After the fun and festivities are over each year, many of us look to improve our health and wellbeing from January so that we can feel refreshed, revived, and ready to enjoy a longer and happier life. A great way of monitoring your progress is to invest in a smartwatch, but this can be difficult if you have limited funds after Christmas!
So, take a look through our top picks for budget smartwatches that cost less than $100. Each watch comes with a range of great features and will help you to keep your goals in check without bankrupting you. But be warned, some of these budget devices may not tick all your boxes! Make sure that you shop around to find the one that fits your budget and your requirements first.
Amazfit T-Rex Smartwatch
The Amazfit T-Rex is an outdoor watch that provides extensive tracking and a long battery life, making it perfect for you if you like to get outside and enjoy being active. Built by Huami, the T-Rex is made to military-grade spec and promises durability so that you can wear it no matter what adventures you are planning.
This watch is not for the fainthearted and is designed to feel chunky on your wrist, reminding you how solid it is, but it is also incredibly light, weighing in at just 58g. It also comes in a range of colors so that you can choose the one that matches your style.
With GPS and heart rate monitoring, you can take this device into the water up to 50m deep so that you can track your swimming as well as using it for running, walking, and many other exercises. It is easy to navigate and offers both a touchscreen and buttons to use. It is a steal of a watch and will make a great buy when you are on a budget!
Xiaomi Mi Band 6
Possibly the best budget brand out there is Xiaomi, and they have outdone themselves with the latest Mi Band 6, a follow on from the successful Mi Band 4 and 5. With a 50% larger, clear and bright display and a simple charging system, you will be able to access all your stats and record all your activity with ease. You could also use the same straps from previous models if you happen to own one.
It offers an excellent heart rate monitor and step counter and will also track a range of different exercises. There is no in-built GPS available, but you can use the GPS on your phone to track your exercise through the watch. You can also link the watch to either your iPhone or Android device in order to keep in the loop with your notifications or play your favorite tunes.
Many critics point out that you are unable to use NFC or the smart assistant feature outside of China, but we don’t think this should put you off when you stop to consider just how much you are getting for your money without it!
Amazfit GTS 2 Mini Fitness Smartwatch
If you love the look of the expensive Apple Watch but don’t have the budget to buy one, then the Amazfit GTS 2 Mini fitness smartwatch may be a great compromise. It looks incredibly similar to the Apple Watch but comes in under the $100 mark and offers some great features. It’s also a great upgrade to an already superb Amazit GTS watch.
The battery life is superb, lasting up to two weeks at a time, and the watch feels great on your wrist, with one of the six different colored straps offering you a stylish look every time you put it on. You can also get hold of many third-party strap designs if you like to change your look regularly.
It is water-resistant up to 50m and has an in-built heart rate monitor and GPS to track your activity. Unfortunately, the step counter is not as accurate as you would want it to be, and the watch does not integrate with any third-party devices or apps, making it difficult to maximize the potential of this product. If you don’t mind the limited fitness tracking options, then this watch is still a steal and will look great on your wrist at all times.
Possibly the cheapest of the budget smartwatches, the Letsfit smartwatch will tick all your budgetary boxes as long as you are willing to compromise on some of the available features! It not only offers a great battery life, but it has a really clear display for you to enjoy as well as the capability to get your notifications delivered directly to your wrist.
However, you should not expect the same level of accuracy when it comes to fitness or sleep tracking purely because the technology used inside the watch is not as cutting edge as other devices on the market. It does have a continuous heart rate monitor that works well, and there are eight different fitness options to choose from, including running, walking, biking, spinning, treadmill, hiking, climbing, and even yoga. There is no GPS feature that comes with this device, but you can attach it to your phone to track your workouts with ease.
You can link your watch to your phone with the VeryFitPro app for simple navigation and notification tracking. However, if you want to log workouts via the app, then this must be done as you are exercising because there is no option to enter past workouts if you forgot to wear your watch to the gym.
NDUR Smart Watch
A superb fitness and health tracking watch which competes with the bigger brands out there. It’s got lots of health tracking features and surprisingly also offers blood pressure monitoring. Lots of sports modes and activity tracking for a relatively low cost compared to the top brands. It will track your sleep, heart rate, SPO2, and calories burnt. When paired it will also show you the weather and all your notifications. Another advantage here is that you get the support and warranty of a US-based company with a true commitment to quality customer service.
The battery on the NDur watch lasts longer than most other smartwatches and charges in under two hours. No GPS on this watch but most smartwatches in the sub $100 don’t have this feature. This watch is IP68 waterproof and can be used while swimming but not diving.
Should I Choose a Budget Smartwatch?
Many people feel that buying a budget smartwatch is counterproductive because it may not last or offer the quality that more expensive options claim to offer. However, this thinking is not accurate, and there is a wide range of amazing budget smartwatches that cost less than $100 and still provide a long life and a huge range of capabilities aimed at making your life easier. Buy yours today and look forward to a healthy and active 2021.
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Last Updated on June 3, 2021
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