As these smartwatch deals demonstrate, there’s never been a better time to buy a wearable. There’s more choice than ever before, with options ranging from incredible power to equally incredible value for money: as technology improves, cheap smartwatches deliver ever more power for ever less money.
Those improvements mean lots of new models, which means lots of great smartwatch deals and smartwatch sales. Our technology scans all the key retailers to find the very best deals and the cheapest smartwatch prices: let’s compare the specs to find the smartwatch that’s best for you and the best price you can pick it up for.
The best smartwatch deals and prices
Apple Watch 5
The latest wrist candy from Apple
OS: watchOS 6 | Display: 1.57-inch or 1.73-inch OLED | Internal storage: 32GB | Battery duration: 18 hours | Charging method: wireless | Waterproof: swim | Year of release: 2019 | Launch price: $399/£399/ AU$649
While the latest Apple Watch doesn't offer any major revolutions in the way people connect with their iPhones through their wrists, it does offer some unique features over the previous generation. For starters, your screen will remain on meaning you can subtly check the time, or just catch up on notifications whenever you need to. This is a great feature that instantly fixes many of early Watch adopters' biggest issues with ease of access, and the largest change to hit the series with this upgrade.
Other than that you're getting more onboard storage and a few minor improvements at the premium price of a brand new Apple Watch. Though the Series 4 is now out of production, you're likely to find better deals from retailers on the older model than you will for the latest.
Apple Watch 4
Prices falling now on the classic
OS: watchOS 6 | Display: 1.57-inch or 1.78-inch LTPO OLED, 324 x 394 or 368 x 448 | Internal storage: 16GB | Battery duration: 18 hours | Charging method: wireless | Waterproof: swim | Year of release: 2018 | Launch price: $399/£399/ AU$599
The Apple Watch Series 4 is very similar to the previous generation, but there are some important differences. It’s slightly bigger, so the 42mm model is now 44mm and the 38mm is 40mm. The screen is slightly bigger, so there’s more room for information, and the case is slightly thinner. Even though it’s bigger, the Series 4 looks smaller than the Series 3.
The processor is twice as quick, the Bluetooth is 5.0 to the Series 3’s 4.2 so it’s more energy-efficient, and the Series 4 adds fall detection and an electrical heart sensor to the optical heart rate sensor in the Series 3. If you're after the latest model, head on over to our roundup of the latest Apple Watch 5 deals and prices.
Apple Watch 3
The best value Apple Watch you can get
OS: watchOS 6 | Display: 1.37-inch or 1.65-inch OLED 38mm: 340x272; 42mm: 390x312 | Internal storage: 8GB | Battery duration: 18 hours | Charging method: wireless | Waterproof: swim | Year of release: 2017 | Launch price: £199 / $199 / AU$319
The Apple Watch 3 is now the cheapest model in the current Apple Watch range and excellent value for money. Available in 38mm and 42mm models with a 1.5-inch and 1.65-inch OLED display respectively, it looks similar to the Series 5 and almost identical to its predecessor but its screen is brighter, its processor is 70% faster and its wireless chip 50% more energy efficient than the Series 2. It added a barometric altimeter to the existing sensors (optical heart-rate sensing, accelerometer, gyroscope and ambient light sensor) and retains the 18-hour battery life and 50m water-resistance of the Series 2.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
Samsung's best smartwatch yet
OS: Tizen OS 4.0 | Display: 1.2-inch or 1.3-inch Super AMOLED, 320 x 320 | Internal storage: 4GB | Battery duration: 4 days | Charging method: wireless | Waterproof: swim | Year of release: 2018 | Launch price: $329/£279/AU$499
The Samsung Galaxy Watch looks like a real watch, it lasts four days between charges and it’s one of the most refined smartwatches you can buy today. Its rotating bezel isn’t just a brilliant idea: it also protects your screen from accidental scratches or drops. It doesn’t look big on medium-sized arms, but it feels big if you’re going to wear the watch to bed to take advantage of its sleep tracking.
