Garmin - vivoactive HR Smartwatch - Black

Run, bike, swim, golf, ski and more with vivoactive HR, the GPS smartwatch with wrist-based heart rate3. Outside of your more active moments, its built-in activity tracker3 counts steps, floors climbed and intensity minutes and measures calories burned throughout the day. The always-on, touchscreen, sunlight-readable Garmin Chroma Display shows your activity details as well as smart notifications such as call, text, email, social media alerts and more. Customize your watch with more than 1,300 apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields from our Connect IQ store. Battery charge2 lasts through all your activities with up to 8 days in watch/activity tracking mode (no GPS) or up to 13 hours using GPS.

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Overview

What's Included


  • charging/data clip
  • manual
  • vίvoactive HR

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1724 out of 1889)

Features


Adjustable strap

Fits comfortably on most wrists from 5.39" to 7.68" in circumference.

24/7 heart rate monitoring

Elevate wrist heart rate technology gives you heart rate all day and night — no additional strap required.

Additional GPS sport apps

Additional sports applications for the vivoactive HR include ski/board, cross country skiing, stand-up paddle boarding and rowing.

Long battery life

Active as long as you are! Up to 8 days in watch/activity tracking mode (24/7 heart rate monitoring, no GPS) or up to 13 hours using GPS.

Water-resistant

You can swim with 5 ATM (50 m) rated watches.

Smart Notifications

Any notification from your mobile device will come to your smartwatch; includes calls, text, social, music, games, etc. with vibration alerts so you don’t miss a beat.


Overall customer rating

4.4
92%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Woman's Perspective of the Vivoactive HR

    Posted
    BrewGirly
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I specified woman’s perspective because when I was researching this watch, all I could find is how it looked and felt on a man’s wrist. So… I spent 2-3 weeks researching smart/fitness watches prior to purchasing the Vivoactive HR. When the HR came out, I was really excited. I owned a Fitbit Flex 3 years ago, and used it for about a year. Things I was looking for: • A device that would encourage me to start walking/running again • Heart rate monitor • Ability to track walking, running, calories, sleeping • Good battery life • Aesthetically appealing on a tiny wrist • Around or less than $250 • GPS tracking • Notifications for Android phone • Waterproof There’s quite a few options out there. But I found that each one would have one or two of those requirements missing. I definitely found my balance in the Vivoactive HR. That’s not to say it’s perfect. The worst part of this watch is the size of it. It took me about a week and a half to find a comfortable position for it on my wrist. The instructions suggest wearing it above the wrist bone but that’s not a possibility for me. I tried that on day one, and the following morning I had a sore indented spot on my wrist where the HR monitor dug into my arm. I was very aware of the watch on my wrist – possibly because I knew ahead of time that it was large and I was anticipating a problem – it just never seemed to blend into my every day. The HR monitor still leaves a small mark on my arm. I’m finally in a groove with it. I can ignore the size of it for most of the day. I wear it on the 6th notch. Complaints I read about prior to buying seem to be unfounded. The brightness of the screen has never been a problem. It is dim. But it also lasts about 9 days between charges. It brightens upon touching the screen. The heart rate is very accurate. The only time I’ve seen it go wacky is when I was in the shower. That was an isolated incident and I doubt you’ll need an accurate HR for the shower. The GPS rocks because it is Garmin, after all. Many buyers did not like the design of the watch. I like only the Fitbit Blaze design better than this one. I have come to enjoy my bulky box of a watch. The Bluetooth is reliable, and I can go throughout most of my 2 story house without losing a connection to my phone. There’s a plethora of activities that can tracked. Other thoughts: I really enjoy the idea of widgets. I use the weather widget most often but I also have one for astronomy. There’s a large amount of possibilities in the realm of customizable widgets. The move bar is a cute idea, but since I work in an office, I’m really in the need of moving throughout the day. It can be turned off, of course, but I like the reminder to move around. I’m a huge fan of the notifications. It’s nice to be able to quickly look at my watch to see if it’s worth even picking up my phone. The plastic around the face of it is not entirely the toughest. I already have a couple of small scrapes on it. It is large so it’s easy to just move your arm around and hit it on something until you remember it’s there. The Garmin Connect app is really awesome. There is a lot of information to dig through. The sleep information is one of my favorites. They break it down into light and deep sleep, and movement. It is really accurate in determining when I fall asleep and wake up. You can track your food intake through MyFitnessPal, which will upload through Garmin Connect to show accurate calories left for the day after your activities. The only problem is remembering to input your food! Tracking activities is a very simple task. I’ve used the running and walking tracking so far. It’s a very simple white screen with black text that records distance, timer and steps. Every mile it will vibrate while activated on a walking/running track mode. You can control music through the watch if Bluetooth is activated, which is neat. All in all, if you’re reading this then you might be in a place that I was prior to purchasing this watch. I poured over reviews trying to find the right person to tell me what to do. When I bought the watch, I specifically asked what the return policy was because I knew that there was a chance I’d be unhappy with it. However, I’m glad I made the decision to add the Garmin Vivoactive HR to my daily routine. It is a simple, easy to use, all-around great watch. Give it a try!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Fitness Watch

