A fitness tracker is a great device to get you up and motivated to move. Luckily, there are plenty of wallet-friendly options to ensure you keep up with your fitness goals. Our top budget pick is the Fitbit Inspire 3, but we’ve included plenty of other alternatives, so you can find one that best aligns with your lifestyle and workout needs. Maybe you want to grab fitness trackers for the father figures in your life, letting them know you want to keep them around and healthy for as long as possible, and there are plenty of other Father’s Day deals on tech and gaming.
TL;DR – These are the Best Budget Fitness Trackers:
- Fitbit Inspire 3
- Xiaomi Mi Band 7
- Huawei Band 4 Pro
- Withings Move
- Amazfit Bip U Pro
- Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen)
- Garmin Venu 2
- Bellabeat Leaf Urban
This tiny bit of technology helps keep you fit, as you can better see how much activity you're actually getting in each day and strive to complete certain goals. And most of these devices offer plenty more than just tracking your steps, giving you detailed information about your activities for clearer targets to focus on improving. There are affordable fitness trackers that have built-in displays to show your activity, the time, and even notifications from your phone like a full-on smartwatch. Some budget models even support GPS and heart rate monitoring.
There are an insane number of budget-friendly fitness trackers available these days, so we've helped narrow down your search. Our picks vary depending on different workout needs, styles, and prices. You're bound to find the one that works best for you.
Best Budget Fitness Trackers
Fitbit Inspire 3
Best Budget Fitness Tracker
Fitbit continues to show its dominance in the field of budget fitness trackers with the Fitbit Inspire 3. For under $100, you get a bright, colorful AMOLED display and durable band delivering a sleek, compact, and comfortable enough to sleep in form factor. Once you’ve got the watch on, you won’t need to take it off often thanks to the ten-day battery life—though that’s less when taking advantage of the always-on display mode—while navigating is simple using touch technology and two haptic buttons.
Of course, you purchased the Fitbit Inspire 3 for fitness tracking, and it’s full of handy features like 24/7 heart-rate monitoring, step counting, blood oxygen level measuring, and movement reminders. Beyond that, you get automatic exercise tracking, so if you’re prone to forgetting to start a workout, this is useful, and sleep monitoring helps you better understand the quality of your sleep. It’s also got some basic smartwatch features, including phone notifications and a find my phone feature when the two devices use Bluetooth, though you can’t store music or make contactless payments with this fitness tracker.
Xiaomi Mi Band 7
Ultra Cheap Fitness Tracker
The sleek and slim design of the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 helps you track your steps and plenty more for just about $50. Naturally, you’ll get the basic pedometer, heart rate monitor, and even a SpO2 sensor, but its tracking can keep tabs on more than that—we’re talking about over 120 different sports modes, from running and HIIT to kickboxing and even swimming. And after an active day, when you’re ready to call it a night, the band will monitor your sleep quality.
Despite its low price, the Mi Band 7 rocks a colorful, 1.62-inch AMOLED display and epic battery life to keep the device running for up to 14 days. However, if you take advantage of its always-on display and turn on all the different tracking features, that battery life will be drastically cut. And beyond just fitness tracking, you'll get a few smartwatch features, too, like call and message notifications and music playback control.
Huawei Band 4 Pro
Best Budget Fitness Tracker with GPS
The Huawei Band 4 Pro is about as affordable as you'll find in quality fitness trackers with GPS on offer. Even though this fitness band comes in well below $70, it still features a stylish design and even a full-color AMOLED display. That display lets you track your fitness and even view notifications with more vibrancy than a basic fitness tracker may offer.
Aside from the built-in GPS to map out your workouts, the Huawei Band 4 Pro provides 24/7 heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking as well as a variety of sports modes including swimming. And, you can show off your style with the option to swap watch faces from the Huawei Watch Face Store. The Huawei Band 4 Pro also offers a competitive battery life. It can run for up to 12 days with most features disabled or for 5 days with most features turned on. If you want to go the long-haul with GPS on, it can run for seven hours.
Best Discreet Budget Fitness Tracker
If you're on the search for a capable fitness tracker that doesn't actually look like one, look no further than the Withings Move. There’s very little about its design to indicate it’s anything other than a classic wristwatch. That’s because there is an analog watch face instead of the bright digital display of a traditional fitness tracker. The third watch hand, which lies behind the other two hands for time, shows your fitness progress discretely without being as glaring as an LCD display.
