The 3 Best Used Garmin Watches

Updated on June 28, 2023

These are the best used smartwatches for fitness tracking and much more.

Used & Refurbished Garmin Forerunner 235

Since this cheap Garmin watch is already a few years old (it was released in 2016), you can get one for about $100, which is a small price to pay for a watch with built-in GPS, a heart-rate monitor, and sleep tracking. Did I just say sleep tracking? Yes, sleep tracking. That’s a feature that Apple Watches just recieved in 2020 with Apple's newest Watch OS7 update. And since this watch is waterproof, you can also wear it in the shower or use it to track your swims.

And if one GPS antenna wasn’t enough, this watch also includes GLONASS support, which gives it the ability to check Russian location satellites to get an even more accurate reading on your positioning.

This watch can even estimate your VO2 Max, or in layman’s terms, the maximum amount of oxygen that you’re able to use during workouts.

With an active GPS signal, this cheap Garmin watch will be able to hold 11 hours of battery life, but you take it out of GPS tracking mode, the watch will be able to keep a charge for over a week. That's pretty impressive since even the newest Apple Watches can only hold a charge for a little over a day.

Used & Refurbished Garmin Instinct

The used Garmin Instinct has all the GPS tracking features you’d expect in a fitness smartwatch, but with a more rugged package than the forerunner series. The display is non-color, unfortunately, and is geared more towards hikers. The battery life can stretch up to two weeks with the GPS off, and this watch also includes sleep tracking, except there is no pulse oximeter sensor to track breathing and sleep disturbances.

This watch has a lot of complex hiking features, so make sure to check out a more detailed review if you’re a hunter, climber, or hiker, just keep in mind that this watch is geared towards this kind of niche audience.

Used & Refurbished Garmin Fenix

The Fenix line is the ultimate and most expensive line of Garmin smartwatches. If you’re a serious athlete training for something extensive like a marathon or triathlon and need as much data as you can get from a plethora of sensors, this product may be worth the extra money. Here are just a few of the specialized running statistics that the newest Garmin Fenix 6S is able to track:

  • Ground contact time

  • Ground contact balance

  • Vertical oscillation

  • Vertical ratio

  • Cadence

  • Stride Length

  • VO2 Max

Which Used Garmin Watch is Best for You?

After reading this you may be left wondering which cheap Garmin watch you should buy. All Garmin watches are geared towards fitness-minded users who are looking for a way to track their progress in their desired sport. It’s important to think about what sports you practice most often and get the Garmin watch that is best geared toward those sports. Or, if you’re a professional athlete, get the refurbished Garmin Fenix. Garmin watches are known for being better at tracking sports data than their counterparts from Apple and Samsung, so if you want the most accurate analytics possible for your next run or hike, you should probably buy a used Garmin watch.

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Written by Blanca Marín

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