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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 46 reviews

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    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars

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93%would recommend to a friend

Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life, Comfort, Design

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Just what I needed

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Already has an old apple watch that I could have just upgraded to another apple watch but decided to get Garmin instead. My intended use was for health reasons especially monitoring my heart rate. Was debating between garmin and google. Very gappy with my choice. Very comfortable to wear at all times. The battery is excellent. Aesthetically pleasing. For me overall is a 5!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Highly recommended

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    Posted . Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    LOVE THIS WATCH!! It truly does the same thing an Apple Watch does minus being able to respond to text. I can still ping my phone, receive text and other notifications. I think it does a better job with workouts and walking tracking. The battery life lasts like 3-4 days before you have to charge it again where with my Apple Watch I was charging it everyday.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best Buy Employee

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch!

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    Posted . Owned for 2 months when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I am a big fan of the Garmin Venu 3s! It does a very good job at tracking your steps, sleep, etc. I very much enjoy the long battery life, which was one of my main factors for buying this particular watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Cons mentioned:
    Call dropping, Compatibility, Fitness tracking

    Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Not for iPhone users

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Nice watch, but…. I returned it. If you want to use it with an iPhone, it’s gonna be a disappointment. It’s not Garmin’s fault but it is still a bummer. The notifications don’t work properly, everything looks like you received a message but it is actually not a message every time. Sometimes it’s different app notifications. My iPhone dropped calls all the time when it was connected to my watch, so I had to turn my Bluetooth off if I wanted to talk to someone on the phone. This watch also does not start or stop recording an exercise when you go on a run and then finish it like every other smart watch on the market. Lastly, watch faces are very limited. It’s a beautiful watch though, I loved the look!

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from GarminProductExpert
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      I'm sorry to hear you're experiencing an issue with your Venu 3S. I use with the iPhone and don't' have any issues. Is your phone software up to date? Please go to support.garmin.com where you'll find many helpful FAQ's and video's on the functions of the device. As well, if you still need assistance you can reach out directly to a product support associate from that link. Garmin

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the Watch, Not the Pickup Process

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    Posted . Owned for 7 months when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I've owned this watch for almost a year at this point and I am absolutely in love with it! The S size fits my wrist perfectly, you can customize it with new bands or screen protectors off Amazon or Garmin's website and it connects flawlessly with my phone which, yes, shows me notifications, but also allows me to type messages or call friends and family from my wrist without issues. As a women the safety aspect of the accurate GPS tracking that it sends my Mom for when I go out for runs alone is the biggest pro of this thing especially when I had a scary moment a few months back when I abruptly had to stop mid-run to call the cops. It feels super safe knowing my parents could find me if something were to happen but its also helpful during races for them to know all my stats in real time and see when I'm approaching the finish line. This watch was super helpful for my run training and while not having as many extra run-specific extra functions like daily workout suggestions or training readiness, it was worth the trade off for the wide variety of other activities, stats, and the true smart watch feel. I can also use the Garmin coach program with this watch or if I want more run workouts ready-made for me, I can log onto the Garmin Connect website and join one of their many other free training programs! It has a sleek, non-bulky look to it and I've gotten compliments when I'm out and about. My coworker who is training for a full ironman is jealous of it and is thinking about buying a Garmin because of my praises and I'm currently buying another to give my mother, who has health concerns, for her birthday! One downside is that BestBuy gave me the run around when I bought this. I had an absolutely horrible experience with customer service as well. I bought it with the expectation I'd get it within a few days and it ended up taking nearly 2 weeks! For two of those days the tracking said it was at the store but when the pickup wouldn't update to tell me to come in I tried calling customer service to see if they could contact the store to have them look for it. Turns out zero of the customer service lines I went through actually worked in the store and they said they had no way of contacting the store itself which I was amazed by- like you work for the same company but there's no behind the scenes number you an call your own stores? And there isn't a public number either? They also kept giving conflicting information- while one of the first customer service members were able to give me the direct tracking info so I could watch it move through the mail system, another said they couldn't see any of that when I swore up and down it said it had reached the store. I was literally a day away from going down to the store to demand my watch or $500 back when I finally got an email that it was ready for pickup. One super long wait in the pickup line later and I was given my precious watch. I don't regret buying the watch but next time I'm ordering it from Garmin directly. Also yes this works with the Garmin HRM Pro chest strap!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Apple Watch Replacement

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I have had multiple generations of Apple watches, and just didn't like the amount of completely irrelevant apps, and felt like the health and fitness tracking was just lacking accuracy. I also hate having to charge my watch daily. The VENU 3S has been amazing so far. I find the menu and apps so much easier to navigate, and I am actually getting useful data. By far the most comfortable smart watch I've tried, it's just the perfect size. Lots of customizable watch faces. I charge my watch about weekly; since I interact with it frequently, it uses more screen time and battery. With a fast charger it has a full charge in about 45 minutes. I've also swapped the band with no issues. I find the Garmin phone apps useful and user friendly. I have absolutely ZERO regrets about choosing this watch. If you are on the fence about moving away from an Apple Watch, or are debating on your first smart watch, the Venu 3 won't disappoint!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this watch

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I love this watch. I can edit the home screen, I can see it outside! And I do not have to charge it every night. You can keep the appl watch because to me it doesn't compare. Emergency features are nice. I'm over 60 and it was easy for me to set up. I'm tech savvy but even for someone who is not, the initial setup and pairing was simple. I'm still learning all the features. I have a very small wrist just over 5.5" around and it works for me. You can turn your wrist and the time will appear. I can say bye bye to my fitbit. So far answering the phone is a little odd but I don't think I can report on that yet because I am not sure how close you have to be to your phone. I won't comment on durability yet because I don't know that.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Accuracy, Battery life

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    WISH I HAD UPGRADED SOONER.

