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While smartwatches aren’t as common as smartphones quite yet, they’re no longer enthusiast-only items either. The best smartwatches make your life easier by providing alerts right on your wrist so you don’t have to constantly find and pull out your phone. Many also provide a variety of fitness-tracking features and waterproof cases, while others double as music players, with support for popular services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and iHeartRadio.

Many analysts believe the smartwatch market will continue to growas manufacturers add new features to their products and the technology becomes more affordable. So, if you’re ready to take the plunge into high-tech, hands-free wearables and want to save some money, read on for the best smartwatch deals available online right now. Also be sure to check out the latest Apple Watch deals.

The Best Deal

Movado Bold Connected II — $229

smartwatch deals Movado Bold Connected II

When smartwatches were first released, the basic marketing pitch advertised them as essentially“a smartphone for your wrist.” Users were initially hyped but ultimately remained unconvinced, especially since the first-generation wearables failed to deliver on a lot of the promised convenience that smartwatches were said to provide. Lately, however, we’ve seen the growing popularity of great hybrid smartwatches like the Movado Bold Connected II, which neatly close the gap between old-school wristwatches and high-tech smart wearables.

The Bold Connected II runs on a super-accurate Japanese quartz movement,and also features built-in smart connectivity that allows this classic-looking watch to sync with your Android or iOS smartphone to provide activity tracking, call notifications, text messages, a world clock, and more. Now, you can score the Movado Bold Connected II smartwatch from B&H for $229after a deep $466 discount off of its retail price. The all-stainless steel model is also available for $265 ($530 off MSRP).

$229 From B&H

The Rest

Apple Watch Series 1 — $179

Smartwatch deals - Apple Watch

The excellent Apple Watch Series 3 was recently released, so now’s the time to score some savingson a previous-generation model. Although it may not be the company’s bleeding-edge model, the Apple Watch Series 1is still one of the hottest smartwatches on the market. It’s fast, light, and robust, and it features a much snappier CPU than the first Apple Watch (somewhat confusingly, the Series 1 is actually a second-gen refresh of the original). This is a big improvement over its predecessor, which suffered from notably sluggish app performance.

You get voice control with Siri, activity tracking with a heart rate monitor, and customizable watch faces, along with a myriad of Apple watchOS apps. Walmart currently hasthe 42mm Series 1 on sale for $179, saving you a pretty penny.

$179 from Walmart

Ticwatch E — $160

smartwatch deals - Ticwatch E

Movboi’s new Ticwatch E is one of the most affordable Android Wear smartwatches that you can buy, and it’s been a surprise hit. This budget-friendly wearable costs less than some fitness trackers, yet boasts a full suite of Android Wear 2.0 functionality for use with a wide variety of great apps. It includes Google Assistant, which allows you to reply to messages, ask questions, set reminders, and more using easy voice commands.

The Ticwatch also does double duty as a fitness smartwatch thanks to its built-in heart rate monitor and activity-tracking functions. At $128 from Amazon with a limited-time 20 percent coupon (redeemable on the product page), the Ticwatch E is the wearable to buy if you’re in the market for a full-featured Android Wear smartwatch that won’t leave you broke.

$128 on Amazon

Fossil Q Explorist — $192.50

smartwatch deals fossil q explorist

With a stainless steel case and wristband, watches don’t get much more traditional than the stylish Fossil Q Explorist. Don’t let the classic appearance fool you, though — the Explorist’s heart is fully modern. Thanks to Bluetooth technology, you can instantly get notified of important texts, calls, social media messages, and emails, which are delivered right to the color touchscreen face. With a unique, stylish look, Fossil’s hybrid watches are great timepieces for men and women.

It also has built-in activity tracking so you can monitor your everyday accomplishments — including steps, distance, calories burned, and other fitness metrics — when the watch is synced with your phone. The three buttons let you control your connected device remotely for music playback and more. The all-steel Fossil Q Explorist smartwatch regularly goes for $275 but is currently marked down to $192.50 from Amazon, saving you $82.50. If you prefer the look of leather, then you can grab the leather strap model for a little cheaper at $175 ($80 off).

$192.50 (all-steel) from Amazon

$175 (leather band) from Amazon

VTech Kidizoom DX2 — $44

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If you know a young techie who would love his or her own smartwatch, then VTech’s Kidizoom DX2 is just the ticket. This cheap smartwatch wearable comes loaded with 55 digital and analog watch faces to teach kids how to tell time. There are also wrist-based built-in features like a pedometer, gyroscopic motion sensor for games, and two cameras for taking videos and photos. The included USB cable can be used to charge the watch, download new games and clock faces from the VTech Learning Lodge, and upload pics and video clips to your computer.

The Kidizoom DX2 boasts a metal and rubber housing that helps it stand up to daily “kid use” and the bumps and drops that come with that. It’s affordable, too: The VTech Kidizoom DX2 comes in at $44 from Amazon after a 27 percent discount, making it one of the best cheap smartwatches.

$44 from Amazon

Samsung Gear S3 — $269

Samsung Gear S3

Our next deal is a treat from Samsung and a solid favorite of ours. The great-looking Gear S3 boasts a classic yet utilitarian build, thanks to its gunmetal gray steel case and thick rubber or leather wrist strap. Tough Gorilla Glassprotects the touchscreen face, and the case features military-grade protection from dust, moisture, and impacts.

