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The best Xiaomi Mi Band 8 alternatives

Xiaomi isn't the only name in the game.
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Published onApril 26, 2023

Fitbit Inspire 3
MSRP: $99.95
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Positives
Colorful screen with optional always-on display
Incredible battery life
Continuous SpO2 monitoring
Negatives
No NFC for digital payments
Connected GPS only
Fitbit Premium subscription required for full feature set
Huawei Band 7
MSRP: $64.99
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Positives
Beautiful display
Affordable price point
Tons of workout modes
Accurate tracking
Negatives
Limited availability
Small display for a smartwatch user
Xiaomi Mi Band 7
MSRP: $46.30
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Positives
Bigger, brighter display
Accurate resting heart rate
Continuous SpO2 monitoring
Negatives
No built-in GPS
No NFC or voice assistant on global model
Inconsistent sleep tracking
Apple Watch SE (2022)
MSRP: $249.00
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Positives
Great value
Speedy S8 processor
Handy Low Power Mode
A lot to like in watchOS 9
Negatives
No always-on display
Limited screen real estate
No SpO2 sensor
No advanced health tracking features

Xiaomi’s newest Mi Band 8 boasts the same core feature set as its predecessor, plus a few upgrades. However, it’s not yet available globally. More importantly, when the fitness tracker does hit shelves near you, it won’t be the only option. We round up the best Xiaomi Mi Band 8 alternatives to consider before you check out.

Buying the right fitness tracker for your needs

Budget devices have come a long way from their stripped-down beginnings. Now you can find a reliable wearable packed with features without breaking the bank. To find the right pick for you, consider your preferred ecosystem as well as your top priorities in terms of training features.

The best Xiaomi Mi Band 8 alternatives

  • Fitbit Inspire 3: For basic activity tracking, Fitbit’s ecosystem is hard to beat. The Inspire 3 is a great value device backed by a powerful platform.
  • Huawei Band 7: Huawei continues to give Xiaomi a run for its money. Though Huawei launched a Band 8, it’s not readily available everywhere, so we still recommend shopping for a Huawei Band 7.
  • Huami Amazfit Band 7: Another budget brand worth considering is the Amazfit lineup. The Amazfit Band 7 offers key fitness-tracking, Amazon Alexa, and SpO2 monitoring.
  • Xiaomi Mi Band 7 Pro: As of yet, the Xiaomi Mi Band 8 is without a pricier counterpart. For now, the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 Pro remains the best alternative for a Pro moniker.
  • Xiaomi Mi Band 7: We can also still make a strong case for the previous generation Xiaomi Mi Band. The Mi Band 7 performed well in testing and, in light of the new generation, it’s likely to go on sale.
  • Garmin Vivosmart 5: Though pricey, the Vivosmart 5 is the best alternative for Garmin’s training tools.
  • Apple Watch SE 2: Likewise, the most affordable device from Apple’s current lineup is an expensive but powerful Xiaomi Mi Band 8 alternative.

Fitbit Inspire 3: The best budget-friendly fitness tracker

A Fitbit Inspire 3, with a Translucent band in Deep Dive, displays the time and date.
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Though pricier than Xiaomi’s offerings, the Fitbit Inspire 3 is the best pick for anyone new to fitness tracking. The device boasts an attractive display, impressive hardware, and an even better software experience. It offers around-the-clock health and activity tracking (including SpO2 monitoring), fantastic battery specs, and one of the best sleep-tracking platforms in the market. We were particularly impressed with the device’s overnight accuracy during our Fitbit Inspire 3 review.

Of course, the biggest value of the device is as an entry point to Fitbit’s ecosystem and companion app. The company offers one of the most approachable and straightforward tracking platforms available. Fitbit consistently provides accurate data as well as useful insights. Its companion app is streamlined to help users record and review their tracked metrics with ease. 

That said, the device isn’t perfect. We were disappointed to see NFC support and built-in GPS left off this latest update, features that may or may not appear on global models of the Xiaomi Mi Band 8. Fitbit also hides some advanced features behind its Fitbit Premium paywall. The Inspire 3 even comes with a free six-month membership, but after that period users will need to pay a few to keep the device fully loaded. 

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Fitbit Inspire 3
Excellent display • Long-lasting battery • Detailed and fun sleep tracking
MSRP: $99.95
Fitbit's entry-level device tracks all the basics, from sleep to SpO2
The slim, comfotrable Fitbit Inspire 3 packs accurate sensors and a bright, colorful display. It also boasts a nearly ten-day battery life so you can track activity by day and monitor sleep overnight, without worrying about daily charging. Plus, each Inspire 3 comes with six free months of Fitbit Premium access.

