Smartwatches that won’t break the bank
If you’re looking for the best smartwatch but are on a cheaper budget, there are options out there for you. Whether you’re looking for something under $100, or you’re willing to stretch things out to around the $150 mark, you can still live a good smartwatch life as good as your Apple Watch and Fitbit Ionic-owning friends.
While you might have to make some compromises on aspects like advanced sports tracking or a luxurious design, you’ll still be able to do things like receive notifications and track your fitness. Many watches will be compatible with iOS and Android smartphones, too.
If you head over to Amazon, you can pick up a host of smartwatches for as little as $15, but take it from us, those crazy cheap ones are awful. So if your wallet can’t stretch to an Apple Watch Series 3 or a Samsung Gear S3, read on for our list of decent cheap smartwatches you can grab without breaking the bank.
Best cheap smartwatches under $100
Xiaomi spinoff Huami has been making budget smartwatches for a while now, but its newest effort is its most compelling. It looks like the lovechild of a Pebble and Apple Watch, but it also comes with up to 45 days of battery life (30 days if you cut out some features, like constant heart rate monitoring).
Speaking of features, you’re going to get some solid GPS and heart rate performance. It’s also extremely light and comfortable. We wish it was made out of some better materials and did more, but for the price (and that battery life) it’s tough to beat.
$99.99, amazfit.com | Amazon
We’ve kept the Pebble 2 in the list purely because nothing else quite offers the same set of features, specs and price. You get a seven day battery life, Pebble Health and Timeline, an optical heart rate monitor and a monochrome screen. If you’re picking one up, just be aware that Pebble services are safe for the first until the end of the first half of 2018 and a lot of apps have disappeared, so you’ll be relying on the basic functionality here. Still, for that price it could still be worth it. There’s also a fan-built project called Rebble that’s aiming to offer support for Pebble users when Fitbit pulls the plug. Be warned, however, that stock is running out – so your chance to get in on the Pebble 2 is coming to a close.
$67.99, pebble.com | Amazon
Asus ZenWatch 2
For the ZenWatch 3, Asus decided it was time to go round, but if the whole rectangular or circle argument doesn’t bother you, the ZenWatch 2 is worthy of your attention. Okay, so it’s not challenging the big guns such as the Gear S3, Apple Watch Series 2 or Huawei Watch 2 in any respect, but with all the latest Android Wear features and a slim, sleek build, it’s a bargain for the price and well worth considering whether you’re and iPhone or Android phone owner.
$84.99, asus.com | Amazon
The price of this Martian Notifier certainly makes things interesting, despite not exactly bringing anything groundbreaking to the party. Compatible with Android and iOS, the Notifier mixes an analogue face with a small OLED screen, which displays messages and calls. It’s a very similar smartwatch setup to the more expensive Guess Connect and Hugo Boss Smart Classic. While the screen is a little small, you can customise vibration patterns to identify callers. Yes it’s a bit old now, but for the price, it’s not bad at all.
$67.23, martianwatches.com | Amazon
Best cheap smartwatches under $150
The new king of the budget smartwatches, the Mobvoi’s Ticwatch E gives you a balanced, affordable entryway into the smartwatch world. Everything you want is here. You’ve got intriguing design that’ll remind you of an old Swatch, you’ve got solid GPS performance, and you’ve got some good customization from Mobvoi that’ll set this watch apart from the rest of the Android Wear cohort.
$159.99, mobvoi.com | Amazon
Samsung Gear S2
With the Gear S3 and the Gear Sport on the scene, the Gear S2 is now the cheapest it’s ever been. But don’t be put off by the price, this is still one of the best smartwatches you can get your hands on. While it might not boast the same number of apps as the Apple Watch or what’s up for grabs for Android Wear owners, it does have Tizen OS, which is one of the slickest smartwatch operating systems we’ve used. It’s also got that great rotating bezel for navigation that we’re big fans of and battery life is not too shabby either.
$118.99, samsung.com | Amazon
Sony SmartWatch 3
The Sony SmartWatch 3 was our top Android Wear watch fave for a long time, and while it is now positively ancient, it’s still a solid budget/mid range smartwatch all-rounder. It’s got full GPS tracking for fitness, NFC for all your Google Wallet contactless payments, and a two-day-plus battery life. If you want a cheaper sporty Android Wear watch equivalent to the Moto 360 Sportor the Polar M600, then this the one for you.
$115.99, sonymobile.com | Amazon
Yes we’ve snuck in a hybrid, but if you can live with the fact there’s no touchscreen and this is the 2016 edition and not the smarter Connected 2017 model, this is one of the best looking hybrid smartwatches you can get on your wrist. Aside from the gorgeous design, it’ll give you a nudge when you receive notifications, tracking activity including sleep and has Skagen Link, which unlocks the ability to do things like control music on your phone and taking photos. Sleek and smart, it’s definitely one of our faves.
$149.99, skagen.com | Amazon
Another one on the Wareable test list, the affordable smartwatch from the Huami is very promising. It’s running focused with GPS and GLONASS, as well as offering IP67 water resistance and an optical heart rate monitor. Battery life is up to 11 days or 36 hours with GPS and continuous HR turned on. Smartwatch features essentially boil down to alerts for calls, texts and apps so it should cover the basics.
$145.09, amazfit.com | Amazon
Weloop Hey 3S
Another option to look into, considering that most Western brands don’t seem to be very interested in making sub $200 smartwatches. The Weloop Hey 3S a 38g, 11.5mm Apple Watch clone that is being sold on Xiaomi’s crowdfunding platform in China.
It offers a 1.28-inch LCD display with a resolution of 176 x 176 plus it’s reportedly waterproof to 50m, rocks GPS, GLONASS and a heart rate sensor. And it should last 30 days on one charge. We haven’t tested this budget smartwatch but hope to in the future.
$149.99, weloop.cn | Amazon