Fitness trackers are all the rage, and why wouldn’t they be? They help you track your activity, health factors like heart rate and sleep. But they’re also pretty expensive, so what are the best cheap fitness trackers and do they really work?
Last year while I was volunteering at the Calgary International Film Festival, I needed a watch to accurately time the ending of the films. But I’ve never really been into watches and I thought I’d try a fitness tracker out.
But I didn’t exactly have the extra $200 on hand to get myself one, so I thought I would try out a cheap fitness tracker and see how it worked. All-in-all, the experience was pretty good.
Best Cheap Fitness Tracker Watch Review: Letscom
In the past year, I’ve gotten two Letscom Fitness Tracker watches. The first one broke a few months into having it and I just replaced it last month with a new one.
When I was doing my research, the Letscom was the best cheap fitness tracker watch on the market. It pairs with the VeryFitPro App, which records and analyzes your data.
All-in-all I would say this is one of the best cheap fitness tracker watch choices because it looks like a FitBit (which is what I was going for). That said, I prefer the interface of the first one that I got better than the second.
The first watch I got, one with a deep purple band, had the display numbers facing up and down (as pictured). The second one that I got had the date and time displayed at a vertical angle.
Other than that though, the watch has a nice construct and looks relatively fashion-forward. The band is comfortable and I don’t find that it sticks to my wrist if it gets sweaty.
The one thing I would say is that the watch band is a little small for someone with relatively large wrists like mine. I typically have only two or three holes left when it’s on comfortably.
In the past year, I’ve gotten two of the Letscom fitness trackers. The charging strips for the first one fell off a few months after I got it and I recently replaced it.
Beyond the issue with the charging strips, the quality of the Letscom fitness trackers is actually pretty good. It has a relatively good battery life, lasting about three days before needing to change.
And when you have to charge it, it does so relatively fast. I find I get a full charge in under an hour.
Accuracy and tools
This cheap fitness tracker essentially tracks my heart rate, sleep patterns and steps. It’s also supposed to be able to connect with your phone and alert you to text messages and phone calls, but I could never figure out how to pair it.
Heart rate tracker: The heart rate tracker appears to be accurate, though I’m no expert. If you check in with the app it gives you an average heart rate for the day.
Sleep patterns: I find the sleep tracker isn’t the most accurate. It records my sleep, but if I wake up during the night and fall back asleep it doesn’t appear to start analyzing again.
Step tracker: The step tracker seems to be accurate. You can set a daily goal in the app and it will alert you when you surpass your goal with a low vibration. I set mine to 10,000 steps per day.
Alarm: You can also set an alarm with the app and it will wake you with a low vibration. I definitely prefer this to a traditional alarm as I find it way less intrusive.
Verdict: Should you get the Letscom?
If you’re looking for the best cheap fitness tracker watch I would recommend the Letscom. You can get one for under $40, which should be able to fit into almost any budget.
The Letscom is by no means as good as a premium fitness tracking watch, but it gets the trick done. It’s a good test-run if you’re thinking about getting a higher-priced one but you want to see if you’ll use it first.
Best premium brand fitness tracker
If the best cheap fitness tracker watch isn’t for you, then perhaps a premium tracker is in the cards for you (pending you have the budget for it). If you’re thinking of getting one of the best of the best, here are my top picks.
I’ve told myself that I didn’t want an Apple Watch because they were too big and flashy, but the Series 4 actually looks pretty cute. The appeal of an Apple Watch is that I’m a HUGE Apple user. Seriously, I’ve got almost all the devices you could want.
Unlike the cheap fitness trackers, the Apple watch does everything when it’s connected with your phone. You can use Siri, make phone calls, send text messages—essentially, it’s an extension of your smartphone.
If you have an extra $400+ then I would recommend giving it a whirl. Seriously, it’s on my wishlist.
Fitbit Inspire HR
The Fitbit Inspire HR is a somewhat budget-friendly fitness tracker that you can take home for under $100 USD. It’s a simple-looking watch with a feminine touch, perfect if you’re looking for something a little more dainty.
While this doesn’t do quite as much as the Apple Watch, it can do all of your fitness, sleep and heart rate tracking. It has up to five days of fitness tracking and has a charge time of 2 hours.
What I like about the FitBit Inspire is that it’s water-resistant up to 50 metres. Not that I’m planning on swimming with a watch, but it sure helps in the case that it accidentally gets wet.
Fitbit Versa Lite
The Fitbit Versa Lite is a bit more heavy-duty than the Inspire and Alta models. And the $142 USD price tag reflects that. But it’s still considerably more affordable than the Apple Watch.
The Versa Lite has a four-day battery life, and it hooks into your phone and can alert you to texts, calls and calendar appointments, making it a bit more of a sidekick than the two less expensive choices.
It’s slim, comfortable and lightweight. It’s also water-resistant up to 50 metres.
Fitbit Alta HR
My final choice would be the Fitbit Alta HR which you can get for under $90 USD. This watch tracks steps, heart rate, sleep and calorie burn making it a nice little tracker.
This is the ideal model if you’re looking for a simple minimalist design. This is the one that looks most like the best cheap fitness tracker watch choices.
It’s the most budget-friendly choice of FitBit.
What do you think is the best cheap fitness tracker watch? Share your thoughts in the comments below!