    Posted
    Skier4Life
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The Garmin Vivoactive HR is one of the best fitness watches that I have ever tried. I have been extremely impressed with the amount of features that the watch offers for the price. Other brands do not have all of the features and ease of connectivity. The main reason I purchased this watch was for running. It locks onto a GPS signal within seconds without any A-GPS updates required like other GPS watches. My runs were spot on accurate in regards to distance (ran around a track to measure). It does not require a smartphone connection to use GPS either. Garmin is known for its GPS modules, and this watch is no exception! There are apps that can be downloaded to the watch from a paired smartphone and I have tried a tracking app that works really well to keep me on course for runs in areas that are new to me. The smartphone pairing features are awesome too. I like being able to have music controls, weather, and notification viewing on my wrist. It's a nice luxury to not have to pull my phone out of my pocket to silence a call or read a text message. Since I have an iPhone 6s, I am not able to reply to messages on the watch like the compatible android devices, but at least being able to read them (and the entire message) is the most important part. Plus one can clear notifications from the phone on the watch. Even notifications from Snapchat and other apps will be pushed to the phone. I have found that the bluetooth signal for pairing is quite strong. I can still receive weather and notifications between floors of my home. I have used this watch for a week and a half and I can attest that it is waterproof (technically water resistant up to 5ATM). I don't really have a need to take it off other than when putting on a suit. I have a very small wrist, and the watch sticks up a little. I bought a matte screen protector (IQ Shield) to put on the watch, and that made it much more readable in sunlight. I highly suggest this watch to anyone looking into buying it! The features alone cost several hundred dollars more on other brands, and I think that Garmin did it right on this watch! The iPhone app is easy to navigate, and there is tons of information in regards to health stats available for viewing. The Heart Rate Monitor is spot on. I compared it to an EKG machine at a local clinic I work at while in a resting heart rate and the BPM was only 1 off. I also compared it to a more expensive older strap heart rate monitor, and those heart rates were very consistent with each other as well. The need to not have a heart strap is massive! It makes training and recording this information so much easier. Navigating through the watch with the touch screen and the menu and back button are easy. It loads things quickly as well. I am very impressed with the interface. The watch is comfortable to wear and the band feels sturdy. This watch is great at keeping stats organized and I have been really impressed by the amount of features within the product as well as the descent purchase price. The battery life is amazing as well! My apple watch pales in comparison at needing to be recharged daily. The Garmin Vivoactive HR is my new favorite watch by far since it is a much better fitness tracker than the Apple Watch. I HIGHLY recommend this watch to anyone looking for a higher end fitness watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Vivoactive HR is a beast!

    Posted
    Nate

    Since Garmin revealed the Vivoactive HR a few months back I was sold as I wanted a good fitness and activity tracker that could keep up with my busy lifestyle. Fitbit was not going to cut it, I wanted something that had GPS, Heart rate monitering, smart watch features, and could go with me along for a swim and this device so far has really impressed me. After a 5k run, 10 mile bike ride and walking all day it tracked everything without breaking a sweat even though I was! Having both a touch screen and buttons together make easy navigation. Everything is intuitive, very little instructions needed. Garmin has really stepped up their game with their Garmin connect app and Connect IQ, a must in order to make a fitness/activity/smart watch really benefit it's owner. You get nice graphs, progress, and tons of data, I mean tons. If you are a data and analysis Geek you will be happy. -Display is super sharp, sunlight readable, and a very good back light. Also very responsive to touch and swipes. -Band is very comfy, using a soft and flexible material, I think it is silicone. -Can track your sleep and is a comfortable watch to wear 24/7 -Good battery life. Based on my usage I would rate it about 5 days. Using GPS takes the most juice. -Lots of watch faces, apps, widgets, etc from the Garmin store for free. Their software is open source so many people have developed their own cool apps. -Wrist based heart rate sensor is very responsive, with the option to include ANT+ HRM and sensors like the Virb camera, bike sensors. So what do I not like? It is basically a block on your wrist. It lacks any style, with the exception of a few color bands, however it looks like a activity tracker, not a watch like the Fenix 3 or Fitbit Blaze. What makes it look nice however is the watch faces you can customize with color, data screens. Also I am a bit concerned about the screen and bezel getting marked up and scratched. I would recommend a screen protector Overall for the price this device is packed full of features, and Garmin has really impressed me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Waterproof, Waterproof, Waterproof!!!!

