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
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 eight-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.
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 and made of plastic instead of aluminium. Check out our comprehensive Misfit Flash review.
Feature check: Steps, sleep, smart button.
Polar Loop 2
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.
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 plasticky 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.
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.
With a heart rate monitor and strong battery life, the Amazfit Arc is a solid budget offering. However, while it offers a wide range of features, it doesn't provide the depth of many of its more costly alternatives.
Still, a good choice for anyone looking for something that ticks all the basic boxes and won't be left longing for more analysis. Read more in our full Amazfit Arc review.
Feature check: Heart rate, steps, sleep tracking, calories, distance.
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 are 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
For software, this is still one of the most impressive fitness trackers to own that won't break the bank. But be warned, there's a lot of uncertainty around the company right now so that's something to factor in if you to decide to spend.
The Jawbone UP2 is 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.
Check out our Jawbone UP2 review.
Feature check: Steps, sleep, calories.
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