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Xiaomi Mi Band 6 Review

There are a couple of key features missing and poor fitness tracking that made this product miss the mark in our testing
Xiaomi Mi Band 6
Credit: Xiaomi
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Price:   $45 List | $37.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Lots of trackable activities, decent heart rate monitor, solid sleeping trackability
Cons:  No internal GPS, no altimeter, difficult to put on
Manufacturer:   Xiaomi
By Jared Eastlick and Jessica Riconscente  ⋅  Sep 12, 2022
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  • Fitness Impact - 30% 4.6
  • Health Impact - 25% 5.5
  • Ease of Use - 20% 6.3
  • Ergonomics - 15% 5.6
  • Display - 10% 6.6

Our Verdict

If you are in the market for a fitness tracker but do not want to break the wallet, the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 is a product to consider. For the price, this low-cost option offers plentiful trackable activities and health features. Its rectangular display is fairly good, and the interface is easy to understand. This device missed the mark — it was not the best value fitness tracker since there are cheap alternatives that outperform it. The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 is a good choice for the casual user, but those seeking more features and pinpoint accuracy will likely be disappointed.

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Pros Lots of trackable activities, decent heart rate monitor, solid sleeping trackabilityEasy to use, accurate step counter, excellent smartphone appGood value, great fitness tracking ability, excellent battery lifeEasy to use, great display, fun variety of appearancesVery inexpensive, minimalistic, available in multiple colors
Cons No internal GPS, no altimeter, difficult to put onNot the most comfortable, so-so cycling trackingCould be more convenient to use, doesn't have the most smart functionsMediocre set of fitness tracking abilities, limited health impactLimited fitness/health tracking abilities, display can be hard to read in direct sunlight
Bottom Line There are a couple of key features missing and poor fitness tracking that made this product miss the mark in our testingOffering great all-around performance on a budget, we think this wearable tracker is a fantastic option for any bargain-conscious shopperThe fitness features packed into this wearable make it an excellent choice for the priceThis fun fitness tracker is a great way to introduce exercise regimes and help kids and teens establish healthy habitsThis bare-bones model can't do too much but it is one of the least expensive trackers we have tested to date
Rating Categories Xiaomi Mi Band 6 Fitbit Inspire 2 Fitbit Versa 3 Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 Lintelek ID115HR
Fitness Impact (30%)
4.6
6.8
7.4
4.7
3.6
Health Impact (25%)
5.5
6.9
6.7
4.6
4.8
Ease of Use (20%)
6.3
7.8
7.0
8.0
8.0
Ergonomics (15%)
5.6
6.2
6.0
6.8
4.8
Display (10%)
6.6
7.3
6.6
5.5
5.5
Specs Xiaomi Mi Band 6 Fitbit Inspire 2 Fitbit Versa 3 Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 Lintelek ID115HR
Heart Rate Monitor Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Altimeter (stair tracking) No No Yes No No
Battery life Up to 14 days Up to 10 days 2-5 days Up to 1 year 5 days with HR on
8 days with HR off
Charge time 2 hours 1-2 hours 2 hours Watch battery powered 1-2 hours
Memory N/A 7 days of detailed motion - minute by minute; daily totals 30 days Saves 7 days of detailed motion data; Saves daily totals for past 30 days 4 weeks of activity data N/A
Water Resistance 5 ATM 5 ATM 5 ATM 5 ATM IP67
Operating Temp 32 - 113 F -4 - 140 F -4 - 140 F 14 - 140 F N/A
Notifications Text, call, push notifications Text, call, push notifications Text, call, push notifications None Text, call, push notifications
Vibration Motor Yes Yes Yes No Yes
GPS Tracking No No Yes No No
Multi-Sport Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Music Control Yes No Yes No No
Sleep Tracking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Silent Alarm Yes Yes Yes No, audible alarm Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

We can summarize the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 with one word — mediocre. This budget-saving tracker may do well with the bank account but is average in delivering accurate health information. Very little has improved compared to the previous model except for a larger display and a few new features.

Performance Comparison


Xiaomi Mi Band 6 fitness tracker
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fitness Impact


Our initial round of tests ranks the fitness and workout tracking abilities of the Xiaomi Mi Band 6. We scored this tracker based on its cycling tracker, stair climbing tracker, step tracking accuracy, workout tracking features, and the quality of the community features.