    Posted
    Valistar

    In general, I pleased with my purchase of the Vivoactive HR. I’m able to track my swimming and biking, which is the main reason I chose the Garmin brand vice some of the other brands that are available in the market place. Here are some of my observations by feature so far, I’ve been using the watch for a little over a week now: Appearance - Overall satisfied. I barely notice I’m wearing the watch now. Very lite and comfortable. In some instances I have experienced similar issues as other people have mentioned concerning my dress shirts. Some of the sleeves on my dress shirts are narrower than others, which causes the sleeve to bunch up. Size – Initially I was going to go with the Extra Large version however; I got tired of waiting on the backorder from Amazon. I tried on the Regular size version and it fits fine on my wrist with 7-9 notches left in the wrist band to spare. I’m 6’1” and weigh in at 230, I’m not a huge guy and I am by no means a small guy either! Watch face: It would be nice to have a better selection of watch faces to choose from, especially ones that don’t burn up the battery. The more information you put on your watch face the faster your battery is used up. I’d love to have a Mickey Mouse watch face…that would go over big in the corporate world I operate in!!! Biking – works like a champ and the data gathered is comparable to other apps that I’ve been using that are available on the market. Swimming – WATERPROOF!! Single most important feature for me since I swim quite a bit. Only issue I’ve had is I lost my second swim session due to a combination of operator error and sensitivity issues after my swim with the touchscreen after I added the protective cover. I experienced the sensitivity issue on my third swim as well, but was a bit more patient and finally got the session to save. There’s definitely a sensitivity delay with the touch screen after adding the protective cover, much more noticeable right after a swim. And just for clarification with regard to not being able to monitor your heartrate while swimming, while that’s true, you’re not losing that data. While you’re swimming the watch is still collecting HR data and you can either review it on the watch or open up the Connect app after you’ve completed your swim and get a really detailed view of your heartrate during the swim activity. Recommendation to Garmin: Anytime a user goes to save an activity and hits the wrong button, by default you should get the same confirmation screen that you get when you do want to discard the data. A yes/no option, by selecting yes your activity data is discarded. When you select No, that should automatically save the session. Heartrate Monitor – Works great and the readings are spot on to just about every BP or EKG I’ve ever had done. My resting HR is around 50-55 and when I sleep it can drop to around 40. I’ve got one EKG in my medical record at 37. And no I’m not a marathon runner or Tri-Athlete! I smoked for 35 years, drank like a fish, and PT’d twice a year because the military told me I had to. Doctors and nurses just laugh and shake their head! Sleep – It works, although I did have one nite where I must have inadvertently rolled over and hit the on/off button because when I woke up the watch had shut off, therefore I didn’t have any sleep data for that nite. Through the Connect app (very good by the way) you can see how long you’ve slept and it’s divided up into Avg Deep Sleep, Avg Lite Sleep, and Avg Awake. I’m just about evenly split between Lite and Deep sleep patterns. On the few occasions I wake up for one reason or another I expected to see those instances as lite sleep, but it’s showing multiple long periods of time where I’m in lite sleep mode. The data is there but I don’t understand how the algorithm makes the determination between the sleep modes. I expected to see longer periods of deep sleep, because I sleep well, or at least I thought I did!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great activity tracker with only a few limitations

