Garmin 010-02562-00 Forerunner 55 GPS Running Watch with Daily Suggested Workouts

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About this item Easy-to-use running watch monitors heart rate (this is not a medical device) at the wrist and uses GPS to track how far, how fast and where you’ve run.Special Feature:Bluetooth. Battery life: up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode; up to 20 hours in GPS mode Plan your race day strategy with the PacePro feature (not compatible with on-device courses), which offers GPS-based pace guidance for a selected course or distance Run your best with helpful training tools, including race time predictions and finish time estimates Track all the ways you move with built-in activity profiles for running, cycling, track run, virtual run, pool swim, Pilates, HIIT, breathwork and more Tune in to your body with advanced wellness features, such as intensity minutes, fitness age, all-day respiration and more Customize your watch with free watch faces, data fields, apps and widgets from the Connect IQ Store (requires Garmin Connect app and Connect IQ app loaded on a compatible smartphone) Take the guesswork out of training with suggested workouts of varying intensities based on your training history, fitness level and recovery time


Garmin 010-02562-00 Forerunner 55 GPS Running Watch with Daily Suggested Workouts

Product Dimensions 1.65 x 1.65 x 0.46 inches

Item Weight 1.31 ounces

Item model number 010-02562-00

Batteries 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)

Wireless communication technologies Bluetooth

Connectivity technologies Bluetooth

GPS GPS Enabled

Special features Bluetooth

Other display features Wireless

Human Interface Input Buttons

Color Black

Whats in the box Forerunner 55; Power/Data Cable; Documentation

Department unisex-adult

Brand Garmin

Model Name Forerunner 55, Black

Screen Size 1.04 Inches

Special Feature Bluetooth

Connectivity Technology Bluetooth

Map Type North America

Sport Cardio, Exercise & Fitness, Running

Included Components Forerunner 55; Power/Data Cable; Documentation

Battery Life 20 Hours

Mounting Type Wrist Mount

About this item Easy-to-use running watch monitors heart rate (this is not a medical device) at the wrist and uses GPS to track how far, how fast and where you’ve run.Special Feature:Bluetooth. Battery life: up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode; up to 20 hours in GPS mode Plan your race day strategy with the PacePro feature (not compatible with on-device courses), which offers GPS-based pace guidance for a selected course or distance Run your best with helpful training tools, including race time predictions and finish time estimates.

Garmin 010-02562-00 Forerunner 55 GPS Running Watch with Daily Suggested Workouts

Track all the ways you move with built-in activity profiles for running, cycling, track run, virtual run, pool swim, Pilates, HIIT, breathwork and more Tune in to your body with advanced wellness features, such as intensity minutes, fitness age, all-day respiration and more Customize your watch with free watch faces, data fields, apps and widgets from the Connect IQ Store (requires Garmin Connect app and Connect IQ app loaded on a compatible smartphone) Take the guesswork out of training with suggested workouts of varying intensities based on your training history, fitness level and recovery time

See yourself as a runner. Forerunner® 55 is the GPS running smartwatch that goes beyond pace and heart rate (this is not a medical device) stats. Take the guesswork out of training with personalized guidance and daily suggested workouts based on your training history and fitness level. Change things up with HIIT and breathwork activity profiles. Advanced wellness tracking features, such as all-day respiration monitoring, intensity minutes and more, put you in tune with your body. Get more runs in between charges, thanks to this watch’s long battery life, and make it truly your own by downloading watch faces, apps and more from the Connect IQ™ Store (requires Garmin Connect™ app and Connect IQ™ app loaded on a compatible smartphone).

Additional information

Product Dimensions

1.65 x 1.65 x 0.46 inches

Item Weight

1.31 ounces



Item model number



1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)

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Best Sellers Rank

#2,282 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics) #1 in Running GPS Units

Wireless communication technologies


Connectivity technologies



GPS Enabled

Special features


Other display features


Human Interface Input




Whats in the box

Forerunner 55; Power/Data Cable; Documentation







Date First Available

June 2, 2021



Model Name

Forerunner 55, Black

Screen Size

1.04 Inches

Special Feature


Connectivity Technology


Map Type

North America


Cardio, Exercise & Fitness, Running

Included Components

Forerunner 55; Power/Data Cable; Documentation

Battery Life

20 Hours

Mounting Type

Wrist Mount

60 reviews for Garmin 010-02562-00 Forerunner 55 GPS Running Watch with Daily Suggested Workouts

  1. Elizabeth Herrera

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the buy

    It’s accurate with tracking runs, heartbeat etc. I used it as soon as it was delivered and it works great.

