Garmin - vivosmart 3 Activity Tracker + Heart Rate (Large) - Black

Stick to your fitness goals with this Garmin Vivosmart 3 fitness tracker. It logs calories burned and steps taken to track your progress, and its activity bar indicates inactivity to motivate you to stay moving. This Garmin Vivosmart 3 fitness tracker has dynamic goals that adjust to your level of activity.

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    • Garmin vivosmart 3 Activity Tracker + Heart Rate (Large)

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    84% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (147 out of 176)

    Features


    Measures calories burned and heart rate

    To help you monitor multiple fitness activities.

    Keep track of daily activity levels

    Measures distance and steps taken.

    Comprehensive monitoring

    Tracks time, activity, sleep activity, floors climbed, stress level and strength.

    Adjustable strap

    Fits comfortably on most wrists from 5.8" to 8.5" in circumference.

    Waterproof design

    Allows you to wear the tracker while swimming.

    *Distance/speed/pace can only be shared on 3G or 4G devices.


    Customer rating

    4.1
    84%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    3.7

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good activity tracker but rep counter a gimmick

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

      I'll save you the reading, if your friends have Garmin or you have other Garmin stuff and want it all on Garmin Connect get this. Otherwise, get a Fitbit. The Fitbit app is more polished plus your friends probably have a Fitbit anyway. I've owned a Fitbit Charge HR and in comparison, the Vivosmart 3 isn't a bad tracker. The all day heart rate is a HUGE improvement over the Vivosmart HR I tried last year which only seemed to record your heart rate every couple of minutes outside of a workout. My reason for getting this is that I use a Garmin Forerunner to track my runs so I wanted all my activity under Garmin Connect. This part is going to be long. First off, the "selling" point for this over the Fitbit is the rep counter for strength training. It's a gimmick. As you workout, it will automatically count your reps. When you're done with the set just swipe to go into rest and you can edit the reps if it didn't get them right. Half the time it gets them wrong so you spend a good amount of time tapping it to correct the rep count. This feature is useless for leg days unless you want to strap this to your ankle. My other problem is I forget to go back into rep mode on my next set so I spend a lot of time editing reps. It does have an auto rep/rest feature that detects when you start/stop a set, but it's in Beta. It does a decent job until you walk to the next piece equipment and it starts counting your steps as reps. So I turned that off. The next problem is when you sync to Garmin. When you edit your workout, you'll find your reps counts but you have to select what exercise was performed. It tries to auto detect based on motion but it's inaccurate and you still have have to select the workouts from a list, no free form text. I go to a Planet Fitness, you can't get more generic than that, but I still have to find a close but not quite right match. It's really really really tedious. If I do 3 sets of 6 exercises I have to edit 18 different sets and when I do the workout again later in the week, I have to do it all over again. I gave up on tracking the weight and reps in Garmin. I still record the workout just so it shows up as a 60 minutes "Chest & Back" etc. but I don't bother editing the details and instead use an app on my phone. If Garmin would let you create a workout template on the website and then have the reps filled in when you sync, this would really be a useful feature. The rest of the features. The all-day Heart Rate accuracy is decent and as long as you have a snug fit. Sweat will make it start to slip down your arm, so workout HR tracking requires a snug fit but not so tight it feels like a tourniquet. During workouts it's typically within a few beats of my chest strap or the gym equipment, but activities where your wrists flex can throw it off. My Fitbit did that too. If you're really picky about tracking your heart rate during a workout go with a chest strap and Garmin or Polar watch. If you're ok with it occasionally putting you a little higher or lower for a minute here and there, the VS3 is fine. The battery lasts several days and charges up very pretty quickly. I'll plug it in when I shower and that keeps it going. If you do use it for Strength Training, make sure it has a good charge. That is the only workout mode where the display is on the entire time so between that and heart rate tracking it can eat through your battery. It's only run dead on me once, though. Tracking stairs - At home it's hit or miss. At work I'm on the 4th floor and it gets it right, I think it's calibrated for slightly higher "Stories" than my house has. Sleep tracking is meh. x hours deep sleep x hours light sleep. When I get up and have coffee and browse the web, my heart rate is low enough that it thinks I'm still sleeping. Water proof. I've taken it swimming in the ocean, but you want to turn "gestures" off otherwise the water hitting it will activate the screen and start selecting stuff at random. Pet peeve, the VS3 is made from a slightly grippy rubber/plastic so when I wear a long sleeve shirt I have to manually lift my sleeve to look at the time as the VS3 will "grip" instead of sliding out from under it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Nice product, didn't work for me