Samsung’s Tizen operating system is very nice, but having a proprietary OS does mean that you don’t get the range of third-party apps that you get with WearOS.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
Hitting the gym?
OS: Tizen OS 4.0 | Display: 1.1-inch Super AMOLED, 360 x 360 | Internal storage: 4GB | Battery duration: 2.5 days | Charging method: wireless | Waterproof: swim | Year of release: 2019 | Launch price: $199.99/£229/AU$348
The Galaxy Watch Active is a smaller, cheaper, more fitness-focused version of the Samsung Galaxy Watch. It does without the rotating bezel of its big sister and it doesn’t have a speaker either, so you can’t use it for phone calls or audio notifications. Think of it as a super-powered fitness band or a budget version of its bigger sibling: it still has good battery life and a nice enough operating system but it isn’t quite as powerful as the fully-featured Galaxy Watch and the lack of that bigger case and rotating bezel makes it more gym-friendly but a little more fiddly.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
Now with better control options
OS: Tizen 4.0 | Display: 1.2-inch or 1.4-inch Super AMOLED, 360 x 360 | Internal storage: 4GB | Battery duration: 24-36 hours | Charging method: wireless | Waterproof: swim | Year of release: 2019 | Launch price: $279/£269/AUS$TBC
Debuting just six months after the original Galaxy Watch Active, the Active 2 was never going to be a massive leap forward – but it is better than its predecessor. It didn’t bring back the rotating bezel that the original Active lacked but it did introduce a software alternative: you slide your finger around the edge of the screen. The Active 2 introduced a second, slightly larger 44mm version for bigger wrists, and it added an ECG to the array of sensors. It’s an evolution of the original design rather than a revolutionary one, but it’s the better of the two Active generations.
Fitbit Versa 2
The latest and best from Fitbit
OS: Fitbit OS | Display: 1.34-inch OLED, 300 x 300 | Internal storage: 2.5GB | Battery duration: 5 days | Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin | Waterproof: resistant | Year of release: 2019 | Launch price: $229/£219.99/AU$379
If you're looking for a fitness tracker that can also fit into a digital lifestyle, Fitbit has long been the brand to look for. That's no different with the latest Fitbit Versa 2. There are a few core features surprisingly missing from Fitbit's latest premium wearable - such as Spotify integration and compatibility with Apple Health or Google Fit, but everything has always been kept distinct in Fitbit's framework so you're not missing out on any older features. That said, at the same price as an Apple Watch Series 3, you might want to consider whether you're after a great set of fitness features, or a smartwatch to pair with your everyday life.
Fitbit Versa Lite
A nice balance of value and quality
OS: Fitbit OS | Display: 1.32-inch LCD, 300 x 300 | Internal storage: none | Battery duration: 4 days | Charging method: USB | Waterproof: splash | Year of release: 2019 | Launch price: $159.95/£149.99/AU$249.95
The Fitbit Versa Lite is a stripped-back version of the more expensive Fitbit Versa. Aimed at first-time smartwatch owners, it’s one of the cheapest branded smartwatches you can buy. As you’d expect from a Fitbit its fitness tracking features are very good, and its four-day battery life is impressive. It lacks some of the features of more expensive watches, though: there’s no altimeter or gyroscope, so it can’t track swim laps, it doesn’t do Wi-Fi so app installations and updates are slow and it doesn’t have on-board storage for your music. It’s cute, though, and comfortable too.
Fitbit's full-on smartwatch
OS: Fitbit OS | Display: 1.42-inch LCD, 348 x 250 | Internal storage: 2.5GB | Battery duration: 4 days | Charging method: USB | Waterproof: Swim | Year of release: 2017 | Launch price: $299/£299/AUS$449.95
The Fitbit Ionic is Fitbit’s attempt to go head to head with the Apple Watch, so in addition to the usual smartwatch fitness features it also has Fitbit Pay for card-free shopping. You’ll either love or hate the design but it’s comfortable and waterproof and runs for around four days from a single charge (that drops to about 10 hours if you’re constantly using the GPS). Fitbit’s expertise in fitness tracking is evident here, with very good features for tracking exercise and workouts, and the on-board storage is good for about 300 songs for music on the move.
