Update: Our number one position in the ranking of the best cheap smartwatches has changed with the release of the Mobvoi TicWatch E2. Read on below to find out exactly why we’ve put it at the top.
Smartwatches have developed into great gadget companions for your wrist. Despite their compact size, today’s smartwatches couple date and time displays with various notifications, fitness uses and additional apps – so it’s no wonder some might think you can’t get a good smartwatch without spending lots on it.
That’s not entirely true though. The affordable end of the market when it comes to smartwatches is limited, there’s no denying that, but there are also solid budget options out there that won’t disappoint you.
We’ve put together this guide on the best affordable smartwatches right now – just the good cheap buys, mind you – so unlike our best smartwatch guide this isn’t as fit to burst with the latest and greatest products.
Instead this is more of a selection of our favorite products we’ve tested from across the spectrum, but the aim here is to only recommend products that cost under $150 / £150.
Prices may vary over time, so you may see some of the prices in this list edge just above that. None of the devices on this list should hit extortionate levels though as they’re all more affordable choices anyway. Scroll down below for our selection of the best affordable devices you can strap to your wrist.
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Replacing the TicWatch E at the top of this list, the TicWatch E2 isn’t a phenomenal upgrade but it will offer a waterproof design and better battery life for a similar price to the original watch.
The design of this new watch hasn’t been improved much, so it still doesn’t feel particularly premium on your wrist but it’s still a good looking piece of tech that we’re happy to wear at all times of day.
You’ll get around two days of battery life from the watch, there’s GPS built-in and swim tracking as well if you like to take your devices into the pool for a dip.
One of the biggest frustrations is the lack of NFC which means you can’t use Google Pay on the watch, but you do get all of the rest of the benefits of Wear OS here. That’s something nothing else on this list offers.
Read the full TicWatch E2 review
OK, this isn’t the most inventive smartwatch you’re going to find to buy in 2018, but it is one of the cheapest. In fact, it may even be the most affordable watch that is actually worth buying.
It looks quite like an Apple Watch, but this device is a whopping six times cheaper than a top-end Apple Watch Series 4 when bought brand new.
It doesn’t do anywhere near as much as the Apple Watch, but it does sport some incredible battery life at 45 days and lots of features for cyclists and runners including a heart rate sensor.
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The Garmin Forerunner 30 is the first dedicated fitness watch you’ll find on this list, and this is mostly built for runners. It’s a device you’ll want to wear if you’re big into your jogging, but it does have some features suitable for cyclists too.
It has GPS onboard, a heart rate monitor – that we found to be accurate in our testing – and a few other features that make is stand out as one of the most affordable running watches.
It has a VO2 Max monitor, which allows you to record your fitness level over time. That’s something that is usually reserved for top-end devices, and this is one of the cheapest devices to feature that.
There’s no touchscreen here to interact with the watch, but it does have a fantastic app that you’ll be using to control it.
Read the full Garmin Forerunner 30 review
The Polar M200 is one of the most affordable running watches money can buy and you’ll find it includes almost all of the fitness features you’ll want from a smartwatch.
We found the GPS could be a little slow at times, and the design isn’t as premium as some of the other devices we’ve seen from Polar, but apart this is a solid running watch with great battery life.
This won’t offer notifications and apps like some of the other devices on this list, but if fitness is the main aim for you the Polar M200 is an affordable choice that offers a variety of top features.
Read the full Polar M200 review
OK, this one isn’t strictly a smartwatch. Again, like some of the watches above this, it won’t offer a full blown smartwatch experience and tries to be much more of a fitness tracker with a smartwatch look.
We decided to include it here though as the price has dropped in recent years, and it’s in the right price bracket. We prefer the Fitbit Versa, but it’s still a touch too expensive for us to refer to it as ‘cheap’.
The Fitbit Blaze may not be the best looking device, but it comes with a heart rate tracker and all the benefits of the Fitbit ecosystem. Just note this won’t run the same Fitbit apps you’ve seen on your friend’s Fitbit Versa or Fitbit Ionic.
This is a much more parred down experience, but it may suit you if you’re looking for a device that looks like a watch and offers notifications as well as some health tracking options too.
Read the full Fitbit Blaze review
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