The best running watches help you keep track of your routes, your running times and your vitals like heart rate and calories burned. During our 20+ hours of testing the watches we purchased, we tested features like GPS functionality, heart rate monitors and display quality, along with overall durability and comfort. We also considered additional features like safety notifications and activity trackers.
At the end of the day, we had no hesitation in selecting the Garmin Forerunner 235 as our top pick. This lightweight running watch has a long-lasting battery life, vivid color display and tons of custom workout options, to name a few of the features we liked the most. We also liked the Forerunner 245’s ability to be used for swimming and bike rides. Keep reading to learn more about the Garmin Forerunner and the other top picks on this year’s list of the best running watches.