Pros

  • Colorful screen with optional always-on display
  • Incredible battery life
  • Detailed and fun sleep tracking
  • Continuous SpO2 monitoring
  • Excellent companion app
  • Great value

Cons

  • No NFC for digital payments
  • Connected GPS only
  • Fitbit Premium subscription required for full feature set

HUAWEI Band 7: A budget-friendly alternative with a smartwatch form factor

HUAWEI Band 7 Green
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Landing closer to a smartwatch than a tracker in terms of design, the Huawei Band 7 is perfect for anyone who wants a small device but also values screen time. The 1.47-inch AMOLED display even features ultra-narrow bezels to further maximize the space on your wrist.

Key features on the device include blood oxygen monitoring, sleep tracking, and heart rate tracking, plus 96 sport modes for recording users’ workouts. The HUAWEI Band 7 even supports NFC for contactless payments, music controls, and the ability to answer phone calls.

That said, The Band 7 is not the latest tracker to launch from the company. HUAWEI announced a Band 8 in April, but it is not yet widely available. On paper, upgrades to the new generation appear minor.

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Huawei Band 7
Affordable price point • AMOLED display • Solid tracking suite
MSRP: $64.99
An attractive tracker at an incredibly low price
The Huawei Band 7 offers the full gamut of basic fitness tracking plus blood oxygen readings, heart rate tracking, and sleep monitoring. It's a thin, light fitness tracker with an impressive display for such a low cost.

Huami Amazfit Band 7: A cheap Xiaomi Mi Band 8 alternative

The Amazfit Band 7 features a large display and adequate health and fitness tracking.
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Huami’s line of budget trackers offers a solid alternative to Xiaomi’s lineup. The bands feature a comfortable, lightweight form factor, customizable watch faces, and even some advanced sensors. The latest model, the Amazfit Band 7 touts a 1.47-inch AMOLED touchscreen display and a 232mAh battery that can last up to 18 days on a single charge.

For health tracking, the Amazfit Band 7 features an optical heart rate sensor as well as a blood oxygen sensor. It can alert users to abnormal heart rates or to low SpO2 levels. It also offers activity tracking for more than 120 sports modes.

Beyond the gym, the Amafit Band supports voice commands for Amazon Alexa, a currently missing feature on globally available Xiaomi bands. Most importantly though, the Amazfit Band 7 costs less than $50.

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Amazfit Band 7 Fitness Smartwatch
Affordable • Long battery life • Large display
MSRP: $49.99
A budget fitness tracker with smartwatch traits
The Amazfit Band 7 is a fitness tracker for those who don't want a large smartwatch on their wrist. It has a large AMOLED screen, up to 18 days of battery life, and a respectable health tracking suite. This includes heart rate and blood oxygen monitoring, and 120 sports tracking modes.

Xiaomi Mi Band 7 Pro: The best Pro model (for now)

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro display
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Not all of the Mi Band 8’s competition comes from other brands. Compared to the company’s base models, this device is bigger, better, and boasts a built-in GPS. In our Xiaomi Mi Band 7 Pro review, we called it the beefed-up model the grown-up version of the original lineup.

From the 1.64-inch 2.5D display and quick-release straps to the onboard voice assistant and built-in GPS, the Pro moniker is well-deserved. It isn’t busting with smart features, but it adds enough key upgrades to truly improve the user experience. Meanwhile, it still offers all the best tools and features of its more affordable siblings. 

As of now, we haven’t heard any rumors about a Xiaomi Mi Band 8 Pro. Now that the base model is here though, with its own elevated band design, we’re hoping to see the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 Pro drop in price.

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 ProXiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro
AA Recommended
Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro
5 ATM waterproof • Long battery life • Always-on display
MSRP: $119.99
Mi Band 7 Pro becomes a little more smartwatch than fitness tracker
The Mi Band 7 Pro has a larger AMOLED display than its predecessors. It includes 117 sport-tracking modes, all-day cardiac monitoring, and an onboard coach with pre-planned programs.

Pros

  • Elegant, smartwatch-style design
  • Larger, equally high-quality display
  • Robust workout and health tracking
  • Reasonably accurate built-in GPS
  • Solid battery life

Cons

  • No NFC on global model
  • Inconsistent sleep tracking
  • Limited “Pro” smart features
  • Mi Fitness app needs work

Xiaomi Mi Band 7: The best in-house alternative

A user scrolls the workout options on their Xiaomi Mi Band 7.
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The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 is still a strong pick with the same 1.62-inch AMOLED display, plenty of onboard tools, and a great price. In fact, the Mi Band 7 is likely to go on sale even further now that it has a newer sibling.