Our walking test found that this tracker is great for measuring steps walked but rather average regarding distance. We compared counts with a manual count with an average of a 21-step difference and a .12-mile difference. Although our distance test was somewhat accurate, the lack of a GPS makes this tracker unreliable compared to others on the market.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 fitness tracker - our trials found that the mi band 6 does a decent job at accurately...
Our trials found that the Mi Band 6 does a decent job at accurately counting steps.
Credit: Jason Peters

The lack of GPS is a huge downgrade for those who love cycling and lack a good phone GPS. We also found workout tracing lacked important information during exercise, such as interval number and calories burned. Perhaps the saving grace is the plentiful other activities like Zumba and bowling, but this did little to affect this metric's overall score.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 fitness tracker - this tracker can collect a variety of data from different workouts.
This tracker can collect a variety of data from different workouts.
Credit: Jason Peters

Health Impact


Our next set of tests measures health-related statistics such as heart rate monitoring, diet-related features, lifestyle features, the efficacy of the waking alarm, and sleep tracking. Our test results placed the Mi Band 6 slightly above average.

The Mi Band 6 did not perform particularly well in this category due to the lack of dieting features. In particular, the heart rate monitor performed rather well but could not make a lasting impression due to the band's inability to adjust quickly.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 fitness tracker - this tracker may not be ideal for those seeking more in health...
This tracker may not be ideal for those seeking more in health tracking performance.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The sleep tracker was another feature we enjoyed, accurately recording the time we slept. There is also an option to add naps, allowing the user to comprehensively understand their sleeping habits. We were disappointed in the waking alarm since it can only vibrate, making it nearly useless for heavy sleepers.

Ease of Use


Our next set of evaluations measures the Mi Band 6 performance in terms of user-friendliness. In this test, we examine the battery life, pairing/syncing speed, mobile app interface, tracker interface, ease of putting on, and water resistance. Overall the Mi Band 6 had a middling performance.

Battery life lasts up to 14 days with only 2 hours of charge, making the Mi Band 6 one of the more battery-durable fitness trackers. We were not impressed with the magnetic battery since it can be somewhat difficult to connect to the tracker's small port.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 fitness tracker - the small port on the mi band 6 makes charging more burdensome than...
The small port on the Mi Band 6 makes charging more burdensome than it needs to be.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

By far, the metric that tanked the overall score the most was the ease of putting on. Putting on the Mi Band 6 can be a rather annoying process. The user must secure the band along the wrist's circumference while maintaining enough tension to fasten the band together.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 fitness tracker - the band on the mi band 6 was sorely lacking.
The band on the Mi Band 6 was sorely lacking.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ergonomics


This next test evaluated the Mi Band 6 comfort and profile design, ranking a little about average.

The Mi Band 6 slim design and smooth edges make this fitness tracker comfortable and easy to wear. Bulkier fitness trackers tend to make movements feel more sluggish. Although, the long vertical length of the watch often gets caught when taking off a jacket or backpack.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 fitness tracker - this light and low-profile tracker will not slow down your movements.
This light and low-profile tracker will not slow down your movements.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Display


For our last metric, we tested the Mi Bands 6 screen visibility, responsiveness to input, smart notification functionality, extensive display options, and time/date display.

The Mi Band 6 display is a little larger than the previous Mi Band, making it much more convenient to read data while exercising. Besides this upgrade, other aspects of the Mi Band 6 seem identical to its predecessor. Although this fitness tracker's display can compete with others on the market, we found it was merely above average.

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 fitness tracker - as you can see, the display on the mi band is quite small and slim.
As you can see, the display on the Mi Band is quite small and slim.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should you buy the Xiaomi Mi Band 6?


For those seeking a slim, stylish design that offers reliable data for the most basic exercises, the Xiaomi Band 6 might be for you. Its interface is intuitive and easy to use and is particularly friendly to casual consumers eager to join the fitness tracker community without breaking the wallet. However, other affordable options work considerably better.

What other fitness trackers should you consider?


The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 may be cheap, but it comes at a quality cost. If you are looking for a fitness tracker that does not break the bank but also provides solid tracking capabilities, you should consider the Fitbit Charge 5. Maybe you have some money to spend and want an all-around fitness tracker that is accurate and feature-filled, then you should consider the Apple Watch SE.

Jared Eastlick and Jessica Riconscente
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