Best budget fitness trackers: Cheap Fitbit, Samsung, Amazfit and Xiaomi bands

Activity tracking is cheaper than you think. Here's our top picks
Best fitness trackers for less than $50
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If you're looking for a budget fitness tracker – or a cheap Fitbit – there are plenty of decent options out there. In 2020, there's actually no need to be paying more than $50 for a fitness tracker.

Spending just a little more will get you access to better apps and analytics, such as Fitbit or Garmin. That means upping your budget to around $70 – which in our opinion is worth it.

After all, if you're serious about making positive changes then a simple number on your wrist won't get you that far. You can check out our guide to the best fitness trackers money can buy to see what you're missing.

Below you'll find out 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 features you're getting - and which you'll be without.

Update: This article was first published in 2014. We keep it up to date with what we regard as the best budget options from our extensive list of fitness tracker reviews.

Amazfit Band 5

Price when reviewed: $49.99

amazfit band 5

Amazfit Band 5 key features

  • Works with Android phones and iPhones
  • Tracks steps and sleep
  • Auto workout tracking for walking, running, dynamic workout
  • Displays notifications and music controls
  • Works with Amazon Alexa
  • Tracks pool swimming
  • Includes heart rate sensor
  • 15 days battery life (typical usage)
  • 5ATM (up to 50 metres) waterproof rating

Bang for buck, the Amazfit Band 5 is the budget fitness tracker we think you should try.

If you think it looks familiar, well this is basically the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 with a few more features for a not a lot of extra money.

You're getting a very similar-looking polycarbonate tracker matched up with a TPU plastic band. That houses the same lovely 1.1-inch, 126 x 294 resolution AMOLED display that's higher quality than what you'd find on trackers from Fitbit and Samsung.

In terms of fitness tracking, it'll do steps, distance and continuously monitor your heart rate. There's also sleep monitoring and you've got connected GPS to piggyback of your phone to track outdoor activities like running.

You also get an SpO2 sensor, which you don't get on the Mi Band 5. It offers a superior heart rate sensor to offer improved accuracy.

It also offers more smartwatch features than the Mi Band 5 with the addition of Amazon's Alexa, which lets you direct your queries that will be displayed as opposed to read out for you. That's along with notification support, music controls, the ability to remotely take smartphone photos and a nice collection of watch faces.

Even with those extra features, you can still to get up to two weeks battery life, likely closer to a week if you use all of its features regularly every day.

For its mix of fitness tracking and smartwatch features along with that great screen and battery life, the Amazfit Band 5 is the band that really delivers.

Check out our full Amazfit Band 5 review

Xiaomi Mi Band 5

Price when reviewed: $39.99

xiaomi mi band 5

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 key features

  • Works with Android phones and iPhones
  • Tracks steps and sleep
  • Automatic sports tracking
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Waterproof design with swim tracking
  • Notifications
  • Music playback controls
  • Contactless payments (on NFC models)
  • 14-day battery life (typical use)

If you really don't want to spend that little bit extra, it's still worth looking at the Mi Band 5 too. You're essentially missing out on the Alexa support and SpO2 sensor. If you can live without them, it's still a great budget option to consider.

You're still getting that fantastic color AMOLED touchscreen and a design that makes it a lot easier to charge than previous Mi Bands and can roughly expect the same battery life as the Amazfit Band 5.

It covers all the key fitness tracking features including counting steps and monitoring sleep. It also offers new PAI health scores to indicate how regularly you're getting an exercise fix.

There's eleven sports tracking modes and connected GPS to make it a better outdoor workout companion. It's also waterproof up to 50 metres depth with pool swim tracking supported.

While you do miss out on on contactless payments on the global version, it still covers notifications, music controls and few other extras that make sure it does a decent smartwatch impression.

It works with Android and iPhones and with improving software support inside of its companion app, it's still one of the best out there.

Check our our in-depth Xiaomi Mi Band 5 review

Samsung Galaxy Fit 2

Price when reviewed: $59.99

samsung gear fit 2

Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 key features

  • Works with Android phones and iPhones
  • Tracks steps, sleep and stress
  • Auto workout tracking for walking, running, dynamic workout
  • Displays notifications
  • Includes heart rate sensor
  • 15 days battery life (typical usage)
  • 5ATM (up to 50 metres) waterproof rating

In 2019, Samsung launched the Fit and the cheaper Fit e. With the arrival of the Fit 2, it's dropped the price, which means there's no real reason for a Fit e 2 to exist.

What you're getting with the new Fit fitness tracker is a 1.1-inch AMOLED screen partnered up with a band that's slimmer and sits more snug than its predecessor.

It has the sensors on board to count steps, monitor sleep and can keep tabs on your stress using the optical heart rate monitor. There's automated workout support for activities including running, elliptical and indoor rowing. While it's fit to be worn in the pool, it won't track your activity in the water.

