The best Garmin sports watches

First published: 07-06-2018

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If you're serious about upping your fitness game this summer, then why not invest in a smartwatch that can match your ambition? Garmin has been pioneering GPS systems since 1989 and their activity trackers and sports watch collections incorporate a multitude of impressive features to keep you on track.

Ranging from budget-friendly activity trackers all the way up to premium smartwatches with sapphire glass, Garmin has got it covered. We showcase some of their best sports and fitness watches for everyone from beginners to expert athletes, highlighting the key features to help you make the choice that best suits your fitness needs.

Best Garmin watch for… Budget conscious fitness

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Watch: Garmin unisex Vivofit 3 Bluetooth activity tracker (RRP: £89.99)

If you're on the lookout for a budget-friendly wrist companion to track your daily business, the Garmin Vivofit 3 Bluetooth activity tracker is a great option. This slimline smartwatch is with you around the clock, tracking your steps, distance, calories, and sleep, and allows you to view stats on its easy-to-read high resolution display.

Perfect for walking, running, swimming, biking, and gym activity, its impressive 1-year battery life means charging is one less thing you need to worry about. Compatible with iPhone, Android, and Windows, users can view more complex data via the Garmin Connect app.

Best Garmin GPS watch for… Fitness fanatics

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Watch: Garmin unisex Vivosmart HR+ GPS chronograph watch (RRP: £199.99)

Despite its streamlined design, the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ GPS packs a punch in the technology department. As well as tracking steps, sleep, calories and all the other things you'd expect from an activity tracker, this nifty smartwatch also has a built-in GPS and wrist-based heart rate monitor.

As well as being useful for everyday tracking, the Vivosmart makes for a fantastic running watch. Garmin has included technology to enable you to track running metrics, including distance, pace, and personal records via its advanced GPS system. If you get your kicks from running, bootcamp, and rigorous gym sessions, this activity tracker is smarter than your average and a great all-rounder.

Best Garmin GPS watch for… Serious athletes

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Watch: Garmin unisex Fenix 5S Bluetooth GPS chronograph watch (RRP: £484)

The Fenix 5S is Garmin's premium multisport smartwatch. Brimming with special features despite its small size, it's ideal for serious athletes who are big on data. Advanced performance metrics enable you to monitor both the aerobic and anaerobic benefits of your workout, along with recovery advisor and performance condition.

Track your strokes on the golf course, or lengths in the pool – this watch can handle just about any sport imaginable. The Fenix 5S also allows you to connect with other athletes and users via the app, giving you the chance to flaunt your competitive side. Better still, its stylish design makes it perfect whether you're in the office or outback, available in several other colours including black and white.

Best Garmin watch for… Style-conscious fitness

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Watch: Garmin Vivomove HR Premium Bluetooth watch (RRP: £250)

The Vivomove HR is perfect proof of that you don't need to compromise on style when it comes to choosing a feature-packed sports watch. With its tan leather strap and gold tone dial and case, this smart hybrid timepiece looks like a modern dress watch at first glance but hides some serious tech under its attractive shell.

As well as advanced activity tracking features, the Vivomove HR includes a range of wellness monitoring tools, such as all-day stress tracking and a relaxation timer. The watch also includes VO2 max for in-depth fitness analysis and will gauge your fitness age, allowing you to train harder to achieve a lower number.

Best premium Garmin watch for… Her

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Watch: Garmin Fenix 5S Sapphire and stainless steel Bluetooth watch (RRP: £730)

The sapphire and stainless steel edition of Garmin's Fenix 5S is more luxurious than most sports watches and comes with a champagne finish and a number of attractive faces that can be switched with a quick tap of the screen. Garmin's QuickFit bands allow you to switch your bracelet within seconds, so you can swap and change the look as you please.

Preloaded with some of the most impressive software you'll find in today's smartwatch market, this sturdy Fenix 5S has got the beauty and brains to switch effortlessly between the office and gym.

Best premium Garmin watch for… Him

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Watch: Garmin men's Fenix Chronos Bluetooth watch (RRP: £1,000)

If you fancy yourself as the next Bond, the Fenix Chronos is the Garmin running watch you need to seek out. Constructed from tough stainless-steel and sapphire glass, it's built to last and features an optical heart rate sensor that doesn't bulge out as much as your average HRM, making it a more comfortable wear.

With a top-end GPS system and multisport functionality, it's an effective piece of kit whether mountaineering, golfing, or sprinting, and allows the user to access all Garmin Connect features via the app. Packaged in a luxury wooden box, it makes for a perfect special occasion gift.

If you're a serious athlete and lover of the great outdoors, Garmin is a brand that can match your passion. Its ever-evolving collection of ultra-smart activity trackers and running watches come in a range of styles to suit all tastes, with a timepiece to suit every budget.

Discover more about GPS watches available at Watch Shop, and learn more about the best Heart Rate Monitor running watches available today.

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