Smartwatches are getting better every year. They can now last for more than a day without a charge despite their tiny size, while staying linked to your phone.
Some dish out notifications and tell you when it’s going to rain, while others can function as full-blown phones, untethered from your phone completely.
Best Smartwatch Deals
Here are the very best deals we've come across. For more smartwatch deals, see our dedicated deals page
What smartwatch should you buy?
There are two types of smartwatch frameworks you can find right now. One, like the Apple Watch, features a colour touchscreen with apps, while the other combines an analogue watch with smart features. These are semi-smart (also known as "hybrids") and typically use less battery since they're not required to power a full-face display. You can find in-depth buying advice on smartwatches in our round-up of the best smartwatches of 2020.
The Apple Watch is still the dominant force in the smartwatch market but many smartwatches from the likes of Motorola and Fossil run Wear OS, while Samsung's run its own Tizen UI.
Make sure you consider whether or not your phone is compatible with the smartwatch you’re after – the Apple Watch only plays nice with iPhones and most Wear OS watches require your phone to be of a certain age and running a certain version or later of iOS/Android.
There are also designer smartwatches that often run Wear OS from brands like Diesel, Armani and Tag Heuer. They are often very expensive, so if you have your eye on one it's a good idea to look out for discounts.
Smartwatch Deals: Is pay monthly worth it?
Seeing as smartwatches work hand-in-hand with your smartphone, many phone retailers and network carriers let you split the cost of a cellular-capable smartwatch over your pay monthly phone plan. Of course, these deals work to finance the device, so it’s worth weighing the long-term costs against the upfront costs.
Alternatively, while some plans let you share your phone's network and contract, there are still other plans which get you separate unlimited data allowances for your Apple Watch.
EE also offers pay monthly plans on Samsung's Galaxy Watch and Watch Active 2, where you pay £14 per month on top of your phone's pay monthly contract, for 24 months. This uses your phone plan's minutes and messages and includes its own unlimited data.
Similar to buying a new phone on a monthly plan, however, you do end up paying more at the end of the contract but if you prefer to pay in small increments instead of all at once, this may be a better option.
Where to find smartwatch deals
Amazon often has some of the biggest discounts on smartwatches and other tech but it's always worth shopping around if you don't see something you like in our selection here.
If you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we'd recommend signing up for Amazon's 30-day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you'll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more.
Sign up for Prime now to make sure you're ready.
Beyond Amazon, here are a few of the best places to check for bargains:
Of course, the smartwatch itself is only part of the equation. You may also want to use a different strap from the one provided or freshen the look if you've been using the same strap for a while.
This might be especially relevant to Apple Watch users with the plethora of band choices available (here's how to change your Apple Watch band). Though the Apple store may be an obvious place to find straps for your Apple Watch, you would be hard-pressed to find any bands for less than £49/$49.
You can find alternatives on Amazon for less than £10/$10, though make sure you're buying it for the right watch casing size. Gearbest is another place where you can find Watch bands of various designs but at affordable prices.
Best smartwatch deals today
1. Huawei Watch GT 2
Now: £156.03 (£43.96 off)
Huawei's capable Watch GT 2, which arrived at the tail end of 2019, can be had with over £40 off, courtesy of this latest Amazon price cut.
2. Fossil Gen 5
Now: £208.71 (£70.29 off)
Fossil's latest Gen 5 smartwatch is easily one of the best ways to experience Google's Wear OS nowadays. It comes complete with fitness tracking, water resistance, contactless payment support, onboard GPS and Google Assistant integration.
This Amazon deal on sees over £70 taken off the RRP of the Julianna body type.
3. Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm)
Now: £195 (£84 off)
Apple's most affordable Apple Watch is now even cheaper thanks to this Amazon deal on the 38mm casing size.
4. Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm)
Now: £219 (£80 off)
Knock over £80 off the larger 46mm casing variant of Samsung's excellent Galaxy Watch wearable in this latest Amazon deal.
5. Honor Magic Watch 2 (46mm)
Now: £120.84 (£39.15 off)
Shave almost £40 off Honor's brilliant Magic Watch 2 with this Amazon discount. This is for the 46mm model but reductions can also be found on the smaller 42mm SKU too.
6. Amazfit GTR
Now: £125 (£34 off)
Save over £30 on the already-affordable yet stylish Amazfit GTR in this great Amazon offer. Note: Price reduction varies by finish/colour, so make sure to double-check the pricing on the version you want before buying. Read our Amazfit GTR review.
7. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active (40mm)
Now: £129.99 (£99.01 off)
Pick up the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active from Amazon with almost £100 knocked off the RRP in one of the site's biggest discounts on this product ever. Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review for more.
Note: Different colourways enjoy different reductions, so double-check pricing before you purchase.
8. Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm)
Now: £199 (£80.99 off)
The small and stylish 42mm variant of the Samsung Galaxy Watch is now up for grabs with a substantial £81 shaved off the asking price on Amazon. Check out our review too.
Note: Different finishes come with different reductions in price, make sure to check before buying the finish you most like.
9. Huawei Watch GT
Now: £93 (£106.99 off)
With the Huawei Watch GT 2 now out and on sale, the original GT smartwatch, complete with Lite OS, can now be had with a significant discount (£107 off) on Amazon.
10. Fitbit Versa 2
Now: £170.81 (£49.18 off)
Get nearly £50 off this special edition Smoke woven strap-laden, Alexa voice assistant-toting Versa 2 thanks to a great Amazon deal.
When is Black Friday 2020 - should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday will take place on Friday 27 November, immediately followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. Traditionally the biggest sales event of the year, it may yet throw up some even greater tech deals - but with so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what discounts we will see, we advise you not to wait: if you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.