So you want a fitness tracker but you don't want to spend big on a Charge 2 or a Vivosmart 3. Thankfully, there's some decent options out there. Whether it's imports from China or the budget lines of Fitbit and Withings. You'll be able to find all types of looks, some with screens, some without screens, all for different prices.
These devices are our choices for the best affordable trackers currently on the market, for (about) £50 or less. None are perfect so be sure to read the full reviews so you know exactly what compromise is on offer.
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 is as about as cheap as it gets but don't be put off by the price because it's a solid little tracker. In terms of activity monitoring the Mi Band 2 tracks time, steps and heart rate information. And in a Xiaomi first, the Mi Band 2 also 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.
Read our full Xiaomi Mi Band 2 review.
Feature check: Steps, sleep, heart rate, notifications.
With a heart rate monitor and strong battery life, the Arc is a solid budget offering and comes from the company that also builds Xiaomi's trackers. While it offers a wide range of features, it doesn't provide the depth of many of its more costly alternatives. Still, it's 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.
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.
Check out our comprehensive Misfit Flash review.
Feature check: Steps, distance, sleep, smart button.
If you want an even more affordable Misfit, then the Flare might be for your. The tracking module is moulded onto the band so it won't fall off, it's small, weighs just 8.5g and won't draw attention to itself. Plus it acts as a remote and smart home button once you set it up. It's more expensive than the Flash and only has one LED so can't tell the time. But it does look a lot more stylish.
Feature check: Steps, distance, sleep, smart button.
Tracking steps, distance, calories and sleep, the Nokia Go (previously Withings) can be clipped to your clothing or worn on the wrist. 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 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. All of your data is now stored in the Nokia Health Mate app, which offers a more streamlined surroundings to check in on your progress.
Read our full Nokia Go review.
Feature check: Steps, sleep, calories, swimming.
Polar Loop 2
Polar's fitness tracker sequel adds smartwatch-style features and beefed up build quality, and has notifications for Android and iOS users. The second generation activity tracker will display smartphone notifications for incoming calls, messages and calendar alerts, as well as measure 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, calories, sleep.
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.
Feature check: Steps, distance, calories.
The Goqii is a wearable that's a little different. Yes, it's a fitness tracker that can track steps, distance, active time and sleep. It can also do some basic notifications and has WhatsApp support. What sets it apart though is there's a 3-month subscription that gets you access to a real fitness trainer. They can look at your data from your device and coach you on what you need to do to improve.
You also earn Karma points for every 390 steps you take (inspired by Gandhi's 390km journey), which can be used to donate to various social causes within the companion app.
Feature check: Steps, distance, coaching
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 is usable at a very low price.
Feature check: Steps, distance, calories. Notifications too.
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