    Posted
    TomHyatt
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The new Vivoactive HR is almost everything I want in a activity tracker/smart watch. I decided to move from a FitBit Charge HR because I wanted to be able to track activities more easily while I was running or walking. The Fitbit;s display was so small and so hard to read in sunlight that it was almost impossible to get information while on the run. And it did not do a good job of tracking activities like paddling my kayak or running on my elliptical indoors. The Vivoactive HR can do all of these things and more I have to say that the first thing I noticed about the Vivoactive upon taking it out of the box and putting it on my wrist is that it felt BIG. (But as I have worn it for a day, it turns out to be pretty comfortable and the bigness helps in providing more screen real estate for viewing and swiping.) Setup was super easy. Downloading apps and configuring them is also a snap once you get comfortable with navigating both the watch settings and the desktop and phone apps. Battery life seems amazing so far. I am anxious to play a round of golf so that I can use the GPS full-time for some hours to see how that affects battery use. I love the ability to configure so much about the watch and how easy it is to do that. I love the options for watch faces (though I wish there was some more elegant options). Notices from my iPhone work flawlessly with a subtle vibration to tell me one has arrived even when I am not looking at my watch. Swiping through screens is easy so viewing steps, weather, notifications, heart rate, all are very easy to get to. I have not found a really simple way to get back to the home screen without pressing a physical button. What I like: Really big face that's easy to read in sunlight or bright artificial light Lots of activity information displayed in the app Ability to add as many or as few widgets and watch apps as you like (simplicity vs. info overload) Easy sync to iPhone or desktop app (through USB) Crazy-great battery life Color options for watch display Golf app with Real Time GPS and easy download of courses Always-on watch face Fast GPS connection (outside) What I don't like; Display back light is a little dim (even at maximum brightness setting) so seeing display in dim light (for my older eyes) is not as easy as it should be. I would like to see a daylight sensor that would automatically turn on a brighter back light in dim light when you roll your wrist to view the watch face, rather than having to awkwardly push one of the buttons. (Fitbit has something like this to turn on their display (though not the dim light sensor, just the movement sensor) The watch is a bit clunky, not very elegant. Seen as a sports tracker I think that is fine. Seen as a watch, it feels a little under-designed. The clip connector to charge the watch grabs the watch like a vise-grip. I always feel like I am going to break the watch when I try to unsnap it.. Maybe it is all about technique. Overall I am very happy with my new Vivoactive HR and am looking forward to using it for years to come (well, at least until the next great device comes along {:-)

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Thank you for your detailed review. The vívoactive HR features an ambient light sensor, as well as has the ability to detect gestures, which can automatically adjust the backlight for optimal use. For more information on this, please visit the following link: http://bit.ly/1X6Dsf0

      If you have any other concerns or questions, please contact Garmin Customer Care: j.mp/GRMNSupport


      ^DK Garmin

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Watch, Almost Perfect

    Posted
    zboot
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I really hesitated between giving this four stars and give. On the one hand, it isn't as app capable as Android Wear watches. On the other hand, it carries out its intended purposes extremely well. Ultimately, my choice hinged on recognizing that adding app functionality could necessarily take away from the watch in it's current form. It's not fair to compare it to the specs of a watch two or three years into the future. I got the vivoactive hr to replace my Fitbit Surge. I'd decided I wanted a bigger screen. The Fitbit's band was wearing out and there was no easy way to get a replacement (if you're under warranty, the likely response from Fitbit is to replace the watch altogether). I still wanted all the Fitbit features, all day heart rate tracking, built in GPS, 3-4 day battery life, sleep tracking, workout tracking, and activity prompting. I also wanted something a bit more exciting screen-wise. Not only did the HR meet all my requirements, it exceeded them. The Fitbit did well tracking heart rate so long as it was below 100bpm. This watch seems to have much better response across the entire range. The app lets you drill down into a lot more detail than the Fitbit though it is not as well polished. Still, I prefer Garmin's approach to sleep and workout data, it seems to capture and show parameters that fit more into how I'd like to look at things. The activity prompts seem to work better - I'm more likely to respond now than with the Surge. I also like the ancillary features, being able to find my phone, detailed notifications (notifications and audio control just never seemed to work right on the Fitbit). While I've noticed a lot of firmware updates since I got the watch, it doesn't regularly get into a state where I had to try rebooting watch, phone, or both to get things working again. In fact, this only happened once, after a firmware update the night I first used the watch (it's been over a month) where with the Fitbit, this was almost a weekly occurrence. I like the additional detail with my workouts, HR, HR zone, calories, time, all easily viewable. The Fitbit shows most of the same information, but you'd need to swipe through to see it. Taking them on a run side by side and looking at the plotted map of my run afterwards, the Garmin seems to have better GPS tracking (I'd waited until both watches reported a lock). Also, the Garmin consistently achieves GPS lock faster than the Fitbit did by a huge margin. The Garmin's charger is also nicely designed. I feel inductive charging would have been a better feature or a standard connector like USB, however the charger is designed for secure attachment to the watch. Also an improvement over some of the competitors. Battery life is awesome. I consistently have been getting 5-7 days of life (if we keep GPS sessions down to once a week). This includes three hour long workout sessions each week (with the increased heart rate tracking). The Fitbit under the same circumstances would last 3-4 days. Due to the screen settings, the watch is a lot quieter in the dark which is nice when trying to get to sleep. The price, size, battery life, color screen, and feature set make this a pretty compelling watch if you're looking for a casual fitness tracker. As of now, it's my top recommendation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome tracker

