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Garmin Vivofit Fitness Tracker Review

Woman in jacket standing by water looking at her yellow Garmin Vivofit fitness band.

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The purpose of fitness tracker wristbands is to efficiently track your daily activities without requiring any work on your part. With the Garmin Vivofit Fitness tracker, you simply put it on your wrist and live your life. No charging required (one of my favorite features!).

Complete with a 24-hour timekeeper, the sleek and comfortable wristband can act as a simple watch. With a large and easy-to-read display, you can track your fitness progress at a glance. Like many fitness wearables that cost twice as much, the Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band actually “learns” your usual activity levels. As it gets to know you, it begins issuing daily assignments which help you achieve your fitness goals.



Here are even more features it tracks for you.  


Garmin Vivofit Activitiy Tracker on the My connect app listing the different things you can track like workouts sleep and more.


See the Connections and Groups tabs?

The company has set up a socially interactive Garmin Connect website where you can share your progress with your friends. The free online fitness community also awards virtual badges when you reach certain fitness achievement levels. While some other fitness tracking wristband owners complain of constantly having to recharge their device, Garmin promises more than one year of performance from a single charge, without turning off your Vivofit band.


My GArmin Vivofit Connect app on my phone tracking my sleep.


It Tracks Sleep Too! 

And even while you are sleeping, the Garmin Vivofit is working. The “way” you sleep is tracked, giving you valuable information about how you can sleep more restfully, which gives you more energy during the day.



Here are Some of the Badges I’ve earned below… 

My connection app on my phone that syncs with my garmin vivofit fitness tracker and displays different activities it is tracking today.


I’ve had a Garmin Vivofit 2 since 2015. It has held up quite nicely! So I thought it was about time I did a Review and share the wonderful benefits of this particular fitness tracker. There are now 4 Garmin Vivofit versions on the market with Vivofit original, 2, 3, and 4. There are also 2 versions of the Vivosmart and 2 versions of the Vivoactive. But I am just going to be talking about the Vivofit since that is what I have personal experience with.

What can you expect with a Garmin Vivofit Fitness Tracker?

All Garmin Vivofit fitness bands were designed to keep you active and moving throughout your day. It is compatible with or without a heart rate monitor. I have purchased both the regular and the Garmin Premium Heart Rate Monitor (Soft Strap) which I prefer the soft strap since it is more comfortable. They both function the same way and give you an accurate reading for calories burned and heart rate throughout your workout. Click on the picture below to check it out on Amazon.


The Garmin Vivofit fitness band is made of highly durable rubber in a variety of colors. After 4 years of continuous use, my band is just now starting to crack in two places where the display sits. I just put a little black electrical tape around it and it is still good to go. Although I’m looking to upgrade to a newer version as we speak. If there isn’t a color you favor, you can find multiple colored bands to purchase from other vendors and switch it out. Just watch out for the sizing based on small or larger wrists. The original Garmin Vivofit and Garmin Vivofit 2 are equipped with a large display while the Garmin Vivofit 3 and Vivofit 4 are a bit smaller. Check them out on Amazon by clicking the pictures below.



The fitness monitoring wristband has been created to stay on 24/7, and is water resistant as well as comfortable. These are the two key features I love the most!



Garmin Vivofit fitness tracker review with screenshots of wearing it while jogging and of the my connection app with different tracking displays.


Key Elements of the Garmin Vivofit

  • One year battery life guaranteed
  • With or without heart rate monitor
  • Offered in a wide variety of colors
  • Counts calories and improves your sleep patterns
  • Red “Move Bar” encourages you to stay active all day
  • Counts steps
  • Can be worn in the shower and swimming

Is the Garmin Vivofit a Smart Buy?

Garmin has designed the Vivofit fitness band to do a lot of the things typical fitness monitoring wristwatches and bands can handle. The number of steps you take can be tracked, as well as the calories you burn and how far you have traveled.

But the Garmin Vivofit fitness band/watch can also track your sleep patterns. This allows you to review that data later and use it to establish better nighttime habits. This increases your energy level and productivity during the day.

The most innovative feature of this fitness band is the unique Move Bar on the display. If you remain inactive for 1 hour, the red bar shows up, alerting you to unhealthy activity. There are also additional light segments which show up every 15 minutes of inactivity, which function as a 24/7 personal trainer to ensure that you are getting enough exercise and physical activity.

It is versatile because it comes with or without an accompanying heart rate monitor. Garmin guarantees at least 1 year of life out of the band’s battery, and the self-contained unit is water resistant.

Another nice feature is the ability to connect with the Garmin Connect online community wirelessly. This allows you to interact with other fitness-minded individuals, share and brag about your achievements, and join fitness challenges without having a wired connection.

The Bad News…

If you purchase the heart rate monitor accessory in the bundled package, it is not intended to be used when you swim or in the shower. Only the fitness tracker with band can get wet, not the heart rate monitor.

But with 30 plus days of fitness data storage, the Move Bar that motivates you to keep moving and burning calories, water resistance and one year of battery charge, it is no wonder that the Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band has achieved a high 3.5 / 5.0 rating from previous purchasers on Amazon.

(You can read actual buyer comments and reviews here)


My personal recommendation…

I love my Garmin Vivofit 2 and I believe it has been well worth the price. But I think I’m going to be upgrading to the new Garmin  Vivofit 4 or Garmin Vivosmart 4 very soon! Check out the video below to see it!  It makes a smart purchase for those individuals that want to monitor and maximize their physical activity, calorie burning, sleep patterns, and overall health. Provided with or without a heart rate monitor, this versatile fitness band is priced attractively for most budgets.

Do you use a fitness tracker? Which one is your favorite?


12 Responses to Garmin Vivofit Fitness Tracker Review

  1. I’ve been wanting to purchase a fitness tracker for such a long time. I’ve just never sat down and done the research on the best one to buy. Thank you so much for sharing your review of the Garmin Vivofit Fitness Tracker. I love all the helpful features. I’ve also taken note about the heart monitor not being able to withstand moisture. I’ll keep that in mind! Thank you again for this excellent review!

  2. Geeky Daddy says:

    Terrific and well detailed review! I’ve thinking about purchasing some type of fitness tracker. Thanks for the info!

  3. It’s great that this has lasted you since 2015! I know of this brand, but have never used it. I would like to get a fitness tracker very soon and will definitely look into something like this!

    1. Shannah Holt says:

      That’s great! Let me know if you give garmin vivofit a try!

  4. How neat! I have always used a fitbit, but have been interested in learning the other options that are out in this similar market. Thanks for all of the information.

    1. Shannah Holt says:

      You’re welcome. Let me know if you decide to try garmin vivofit.

  5. Stine Mari says:

    I’ve used Fitbit for many years and I love it, but this looks really great too!

    1. Shannah Holt says:

      If you give this one a try let me know!

  6. I actually liked my old fitness tracker. I loved using it to motivate me to keep moving and I loved having a friendly competition with my friends with how many steps we did each day. The problem was the band. I didn’t know it at the time but apparently as I’ve gotten older, my skin has become more sensitive to certain materials and the wrist band caused too many rashes so I had to stop. I like that this is a lot cheaper than my old one though.

    1. Shannah Holt says:

      Let me know what you think if you try it out!

  7. Jacqui Odell says:

    I have an apple watch and just use it. It works great.

    1. Shannah Holt says:

      I’ve been thinking about getting one of them.