While smartwatches aren’t as common as smartphones quite yet, they’re no longer enthusiast-only items either. The best smartwatches make your life easier by providing alerts right on your wrist so you don’t have to constantly rummage around and pull out your phone. Many also provide a variety of fitness-tracking features and waterproof cases, while others double as music players, with support for popular services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and iHeartRadio.
Many analysts believe the smartwatch market will continue to grow as manufacturers add new features to their products and the technology becomes more affordable. So, if you’re ready to take the plunge into high-tech, hands-free wearables and want to save some money, read on for the best smartwatch deals available online right now. These cheap smartwatches may not be featured in the Baselworld show, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still great budget options.
The Best Deal
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier — $268
Our favorite deal is from Samsung and it’s a solid favorite of ours. The great-looking Gear S3 boasts a classic yet utilitarian build, thanks to its gunmetal gray steel case and thick rubber or leather wrist strap. Tough Gorilla Glass protects the touchscreen face, and the case features military-grade protection from dust, moisture, and impacts.
The Gear S3 also has a rotating bezel you can use to scroll through apps, notifications, and more. Like other options, it wirelessly syncs with your phone, and the S3 also has a heart rate monitor, along with a variety of health-tracking functions. The rugged Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is available for $268 from Amazon.
Apple Watch Series 1 (Refurbished) — $210
The exciting new Apple Watch Series 4 was recently introduced to the public, along with the iPhone XS, so now’s the time to score some savings on a previous-generation model from Apple. Although it may no longer be the company’s bleeding-edge model, the Apple Watch Series 1 is still one of the best smartwatches on the market. It’s fast, light, and robust, and it features snappy hardware.
You get voice control with Siri, activity tracking with a heart rate monitor, and customizable Apple Watch faces, along with a myriad of Apple Watch apps and sport bands. If you’re looking for an upgrade to your current watch but don’t want to shell out $400 for the Series 4, then this discounted refurbished model is a great option.
Skagen Hagen Connected — $87
When smartwatches were first released, the basic marketing pitch advertised them as essentially “a smartphone for your wrist.” Users were initially stoked but ultimately remained unconvinced, especially since the first generation failed to deliver on a lot of the promised convenience that smartwatches were said to provide. Lately, however, we’ve seen the growing popularity of great hybrid smartwatches like the Skagen Hagen Connected, which neatly closes the gap between old-school wristwatches and a high-tech smartwatch. These watches may not have an always-on display or an epaper touchscreen, but they have a longer battery life and pair well with Android smartphones.
The Hagen hybrid runs on super-accurate quartz movement and also features built-in smartwatch connectivity that allows this classic-looking watch to sync with your smartphone to provide activity tracking, call and text notifications, sleep-quality analysis, and more. Most Skagen Hagen models run for around $150 to $160, but you can now score the steel and brown leather Hagen Connected for an affordable $87 (50 percent off) from Amazon.
Ticwatch E — $130
Movboi’s new Ticwatch E is one of the most affordable smartwatches that you can buy, and it’s been a surprise hit. This budget-friendly wearable costs less than some fitness trackers, yet boasts a full suite of Android Wear 2.0 functionality for use with a wide variety of great apps. It includes Google Assistant, which allows you to reply to messages, ask questions, set reminders, and more using easy voice commands. It also has a decent battery life, but you will have to charge it for at least two hours prior to use.
The Ticwatch does double duty as a fitness smartwatch thanks to its built-in heart rate monitor and fitness tracker functions. At $130 from Amazon with a $30 discount, the Ticwatch E is the wearable to buy if you’re in the market for a full-featured smartwatch that won’t leave you broke.
VTech Kidizoom DX2 — $57
If you know a young techie who would love his or her own smartwatch, then VTech’s Kidizoom DX2 is just the ticket. This cheap smartwatch wearable comes loaded with 55 digital and analog watch faces to teach kids how to tell time. There are also built-in wrist-based features like a pedometer, gyroscopic motion sensor for games, and two cameras for taking videos and photos. The included USB cable can be used to charge the watch, download new games and clock faces from the VTech Learning Lodge, and upload pics and video clips to your computer or SIM card.
The Kidizoom DX2 boasts a metal and rubber housing that helps it stand up to daily “kid use” and the bumps and drops that come with that. It’s affordable, too: The VTech Kidizoom DX2 comes in at $57 from Amazon, making it one of the best cheap smartwatches for kids.
