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

Activity tracking is cheaper than you think. Here's our top picks
The best budget fitness trackers
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If you're looking for a budget fitness tracker – or a cheap Fitbit – there are some decent options out there.

Whether it's something imported from China or the budget lines of Fitbit and Withings, you'll be able to find all types of style – some with screens, some without screens and all for different prices.

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.

Essential reading: Find the best Fitbit tracker for your budget

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

Xiaomi Mi Band 4

Buy now: Amazon | $39.99

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

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 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)
  • Up to 20-day battery life

The latest Mi Band from Chinese tech giant Xiaomi might have jumped up in price ever so slightly, but it's not too much to consider it a solid budget buy.

While it looks a lot like its predecessor the Mi Band 3, it has a notable hardware addition in the shape of a fantastic color AMOLED touchscreen. Xiaomi has also added a mic to support voice control and it still promises nice big battery life.

Read this: Xiaomi Mi Band 5 - What we know so far

In the tracking department, it'll do the basics like counting steps and monitoring sleep. It will also track running, cycling and swimming. That also means it's waterproof enough for the pool, of course. Smartwatch-style features include notifications and contactless payments (only available in some countries). We've found the heart rate monitor to be surprisingly solid for workout-based tracking too.

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 4 review

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Honor Band 5

Buy now: Amazon | $34.99

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

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 4, the Band 5 has a 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.

Samsung Galaxy Fit e

Buy now: Amazon | $35

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

Samsung Galaxy Fit e key features

  • Works with Android phones and iPhones
  • Tracks steps and sleep
  • Auto workout tracking for walking, running, dynamic workout
  • Displays notifications
  • Includes heart rate sensor
  • 6-7 days battery life (typical usage)
  • 5ATM (up to 50 metres) waterproof rating

It's taken a while, but Samsung has finally gone budget with one its latest fitness trackers, the Fit 3, an attractive activity band that's a good fit for beginners.

The super-slim waterproof (up to 50 metres) Fit features a simple monochrome touchscreen display that's not up there with Samsung's best, but should be good enough for most for reviewing your fitness tracking data.

In terms of tracking, it'll count steps, monitor sleep and automatically track running, walking and dynamic workouts. Just don't expect perfect accuracy. You also get a heart rate sensor for that extra hit of biometric data and respectable 6-7 days battery life.

While some of the design feels a little too budget and we did experience some tracking inaccuracies in places, the Fit e offers excellent value for money. It's also nice to see Samsung offering an wearable option for those who don't want to spend big.

Check out our full Samsung Galaxy Fit e review

Huawei Band 3 Pro

Buy now: Amazon | $59.99

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

Huawei Band 3 Pro key features

  • Works with Android phones and iPhones
  • AMOLED touchscreen display
  • Built-in GPS
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 5ATM waterproof
  • Swim tracking
  • 12-day battery life
  • 7 hours GPS battery life

Like its predecessor the Huawei Band 2 Pro, the Band 3 Pro is a sub-$100 fitness tracker that packs in a whole lot.

Along with an improved touchscreen display, the new Pro include built-in GPS, heart rate monitoring, sleep monitoring and coaching for breathing and running.

This is also one of the few 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 something like the Mi Band or Galaxy Fit e is too basic, then the Band 3 Pro for a little bit more money is well worth considering as an alternative instead.

Read our full Huawei Band 3 Pro review.

Fitbit Inspire & Inspire HR

Buy now: Amazon | From $69.95

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

Fitbit Inspire and Inspire HR key 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 (Inspire HR only)
  • Guided Breathing (Inspire HR only)
  • Connected GPS (Inspire HR only)

Fitbit's latest fitness tracker is actually a pair of fitness trackers. There's the Inspire and Inspire HR. These two devices not only replace the Alta and Alta HR, they have killed off the Flex, Zip and One for good.

Both devices have swim-proof designs and track steps, distance and sleep. They also provide notification support and automatic workout recognition. However, they differ with that heart rate sensor.

The Inspire HR uses that for 24/7 heart rate tracking, Sleep Stages, Guided Breathing, and goal-based exercise modes. The Inspire HR also comes with Connected GPS for your outdoor runs.

You will save about $30 by opting for the Inspire over its HR sibling. Either way, you're getting one of the best budget fitness trackers available.

Read our full Fitbit Inspire HR review and Fitbit Inspire review.

Garmin Vivofit 4

Buy now: Amazon | $79.99

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

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


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  • 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