Garmin vivosmart HR plus review

Garmin is a promising name in the world of fitness trackers and if you want to go for a good product, the Garmin Vivosmart HR Plus is a great one to choose as a beginner. You have to understand the fact that this is not one of the cheapest ones out there and the brand does not want to make that happen either. It is a premium fitness tracker and it offers special features to those who need it. If you are looking for an affordable, still reliable fintess tracker, check Mi Band 1S (Mi band 1s review here).

So, as you can already understand, we are going to do a complete Garmin Vivosmart HR plus review in this article. Our target is simple. We want to make sure that we provide information to you based on which, you can make your decisions. There is no point in wasting hours and reading reviews if they make things tough for you. Let’s get started.

Features of Garmin Vivosmart HR Plus

With two different size options and three different colors, there are a lot that this Garmin Vivosmart HR Plus has to offer. There is a regular size and then there is an extra large version for big wrists. The color options are black, purple and blue. Let’s have a look at some of the core features of this product now.

Quality GPS

The first feature that we would like to point out is the GPS. It is one of the core features of the latest fitness trackers. You have to make sure that the band that you are buying offers a quality GPS and the good news is that you won’t be disappointed with this one. Garmin is well-known all over the world for its quality GPS navigation, and Vivosmart HR Plus does provide an excellent receiver. One of the neat features is that when you are not moving, the GPS will auto shut off to save the battery, and it will turn back on again whenever you start moving. Thanks to its high-sensitivity GPS receiver, tracked distance/pace data and of course position, are very precise.

Great Move IQ

Now Move IQ is something that we really do not talk much about when it comes to a wristband but this product is different. So, what is it that this one offers? The first benefit is that you do not really need to think much about the setup after you bought it. You just wear it every day and that is it. You do not need to alert the unit while you change activity. Everything is automated. You just wear it and that is the only step you will be performing on a daily basis. Some people do not take it off and for them, it is even easier. The Move IQ will help you to track everything from running to walking and even swimming throughout the day.

Pure Heart Rate Monitoring

Nowadays we all expect every activity tracker to have brilliant heart rate monitoring. After all, it is not acceptable for a wristband of this quality to deliver poor heart rate monitoring and the unit satisfies us with this system too. As the technology is still pretty new in the fitness trackers market, there are some hiccups, but still, it does really good job comparing to competition.

Very Active

This activity tracker works well for everyone but especially for those who are active and do a lot of different activities during the day. If you are someone who exercises, walks, runs and would like to also know climbed steps, then this is the perfect compliment to your active lifestyle. The Garmin Vivosmart HR Plus is waterproof and the build quality also tells us that this is something made for the rugged use. You do not have to be careful about the wristband when you are performing a tough exercise or playing a competitive sport. It is not going to break and cause you problems.

The data that you receive from this fitness tracker is over the top and will make you satisfied. It is pretty accurate and you will be happy with all the information provided if you are serious about your health improvement. All in all, this is a brilliant option for those who are interested in an active lifestyle.


  • Very durable and classy at the same time (rear combination)
  • Does everything to motivate you


  • If the phone app integration disconnects, you will have to manually connect it every time
  • The band sits up a bit high


  • Will the GPS be working all the time or will it only work when I am exercising?

Well, the GPS will only be active when you are moving. Honestly, you do not need a GPS when you are at home or at the office.

  • Will I see heart rate monitored and displayed all the time?

The wristband will monitor your heart rate all the time and it goes on 24/7. However, the basic screen does not display your heart rate. You have to do one swipe to see the rate. The default screen is generally the time.

  • Will it monitor my sleep timing?

Yes, it will. You will see exactly how many hours you have slept and deep it was (so you can plan an early night or a nap during the day). It also stores the data to give you a summary (Garmin Connect app – free on iTunes).

Final Verdict

As always we look for perfection, and we can say that although this fitness tracker is great, there is still a margin for improvement. We won’t say this is a bad product because it is absolutely not. This is a very good fitness tracker to go for, but some may consider its design for not being the one to suit them the most. All in all, it actually ends with the choice of options. You have to figure out whether the cons will bring trouble in your life or not. If they don’t and if you find the features and the pros promising, you should go for this wristband.

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