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Black Friday Garmin deals 2021: the best running watch deals so far

TechRadar logo TechRadar 11/27/2021 James Rogerson
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After weeks of early deals it's finally officially Black Friday 2021, and - along with Cyber Monday (November 29) - it's set to be one of the biggest and best sales days of the year, with massive discounts on various Garmin wearables already rolling in.

There are particularly huge savings appearing for models in the Garmin Fenix 6 range, and hefty discounts for other Garmin wearables too. Better yet, there aren't any stock shortages being reported for Garmin's smartwatches, so you shouldn't have any trouble getting your hands on one – though be aware that the discounts themselves may disappear as the deals sell out. 

So whether you're after a Garmin Forerunner 45, a Garmin Venu 2 or any other model, now could be an excellent time to buy, and you'll find all the best deals below.

We're updating this article all the time with deals and discounts as websites put them live, so keep checking back if your favorite Garmin watch isn't on sale just yet.

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Garmin Forerunner 45S (39mm): $199 $129.99 at Amazon

Save $69.01 - Right now you can grab the Garmin Forerunner 45S for just $129.99 - that's a 35% reduction. That's for the wearable in black, and the 'S' denotes its small 39mm size - that aside this is the same great running and fitness tracking watch as the standard Forerunner 45. So if you want a compact wearable that excels at basic run tracking then this is the one to go for.

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Garmin Forerunner 45 (42mm): $199.99 $129.95 at Amazon

Save $70.04 - The Garmin Forerunner 45 is a feature-packed and lightweight running watch, and right now the red 42mm model is reduced by 35% at Amazon. We praised its value in our 4-star review, and that was before this discount, so it's a top entry-level choice for runners and anyone trying to get fit - just note that it doesn't do well at swim tracking.

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Garmin Fenix 6 Pro: $649.99 $449.99 at Amazon Save $200 - The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is one of Garmin’s top wearables and right now it’s available for a hefty 32% discount, saving you $206 off the standard price. This highly capable multisport watch can track just about any activity you can do, so even without the discount it justifies its price tag.

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Garmin Vivoactive 4S: $349.99 $199.99 at Best Buy Save $150 - The Garmin Vivoactive 4S is a great way to keep track of your heart rate, energy levels and more during the day. Then when you work out properly you can also track your fitness more in depth, with GPS and workout tracking. This watch is designed to have mainstream appeal rather than being built for real athletes, but it's a step up from a basic tracker, and right now it's available at a big $150 discount.

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Garmin Fenix 6S Pro: $649.99 $449.99 at Garmin Save $200 - Whether you run, ride, ski, surf or do a range of other sports, the Garmin Fenix 6S Pro can track you, and now it can do so without emptying your wallet, as it’s down to just $449.99, saving you $200 off the standard price.

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Garmin Forerunner 245 Music: $349.99 $249.99 at Amazon Save $100 - This affordable wearable from Garmin is now even more affordable, with a saving of 29%. The Garmin Forerunner 245 Music includes advanced training features and running dynamics, and as the name suggests it can also connect to music streaming services.

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Garmin Fenix 6X Pro: $699.99 $499.99 at Garmin Save $200 - The Fenix 6X Pro is reduced by $200 right now, making this exceptional wearable all the more tempting. This is a great deal on a device that’s packed full of sensors and features, making it ideal for serious athletes and outdoorspeople.

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Garmin Approach S12: $199.99 $149.99 at Amazon

Save $50 - The Garmin Approach S12 is a GPS golf watch that we gave 4 stars to, praising its speedy and accurate GPS, its powerful app, and its great battery life, all at a fairly affordable price. And now that price has become even more affordable, with this discount taking 25% off the Granite Blue version. It lacks a color screen, but that's one of our only complaints about this excellent wearable.

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Garmin Vivofit Jr 3: $79.99 $59.99 at Amazon

Save $20 - The Garmin Vivofit Jr 3 is a fitness tracker built for kids. It tracks steps and sleep and is packed full of engaging activities. It also has a whole year of battery life, and this special Marvel Black Panther edition is ideal for aspiring superheroes, especially as it's reduced by 25% in Amazon's Black Friday sale.

