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Best cheap smartwatches 2019: Apple Watch, Fitbit and Amazfit watches for under $200

Top picks that won't break the bank
Best budget smartwatch picks for 2019
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The price of top smartwatches may have risen over the past few years, but that doesn't mean there aren't still cheap options from Apple, Fitbit and more to get excited about.

Whether you're looking for a watch around the £200 mark, or your budget will only stretch to £150 or £100, we've got a list of top picks for you to sift through.

There's no doubt you'll have to compromise on some of the latest features and design specs, but, for unfussy buyers and smartwatch beginners, this is the ideal place to start.

Update: We first published this article in September 2014, and continue to update it regularly. In November 2019, we included the Fitbit Versa 2 and the Apple Watch Series 3, as well as re-ordered our picks.

1. Apple Watch Series 3

Buy now: Amazon | £199.99

Best cheap smartwatches 2019: Apple Watch, Fitbit and Xiaomi watches for under $200

When the latest generation of the Apple Watch was announced in September, the older Series 3 was cut into budget smartwatch territory for the first time - now available at just £199.99.

It makes it the first truly affordable Apple Watch, and, if you happen to be picking one up around Black Friday or the holidays, you may be able to nab it for even less.

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.

Explore the difference: Apple Watch Series 5 v Series 3

So, what else do you get for your money? Well, the Series 3 is able to run on the same watchOS 6 software as the Series 5, 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, and you don't get things like the always-on display or ECG monitoring, but the core features are all still here - and it's currently our pick for the best cheap smartwatch you can buy.

Read our full Apple Watch Series 3 review

2. Fitbit Versa 2

Buy now: Amazon | £179.99

Best cheap smartwatches 2019: Apple Watch, Fitbit and Xiaomi watches for under $200

The Fitbit Versa 2 builds on the solid foundations of the original and produces what is easily the best fitness tracking experience in a smartwatch.

Simply, if you're more interested in monitoring your resting heart rate and tracking sleep than fiddling around with apps and taking calls directly from your wrist, this is the device for you.

However, just because fitness tracking is at the heart of this Fitbit, that doesn't mean smartwatch features don't exist, too.

There's Fitbit Pay support, Alexa, space for music storage (though, beware, this is only for MP3 files), notifications, an always-on screen option and more - all of which you can enjoy for around 3-6 days, depending on how heavy your use is.

As well as a heart rate monitor, which can track beats around the clock, there's also the SpO2 sensor, which will leverage biometric information, such as sleep apnea detection, after a future update.

You'll have to live without GPS and things like offline Spotify support, but this neat and customizable Fitbit is still an excellent choice for both men and women.

Read our full Fitbit Versa 2 review

3. TicWatch E2

Buy now: Amazon | £145.99

Best cheap smartwatches: Ticwatch, Samsung, Amazfit and more

If you prefer the look of Google's Wear OS to something from Apple or Fitbit, the TicWatch E2 is the best option you can pick on a budget.

Mobvoi's smartwatch gives you a balanced, affordable entry into smartwatches. Everything you want is here: a design that'll remind you of an old Swatch, solid GPS performance, waterproofing, apps, customizable watch faces, Google Assistant and more.

A little disappointingly, battery life is only around 24-36 hours, but it's a solid all-rounder that does a great job for the price.

Just be aware that this only comes in a 46mm case, which is also 13mm thick and only available in black; it's by no means the prettiest smartwatch you can buy, but one that should suit those with larger wrists just fine.

Read our full TicWatch E2 review

4. Amazfit Bip

Buy now: Amazon | £63.99

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Xiaomi's wearable maker Huami, which also owns the Amazfit brand, has been making budget smartwatches for some time, but its latest effort is its most compelling.

The lovechild of a Pebble and an Apple Watch has an impressive headline feature, too: 45 days of battery life. That figure blows the competition out the water, though this naturally reduces if you turn on some more advanced features, like continuous heart rate monitoring.

It's also extremely light and comfortable, though this is more down to the plastic case and silicon band, which have their issues with durability. The interface is also a little clunky and takes some getting used to, so keep that in mind.

For those looking for the best smartwatch below £100, though, this is our current pick of the bunch - at least until we fully test out the just-announced Xiaomi Mi Watch.

Read our full Amazfit Bip review

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5. Withings Move ECG

Buy now: Amazon | £129.95

Best cheap smartwatches 2019: Apple Watch, Fitbit and Xiaomi watches for under $200

Following a short stint under the Nokia brand, Withings is back to being a scrappy startup, with the Move ECG one of the first products of the new era. It's a simple hybrid with plenty of character – all at a super affordable price.

There are actually two versions here to pick between, the regular Withings Move and the Withings Move ECG, with the latter offering an electrocardiogram sensor for a bump in price - one that makes this the cheapest way to get an ECG reading from a wearable.

You essentially get the same package in both, except for that ECG functionality and a six month difference in battery life (the Move has 18 months, compared to the Move ECG's year-long battery), with things like 24/7 activity tracking and automatic sleep tracking all logged in the intuitive Withings Health Mate app.

There's waterproofing to 5 ATM, as well, and, if you opt for the standard Withings Move, you get the choice to customize your watch dial, case, hand and band.

The standard Move costs just £59.95, while the ECG version is priced at £129.95 and is now clinically approved in the US and EU.

Read our full Withings Move ECG review



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