For starters, last year’s band brought refinement and accuracy to the lineup as well as continuous SpO2 monitoring. During our Mi Band 7 review, we were highly entertained by the more than 120 sport modes and appreciated smart features like music controls during our more tedious workouts. The band doesn’t offer NFC support or a voice assistant on its global models, but it’s unclear whether the Mi Band 8 will either. 

In other words, the Mi Band 7 is still a fantastic device with few downgrades compared to the newest model. The biggest difference users will find is the band’s strap design. While the Mi Band 8 can be worn as a necklace or shoe accessory, the previous generation is built for the wrist.

Xiaomi Mi Band 7Xiaomi Mi Band 7
AA Editors Choice
Xiaomi Mi Band 7
Bigger, brighter display • Accurate resting heart rate • Continuous SpO2 monitoring
MSRP: $46.30
A budget band that delivers more than it's price tag might suggest
A long battery life, bright always-on display, and impressive health and activity tracking smarts make this affordable tracker a great pick for anyone on a budget. Xiaomi's Mi Band 7 delivers more than 100 sport modes, plus continuous SpO2 monitoring. You can even personalize your device with tons of animated watch faces.

Pros

  • Bigger, brighter display
  • Accurate resting heart rate
  • Continuous SpO2 monitoring
  • Comically huge number of sport modes
  • Fun new band colors
  • Slightly more expensive, still amazing value

Cons

  • No built-in GPS
  • No NFC or voice assistant on global model
  • Inconsistent sleep tracking
  • Confusing app situation

Garmin Vivosmart 5: The best Xiaomi Mi Band 8 alternative

A Garmin vivosmart 5 displays the Activity widget.
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The Vivosmart 5 is by no means cheap, but it’s an absolute steal compared to Garmin’s premium wearables. Rather than a souped-up running watch or rugged multisport device, the tracker offers a no-frills, reliable tracking experience paired with a powerful companion app. Users will find familiar Pulse Ox monitoring, sleep scores, Body Battery, 24-hour heart rate monitoring, women’s health tracking, and much more.

True to form, Garmin also nails comfort on this device, offering the tracker in two sizes for a snug fit. We love the usability of the increased display size as well as the added button for easier navigation. During our Garmin Vivosmart 5 review, we were not surprised to see the company pack in an accurate heart rate sensor and powerful training tools. We were, however, a little disappointed to find connected GPS only.

Vivosmart 5Vivosmart 5
Vivosmart 5
Compact footprint on the wrist • Reliable fitness tracking • Swappable bands
MSRP: $149.99
Slimmer than a smartwatch but full of fitness features
The Garmin Vivosmart 5 advances the company's fitness band series, offering accurate health and wellness tracking without the worry of paywalls. It packs an accurate heart rate sensor, a larger display than its predecessor, and swappable bands in a host of fetching shades.

Pros

  • Accurate heart rate sensor
  • Solid fitness tracking
  • Increased screen size
  • Swappable bands
  • Plenty of tracking features with no paywalls

Cons

  • No built-in GPS
  • No contactless payment support
  • Underwhelming monochrome display
  • Hard to read display outdoors
  • Overpriced for what you get

Apple Watch SE 2: The best Xiaomi Mi Band 8 alternative from Apple

An Apple Watch SE on a user's wrist display the App Library.
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If an iPhone is in your hand and adequate funds are in your pocket, the Apple Watch SE 2 is the best affordable fitness tracker from Cupertino. Price wise it’s a stretch up from the Xiaomi lineup, but the extra cost is more than justified.

On the fitness front, the Apple Watch SE 2 packs a reliable heart rate monitor and fantastic built-in GPS. During a series of outdoor interval runs, it kept up with much more expensive wearables, including its pricier sibling. We also put the device’s overnight tracking to the test during our Apple Watch SE 2 review and were very happy with the progress Apple has made to its sleep platform. Sleep stages are one of many added health tracking improvements brought to Apple Watches via watchOS 9.

However, what truly separates the Apple Watch SE 2 from other budget picks is its unmatched third-party app support and seamless iPhone integration. The device is a smartwatch first and a reliable fitness companion second. If you are already in the Apple ecosystem, it’s easily the best pick on this list.

Apple Watch SEApple Watch SE
Apple Watch SE
Excellent hardware • Plentiful features • Affordable
MSRP: $89.00
The Apple Watch SE is the smartwatch most people should buy.
Powerful features keep you connected, active, healthy, and safe. Advanced sensors to track all the ways you move and to measure your favorite workouts. The Apple Watch SE is a lot of watch for a lot less than you expected.

Pros

  • Great value, priced lower than original model
  • Speedy S8 processor
  • Handy Low Power Mode
  • Color-matched back panel
  • A lot to like in watchOS 9
  • Much improved sleep tracking

Cons

  • Still no always-on display
  • Limited screen real estate
  • No SpO2 sensor
  • No advanced health tracking features

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