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Garmin Lily: $249.99 $199.99 at Amazon

Save $50 - The Garmin Lily is a sleek, attractive smartwatch designed with women in mind, and right now you can get this Light Gold model with a white leather band for just $199.99, knocking 20% off the standard price. In our review we praised the bright screen and great companion app, but noted that there's no onboard GPS or contactless payment support, so bear that in mind.

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Garmin Approach S10: $149.99 $119.99 at Amazon

Save $30 - The Garmin Approach S10 puts over 41,0000 golf course on your wrist, including yardages, hazards and dog legs, and the ability to keep score from the watch. The display is designed to be sunlight readable too, so the weather won't get in your way, and this Amazon deal takes 20% off the standard price of the Black and Powder Gray models, leaving you more money for a post-round beverage.

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Garmin Approach G12: $149.99 $119.98 at Amazon

Save $30 - The Garmin Approach G12 is a compact, clip-on GPS golf rangefinder with over 42,000 preloaded courses, so wherever you're playing a round it's likely to have the data you need, and with up to 30 hours of battery life in GPS mode it won't die several holes in either. This deal knocks 20% off the price, which is a decent saving.

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Garmin Instinct: £269.99 £215 at Amazon Save £150.99 - The Garmin Instinct is available for 56% less than usual in this deal, bringing this already affordable wearable down to an impulse purchase price. With a comfortable design and solid sports tracking performance there's a lot to like here, though it lacks full mapping features.

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Garmin Fenix 6S: £529.99 £279 at Amazon Save £250.99 - The Garmin Fenix 6S is a compact version of the flagship Fenix 6 - so in other words this is one of the best multisport watches on the planet. Usually it has a price to match, but this deal knocks 47% off the standard price of the Fenix 6S in silver with a black band, meaning you can get a high-end sports watch for mid-range money.

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Garmin Fenix 6 Pro: £599.99 £329 at Amazon Save £220.99 - The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is a supercharged multisport watch that's way more than most people need, but with 37% off this black model it's at a price that many will be able to afford. It can track just about any activity you can do from running and cycling to skiing and beyond, and with more precision than many devices. This is a big saving so it's worth snapping up if you think you'll make good use of it.

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Garmin Vivoactive 4: £279.99 £179.99 at Argos Save £100 - The Garmin Vivoactive 4 is a mid-range multisport watch that offers many of the same tools as Garmin's top-end models, and allows for the tracking of over 20 different activities, from jogging to golf. It's a great smartwatch for anyone with at least a passing interest in fitness then, and right now you can get the black/gunmetal model at a triple-figure discount, so it's a great time to buy.

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Garmin Vivofit Jr 3: £79.99 £49 at Amazon

Save £30.99 - The Garmin Vivofit Jr 3 is down to just £49 for Black Friday in this exciting Black Panther design, making for a massive 39% discount. With its durable build and at such a low price it's the perfect activity tracker for kids. But it goes beyond just tracking, with quizzes, games and more also included.

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Garmin Vivomove 3: £199.99 £119 at Amazon Save £70.99 - The Vivomove 3 is reduced by 35% currently if you opt for a model with a black silicone strap and a slate body. Sleeker than most Garmins, this has both physical analogue hands and a digital display, and it's ideal for basic health and fitness tracking. If you want precise and in-depth exercise tracking you should look elsewhere, but the Vivomove 3 is a great entry-level choice.

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Garmin Forerunner 45 (42mm): £159.99 £99 at Amazon

Save £50.99 - The Garmin Forerunner 45 is pretty much the gold standard in affordable running watches, offering a competitive number of features in a lightweight package and at an affordable price. Our 4-star review praised all of these things, but noted that sport profiles are limited and the build is heavy on plastic. Still, with 32% knocked off the price of the Lava Red model in this deal, it's hard to be too annoyed by that.

