The demand for better running watches grows as we gauge the newest devices that come with smarter design, longer-lasting battery life, and generally improved performance. Brands like Garmin and Polar offer some of the best and reliable sports watches that add connectivity to give you more from your smartphone, better presentation and more analysis of your data.
We’ve seen a new fray of smartwatches that make our list at decent prices, and it boasts of top-notch apps that helps you to learn from your stats and stay motivated. This article was reviewed based on performance, compatibility, quality, reliability and so much more. Below is our list of the 10 best GPS running watches 2020.
Best GPS Running Watch 2020
Garmin Forerunner 945
The Garmin Forerunner 945 is a training tool every triathlete or runner could want, with its battery life that can last you for 36 hours. It provides you with a complete profile of your life as an athlete. From your heartbeat as you sleep to your every step on the run. Even more, it’s newest model supports music playback and can store up to 1,000 songs via your mp3 or synced from a music service. It also has colored maps even though it’s just one color. This prevents you from getting lost and can generate road trip courses.
- Heart rate monitoring
- Long battery
- Virtual pay
- One color
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
This Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is lightweight and comes with well-oriented features. It comes with a battery life of 3 hours which is not good enough and a built-in GPS as well as an accelerometer. This can automatically detect walking, running and cycling. It also comes with a sensitive touch screen and it can manually track 39 different activities. Furthermore, it’s compatible with Android and IOS that provides notifications on your stress levels, sleep habits and overall activity level.
- Small and comfortable
- Auto-tracks running
- Battery life is poor
Garmin Forerunner 245
This is an upgrade of the Garmin Forerunner 230/235 model. You can leave your piece of technology at home when you run your phone as long as you have Bluetooth headphones. You can also sync your favorite music from services like Spotify and you can also manually add music to it. It also has other advanced features that helps to improve its performance. Things like new safety features, sleep monitoring, menstrual cycle tracking and so on. However, the battery life is poor especially when you’re using GPS along with music streaming.
- Syncs with Spotify to store and play music from watch
- Performance monitoring and adaptive training
Coros Apex Multisport Watch
This is a compact package with a long battery life of 35 hours in regular tracking mode but can be extended to last up to 100hours. This is suitable for beginners and elites alike. It comes with metric combinations found in the Pace and also slew metrics that allow you to view over five screens during your workout. Even more, this includes a metric stamina that estimated how much energy you have left in your own tank.
- Impressive battery life
- “Stamina” metric estimates energy left
Apple Watch Series 4
This is a smartwatch that allows you to still be connected to the outside wall even if you leave your phone at home. Although this can only happen if you opt for the GPS and cellular version. This watch is almost identical to the AW3 model, but it boasts of 30 percent more space on the screen for easy tapping and visibility. It has increased an hour strength for its battery, hence capable of working for over 6 hours when doing outdoor run. Furthermore, it comes with health features that include the ability to detect falls, call emergencies when you’re unresponsive and also run your own ECG test to detect potential heart irregularities.
- LTE streaming
- Beats Radio access through Siri
- 16 GB of storage
- Not very durable
Polar Vantage V
This has all the features you require to train like a pro if you’re a runner. It comes with GPS, heart rate monitor, pace, distance and running power. Notably, when you use Bluetooth smart, you can find replays of your run as well as study your stats on the Power Flow smartphone app. Furthermore, it has a running power feature that shows maximum effort in percentage throughout your run. This tool is used to enhance your training and serves as motivation to increase your speed at key points during your run.
- Estimates running power
- Tracks training load
- may cause the weare to sweat on the wrist
The Suunto 9 would always be loved by any ultrarunner. It comes with a big screen and a battery life that can last for 120 hours. It comes with an active GPS that uses the ultra setting to record your geolocation every two minutes. Furthermore, it comes with a battery reminder that notifies you to switch to another power mode anytime your battery is running low.
- Extreme GPS battery life
- Weather data
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus
This smartwatch is suitable for runners exploring unfamiliar places. You can tell the watch how far you want to run, as it splits loop routes and completes with prompts when you need to run.
It comes with a Google map that allows you to see the roads around you and has music integration. This provides you the ability to play for Spotify and you can even download music for playback when you are offline. Although, this can only be possible if you have a premium subscription to the music service. Even more, the smartwatch is expensive.
- Map routes on the watch
- Music integration
- Pricier than similar Forerunner 945
This comes with a range of top-shelf lifestyle features which include an optical rate monitor, altimeter, gyroscope, accelerometer, and NFC payments. This is all packed into an intuitive user interface and has an opening system for the watch, hence third-party apps are limited. On the fitness side, it tracks different activities like running, swimming, and cycling. Even more, it has a coach feature that leads you through body workouts.
- 10-hour GPS battery life
- Coach feature leads you through workouts
- Limited third-party apps
Apple Watch Series 3
This watch provides you the chance to leave your phone at home and still track all your activities and mails. It comes with a lot of upgrades like a new barometric sensor for altitude tracking and monitoring you while walking, resting and recovery rates. It’s a robust tracker with modes for everything that pertains workouts, running and more. Even more, it has an LTE cellular service that allows you to text messages and receive calls anywhere with no phone required. However, it has a small touch screen.
- Apple Music compatibility
- Holistic activity tracking
- Sweaty hands will struggle to use touch screen