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Compare Garmin Watches | Side-by-Side Comparison Chart

How heavy is this Garmin GPS Watch? How big is the display? Is it a touchscreen? Does it have built-in maps, a barometric altimeter for elevation metrics—does it have enough battery life between charges for what I do?

These are just some of the a questions you might have when you're looking to buy a fitness watch.

Maybe you're looking for the best Garmin watch for training for a triathlon. Or perhaps you're looking to level-up from avid runner to ultra runner.

Do you need solar-charging or the most rugged built-quality? What about on-watch music or making/taking calls or texts from the wrist?

And all of this might come down to your budget.

We made these these comparison charts for Garmin fitness watches under $500 and more hardcore multisport GPS watches over $500, so you can get the details side by side.

Ready to shop? Smash the watch image in the chart to visit the product page or cycle through the colors/models in the menu below to see every option.

Now, let's get to know your dream watch.  

Garmin Fitness GPS Watches Under $500 Comparison Chart

Features Forerunner 55 Venu Sq 2 Venu 2/2S Venu 2 Plus Forerunner 255/255S Instinct 2/2S

Price

$199.99

$249.99–
$299.99

$399.99

$499.99

$349.99–
$399.99

$349.99–
$449.99

Display

1.04" (26.3 mm) diameter
sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) color display

1.41" (35.9 mm) diagonal AMOLED optional always-on mode color display

Venu 2—1.3" (33.0 mm) diameter
Venu 2S—1.1" (27.9 mm) diameter AMOLED optional always-on mode color display

1.3" (33.0 mm) diameter AMOLED optional always-on mode color display

FR 255S—1.1" (27.5mm) Diameter
FR 255—1.3" (33 mm) diameter sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) color display

Instinct 2S—custom, two-window design; 0.79” x 0.79” (20 x 20 mm)
Instinct 2—custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm) monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)

Touchscreen

Dimensions/Weight

42 x 42 x 11.6 mm / 37 g

40.6 x 37.0 x 11.1 mm / 38.0 g

45.4 x 45.4 x 12.2 mm / 49.0 g

43.6 x 43.6 x 12.6 mm / 51.0 g

FR 255S—41 x 41 x 12.4 (mm)
/ 39 g
FR 255—45.6 x 45.6 x 12.9 (mm) / 49 g

Instinct 2S—40 x 40 x 13.3 mm / 42 g
Instinct 2—45 x 45 x 14.5 mm / 53 g

Battery Life

GPS

GPS/GLONASS/Galileo

GPS/GLONASS/Galileo

GPS/GLONASS/Galileo

GPS/GLONASS/Galileo

GPS/GLONASS/Galileo
Multi-frequency positioning

GPS/GLONASS/Galileo

Other Sensors

Connectivity

Maps/Navigation

Advanced Training
Features

Health Features

Smart Notifications

Golf Features

Other Features 

Garmin Multisport GPS Watches Over $500 Comparison Chart

Features Forerunner® 955/955 Solar fēnix® 7S fēnix® 7 fēnix® 7X epix™ (Gen 2) Enduro® 2

Price

$499.99-$599.99

$699.99–
$899.99

$699.99-$899.99

$899.99-$999.99

$899.99–
$999.99

$1,099.99

Display

1.3" (33 mm) diameter
sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) color display

Corning® Gorilla® Glass DX

 

1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) color display

Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Solar Edition: Power Glass
Sapphire Edition: Power Sapphire

1.3" (33 mm) diameter
sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) color display

Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Solar Edition: Power Glass
Sapphire Edition: Power Sapphire

1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter
sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) color display

Solar Edition: Power Glass
Sapphire Edition: Power Sapphire

1.3” (33.0 mm) diameter AMOLED (always-on)

Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Sapphire Editions: sapphire crystal

 

1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter
sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) color display

Power Sapphire lens

 

Touchscreen

Dimensions/Weight

46.5 x 46.5 x 14.4 mm / 53 g

42 x 42 x 14.1 mm / 58 - 63 g

47 x 47 x 14.5 mm / 73-79 g

51 x 51 x 14.9 mm / 89-96 g

47 x 47 x 14.5 (mm)
/ 70-76 g

51 x 51 x 15.6 mm / 70 g

Battery Life

Smartwatch mode: Up to 15 days/20 days with solar
GPS-only mode without music:
Up to 42 hours/49 hours with solar
All-Systems GNSS mode plus Multi-Band with music:
Up to 8.5 hours
All Systems GNSS mode plus Multi-Band without music:
Up to 20 hours/22 hours with solar
Ultratrac mode:
Up to 80 hours/110 hours with solar