  2. Producto entregado en la fecha establecida, información de su envío y traslado desde su compra. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Producto entregado en la fecha establecida, información de su envío y traslado desde su compra. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    Entregado en la fecha establecida en la puerta de mi casa, recomendado 💯

  3. Carolina Parra Estrada

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    Excelente algo lento par cargar pero funciona bien

  4. JB

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a runner; still enjoy the watch

    As the review title says I’m not a runner but have taken my 255 on many walks, some longboard trips, and kayaking. While a Garmin Instinct may have been a better fit I like the size of the 255 (usually wear a smaller G-Shock).No issues with GPS and battery life has been great; I do power it off at night out of habit but have events recorded with GPS almost daily.I really like the lack of a touchscreen and the band is comfy; using only buttons for menu navigation is easy and the muscle memory sets in quick.Regarding the buttons I dropped a star off due to the “Up” button no longer clicking like the others; it still works fine but I think it’s stuck slightly depressed (this is the button used to dismiss phone notifications so it’s noticeable); I expect it may stay this way but don’t mind as long as it still works.Happy with my purchase and like that there are no additional fees to track my fitness.Update 01/2024: I’ve begun to notice the heart rate sensor not recording results accurately; not sure on the root cause but have noticed it primarily on walks so far. The rate will stay too low for the entire activity; ending and restarting the activity seems to fix this but due to the inconsistency it’s easy to miss if I’m not looking for it during the activity.Checking the forums there are other reports of sensor recording being to low for slower paced activities with this model, it’s not a deal breaker but if you use/focus on the Intensity Minutes feature this can cause you to miss goals (editing/adding your accurate rate doesn’t add these minutes after the activity is ended).

    5 people found this helpful

  5. G.M.

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    Excellent watch for new runners. Lots of great features for the price.

  6. K2K2

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    No complaints so far!

    I owned the original Garmin Forerunner – which compared to this watch, is a giant! I’ve been wearing this watch on/off for about 3 weeks now and am still learning to use it. Not as intuitive as I would have hoped; yet, I have managed to sync it with my Strava app, and love not having to use my phone to track bike rides or while running! It has been reliable tracking my run times and my daily steps. (I’ve not had an opportunity to use Garmin coach, but I do plan to see how that works.) My main interest lies in tracking my fitness, and my mileage. I like the option of being able to change the watch face to a more traditional look as opposed to digital. See photos. The only thing I miss from my original Garmin is the ability to see an aerial map. And of course the most important thing is this watch seems to stay charged! Time will tell as to its durability and performance, but for now I am optimistic.

    3 people found this helpful

  7. JimmyB

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great watch

    Great watch to assist with keeping track of running metrics. Have had it for awhile now and wear it every time I go running along with a polar beat HRM and they connect perfectly after set up the first time. Would recommend especially for the price point it’s a good watch.

    One person found this helpful

  8. Matthew M

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good start so far

    This was gifted as a Christmas present. The product came out of the box and was nice. The directions seemed easy to follow and it charged easily. Still waiting to see how well it tracks workouts and what other features it has.

  9. Tanvirul HaqueTanvirul Haque

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Tracks All the basics

    This watch for the the money is great. It tracks all the basic metrics that you need. Distance, calories, steps etc. The GPS accuracy is great. Nothing to complain there. However I wish the screen was bigger. That’s the main problem I have with this watch. It’s hard to get over that. From the pictures it seems bigger but it isn’t. Specially when coros offers a larger screen for the price. It’s not a deal breaker but something to be aware of. I overall like garmin and their offerings so chose this. But this watch will help you get better at running. Primarily the main focus I find. Battery lasts a long time so don’t worry about that. The display is extremely visible in sun. Overall good for beginners

    6 people found this helpful

  10. Sarah Zimmerman

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    so nice for a beginner

    i got this after signing up for my first half marathon to track my runs and its super accurate and the battery life is amazing, it was definitely confusing at first but after having it for a couple months ive gotten used to the controls and i love how the app tracks stress, sleep, workout gear, and wayyyyyy more too

    2 people found this helpful

  11. Silly Charlie

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    great running watch!

    I have owned the watch now for approximately 2 weeks and have had a great experience so far. The data screens for activities have great info and switching between screens is super easy. The watch is not touchscreen and you navigate the screeens via the buttons on the side of the watch.I like the size of the watch face because it makes it easy to clearly see all the info, however, it still a good size so it does not feel uncomfortable on your wrist.I had to change the GPS option on watch to just the GPS (there are other options that require you phone to be synced) and when i did that the GPS picked up quickly and is very accurate.When i first received the watch i charged it to 95% and after 10 days of continous wear without any charging the battery still read 30%, so amazing battery life.If you are looking for a running watch this is a great watch for amazing value, if you are looking for a smart watch that has the capability of sports activities then you might want to look somewhere else.

    12 people found this helpful

  12. Stephanie Covert

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Everything I need!

    I started running recently and really wanted to track my distance,I had got a cheap watch and it was super inaccurate. I’ve never spent this much on a watch before and I was indecisive about it for a long time. Now that I have it,its probably the best money I ever spent. I wear it everyday,its comfortable,very accurate,its been so neat to see my stress,body battery,sleeping habits ect. I keep finding new things on it I didnt even know about. I have an android phone and the app works great and paired with the watch great. I’m a dog groomer and get wet everyday and the watch is definetly made to hold up to it,could easily swim with it. The distance tracking is awesome,ever color codes you place as to how fast or slow your moving. I get calls and texts through it and can control my music from it. It was an awesome buy and worth the money!