Despite its seemingly simple appearance, the Withings Move delivers all the smart fitness tracking you need. It recognizes various exercises automatically, including running, swimming, and biking. It even comes loaded with a GPS that gives you a detailed route map after your session, and there's sleep tracking. Rather than seeing all your workout info on the watch itself, it’s piped over to your smartphone and into the companion app. And, one thing that makes the Withings Move extra smart is its 18-month battery life. It runs on a coin cell battery as you’d often find in a watch, and replacing it every year and a half will take a lot less effort than recharging a normal fitness tracker every few days.
Amazfit Bip U Pro
Best Budget Fitness Tracker with Health Monitoring
There is loads of capability packed into the Amazfit Bip U Pro, especially considering it's only $70. It might not be quite as feature-packed as a Fitbit Versa 3 or Apple Watch, but at a fraction of the price, it's a great budget pick for those who want a ton of health data.
The Amazfit Bip U Pro supports over 60 sports tracking modes, including lap swimming, which it can manage thanks to its 5ATM water resistance. In addition to your basic step tracking, the Amazfit Bip U Pro offers a built-in GPS and sensors that keep track of your heart rate 24/7 as well as monitor your blood-oxygen level, stress, and sleep. Taking all that data into consideration, the watch uses the PAI Health Assessment System to quantify your health data for simplified tracking. The Bip U Pro even offers a degree of smartwatch functionality with on-watch notifications and Amazon Alexa integration. And, with a nine-day battery life, the Bip U Pro's features keep up with you throughout a busy week.
Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen)
Best Budget Apple Watch
Not every fitness tracker has to be simply dedicated to fitness, and not every Apple Watch has to be painfully expensive, thanks to the Apple Watch SE. When it comes to fitness, you get an optical heart rate sensor and a built-in GPS, so you’ll never get lost on hikes. It also automatically detects various workouts, including swimming, allowing you to focus on the exercise rather than fiddling with the watch. And if you find Apple's own fitness apps lacking, you can always download additional ones from the App Store, as the watch comes with 32GB of built-in storage.
The Apple Watch SE is a full-fledged, highly capable smartwatch, so you’ll be able to answer calls, respond to messages, make contactless payments, and stream music—all from your wrist. This generation of the devices also comes with a new feature, crash detection, thanks to an improved accelerometer, so it can automatically call emergency services for you when you’ve been in an accident. And all of this is packed into a slim, comfortable form factor with impressive battery life—at least by Apple Watch standards.
Garmin Venu 2
Best Budget Fitness Smartwatch
If you're on the hunt for some serious health and fitness tracking, you can’t go wrong with Garmin. And, their Venu 2 happens to be our favorite for keeping track of all your different activities. You get loads of functionality to track tons of exercises, including swimming, cycling, and golf. In total, there are over 25 preloaded sports apps that work in conjunction with the GPS, heart rate monitor, and other sensors on the watch. You can even follow along with animated workouts, like pilates, HIIT, and cardio. Plus, it monitors your energy levels, giving you the ideal times to be active or rest.
On top of the ample fitness data, the Garmin Venu 2 lands you a modestly sized smartwatch with a bright AMOLED touchscreen display. An always-on mode is available. And, it can hit a lengthy 11-day battery life or eight hours with GPS on. This device also features all the other smartwatch features you’ve grown accustomed to, like receiving calls, texts, and social media notifications when paired with your phone. You can even make contactless payments and download up to 650 songs for easy listening.
Bellabeat Leaf Urban
Best Screen-Free Budget Fitness Tracker
If you are one of those people that absolutely hate the look of a traditional fitness tracker, then the Bellabeat Leaf Urban might be for you. There is no screen or thick band. Instead, it’s a leaf-shaped pendant that can be placed on the included bracelet or necklace chain to be worn like a piece of jewelry, bringing a much more fashionable look to fitness tracking. The pendant also clips onto your clothes. Just be sure you don’t accidentally throw it in the washer with them.
With the Bellabeat Leaf Urban, you get activity and sleep tracking as well as period and pregnancy tracking through the app. The device has a 14-day memory, so you won’t need to worry about syncing with your phone too often, and it runs on a coin cell battery that should last about six months. For those that like movement reminders or alarms, you can set them using the app, and the pendant will vibrate to alert you.
What to Look for in a Budget Fitness Tracker
When evaluating fitness trackers it's important to keep in mind they're not just about counting steps or keeping tabs on your sleep habits. The total experience includes the quality of the hardware, overall comfort, the software package, and how well it does the tracking that you bought it for in the first place.
As you spend more money, you get features like heart rate monitoring, GPS, OLED display as opposed to LCD, etc. Still, there are plenty of basic trackers that don't cost a lot of money and can provide you with an avalanche of health data.
Kevin Lee is IGN's Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam.