Cyber Monday's your last chance on the best Garmin deals of the year

Cyber Monday deals on Garmin watches are in full swing. In most cases, they're the same prices we saw on Black Friday; the only difference is that some models and sizes are starting to sell out on sites like Amazon, as eager Garmin fans snag these rare discounts while they can. 

If you want to buy a Garmin watch anytime in the near future, now's the time. I'm not pushing you to buy one of these Garmin Cyber Monday deals, but you'll seldom see discounts on newer models like today, only last-gen watches with stripped-down features. And some of our favorite deals, like $350 off the Epix Gen 2, just sold out today.

Among the best Garmin watches still live, many of our favorites like the Forerunner 265 & 965, Venu 3, and Vivoactive 5 are all $50 off. If you're interested in bigger deals, you'll save $100 on an Instinct 2X Solar, Forerunner 255, or Venu Sq Music. And you can "save" even more on a Fenix or Epix, though you'll also have to spend a lot more first. 

As someone who reviews Garmin watches for a living, I've ordered the Garmin Black Friday deals below by which ones I'd personally recommend buying, based on features, price, and how old the watch is. So let's get started!

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Editor's picks

1. Garmin Forerunner 265: $449 $399 at Best Buy

1. Garmin Forerunner 265: $449 $399 at Best Buy

This is the best running watch available today, hands down. It has a Training Readiness metric for judging how hard to work out that day, daily workout suggestions, recovery recs, post-run acute load, dual-band GPS, and a ton of other tools to guide your efforts. The AMOLED display makes it much more visible for everyday use, too, while still giving you a 13-day battery life. My Forerunner 265 review can help you decide if it fits your needs.

Price comparison: Amazon - $399

2. Garmin Forerunner 55: $199 $169.99 at Amazon

2. Garmin Forerunner 55: $199 $169.99 at Amazon

Despite being an older model, the Forerunner 55 has useful running essentials like daily suggested workouts, recovery time, and intensity minutes, along with two weeks or 20 GPS hours of battery life. The Forerunner 55 isn't as advanced as the 255 (also on sale), but if the lowest possible price is your first concern, or you're new to the Garmin ecosystem, this is a solid beginner option. 

Price comparison: Best Buy - $169

3. Garmin Venu 3: $450 $399.99 at Amazon

3. Garmin Venu 3: $450 $399.99 at Amazon

The Garmin Venu 3 is the most "mainstream" Garmin watch out there, with its focus on Sleep Coaching with nap detection, Bluetooth calling, voice assistant commands, a revamped UI, music storage, and so on. But beyond all that, you're still getting perks like recovery time estimates, workout benefit summaries, and Garmin Coach to help you get fit. 

Price comparison: Best Buy - $399

4. Garmin Forerunner 965: $600 $549 at Best Buy

4. Garmin Forerunner 965: $600 $549 at Best Buy

Are you a serious runner, cyclist, or swimmer who wants all of the Garmin software tools available to you? Then the Forerunner 965 is for you, even if it costs a lot more than the 265. It's my favorite watch; it's just a little too expensive to easily recommend at the top. 

Still, I can't emphasize enough how useful this watch will be. It has ultra-accurate GPS, colorful topographical maps, Strava Live Segments, real-time stamina, Endurance and Hill scores, chronic load data, and a ton of other exclusives that the cheaper Garmins lack. 

5. Garmin Epix Gen 2 (Steel): $799 $499 at Best Buy
Garmin Epix Gen 2 (Titanium): $899 $599 at Best Buy

5. Garmin Epix Gen 2 (Steel): $799 $499 at Best Buy
Garmin Epix Gen 2 (Titanium): 
$899 $599 at Best Buy

I'm not someone who can typically afford an Epix watch, which makes this $300-off deal so incredibly tempting. It gives you the chance to join the upper echelon of Garmin users, for the same price as your typical Forerunner, Venu, or Instinct flagship. (It was $350 off on Amazon, but that sold out.)

What's so "epic" about the Epix? It has satellite, topographical, skiing, and golf maps for your wrist, plus Climbpro to look at your position and tell you what hills are coming on the trail. It scores your personal ability to run on hills and tracks your real-time stamina during runs. It lasts for 16 days or 42 GPS hours per charge, and it has a sleek steel or titanium bezel instead of the usual plastic look.

6. Garmin Instinct 2X Solar: $450 $349.99 at Best Buy Garmin Instinct 2 Solar: $400 $299.99 at Best Buy

6. Garmin Instinct 2X Solar: $450 $349.99 at Best Buy Garmin Instinct 2 Solar: $400 $299.99 at Best Buy

The Garmin Instinct series is specifically for people who prioritize battery life above everything else. The Instinct 2X Solar is my favorite, thanks to its epically long battery life and built-in LED flashlight for nighttime runs, but it's pricier and fairly heavy on your wrist. You may want the Instinct 2 Solar instead, even if it doesn't recharge from sunlight as quickly, simply because it's more comfortable to wear (and cheaper). You can see our Instinct 2X vs. 2 Solar guide to help you decide. 

