Update: For Fitness Week we’ve added some great new budget watches for 2018 from Garmin, Polar and Suunto.
Once upon a jog, the wonder of running watches with their new-fangled GPS smarts were reserved for the rich. Now advances in tech mean running watches are smaller, more advanced and – crucially – more affordable than ever before.
Setting running goals and monitoring your progress has never been easier thanks to data analysis offered by even the most basic and cheap running watches. With metrics like heart rate and GPS location anyone can train like a pro.
Even on smaller budgets, there’s still plenty of running watches choice, including offerings for beginners just starting out, regulars looking to push themselves and athletes aiming to smash their running bests, with the following the best of the affordable bunch.
If your budget stretches a little further you might also want to check out our guide to the best running watches for any budget too.
Note: we’ve ranked these from cheapest to most expensive according to prices at time of writing.
While this comes in the guise of a slim and attractive activity tracker, the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is actually a full-on GPS-toting running wearable. …read more