Best budget smartwatches: Top picks for every budget

Top cheap smartwatches that won't break the bank
Best budget smartwatch picks for 2022
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If you're looking for a cheap smartwatch under $200/£200 there's never been more choice. And for the first time there are sub-$100/£100 smartwatches that stack up as excellent smartwatches too.

The likes of Amazfit, Xiaomi are making genuinely powerful smartwatches for low prices, and Apple has had to respond by slashing the price of its Apple Watch Series 3.

While top smartwatches like the Apple Watch Series 7 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 still command top prices for features like ECG, there's an influx of cheaper devices going big on features and little on price. In 2021, they're actually offering good experiences that are easy to recommend.

If you've been trawling the dregs sold on Amazon, check out our guide pulled from devices we've tried and tested.

Update: We first published this article in September 2014. It was updated in March 2022 with newly reviewed smartwatches.

Best cheap smartwatches under $100/£100

Amazfit GTS 2 Mini

Price when reviewed: $99.99/£79.99

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The Amazfit GTS 2 Mini from Chinese wearable maker Zepp Health comes in at $99.99/£79.99 putting it in between the budget Bip U and the more fully fledged Amazfit GTR 3 and GTS 3 smartwatches.

So what’s the difference between the Bip U and the GTS 2 Mini? Not as much as you’d think. The build of the GTS 2 Mini is a little more stylish, and you get a superior AMOLED display over the one you'll find on the Bip U. The case materials are better and it's a smaller watch too. It's only $20/£20 more and we think it's worth that little bit extra.

In terms of sports tracking, there are 60 workout profiles built in, and you get the same feedback in the Zepp app – plus support for third party APIs such as Strava. It's compatible with Android and iPhones offering smartwatch basics like notification support and will track your daily activity and sleep with reliable results.

Until there's an Amazfit GTS 3 mini to replace it, this remains one of the best budget smartwatches we've had on our wrists that you should have on your wrists too.

Read our full Amazfit GTS 2 Mini review

Amazfit Bip U Pro

Price when reviewed: $69.99/£59.99

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The Bip U and Bip U Pro offer a huge update to the Bip S and are available at the same price. The screen has been improved most notably, and it boasts a larger 1.42-inch display, up from 1.28-inch on the Bip S.

The resolution has been doubled to 320x302, although the TFT display tech is no-where near as good as the AMOLED screens you’ll find on pricier Fitbit, Apple or Samsung rivals.

The Bip U Pro includes GPS, as well as SpO2 tracking, stress monitoring and guided breathing exercises, and your heart rate vitals are tracked with the Amazfit BioTracker 2 sensor. That will also help provide data from over 60 workout profiles.

And the Bip U Pro also supports Alexa on the wrist – if you like that kind of thing.

If you want to save extra cash you can pick up the standard Bip U, which doesn’t include native GPS or Alexa support. But at just $79.99 for the Pro version, why not splash out?

We've reviewed the Amazfit Bip U Pro and were impressed by the value on offer. It really is a strong package that doesn't hold back features from more expensive Amazfits and belies its low price. Yes, there are sacrifices in terms of the build quality and yes, health data isn't quite up to Fitbit/Apple levels. But it's not that far short. It's a really savvy buy for bargain hunters.

Read our full Amazfit Bip U Pro review

Huawei Watch Fit

Price when reviewed: £69.99/$99.99

Huawei Watch Fit

Another smartwatch that's hard to find for US shoppers, the Huawei Watch Fit has plummeted in price and you can find it for around £69.99/$99.99.

The company has since launched the Huawei Watch Fit Elegant with a stainless steel finish, which has led to a big price cut for the original. There's now also a Huawei Watch Fit Mini, which adds a bigger battery than the Fit and Elegant.

The Huawei Watch Fit is a surprisingly nice wearable to live with. We grew to like the tall 1.64 inch, 456 x 280 AMOLED screen, which is sharp and colourful.

There's GPS on board and over 100 sport profiles, and running is well catered for with guided training programs and advanced data such as aerobic training effect, VO2 Max and a recovery time.

It's waterproof to 50 metres depth, features swim tracking and there's an SpO2 monitor to offer blood oxygen monitoring too.

There's still the odd software issues while heart rate monitor accuracy is still not great. It's still a great shame Huawei doesn't, and probably won't, open up its platform to share with other apps.

But at this price it's an excellent smartwatch/fitness tracker hybrid, that delivers true value.