    Posted
    sddptown
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Before buying my vivo I used a Microsoft band 2, so that is my benchmark for comparison. I was fed up with terrible battery life of the band 2 and started looking for alternatives. Thanks to Garmin Vivo is an option for my Windows 10 phone. Garmin and Fitbit are the only alternatives to the band that has a modern app for Windows 10. The Garmin connect app is better than Microsoft health(now band) in how it displays all the sleep, heart rate and activity tracking. The GOOD: The vivo has awesome battery life even with full time heart rate tracking and built in GPS and smart notifications. Working out or running 5 times a week I still only charge it weekly. The watch faces, apps and widgets are colorful and show most of the data you need to see. Garmin Connect isn't needed to see activity summaries. I like that the watch can work well without the phone app. The Vivo is fully waterproof and can be taken swimming or safely washed with soap and water. The buttons have a high quality click when pressed and the screen is responsive to input. The watch body is also tuff and holding up well to wearing it all the time either in the office or during home renovation projects. Only minor surface scratches are visible when you really look closely. The BAD: The vivo is big and flat. I loved how the band 2 curved with the shape of my wrist. This does not do that. The screen is completely flat. This makes it look at little odd. The display is nice but compared to the band 2 or an android wear watch looks out of date. Not powering AMOLED screen is most likely why the battery lasts all week. Think of the vivo screen as a really high resolution digital watch screen. Remember "indeglo"? That's similar to how this screen is lite up. It's "back lite". It feels a little old school and cheap when compared to other modern touch screen watches. But hey, 5 to 6 days of battery life. I'm not complaining. The Bluetooth connection is flaky at best and has to be initialized by the app. This means you start the phone app and it will connect to the watch. Why you don't pair this like any other device is weird. I've also experienced constant app crashes. I've found opening the app letting it sync then killing the app keeps it connected the longest. Smart notifications are also as flaky. They work some of the time. And best when connect is open, but then it crashes. Oh well, part of the reason for the 4 stars Bottom line this is a good project and Garmin seems like a great company continuing to make it better. I recommend for the data hungry active type.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Feature Set

    Posted
    AverageFitnessWoman

    I previously had a Fitbit Charge HR, and it was very unobtrusive to wear. I liked the fit and feel of it and the sleep tracking, but I found that the step count seemed inconsistent, the HR was often all over the place, I'd forget it was on doing the dishes or swimming, there were intermittent/frequent sync problems, and I was charging it every three days to avoid the risk of losing data on the fourth day when the battery died. So I spent a lot of time researching many of the competing fitness trackers and I found that nothing really met my needs...EXCEPT for this vivoactive HR. I ordered from Best Buy this week and it arrived yesterday. (Super fast!) My initial impressions: PROS + Easy to sync and set up out of the box. + I liked that there were settings to control right on the tracker (no need to change them on your phone/computer app). + I like all the data you can see on the tracker that is easy to navigate to when you get used to how the menus work (takes about 10 minutes). I prefer the more complicated data view vs the simple one that fitbit offers. (I'm an engineer so it's a personal taste thing.) + I like the Android app and it connects with MyFitnessPal to show me my calories right on the app! (You still have to log food through mfp, but it gives me one stop of seeing my burn.) + The backlight didn't automatically come on while I was in bed and wake me up with the brightness. (The Charge HR did that on occaision.) OBSERVATIONS = I've never had a smart watch before, but getting the notifications is interesting. I'm not sure if I like how it's presented yet. CONS - The backlight seems dim (even on brighter settings) but I accept this because it promotes battery life. - It's big on my female wrist (and I have big wrists for a woman). It's borderline uncomfortable for me initially but hopefully I get used to it. If I don't wear it tight, it uncomfortably slides down to hit my wrist bone (and hurts!) and if I go one more setting tighter, it feels too tight. So far I'm pleased with my purchase, but I think the size or maybe just the shape (the screen and controls are almost as wide as my wrist) holds it back from being perfect for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      GarminProductExpert

      Thank you for your detailed review. For others who may be reading this article, the physical size of the vívoactive HR (without the band) is 1.19" x 2.24" x 0.45" (30.2 mm x 57.0 mm x 11.4 mm). The regular size fits wrist circumferences 5.39" to 7.68" (137 mm to 195 mm), whereas the X-large fits wrist circumferences 6.38" to 8.86" (162 mm to 225 mm).

      Brightness and backlight settings can be adjusted on the vívoactive HR using the steps listed here: http://bit.ly/1X6Dsf0

      ^DK Garmin



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