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    Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I UPGRADED TOTHIS FROM A FITBIT, I WAS UNSATISFIED WITH THE BATTERY LIFE. SO FAR I LOVE MY GARMIN. I BELIEVE IT IS WAY MORE ACCURATE THEN THE FITBIT. I HAVE NO TROUBLE SYNCING OTHER APPS I USE TO TRACK STEPS/MILES ETC. I WISH I HAD UPGRADED SOONER. MY ONLY COMPLAINT IS THE CHARGER ITSELF. YOU HAVE TO GET AN ADAPTER TO GO FROM USBC TO USB IF YOU DONT HAVE A MALE TYPE C.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Design

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Garmin nails it again with the Venu 3

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    Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    A beautiful watch with Garmin’s most up to date features. The bezel has a stunning appearance, the screen is bright with brilliant resolution and it comes in 2 sizes for fitment preferences. 5 stars for Garmin’s flagship smartwatch. There are so many options from Garmin these days that it really depends on who you are and what you do. Unlike the completion that makes you pretty much conform to their products. I have had the VivoActive3 and Fenix Series and they each served a great purpose (VivoActive was an affordable activity tracker smartwatch, Fenix is an amazingly durable everything smartwatch with long battery life and this is a classy everyday smartwatch with activity tracking and updates biometric tracking). Garmin really is the most innovative smartwatch maker and most accurate tracker.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch

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    Posted . Owned for 10 months when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    I have had this watch for over a year now. As an apple person, I had maybe 3/4 iwatches before getting this one. I will say garmin is an active/workout peoples watch. Ive turned off notifications. It is amazing and I do love it! The only downside is not many friends have them, so we cant share activity. I find it is more accurate when calculating burned calories, and steps. another good thing is the battery life! All in all I will be keeping this one for a long time :)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade

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    Posted . Owned for 2 months when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    All the features of the previous version with the extras i was looking for like hrv and the golf activity

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Lightweight

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    garmin venu 3s

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    Posted . Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    lightweight, good size for a small wrist, moving over from a Samsung galaxy active 2. it was easier to see notifications on that watch, taking a little time to adjust and figure out the garmin platform. seems durable so far after about a month of use

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall what I was hoping for in a fitness watch

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    Posted . Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    It's great, feels really accurate at tracking my movement. Also does a surprisingly well job with sleep tracking as well. The app store is nice to add things like spotify but it is a little inconsistent/glitchy when setting some apps up. The battery life is unbelievable.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Cons mentioned:
    Fitness tracking

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    A Wonderful Purchase

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    It can really do it all. You can respond to texts/calls, you can track running, sleeping, and more. I love the size as it fits well on my small wrists. I would honestly give it 4.5 stars but Best Buy will not let me. The only small thing is that I feel the UI of the watch can be a tad overwhelming when it does come to fitness tracking and information.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Lightweight

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Watch, No Phone Calls

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Great watch, did all I needed it to do, except make and receive phone calls. I exchanged for the larger 'Venu 3' and have been wearing it almost every day since then! Light and not too thicc, I don't appear to be hitting it on as many things as I was expecting. Gets compliments regularly!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Make the switch TODAY!

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    Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    After switching from another watch brand that I have had for 10+ years, I couldn’t be happier. If you’re looking for a health watch, THIS IS IT! I am so upset that I didn’t get it sooner.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Small but mighty

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    Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Love the smaller size. Looks great and features and the functionality is great. It is very accurate for my runs and the stat it tracks is spot on and superior. 14 days use before I have to charge and I wear it all the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it

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    Posted . Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Love this watch and all the features, but most importantly, the battery life. It is so nice not having to charge it every day. By far the most comfortable watch I've ever worn, traditional or smart. Previously had the Google Pixel.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Battery life

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this watch

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    Posted . Owned for 2 months when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    Love this watch. I really love the long battery Iife. I have some different watch bands which can change the look of the watch. The face gives me all the information I need at a glance.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch

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    Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
    This reviewer received promo considerations or sweepstakes entry for writing a review.

    The battery life and accuracy of this watch is excellent. It's fairly intuitive to use. The body battery feature is really interesting

    I would recommend this to a friend

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Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about usability and battery. Editors are less positive about price.
  • The VergeRating, 3.5 out of 5December 3, 2023

    Garmin Venu 3S review: right features, wrong priceYou can expect three things from a Garmin: long battery life, durability, and more fitness data than is strictly necessary. All that is true of the $449.99 Venu 3S. But compared to the company's beefy multisport watches this is, technically

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