Best budget fitness trackers: Xiaomi, Fitbit, Huawei and more

Activity tracking is cheaper than you think. Here's our top picks

If you're looking for a budget fitness tracker – or cheap Fitbit – there are some decent options out there. Whether it's imports from China or the budget lines of Fitbit and Nokia, you'll be able to find all types of style – some with screens, some without screens and all for different prices.

These devices are our choices for the best affordable trackers currently on the market, for (around) $80 or less. None are perfect, so be sure to read the full reviews so you know exactly what compromise is on offer.

Read this: Best heart rate monitors to buy

When you fancy spending a bit more, you can always upgrade to one of our favorite fitness trackers or get even more features from our roundup of the best smartwatches.

Got any questions about the trackers we've listed? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 3

Best budget fitness trackers: Xiaomi, Fitbit, Huawei and more

We don't know how Xiaomi does it, but the Chinese company continues to pack its fitness tracker with new features and still make it really affordable.

The Mi Band 3 is no different with the addition of automatic sports tracking that recognises walking, running and cycling, smartphone notification support, 3-day weather forecasts and a heart rate monitor that now provides more detail insights than its predecessor the Mi Band 2. The design has been revamped to make it feel a little less budget and let you take it for a swim. There's even an Mi Band 3 NFC edition that unlocks the ability to make contactless payments.

Based on our experience, it's still not the most accurate of trackers we've used, but if you value a strong combination of features, an app with actionable insights and a sporty design, then the price won't be the only thing that will make the Mi Band 3 sound so appealing.

Read our full Xiaomi Mi Band 3 review.

Feature check: Steps, sleep, heart rate, notifications, waterproof design, contactless payments (on NFC models), automatic sports tracking

$26, mi.com | gearbest

Huawei Band 2 Pro

The best budget fitness trackers

The Band 2 Pro is now more widely available making it easier to recommend as a budget band to consider. For well under $100, you can get yourself a feature-rich wearable that does the basics and a bit more.

The Pro include built-in GPS, heart rate monitoring, sleep monitoring and coaching for breathing and running. This is also one of the only trackers on this list that can be dunked in the water thanks to its 5ATM water rating. For those who like to keep tabs on notifications, you'll get bumps for calls, texts and inactivity, too.

If the Mi Band is too basic, then the Band 2 Pro is well worth considering as an alternative instead.

Read our full Huawei Band 2 Pro review.

Feature check: GPS, 5ATM, sleep monitoring, heart rate monitoring, notifications

$69.99, huawei.com | Amazon

Fitbit Flex 2

Best budget fitness trackers: Xiaomi, Fitbit, Huawei and more

Boasting a slightly lighter package to the Huawei offering above is Fitbit's only waterproof fitness tracker, the Flex 2. This device doesn't have a screen, with notifications and goal progress instead fed through the five LED lights and a number of different combinations.

There's no GPS or heart rate, though swimmers are catered for through 5ATM water resistance with dedicated swim tracking, and sleep monitoring is also available. It's worth noting, too, that this is one of the more customisable options on this list, with Fitbit offering a range of sporty and metal bands, as well as pendants.

Read our full Fitbit Flex 2 review.

Feature check: Waterproof, swim tracking, sleep monitoring, activity tracking, notifications

$59.95, fitbit.com | Amazon

Garmin Vivofit 4

The best budget fitness trackers

Garmin's most recent and basic fitness tracker is a bit of a throwback. Steps, sleep and calories are the metrics here. There's no heart rate or workout modes, though you will get credit for being active thanks to MoveIQ.

The latest Vivofit is also pool friendly, so don't be afraid to take it for a swim although it won't track your strokes or count laps. It will give you a year's worth of battery life though, so you can forget about needing to keep a charger around. All that with an always-on screen. With the Vivofit 4, you're getting a simple, no frills fitness tracker.

Read our Garmin Vivofit 4 review

Feature check: Steps, sleep tracking, calories, waterproof, notifications

$79.99, garmin.com | Amazon

Fitbit Zip

The best budget fitness trackers

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.

You can still buy it from the official Fitbit store and through online retailers like Amazon too if you want to get it even cheaper.

Feature check: Steps, distance, calories

$59.95, fitbit.com | Amazon

Misfit Flash

The best budget fitness trackers

It's an oldie, but it's still a solid fitness tracker you can still buy on the cheap. Like the 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.

It can also be used as a smart button to take control of smartphone smart home tech as well. So what's the difference? The Misfit Flash is chunkier and made of plastic instead of aluminium.

It's worth keeping in mind that although Misfit itself no longer sells the Flash, those interested can still pick it up from places like Amazon.

Check out our comprehensive Misfit Flash review.