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Garmin Forerunner 45S: £159.99 £109 at Amazon

Save £50.99 - The Garmin Forerunner 45S in black is down to just £109 right now on Amazon, which is a saving of 32%. That gets you a lightweight smartwatch that has a competitive amount of fitness features for the price - but it's aimed primarily at runners. The S model is also designed to be compact, so if you want a larger size check out the standard Forerunner 45.

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Garmin Venu 2S: £349.99 £235.00 at Amazon Save £114.99 - An all-time low price on the slightly smaller model of the Garmin Venu 2, the Venu 2S is ideal for discretion - or if you've got a smaller wrist! This watch only launched this year, so it's a great saving this early in its lifespan. 

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Garmin Forerunner 645 Music GPS: £349.99 £179.99 at Very Save £170 - The Forerunner 645 Music is almost half price in this incredible deal from Very. It allows you to store 500 songs on your running watch and has a whole host of Garmin features for just under £180, making it a great choice for amateur athletes.

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Garmin Forerunner 245: £249.99 £217.00 at Amazon Save £100.99 - An older model in the Garmin family, but still a strong option in the smartwatch space, the Forerunner 245 squeezes a lot into a compact and lightweight device. While. not the most detailed in its reporting, it's a good cover-all option.

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Garmin Forerunner 245 GPS: £249 £199 at Currys Save £50 - Early Black Friday Garmin deals are happening, and this gives us £50 off one of the best smartwatches from the company. With up to 7 days battery life, GPS connectivity and more, the Forerunner 245 is a top choice if you're looking for a mid-range running watch.

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Garmin Fenix 6 Pro: £599.99 £379 at Very Save £220.99 - This massive discount knocks more than a third off the price of the premium Garmin Fenix 6 Pro. Even with the discount it's not cheap, but this is also one of the very best running watches available, and by extension also one of the very best Garmin wearables, and you're unlikely to find it much cheaper than this for a long time.

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Garmin Venu 2: £349.99 £259 at Amazon

Save £84.99 The Garmin Venu 2 is a superb mid-range sports watch that launched in April 2021, and this is a significant discount for such a new wearable. This deal is for the full-size 44mm model, and applies to the Slate colorway - though the Granite Blue model is only slightly more expensive.

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Garmin Instinct: £319.99 £189.00 at Amazon Save £130.99 - The Instinct is a relatively new entry to Garmin's selection, offering a more affordable alternative to some of the pricier options while retaining the key features needed from an outdoor watch.

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Garmin Fenix 6: £649.99 £439.00 at Amazon Save £210.99 - By a relatively small margin, this is the best price we've ever seen on our favourite Garmin watch, the Fenix 6. In terms of features and tracking, it's hard to match - and this 26% discount makes a serious dent in its hefty price tag.

Our predictions

Nothing is certain yet, but based on last year's Black Friday Garmin deals we can guess the sorts of discounts we might see this year, such as:

  • Garmin Instinct: there was savings of up to $130 on this in 2020, so we might see even bigger discounts this year.
  • Garmin Fenix 6 range: various Fenix 6 models were reduced by upwards of 100 dollars/pounds in 2020, so this range is ripe for Black Friday discounts. In fact, the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is already down by £200 in the UK at the time of writing, in a deal you can find above. That's worth grabbing now, but also suggests we might well see big discounts across the rest of the range.
  • Garmin Vivomove Style: in the UK this was reduced by £70 in 2020, and we wouldn't be surprised if there are even deeper discounts this Black Friday.
  • Garmin Vivoactive 3: there were big savings of $120 off this in 2020, so we might see this get even bigger reductions than other Garmin wearables.
  • Garmin Forerunner 45S: you could get this for a modest $50 reduction in 2020, but we might see that saving grow this year.

Black Friday Garmin FAQ

When will the best Black Friday Garmin deals start in 2021?

Black Friday itself is November 26, so that's when you can expect many of the year's best Garmin deals, but there are also likely to be excellent deals in the few days following that, culminating on November 29, as that's Cyber Monday, which is another big sales day.

The Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales period runs even longer though, with Garmin deals potentially popping up throughout November, so keep an eye on this page for any good ones - but the very best ones are usually on the dates above.

