If you’re looking for a cheap smartwatch or GPS tracker to measure your fitness goals, Garmin has a range of options starting from £59.99, with more technical features depending on how much you want to spend. Garmin is truly the crème de la crème of sports monitoring, from fashion-led watches for step tracking to beefed-up GPS options for trail riders.
There’s a reason why popular insurance provider Vitality has partnered with Garmin to offer a special Vitality Garmin deal, which offers lifestyle benefits based on how active you are. We’ve rounded up the top five options for smartwatches and GPS trackers from Garmin that won’t break the bank, as well as the cheapest places to buy them.
Whether you’re after a Garmin running watch to track your personal bests at the local running club, or a Garmin waterproof watch to time your laps in the pool, Garmin's got a high-tech smartwatch that’s bound to get you moving.
Coming in as the best budget Garmin watch for fitness is the Vivomove HR. A favourite among wearers with a smaller bone structure, it’s the least chunky of Garmin’s fashion-led smartwatches. Not that it looks like a smartwatch at all: the brushed satin face has the appearance of a regular timepiece. But don’t be fooled - like all Garmin products it’s packed full of technical features, including a heart rate monitor for more accurate workout data. Go to the Garmin webshop for the best Garmin Vivomove HR deals – it’s as little as £99.99 for the all-black colourway.
|Garmin||£99.99 for Garmin Vivomove HR|
|Amazon||£149 for Garmin Vivomove HR|
|Watch Shop||£169 for Garmin Vivomove HR|
Do you dabble in cycling, try your hand at tennis and from time to time and even dip your toe in to the world of swimming? The Garmin Forerunner 935 is made for casual athletes who like to try a little bit of everything when it comes to fitness, with no purist interest in any particular sport. This all-rounder is the perfect partner for fitness lovers who are training for a triathlon. It’s the premium offering from their Forerunner range, but it’s a slightly older model than some of the newer Garmin watches, which makes Garmin Forerunner 935 deals more commonplace. You can pick up a Forerunner 935 for less than £320 at Amazon.
|Amazon||£319 for Garmin Forerunner 935|
|Wiggle||£325 for Garmin Forerunner 935|
The Rolex of fitness smartwatches is Garmin’s Fenix line. If you’re looking for a GPS sat-nav, a fitness tracker and a timepiece all wrapped up in one design-led package, then tracking down a Garmin Fenix sale is your best bet. Our top pick is the Fenix 6S Pro watch, which features a number of market-leading technologies including wireless GPS mapping, so you can plot and follow routes from inbuilt maps, even away from your mobile phone and signal. There’s even a solar-powered version for adventurers who are likely to be away from power outlets for long periods. While £639 may seem steep for a smartwatch, the in-built features make it so much more than a fitness tracker, and you can pick it up for £479 at John Lewis, with a two-year guarantee included. If you opt for an Argos Garmin watch, you can snap up the Fenix 6s Pro for £599, £40 below Garmin’s online store.
|John Lewis||£479 for Garmin Fenix 6s Pro|
|Argos||£599 for Garmin Fenix 6s Pro|
|Currys||£599 for Garmin Fenix 6s Pro|
When you’re out on your bike, you need a sturdy, mounted GPS mapping device that you can see clearly from your handlebars. Before smartwatches hit the market, Garmin blazed the trail in GPS devices that allowed people to go further outdoors without having to unfurl a map, and they’re still known as some of the best in the business.
A solid favourite among cyclists, the Garmin Edge 530 is a well-priced GPS to mount on your bike for city or off-road cycles. Looking to use your Garmin Edge 530 out on the trails? Invest in the mountain bike bundle. As well as a standard mount, it comes with a Mountain bike mount, a speed sensor, tether, a silicon case to protect your GPS tracker from crashes and an Edge remote so you can control it without interrupting your cycle. It gives you a long 20 hours of battery life to allow you to track performance metrics to compare to previous rides – with certain models it’s even e-bike compatible. Maraz offers some low-priced Garmin Edge 530 deals, as low as £219 for just the unit.
|Maraz||£219 for Garmin Edge 530
|Amazon||£299 for Garmin Edge 530|
|Wiggle||£299 for Garmin Edge 530|
A great option for serious cyclists with a competitive streak, the fully connected Garmin Edge 1030 gives you information at your fingertips. Preloaded Garmin Cycle Map gives you in-depth directions, while Trendline™ shows you the best on- and off-road routes. You can even keep in touch with your mates directly in the sat nav with rider-to-rider messaging, plus it comes with Strava Live Segments to keep those socials updated. It’s a sat nav on the high end of the price bracket, but you can get some good Garmin Edge 1030 deals on dedicated bike websites like Probikekit, who sell it for £399.
By far the cheapest way to pick up a Garmin smartwatch is by opting for a refurbished model. When you buy a Garmin refurbished, you’re essentially getting a second-hand smartwatch that has had parts replaced, sometimes to a brand new, out-of-the-box standard. You can pick up refurbished consumer technology for up to 30% less than a new product, but it’s worth bearing in mind that if you’re looking to insure this pricey purchase that many insurance providers do not offer coverage for refurbished items. Look out for specialist refurbishers on online marketplaces like Ebay, or the dedicated refurbished Garmin Amazon mini-site.
If you’re a student who is more likely to swerve a night out in favour of an early Saturday morning run, you’re in luck: Garmin offers up to a whopping 40% off selected Garmin products for students. So whether you’re eyeing up a pretty Vivomove to track your walks to Uni lectures, or watch from the Fenix range to splurge your student loan on, Garmin has you covered.