The Best Running Watches in 2020

The team over at The Run Testers have been testing out a lot of running watches over the past year or so to find out the best running watches to buy. However, choosing favourites is almost impossible as there are so many different use cases, so we’ve broken our guide into four sections.

Those sections are best allrounder running watches, best top-end running watches, best budget running watches and best smartwatches for running.

Here’s the full video where we discuss the best running watches in each category. If you think we’ve missed something or we’ve made a glaring error of choice, let us know in the comments section. The full best running watch list is below the video.

Best all-rounder running watch:

Garmin Forerunner 245

Price: £249.99/$299.99

Weight: 38.5g/1.4oz

Battery life: Smartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days; GPS mode: Up to 24 hours

Water rating: 5ATM

Best top-end running watches:

Polar Vantage V

Price: £439/$495.95

Weight: 66g/2.3oz

Battery life: 40hrs in training mode (GPS and wrist-based heart rate) or up to 7 days in watch mode with continuous heart rate tracking

Water rating: WR50

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro

Price: £649.99/$749.99

Weight: 93g/3.3oz

Battery life:

  • Smartwatch: Up to 21 days
  • GPS: Up to 60 hours
  • GPS and Music: Up to 15 hours
  • Max Battery GPS Mode: 120 hours
  • Expedition GPS Activity: 46 days
  • Battery Saver Watch Mode: 80 days
  • Water rating: 10ATM

Best budget running watch:

Garmin Forerunner 35

Price: £129.99/$169.99

Weight: 37.3g/1.3oz

Battery life: Up to 9 days, watch mode; up to 13 hours in training mode

Water rating: 5ATM

Best smartwatch for running:

Apple Watch Series 5

Price: £399/$399

Weight: 30.8g/1.1oz (case only)

Battery life: Up to 18 hours of battery life

Published by Tom Wheatley

All round web chap. Editor of The Allrounder and Get Sweat Go. Loves a pizza, Howard Hawks films, fitness and old British sitcoms. Not a fan of cucumbers. Level 3 Personal Trainer and massively mediocre runner. Recently launched The Run Testers video channel.

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