Garmin VivoFit Review

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While I know Fitbit is all the hype, read our Garmin VivoFit Review – it’s a device you won’t want to overlook!

I am a progress kind of girl. I like to see NUMBERS. So the whole look at your wrist to see how many steps you are walking is great for me. So I started on a journey to walk more.

Watching Your Steps

I had a FitBug Orb and loved it, I think because I could track progress. Well the Fitbug was great and all but it died on me. A dead FitBug is not useful.

garmin vivofit review

I have used the Moves app as well, and that works great – but here is the thing, I TOTALLY forget to turn it on. If you don’t turn it on, guess what? That’s right – it doesn’t work.

I thought about getting a Fitbit, and then Christmas happened, I didn’t buy one.

Vivofit Review 

In January, my husband and I hit up Vegas for CES 2014 and were able to view just about every fitness band on the market or soon to be on the market.

After reviewing all, I saw the Garmin Vivofit and fell in love, except the Garmin rep informed me it will be out “late first quarter or early second quarter”. BOO.

I waited and waited, and finally – was able to snag a Garmin Vivofit last week. If you are looking for a fitness tracker, let’s talk about the specs and why the Garmin Vivofit might be a great match for you.


Since this initial Garmin Vivofit review, Garmin has released several more additions. Keep reading to learn more about the Garmin Vivofit 4.

Battery Life

The Garmin Vivofit has a 1+ year battery life without a charge! The Fitbug I had to charge every few days. I wasn’t too annoyed since I really liked the device, but not having to charge period? OMG – LOVE this!


With a press of a button, you can see your steps, calories burned, distance and TIME right on the Vivofit! That’s right, it acts as a watch as well. Total smartness.

Garmin Connect

Your Garmin Vivofit connects to Garmin Connect via bluetooth. The Garmin Connect app will give you an overview of your activity level, allows you to set goals, see sleep patterns and more!


The Vivofit is waterproof. I can wash dishes, take showers, give baths and all the usual water chores while wearing this device. Brilliant!


The Vivofit band is comfortable. It hasn’t falled off yet, or annoyed me. I never could wear a watch, but this just seems to hug my wrist.

Bonus Features

If you are being lazy, laying around doing nothing – the Vivofit shows a red line for inactivity after an hour. It’s like it is silently yelling at you “GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND MOVE!”


The only thing I disliked is the lack of instructions. I am NOT one to read instructions and I typically either take a photo with Evernote or read instructions online when opening a new goody. This device had ZERO instructions, only online. I’ve learned what I needed to do but it leads me to believe that maybe my package was missing a pamphlet? But no worries, the online information got me going and everything I needed to know and MORE about this fitness tracker.


You can purchase in a variety of colors and the prices vary drastically!


Garmin Vivofit 4 Activity Tracker

The latest activity tracker from Garmin in the Vivo line is the Vivofit 4. This is priced a lot better than the original Vivofit!

  • Amazing Battery Life – Features always on customizable color display and 1+ year battery life; no charging necessary.
  • Waterproof – Safe for swimming and showering
  • Awesome Tracking – Tracks steps, distance and calories burned, monitors sleep and provides a personalized daily step goal.
  • Uses Garmin Connect – Periodically syncs to Garmin Connect, where you can save, plan and share your activities, get involved in social challenges and more
  • Garmin Move IQ –  The feature, Garmin Move IQ automatically detects activity and classifies activity type on Garmin Connect. Smartphone compatibility is iphone and android