Where will the best Black Friday Garmin deals be?

This page will highlight all the best Garmin deals on and around Black Friday, so there's no need to head anywhere else. But if you want to do some digging for yourself, the following retailers are likely to have many of the best Black Friday Garmin deals.

Top US retailers

Amazon

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Best Buy: we could see huge savings on various Garmins

Walmart: sales and free shipping on Garmin watches

Top UK retailers

Amazon: this could host the UK's best Garmin deals

Currys: discounts on Garmin wearables plus free delivery

John Lewis: big savings on Garmin wearables

Should I wait for Black Friday Garmin deals?

There are upsides and downsides to waiting for Black Friday before buying a Garmin wearable, but we’re close enough to the day now that we’d say it’s generally worth waiting unless you happen across a truly excellent deal ahead of then - and a few such deals are already popping up as you can see further up in this article.

We’re expecting loads of different Garmin models to be reduced on Black Friday – further down in this article you can see some of the key reductions from last year to give you an idea of what to expect.

So with that in mind, and with the day so close, you shouldn’t lose much by waiting to see what’s on sale.

All you’d really miss out on is getting access to the Garmin slightly earlier, so you’ve got to decide how much that’s worth to you. That said, if you’re set on one specific Garmin wearable then there’s less chance of getting a good discount than if you’re flexible, so in that case you might not want to wait – but generally waiting would still make more sense.

3 best Garmin watches to look out for

The Garmin Fenix 6 tops our list of the best Garmin watches, and for good reason. It - and the rest of the Fenix 6 range - are incredibly accomplished multi-sport watches, with the tools needed to track just about any activity, and enough battery life to see you through.

That said, the Garmin Fenix 6 and its siblings are also rather expensive, so buying one full price could be a wallet-worrying proposition, which is one of the reasons it's among the watches we think you should look out for on Black Friday, as a discount could make it a lot easier to stomach.

Even with a Black Friday discount the Fenix 6 will be overkill and likely overly expensive for casual fitness fans, but if you're serious about exercise - and about tracking it - then this won't let you down.

For those who want something more mid-range, the Garmin Venu 2 is an excellent choice, doing double duty as a smartwatch and a multi-sport tracker.

Given that smartwatch focus it's also better looking and more compact than many of Garmin's wearables, so you'll be as happy wearing this in the office or on a date as you will on a hike or a marathon. And with its vivid AMOLED display it's a joy to interact with.

In terms of how much this one might be discounted on Black Friday, it's trickier to predict than some Garmin wearables, as it only launched in 2021 so we don't have any history for it. But the original Garmin Venu got a healthy reduction last year, so don't be surprised if the Venu 2 does this year.

The Garmin Forerunner 55 is a budget entry in Garmin's range, but don't let the low price fool you - this is still a decent choice for runners or anyone who's starting to get serious about their workouts.

Thanks to accurate GPS, recommended rest times, workout suggestions and more, this is a step up from a simple activity tracker. The screen is a bit low resolution and the design isn't something anyone will look twice at, but the Forerunner 55 smartly focuses on the most important things for a sports watch, and does them well.

If you're a serious athlete this might feel a bit basic, but for more casual exercisers the Forerunner 55 is a great entry point into the world of Garmin, and on Black Friday this affordable watch might be even cheaper.

Last year's Black Friday Garmin deals

To give you a clearer idea of the sorts of sales on Garmin products we might see this Black Friday, it's worth checking out some of the deals from Black Friday 2020, so we've listed some of the highlights below. These are all expired of course, but we wouldn't be surprised if you see similar or even better savings during Black Friday 2021.

Last year's Black Friday Garmin deals in the US

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Garmin Instinct: $299.99 $169.99 at Amazon (save $130)

The super tough Garmin Instinct is half price at Amazon for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is a seriously solid GPS sports watch, with very impressive battery life to boot, making it a good option for multi-day outdoor events.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3: $249.99 $129.99 at Amazon (save $120)

Amazon has matched Walmart's Cyber Monday deal on the Vivoactive 3 - one of Garmin's most stylish sports watches. It features on-board GPS, lots of activity tracking modes, and all-day heart rate monitoring. You can also buy it for the same price directly from Garmin.

