The best budget fitness trackers

Activity tracking is cheaper than you think: Misfit, Fitbit, Xiaomi and more...
The best budget fitness trackers

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) $70 or less. None are perfect so be sure to read the full reviews so you know exactly what compromise is on offer.

Make sure you also take a look at our guide to the best fitness trackers money can buy and read our guide on how to pick the perfect fitness tracker.

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

The best budget fitness trackers

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.

$31.99, mi.com | Amazon

Amazfit Arc

The best budget fitness trackers

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.

$48.99, amazfit.com | Amazon

Misfit Flash

The best budget fitness trackers

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.

$11.99, misfit.com | Amazon

Misfit Flare

The best budget fitness trackers

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.

$49.99, misfit.com

Nokia Go

The best budget fitness trackers

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.

$44.95, nokia.com | Amazon

Polar Loop 2

The best budget fitness trackers

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.

$69.95, polar.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.

Feature check: Steps, distance, calories.

$59.95, fitbit.com | Amazon

Goqii

The best budget fitness trackers

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

$49.99 (3-month plan), goqii.com | Amazon

Archon Touch

The best budget fitness trackers

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.

£34.99 | Amazon


Shop for recommended fitness trackers on Amazon

Fitbit Charge 2
Fitbit Charge 2
$89.99
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
Garmin Vivosmart HR+
$139.99
Withings Steel HR
Withings Steel HR
$199.99
Moov Now
Moov Now
$59.99

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28 Comments

  • SteveCannes says:

    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 says:

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

      • Luke says:

        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 says:

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

    • bc82 says:

      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 says:

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

    • Cookie says:

      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 says:

        1, you can buy from their website

        2. yes. just go to settings

        3.recharge

    • Anette says:

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

    • Anette says:

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

    • Nikos says:

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

    • iPankajS says:

      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 says:

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

  • Philp says:

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

  • mompro says:

    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 says:

    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.

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  • Hermyknee says:

    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 says:

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

  • aesaes1 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  • andy-jordan says:

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

  • rohit00924 says:

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

  • rohit00924 says:

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

    Pls suggest , I am first time user dont know much

  • metarob says:

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

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