Out of all the Cyber Monday Garmin deals, choose between these four

The Garmin Venu 2 Plus
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Many popular Garmin watches across the Forerunner, Lily, Instinct, Fenix, Epix, Venu, and Vivoactive lineups have significant discounts right now for Cyber Monday. But with so many models discounted, and just a few hours left until Cyber Monday ends, it may feel a bit overwhelming to decide which to buy, which models are overkill, and which are too old or cheap to fit your needs.

As someone who's personally reviewed or used many of the best Garmin watches of the last few years, I can give you my recommendation of which watch is the best fit for you. Of all these options, the Garmin Venu 2 Plus, Forerunner 245, Venu Sq, and Vivoactive 4 are the four fitness watches you should seriously consider.

Our first recommendation is the Garmin Venu 2 Plus. Unlike most Garmin watches, which are a bit, well, ugly, the Venu 2 Plus gives you a bright and smooth AMOLED display that can show off over a thousand animated examples of how to complete a specific exercise at home or the gym; you can create a custom workout and then double-check how to complete it without needing to pull out your phone. 

Both the Venu 2 and Venu 2 Plus are $100 off for Cyber Monday, but the Plus gives you a mic and speaker to answer Bluetooth phone calls or speak to your phone's voice assistant — either Google Assistant or Siri — plus a third button for accessing multiple shortcuts. It's more of a smartwatch, in other words, and we think that makes it worth the extra money. We've also included a roundup of today's best prices for a range of other Garmin models in the US and UK at the end of this article.

Garmin Venu 2 Plus: $450

Garmin Venu 2 Plus: $450 $349.99 at Amazon

With a pixel-rich 1.3-inch display, a nine-day battery life with 24 GPS hours, music storage, tap-to-pay, and all the sensors you need to track your health, the Venu 2 Plus is the best all-around Garmin watch that doesn't sacrifice visual quality or battery life. 

For me, the Venu 2 Plus and the Forerunner 255 are the two best options Garmin has available, one for general fitness and the other for runners. But they're both fairly expensive and the latter isn't on sale for Cyber Monday. 

If you want to save a ton and get about 80% of the Forerunner 255's features, the Garmin Forerunner 245 is $70 off down to $200, saving you $150 compared to the full-priced Forerunner 255. 

I wrote this guide on the Forerunner 255 vs. 245 to show what you're missing from the older model, but the gist is that the Forerunner 245 has "nearly all the same tracked running metrics" as the 255, along with a respectable 24-hour GPS battery life. Before the 255 arrived, the 245 was our #1 best running watch pick for years, and it's a very compelling choice at this Cyber Monday deal price.

Garmin Forerunner 245: $270

Garmin Forerunner 245: $270 $199.99 at Best Buy

This running watch has all the essentials you need: built-in GPS, blood oxygen tracking, suggested workouts, VO2 Max, training effect/load and recovery time, intensity minutes, Body Battery, and Garmin Coach. It's not as advanced as the Forerunner 255, but it's a great option for self-coached runners. 

There are some great Cyber Monday Fitbit deals available if you want something relatively cheap, but those have the promise of a Fitbit Premium subscription down the line. If you want something comparable in price to a Fitbit but with no sub to worry about, the Garmin Venu Sq is just $120, or $80 off. This is the entry-level Garmin option I'd recommend for most people, even if it's not particularly high-end, because it'll help you decide if you like the Garmin ecosystem without investing hundreds more. 

Garmin Venu Sq: $200

Garmin Venu Sq: $200 $119.99 at Amazon

The Venu Sq "falls right in the middle of that spectrum" between a standard tracker and an advanced watch, according to our reviewer. It doesn't have the latest Garmin tricks and has since been supplanted by the (full-price) Venu Sq 2, but it has all the essentials like Body Battery, tap-to-pay, blood oxygen and heart rate tracking, and onboard GPS. Its LCD display isn't as fancy as an AMOLED, but the squircle design is quite attractive, and you're saving hundreds for a quality Garmin experience.

But what if you want something that falls in-between the Venu 2 Plus and Venu Sq? That's where you should consider the Vivoactive 4, which at 45% off at $179.99 is definitely one of the best Cyber Monday fitness deals overall. It comes in two size options (pick the 4S if you have smaller wrists) and gives you many of the same perks; you can see our guide on the Venu 2 Plus vs. Vivoactive 4 to decide which is the better pick. 

Garmin Vivoactive 4: $330

Garmin Vivoactive 4: $330 $179.99 at Best Buy

Our Vivoactive 4 reviewer called it "an ideal option for those who want more than a basic activity tracker but don't want to spend a fortune on a premium watch that's loaded with features they won't use." That's what she said for its original $330 price, so you can be certain it's worth the cost now that Cyber Monday has slashed it nearly in half. 

Those are the four Garmin Cyber Monday deals that I'd recommend for entry-level or "mainstream" buyers who need a fitness boost. For more serious Garmin users, you have a variety of options with the Fenix or Epix series, but even if you "save" a couple hundred, these are too far too expensive for anyone but the most hardcore of climbers and adventurers. 

My alternate recommendation would be the Garmin Instinct 2 Solar, a watch that can operate almost indefinitely so long as you're someone that spends a lot of time outside. It can recharge its own batteries by a few hours just by leaving it out in the sun, or will last 370 hours in GPS-tracked max battery mode if you're on a weeks-long excursion. But this is only for serious hikers that actually need a battery this huge. 

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar: $450

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar: $450 $399.99 at Best Buy

It's not the biggest Cyber Monday Garmin deal, but this is a rugged watch that'll last you for years to come, with an absurdly long-lasting battery life and all of the Garmin software essentials you'll need. 

Feel free to check out any of the other Garmin Cyber Monday deals at Best Buy and see if there's a better fit! But most likely, you'll find yourself coming back to one of these four. 

Michael L Hicks
Senior Editor, VR/AR and fitness

Michael spent years freelancing on every tech topic under the sun before settling down on the real exciting stuff: virtual reality, fitness wearables, gaming, and how tech intersects with our world. He's a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves running, D&D, and Star Wars. Find him on Twitter at @Michael_L_Hicks.