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The best Garmin deals and sales on smartwatches and fitness trackers for July 2022
We’ve scoured the web to find the best Garmin deals for you, whether you’re a runner, swimmer, golfer, or cyclist. Garmin makes a huge range of watches and GPS units, with new devices released almost every month, so there’s always a great sale to be found.
Here we’ve concentrated on the current range of Garmin devices, including the Fenix 6, Forerunner 945, Vivoactive 4, and Lily, but if you’re willing to go back a generation or two then you can often save even more. You won’t get all the most advanced features or the best battery life, but it’s worth bearing in mind that Garmin often offers free software updates for its older models, so they can still be a good long-term investment.
This Garmin round-up includes smartwatches and golf helpers, fitness trackers, and activity monitors. No matter what kind of activity you’re into, these are great Garmin deals on products you’ll love. Not sure Garmin is the brand for you? Check out the latest cheap Fitbit prices and sales right here on TechRadar, or the best smartwatch deals and sales and look forward to upcoming bargains during the 2022 Amazon Prime Day event.
The best Garmin deals and sales
The Vivosmart 4 is a little more expensive than the outgoing 3, but to our eyes it’s a lot better looking: you can opt for the standard None More Black version, but if you prefer there’s a selection of nice colors to choose from. The burgundy/gold one’s particularly nice.
The main difference between 4 and 3 is the addition of a Pulse Ox sensor, which monitors how your body absorbs oxygen. Garmin is clear that it’s not a medical device, but it’s a pretty good measure of a key part of your general health and fitness. It’s a useful addition to an already very impressive fitness device.
There’s a lot to like about the Vivosmart 3, and now it’s been superseded by the Vivosmart 4 there are some great Garmin deals to be found. It’s a fitness tracker rather than a smartwatch and it comes in two wrist sizes, so make sure you order the right one. It’s thin, light and fairly discreet – it’s more like a thick bangle than a chunky smartwatch – and it’s as happy in the water as it is on dry land. It monitors wellness as well as activity thanks to its stress monitoring, which is based on heart rate variability, and you can get notifications from your phone as well as your fitness information.
The Vivosport looks like a fitness tracker but has much the same feature set as a smartwatch, and its always-on color display means it’s immediately a lot less of a pain than a certain famously expensive watch. There’s seven days of tracking or eight hours with the internal GPS switched on, and like other Garmin trackers it monitors not just exercise and steps but also VO2 max and stress. You can also take it into the pool or the shower. As trackers go it’s one of the better looking ones, and it’s available in two sizes and a range of different color options.
The latest instalment in the Vivoactive range, the Garmin Vivoactive 4 comes in with a higher price tag than those you can currently snag on the 3 model, but a load of features to get your money’s worth. Garmin have taken their music storage and playback functionality over to all their new releases this year, so you can keep your favorite playlists on your watch as standard.
You’re also getting more sports apps over the previous model, as well as new metrics to track and on-screen workout animations to keep you company. The new model is more than a refresh, it kits out your Vivoactive sport watch with a massive range of new features and quality of life improvements worthy of its launch price.
If you’re looking for a do-everything smartwatch that won’t break the bank, may we humbly suggest the Vivoactive 3? It’s available in a decent range of colors (white and rose gold looks particularly good) which make a change from GPS watches’ usual black, although you can have that if you prefer. There’s substance to match the style: seven day battery life, 15 GPS and indoor sports apps, VO2 max estimates, phone notifications and even stress monitoring. You can also customize the display by choosing from a massive selection in the ConnectIQ Store. It’s an excellent all-rounder and really good value for money.
Now that the Vivoactive 4 has been released, you’re bound to find some great Garmin deals on this older model.
An upgrade from the favored sport-watch of many, the Forerunner 245 is the much-awaited sequel to the 235 model that performed so well at launch nearly five years ago. The new version of the lightweight, mid-range smartwatch offers comfortable everyday fitness tracking on an upgraded, larger screen. You’re getting far more tracking of far more metrics, including stress, strength, and swimming, as well as a pulse oximeter, a measure of how much oxygen is in your blood often only found in higher price tag models.
This is a sport-watch designed for everyday fitness, so you won’t find more intense features like multi-sport tracking. It’s a fairly new release, though, so you may well find better Garmin deals on the higher range models below.
The Forerunner 55 is Garmin’s latest entry-level running watch, and is perfectly suited to anyone who’s starting to get serious about their workouts and looking to move on from a Fitbit to something more sophisticated.
Its design is beginner-friendly, with a clear menu system and thoughtfully designed controls. It looks very much like its predecessor, the Forerunner 45, but has some well considered extra features, such as workout suggestions to help give your training some structure, and recovery times at the end of each session so you can get enough rest before your next workout.
Designed for the outdoor enthusiast, the Garmin Instinct was built to withstand the toughest environments while also tracking health stats and popular sports. The Instinct was constructed to U.S. Military standard 810G, which means it’s water-resistant (10 ATM) and can withstand extreme temperatures and elements. Perfect for hikes and climbing, the outdoor-friendly watch includes GPS technology with GLONASS and Galileo support to offer plenty of mapping coverage. The Instinct tracks heart rate, activity, and stress and provides an impressive 14 days of battery life.