Feature check: Steps, distance, sleep, smart button

$44.99, misfit.com | Amazon


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Amazon
$149.95
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Amazon
$129.95
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro - save $50
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro - save $50
Amazon
$149
Xiaomi Mi Band 3
Xiaomi Mi Band 3
Amazon
$34.60

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  • SteveCannes·

    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·

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

      • Luke·

        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·

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

    • bc82·

      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·

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

    • Cookie·

      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·

        1, you can buy from their website

        2. yes. just go to settings

        3.recharge

    • Anette·

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

    • Anette·

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

    • Nikos·

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

    • iPankajS·

      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·

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

  • Philp·

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

  • mompro·

    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·

    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·

    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·

    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·

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

  • aesaes1·

    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·

    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·

    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·

    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·

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

  • andy-jordan·

    Can these fitness trackers be used without a phone and connect by wire or Bluetooth to a PC to upload stats?

  • rohit00924·

    How about Intex fitRiSt Pulzz (Black) ??? as compare to MI Band 2

  • rohit00924·

    Which one is good Intex fitRiSt Pulzz (Black) or MI band 2 ??

    Pls suggest , I am first time user dont know much

  • metarob·

    That's not a picture of the Mi Band 2.

  • SofieVDV2·

    I’m happy to see you don’t give the Fitbit Ionic a place here. 

    A lot of people are complaining of it, including me... The last update ‘killed’ my Ionic (again) totally... It’s in a loop of freezing almost immediately and restarting. Resetting doesn’t help... And no answers or solutions of Fitbit on the many problems. It also gives a lot of synchronization problems and I think that this is the reason mine doesn’t work anymore. I’m really disappointed about this buggy watch that costed far too many money... 

    There are also a lot of other problems about the apps, the fitness it measures, etc... Updates don’t bring solutions for it, what is really problematic because the updates are not frequently at all (max. 1 time in a month).
    So we don’t need any bells on that watch, if even the basic functions don’t work. Bells are useless if the watch can’t even ‘stay alive’.
    My advice? Don’t buy it!!!
    It’s my first and last Fitbit.

  • christidgutz·

    I've had three Fitbit surges, only to have them bubble and peel. The first two Fitbit replaced with little hassle. The third one also peeled and bubbled even though I was following all the guidelines set out by Fitbit for the care of their product. When I called to explain to Fitbit that the third one did the same thing all they could offer me was 10% off my next purchase of the next Fitbit. I bought the Fitbit Blaze which I have trouble with when I try to charge it or connecting to my phone when I'm going for a run. I then bought the Fitbit Ionic which continually tells me it is still charging even long after I take it off the charger. I then have to reset it to get it to quit giving me that message and to record my activity.

    In 2017, I bought my husband a Fitbit Charge 2 for a Christmas gift, when we tried to set up his profile and connect it to his phone it would not connect. I got on the phone with technical support to find out that his Fitbit Charge 2 was defective. I then had to send the device back, wait for it to be received and then wait for his replacement to be shipped. All the while having to call and check the status of when the replacement would be sent.

    I then bought the Fitbit Aria 2 scale and the Fitbit Flyer headphones. My headphones suddenly went bad with no warning. I called Fitbit to get the return label so I could send them back. The person I spoke with acted like I didn't know what I was doing going far enough to ask me if I remembered to charge them. When I explained that I had already eliminated any user error then he reluctantly agreed to give me a return label so I could send them back. I sent the headphones back and on July 23rd Fitbit acknowledged that they had received my headphones on July 13th but had not yet sent out the replacements even though there was supposedly a special team working on the receipt and replacement of the Fitbit Flyer headphones. I was told at that time that the replacements would be sent out to me using expedited shipping. On August 6th I then again called to check on my headphones in which I was again told that they were sorry and would be sent out expedited mail. By now after almost a month, I am tired of hearing that they are sorry and everything will be sent out using expedited mail to no avail. Their apologies are extremely disingenuous and their promises are empty. So, I asked for a supervisor and received the same song and dance. Now it is August 6th with the promise of getting a replacement product and expedited shipping. I asked for my money to be refunded since I've waited so long and don't even really want the headphones any more. I was told that they are unable to refund my money. Then the supervisor then had enough gall to ask if I had returned everything that was originally sent in the box with the headphones when I purchased them. As if the supervisor was looking for a reason to not replace my $150.00 headphones that were defective. I am so very offended by Fitbit and fed up with their poor customer service and substandard quality products. I as much of the world work hard for my money and when I decide to spend it, try to buy quality items of which Fitbit lacks quality standards or decent customer service. So sad and disappointing.

    What irritates me even more is the inconvenience and interruption to mine and my husbands training schedules and routines. Just completely unacceptable.

    The Fitbit Aria 2 Scale is the only item that I have not had any problems.

    I'll never spend any more money with Fitbit, I've given them a fair opportunity to provide me with quality products. Guess, I will have to switch my products to Apple.

    Christianna Gutierrez