4 Smartwatches That Won't Break the Bank

Samsung Gear Live
Samsung Gear Live. Stephen Lam/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Whether you're on a budget or simply don't want to spend a ton of cash on a product you're on the fence about, it makes perfect sense to look for a smartwatch at a moderate price point.

While many of the high-profile wearables like the Apple Watch are decidedly un-cheap, you do have some options that won't do serious damage to your wallet.

Buying Tips

Before you dive in, keep in mind that lower-priced devices often come with fewer features. If there's something specific you're looking for, like the ability to respond to messages from your wrist, focusing on that can help you narrow down your search. 

Also, if you're looking to spend less and are new to smartwatches, consider buying an older model. For example, the original Moto 360 can be found online for $150, while the newer Moto 360 is going for $300 and higher. This can be a good way to save some money and get a feel for smartwatches and learn what you like and what features you need.

Pebble Classic ($100)

The original Pebble smartwatch is one of the cheapest options that still manages to provide a fair amount of features. You can view notifications directly from your wrist, and the wearable is compatible with a variety of fitness apps that can track your steps and other activity stats. Plus, the battery lasts for up to 7 days. If you can spend a bit more and would prefer a more stylish design, I suggest checking out the $150 Pebble Steel, with more premium materials and both leather and steel band options.

LG G Watch ($90)

This Wear OS-powered (formerly Android Wear-powered) smartwatch isn't the most attractive smartwatch out there (it's pretty bland, and even a little clunky-looking), but it's one of the cheapest options you can find, as it's no longer brand-new. The downsides, according to reviews, include unimpressive battery life and a lackluster display. Still, if you're new to this category of devices, the G Watch is a good introduction to Wear OS for a very reasonable price.

Samsung Gear Live ($130)

This smartwatch certainly isn't for the fans of round watch displays, and some people may not like the rather large bezel surrounding the screen. Still, for Android phone users, the Gear Live is a good choice for simple functionality such as viewing notifications and getting turn-by-turn directions right on your wrist. You can also say "OK Google" to get answers to questions and pull up relevant information based on your query.

ASUS ZenWatch ($170)

This option also sports a pretty big bezel around the screen, but the good news is that the display is still rather large, at 1.63 inches. The ZenWatch runs Wear OS, giving you access to Google Now-style notifications and information cards, and it supports both Android and iOS. There's also a built-in pedometer that's complemented by ASUS Wellness software that displays all your workout data.