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Top 10 Best Running Watches

Compare the top 10 best GPS and running watches using our comparison table below

 1) Garmin Forerunner 102) Garmin Forerunner 2353) Garmin Forerunner 6104) Polar M400 GPS Watch5) Garmin Forerunner 15
Average User Rating (4.2 / 5) (4.1 / 5) (4 / 5) (4 / 5) (4.2 / 5)
Activites/SportsRunningRunning & Activity TrackingRunningRunning, Cycling & Daily activity trackingRunning & Daily activity tracking
Tracks Speed, Time, Distance, Pace & LapsYesYesYesYesYes
Daily Activity Tracking (Steps, distance & calories)NoYesNoYesYes
Heart Rate MonitorNoYesOptionalYesYes
Auto Pause
(Can be turned off)
NoYesYesYesYes
Interval TrainingYesYesYesYesNo
Virtual PacerNoYesNoYes (Known as training target with the Polar M400)Yes
Virtual RacerNoYesYesNoNo
HistoryYesYesYesYesYes
Store And Share For FreeYes via www.garminconnect.comYes via ANT+ wireless technology or www.garminconnect.comYes via www.garminconnect.comYes via bluetooth smart with the Polar Flow app or www.flow.polar.com Yes via www.garminconnect.com
Battery LifeContinuious active use: Up to 5 hours (Rechargable)

Watch only with no GPS use: Up to 5 weeks
Continuious active use: Up to 11 hours (Rechargable)


Activity tracking mode: 9 days
Continuious active use: Up to 8 hours (Rechargable)


Watch only with no GPS use: Up to 4 weeks
Continuious active use: Up to 8 hours (Rechargable)


Watch only with daily activity monitoring use: Up to 24 days
Continuious active use: Up to 8 hours (Rechargable)


Watch only with daily activity monitoring use: Up to 5 weeks
Box Contents- Garmin Forerunner 10
- USB charge/data cable
- User manual
- Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Running Watch
- Charging/data clip
- User manual
- Garmin Forerunner 610
- USB ANT stick
- AC charger
- User manual
- Heart rate monitor (Optional)
- Polar M400
- USB charge/data cable
- User manual
- Polar H7 heart rate sensor
- Garmin Forerunner 15
- USB charge/data cable
- User manual
- Heart rate monitor
Weight41g45g73g113g36g (Small)
43g (Large)
Warranty1 year1 year1 year2 year1 year
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 6) Garmin Forerunner 310XT7) Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS Smart Watch8) Garmin Forerunner 2209) Garmin Forerunner 21010) TomTom Sports GPS Runner
Average User Rating (4.3 / 5) (4 / 5) (4.6 / 5) (3.9 / 5) (4 / 5)
Activites/SportsRunning, Swimming & CyclingRunning, Cycling, Golf, Swimming & Activity TrackingRunningRunningRunning
Tracks Speed, Time, Distance, Pace & LapsYesYesYesYesYes
Daily Activity Tracking (Steps, distance & calories)NoYesNoNoNo
Heart Rate MonitorOptionalYesOptionalOptionalOptional
Auto Pause
(Can be turned off)
YesYesYesNoNo
Interval TrainingYesYesYesYesYes
Virtual PacerNoYesYesNoYes
Virtual RacerNoNoNoNoYes
HistoryYesYesYesYesYes
Store And Share For FreeYes via ANT+ wireless technology or www.garminconnect.comYes via ANT+ wireless technology or www.garminconnect.comYes via ANT+ wireless technology or www.garminconnect.comYes via www.garminconnect.comYes via bluetooth smart with the TomTom MySports app or www.mysports.tomtom.com
Battery LifeContinuious active use: Up to 20 hours (Rechargable)Continuious active use: Up to 10 hours (Rechargable)


Activity tracking mode: 8 days
Continuious active use: Up to 10 hours (Rechargable)


Watch only with no GPS use: Up to 6 weeks
Continuious active use: Up to 8 hours (Rechargable)


Watch only with no GPS use: Up to 3 weeks
Continuious active use: Up to 10 hours (Rechargable)


Watch only with no GPS use: Up to 30 days
Box Contents- Garmin Forerunner 310XT
- USB ANT stick
- AC charger
- Charging clip
- User manual
- Heart rate monitor (Optional)
- Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS Smart Watch
- Charging/data clip
- User manual
- Garmin Forerunner 220
- Charging/data cradle
- User manual
- Heart rate monitor (Optional)
- Garmin Forerunner 210
- AC Charger
- Charging/data cable
- User manual
- Heart rate monitor (Optional
- TomTom Runner
- Desk dock (Data/charging cable)
- User manual
- Heart rate monitor (Optional)
Weight72g45g41g52g50g
Warranty1 year1 year1 year1 year1 year
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A Guide To The Best Running Watches

As you can see from our top 10 best running watches table above a running watch also known as a GPS watch is packed with useful features designed to track, monitor and improve your fitness.  Although we reviewed mainly running watches, some of the running watches shown in our table can also be used for activities such as swimming and cycling.

One can argue can say runners have coped absolutely fine in past before running watches were around.  We do not disagree with this one single bit but having in-depth statistics of your previous runs can help you adjust and make improvements in areas where you know you’re slacking in.

The best GPS running watch for you will really depend on what you want to use it for, our help guide shown below will help you if you’re unfamiliar with any of the terms used in the table, this way you can choose a running watch without paying for any unnecessary features.

If you also want a device that’ll track your daily activity then check out our top 10 activity trackers.

 

How To Choose The Best Running Watch

As you may have gathered there are plenty of running watches to choose from, the most suitable and best GPS running watch for you will really depend on what activity you want it for and how detailed you want the stats to be.  The Garmin GPS running watches are one of the market leaders but there are also other very worthy competitors worth considering.

Below we’ll go through what the functions of the GPS running watches do, so you can decide whether it’s a necessary feature or not.

Daily Activity Tracking – Measures and monitors 24/7 your steps, distance and calories burned.  The Polar M400 and Garmin Forerunner 15 both offer daily activity tracking as well.

Auto Pause – Pauses the timer automatically when you stop moving.  This feature is useful if your run includes stop lights and other factors which require you to stop temporarily.  This feature can be turned on or off.

Interval Training – This feature allows you to create your own interval workout.

Virtual Pacer – A training tool which allows you to manually set a pace, which you then run against.

Virtual Racer – Run against your own saved run.  This feature can help motivate and push you to improve your run, it’ll give you an indication of whether you’re running at a good pace or if you need to pick up the pace.

History – View your old saved running data such as: Date, time, distance, calories, lap data & personal records.  Analysing your history of runs will enable you to track your progress or see whether your performance has been getting worst.

Store and Share – Save your running data onto your online account and share with your friends via social media.

 

Table Information

We was able to put together our top 10 best running watches table by analysing and researching each individual running watch, the way we calculated our conclusion is based on the following factors:

Price – Does the functions of the running watch justify the price?

Features  – What functions does the running watch offer?  We’ll be carefully analysing the watches, which offer functions to make your life more convenient.

Usability – Closely related to features, does the GPS watch have multiple uses?  E.g – Can it be used as an everyday watch?

Quality – What quality of materials has been used in the construction of the running watch?