Read our full Huawei Watch Fit review

Redmi Watch 2 Lite

Price when reviewed: $TBC/£59.99

Best budget smartwatches: Top picks for every budget

The Redmi Watch 2 Lite is a square smartwatch option from the Xiaomi spin-off company that offers a strong feature set for both Android and iPhone users. It's a little easier to get in the UK than it is in the US right now though.

Design-wise, it shares a close resemblance with the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite we've also tested, but it offers a 41mm matte plastic case with a higher quality 1.5-inch, 320x360 TFT display that's generally up to the task in terms of viewing angles and responsiveness.

For smartwatch features, you're getting notifications, the ability to download watch faces, control music playing on your phone and view weather updates. While interacting with the screen has its laggy moments, it's a software that is really easy to get to grips with.

When it comes to tracking your fitness, there's a heart rate monitor, blood oxygen monitoring and support for GPS, Glonass, Galileo and BDS satellite systems to improve accuracy tracking for outdoor runs and rides. It also covers swim tracking here too. If you're a Strava user, you can also fire your workout data over to the third party app. You're also getting something that will simply track steps and monitor sleep and it does it in a largely reliable way.

Battery life is anywhere from up to 10 days in typical use to 5 days in heavy usage and it did live up to those numbers in our testing.

This is a budget smartwatch that looks good, is easy to use and features like sports tracking and its basic smartwatch skills work well here too. If you're looking for a strong alternative to the Amazfit Bip U Pro and others above, it's well worth checking out.

Read our full Redmi Watch 2 Lite review

TicWatch GTH

Price when reviewed: $79.99/£69.99

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TicWatch has doubled down on budget smartwatches, and its GTH goes big on health.

Priced at $79.99/£69.99, it's not much of a looker with a plastic case and a display set inside a sizeable black frame and bezel. It uses a 1.55-inch 360 x 320 LCD panel, so the display is quite basic compared to the AMOLED you’ll find on the Amazfit GTS 2 Mini, though on par with the Bip U Pro.

It has 14 exercise profiles on board, including walking, indoor and outdoor running, indoor and outdoor cycling, jump rope, swimming, rowing, freestyle exercise, mountain climbing, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, and yoga.

But there is no GPS, which means this tracking of outdoor activity lags devices such as the Amazfit Bip U Pro mentioned higher up.

The real appeal here is that it can continuously monitor heart rate, stress, body temperature and blood oxygen levels. There's few watches at this price that offer that continuous monitoring.

As a smartwatch, it's pretty basic and the notification support is a bit archaic. The health monitoring features work well, though it didn't win use over for heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking.

We should mention that there is now a newer TicWatch GTH Pro, which offers upgraded health features in the way of being able to track arterial health and monitor factors that could potentially lead to heart disease.

We haven't been able to test the Pro out just yet, so we'll include the original GTH for now.

Read our full TicWatch GTH review

Realme Watch S

Price: $TBC/£74.99

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Realme’s second budget smartwatch is a much more polished affair than the first with a round design and AMOLED display.

Front and centre is a 1.3-inch, 360 x 360 touchscreen AMOLED display, so it really looks the business, even if it’s lacking under the hood.

There’s no GPS, and only boasts an IP68 water resistant rating, which unfortunately means it's not suitable for swimming or showering. That’s slightly unusual, even in the budget smartwatch world.

Despite the lack of GPS, you do get 16 sports profiles, including running, cycling, table tennis, basketball and indoor rowing and cycling.

There’s an optical heart rate sensor that tracks resting heart rate and measure effort levels during workouts. It can also take blood oxygen measurements using the SpO2 sensor.

On the battery front, you've got a 390mAh capacity one that Realme claims can get you up to 15 days before you need to reach for the charger.

It’s not really shaking it with the Amazfit army, at similar prices to the Bip U Pro, and US availability is shady.

Read our full Realme Watch S review

Best cheap smartwatches under $200/£200

Huawei Watch GT2e

Price when reviewed: $134.99/£119.99

Huawei Watch GT2e

You don't have to search too hard to find the Huawei Watch GT 2e for less than $100/£100 and for that price it's a brilliant sports-centric smartwatch to consider.

The GT 2e is a sportier version of the GT 2 and features a 1.39-inch AMOLED display that's bright and clear. You get a bunch of sport profiles including swimming (thanks to 5ATM water resistance), cycling and an excellent running experience and decent sleep tracking.

It runs Lite OS rather than the Harmony OS found on the Huawei Watch 3 and Huawei Watch GT 3, and the pay-off is excellent battery life with 14 days solid use. You can still view notifications from Android and iOS devices, store music (Android only) and Huawei has now enabled the ability to download third party apps just like its newer watches.