    5 people found this helpful

  13. T. Hobart

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid, quality watch

    I got this watch as an upgrade from an original Vivoactive that was losing battery life. As such, battery life was a big selling point for me and this watch delivers. First 2 weeks I did two 5 mile runs and it still was at 30% by the end of those 2 weeks. I also like that it’s round, and I didn’t think I would. I’m used to larger watches. This one isn’t small per se, but it’s also not as large as I’m used to. I think the size is just about right.I’ve only used it for running and biking so far, and it seems accurate. I have not used the suggested workouts feature. I like that the notifications use a short vibration and a light background. The buttons are pretty intuitive once you get used to them. I also did an extensive move right after I got this watch, and it got banged around a bit while moving things, but no marks or scratches on it.You should not get this watch if you want a lot of smartwatch features, a microphone, touchscreen, or onboard music. You should get this watch if you want long battery life, accurate GPS tracking, and good enough sleep/health/heart rate tracking. I would definitely make this choice again.

    84 people found this helpful

  14. Olivia ConleyOlivia Conley

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    I’m not a fan of Apple watches or Fitbit, I think the step count is never accurate and workouts aren’t fully accurate. But this is amazingly accurate in both of those and is very durable. I needed something waterproof as well because I always forget before I get into the pool or shower to take it off, so thankfully this is very waterproof as well.

    8 people found this helpful

  15. Ronald f.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excelente calidad

    Muy bien producto justo lo que compré

  16. amhealthamhealth

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not durable at all!

    I haven’t even owned this watch two weeks. I dropped it while trying to put it on after a charge and it just shattered. I expect more from a costly sports watch. As far as the features, I like it.

  17. EmSt

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Garmin quality

    It’s been a while since I’ve had a garmin, but the quality of the running function is excellent. There was an issue where I couldn’t customize the watch face without the battery draining quickly. Wish that could be fixed.

    2 people found this helpful

  18. Amazon Customer

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    Overly complicated. Very “non-user-friendly”

    This watch takes hours to program. Nothing is intuitive. You have to independently search the net for instructions. It came paired with the Garmin HRM Dual, which will not interface with the Garmin Connect program for your phone. The two devices will communicate with each other (watch and HRM), but the small screen and complexity of the watch make using the HRM for information very, very difficult. I could not find a separate program to link the HRM to my Android phone. It looks like they are trying to dump clunky HRM Duals as part of a package deal.The watch requires multiple manipulations to toggle between screens that should be readily linked. To monitor your run time and heart rate requires more than one button press. It’s also very easy to hit the wrong button and go down some other rabbit hole. It would make a lot more sense to have run time and heart rate on same screen.This is an expensive watch. I was very hopeful and I am very disappointed. Thank goodness for the Aamzon return process…..

    3 people found this helpful

  19. Jerónimo G

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Watch

    I run around 40km per week, and do plenty of fast workouts on track, also i swim around 7k per week, this watch have filled every need for me in terms of fitness, is pretty accurate in general terms (under trees sometimes it loose the correct pace and sometimes you have to reset it to catch good signal, like 1 time a month) and is very lightwave. I have never feel the need to have in built altimeter doing trails and the only thing that i dont like is the size of the screen, still pretty visible. I’ve been using it for 8 months almost everyday and the battery life is good, sleep tracking is bad but i never use that. If you want accuracy while running, swimming and doing trackworkouts or cycling this watch will satisfy you without breaking the bank.

    3 people found this helpful

  20. Robert

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    UPDATE: battery life improved! Bitterly disappointed in battery life

    EDIT/UPDATE: Since writing the original review, the watch has undergone several software updates and the battery life has dramatically improved to what was promised. Also, it’s mostly stopped the sudden, steep drops in battery life (no more going to bed with it at 80% and waking up to 40%). I believe the software updates must have helped? It is now on software version software v4.11–when I bought it, it was v1.something.The first few times I charged this watch the battery life was incredible–a couple weeks. I changed no settings since then, but the charges have gone from lasting 2 weeks to lasting about 30 hours. I have since deactivated several features that Garmin says should “maximize” battery life with no improvement.I fully charged it yesterday, used it for a workout, and overnight the battery dropped from 90% to 40%. It has dropped from 40% to 30% in the last 4 hours.

    31 people found this helpful

  21. Tom Van Deusen

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    A fantastic watch for runners

    I never owned a smart watch, and didn’t really want any more devices in my life, but as an avid runner I wanted a way to track my runs without having a phone in my hand. I was originally looking at fitbits but was totally turned off by the subscription model they use for their app. I did a little more research and found out about this Garmin.This watch ticks all the boxes for me, and I’m very happy with my purchase. I actually like the non-backlit screen (with a button for backlight) that’s always on and reflects well under even low light. The GPS is exremely accurate, and even charted the fastest parts of my runs geographically. The app is FANTASTIC, it charts absolutely everything and breaks down every stat under the sun (also comes free with the watch, no subscription for all its features). It syncs with my Strava automatically to share runs with friends. I like that it isn’t touch screen so I can feel the buttons to stop and start at lights, and it has a nice buzz to let me know when I do that.I didn’t want another “smart” device in my life, but this one is just limited enough for me. I don’t have to take calls into my wrist like James Bond, or tap away on a tiny screen. I get email and text notifications which is surprisingly handy, so I’m taking my phone out less for less urgent things (which inevitably leads me to fiddling with other apps). I also use it as an alarm in the morning, it works great. It doesn’t get in the way, and it does absolutely everything I needed it to do. I got the white one and it looks pretty nice, too. Highly recommend for runners, couldn’t be happier.