7. Garmin Forerunner 955: $499 $399 at Best Buy

7. Garmin Forerunner 955: $499 $399 at Best Buy

My absolute favorite Garmin watch is the Forerunner 965, but unfortunately, it's still a hefty $600. Meanwhile, its predecessor, the Forerunner 955, is $200 cheaper and has the exact same software suite. I even called it the "best runner's watch" when I reviewed it, thanks to its maps and robust running software. I've since gotten used to AMOLED displays, but if you're okay with MIP and need the best running experience possible for the lowest price, look here. 

8. Garmin Fenix 7S Solar: $700 $499.99 at Amazon
Fenix 7S Sapphire Solar: $800$599.99 at Amazon

8. Garmin Fenix 7S Solar: $700 $499.99 at Amazon
Fenix 7S Sapphire Solar:
$800 $599.99 at Amazon

You get all of the perks of the Epix listed above, only with a 1.2-inch memory-in-pixel display instead of 1.3-inch AMOLED. I personally recommend the Epix for most people, but this version has solar recharging if that's something you want. Technically, the Epix lasts longer even without a solar panel, but the Fenix 7S specifically does better for Max Battery GPS, lasting 162 hours thanks to solar recharge. 

Alternatives: Best Buy - $499.99

9. Garmin Forerunner 255:  $249.99 at Best Buy
Forerunner 255 Music:  $299.99 at Best Buy

9. Garmin Forerunner 255: $350 $249.99 at Best Buy
Forerunner 255 Music: 
$400 $299.99 at Best Buy

Apologies for cramming this list full of Forerunner watches, but I'm recommending my favorites, and they're all worth buying! 

The main reason to choose the 255 is if you don't care about the 265's AMOLED display; besides that, it has nearly every 265 software feature — from suggested workouts and recovery time to HRV status and Morning Report. It lasts two weeks per charge, too. It does lack Training Readiness, but we have reason to hope Garmin will add this down the line. 

10. Garmin Vivoactive 5: $299.99$249.99 at Amazon

10. Garmin Vivoactive 5: $299.99 $249.99 at Amazon

Garmin's Vivoactive 5 is essentially the cheaper sibling to the Venu 3. I personally prefer spending extra for perks like the mic/speaker combo, altimeter, ECG readings, and other perks, but if price is your first priority, this is a solid smartwatch!

Price check: $249.99 at Best Buy | $249 at Walmart

How to choose

How should you pick the right Garmin watch?

Pay close attention to Garmin watches' names. Most have the same core Garmin OS, health sensors, and GPS tracking capabilities; where they differ is in their specializations. We'll focus on the best Garmin watches below, without paying attention to deal prices, for you to compare against the ones that are on sale.

Garmin Forerunner watches are designed for runners and cyclists, primarily, and the newer models will judge your fitness level and tell you how long to rest and then how long and fast to run next time. The Garmin Forerunner 265 is our favorite mid-range option, while the Forerunner 965 is the best premium option of the bunch.

Garmin Instinct watches give you epically long battery life with the trade-off of lower-resolution displays; they also give you rugged shock-proof designs, along with some of the same training readiness data as Forerunner watches. The Instinct 2X Solar is your best option, with nearly 150 GPS hours thanks to solar recharging and a built-in LED flashlight.

Garmin Epix watches give epically long battery life too, but without the display trade-off or thick plastic look; instead, you have to accept how heavy they can be.

Garmin Venu watches target more mainstream and first-time users, with their bright AMOLED displays for gym training, but may not have some of the more specialized fitness software of a Forerunner; the new Venu 3 takes the crown today. 

The Vivoactive series arguably falls into that same niche, only without the AMOLED focus and for a more affordable price. We have yet to review the Vivoactive 5, but it's essentially a Venu 3 with a few downgrades to give it a consumer-friendly price.

The Garmin Fenix series is its flagship lineup, but even when on sale, they'll cost you an arm and a leg. Otherwise, most Garmin models outside of these lineups are more specialized, such as the Approach for golfers or tactix for military types; they're harder to find on sale, typically, but are good options for people that know exactly what they want.

Michael L Hicks
Senior Editor, VR/AR and fitness

Michael is Android Central's resident expert on fitness tech and wearables, with an enthusiast's love of VR tech on the side. After years freelancing for Techradar, Wareable, Windows Central, Digital Trends, and other sites on a variety of tech topics, AC has given him the chance to really dive into the topics he's passionate about. He's also a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves D&D, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.

For wearables, Michael has tested dozens of smartwatches from Garmin, Fitbit, Samsung, Apple, COROS, Polar, Amazfit, and other brands, and will always focus on recommending the best product over the best brand. He's also completed marathons like NYC, SF, Marine Corps, Big Sur, and California International — though he's still trying to break that 4-hour barrier.

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