Huawei Watch GT2e is good for runners, thanks to the metrics on offer, a clear screen, and Firstbeat’s VO2 Max and recovery stats. There's isn't much official support for sending your data to third party apps with some workaround getting your stats to platforms like Strava. So that's something to be mindful of.

It's a better experience pairing it up with an Android phone than an iPhone, and is great option for anyone looking for an affordable sporty smartwatch.

Read our Huawei Watch GT2e review

Apple Watch Series 3

Price when reviewed: $199.99/£199.99

Apple Watch Series 3

Even with the arrival of the Apple Watch Series 7 and the SE, the Series 3 remains a part of Apple's smartwatch plans and for $199.99/£199.99 still gives you a strong smartwatch experience.

However, be aware that this base price tag is for the 38mm, GPS model. If you want the cellular model, or indeed the bigger, 42mm case variation, you'll have to pay slightly more.

So, what else do you get for your money? Well, the Series 3 is able to run on the same watchOS 8 software as the Series 7 and SE, and you still get GPS for location tracking, 4G/LTE for cellular support, Apple Pay, swim tracking and heart rate monitoring.

You'll have to put up with the slightly boxier design that changed on the Series 4, and you don't get things like the always-on display or ECG monitoring, but the core features are all still here at a decent price.

If you want an Apple Watch but don't want to spend a lot on one, there's still plenty to like here with the Series 3.

Read our full Apple Watch Series 3 review

Fitbit Versa 2

Price when reviewed: $149.95/£149.99

Fitbit Versa 2

With the launch of the Fitbit Versa 3, the Versa 2 seems to be universally on sale at around $149 – and is a great buy at that price.

The smartwatch features top-notch activity and sleep tracking, as you'd expect from Fitbit, with an SpO2 sensor on board, which is used well for sleep tracking and Health Metrics (for Fitbit Premium users).

As a smartwatch you get notifications, Fitbit Pay and a suite of apps and watch faces. And the week of battery life certainly isn't to be sniffed at.

It offers 300 x 300 pixel resolution touchscreen display with 1,000 nits in brightness, and, with all these powers combined, the Versa 2 screen is easier to see under sunlight.

There's no GPS, a glaring omission that was rectified on the new Versa 3 - so it's not one for runners. But for general users that want a good eye on their health, it's a smart purchase, if you can bag it at the right price.

Read our full Fitbit Versa 2 review

Amazfit GTR 2e

Price when reviewed: $139/£119

Best budget smartwatches: Top picks for every budget

Despite the arrival of the Amazfit GTR 3, there's no sign of a GTR 3e yet, but in the GTR 2e is still one to consider if you like the sound of an attractive smartwatch that sits well below $150/£150.

You're getting the pick of round aluminium and stainless steel case options that host a crisp, 1.39-inch, 454 x 454 AMOLED touchscreen display. That screen can be set to always-on and it's a watch that's fit for swimming even if it doesn't look like a watch made for fitness.

As a smartwatch, it works with Android and iOS devices, giving you notifications, a built-in speaker to answer calls over Bluetooth, an offline voice assistant and there's a built-in music player. Though it doesn't work with third party music streaming services.

On the fitness side it'll track steps, continuously monitor heart rate, track sleep and let you take on the spot blood oxygen measurements. There's built-in GPS and support to fire workout data to app fave Strava.

While anywhere from 14 to 38 days is touted for battery life, putting all of the key features to use will give you around a week of watch time. If the Fitbit Versa or Huawei Watch doesn't take your fancy, the GTR 2e is well worth checking out instead.

Read our full Amazfit GTR 2e review

Xiaomi Watch S1 Active

Price when reviewed: $TBC/£140

Best budget smartwatches: Top picks for every budget

In what feels like the natural successor to the Xiaomi Mi Watch, the Watch S1 Active remains a sub-$200/£200 option that is currently easier to get hold of in Europe than it is in the US.

Design-wise, you're getting a pleasingly light case with a metal bezel that doesn't add any noticeable weight, with a crisp AMOLED touchscreen display at the heart. It's also waterproof up to 50 metres depth and does support both pool and open water swimming modes.

Xiaomi uses its own operating system, which offers smartwatch features for Android and iOS users like notifications, music controls, weather forecasts and there's also Amazon Alexa support with NFC payments via Mastercard.

