July 3, 2022

You won’t find a more prolific fitness brand than Garmin. It targets a wide range of serious and casual athletes with five main product lineups — Fenix, Forerunner, Instinct, Venu, and Vivoactive — adding up to dozens of options. Across all brands, you’ll get fantastic battery life, superb health and GPS tracking, and all the data and metrics you could ever want. But figuring out which to buy, and whether it’s worth upgrading to the pricier models, can be tricky. So we’ve selected the best Garmin smartwatches available across all walks of life, starting with the classic and affordable Garmin Vivoactive 4.

What are the best Garmin smartwatches?

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Best overall

Reasons to buy


Built-in GPS with great tracking features


5 ATM water resistance


Garmin Pay


Music storage


Good battery life


Pulse Ox sensor

Reasons to avoid

Pretty pricey

45 mm has fewer color options

Lackluster display

The Garmin Vivoactive 4 may not be the newest Garmin smartwatch on the market, but it’s overflowing with features that make it a worthy upgrade from the previous model. Choose between two sizes: 45mm and 40mm. The larger model gives you an extra day of battery life in smartwatch mode at eight days. It’ll last six hours when it’s in GPS and music mode. The smaller model dips down to seven days and five hours, respectively.