Smartwatch: Up to 11 days/14 days with solar
Battery Saver Watch Mode:
Up to 38 days/87 days with solar
GPS Only:
Up to 37 hours/46 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems:
Up to 26 hours/30 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems + Music:
Up to 7 hours
Max Battery GPS:
Up to 90 hours/162 hours with solar
Expedition GPS:
Up to 26 days/43 days with solar

Smartwatch: Up to 18 days/22 days with solar
Battery Saver Watch Mode:
Up to 57 days/173 days with solar
GPS Only:
Up to 57 hours/73 hours with solar
All Satellte Systems:
Up to 40 hours/48 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems:
Up to 40 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems and Music:
Up to 10 hours
Max Battery GPS:
Up to 136 hours/289 hours with solar
Expedition GPS:
Up to 40 days/74 days with solar

Smartwatch: Up to 28 days/37 days with solar
Battery Saver Watch Mode:
Up to 90 days/1+ year with solar
GPS Only:
Up to 89 hours/122 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems:
Up to 63 hours/77 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems + Music:
Up to 16 hours
Max Battery GPS:
Up to 213 hours/578 hours with solar
Expedition GPS:
Up to 62 days/ 139 days with solar

Smartwatch: Up to 16 days (6 days always-on)
Battery Saver Watch Mode:
Up to 21 days

GPS Only: Up to 42 hours (30 hours always-on )
All Satellite Systems:
Up to 32 hours (24 hours always-on)
Sapphire Editions: All Satellite Systems + Multi-band:
Up to 20 hours (15 hours always-on)
All Satellite Systems + Music:
Up to 10 hours (9 hours always-on)
Max Battery GPS:
Up to 75 hours
Expedition GPS:
Up to 14 days

Smartwatch: Up to 34 days / 46 days with solar
Battery Saver Watch Mode:
Up to 111 days / 550 days with solar
GPS:
Up to 110 hours / 150 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems:
Up to 78 hours / 96 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems and Multi-band:
Up to 68 hours / 81 hours with solar
All Satellite Systems and Music:
Up to 20 hours
Max Battery GPS:
Up to 264 hours / 714 with solar
Expedition GPS:
77 days / 172 days with solar

Solar-Charging Options

GPS

GPS/GLONASS/Galileo

  • Multi-frequency positioning
  • SatIQ™ Technology

GPS/GLONASS/Galileo

  • Multi-frequency positioning (Sapphire Only)
  • SatIQ™ Technology

GPS/GLONASS/Galileo

  • Multi-frequency positioning (Sapphire Only)

GPS/GLONASS/Galileo

  • Multi-frequency positioning (Sapphire Only)
  • SatIQ™ Technology

GPS/GLONASS/Galileo

  • Multi-frequency positioning (Sapphire Only)
  • SatIQ™ Technology

GPS/GLONASS/Galileo

  • Multi-frequency positioning
  • SatIQ™ Technology

Other Sensors

  • Garmin elevate wrist-based heart monitor
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Gyroscope
  • Compass
  • Accelerometer
  • Thermometer
  • Pulse Ox blood saturation monitor
  • Garmin elevate wrist-based heart monitor
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Gyroscope
  • Compass
  • Accelerometer
  • Thermometer
  • Pulse Ox blood saturation monitor
  • Garmin elevate wrist-based heart monitor
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Gyroscope
  • Compass
  • Accelerometer
  • Thermometer
  • Pulse Ox blood saturation monitor
  • Garmin elevate wrist-based heart monitor
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Gyroscope
  • Compass
  • Accelerometer
  • Thermometer
  • Pulse Ox blood saturation monitor
  • Garmin elevate wrist-based heart monitor
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Gyroscope
  • Compass
  • Accelerometer
  • Thermometer
  • Pulse Ox blood saturation monitor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Garmin elevate wrist-based heart monitor
  • Barometric altimeter
  • Gyroscope
  • Compass
  • Accelerometer
  • Thermometer
  • Pulse Ox blood saturation monitor