    16 people found this helpful

  22. Diego Muñoz

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Helps me track my energy levels and training goals, great batterie life

    The app and training options are very convenient. I like the energy level tracker, the sleep tracker and the training statistics and advice. I have to recharge my watch like every other week. Good value as well.

  23. Jonathan

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Battery life

    I love my Garmin Forerunner 55. I wear it 24/7 and it’s so comfortable I don’t even notice I’m wearing it. Waterproof so I never have to worry about it. It has all the features I need and not a lot that I don’t. I’m a 3-4 day/week runner and this keeps my pace and workouts logged. Battery lasts almost a month depending on how long and how often I run. The only thing I would improve was better/faster satellite detection. Sometimes it takes awhile and affects the accuracy of my pace/distance on the watch. Overall, solid product that I would buy again.

    2 people found this helpful

  24. Jess H

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    11-month review

    Thanks to this watch, I was able to drop the 20+ pounds I put on during my post-covid depression. It got me moving again and whereas the original daunting number of 10k steps in a day made me nervous, I now walk around 23k steps daily without even thinking about it. The challenges on the app have helped me move from my former weight loss goals to my present toning ones and suffice it to say, all of this has helped tremendously with my mental health as well.As for the watch features, I was looking at all sorts of brands and all kinds of models and settled on this one and never looked back. I needed a time teller, a pedometer and a heart rate monitor, in no specific order. I received all of those and more with this wrist decor. Not only does the watch look nice and feel weightless on my skin when adjusted correctly, but it works so well at everything it was made to.The heart rate monitor is very accurate when compared with other heart rate monitoring devices. It’s simple to clean although I was afraid of damaging something whilst attempting to clear out the ‘gunk’ around the plug-in site. I didn’t purchase the watch for the sleep related feature but it is an interesting bonus. After roughly 9-10 months of continuous 24-hour use, I finally started noticing it act up during my treadmill workouts. My heart rate would drop to 0 and at one point I saw it jump to 248. Since I wasn’t dead or dying during any of these times, I thought I’d start turning it off at night and I haven’t noticed the issue since. It could have just been an error that required an update but like I said, I didn’t buy for the sleep feature anyhow.The battery life is pretty good I’d say. When I told my husband one day that I should ‘charge my watch tonight because it’s been a couple weeks’ he was really surprised. I keep track on my exercise calendar whenever I feel the need to plug in, which I do during the night so it doesn’t interrupt my steps during the day. I normally charge once it hits somewhere in the 20’s percentile. This takes (me specifically) two weeks to accomplish, with roughly an hour and a half, minimum, of recorded activities at least five days a week and the watch otherwise just being turned on consistently. Of course, there are extra outings that warrant using the start button once in a while and yet I still find my charge schedule to remain the same.You can choose from a variety of watch faces that come standard but I definitely have enjoyed looking through the Garmin store at other options. The background I’ve used for quite some time now shows the moon in its current state and as a lifetime star gazer, this is a face I was more than happy to throw money at. I spent just a few dollars and received something around 10 different looks, several animated such as plants or flowers that grow or open as you complete your steps for the day- amazing, if you like that sort of thing, turns out I do.Overall, I love my watch and I hope it lasts me a good, long time but if and when it finally dies from time cancer, I’ll be sure to replace it with another Garmin. I hear there are Star Wars versions out there that I’d love to get my wrist into.

    51 people found this helpful

  25. Kindle Customer

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Near Perfect Affordable Running Watch…

    I’ve had this watch for almost a month and its been fantastic. GPS and heart rate are accurate, display is sharp (albeit not AMOLED level crisp), and the stats are just what I need/want. The question for you is will this watch meet your needs, wants, and lifestyle?With the release of the Forerunner 165, it *seems* the 55 isn’t a great choice. The 165 has an AMOLED display, an altimeter, and a few more bells and whistles for about 40 bucks more. The upgraded screen and altimeter make it seem like an easy choice to set down the extra 40 (or 100 for portable music). However, the 55 still offers a nice value and solid features:I’ve found the display on this watch to be fine (even with so-so near vision). Its already helped me knock time off my pace and train for an upcoming marathon. The data provided by the 55 is detailed: the body battery, sleep data, VO2 max, fitness age, stress, running cadence, and more are probably a bit more than I want and encompass all that I need. I always run with my phone (as a Zombie’s Run fan and need to be in-touch with the outside world) so having a music option or do-it-all watch isn’t necessary.While I haven’t pulled a formal training plan (I’m following the Zombie’s, Run! marathon trainer which I’ve used before to good effect), I *could* pull a plan to my 55. Further, the 55 “knows” when I’ve gone hard on a run or had a bad night’s sleep and recommends a rest day or lower effort run. All good stuff!TL:DR – the 55 is a great option for a beginner runner or experienced runner who wants some data but knows (or is honest with themselves) that they probably won’t dive into too deep (e.g. pace, cadence, body battery, and sleep are all they want with a few more goodies). Its also a great choice for the person who wants a dedicated GPS watch but wears other watches during their day and is having trouble justifying a special purpose purchase.I’m still in the return window for my 55 and I’m going to keep it. The 40 dollar (+ tax) isn’t a huge hurdle but I can’t say that the 165 gives me enough more to turn in the 55. I’m very happy with this watch because *it meets all my needs an wants* if the same is true for you, go ahead and order this but if you want the sharper display, a bit more data, and an altimeter (really, the only thing I miss on my 55) then save up some more and go that way.

