What can you buy for $100? A decent pair of kicks’ costs more than that. Still, if that’s your budget for a smartwatch, there’s plenty of options to choose from.
If you have $100 to spend on a smartwatch, for the most part we recommend you look at hybrid smartwatches (smartwatches with an analogue watch face and activity tracking sensors) over smartwatches with a digital display. That’s because the market for smartwatches under $100 with a digital display is weak. Most are from brands you’ve never heard of. At least with a hybrid smartwatch, you’ll get a product that’s enjoyable to use, and one that isn’t let down by a slow OS or dated display.
So, without further ado, here’s our list of the best smartwatches for under $100 in 2018. We’ve tried our best to include a diverse range of devices.
If you want a display on your smartwatch, the Pebble Time is a good choice for under $100. This smartwatch has a colour e-paper display and boasts a 7-day battery life.
Bought by Fitbit in 2016, the Pebble brand no longer makes smartwatches. But, they are still much-loved by customers. The Pebble Time is one of the newer models, offering smartphone notifications at a glance and Pebble Health, a unique fitness tracking app.
The Pebble Time is water resistant to 30 metres and features a built-in microphone for making voice notes and sending quick replies to messages. The always-on colour e-paper display has excellent legibility outdoors, although it isn’t a touchscreen (you use the physical keys on the side of the case to navigate the operating system).
Samsung Gear Fit
If you’re willing to ditch the idea of a watch-shaped device, the Samsung Gear Fit is an excellent choice. It’s a fitness band with a curved 1.84" AMOLED touchscreen display, an IP67 waterproof rating and a heart-rate monitor.
Priced at under $100, you get serious bang for your buck with the Samsung Gear Fit. It runs Tizen-W, Samsung’s own operating system, which runs faultlessly thanks to a speedy Cortex M4 processor. You also get a heart rate monitor, accelerometer and pedometer for accurate fitness tracking. This device automatically detects activity too.
If you can stretch your budget to $120, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 is a newer device with GPS and multi-sport tracking.
Garmin Vivomove Sport
The Garmin Vivomove Sport is a hybrid smartwatch with a 1-year battery life. It has a stylish, albeit chunky design and automatically syncs to Garmin Connect.
Thanks to its analogue dial and user-replaceable battery, the Garmin Vivomove Sport doesn’t need charging and displays your activity progress on a red sub dial. Your steps are also tracked on a separate white sub dial, so you can monitor all your progress at a glance.
Available in a range of colours to suit any taste, the Garmin Vivomove Sport offers accurate fitness tracking. It is water resistant to 5 ATM, and it works straight out of the box with no setup required. A basic, but effective, hybrid smartwatch for under $100.
Pebble 2 + Heart Rate
If you want a smartwatch for under $100 with a heart-rate sensor, the Pebble 2 + Heart Rate is a solid option. It features a 24/7 and on-demand heart rate sensor, and will track your steps, calories, runs, and long walks down to a tee.
This smartwatch has a black and white e-paper display and it runs Pebble’s own operating system. You control it using hardware buttons on the side of the device, and thanks to a built-in microphone, you can take notes during your workouts.
Connect the Pebble 2 to your smartphone, and you can setup push notifications for texts, calls, events, app notifications and much more. The only downside to this smartwatch is that Pebble no longer exists, so there’s no official product support available.
Fossil Q Tailor
Looking for something dainty and feminine? The Fossil Q Tailor is an excellent hybrid smartwatch with a classy rose gold finish. The product we have chosen comes on a light brown leather strap and features a white dial with numerical indices.
Boasting a 6-month battery life and automatic time zone calibration, the Fossil Q Tailor also has notification alerts and is compatible with Android smartphones and iPhone. It alerts you to notifications by gently vibrating. You can also setup a vibrating alarm.
To control the functions on the Q Tailor, you use three hardware buttons. These let you control your smartphone’s camera and music via Bluetooth. You can also use the Q Tailor to call your phone, which will come in handy should you happen to lose it.
INCHOR’s first smartwatch is a feature-packed one. The InClock is the world’s first auto calibrating smartwatch and offers a wide range of features, including the ability to track your heart rate, blood pressure, steps and sleep patterns.
Available with a black PVD coated case or with a silver stainless-steel case, the INCHOR InClock stands out with its yellow-tinted dial and roman numerals. It displays your heart-rate data, and activity progress, on a built-in 0.42” OLED display.
Lightweight and water resistant, the InClock also offers a 60-day battery life and can be setup to receive push notifications from your smartphone. The companion app is slick and easy to use too. Overall, this is a decent smartwatch for under $100.
The Martian Notifier is another hybrid smartwatch with a small OLED display for notifications. This smartwatch for under $100 is well-made and lets you customize vibration alerts, so you know what a notification is without glancing at your wrist.
Compatible with Android smartphones and iPhone, the Martian Watches Notifier isn’t the last word in smartwatch beauty, but it is functional. You can set it up for caller ID, SMS, e-mail, social media and fitness stats notifications. It notifies you by vibrating, and by showing you a readable alert on a 0.5” OLED display.
The battery life is decent too. Users report around 4-days of use on a single charge, and you get a charging cable in the box. It isn’t magnetic charging, but at this price a cable will do.
If you’re looking for something completely different that’ll track your activity, look at the Misfit Shine, a unique activity and sleep monitor.
The Misfit Shine is a swim proof, dirt proof activity tracker that automatically tracks steps, distance, calories, and light and heavy sleep. It isn’t a smartwatch per se, since it doesn’t tell the time, but it certainly looks like one when worn on a wristband. The aluminium disc can also be clipped onto a belt, if you don’t want to wear it on your wrist.
With a battery life that will last for up to 6 months (and a user-replaceable coin-cell battery), this is one device that you can wear and forget about. Overall, it’s a solid, reliable and affordable option for those of you who want a basic, yet stylish, activity tracker.
Famar Hybrid Smartwatch
Fancy a simple, classically-styled hybrid smartwatch without a display for notifications? The Famar Hybrid Smartwatch should suit you nicely.
Available in Night Black, Aurora Blue, Flame Red and Sand Gold colourways, the Famar smartwatch has a classy design and incorporates a vibration motor into its sleek case for silent alerts and notifications. You can also connect it to your smartphone so that it notifies you when you receive a phone call. A handy feature to have, for sure.
A unique feature of this smartwatch is the ability to take a photo on your smartphone by shaking your wrist. You can also silence phone calls by doing the same. It isn’t particularly advanced or exciting, but the Famar smartwatch is a good choice for under $100.
The Polar A300 is an interesting smartwatch. It looks like a regular digital watch, but it will track your steps, distance, calories burned and sleeping patterns. It is also compatible with Polar’s H7 heart rate sensor (a gadget that’s sold separately).
Available in white, black, pink or yellow, the Polar A300 is a solid fitness smartwatch for under $100. It doesn’t have GPS, but it’s $40 cheaper than the M400 and keeps you moving with vibration alerts. Go for a run outside or on a treadmill, and the A300 will track your distance down to a tee and provide an accurate calorie burn readout.
Unfortunately, this device doesn’t track cycling, but it does have a 26-day battery life with 24/7 activity tracking turned on. The battery is also a rechargeable unit.