On that AMOLED display, you can take control of your music, view notifications and send quick replies if you're an Android phone owner. You're also getting a big collection of watch faces to pick from too.

Battery life is up there with Xiaomi and Amazfit's trackers. So if you're a fan of Samsung's hardware and companion app, it's another solid option to consider.

For more in-depth info have a read of our Galaxy Fit 2 review.

Fitbit Inspire 2

Price when reviewed: From $99

fitbit inspire 2

Fitbit Inspire 2 features

  • Works with iPhones and Android phones
  • Swimproof design with swim tracking
  • Track steps, sleep, distance, active minutes, calories burned
  • Notifications
  • Automatic exercise recognition
  • 24/7 heart rate tracking
  • Guided Breathing
  • Connected GPS
  • Up to 10 days battery life

The Inspire 2 does creep up slightly above our price criteria, but if you want the cheapest new Fitbit on offer, this is it.

Like its predecessor the Inspire HR, it offers a slimmer band than most of the options on this list and a richer array of official bands you can pair it up with if you want a smarter look. There's a greyscale display, which has improved outdoor visibility compared to the Inspire HR, though only slightly in our experience.

You're getting all those Fitbit fitness tracking goodies, including some of the best sleep monitoring and additional health metrics that can be unlocked with a Fitbit Premium subscription. It'll track steps, monitor heart rate and it's swim-proof letting you track your swims.

There's connected GPS to map outdoor exercise and Fitbit's automatic exercise recognition if you just want to get on with with working out.

You're also getting the best battery life of any wearable Fitbit has launched to keep you away from the charger comfortably for well over a week.

If you don't mind having that slightly improved display, bigger battery life and some additional heart rate-based features, the Inspire HR is worth considering too. Especially as it now comes in at around $70.

Read our full Fitbit Inspire 2 review.

Garmin Vivofit 4

Price when reviewed: $79.99

Garmin Vivofit 4

Garmin Vivofit 4 key features

  • Works with Android phones and iPhones
  • Tracks steps and sleep
  • Suitable for swimming, basic rest timer
  • Room for 4 weeks of data
  • Includes inactivity Move bar
  • 1-year battery life

Garmin's most 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 Garmin's Move Bar that you'll need to strive to keep topped up.

The Vivofit 4 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. You're just getting a basic rest timer.

Smartwatch-style features are non-existent here too. You won't be able to review your notifications or control your music from this durable activity band.

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 backed up by Garmin's Connect software.

If you're happy with the basics, the Vivofit will serve you well.

Read our Garmin Vivofit 4 review

Huawei Band 4 Pro

Price when reviewed: $57.99

huawei band pro 4

Huawei Band 4 Pro key features

  • Works with Android phones and iPhones
  • AMOLED touchscreen display
  • Built-in GPS
  • Heart rate monitor
  • SpO2 sensor
  • 5ATM (up to 50 metres) waterproof rating
  • Swim tracking
  • 5-day battery life (typical usage)
  • 7 hours GPS battery life

The Huawei Band 4 Pro is the only budget tracker on our list that has built-in GPS to make it a useful running and cycling companion.

The feature-packed tracker features a 0.95-inch AMOLED screen with access to Huawei's watch store to pick out different watch faces to show off on it.

Features-wise, it will count your steps and monitor sleep with a heart rate monitor to power exercise insights like training effect and daily monitoring. There's an SpO sensor to measure blood oxygen levels and you do have that built-in GPS to better track outdoor activities without your phone.

On the smartwatch front, you can view notifications, control music playback and remotely control your smartphone camera. Add in some pretty solid battery life and you have a cheap fitness tracker that should have appeal to anyone looking for some serious sports features packed into a slim band.

Honor Band 5

Price when reviewed: $34.99

Honor Band 5

Honor Band 5 key features

  • Works with Android phones and iPhones
  • Tracks steps and sleep
  • Water resistance up to 5ATM (50 metres)
  • Heart rate monitor
  • SpO2 monitor
  • Tracks 10 exercises
  • Notifications
  • Up to 14-day battery life

Honor is an offshoot company from Huawei and it's all about offering affordable wearables that pack a features punch. That is exactly what you get from the Honor Band 5.

Priced in at around the same as the Mi Band 5, it has an AMOLED touch display at the heart with a comfy strap that'll keep it in place even during the toughest workouts.

Honor manages to find space for a heart rate monitor to continuously track during the day and when you're in the gym. Unlike other devices on this list, it also includes an SpO2 to measure the amount oxygen in blood. Why is that useful? Well, it's another useful metric to indicate your current state of fitness.

It's not just about fitness here either. You can view phone notifications, control music playback and you can download watch faces (when paired to Android phones).

Throw in two weeks of battery life and there's a whole lot to like about the this tracker that offers fantastic value for money.