Garmin vivofit 3 Fitness Tracker

Last updated date: February 21, 2019

Review Melt Score
7.0

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We looked at the top 1 Fitness Trackers and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including Tech Radar, Consumer Reports, Wearable, Digital Trends, Tom's Guide, PG Magazine - SE Asia, Fitness Tracker 24, Expert Reviews - UK and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Fitness Tracker you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 96 expert reviews, the Garmin Garmin vivofit 3 Fitness Tracker placed 11th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
6.9
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.0
1,669 user reviews
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What experts liked
The Garmin Vivofit 3 avoids this issue by keeping its features simple and its tech super-efficient, for battery life of up to a year.
- Tech Radar
November 1, 2018 | Full review
The step tracker and sleep tracker were the most useful to me.
- Consumer Reports
We were fans of the longer, slimmer display and it seems the decision to go smaller is linked to the other big design change.
- Wearable
July 22, 2016 | Full review
he Vivofit 3 arrives with the fitness band and a quickstart guide. There is no cable included because with a one-year battery and Bluetooth connectivity there is no need to plug it in, ever.
- Digital Trends
December 28, 2016 | Full review
The Vivofit 3 also uses what Garmin calls Move IQ technology to detect different types of activity — walking, running, biking and so on — and then capture "active minutes.
- Tom's Guide
March 27, 2016 | Full review
Comfortable. Tracks calories, distance, intensity, sleep, and steps. Waterproof. Long battery life.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
May 3, 2016 | Full review
The Garmin Vivofit 3 is an excellent choice for anyone who wants all of the benefits of today’s fitness trackers without making a dent in their savings account.
- Fitness Tracker 24
As with the previous Vivofit devices, the Garmin Vivofit 3 doesn’t have a rechargeable battery. Instead it’s powered by a lithium cell that’s good for a year of usage before it’ll need changing.
- Expert Reviews - UK
May 13, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Don’t expect amazing accuracy from any of the Garmin Vivofit 3’s stats beyond the time and date, but it seems roughly on par with the better wrist-worn pedometers.
- Tech Radar
November 1, 2018 | Full review
There's no altimeter to measure elevation or a optical heart rate sensor on board, but you can still pair with a heart rate monitor chest strap like you could with its predecessors.
- Wearable
July 22, 2016 | Full review
The Vivofit 3 has one audible alarm that can be set to any combination of days, however, it does not have a vibration alert.
- Digital Trends
December 28, 2016 | Full review
But that information isn't always accurate, and the device is also less comfortable.
- Tom's Guide
March 27, 2016 | Full review
Cheap-looking design. Small, dim screen. Slow to automatically register activity. Doesn't count stairs climbed. Drab and cluttered app.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
May 3, 2016 | Full review
Unfortunately, there is no heart rate monitor on the Garmin Vivofit 3 Tracker. It can be paired with a chest strap heart monitor like previous models, though.
- Fitness Tracker 24
The downside of the change in display orientation is that the screen itself is now much smaller but that doesn't make it more difficult to read.
- Expert Reviews - UK
May 13, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Garmin vivo fit 3 Activity Tracker, Regular fit - Black

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Expert Reviews: 2
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Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 6
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Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 9
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Expert Reviews: 8
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Expert Reviews: 9
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Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 10
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Expert Reviews: 10
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Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 6
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Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 10
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Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 8

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