Its got plenty in the sports and fitness tracking department, with heart rate and blood oxygen monitoring and it includes dual-band, multi-system GPS to improve outdoor location tracking. Though based on our experience, it wasn't as accurate as we'd hoped it would be.

It does work with both Apple Health and Strava, so if you want to fire over your data outside of Xiaomi's own app, you can do that.

Battery life is anywhere from 12-24 days depending on usage. We found it was good for around 10 days with more heavy usage.

It sits well with smartwatches like the Fitbit Versa 2 and the Amazfit GTR 2e, so if those options don't win you over at this price, then maybe this will instead.

Read our full Xiaomi Watch S1 Active review

TicWatch E3

Price when reviewed: $159.99/£145.99

TicWatch E3

One of the savviest sub-$200/£200 buys for Android smartphone users, the TicWatch E3 has been officially confirmed to get updated to the new Wear OS 3 built by Google and Samsung. That means currently, it's the cheapest way to get the new Wear OS, which promises a big overhaul in usability, and can take advantage of the app ecosystem.

We've reviewed the TicWatch E3 with old-fashioned Wear OS 2.0 and it's not a world-beater right now. The 1.3-inch AMOLED screen specs are average, and it's not exactly a bastion of classy design. It's functional looking, but rich in features with GPS and heart rate monitoring on board.
Mobvoi has added a bunch of apps including TicOxygen (blood oxygen tracking), TicBreathe (guided breathing), TicZen (mindfulness), TicHearing (noise levels detection) and TicCare (health records). You also get Google Pay and access to the Play Store.
The downsides are single-day battery life and a few accuracy niggles with heart rate and workout tracking.
However, it's well-priced and could get even better with the new Wear OS – but we'll only know that at some point in 2022.

The decision for you to make is whether it's better to jump in with Wear OS to get those extra features and play the long game with the E3 – or buy the Amazfit GTS Mini and get a better-performing but more limited device right now.

Read our full TicWatch E3 review

Garmin Vivomove Sport

Price when reviewed: $179.99/£199.99

Best budget smartwatches: Top picks for every budget

If you don't want to go all in on a full-fat smartwatch, the Garmin Vivomove Sport might be one to cast your eye over instead.

The cheapest member of Garmin's Vivomove hybrid smartwatch family does downgrade on the screen tech it uses to show off a rich array of stats on the digital display baked into the analogue watch face.

Those features include notifications, weather forecasts, calendar appointments and Garmin's staple fitness and wellness stats including stress, blood oxygen and heart rate during exercise and through the day and night.

There's no built-in GPS, but you do get connected GPS, which did in our experience work well. Battery life is up to 5 days, which is what you can expect from all of Garmin's Vivomove watches and it does muster up that level of battery based on our testing.

It's got a nice, playful design and while it does struggle to deliver the same level of sports tracking experience as Garmin watches that are similarly priced, there's more good than bad and strong option if you don't want a mix of analogue and smartwatch looks.

Check out our Garmin Vivomove Sport review

Best cheap smartwatches under $50/£50

Xiaomi Watch Lite

Price when reviewed: $TBC/£49.99

Xiaomi Watch Lite

The Xiaomi Watch Lite is one of the most exciting budget smartwatches on the market, and at just £49.99 it offers excellent value – although availability is still patchy in the US, without an official release or price there.

It boasts a 1.4-inch TFT color display with a 320x320 resolution, and 5ATM water resistance. That puts it on par with the Amazfit Bip U.

It features 11 workout profiles, with running, cycling, swimming with an open water mode, trail running, trekking and cricket tracking. You also get GPS built-in for the accurate tracking of outdoor workouts.

Battery life is also excellent and Xiaomi quotes the GPS battery life as 10 hours, and it will last seven days between charges.

There’s a heart rate monitor on board, but no SpO2, which appears on pretty much every smartwatch these days.

We've spent serious time with the Mi Watch Lite. While it's not the most exciting looking watch, it's well built and offers good enough screen quality for the price. Core features work well enough and it's an easy watch to get along with.

It's a better option than the Realme Watch, but the Amazfit Bip U Pro will get you a richer array of smarts for a little bit more money.

Read our full Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite review

TicWatch GTX

Price when reviewed: $59.99/£54.99

TicWatch GTX

Mobvoi’s TicWatch GTX was the first in its smartwatch range to dispense with Wear OS – but manages to offer two weeks of battery life and a $59 price tag in return. It's not quite under $50/£50 but we thought we'd sneak it in.

It's pretty big, with a 48mm case that will dominate even large wrists. That will please many people, but it's certainly not unisex.