  26. Nicholas Majula

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic fitness tracker and running watch!

    This watch really has all you need. I was a Polar lover before my switch to Garmin and it’s certainly an upgrade, even at what they’re calling an ‘entry level’ running watch. Here’s what I love about it:1. 24/7 wrist based heart rate monitoring. Very accurate during inactive and active periods.2. 1 week battery life with all systems on GO. I haven’t stress tested it with multiple runs but so far I’m reasonably happy with the battery. It’s connected to my phone so I’m receiving notifications often and my heart rate is constantly monitored.3. Accurate GPS tracking, with 3 options depending on your situation and demands on accuracy.4. Great sleep tracking. You get a lot of great insights that can be used to make adjustments, improve sleep and optimize recovery.5. Body battery is an interesting feature that allows you to identify when you’re fully charged and ready to go and when you’re drained and need to rest.6. VO2 max and race predictor are great features that allow you to see when you are with your fitness and at your current levels of fitness the expected race times you’d likely hit.7. Fitness age is an eye opening feature that determines your age based on your fitness and body weight. Gave me a harsh reality check!8. Lightweight and extremely comfortable to wear! You won’t even remember it’s on your wrist.The watch has more features, but for me all the above is what I depend on and thoroughly enjoy! For it’s price point I say it’s absolute value for me. I’m very happy with my purchase.

    3 people found this helpful

  27. R. Jones

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love this watch

    I bought this a few months ago and loved it but wanted to wait to write a review so I could comment on its reliability over time. So far, this thing is great. Best sports/tracking watch I have ever owned.The battery life is as advertised. Lasts about two weeks depending on how active you are with the GPS during that timeframe. You can display the exact battery percentage, also.The size and display area are great. It doesn’t feel too big but there is plenty of room on the screen for all the important info you might need.During workouts: you can customize what fields are displayed for each activity. I primarily use this for running, and I like how I can adjust what I see on the screen (HR, pace in whatever units I want, total distance, etc). There are actually quite a few different metrics you can display, so I’m confident you will find what you want. I also like how it vibrates at every mile marker and gives you a quick read out of how you’re doing so far in terms of pace and whatever else you decide to display. The vibration is actually quite useful, and is powerful enough that you will definitely feel it (I know some watches are sort of weak in this regard).Heartbeat sensor: this was an important one for me, and this watch has performed very well in this regard. My older Garmin watch (Forerunner 35 I think?) seemed pretty unreliable with HR, but this one seems like its pretty spot on most of the time (as verified by manually checking my HR to see how close it is).It has some really cool “widgets” that you can add to your main menu. For example, I can check the weather for the next week with two or three button presses, which I think is a cool bonus. It also has health focused ones like V02 max and you can review your HR over the past week, displayed as a simple line graph.The only thing that bugs the hell out of me is that when you go to start a workout, a run for example, it will always give you this “suggested workout” that you have to say no to every time. It’s really annoying and I wish I could turn it off, it just adds extra button presses before I can start my run. Not enough to deduct any points, but it’s still a really annoying feature.

    51 people found this helpful

  28. Rachel R.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sleek, Lightweight & Simple.

    I got this to replace my 5yr old Forerunner 235 and am super happy with it.Best points:- Excellent battery life, easily tracks a 50-miler and longer; I rarely charge compared with every few days for my FR235- It sits closer to the wrist with less bulk- Strap is more flexible- customizable watch face is easy to see; press a button for a backlight when it’s dark- 4 data fields (only had 3 on the FR235)- Great GPS tracking, fast satellite location- Buttons are easy to press on the moveCons (slight)- scant instructions so I could see this being pretty unintuitive for a first time Garmin user. Luckily the watch itself gives hints on the customization features. I probably fiddled for about 30min to get it all just right.- when you go to start a run, it tries to suggest your workout which is nice but not necessary. It’ll also tell you it’s locating satellites, when in fact it’s already good to go. Just press start and it’ll start tracking.I can’t comment on sleep/HR, as I don’t track those; though HR seems on par with every other wrist based monitor I’ve had.Overall a great running/biking/activity tracking watch for those who don’t want/need smart watch features. There’s a lot of running data to geek out on, packed into a small, lightweight package. I’ll probably rarely/never use it all, but it’s fun if you want to mess with the extensive Garmin Connect app. Would highly recommend – does everything I want as a competitive ultra runner.

