential buyers to sponsored products without doing a research on whether these products are sustainable. Hope this helps someone.

  • fran says:

    Another really good one to consider that doesn't break the bank is the Timex Metropolitan. Very stylish. Cheap and cheerful with all the basic functions. A really good day-to-day watch that you don't need to worry about ruining. 

  • silver222 says:

    Hi, U'm looking for smartwatch that has phone finder feature. I see some chinese cheap smartwatches on youtobe like GV08, G4, A09, etc has the feature but some say this feature doesnt work on android 6. Does the reviewed smartwatches in this article have phone finder feature that work with android 6? (phone finder makes your smartwatch ring the phone, not just vibrate/ring the smartwatch when it's out of bluetooth range from phone)

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