Connectivity

BLUETOOTH®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®

BLUETOOTH®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®

BLUETOOTH®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®

BLUETOOTH®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®

BLUETOOTH®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®

BLUETOOTH®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®

Maps/Navigation

  • Point-to-point navigation
  • Breadcrumb trail in real time
  • Back to start
  • TracBack®
  • UltraTrac Mode
  • Up Ahead
  • Elevation Profile
  • Distance to Destination
  • Projected waypoint
  • ClimbPro ascent planner
  • Preloaded topographical, road & trail maps
  • Downloadable cartography support
  • GPS coordinates
  • Point-to-point navigation
  • Breadcrumb trail in real time
  • Back to start
  • TracBack®
  • UltraTrac Mode
  • Up Ahead
  • Elevation Profile
  • Distance to Destination
  • Projected waypoint
  • ClimbPro ascent planner
  • Preloaded topographical, road & trail maps (Sapphire edition only)
  • Preloaded ski resort maps
  • Downloadable cartography support
  • GPS coordinates
  • Point-to-point navigation
  • Breadcrumb trail in real time
  • Back to start
  • TracBack®
  • UltraTrac Mode
  • Up Ahead
  • Elevation Profile
  • Distance to Destination
  • Projected waypoint
  • ClimbPro ascent planner
  • Preloaded topographical, road & trail maps (Sapphire edition only)
  • Preloaded ski resort maps
  • Downloadable cartography support
  • GPS coordinates
  • Point-to-point navigation
  • Breadcrumb trail in real time
  • Back to start
  • TracBack®
  • UltraTrac Mode
  • Up Ahead
  • Elevation Profile
  • Distance to Destination
  • Projected waypoint
  • ClimbPro ascent planner
  • Preloaded topographical, road & trail maps (Sapphire edition only)
  • Preloaded ski resort maps
  • Downloadable cartography support
  • GPS coordinates
  • Point-to-point navigation
  • Breadcrumb trail in real time
  • Back to start
  • TracBack®
  • UltraTrac Mode
  • Up Ahead
  • Elevation Profile
  • Distance to Destination
  • Projected waypoint
  • ClimbPro ascent planner
  • Preloaded topographical, road & trail maps (Sapphire edition only)
  • Preloaded ski resort maps
  • Downloadable cartography support
  • GPS coordinates
  • Point-to-point navigation
  • Breadcrumb trail in real time
  • Back to start
  • TracBack®
  • UltraTrac Mode
  • NextFork™ navigation
  • Up Ahead
  • Elevation Profile
  • Distance to Destination
  • Projected waypoint
  • ClimbPro ascent planner
  • Preloaded topographical, road & trail maps
  • Downloadable cartography support
  • GPS coordinates

Advanced
Features

  • Training readiness
  • Morning report
  • HRV status
  • Built-in sports apps
  • Running dynamics & running power with compatible accessory
  • Realtime stamina
  • Trail run auto climb
  • ClimbPro
  • Veritical Speed
  • Total ascent/descent
  • Heat & altitude acclimation
  • VO2 Max (run & trail run)
  • Training status, training load, training load focus, training status
  • Rest timer (ultra run only)
  • PacePro™
  • Course-and-weather-specific Race Predictor
  • Performance Condition
  • Recovery Time
  • HR Broadcast
  • VO2 Max
  • Finish time
  • Strava Live segments
  • Garmin Live segments
  • Training readiness
  • HRV status
  • Built-in sports apps
  • Running dynamics & running power with compatible accessory
  • Realtime stamina
  • Trail run auto climb
  • ClimbPro
  • Veritical Speed
  • Total ascent/descent
  • Heat & altitude acclimation
  • VO2 Max (run & trail run)
  • Training status, training load, training load focus, training status
  • PacePro™
  • Race Predictor
  • Performance Condition
  • Recovery Time
  • HR Broadcast
  • VO2 Max
  • Finish time
  • Strava Live segments
  • Garmin Live segments
  • Training readiness
  • HRV status
  • Built-in sports apps
  • Running dynamics & running power with compatible accessory
  • Realtime stamina
  • Trail run auto climb
  • ClimbPro
  • Veritical Speed
  • Total ascent/descent
  • Heat & altitude acclimation
  • VO2 Max (run & trail run)
  • Training status, training load, training load focus, training status
  • PacePro™
  • Race Predictor
  • Performance Condition
  • Recovery Time
  • HR Broadcast
  • VO2 Max
  • Finish time
  • Strava Live segments
  • Garmin Live segments
  • Training readiness
  • HRV status
  • Built-in sports apps
  • Running dynamics & running power with compatible accessory
  • Realtime stamina
  • Trail run auto climb
  • ClimbPro
  • Veritical Speed
  • Total ascent/descent
  • Heat & altitude acclimation
  • VO2 Max (run & trail run)
  • Training status, training load, training load focus, training status
  • PacePro™
  • Race Predictor
  • Performance Condition
  • Recovery Time
  • HR Broadcast
  • VO2 Max
  • Finish time
  • Strava Live segments
  • Garmin Live segments
  • LED flashlight
  • Training readiness
  • HRV status
  • Built-in sports apps
  • Running dynamics & running power with compatible accessory
  • Realtime stamina
  • Trail run auto climb
  • ClimbPro
  • Veritical Speed
  • Total ascent/descent
  • Heat & altitude acclimation
  • VO2 Max (run & trail run)
  • Training status, training load, training load focus, training status
  • Rest timer (ultra run only)
  • PacePro™
  • Race Predictor
  • Performance Condition
  • Recovery Time
  • HR Broadcast
  • VO2 Max
  • Finish time
  • Strava Live segments
  • Garmin Live segments
  • Training readiness
  • HRV status
  • Built-in sports apps
  • Running dynamics & running power with compatible accessory
  • Realtime stamina
  • Trail run auto climb
  • ClimbPro
  • Veritical Speed
  • Total ascent/descent
  • Heat & altitude acclimation
  • Grade-adjusted pace
  • VO2 Max (run & trail run)
  • Training status, training load, training load focus, training status
  • Rest timer (ultra run only)
  • PacePro™
  • Race Predictor
  • Performance Condition
  • Recovery Time
  • HR Broadcast
  • VO2 Max
  • Finish time
  • Strava Live segments
  • Garmin Live segments
  • LED flashlight

