The Best Budget Fitness Trackers

It’s January, which means thousands of us will have made brand-new resolutions in the hope of becoming better versions of ourselves…

Last updated: 10th Jun 2019 at 11:09am

We know how difficult it can be to drag yourself out of bed each morning for a jog, gym or even a long walk to work. Fitness trackers are great little pieces of technology that can help you keep track of your activities and keep you motivated. We’ve compiled a list of the best budget-friendly fitness trackers to help you stay on track.

Our favourite affordable fitness trackers

A fitness tracker is a fantastic accessory to help you keep on top of your fitness goals and routine. Once you pair it with your smartphone, it’ll allow you to track your steps, distance walked and calories burned. Not only that but if you keep it on during the night, it’ll also track your sleeping pattern and wake you up peacefully each morning (by vibrating against your wrist), so you can get up early and get to the gym.

Some fitness trackers such as the Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch can be a little too expensive at £250. However, there are lots of affordable fitness trackers that you can get without breaking the bank!

Huawei Band 2 Pro £38 |  Honor Band 4 | Garmin Vivofit 4 | Xiaomi Mi Band 3 | Moov Now | Fitbit Charge 3 | Fitbit Versa

Huawei Band 2 Pro - £38

  • Built-in GPS ✔
  • Ability to track heart rate ✔ 
  • The thin screen makes interaction difficult ✘

This fitness tracker has lots of great features for a relatively low cost and is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. This model has an abundance of advantages such as a step counter, sleep tracking, a heart rate monitor, a VO2 Max sensor and even a built-in GPS for when you're out running. On top of all this, the band is also water resistant and has a battery that can last up to 21 days. However, there is one clear disadvantage with the size of the screen; which is unfortunately tiny. This can make interactions difficult at times, especially if you have trouble with your eyesight or unsteady fingers. (image below sourced from coolsmartphone.com).

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Honor Band 4 - £45

  • GPS tracking ✔
  • Heart rate monitoring ✔
  • Supports most common workouts ✔ 
  • Less developed app ✘
  • Display quick time-out ✘

If you’re looking for affordable fitness trackers then you should take a look at the Honor band 4. This activity tracking device is great for gym goers and marathoners alike offering support for most common workouts including walking, running and cycling. This device has features including GPS tracking, bold colour screen, simple design and great battery life. The only downsides are that its app is less developed than competitors and that its display has a quick time-out. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a great all-rounder then this is a great device that you can get your hands on for around £45.

Garmin Vivofit 4 - £60

  • Coloured screen ✔
  • Year-long battery life ✔
  • Missing GPS tracking ✘
  • No heart monitor ✘

You can pick up one of these activity trackers for around £60 or under in the sales. The Vivofit 4 is comfortable to wear, comes in many different colours, has a coloured screen and amazingly a year-long battery life! However, this is a device for casual gym goers, if you want a device that tracks your heart rate and has GPS tracking then this fitness tracker isn't for you. But for step count and keeping tabs on casual exercise, this device is both stylish and great!

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 - £25

  • Dead cheap ✔
  • Slim design ✔
  • Heart rate monitor ✔
  • No GPS ✘
  • Poor screen visibility ✘
  • The heart monitor is temperamental ✘

If you’re looking for something even cheaper than the previously listed models then the Xiaomi has a range of fitness bands from around £20. The Xiaomi Mi Band offers basic features such as a normal step-tracking system and heart rate sensor. On top of this, the watch can track cycling and swimming. The sleep tracking element is useful for basic but not in-depth sleep analysis. Xiami claims that its band will last 20 days in standby mode, so the battery is pretty decent considering the cheap price. If you want a basic activity tracking device then this is a bargain you shouldn't miss out on.

Moov Now - £55

  • Great range of fitness tracking ✔
  • Great battery life of 6 months ✔
  • No screen ✘
  • No GPS ✘
  • Heart rate monitoring ✘

Despite the cheesy name, the ‘Moov Now’ is a great little all-rounded fitness tracker. This device may lack a screen but can track running, swimming, cycling, boxing and CrossFit training accurately. Not only can it track a wide range of activities but due to the lack of screen, the battery life on this tracker is phenomenal (6 months). However, having no screen or GPS may bug some people. But if you’re into a wide range of sports then it’s worth considering this cheap fitness tracker, you can pick one of these up for around £50 - £60.

Fitbit Charge 3 - £119

  • Heart rate monitor ✔
  • Sleep tracking ✔
  • Water resistant up to 50 metres ✔
  • Large screen ✔
  • Only 7 days of battery life ✘
  • No GPS ✘

If you want the whole package you might have to spend a little bit more for a Fitbit, there are many different Fitbit’s one of the best you can get for your buck is the Fitbit Charge 3. This fitness tracker has a heart rate monitor, sleep tracker, altimeter, calorie tracker and a grey-scale screen. This Fitbit can track up to 15 types of workouts including swimming. The band is replaceable and you can get whichever style you prefer - and there are lots to choose from! The only major downside is the devices lack of GPS, however, you can bring your phone along to track your running routes if you really need to. Other than the lack of GPS this fitness tracker has everything you need for a reasonable price tag of £119. Fitbit includes third-party fitness apps include MyFitnessPal, Strava, Peloton, Amazon Alexa, and WeightWatchers to help you along your pathway to great health! 

Fitbit Versa - £150

  • Heart rate monitor ✔
  • Sleep tracking ✔
  • Water resistant ✔
  • Large colour screen ✔
  • music player ✔
  • Only 4 days of battery life ✘

The Fitbit Versa is a basically a blend of a fitness monitor and a smartwatch in one. This clever fitness tracker enables you to check calls, texts, monitor your heart rate and jog all at the same time. It looks and feels very similar to an Apple watch (without the expense). The battery life unfortunately only stretches to 4 days, which is less than some of the previously reviewed models. However, this fitness watch has everything you will ever need for tracking your performance in various sports accurately. You can even track calorie burn, distance and floors climbed. Yes, it is the most expensive model on our list - but if you’re looking for a fitness tracker that has everything then it really is worth paying a little bit more. (image below sourced from Fitbit.com).

Fitbit Versa

Cheap fitness smartphone accessories

It’s not all about trackers - there are many other types of phone accessories you can integrate into your fitness routine to help you stay motivated. Here are some of our favourites!

Running earbuds: Make going for a run around your neighbourhood less daunting by listening to your favourite songs all the way through. Use Spotify to create great motivational playlists, and get running to the rhythm. These earbuds are a fantastic choice - they hook over your ear to ensure they can’t fall out while you hit the pavement. Alternatively, check out our best headphones list.

A USB power pack: Using your phone to listen to music while you work out can drain it rapidly of its battery. Avoid losing charge in the middle of your run by getting a power pack!  Take a look at our favourite portable chargers.

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