The Gear S3 also has a rotating bezel you can use to scroll through apps, notifications, and more. Like other wearables, it wirelessly syncs with your phone, and the S3 also has a heart rate monitor, along with a variety of health-tracking functions. Both the traditional-looking Gear S3 Classic and the rugged Gear S3 Frontierare on sale for $80 off, bringing them down to $269 on Amazon. The S3 Classic and S3 Frontier are also available from Walmart for the same discounted price.

$269 from Amazon

$269 from Walmart

Amazfit Bip — $80

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If you’re looking for a super-affordable, no-nonsense budget smartwatch, consider the new Amazfit Bip. The rugged Bip ditches most bells and whistles in favor of a low-cost, no-frills sports watch design that’s perfect for active users looking for something more than your standard digital watch (think G-Shock with a heart rate monitor, a customizable face, and smart connectivity).

This smartwatch is compatible with Android and iOS devices and can sync wirelessly with your phone to upload and track fitness metrics via the Mi Fit companion app. The case is dustproof and water-resistant and, most impressively, the internal battery can last up to 45 days before needing a charge. The Amazfit Bip is one of the cheapest smartwatches on our roundup, coming in at just $80 on Amazon.

$80 from Amazon

Pebble Time (refurbished) — $50

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If you want one of the most affordable full-featured smartwatches available today, then check out the popular Pebble Time Round. This Android- and iOS-compatible smartwatch has a built-in activity and sleep tracker and delivers phone notifications right to your wrist. Its 9.5mm chassis features a slim and ergonomic profile, marine-grade stainless steel bezel with PVD coating, a matte finish, and tactile buttons for easy, eyes-free control.

Its microphone is perfect for voice notes and quick replies, and the tough glass display is an always-on, full color epaper screen — no wrist-flicking required just to check the time. Although the company went under, Rebble will keep things going for the foreseeable future, so your Pebble is good to go in the years to come. ThePebble Time Round smartwatch normally retails for $150 but certified refurbished models are currently available for just $50 from Amazon.

$50 from Amazon

Huawei Watch — $229

smartwatch deals huawei watch

Get a great-looking smartwatch that you can adapt to your lifestyle with the Huawei Watch, which was named one of the best Android watchesin our hands-on review. The Huawei Watch allows you to use all your favorite apps on the go for a truly seamless experience. With this smartwatch,Google Now becomes your personal assistant. The watch also helps you stay on top of your health game with built-in fitness-tracking features including an enhanced heart rate monitor and sensors to track running, walking, and more.

Thanks to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability, it’s compatible with most devices with iOS or Android operating systems. The stainless steel case with leather wristband also offers a great classic look for casual wear. The Huawei Watch is currently on sale for $229 from Amazon, saving you $71.

$229 from Amazon

Fossil Q Venture — $178.50

smartwatch deals fossil q venture

Here’s another great, classic-looking Fossil smartwatch that’s just for the ladies — the Q Venture. Like Huawei Watch and Fossil Explorist, this hybrid smartwatch pairs a traditional analog watch face with smart features including activity tracking and Bluetooth connectivity. Pair it with your iOS or Android device and the Venture will notify you when you receive calls, texts, social media updates, and more. It can also give you at-a-glance tracking of your daily activity progress.

If you like the traditional aesthetics of the Explorist but prefer something a bit more feminine, then the Q Venture is an equally affordable alternative: A tidy $76.50 discount lets you score this great-looking rose gold hybrid smartwatch for just $178.50 from Amazon.

$178.50 from Amazon

Garmin Vvosmart HR — $85

smartwatch deals - Garmin Vivosmart HR

For a solid and affordable no-frills fitness smartwatch, check out the health-based Garmin Vivosmart HR. This activity tracker displays steps, distance, calories, and heart rate, along with text, call, email, calendar and social media alerts. This easy-to-use smartwatch reminds you to keep active via a move bar and vibration alert. It even has anintegrated barometric altimeter that tracks when you take the stairs and measures your workout intensity so you can monitor your progress against weekly goals.

For detailed calorie tracking, you can create an account at MyFitnessPal and link it to your Garmin Connect account, which allows you to compare calories consumed to total calories burned, as well as compete in challenges with others. The smartwatch has a battery life of up to five days, as well as a convenient, non-intrusive touchscreen design. Pick up one today from Amazon for $85 after a nice $65 discount.

$85 from Amazon

Samsung Gear Sport — $249

smartwatch deals Samsung Gear sport

If you want a fitness watch with a more classic look, on the other hand, check outthe excellent Samsung Gear Sport, which helps keep track of your daily activity levels, heart rate, and more. This Samsung smartwatch uses awide range of tracking sensors to closely monitor your activity levels including steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, and sleep quality. It can even automatically identify different types of physical activities such as running, swimming, and cycling. The smartwatch iswater-resistant at depths of up to 164 feet and features a curved, full-color super AMOLED screen that displays real-time activity stats, along with texts and other alerts, from your iOS or Android smartphone.

Built-in GPS gives you accurate real-time stats as well. The watch features the S Health app, which you can use to set goals, check leaderboards, challenge others to step competitions, and share workout results with just the touch of a button. The smartwatch also acts as astand-alone music player, so you can store your favorite music on your Gear Sport or connect to your phone with Spotify to access millions of songs. Charging is easy with the included cradle. Score a Samsung Gear Sport for $249 from Amazon and Walmart after a $51 discount.

$249 from Amazon

$249 from Walmart

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Updated on August 30, 2018: Added the Fossil Q Explorist, Huawei Watch, and Fossil Q Venture smartwatch deals. Removed expired offers and updated prices.

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