Fossil Gen 5
The latest smartwatch from the Fossil Group
OS: Wear | Display: 1.7-inch AMOLED, 416 x 416 | Internal storage: 8GB | Battery duration: 24 hours | Charging method: Wireless | Waterproof: 3 ATM | Year of release: 2019 | Launch price: $295/£279/AUS$499
This is Fossil's latest, and incredibly speedy, smartwatch. Unlike other Wear OS devices the Gen 5 offers a fantastic experience with almost no lagging between swiping and tapping through apps. It's an all-rounder model designed to be comprehensive on its breadth of fitness features and digital integrations, but doesn't go as deep into either as other more specialized or higher price tag models do.
Stylish and powerful
OS: Wear | Display: 1.2-inch AMOLED, 390 x 390 | Internal storage: 4GB | Battery duration: 2 days | Charging method: Proprietary | Waterproof: 5 ATM | Year of release: 2018 | Launch price: $279/£219/AUS$469
The Fossil Sport represents Fossil's first serious step into the smartwatch world, and thanks to the few releases we've seen since, this model is now falling in price for some great deals. This is a mid-range smart watch, with a price tag easily stomach-able and the features to back it up. You're getting a primarily fitness-focused device, but one that syncs with your digital world all the same. It's compatible with both Android and iOS, and carries a classic Fossil charm into the digital age.
Garmin Vivoactive 4
Sporty and smart
OS: Wear | Display: 1.3-inch, 260 x 260 | Internal storage: 3.6GB | Battery duration: 6 hours - 8 days | Charging method: Proprietary | Waterproof: 5 ATM | Year of release: 2019 | Launch price: $349.99/£259.99/AUS$549
The Garmin Vivoactive can be whatever you want it to be. With music and GPS as standard, and an 8 day battery life in smartwatch mode, it can be the digital assistant we all need on our wrists, or a high quality fitness tracker. The Garmin Vivoactive 4 comes in with a higher price tag than those you can currently snag on the 3 model, but it's the latest model with a load of features to get your money's worth.
You're getting more sports apps over the previous model, as well as new metrics to track and on-screen workout animations to keep you company. The new model is more than a refresh, it kits out your Vivoactive smartwatch with a massive range of new features and quality of life improvements worthy of its launch price.
Garmin Forerunner 35
Long battery and suited for runners
OS: proprietary | Display: 1.5-inch LCD, 128 x 128 | Internal storage: N/A | Battery duration: 9 days | Charging method: USB | Waterproof: swim | Year of release: 2016 | Launch price: $169/£129.99/AUS$219
The Garmin Forerunner 35 is an entry-level running watch with smart features rather than a fully-fledged smartwatch. While the 35 has notifications and music control it’s essentially a big fitness tracker that also has a few watch features. That’s no bad thing: it uploads your stats to the excellent Garmin Connect, its heart rate sensor means there’s no need for a chest strap when you run, and it doubles as an activity tracker when you’re not pounding pavements to improve your personal best. Expect nine days from the battery in everyday use and 13 hours in training mode with GPS activated.
Stunning value for money
OS: proprietary | Display: 1.28-inch Transflective LCD, 176 x 176 | Internal storage: N/A | Battery duration: 30 days | Charging method: USB | Waterproof: swim | Year of release: 2017 | Launch price: $99/£49.99/AUS$130
With a promised 30 days of battery life, GPS, heart rate monitoring and an incredibly low price the brilliantly named Bip sounds too good to be true. But it isn’t: it’s a genuine bargain if you don’t mind a few idiosyncrasies like slightly off GPS, occasional step tracking errors and sluggish performance. That’s because Amazfit is part of Xiaomi, who know a thing or two about making decent cheap tech and whose Mi Fit app teams with the Bip. Is it as good as an Apple Watch or a Galaxy Watch? Of course it isn’t. But it’s an awful lot cheaper.