Best cheap fitness trackers
Top five budget fitness trackers under £100
By Hannah Walsh
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Even if you’re looking for a fitness tracker with good features, you can still pick up a device that offers excellent value for money under £100.
We’ve showcased our pick of the top three fitness trackers under £50, ideal for those who want to keep an eye on their steps and distance. By spending out just a little more, you may be able to pick up a couple of extra features or a snazzier design.
Buying a fitness tracker on a budget doesn’t necessarily mean you have to skimp on features. We’ve found some great value devices for under £100 that have built-in heart rate monitors, multi-sport tracking modes and altimeters – useful for hikers, or even just for keeping an eye on the number of floors you’ve climbed in a day. Our tests have even revealed a bargain device with built-in GPS, meaning you can leave your phone at home while out for a run.
Features are important, but we’ve found that there’s no correlation between the specification or price of a device and the accuracy of the activity tracking, or how comfortable it is. Some costly devices have struggled to accurately measure steps taken, distance travelled or calories burnt during our testing. Poor placement of heart rate monitors has made them bulky and uncomfortable too. That’s where our tests can help. Below are some top-notch fitness trackers for under £100, including models from Fitbit and Garmin.
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Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of May 2018.
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Fitness trackers under £100
Should I buy a fitness tracker, fitness watch or smartwatch?
The difference between fitness trackers, fitness watches and smartwatches boils down to whether you want a wearable device that’s designed to keep track of your activity and health, or to help you communicate and deliver notifications.
A fitness tracker is a good option for tracking daily activity, such as how many steps you’ve taken, distances travelled or calories burnt. Some offer more advanced features, such as built-in GPS or a heart rate monitor too. For more dedicated or in-depth tracking of sports then a fitness watch is the best bet and almost all have built-in GPS, so that you can exercise without your phone nearby, and multiple modes for tracking specific exercise such as weight training or swimming. They tend to be pricier than fitness trackers though – our cheapest Best Buy fitness watch costs over £200.
The best smartwatches make it easy to view and respond to emails, texts, calls and social media notifications on your wrist. Most will offer some very basic fitness tracking while others have a plethora of fitness tracking options, such as the Apple Watch Series 2. In-depth health tracking is still an added extra for most smartwatches, though.