It’s time to get started on your New Year’s resolution with a fitness tracker. Here’s the best one for under $100.

It’s time to get started on your New Year’s resolution with a fitness tracker. Here’s the best one for under $100.

There are a lot of fitness trackers out there. Between all the manufacturers and models, the number easily jumps into the hundreds. While it’s easy to fall into the hole of just buying the most expensive one with all the features for a few hundred dollars, you may be surprised by what a budget fitness tracker offers.Features like automatic workout tracking, heart rate monitors, built-in GPS, to waterproofing have all trickled down to the market of budget fitness trackers. In fact, you can easily get a fully-featured fitness tracker for less than $100.While finding the right one for you would normally require closely evaluating each model, we’ve done the work for you. Every affordable activity tracker below comes with a suite of sensors and features we deem necessary for monitoring workouts and none of them cost more than a Benjamin to ensure you’re getting the best value possible.
TL;DR These are the Best Budget Fitness Trackers:
1. Fitbit Inspire HR
Best Budget Fitness Tracker
Auto Exercise Recognition: Yes Heart Rate Monitor: Yes GPS: No Battery Life: 5 days Swim Tracking: Yes Respond to Notifications: No
The Fitbit Inspire HR is on the knife’s edge of even making it into our list with its $100 list price, but it can be regularly found on sale to make it acceptably affordable. While it’s slightly more expensive than most of the other models on this list, it’s also one of the most well-rounded fitness trackers that’ll let you track your workouts, heart rate, and even how well you’re sleeping.It lacks built-in GPS and doesn’t integrate with smartphones nearly as well as Fitbit’s higher-end models, but there had to be some sacrifices for the affordable price. On the plus side, the Fitbit Inspire HR is waterproof and you get a fantastic smartphone app with easy to digest data and one of the most active communities of users. its battery life is also pretty goodthough not the absolute bestat five days long.
2. Xiaomi Mi Band 4
Ultra Cheap Fitness Tracker
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes GPS: No Battery Life: 20 days Swim Tracking: Yes Respond to Notifications: No
The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 doesn’t offer every feature that fitness fanatic might want, but it covers all the basics for most beginners looking to track their workouts as they shape up. To that end, this fitness tracker records your running, cycling, or swimming sessions, and it measures your heart rate with an optical sensor too.You’ll also find a decently sized 0.95-inch AMOLED display that’s bright enough to read your notifications in sunlight. It also supports Apple Wallet and Android Pay, so you can tap it against any compatible contact pay systems. Lastly, it has a big battery to see you through 20 days without having to recharge it.
3. Huawei Band 3 Pro
Best Budget Fitness Tracker with GPS
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes GPS: Yes Swim Tracking: Yes Respond to Notifications: No
Although the Huawei Band 3 Pro costs only $70 it comes with a built-in GPS module, making it one of the cheapest fitness trackers to offer such a feature. Admittedly, that GPS is can slow down at inopportune times, but it’s still nice to have it at such a low price point. The Huawei Band 3 Pro also gives you all the features you might expect including tracking for running, cycling, swimming, and sleeping, plus heart-rate monitoring for all those activities.Like the Xiaomi Mi Band 4, the Huawei Band 3 Pro features an AMOLED color touchscreen so it’s nice to look at. When you’re buying this wearable make doubly sure you like the wrist band (color) as you can’t swap it out for something else.
4. Withings Move
Best Discreet Budget Fitness Tracker
Auto Exercise Recognition: Yes Heart Rate Monitor: No GPS: No Battery Life: 18 months Swim Tracking: Yes Respond to Notifications: No
If you’re just starting out with fitness trackers, or if you just want basic information regarding your daily activity, the Withings Move is a fantastic option. It doesn’t have a display, but it does have a clean and inconspicuous design of an analog face. This way you can wear it all day and track your data without having something on your wrist that feels or looks out of place. The screen-less interface is also what allows this fitness tracker to last for 18 months straight on a single battery.When it comes to activity tracking, the Withings Move will let you know how many steps you’ve taken, your distance traveled, and calories burned while running or walking. It can also record how long you’ve been swimming and the calories you’ve burned while doing so. Take it to bed while you’re at it and you’ll be able to see how long you go in deep or light sleep throughout the night. When connected to your smartphone the Withings Move can also use its GPS to mark down your distance traveled, pace, and changes in elevation.
5. Samsung Galaxy Fit
Best Budget Smart Fitness Tracker
Auto Exercise Recognition: Yes Heart Rate Monitor: Yes GPS: No Battery Life: 7 days Respond to Notifications: Yes
If you’re looking for a fitness tracker that’s more like a smartwatch the Samsung Galaxy Fit will be a great fit (ahah). This iOS and Android phone compatible wearable allows you to see your notifications at a glance and respond to them without having to take out your smartphone. It’s got a great little 0.95-inch AMOLED display so you can see your health data on a bright and vivid screen.The Samsung Galaxy Fit is also smart enough to automatically start workout tracking without you having to fiddle with anything. You’ll also get reminders to when to stretch, stand up, or relax. Of course, it includes sleep tracking but sadly no built-in GPS so you’ll have to pair it with a smartphone to track where you’ve been.
6. Garmin vívosport
Best Fitness Tracker for Running
Auto Exercise Recognition: Yes Heart Rate Monitor: Yes GPS: Yes Battery Life: 7 days Swim Tracking: Yes Respond to Notifications: No
The Garmin vívosport is a little old at this point but time is exactly what has allowed this high-end activity tracker’s price to fall into the affordable range. This still top-of-the-line wearable offers GPS tracking and an altimeter for tracking your location and elevation. On top of marking your position, the vívosport will record your heart rate, calories burned, and plenty of other facets in your workouts.It comes in a slim, fully waterproof design, but the screen is a little small and drab by modern standards. There’s also almost no smartwatch features here so don’t expect to see notification on its small screen. This activity tracker is almost purely focused on analyzing and recording your workout sessions.
What to Look for in a Budget Fitness Tracker
When evaluating fitness trackers it’s important to keep in mind they’re not just about counting steps or keeping tabs on your sleep habits. The total experience includes the quality of the hardware, overall comfort, the software package, and how well it does the tracking that you bought it for in the first place.As you spend more money you get features like heart rate monitoring, GPS, OLED display as opposed to LCD, etc. Still, there are plenty of basic trackers that don’t cost a lot of money and can provide you with an avalanche of health data. You don’t need to spend more than $100 to get started though.
Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam

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