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Garmin Forerunner 45S: $199.99 $149.99 at Amazon (save $50)

This is a slightly smaller version of the original Forerunner 45 running watch, and is surprisingly feature-packed for the price. It includes not just accurate GPS and optical heart rate monitoring, but also adaptive training plans, stress tracking, Body Battery energy monitoring, and sleep tracking. Stock is limited.

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Garmin Instinct: $299 $169.99 at Garmin (save $130) The Garmin Instinct is one of the brand's toughest watches, offering solid battery life and advanced sports tracking features in a robust case designed to take the knocks of an active lifestyle. With this $130 discount, it's super affordable, too.

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Garmin Approach S40: $299.99 $195 at Amazon (save $104.99)

Amazon has beaten Walmart's Cyber Monday price on this smart Garmin golf watch. It features a color touchscreen, and is pre-loaded with maps of over 41,000 courses around the world. It automatically records shot distances and locations, and can even be paired with optional Garmin club-tracking sensors.

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Garmin Vivoactive 4S: $349.99 $246.29 at Amazon (save $103.70)

This is a scaled down version of the regular Vivoactive 4, with a 40mm face that's better suited to smaller wrists. It packs all the same features as its larger counterpart, including excellent workout tracking with super accurate GPS, SpO2 monitoring, on-watch music streaming and stacks of stats.

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Garmin Vivoactive 4: $349.99 $249.99 at Garmin (save $100) Garmin's Vivoactive 4 offers premium fitness tracking and smartwatch functionality, and this $100 discount makes those features a lot easier to obtain.

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Garmin Fenix 6X Pro: $749.99 $591.31 at Amazon (save $158.68)

This is a turbo-charged version of the original Fenix 6X, with additional training features for runners and skiers, plus extensive golf course maps. It's a top-end Garmin watch, and it's very rare to see it under $600, so this is a seriously impressive deal.

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Garmin Fenix 6: £458.53 £359 at Amazon (save £99.53)

This is a huge saving on Garmin's flagship sports watch, and one we'd been hoping for all year. Our reviewer called the Fenix 6 "the best multi-sport watch you can buy" thanks to its unbeatable outdoor sports tracking, accurate biometrics, and solidly built design. Its main downside at launch was its price, but with almost £100 off, that's no longer an issue. Very highly recommended.

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Garmin Vivomove Style: £259.99 £189.99 at Argos (save £70)

The Garmin Vivomove is a gorgeous hybrid smartwatch that's perfect for anyone who finds regular fitness trackers a little bit ugly. It has an analog face with a hidden digital display that reveals vital stats and smartphone notifications at the push of a button. It collects far more data than that though, and pushes a wealth of info on your activity and wellbeing to the Garmin Connect app on your phone. A stunning smartwatch, and a great deal with £70 off at Argos.

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Garmin Fenix 6S: £424.29 £359 at Amazon (save £65.29)

This is a scaled-down version of Garmin's flagship Fenix 6, with a 42mm face that's better suited to smaller wrists. It still boasts all the same features as the larger version, including multi-day batter life in GPS mode, multi-sports tracking, stress monitoring and SpO2 tracking, plus barometric altimeter and thermometer.

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Garmin Fenix 6S Pro: £581.94 £439 at Amazon (save £142.94)

This is a souped-up version of the classic Fenix 6S, with some added extras for runners and golfers. PacePro tech helps you manage your pace during training runs and races, and CourseView gives you access to over 41,000 golf course maps right on your wrist. That's a lot to pack into a 42mm sports watch, and this is its lowest price ever at Amazon.

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Garmin Fenix 6X Pro: £549 £488 at Amazon (save £61)

This is a turbo-charged version of the original Fenix 6X, with additional training features for runners and skiers, plus extensive golf course maps. The £61 price drop is fairly modest, and there's no question this is still a very expensive sports watch. The original Fenix 6 is over £100 cheaper, and gives you almost all the same features unless you're a very keen sportsperson.

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