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

      So i struggled with the decision to keep or return this product for almost 30 days before i eventually decided to return it. I loved the design and feel of it as it is one of the smallest and lightest fitness bands out there. It's got a sleek one piece all-rubber design (which includes the display front as well). It's light weight, comfortable to wear and easy to read. I chose the Garmin product lineup over Fitbit for the simple fact that all Garmin fitness bands are water proof and can be used for swimming and showering, Fitbits are not believe it or not. That was a deal breaker to me for Fitbit. Eventually what turned me off this particular model however were two things. First, the display was not always on. The display turns on when you lift your arm to look at the watch, which i found to be not very practical. You couldn't just glance at it to tell the time you had to move your arm towards you to activate the display which did not always work the way it's supposed to all the time, that meant i had to double tap the display to get it to turn on just to tell the time, so again, not as practical for telling time. Second, i found the bluetooth range was not that great. I mainly got this band to receive notifications while i'm away from my phone at work but the connection would cut off about 2 rooms away. So to sum up: PROS: Comfortable, light, small and discrete, nice overall design, all-rubber no plastic, WATER PROOF, built-in heart-rate monitor, receives notifications (calls, text, email, social apps, weather, news, ...), very good fitness tracking capabilities, touch display, bright display, auto brightness feature, can be set to display in vertical or horizontal orientations, different display faces to choose from, very customizable, good battery life (5-7 days for me). CONS: Display is not always on, bluetooth range is not that great in an office setting, display seems a bit "cloudy" because of the all-rubber casing and display cover (some people complained about that but personally i didn't mind it) RESULTS: I ended up returning it and getting the next model up from Garmin called "vivosport" which even though is a bit wider, thicker, heavier and more expensive than this mode, has an always-on color display, not cloudy, and had a slightly better bluetooth range in practice.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Tired of broken Fitbits

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

      My first Garmin tracker. I was a fan of the Fitbit Charge HR but after having 4 that failed because the band broke, got wet, or the battery would not charge, I decided it was time to try something different. The Vivosmart 3 has is a great replacement for the Fitbit Charge HR at a better price. The interface took a little time to learn but once you figure it out, it is pretty nice. I love that it is WATERPROOF! Yes, you can wear it in the shower!!! It has a longer battery life and so far looks to be better constructed. Garmin needs to do something about their Connect phone app. The app looks great but drops connection frequently. Once it drops the resolution is to reboot your phone or set it to airplane mode for a few seconds. After that the app will reconnect. Some days it happens once or twice, others days it seems like non stop. There is a "connection aid" option that I tried but it seems to do nothing. There have been days where I had to reset the connection 5+ times. I researched the problem and see many people complain about the issue. If Garmin resolves the connection dropping issues, this would definitely get 5 stars.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good for starters

      Posted
      Theycallmemellowyellow

      What I like: Its good with counting steps, reads stress levels, very good syncing info into the phone app, its water resistant, small, its about 80% accurate and affordable. What I don’t like: If you get very sweaty it will have a hard time reading your heart rate so you have to keep moving it around. Battery life is not that great if you keep using it and looking at it a lot. I have to charge it about 3 times in the week with consistent workouts. I mostly bought it for the lifting feature but its very innacurate counting your reps so if you lift a lot you’re gonna have to manually correct and manually correcting it is a bit tedious. Last thing I don’t like is you can’t change it up much, its black or purple and thats it. But other than that it does have certain things down packed, im not an athlete I just needed something to keep track of basic things for occasional workouts. Im pretty sure that most of these devices are innacurate unless you spend top dollar. Basically this one its average and simple which is what I wanted.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Functionality is Great, Durability (band) is bad

      Posted
      Greg

      Bought in Nov 2017. Steps tracker is really accurate, stairs climbed may be a little on the high side but not bad. I thought the fit and comfort was really great. My only complaint is with the band. It looked durable enough. And I really take care not to bang it or to even test its durability at all. I simply reached in my pocket to get my keys and the band snapped off right at the thickest part where the band connects with the tracker. I was disappointed to say the least but I did go to Garmin support website and there is a note about band replacements. Even though my unit is still under warranty it looks like they will repair/replace any device with a band issue. Good job on Garmin's part to fix this issue. Stuff happens and it looks like they are making it right. I give it an average rating because Garmin is going to make it right. Otherwise, a broken band renders the device unwearable and useless which would equal a 1 star.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good step tracker and motivater

