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Garmin Vivosmart 5

Garmin Vivosmart 5
alaScore 94

18 reviews

Apr, 2024

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 reviews of Garmin Vivosmart 5. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and comfort. The battery and design also get good feedback. Opinions about the price and usability are different, and there are some negative comments about the performance and touch screen.

portability, design, battery, comfort, size

touch screen, performance

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Garmin Vivosmart 5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Alastair Stevenson (

Garmin Vivosmart 5


The smartest band you'll find at this price

Reliable fitness tracking for the price ; Week long battery life ; Comfy gym-ready fit

Screen is too small for most notifications ; Limited smartwatch functionality

The Vivosmart 5 is Garmin’s latest answer to the Fitbit Luxe and Charge 5. It’s a slim-form-factor band design wearable designed for runners that want a discreet wearable to track their weekly workouts and 5km runs or cycles. While it’s far from the...

May, 2022

Expert review by : Cat Ellis (

Garmin Vivosmart 5 review


The Garmin Vivosmart 5 is a lightweight fitness tracker that takes the fight directly to Fitbit – and fares well. It's certainly not as attractive as devices like the Fitbit Charge 5 and Fitbit Luxe thanks to its rather utilitarian design and...

Well designed interface Extremely light and comfortable Auto activity tracking Particularly good sleep tracking

Monochrome display No on-board GPS Polycarbonate lens rather than toughened glass

The Garmin Vivosmart 5 is a lightweight, lean fitness tracker for anyone who values data above looks. It's not as chic as a Fitbit Luxe or Inspire 2, but packs a whole lot more info and insights at your fingertips, with even more available in the...

Jan, 2024

Expert review by : Conor Allison (

Garmin Vivosmart 5 review: Don't call it a comeback


Garmin's long-awaited return to the fitness tracker scene is here, but was it worth the wait? We've tested the Vivosmart 5 to find out.

Uncomplicated design ; Great entry point into Garmin Connect ; Packed with advanced tracking features

No GPS ; Relatively pricey ; Poor sleep tracking ; Pulse Ox drains battery life rapidly

Garmin's dive back into the fitness tracker market is a welcome one, offering a simple yet metric-heavy entry point into its ecosystem. At the same price as a Fitbit Charge 5, though, its lack of GPS, as well as sleep tracking inconsistencies and...

May, 2022

Expert review by : Chris Rowlands (

Garmin Vivosmart 5 review: a pared-back tracker that’s tricky to tap


With a streamlined design, week-long battery and plenty of tracking smarts, is the Garmin Vivosmart 5 a worthy fitness tracker for your wrist?

Lightweight, comfortable fit ; Streamlined, swappable design ; Comprehensive tracking features ; Seven-day battery life

Underwhelming display ; Slightly fiddly interface ; No built-in GPS tracking

Its lightweight design might be forgettable, but if you can deal with the dinky screen and lack of built-in GPS, the streamlined Vivosmart 5 offers a lot of tracking smarts for a relatively affordable price

Jun, 2022

Expert review by : Laura Wybrow (

Garmin vívosmart 5 review


For a smartwatch that monitors your health and tracks your fitness activity, the Garmin vívosmart 5 is second-to-none. Plus, it's affordable, too.

Extensive health features, such as women's health ; Assistance5 for incident detection ; Compatible with iOS and Android

Connected (not built-in GPS) ; Limited fitness activities ; Touchscreen not hugely responsive

Yes. If you’ve read this review and think the

Jun, 2022

Expert review by : Becky Wade Firth (

Garmin vívosmart 5 review: A good, not great gateway to fitness tracking


It's not as "simple" as advertised.

Lightweight and comfortable ; Large display ; Automatic activity tracking ; Three safety features ; 24/7 heart rate monitoring ; Advanced sleep tracking

Fickle wrist-flick activation and touchscreen ; Connected (not built-in) GPS ; Limited activities ; Relatively pricey ; Not actually that simple to use

The Garmin vívosmart 5 is a good but not great gateway to fitness tracking, with plenty of flashy features but a lack of user-friendliness that you’d expect from a “simple” device.

May, 2022

Expert review by : Andy Boxall (

Garmin Vivosmart 5 review: Aces the software, fails design


The design of the Garmin Vivosmart 5 won't make you look twice, but don't ignore it just yet, because the software really saves this fitness tracker.

Detailed Garmin Connect platform Comprehensive sensor array Lightweight and comfortable Accurate health and sleep tracking

Disappointing battery life Generic design

“The design of the Garmin Vivosmart 5 won't make you look twice, but the comprehensive Garmin Connect platform makes this a fitness tracker a standout.”

Apr, 2022

Expert review by : Angela Moscaritolo (

Garmin Vivosmart 5 Review


Average Aesthetics, Long Battery Life Garmin makes a lot of different wearables, so it can be confusing to differentiate between them. The Vivosmart 5 sits above the $79.99 Vivofit 4, Garmin's most basic fitness tracker, in the lineup. The latter model...

All-day heart rate, respiration, SpO2, and stress tracking Good battery life Automatically tracks certain activities Emergency assistance features

Black-and-white screen with no always-on setting Minor accuracy issues in testing No built-in GPS Doesn't track heart rhythm or skin temperature variations Lacks contactless payment support

Garmin's Vivosmart 5 fitness tracker is light on excitement, but makes it easy to keep tabs on your activity, sleep, and other key health metrics.

May, 2022

Expert review by : Victoria Song (

Garmin Vivosmart 5 review: fifth time’s the charm


The Vivosmart 5 is a solid fitness tracker that improves upon the flaws of its predecessors instead of introducing a host of new ones. If you were thinking about upgrading from a Vivosmart 3 or 4, do it. The physical button is worth it. For everyone...

The button is much improved Menu navigation also improved Comfortable to wear You can now swap out bands

Pricey considering the simple display Hard to read notifications due to small text

It was a nice break to wear the Vivosmart 5 after weeks of testing feature-laden fitness smartwatches. The heyday of the fitness band may well be behind us, but there’s something to be said for a gadget that’s not trying to be a mini phone on your...

May, 2022

Expert review by : Lexy Savvides (

Garmin Vivosmart 5 Review: Great Fitness Tracking, But Missing Two Big Features


Garmin's Vivosmart 5 is deceptively simple. It looks like a run-of-the-mill tracker on the outside but packs many health and fitness features from Garmin's more expensive watches in a lightweight band. There's blood oxygen, 24/7 heart-rate monitoring,...

Comfortable, slim design Great fitness and energy monitoring tools Android and iOS compatible Battery lasts almost a week in ideal conditions

Connected GPS only Monochrome screen No always-on display option Notifications and workout stats may be too small to read easily

Good for fitness fans who need some extra battery life It really feels a bit outdated to have a fitness tracker that uses a monochrome display in 2022, even if the battery life lasts a little longer than some other trackers. The Fitbit Charge 5 has a...

Apr, 2022