Things do feel a bit more budget when it comes to the screen, though it's not as bad as we expected. You're getting a 1.28-inch, 240 x 240 resolution TFT display, which certainly isn’t the best here. It has IP68 water resistance, which makes swimming dubious.

Instead of Google's Wear OS, we're getting something Mobvoi calls freeRTOS to take care of all things software.

There's an accelerometer to count steps, enable sleep monitoring and track outdoor activity. There's no built-in GPS or connected GPS, which means you shouldn't expect accurate distance tracking, but there is a heart rate monitor.

It’s generally a capable basic activity monitor, but in our time with the device, we couldn’t get the sleep tracking to work.

Overall, it’s a decent looking smartwatch – but the shortcomings around fitness tracking, lack of GPS and the lacklustre display, it’s not the most recommendable smartwatch on our list.

Read our full TicWatch GTX review

Realme Watch

Price when reviewed: $50/£50

Realme Watch

There is now a newer Realme Watch 2 (more on that below), but until it's easier to get that one on our wrists, this is the Realme smartwatch to consider. If you use an Android phone – iOS users need to keep scrolling.

You do have to make sacrifices at this $50/£50 price point, but if you can look beyond some weaknesses, there's good value here.

The 1.4-inch, 320 x 320 touchscreen colour display is good quality but it lacks responsiveness when swiping, and suffers from a big black space around the display that ruins the effect. Plus it's only splash-proof so you can't take it in the shower, and there's no GPS.

However it's a capable fitness tracker, and the sleep monitoring stood up well in our testing – and you get 4 days of battery life. And it even has an SpO2 that lets you spot check blood oxygen.

There are 14 workout modes, and you can piggy-back your phone's GPS if you want. The heart rate monitor stood up well in our tests, and was comparable to a chest strap in steady runs, although lost the plot during HIIT sessions.

The Realme Watch isn't nearly as stylish, complete or functional as most rivals on this list – but if you're trawling the horrible cheap options on Amazon wondering what to choose, you're much better off here.

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The Realme Watch 2 (above) sticks with a square design and a 1.4-inch TFT 320x320 TFT touchscreen display with a heart rate monitor and an SpO2 monitor included on the budget watch.

You can pick it up for £40 in the UK if you like the idea of a cheap square smartwatch that offers the basics and better experience than a lot of budget options.

Read our full Realme Watch review.

Amazfit Neo

Price when reviewed: $39.99/£34

Amazfit Neo

The Amazfit Neo isn't a full-fat smartwatch like the rest of the watches on this list, but if you like the idea of owning a hybrid watch with real retro styling that packs in a surprising amount of features that work well, we think it's worth taking a look at the Neo.

The 40mm plastic case keeps things light with a 1.2-inch STN black and white display controlled by four physical buttons. That display is split up into sections to show off heart rate data, weather forecasts, and get pinged when a notification lands on your paired phone.

It also tracks steps and sleep and motion sensor-based tracking for running, walking and cycling. That's topped off with up to 28 hours of battery life even with continuous heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking in use.

It's a basic smartwatch experience, but it's one that works surprisingly well. If you like the idea of a simple smartwatch life packaged in to an old school look, don't discount the cheap Amazfit Neo.

Read our full Amazfit Neo review

Wyze Watch

Price when reviewed: $29.99/£TBC

Wyze Watch

After finally getting to test the insanely cheap Wyze Watch smartwatch, it was cheap and certainly not that cheerful. Your $20 gets you a well built smartwatch with a good display, but plenty of software bugs to deal with.

The Android and iOS-friendly square smartwatch comes in 44mm (tested) and a larger 47mm size options. It packs an aluminium case and hosts a 1.4-inch TFT LCD screen that's vibrant, but is losing a battle with a big bezel above and below it.

It finds room for an optical heart rate monitor, has the ability to measure blood oxygen levels and does offer a single sport tracking mode, although it's motion sensor tracking based as opposed to more accurate GPS-based tracking. It also offers fitness tracker staples like daily step counts and sleep monitoring, but it's definitely the basics.

You can view smartphone notifications though it lacks the Amazon Alexa integration Wyze offered on its Band wearable and limited control over Wyze's own smart home tech. Performance-wise, it's certainly a mixed bag. The promised 9-days of battery life came up short and while the watch software is easy to get around, it's riddled with bugs.

Wyze says it's working one fixing things up – so $30 might be a decent investment. Or you could just stretch to a finished product, such as the Amazfit Bip U.

Read our full Wyze Watch review