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

      Having previously owned a Fitbit with software problems I decided to give the Garmin Vivosmart 3 a try. I like that it automatically sets step goal according to previous accumulation of data. Of course you can set your own goals but I found this a nice feature especially for beginners. It also prompts you to move after being stationary for a period of time. Being waterproof is also a nice feature. Battery lasts an acceptable amount of days and recharges quite fast. I give it only an average rating mainly due to the fact that I liked the Fitbit app better as it displayed the stats in a better format. The other disappointment was that it's inaccurate at counting flights of stairs which is one of my main goals. Having read the reviews online stating this, I still figured I could use the Fitbit trick of raising your arm after climbing a standard flight of stairs to get a somewhat accurate count but not so. Maybe they could do a software upgrade to correct this problem or just not advertise this feature. Overall I'm satisfied with the product at this stage and have to see after a longer period of time if my satisfaction holds up.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Customizable and mostly accurate - Watch sizing!

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

      Important - using the sizing guide on the box can be deceiving. If you appear to be in the smaller size, but come close to the Large unit you may be better served to purchase the Large. I purchased the Large although I was barely inside the gauge for the smaller size. The large is almost too small for my wrist. Most customization of the unit requires a smart phone application. Through that you can turn off screens that aren't going to be used and set the clock face options. I wish there were a few more useful options. I'd like to have the time, weather and battery status on screen. I don't know how the stress levels are calculated, but at times it shows me as high stress when I do not feel stressed at all. Sometimes it doesn't give a stress level at all. Heart-rate function works nicely. Exercise options need better programming. Automatic detection of certain weight lifting exercises are incorrect or sometimes fails to register reps. Overall though, I really like the product.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      good wearable for the price, gets the job done

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

      Although it took some to get used to the smaller display than the vivo hr, it is much lighter and it fits better on the wrist, I have tried three different garmin watches around this price range and liked wearing this one the best. Measures steps really well and the stairs are okay too, kinda decent with guessing which exercise you are doing when you start it, but not that good for leg workouts, either the reps do not show up or it can't identify the type of exercise you are doing. Finally, the big issue I have is, the touchscreen gets confused under water at times, and when I am swimming the timer may pause by itself coz of the water sometimes! Other than that, great watch!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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    • TechRadar (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Luke Edwards on February 20, 2018
      Garmin Vivosmart 3 review
      Smarter, fitter, youngerFull Review
    • which.co.ukNovember 11, 2017
      Garmin Vivosmart 3 review
      The Garmin Vivosmart 3 activity tracker is the latest device in the Vivosmart range. It packs in plenty of features, including a built-in heart-rate monitor and all-day stress tracking. You can even get an estimate of your oxygen consumption. ButFull Review
    • techgearlab.comRating, 3 out of 5David Wise on August 23, 2017
      Garmin Vivosmart 3 Review
      Garmin's attempt at making a model to match the Fitbit Charge 2 fell a little short of the markFull Review
    • CNETRating, 3.5 out of 5David Carnoy on August 6, 2017
      Garmin Vivosmart 3 review
      Garmin's Vivosmart 3 activity tracker may not have HR in its naming scheme like its predecessors -- the Vivosmart HR and GPS-enabled Vivosmart HR+ -- but it does include a heart-monitor with 24-7 monitoring and adds new, smarter features whileFull Review
    • Trusted Reviews (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Richard Easton on July 18, 2017
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      Garmin Vivosmart 3 review: This mid-range fitness tracker ticks all the boxes for keeping tabs on your activity levelsFull Review
    • PCMagRating, 3.5 out of 5Victoria Song on June 13, 2017
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      Garmin's Vivosmart 3 fitness tracker delivers plenty of accurate, useful health metrics in a ho-hum design.Full Review
    • Mashable (UK)Brett Williams on May 16, 2017
      Garmin's vívosmart 3 finally takes fitness tracking to the gym
      Garmin's wearables hit the weight room.Full Review
    • Android AuthorityRating, 4 out of 5Adam Sinicki on May 2, 2017
      Garmin vívosmart 3 review
      The vívosmart 3 is a little strange and awkward but should be commended for trying new things. For the right user, this will be a tempting option with unique benefits.Full Review


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