The Best Garmin Watches in 2023

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The Best Garmin Watches in 2023

Garmin is the undisputed leader in trackable tech for running and workouts these days.

While we have our own issues with Garmin Connect software (usually we just sync to strava and focus on our workouts there), the Garmin wearables are second to none.

However, the one weakness in the wearable lineup is that over the years – the Garmin wearable lineup has ballooned and it’s incredibly difficult to know what the best Garmin watch is out there on the market.

They’re all several hundred dollars (the cheapest one we list is $150) so if you’re going to spend the money – you might as well know that it’s the right choice for your lifestyle.

So which Garmin watch is right for you? We dug in, spent thousands of dollars and read the fine print so you don’t have to. 

Save your money and buy the right Garmin the first time and then get back to your workouts. 

The Best 7 Garmin Watches for Your Lifestyle

If you’re too impatient to read this 1000+ word guide, here’s the quick run-down on the best watch for your type of lifestyle:

The Garmin Watch Rundown:

Best Overall: Fenix 7

Best For Everyday (Apple Watch): Garmin Venu 2s

Best for Runners: Forerunner 255

Best for Tactical Operators: Garmin Instinct

Best for Adventurers: Garmin Epix

Best Lifestyle Wearable: Garmin Vivosmart 5

The Best Garmin Watch for Fashion: Garmin Lily

Garmin Lily 

Best For: Classy SmartWatch For Women

Price: $249+

Battery Life: Up to 5 Days

Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes

Sleep Monitoring: Yes 


Garmin Venu 2S

Best For: Best Overall SmartWatch

Price: $399+

Battery Life: Up to 10 days in Smartwatch. 19 Hours with GPS

Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes

Sleep Monitoring: Yes 

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Garmin Forerunner 255

The Best Watch for Runners

Best For: 

Price: $349

Battery Life: 14 days in smartwatch. 30 hours in GPS mode.

Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes

Sleep Monitoring: Yes


Garmin Instinct

The Best Garmin for Tactical Operators

Price: $299

Battery Life: Unlimited (while in solar mode)

Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes

Sleep Monitoring: Yes


Garmin Epix

The Best Watch for Adventure Athletes  

Price: $999+

Battery Life: 16 days in SmartWatch mode. 42 Hours in GPS Mode.

Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes

Sleep Monitoring: Yes


Garmin Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar

The Best Garmin Overall

This is one sexy beast of a watch. Not only does it last all day and do almost everything you could ever want it to – it’s also 

Oh – and you’re worried that the 18 days of life on the battery aren’t enough?” Solar charge that batboy up and get another 4 days.

If you want to buy one time, cry one time – this baby is nearly a grand – but it’s worth it. You won’t be buying another watch anytime soon.

Best For: All Over User

Price: $899+

Battery Life: 18 Days in Smartwatch Mode. +4 Days with Solar Charging. Up to 57 Hours in GPS mode.

Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes

Sleep Monitoring: Yes


Garmin VivoSmart 5

The Best Entry Level Smart Wearable

Best For: 

Price: $149

Battery Life: Up to 7 days in Smartwatch mode

Heart Rate Monitoring: Yes

Sleep Monitoring: Yes


The Garmin Watch Cool Down

So there you go – 7 of the best Garmin’s in their current line up and the best use for each of them.

No matter where you’re at in your fitness journey – you can find the right Garmin for you so that you’re not shelling out tons of cash for something that doesn’t fit your lifestyle.

Did we miss anything? Let us know what your favorite Garmin wearable is in the comments. 

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Joel Runyon

Joel is the founder of IMPOSSIBLE and the founder of MoveWell. Joel founded MoveWell after sustaining an injury while running an ultra marathon on every continent. Joel is writes about mobility, pain management and health and wellness overall.