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Garmin Vivoactive 3

Garmin Vivoactive 3
alaScore 97

300 reviews

Apr, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 300 reviews of Garmin Vivoactive 3. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Smart Watches for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Smart Watches the Garmin Vivoactive 3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Jill Duffy (

Garmin Vivoactive 3


The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is an attractive, durable wearable that hits the sweet spot between fitness tracker and smartwatch functionality.

24/7 heart rate and stress monitoring. Great features for runners. Tracks wide range of activities. Supports contactless payments. Compact and fashionable.

May feel heavy and bulky to some. Charger is proprietary.

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 has just about every feature you'd want and expect from a fitness tracker, plus a few extras—stress readings, contactless payments, cadence measurements, ability to reply to texts when paired with Android—that make it more...

Feb, 2018

Expert review by : Lee Crane (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 review


A weak vibration alert cripples the otherwise powerful Garmin Vivoactive 3.

Connects to ANT+ sensors ; Smart Notifications ; Garmin Pay

Weak vibration alert ; Easy to miss notifications

Dec, 2017

Expert review by (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 review: A solid mid-range GPS sports watch with wireless payment support


The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is the third version of the Vivoactive with a form factor now matching other Garmin GPS sports watches. It accurately and reliably captures workout data for a number of sports and is an excellent option at $300.

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : Caitlin McGarry (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Review: This Apple Watch Rival Wins on Fitness


Garmin's Vivoactive 3 is an extremely fitness-focused smartwatch, much more so than the Fitbit Ionic or Apple Watch Series 3 . That makes this device perfect for extremely fitness-focused people. The watch also looks better on the wrist than the Fitbit...

Always-on watch face ; Round design ; Advanced workout-tracking

Garmin Pay supports few cards at launch ; Inaccurate sleep-tracking ; No onboard music storage

The Vivoactive 3 is one of the best fitness-focused smartwatches available, but the Fitbit Ionic has music storage and the Apple Watch Series 3 has more apps.

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : David Wise (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Review


This flashy, quasi-smartwatch fitness tracker is a solid product, but it is a little pricey for our taste

Great display, good fitness tracking capabilities

Expensive, harder to use

The is a great product that just seems a little lost, toeing the line between a fitness tracker and a smartwatch. It's one of the smartest — and priciest fitness trackers that we have tested, but it still has some work to do to claim an award.

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : Adam Sinicki (

Garmin vívoactive 3 review


While there are a few areas for improvement, the Garmin vívoactive 3 does practically everything you could ask for in a casual fitness tracker. It's attractive, comfortable, and comes with plenty of useful smartwatch features, too. It's not the most...

Attractive and customizable design ; Bright screen ; Comfortable with no protrusion for the heart rate sensor ; Comprehensive data for runners ; Large range of activities and features for other forms of training ; Durable and water resistant ; Accurate...

No audio playback ; Weight lifting mode needs work ; Sleep tracking could be better ; Garmin Connect is still cluttered

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : DC Rainmaker (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 In-Depth Review


It's been about 6 weeks since the new Vivoactive 3 GPS watch. This watch builds upon the Vivoactive HR by adding in more features including things like contactless payments with Garmin Pay, as well as structured workouts. It, of course, retains the...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : DC Rainmaker (

Garmin Vivoactive 3: Everything you need to know


Garmin has dropped the price of the down to $349, making it one of the best Garmin tri watch deals out there for a relatively new unit. This is a good deal if you're looking for a tri watch and don't want to shell out for the more expensive or . You...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : DC Rainmaker (

Garmin’s new Vivoactive HR & Vivofit 3: Hands-on & First Run


On . As you'll remember, my post was rather short and pretty limited in terms of content (just one pic!). I promised that come around Sunday, I'd get some hands-on time with the units and then post back on my thoughts. Phew – lots of details!

Feb, 2016

Expert review by : Becca Caddy (

Garmin Vivoactive 3 review


A subtle smartwatch built for life as well as fitness

Subtle, circular, stylish design ; Good GPS and heart rate monitor ; Tracks a range of activities

Can't choose which apps get alerts ; iOS users can't respond to texts ; Garmin Pay not available in UK yet

With smart notifications, GPS, sports tracking to rival high-end devices, an on-board payment system and a subtle, stylish design, Garmin has created a versatile wearable with true mainstream appeal.

Dec, 2017

Product Specifications


Color of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver, White / White
Housing material:Polymer, Stainless steel
Lens material:Glass
Protection features:Water Resistant
Water resistance:5


Display diameter:1.2
Display Resolution:240 x 240

GPS Performance

GPS (satellite):Y

Packaging Content

Chest strap:N


Activity monitoring:Y
Advanced workouts:Y
Alarm clock:Y
Automatic pause:Y
Barometric altimeter:Y
Built-in distance meter:N / Y
Calories burned:Y
Distance traveled:Y
Electronic compass:Y
Find my phone function:Y
Foot pod:Y
Heart rate data transfer:ANT+
Heart rate monitor:Y
Heart rate-based calorie computation:Y
Integrated timer:Y
Music control:Y
Personal goals:Y
Quality of sleep:Y
Recommended activity:Cycling, Golf, Rowing, Running, Skiing, Swimming
Smart notifications:Y
Time/distance alert:Y
Weather forecast:Y

Ports & interfaces



Battery life (GPS mode):13
Battery life (max):1


Sports activity apps:Connect IQ

Technical Details

Strap material:Silicone

Weight & Dimensions