A few of our favourite smartwatches and health trackers are on sale on Black Friday

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Enlarge / The Garmin Forerunner series is the first choice for runners.

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The Black Friday barrage is in full swing. We curate a large list of the best deals we can find in general, but amid the avalanche of discounts we have so far discovered a large number of great deals on smartwatches and fitness trackers that we like and that we have previously recommended.

Most of the tips from our recently updated guide to the best smartwatches get solid discounts for the holiday shopping season 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) at Amazon, Target, 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. Neither is the best fitness tracker available, but both offer 50+ different activity tracking modes, from dancing to e-biking and everything in between. The real appeal here is watchOS ‘wide app compatibility, which brings most, if not all, of the popular smartwatch apps right to your wrist. Although the Series 7 lacks the always-on display and more advanced health features (electrocardiogram (EKG) support, blood oxygen monitoring), the Apple Watch SE’s GPS, optional LTE, and music storage still make it a device you can confidently use can leave your phone at home.

This deal brings the best price we’ve seen for the SE so far. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, we haven’t seen any significant offers for the higher-end Series 7.

Fitbits Sense has all of the sensors you could want in a fitness tracker and deeper health insights and guidance than Apple Watches, especially with Fitbit's premium membership.Enlarge / Fitbits Sense has all of the sensors you could want in a fitness tracker and deeper health insights and guidance than Apple Watches, especially with Fitbit’s premium membership.

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Fitbit Sense for $ 200 ($ 270) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy

Fitbits Sense is our second favorite non-Apple smartwatch. With EKG, GPS, EDA (electrodermal activity, for stress measurements), SpO2 (blood oxygen) and the required heart rate sensor in its luggage, the Sense has your vital functions in view. Those are all the same sensors (plus one, EDA) that the Apple Watch Series 7 has, and it comes with six months of Fitbit Premium too. We still don’t find the Sense to be the best fitness-only tracker: you can’t put music on it, and activity tracking can be a little overzealous and a little misleading.

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However, compatibility with Android and iPhone devices and a market-leading bevy of health sensors make the Sense a great buy at its typical price point and an even more compelling deal at $ 200 – the lowest price we’ve found for it.

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

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Fitbit Charge 5 for $ 130 ($ 175) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy

The Fitbit Charge 5 is the company’s most affordable device, and that price drop to $ 130 – the lowest since its release – makes it one of the best fitness trackers you can get at this price, if not. The device also includes six months of Fitbit’s premium service for more exercises, insights, 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 voice assistants like the Sense did, but if you like the Charge 5’s style, $ 130 is a relatively low barrier to entry to this type of tracking and smartwatch functionality.

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Fitbit Luxe for $ 100 ($ 150) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy

Fitbit Inspire 2 for $ 60 ($ 95) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy

The Fitbit Luxe is one of the best looking fitness trackers on the market for my money, especially with the Gorjana bracelet accessory sold separately. It’s essentially a souped-up Fitbit Inspire 2 at half battery life – five days versus 10 on the Inspire. The main reason for this battery disparity is the Luxe’s ​​vivid OLED display, which, unlike the grayscale Inspire 2, is displayed in full color.

Neither the Luxe nor the Inspire 2 have built-in GPS, EDA or EKG. Both of them lack blood oxygen monitoring, too, though Fitbit says the Luxe should support that soon. Regardless, Inspire and Luxe are good values ​​for casual fitness trackers at $ 60 and $ 100, respectively. The former deal is $ 3 cheaper than the best price we’ve tracked, while the latter is an all-time low. The main decision you need to make is whether you think the Luxe is worth the price hike.

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