I’m hooked on my Garmin GPS watch. As somebody who loves data and charting all of my activity, I don’t leave home without it. Unless I’m dressing up, in which case I’ll go with a more appropriate wrist piece.
I’ve written about GPS watches before, and I am still adamant that Garmin is the best brand for both navigational watches and handheld GPS units.
However, choosing which model can be a tough one! I tried a few before settling on my favorite. Here are the considerations I recommend thinking about when in the market for a Garmin GPS watch:
- What’s your budget? The range of options are between $50 and $200.
- Identify your must-have features?
- Which features aren’t necessary, or ones that you would never use?
- What kind of style do you like best?
With all those considerations, I recommend comparing the best three Garmin GPS watches below and making a decision. I won’t tell you which one I went with, because I don’t want to influence you into buying the model that maybe isn’t necessary or doesn’t fit all of your needs!
Garmin GPS Watch List I Recommend:
I recommend this watch first because of its affordability as a certified refurbished product. It has all of the features you’d want in a GPS watch, and has a really sleek and high-tech looking design. I can’t recommend it enough (it’s what I use).
If you’re willing to spend more, the Garmin Forerunner 230 is the best GPS watch out there. With its large screen, long battery life, Smart notifications, and nuanced activity tracking, this watch is a data-junkie’s dream.
The Vivofit has the slickest looking design of all of the Garmin GPS watches I’ve seen, with many of the same great features. The screen size is smaller, but a smaller footprint is what some runners prefer with a watch. It has one year of battery life before it needs to be recharged! Also, it has innovative new features such as Auto Sync with the associated smart phone app so that you can focus on running as your data is always updated wherever you view it.