If you’re looking for the best cheap deals on smartwatches, look no further. It feels like barely a week goes by without a new smartwatch appearing on the market, and one of the benefits of this high churn
rate is that you can often pick up older hardware for decent prices.
Essential reading: Best budget fitness trackers
At these prices you’re not going to get the
latest software or the highest quality materials, but you can usually get the
same functions and features that are on the more expensive models.
We’ve rounded up the best cheap smartwatches and lightening deals we think are worth checking out.
Hot deal of the week
Samsung Gear S2 Classic
OK – if you came here for cheap smartwatches, just keep scrolling – but this is the best deal on a watch this week. We love the Gear S2 Classic – read our full Samsung Gear S2 review for why – and a whopping $50 off at BestBuy is certainly reason to sit up and take note.
Best cheap smartwatches
Back on the cheap smartwatch wagon, the price of this Martian Notifier certainly makes things interesting. Compatible with Android and iOS, the Notifier mixes an analogue face with a small OLED screen, which displays messages and calls. While the screen is a little small, you can customise vibration patterns to identify callers. Yes it’s a bit old now, but for less than $40, who can argue?
Asus ZenWatch 2
Designed to sit at the budget end of the smartwatch market, the Asus ZenWatch 2 does very little wrong. It’s not challenging the big guns such as the Gear S2, Apple Watch or Huawei Watch in any respect, but with all the latest Android Wear features and a slim, sleek build, it’s a bargain for the price.
Sony SmartWatch 3
Psst. You in the UK…over here. Right, basically forget about everything else on the list so far and buy the Sony SmartWatch 3. First up, it’s got full GPS tracking for all your fitness needs, then you’ll find its got NFC for all your Google Wallet contactless payments and finally it’s got a 2-day-plus battery life that actually delivers. Launched in early 2015, it’s practically right off the shelf. Get it while it’s hot.
Read this: Sony Smartwatch 3 review
The original Pebble first appeared at the start of 2013 on the back of what was at the time the most successful Kickstarter ever. It supports both Android and iOS, comes with a growing pile of apps and watch faces, and can last a week on a single battery charge. It might be getting on a bit in gadget years, with the Pebble Time taking the headlines, but the device that ushered in the era of the smartwatch still has a lot going for it, and the e-ink screen is a boon for battery life.
Read this: Updated Pebble review
Samsung Gear Live
Right out of the first batch of Android Wear watches is the Samsung Gear Live, and it’s still worth a look for bargain hunters. While Android Wear watches are now in their third generation, updates haven’t left older smartwatches behind. However, if you are thinking about last-gen tech, then maybe look at the Asus ZenWatch 2 for almost the same price. Sorry Europeans/Brexiters, it’s US only.
LG G Watch
LG’s G Watch has been usurped not once but twice by the G Watch R and the Watch Urbane. But if you’re happy to settle for a rectangular screen and basic functionality, it’s now pretty good value. The cut-price deal still leaves you cash to splash on a stainless steel strap, which will glam the G Watch up no end.
Read this: Best LG G Watch straps