Best budget smartwatches: Top picks under $100

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

The likes of Amazfit, Xiaomi are making genuinely powerful smartwatches for low prices.

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.

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

Best smartwatches under $100/£100

Amazfit GTS 2 Mini

Price when reviewed: $99/£89 | Amazon


Amazfit GTS 2 Mini key features

  • iPhone and Android
  • 40mm
  • 1.55 inch, AMOLED
  • GPS
  • 14 day battery life

The Amazfit GTS 2 Mini from Chinese wearable maker Zepp Health comes in at $99/£79 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.

Battery life is officially a whopping 14 days – we found much less with real-world use, but it's good for in excess of a week.

Read our full Amazfit GTS 2 Mini review

Poco Watch

€79 ($84/£66) | Poco, Power Plant Online


Poco Watch key features

  • iPhone and Android
  • 1.6-inch AMOLED, 320 x 260ppi
  • GPS
  • 14 days 'typical' use

A clone of the Mi Watch Lite and Redmi Watch 2 – the Poco Watch brings an AMOLED display with a 1.6-inch, 320 x 260ppi resolution to the party. And it even has an optional always-on display, which is very rare at this price point.

It’s compatible with Android and iOS smartphones, brings 100 fitness modes and has GPS built-in, so it can track outdoor workouts.

There’s a heart rate monitor that unsurprisingly producted some iffy results in our testing, but for those looking for basic tracking of workouts, we found solid distance tracking when the GPS was used.

There’s also some decent health tracking, with slightly over generous sleep tracking, but reasoinable accuracy for a device at this price.

Poco touts that the 225mAh capacity battery can last up to 14 days in 'typical usage mode'. From our real-world testing we'd say it's about seven days – half of Poco's estimate. But that's still a decent return, and those who don’t workout much will get more.

Overall, the Poco Watch is an impressive performer offering excellent value for money. It comes recommended.

Redmi Watch 2 Lite

Price when reviewed: $99/£59 | Amazon


Redmi Watch 2 Lite key features

  • iPhone and Android
  • 41mm case
  • 1.5-inch, 320x360 TFT
  • GPS
  • 10 days (5 days heavy use)

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 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,

It also covers swim tracking here too, with 5ATM water resistance.

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.

The Redmi Watch 2 Lite really impressed us in our testing, but for US readers, availability is patchy. There's no official release there, like we've seen in the UK/Europe, but sites like Ali Express are listing a global version with international shipping.

Read our full Redmi Watch 2 Lite review

Amazfit Bip U Pro

Price when reviewed: $69/£59 | Amazon


Amazfit Bip U Pro key features

  • iPhone and Android
  • 41mm
  • 1.42-inch TFT 320x302
  • GPS
  • 9 day battery life

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.

It's worth noting that the Amazfit Bip 3 is now live in Brazil, so we're expecting to see a minor update to the Bip U Pro soon.

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 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.

Battery life is quoted at 9 days – which translates to around 5 days of normal, heavy use. Not too shabby.

Read our full Amazfit Bip U Pro review

TicWatch GTH

Price when reviewed: $79.99/£69.99 | Mobvoi, Amazon


TicWatch GTH key features

  • iPhone and Android
  • 43mm
  • 1.55-inch 360 x 320 LCD panel
  • 10 days

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: $79/£75 | Realme, Amazon


Realme Watch S key features

  • iPhone and Android
  • 1.3-inch, 360 x 360 touchscreen AMOLED
  • 15 day typical usage

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

Xiaomi Watch Lite

Price when reviewed: $TBC/£49.99 | Amazon


Xiaomi Watch Lite key features

  • iPhone and Android
  • 41mm
  • 1.4-inch TFT color display with a 320x320
  • GPS
  • 7 day typical usage

The Xiaomi Watch Lite is one of the most exciting budget smartwatches on the market, and at just 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

Amazfit Neo

Price when reviewed: $39.99/£34 | Amazon


Amazfit Neo key features

  • iPhone and Android
  • 40mm
  • 1.2-inch STN black and white display
  • 28 day battery

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 days 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

Best cheap smartwatches under $150/£150

Huawei Watch Fit 2

£129/€149 (no official US release) | Amazon, Huawei


Huawei Watch Fit 2 key features

  • iPhone and Android
  • 1.74-inch, 336 x 480 resolution AMOLED
  • 46mm
  • GPS
  • 14 days 'typical' use

The value on offer here is astounding – and it’s easily our top pick smartwatch. It just tips over the $100/£100 price barrier, and it will be hard to pick up in the US with Huawei’s on-going trade issues there.

All variants of the Huawei Watch Fit 2 come with a 46mm-sized cases that measures in at 10.8mm thick, and include a larger 1.74-inch, 336 x 480 resolution AMOLED touchscreen display.

It’s slightly larger than a truly unisex device, but the tall, thin shape does make it less chunky than squarte rivals.

We found a much-improved health tracking set up here, with hart rate and sleep data closely matched to the excellent Oura 3 in our testing.

There’s GPS built in, and we got a good level of accuracy for runs and outdoor workouts there, too.

And runners are especially well catered-for. Huawei has added some of is prize features such as the Running Ability Index, training load data, race predictions (in the app only) and recovery recommendations from the GT Runner to its budget smartwatch. Impressive stuff.

Huawei promises 10 days of battery life in what it referred to as 'typical use' and then 7 days in heavy usage – which we found in our testing.

Read our full Huawei Watch Fit 2 review.

Amazfit GTR 2e

Price when reviewed: $139/£119 | Amazon


Amazfit GTR 2e key features

  • iPhone and Android
  • 1.39-inch, 454 x 454 AMOLED
  • GPS
  • 14 day typical usage
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

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