Why spend $250 on something that you may accidentally destroy? You could buy 10 of the cheapest fitness tracker for that price!
When it comes to fitness trackers, there's nothing wrong with being a cheap skate. In fact, you can get quite a bit of bang for your buck.
Fitness trackers are an increasingly popular accessory and many manufacturers are capitalizing on the movement in a big way. Fitbit's most expensive venture, the Surge, clocks in at $249.99! Many smart watches with fitness tracking can get up over $500.
Why? One would hope that when most of us workout out, we work out with intensity. That doesn't always mesh with rubber and aluminum, especially if you're a strong man competitor who flips monster truck tires all day (I don't think they wear fitness trackers anyway...).
We've scoured the internet and found the cheapest fitness trackers out there because, if your tracker breaks, you don't want to sit and cry, you want to just buy a new one!
Cheap fitness trackers, and I mean cheap
If you don't care about features and just want something to count your steps and keep track of your sleep for you, then the cheapest fitness tracker out there has you covered, believe it or not.
Xiaomi Mi Band
The Xiaomi Mi Band is only $14.99 and comes with everything that most basic fitness trackers do: step counter, automatic sleep tracking, silent alarm, and an app so you can view all your progress.
A rather interesting feature of the Mi Band is its identification ability. You just have to be wearing your Mi Band and you won't require your usual passcode on your smartphone. Anyone else who tries to access your phone will, however, need your code to get in.
The amazing thing about the Mi Band is that it has a higher-level function, for which you'd have to pay over $100 if it were another brand: call notifications. For 15 bucks! You can set the Mi Band to notify when your phone's been ringing for a while and you still haven't answered it. That's pretty cool.
If that all isn't enough for you, the Mi Band has a Locate your Mi Band function, so that if you misplace it, you can go into the app and tell the Mi Band to vibrate and light up. For 15 bucks.
This sucker's also water-resistant up to a meter deep. You wouldn't want to take it swimming, but if you happen to drop it in a puddle or get caught in the rain, no biggie.
TW64 Smart Bracelet Watch
The TW64 Smart Bracelet looks an awful lot like a certain Fitbit we might know cough Charge cough. However, for just over eight bucks, it's probably as cheap as it gets and has some great features that even the $100 Fitbit Flex doesn't have.
The TW64 has an LCD display that show the time and your goal progress. It even has a sedentary reminder sensor that you can set to remind you to move when you've been sitting around for too long.
These bands are wholesale from China, so the level of customer support that you'd expect from companies like Fitbit and Garmin isn't really there. But hey, for eight bucks, why not?
For 30 beans, the Misfit Flash packs a punch. It's stylish, functional, and syncs easily with the Misfit app. The cool thing is that the Flash is water-resistant to 30 meters and their website has a picture of a girl and a silhouette of a dude holding a surfboard. By that logic, you can swim with your Flash on!
It even has a watch function, can act as a selfie remote, control your music, and even send a "Yo!" message to your friends. With all that functionality, you'll have so much time to do activities! So many activities!
Misfit is becoming an increasingly established brand and for $29.99, it's definitely your best cheap fitness tracker, in terms of value.
The cheapest fitness tracker with a heart rate monitor
The next logical step would be to jump up to a fitness tracker with a heart rate monitor. A heart rate monitor will give you improved sleep tracking, since the tracker won't just be limited to tracking your movement.
A heart rate monitor will also give you a more accurate representation of the stress that your workouts put on your body.
Xiaomi Mi Band 1S Pulse
The Xiaomi Mi Band 1S Pulse is sort of an elusive fitness tracker on the internat. You can find it on Amazon.com, but that's not where the best deal is.
The best price I've found for the Mi Band 1S Pulse is $22 on the NIS Store. That's 22 bucks for a fitness tracker with a heart rate monitor. If you were to go with another brand, you'd have to pay well over a hundred dollars. Well over.
The Mi Band 1S Pulse has all the features of the Mi Band, plus a heart rate monitor, for an extra five bucks. How can you go wrong? Get four!
Quite possibly the biggest boast from both Mi Band models is that they can go 30 days on a single charge. A full month of fitness tracking, sans charging. Given the water-resistance rating of these devices, you could wear them in the shower, so you would almost never have to take them off.
The Mi Bands come in six different colors, so they're plenty customizable and about as fashionable as any other tracker that's out there.
The bottom line
A cheap fitness tracker is great, especially if you're just starting out with trackers, but always choose the tracker that's right for you. Maybe the Mi Bands are great at the start, but wear out quickly. You may want to eventually invest in something a little sturdier, although when it comes to electronics, we all know that "you get what you pay for" isn't always the case.