Amazfit Bip — $80
If you’re looking for a super-affordable, no-nonsense budget smartwatch, consider the new Amazfit Bip. The rugged Bip ditches most bells and whistles in favor of a low-cost, no-frills sports watch design that’s perfect for active users looking for something more than your standard digital watch (think G-Shock with a heart rate monitor, a customizable face, and smart connectivity).
This cheap smartwatch is compatible with Android and iOS devices and can sync wirelessly with your phone to upload and track fitness metrics via the Mi Fit companion app. The case is dustproof and water-resistant and, most impressively, the internal battery can last up to 45 days before needing a charge. The Amazfit Bip is one of the most affordable smartwatches on our roundup, coming in at just $80 on Amazon.
Fossil Gen 4 Venture HR — $255
Here’s another great, classic-looking Fossil hybrid smartwatch that’s just for the ladies — the new Gen 4 Q Venture. Like the updated Fossil Explorist, this hybrid timepiece pairs a traditional watch case design with smart features including fitness tracking and Bluetooth connectivity, along with new additions like a heart rate monitor and built-in GPS. Pair it with your iOS or Android device and the Venture will notify you when you receive calls, texts, social media updates, and more. It can also give you at-a-glance tracking of your daily activity progress.
If you like the traditional aesthetics of the Explorist but prefer something a bit more feminine, then the Q Venture is an equally affordable alternative: You can score this great-looking hybrid smartwatch in a variety of colors and case/strap combinations for just $255 from Fossil’s website, saving as much as $20 compared to Amazon.
Garmin Vívosmart HR — $90
For a solid and affordable no-frills fitness smartwatch, check out the health-based Garmin Vivosmart HR. This fitness tracker displays steps, distance, calories, and heart rate, along with text, call, email, calendar, and social media alerts. It also has an alarm clock. Easy to use, it reminds you to keep active via a move bar and vibration alert. It even has an integrated barometric altimeter that tracks when you take the stairs and measures your workout intensity so you can monitor your progress against weekly goals. (You won’t be able to make phone calls with this particular model, however.)
For detailed calorie tracking, you can create an account at MyFitnessPal and link it to your Garmin Connect account, which allows you to compare calories consumed to total calories burned, as well as compete in challenges with others. This pedometer smartwatch has a battery life of up to five days, as well as a convenient, non-intrusive touchscreen design. Pick up this budget smartwatch from Amazon for just $90.
Fitbit Blaze Special Edition — $159
There are a lot of different reasons for wanting a smartwatch, but if fitness tracking is at the top of your list, then a Fitbit wearable is what you need. Unlike other more simplified options from this venerable brand, like the Alta and Flex 2, the Blaze is more than just a smart pedometer. With this handy watch, you can track your resting heart rate, calories burned per day, and flights of stairs climbed, and even use the sleep monitor to better understand what your body needs. Fitbit offers a quick look at the day’s statistics and even allows you to track specific workouts like running, biking, weightlifting, and hamster-wheeling it on the treadmill.
As a Bluetooth smartwatch, the Fitbit Blaze is pretty standard. With a battery life of up to five days, built-in GPS, and smartphone functionality, it has all the tech you’d expect to see from one of the top brands on the market. Though this particular model has now been succeeded by the Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa, it’s still one of those smartwatches you can be proud to wear. The all-black Blaze Special Edition is available on Newegg right now for just $159 after a $70 discount, and there are plenty of other Fitbit deals to peruse if you’re looking for a fitness tracker at a lower price point.
Samsung Gear Sport — $219
If you want a fitness watch with a more classic look, on the other hand, check out the excellent Samsung Gear Sport, which helps keep track of your daily activity levels, heart rate, and more. This Samsung smartwatch uses a wide range of tracking sensors to closely monitor your activity levels, including steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, and sleep quality. It can even automatically identify different types of physical activities such as running, swimming, and cycling. The smartwatch is water-resistant at depths of up to 164 feet and features a curved, full-color super AMOLED screen that displays real-time activity stats, along with texts and other alerts, from your iOS or Android smartphone.
Built-in GPS gives you accurate real-time stats as well. The watch features the S Health app, which you can use to set goals, check leaderboards, challenge others to step competitions, and share workout results with just the touch of a button. The smartwatch also acts as a standalone music player, so you can store your favorite music on your Gear Sport or connect to your phone with Spotify to access millions of songs. Charging is easy with the included cradle. Score a Samsung Gear Sport for $219 from Amazon after an $81 discount. The stock is limited (particularly for the black model), so act quickly.
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