    22 people found this helpful

  29. NMMoNMMo

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    It’s ok, upgrading to something better

    I’ve had this watch for 10 months, and I’m ready for a better watch. This watch isn’t all bad though.If you’re looking for a cheaper option for running watches this is a pretty good choice, as long as your milage is reasonable. Obviously of you’re running more mileage you’re charging your watch more often. If I don’t use the watch for anything but “being a watch” and heart rate monitoring I could get a couple weeks between charges. The gps seems pretty accurate, I have routes that I usually run and the watch is pretty close in marking miles in about the same spot, I’d say within .05 of a mile, worse case.I’d say this watch is more geared towards cardio workouts, I use the “other” while I’m weight lifting and it’s not quite the right option, but theres no other options for this watch. It also does not have the ability to do elevation. Any elevation in your run is gps based i think.The watch itself is very durable, I only have the tiniest chip in the top of the screen, I wear this watch all the time, except while showering. The screen has minimal scratching. I’ve bought the screen covers for this watch before, but no brand I’ve ever bought was the exact correct size and there was always a small edge pulled up that would get dirt under it and it would eventually fall off.I really like that the screen is NOT touch screen and only the buttons control it. I don’t have to worry about accidentally bumping something during a work out.I’m not sure how accurate the HR is, I caveat that I wear my watch on the inside of my wrist and I have dark tattooing there that could cause some problems. But I’ve also worn it on the opposite side of my wrist and had similar readings. You also can’t wear this watch tight against the skin, then it won’t read a HR at all. I’ve seen this happen in work outs where there a missing HR chunks of time.The sleep monitoring is NOT reliable. Like at all. Basically all it knows it that your heart rate is lowering and it’s night time. I can be sitting still reading before bed and it counts all that time as sleep. So where I might have actually slept midnight to 630, my watch started counting sleep at 10. So I says I’ve gotten more sleep. Therefore effecting your “body battery” rate.The charger is weird. It takes a special charger, which I’ve bought another one for my travel bag. And if the watch charging interface gets dirty it makes charging finicky.The phone finder is really useful and I do like the period tracker.

    4 people found this helpful

  30. Laura

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Garmin for the price

    I bought this to replace my more expensive forerunner 735XT that I sadly lost. 🙁 Although the 55 is lacking a lot of the bells and whistles of the 735, I actually think I like it betters I really only need it for running and biking, and the 55 tracks both of those exercises. I also like its lower profile compared to the 735. The buttons and controls function similar to the 735, so there’s no learning curve. Overall, I think I would choose the 55 over the 735 if both were offered to me! Hopefully it will stand the test of TIME (haha).


    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Todo OK

    Todo OK

  32. gf

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Takes forever to acquire a GPS signal

    Absolutely brutal in the wintertime standing around waiting for your watch before you can go on your run.Solid otherwise.

  33. DianaDiana

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    So happy with this purchase!

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    I wanted to watch that would help me improve my running, and this definitely has helped tremendously. The daily running suggestion is perfect to help me keep track of my progress and also motivates me to continue. I love that it has so many different options for sports and I can even wear it swimming. Also the battery life is amazing, I barely have to remember to charge it.The only downside is the size of the of the watch, it’s a bit bulky and it’s comfortable enough for everyday wear however it’s too uncomfortable for me to wear while sleeping so I have not been able to monitor my sleep quality. Overall I’m really happy with my purchase and I often recommend people to get a Garmin if they want a good quality, affordable sports watch.

    7 people found this helpful

  34. Doe

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple watch that does the job.

    I’m a casual runner training for a marathon. This watch does everything I needed to, it’s small as decent battery life, as a stopwatch. It doesn’t have a ton of data but it’s good for tracking your runs. At first I didn’t like the watch face, but you’re able to download and use custom watch faces. The watch face is very small though.

    One person found this helpful

  35. yazmin

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    It’s perfect

    It’s perfect for runners and has many useful features

  36. jenny Melendez

    3.0 out of 5 stars


    Ive been using this watch for a year now and the calories are always off. A 6 mile run which burns 600 calories shows up as 400 on watch. Don’t even think the heart rate is accurate. If your looking for accuracy this is not your watch. I would return it but i think its too late.

  37. steve McElyea

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Like this watch/tracker – perfect for me

    Ok – so it does more than I need, and does it all well. The learning curve was longer than anticipated – but I’ve figured out what I need to figure out and I enjoy the watch.I’m a casual runner and have completed a number of races over the years as a participant, not an elite athlete. It was a good choice for me. I would recommend to others.

  38. Miranda

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesnt track total time for laps

    Positives:Accurate enough heart rate, pace counter, data collection and GPS.Comfortable on wrist, low profile and lightweight.Lots of layout options to find you preference. Easy button controls.Can see the screen in ANY lighting.Negatives:When its real wet out or i am super sweaty feels like its zapping my wrist.. might be a short in the charging port?The screen doesnt have a black out option, its always on. You can turn the light on and off but if the device is on the screen is on.Reason i will probably return it:I “upgraded” from my $15 wrist watch of 8 years.. and the garmin doesnt have the basic stop watch lap/split recordings that im dependent on in my job and group trainings…Laps- Garmin will record laps, however, when i am tracking 20+runners and paces, i need to see the lap time and total time so i know what each person has run. Once you stop the event and go to review, Garmin only shows the time for that lap and not total time leading to when the lap was recorded. My $15 watchbhas better time recording options… i dont want to wear two watches sooo… garmin loses until they add updates.Overall: Great beginner watch for individual runners who have a hard time tracking pace and exertion on thier own. Not enough basic options for groups, coaches or old school analytical nerds.

