The Best Activity Trackers for $100 or Less

These mid-range picks offer stats, motivation and more


If you’re looking for a fitness band or clip-on tracker, chances are you’ve already noticed just how many options you have. (Hint: There are a lot.) Because not everyone has the same needs or the same budget, I’m working off of my initial guide on choosing an activity tracker to give you a look at some of the best options in your price range. 

I’ve already touched on some of the best picks for $50 or less, and I’ll now be taking a look at what you can get for $100 or less. (Note: I won’t be including any overlap of picks, so head to the previous guide if you want to see more.)

If you’ve looked at some sub-$50 trackers already, one thing you’ll notice right away is that more generous features come along with the price jump. That said, if you’re only looking for simple activity and sleep tracking, everything else may be superfluous. 

Fitbit One

I find Fitbit products to be a bit overpriced compared to some other companies' activity trackers, but there's no denying that the clip-on One is a solid product. Going for about $100 on Amazon (or available for $99.95 through Fitbit's site), the device tracks steps, distance, calories, and stairs climbed. The package is water-resistant (though not waterproof), and its OLED screen shows you the current time.

Unlike many other trackers, the Fitbit One displays all your current activity stats directly on the device; it's nice to have all that information accessible without having to go to a smartphone app. That said, there is a phone app (for Android, iOS and Windows Phone) that delivers a more in-depth look at your activity.

Misfit Shine

The higher-end older sibling of the Misfit Flash, the $70 Shine offers the same features but in a more premium package (made with anodized aluminum). The Shine's available in nine colors and is overall sleeker-looking than the Flash. If the aesthetic differences are lost on you, though, the Misfit Flash should be just fine.

Whichever model you choose, you'll get activity and sleep tracking, along with a daily progress indicator that shows you how close you are to reaching activity goals. You can even clip it on your clothing or shoes as an alternative to wearing it as a wristband.

Garmin Vivofit 2

This recently released band wouldn't be my pick for best-looking gadget but this product is about functionality over form. It's currently available for $100 through Garmin's website, though you'll likely find it on Amazon in the months to come. 

In addition to the standard set of stats for steps taken, calories burned and distance traveled, the Vivofit 2 provides some motivation in the form of a "time to move feature." Much like on the Apple Watch, this is a suggestion to get up and move after you've been sitting for a while.

Honorable Mention: Jawbone UP2

I refrained from including this fitness tracker with the others listed above due to some reported issues about the band being uncomfortable, but overall the Jawbone UP2 is a solid option with features to rival most devices in this price range. It will alert you when you've been idle for too long, and the companion app lets you log food by scanning barcodes.