Health Features

  • Writs-based heart rate
  • Pulse Ox
  • Respiration rate
  • Fitness Age
  • Body Battery
  • All-day stress
  • Advanced sleep
  • Sleep score & insights
  • Hydration
  • Women's Health
  • Health Snapshot
  • Writs-based heart rate
  • Pulse Ox
  • Respiration rate
  • Fitness Age
  • Body Battery
  • All-day stress
  • Advanced sleep
  • Sleep score & insights
  • Hydration
  • Women's Health
  • Health Snapshot
  • Writs-based heart rate
  • Pulse Ox
  • Respiration rate
  • Fitness Age
  • Body Battery
  • All-day stress
  • Advanced sleep
  • Sleep score & insights
  • Hydration
  • Women's Health
  • Health Snapshot
  • Writs-based heart rate
  • Pulse Ox
  • Respiration rate
  • Fitness Age
  • Body Battery
  • All-day stress
  • Advanced sleep
  • Sleep score & insights
  • Hydration
  • Women's Health
  • Health Snapshot
  • Writs-based heart rate
  • Pulse Ox
  • Respiration rate
  • Fitness Age
  • Body Battery
  • All-day stress
  • Advanced sleep
  • Sleep score & insights
  • Hydration
  • Women's Health
  • Health Snapshot
  • Writs-based heart rate
  • Pulse Ox
  • Respiration rate
  • Fitness Age
  • Body Battery
  • All-day stress
  • Advanced sleep
  • Sleep score & insights
  • Hydration
  • Women's Health
  • Health Snapshot
Smart Notifications
  • Connect IQ™
  • Smart notifications
  • Text response or Reject call with text (Android only)
  • calendar/weather
  • Battery saver
  • Controls smartphone music
  • Plays controls music on watch and music storage (2,000 songs)
  • Find My Watch
  • Find My Phone
  • Garmin Pay™
  • Connect IQ™
  • Smart notifications
  • Text response or Reject call with text (Android only)
  • calendar/weather
  • Battery saver
  • Controls smartphone music
  • Plays controls music on watch and music storage (2,000 songs)
  • Find My Watch
  • Find My Phone
  • Garmin Pay™
  • Connect IQ™
  • Smart notifications
  • Text response or Reject call with text (Android only)
  • calendar/weather
  • Battery saver
  • Controls smartphone music
  • Plays controls music on watch and music storage (2,000 songs)
  • Find My Watch
  • Find My Phone
  • Garmin Pay™
  • Connect IQ™
  • Smart notifications
  • Text response or Reject call with text (Android only)
  • calendar/weather
  • Battery saver
  • Controls smartphone music
  • Plays controls music on watch and music storage (2,000 songs)
  • Find My Watch
  • Find My Phone
  • Garmin Pay™
  • Connect IQ™
  • Smart notifications
  • Text response or Reject call with text (Android only)
  • calendar/weather
  • Battery saver
  • Controls smartphone music
  • Plays controls music on watch and music storage (2,000 songs)
  • Find My Watch
  • Find My Phone
  • Garmin Pay™
  • Connect IQ™
  • Smart notifications
  • Text response or Reject call with text (Android only)
  • calendar/weather
  • Battery saver
  • Controls smartphone music
  • Plays controls music on watch and music storage (2,000 songs)
  • Find My Watch
  • Find My Phone
  • Garmin Pay™

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