    4 people found this helpful

  39. Carlos Gonzalez

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excelente Producto

    para su precio cumple mucho las espectativas

  40. Evan Christensen

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    I bought this for my fiance Christmas of 2022 and he is still using it daily in October of 2023. It is an incredible watch and it tracks everything perfectly. He’s even worn it to races and it matched up the the finishing times that the races gave him. This is the perfect watch for any runner in your life.

    3 people found this helpful

  41. David CalleDavid Calle

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    As accurate as chest strap and…

    As accurate as chest strap over 95% of the time. And, it works with the Ticker-X chest strap and other reputable straps.I preferred the chest strap until I bought this monitor with watch and put it through it’s places. And, I have tried all the major brands chest straps including the ones by Garmin, Polar and my favorite Wahoo Ticker X.And the mobile Connect app is fantastic rivaling the Wahoo app.Using any HR monitor means you are aware and on the right track, so sick with it!

    5 people found this helpful

  42. Oscar G

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected

    Pictures on website show nice and bright colors for screen display. When I got my watch it’s not what I expected the colors were a real dull. Kind of hard to navigate through functions with the button function. I returned the watch and will be looking for touch screen instead and certainly with amoled screen.

    One person found this helpful

  43. Amazon Customer

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I live by this watch now, great to track fitness and time!

    It has timer feature that I use for my pomodoro technique work and studying. It’s nice to have time on you’re wrist as opposed to digital timer. I love running and the app tracking elevation, heart rate and pace over fine is great too. Sleep and stress tracking aren’t as good but no that useful anyway. Battery lasts 2-3 days of active use. Maybe even more. Highly recommend!

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  44. Heather C.

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    If first-world problems bother you, don’t buy!

    I wish I hadn’t bought this watch! I didn’t get the chance to really try it out before the return window closed, because I was in a walking boot. Mistakes were made. Angst has been felt.Pros: It does all the standard Garmin things right! GPS tracking, pace, heart rate, and cadence all work like a charm.So why do I hate it, you ask?My runs will not sync to the Garmin Connect app on its own! The app will say that my phone is connected, but nothing syncs over. Even if I press sync on my watch or on my app. I have to restart my watch every single time to get it to sync. Even after restarting, sometimes only my step count will sync, not my run. Then I have to just pray to the Garmin gods that restarting it a second time will do the trick. (Important note: I have a brand new phone, so it’s not my phone!)It’s a first world problem for sure, but wireless connectivity was one of the main reasons I bought a new Garmin.Other gripes:1) Having a watch with buttons as opposed to touch screen is way more annoying than I expected. Navigating the watch is not as intuitive as I thought it would be. I also find myself accidentally pushing the start button at least once a day by moving my wrist wrong or bumping into something.2) The Garmin Connect app is ugly. I used to use a Garmin for my runs and a Fitbit for the rest of the time. I’m trying to switch over to just using my Garmin, but the app is the worst. Garmin, I want to love you. Why must you make it so hard?In short – pay for an upgraded Garmin if you can.

    3 people found this helpful

  45. StandardNerd

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    The battery is amazing!

    I bought my wife this 55 watch, she loves it. I have the 945 and I love that one too, but her watch battery lasts a LOT longer than mine.Theae watches have some free customization (watch faces) and inexpensive watch bands. We tried Apple watches and Samsung watches, they were fine, but apples battery was trash and Samsung watches say that they are water resistant, but they aren’t (many reports of water destroying and Samsung won’t fix if they have water damage).My wife and I use these garmin watches in the shower, in the pool, walking and running on rainy days, and we never worry about them breaking, they are tougher than nails.

    17 people found this helpful

  46. Traci Pigott

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Value

    I’ve used this watch for a month now. It’s my second Garmin Forerunner. It’s a replacement for my Forerunner 310XT. The watch overall has been good. I have to power cycle it occasionally because it has stopped tracking my heart rate or stress level. I don’t like the proprietary charging system. I do like how it syncs with the Garmin Connect App though. It’s much thinner and lighter than my previous watch. I like that it tracks all the things that my Samsung Gear Sport (minus floors) tracks and has the accuracy of the Forerunner line for my running. It tracks more statistics than the combination of my previous watches. Like my running cadence and my BPM during sleep. Overall it’s a solid product for the low price.

    3 people found this helpful

  47. Surfbird

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Offers So Much!

    The Frontrunner 55 is an awesome device. The battery life is incredible and the insights are rich and detailed. I typically use it for measuring runs, or at least that’s why i initially bought it (i use it for so much more now). The run measurement is great. The GPS typically locks on very quickly and remains very accurate in my area. It’s easy to flip through the different run metrics while running too. There’s only three sets of numbers on the main running screen but I was pleased to find how much additional data Is also available during the run by hitting up/down buttons. The app is also really incredible and i hadn’t thought much about it before getting my Frontrunner. I’ve really enjoyed the daily tracking and the running coach/training options are really helpful and interesting to follow along.

    4 people found this helpful

  48. MomOfStarMomOfStar

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does the job! Very easy to use!

