Some of our favorite smartwatches and fitness trackers are on sale for Black Friday

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The Black Friday blitz is in full swing. We’re curating a huge list of the best deals we can find overall, but amidst the barrage of discounts so far, we’ve spotted a host of valuable deals on smartwatches and activity trackers that we like and have previously recommended.

Most of the picks in our recently updated guide to the best smartwatches are getting solid discounts for the holiday shopping season, so to help those hoping to get a new kind of wearable through noise, we’ve highlighted a few. favorites that deserve your consideration. below.

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The Apple Watch SE is the best low-cost alternative to the Series 7.

The Apple Watch SE is the best low-cost alternative to the Series 7.

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Apple Watch SE for $ 219 ($ 279) on Amazon, objective, Best Buy

The Apple Watch Series 7 tops our list as the best smartwatch you can buy, but the Apple Watch SE is the next best option. None of these are the best fitness tracker available, but both offer over 50 different activity tracking modes, ranging from dancing to e-biking and everything in between. The real draw here is watchOS’s wide app compatibility, bringing most, if not all, popular smartwatch apps right to your wrist. Although it lacks the always-on display and more advanced health features (electrocardiogram (ECG) support, blood oxygen monitoring) of the 7 Series, the Apple Watch SE’s GPS, optional LTE, and music storage still do. make it a device you can use with confidence. leave your phone at home.

This deal offers the best price we’ve seen for the SE to date. Unfortunately, we have yet to see significant offerings on the high-end 7 Series as of this writing.

Fitbit's Sense has all the sensors you could ask for in a fitness tracker and deeper health information and guidance than Apple watches offer, especially with the Fitbit Premium membership.
Enlarge / Fitbit’s Sense has all the sensors you could ask for in a fitness tracker and deeper health information and guidance than Apple watches offer, especially with the Fitbit Premium membership.

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Fitbit Sense for $ 200 ($ 270) on Amazon, objective, Best Buy

Fitbit’s Sense is our second favorite non-Apple smartwatch. With ECG, GPS, EDA (electrodermal activity, for stress measurements), SpO2 (blood oxygen) and the necessary heart rate sensor, the Sense has your vital signs covered. Those are all the same sensors (plus one, EDA) that the Apple Watch Series 7 has, and it also comes with six months of Fitbit Premium. We still don’t think the Sense is the best pure fitness tracker – you can’t store music on it, and activity tracking can be a bit over the top and somewhat misleading.

That said, having compatibility across Android and iPhone devices and a pool of market-leading health sensors makes the Sense a good buy at its typical price and an even more attractive offering at $ 200, the lowest price we’ve ever recorded. .

The Fitbit Charge has all of the top-of-the-line Sense sensors in a different form factor.
Enlarge / The Fitbit Charge has all of the top-of-the-line Sense sensors in a different form factor.

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Fitbit Charge 5 for $ 130 ($ 175) on Amazon, objective, Best Buy

the Fitbit 5 charging It’s the company’s best-value device, and this price cut to $ 130, the lowest since its launch, makes it one of the best fitness trackers you can get at this price, if not. The device also includes six months of Fitbit Premium service for more exercise, knowledge and health tips. The Charge has the same sensors as the Fitbit Sense (EDA, ECG, SpO2, GPS, HR) but comes in a more rectangular bracelet shape. You won’t be able to control music or use any voice assistants like you can on the Sense, but if you like the style of the Charge 5, $ 130 is a relatively low barrier to entry for this level of smartwatch tracking and functionality.

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Fitbit Luxe for $ 100 ($ 150) on Amazon, objective, Best Buy

Fitbit Inspire 2 for $ 60 ($ 95) on Amazon, objective, Best Buy

The Fitbit Luxe is, for my money, one of the most attractive fitness trackers available, especially with the gorjana bracelet accessory, sold separately. It is essentially a doll Fitbit Inspire 2 with half the battery life: five days, compared to 10 for the Inspire. The main reason for that battery disparity is the vibrant Luxe OLED display, which, unlike the grayscale Inspire 2, is in full color.

Neither the Luxe nor the Inspire 2 have built-in GPS, EDA or ECG. Both also lack blood oxygen monitoring, although Fitbit says the Luxe should soon admit that. Regardless, Inspire and Luxe are good values ​​for casual fitness trackers at $ 60 and $ 100, respectively. The first offer is $ 3 off the best price we’ve tracked, while the last one matches the all-time low. The main decision you need to make is whether the price increase for the Luxe look is worth it.

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