It’s a sad indictment of the smartwatch sector when something like the Vivomove HR is strikingly beautiful compared to its rivals, but that’s very much the case: it’s a hybrid smartwatch with a proper watch face as well as a screen, and it looks particularly good in its non-black variants. The rose gold/grey combination and black/sand are particularly nice.
Once again there’s substance to match the style: VO2 max measuring, stress tracking and the usual steps, calories, distance, heart rate and intensity recording. It does everything you’d want a smartwatch to do with the added benefit of not looking like an oversized kids’ cheapie.
The Forerunner 645 is a do-everything smartwatch: you can download up to 500 songs and play them via Bluetooth headphones, or stream from supported third-party services, and you can use it to read and reply to messages and emails.
It has Garmin Pay for contactless payments, a whole host of activity monitoring features (and support for the Running Dynamics Pod and HRM-Run/HRM-Tri monitors) and a really strong battery. You’ll get seven days in smartwatch mode, or five hours in GPS mode with music playing. It’s also water resistant to 5 ATM.
It’s not bad looking either: it’s utilitarian rather than decorative, but it works.
The Forerunner looks a little bit Casio G-Shock for our tastes – it’s not something you’ll want to keep on when you change into your best suit or evening dress – but we can’t argue with its capabilities: it’s a superb multi-sport activity tracker whether you’re a runner, a cyclist or a swimmer. It’s got a barometer, an altimeter and an electronic compass as well as GPS for really accurate tracking; it provides incredibly detailed information on everything from stride length to VO2 max; it’s compatible with chest straps and other external monitors and it syncs nicely with Strava Premium. It’s also very light at just 49g.
While the later model below offers more features as well as music and maps as standard, you’ll find some great Garmin deals on this older model for pure fitness tracking.
The latest in the 900 series of Garmin Forerunner sport-watches, the 945 iterates on the previous model with more tracking metrics, longer lasting battery and a faster processor under the hood. It includes music, maps and Garmin Pay as standard and offers the new PulseOx blood oxygen level monitoring system. The new model keeps the hardware of the 935 model, but boosts the power inside considerably. A new Sony GPS chip will keep your battery life efficient while offering superior tracking features wherever you are.
If you’re looking for a high quality fitness tracker with a bunch of extra features, superb GPS tracking and maps, efficient battery life, and music but don’t want to splash out on the Fenix series, this is the model for you.
You get what you pay for, and if you pay for a Fenix 5 Plus you get an awful lot. It’s a premium product with sapphire glass and stainless steel or diamond-like carbon titanium hardware, it connects to not one but three GPS systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo), it has more sensors than you can shake a stick at and it runs for 10 days in smartwatch mode or a whopping eight hours with GPS and music running. It’s quite heavy at 3oz (about 90g) but it looks and feels as indestructible as the Batmobile. It’s massively over the top for a quick run around the park but it’s a seriously smart watch for serious athletes and explorers. Plus, the Fenix 6 is out now so this is a great time to hunt for some sweet Garmin deals on this older model.
The Garmin Fenix 6 is the latest all-terrain multi-sport smart watch in Garmin’s deluxe range. While the core model offers all the training and tracking you’ll need for an amazing range of sports and activites, there are pricier options that also include music, WiFi and maps – as well as solar panels if you opt for the 6X Pro Solar. The software running on the Fenix 5 Plus has been improved for the new model, with a more streamlined interface taking you through your progress and stats. Plus, the Fenix 6 model can now measure your heart rate underwater and GPS connectivity has been greatly improved.
The Fenix 6 is the perfect multi-sport watch for those looking for a more rugged, durable design with second to none outdoor GPS features.
How much would you pay to improve your swing or just up your golf game? The Approach S60 offers a lot of useful tech in a package whose screen remains perfectly readable in direct sunlight. It knows of over 40,000 courses, can automatically track your shots and enables you to get the information you need about each hole as you need it. It can even help you with blind shots.
It’s useful off the course as well as on: you can use it to get smartphone notifications (or turn them off when you don’t want your concentration interrupted), you can customize the face and you can compete on leaderboards with friends via the app.
As the name suggests, the Vivofit Jr 2 is for kids. It’s available in a range of swim-friendly, kid-friendly designs, and prices vary dramatically: for example in the UK the Star Wars one is currently a lot cheaper than the others. It tracks steps and sleeps and has a game element: parents can set particular goals which the children can complete in order to earn coins. The accompanying app is kid-friendly too, and manages to stay on the right side of the line between encouraging activity and giving your kids a complex. And with a year of battery life you don’t need to worry about recharging it.
If you’re not quite sure if any of these Garmin fitness trackers or smartwatches are a good fit for you, take a look at our guide for the best cheap Fitbit sale prices and deals for a list of alternatives.