Looking for a cheaper alternative to Fitbit but don’t know where to start? There are thousands of fitness trackers on the market, but many don’t measure up. For 2017, We’ve researched the top options and identified 5 excellent ideas for under $50 to get you fit and healthy this year. These make great gift ideas for any occasion.
This well-made, durable band by Garmin is available in a variety of colors. Compared favorably to the lower end (and more expensive) Fitbit models, it focuses on getting key basics right. In tests against the Fitbit, buyers say the results are nearly identical. The Vivofit features a self-learning software that adjusts goals based on your behavior. Water resistant (you can swim in it) with a battery life that lasts a year.
LETSCOM Smart Fitness Tracker
A great value at just over $25 at the time of publishing, this band covers everything you find in products costing three times as much including: step tracker, calories, sleep tracking and notifications including SMS. In tests against competitors, it produces nearly consistently accurate step count results. Some say the display is a little hard to read in direct sunlight. The battery lasts about three days.
WFCL Touch Screen Tracker
This full-featured waterproof fitness tracker is a hidden gem for those seeking a bright, easy to read display. Includes stats on your sleep, steps, calories easily monitored by the SmartWristBand app, available on Android and iPhone. Charging up in only about 20 minutes via a simple USB system, you’ll be on the go in no time.
For those seeking robust push notifications across devices including phone, email, WeChat and more, look no further than the FireHot tracker. Coming with a data-rich digital display, this tracker includes many of the standard features including steps, heart rate and calories. While some complain the touch screen isn’t as responsive as some competitors, it’s hard to beat at this price point. The strong battery lasts 5-7 days.
Slim AOKII Bracelet Tracker
If you’re looking for a super slim option, this second choice from AOKII is the perfect pick. Great for runners, this bracelet comes complete with the basic level features including a stop watch. You can easily swipe the screen to see your various stats including steps and heart rate. Does not include some of the more advanced metrics like blood oxygen levels, etc. Battery life is about 3-6 days.