    I got this watch since I started to train for a half marathon early next year. Love the Garmin coach feature that comes with the Garmin Connect app. I like that I don’t need to charge every day as I used to with my Apple watch. Battery life is about 1-1.5 weeks for me. The watch strap is definitely better than the one that comes with Apple watch and I almost don’t notice wearing it in my sleep. Buttons work OK, simple and straightforward. I actually like that it is not touch screen. Some people complain about the screen being a little pixelated but it doesn’t bother me at all. Overall a great tool for training and more!

    12 people found this helpful

  49. ST

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great battery life

    Simple features and battery lasts a good 8-10 days depending on runs.

    One person found this helpful

  50. John A Hodges

    3.0 out of 5 stars


    I was excited about receiving it after reading all the great reviews. I’ve used a Garmin 35 for 5 years and loved it. I thought the upgrade would offer new features, which it did. Probably just my ineptness after reading all the 5 Star reviews, but the 55 was complicated, background was dim, text was small and the watch face was annoying. Again frustrating for me because of so many positive reviews.

    2 people found this helpful

  51. ACAC

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Training for a marathon and so impressed by the data this watch provides!

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    I have always used an Apple Watch for running. I’m training for a marathon now and constantly got annoyed by the touch screen after my fingers would get sweaty, so wanted something geared more towards working out/running. When I bought it, I thought I’d only wear it to run but I have loved all the data that it provides so much that I’ve been wearing it almost all the time. You can view all daily metrics on it, however, I prefer to view the data on the phone app as I find that a little easier to see all at once. It can receive all of my phone notifications except for my texts because I have an iPhone and the watch is not compatible with iMessage. The gps has been so accurate while running, it is easy to stop/start, and has a strong vibrate when you stop/start or finish a mile. There are a variety of workout options available but I’ve only used it for running so far. The sleep tracking has been great and is so accurate. It gives you a daily body battery percentage based on stress, sleep, and activity level. The battery also lasts so long before it needs to be charged! It usually lasts about a week before needing to charge, depending on how many gps workouts I log. There are definitely still many other features that I have not tried yet but the things listed are what I use most/love the most about it!

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  52. D. King

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent fitness watch

    I like the style and it served same purpose of my previous Garmins – track my activities with GPS. Especially excited with being able to wear in pool and count laps!Only flaw is the small text

  53. L.MotticeL.Mottice

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    New to running and I LOVE it.

    I just started a couple of weeks ago training for a half marathon. I found my Versa 4 just didn’t have the features I was looking for to track my distance, location, and pace. The Garmin Forerunner 55 works great because it’s so incredibly comprehensive and syncs seamlessly with Strava and Training Peaks. I can log and track different workouts and even see my friends’ workouts, which I have found I really enjoy. And yes, it does all of the “basic” stuff as well… tracks steps, sleep, heart rate, stress, etc. Lastly, the one feature I have unexpectantly found I really like is the ability to control my music.

    6 people found this helpful

  54. Bruce

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    The tracking and trending of workouts is too confused and disorganized, went back to Polar

    After six months I just got tired of the Garmin and purchased a Polar Pacer Pro. I had a Polar M for years but it would no longer hold a charge as long as I needed and so I decided to try the Garmin. What I missed with the Polar is Polar Flow that tracks and analyzes my workouts. I also found it humorous with the Garmin that there was no category for strength training and tracking. Finally, I got tired of Garmin constantly sending my phone alerts to my Garmin as I don’t want or need that kind of constant connectivity. Garmin is probably fine, but Polar better matches how I want to use an exercise watch and how I want to track my exercise data.

  55. KW

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Too Small

    It’s a great little watch, but too small. In size and font. So if you don’t mind small font and have a smaller wrist this would be fine for you. I returned mine for a FR255 and I am happy with it.

    3 people found this helpful

  56. Arjan Alite

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Overall misunderstood about its purpose

    I went through all reviews before buying this watch. All use the wrong point of view on its purpose.First battery life – now is day 15 and I am on 35% charge. I used it as a smartwatch with no programs on. HR, sleep, steps, and time. This watch is made for the outdoors only. In gym is unpractical but the Garmin app can help later on for analyses. It has quite a price so I used a new credit card reward bonus to buy it.Watch face is bright only in the sunshine. The look and feel are minimalistic which suits my style for a smartwatch.

    5 people found this helpful

  57. Eileen D

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    My avid runner LOVES this watch

    I gave this watch to my favorite runner after he had tried others. He loves it! He uses all the settings and the app. He says it’s easy to use while racing even, which was his concern with previous watches.

  58. Carlos G.

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    This is a good product with insanely awesome battery life. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles as the apple watch or the Samsung watch. The screen is a little jarring and looks like an early 2000s toy display.Where Garmin exels is the app and accuracy of the watch

    4 people found this helpful

  59. Mom of Irish Twins

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    very cute and sturdy

    Got it for my daughter’s birthday and she loved it. The color is very cute and didn’t get dirty easily. She used it to track her swim and walk. I don’t know how well it tracks swim but it tracks steps pretty well. The heart rate tracking also is accurate. She had a fitbit but it stopped working after few months and I think she’s happier with this one.

  60. Anny Omys

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than others

    I had several fitbits but since they were bought by Google, they made so many features subscription-based. So I switched to Garmin. I love it, the features are great, easy to use and so many. I prefer the buttons over touchscreen. Very comfortable band, easy to clean.

    2 people found this helpful

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