There is no denying that the Fitbit is an impressive piece of kit - if you're looking for the perfect workout companion, it is a pretty perfect device. The Fitbit tracks everything from steps taken to your heart rate, and the newer devices can even monitor your sleep.
But the main issue with the Fitbit is that you definitely pay for the brand. The newer Fitbit models will set you back nearly £100, which is quite a lot for a device that does many of the same things your smartphone will do.
Luckily, there are some great Fitbit alternatives out there which do everything that a Fitbit does and more, sometimes even for less money. We thought it would be useful to round some of them up and take a closer look at them, let's get into the guide:
HUAWEI Band 7
HUAWEI is a brand that has grown massively over the last few years, and their smartphones have been a huge hit for anyone looking for something cheap but still with great features. The same can be said for their range of fitness trackers, especially the HUAWEI Band 7 range. Available in 4 colours (including our favourite, Flame Red), the HUAWEI Band 7 includes a steps, distance, and calorie tracker, as well as being able to monitor your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and even your stress levels. It's totally water resistant & suitable for wearing while swimming, plus the battery can last for up to 14 days. We were blown away by this watch and think it definitely gives the Fitbit a run for its money, plus you can buy it for less than £50. Learn more here - currys.co.uk
HONOR Band 5 Smart Wristband
The Honor band 5 is definitely great value for money - it has all of the expected features such as calorie and step tracking, but it also has a few extras which really delight us. For example, the alarm is one of the best you’ll find on any smartwatch, and we love how it gently vibrates to wake you up gradually (which’ll do wonders for your morning mood). It has a touch screen and feels pretty expensive given the price tag. Learn more here - amazon.co.uk
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band
One of the great things about the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band is its versatility - it doesn't matter what type of sport you're using a fitness tracker for, the chances are the Xiaomi Mi will be able to track your stats. The device has 30 built-in workout modes to set goals and track progress for pretty many sports, including boxing and HIIT. You can choose to monitor your heart rate and blood oxygen levels throughout the entire day, and you can choose to be alerted when levels fluctuate. It can even track menstrual cycles, so you receive a reminder about your next period. Overall, it's a great device for someone looking for something which does a bit of everything, plus it can be bought for less than £40. Learn more here - currys.co.uk
Garmin Vivosmart 4
The GARMIN Vivosmart 5 has been released and is a great buy, but it's over £100 and a bit more than what you'd want to buy for a Fitbit. However, the GARMIN Vivosmart 4 (the slightly older model) is cheaper at around £70, and still packs a lot of what the newer model has, just without the price tag. The first thing we'd say is we love the look of this smart band - it's stylish and sleek, which is definitely important if you plan to wear it all day. The standout feature is the advanced sleep monitoring, which includes tracking of REM sleep stages and monitoring of blood oxygen saturation levels as you snooze. The Vivosmart 4 also has a feature which tries to estimate how much energy you have, which can be useful if you're trying to plan your day. We're definitely a fan, learn more here - amazon.co.uk
Amazfit Bip U
Despite being one of the cheapest smartwatches in this list (we found it for less than £40 online), the Amazfit Bip U does just about everything a Fitbit does - it'll track your sleep, calorie intake, and heart rate. But it also has a few other cool features like Blood-oxygen Level Measurement and more than 60 different sports modes (including more obscure sports like table tennis!). Overall, it packs a lot in without the price tag, and we're impressed. Learn more here - amazon.co.uk
XIAOMI Redmi Watch 2 Lite
As you can see from our list, although the Fitbit is a great device, there are plenty of alternatives out there that you can buy. Hopefully our guide has inspired you to check some of them out!