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Should you buy a cheap activity tracker from Groupon?

Could a budget Aquarius or Apachie activity tracker be for you, and what are your rights if you're unhappy?

At the time of writing, there were 39 discount offers on devices within the fitness technology section of Groupon – including an activity tracker from Nokia, plus plenty of budget bands from lesser-known brands such as Aquarius and Apachie. We all love a bargain, but are any of these fitness watches or activity trackers worth buying?

The temptation of a slashed price can be strong, and it’s definitely difficult to resist a good deal. The current offers on Groupon include trackers for less than £10, two trackers for less than £17, and even a children’s fitness tracker for less than six quid. So is it too good to be true?

Here we take a look at some of the devices currently on offer on the Groupon website, including Aquarius and Apachie trackers, plus what you can expect from a children’s fitness tracker and your rights if a brilliant bargain turns out to be a dud deal.

Or, you can get straight to the perfect device for you by checking out our fitness watch and activity tracker Best Buys.

Aquarius AQFW02 touch-screen fitness tracker – £18

There are a lot of Aquarius devices on Groupon, ranging in price from £9 up to £25. We took a look at the key specs of this Fitbit Alta lookalike Aquarius AQFW02 to find out if it’s worth snapping one up.

It has a small OLED screen measuring just over 2cm, and a plastic strap that comes in black, purple, pink or blue. It tracks steps, calories burned, distance and sleep. There are reminders to move, too. The manufacturer claims that it’s splashproof, meaning it should survive sweat and splashes of water but wouldn’t be suitable for swimming.

For first impressions, head to our Aquarius AQFW02 first look review.

Apachie fitness trackers – from £10 to £40

There are 11 Apachie fitness trackers available on Groupon, including a cheap step tracker for £10 and a model with built-in GPS for £40. All of these devices will do the basics, including step counting and distance tracking, and there are also models with built-in heart-rate monitors. One tracker – the Hydro (£22.99) – also claims to be able to monitor blood pressure. But are any of these devices worth it?

We’ve taken a look at reviews of Apachie fitness trackers on Amazon, and have concerns over the comments given – particularly from users that found their trackers didn’t charge or work, or were consistently inaccurate. Several Apachie devices score just one star, and the savings on Groupon aren’t particularly large either. While we haven’t sent any to the test lab, we would recommend avoiding this brand.

For our pick of the best alternatives, check out the top three cheap fitness trackers under £50. And if you’re after a blood pressure monitor, then the good news is that we’ve found Best Buy blood pressure monitors for less than £20.

Nokia Go activity tracker – £19.99

The Nokia Go is listed on Groupon under the previous name – Withings Go – and is offered at £19.99 for one, or £31.99 for two. It’s normally priced at £40, so does this 50% saving make it worth a look? This fitness tracker has a button-like design that can be worn clipped on to your clothes or popped in to a wristband. It tracks steps, distance, calories burnt and sleep, and displays your progress on an old-fashioned E Ink screen.

We’ve put it to the challenge in our tough fitness tracking accuracy tests, and you can find out how it performed in our full Nokia Go activity tracker review.

Children’s fitness trackers

The Aquarius AQ111 Children’s Fitness Tracker is on offer for £9.99 through Groupon. It can track steps, distance and stride length, and has a small old fashioned calculator-style screen. Unusually for a children’s fitness tracker, it also claims to track calories burned and has a weight input setting. It may seem tempting if you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful kids’ wearable, but we’ve found security issues with children’s trackers in the past. It’s vital to your research on both the watch and the manufacturer to ensure that security has been taken seriously.

We gave two children’s fitness trackers to our expert testers – aged six and nine – to put them to the test. You can find out what they thought in our full Fitbit Ace and Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 reviews.

What if I’m unhappy with my Groupon purchase?

According to the Groupon website, you have 14 days after receiving an item to return it. You’ll have to follow the process outlined on the Groupon website, including printing your own returns label and paying for the return postage.

If you have any problems returning goods or getting refunds, then check out our advice on returns and refunds.

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