Guide to finding the best smartwatch for you: Fitbit or Garmin?

Smartwatches are all the craze right now, however, deciding on the best smartwatch for you and your fitness journey isn’t always straightforward.

Thankfully, the Intersport Elverys team is here to help you choose the right smartwatch for your needs from our range of leading brands, such as Fitbit and Garmin

What is the best smartwatch: Fitbit or Garmin

We’ll try and answer all the initial questions you may have before you take the plunge and purchase a smartwatch, such as…

  • What is the best smartwatch for your sport?
  • what is the best smartwatch for lifestyle?
  • what is the best smartwatch for battery life?
  • what is the best smartwatch for your budget?

There are so many choices to pick from, so before you do, read on to find out some of the most important aspects you should consider before taking the plunge.


What do you want from your smartwatch?

While Fitbit and Garmin smartwatches are quite similar, there are some significant differences between the two.

So, what are they, you might be wondering:

  1. if you’re a dedicated sports person or athlete and want a smartwatch that will give you large amounts of accurate data during your running, swimming or cycling workouts, then a Garmin smartwatch may be best for you.
  2. However, if you’re a casual sportsperson, or someone with little interest in sport but is eager to try and live a better lifestyle with the help of technology to track your steps, heart rate or sleep, then a Fitbit might be the best smartwatch for you.
  3. If you’re a woman looking to buy a smartwatch, our blog on finding the best smartwatch for women might be of interest


What is the best smartwatch for your sport?

As mentioned above, if you’re an athlete and you’re buying a smartwatch, it is important to factor in what data you want access to.

Because Fitbit and Garmin smartwatches can track a lot of data, which varies across their devices and ranges, delving into exactly what you want might save you a headache down the line. Our guide to finding the best smartwatch for running might help you save time too. 

Here’s the deal:

Fitbit made their name with fitness tracking and it underpins all their devices, meaning every model will track your steps, monitor your heart rate 24/7, monitor your sleep and give you inactivity alerts throughout the day. Their sleep feature insights are excellent, too.

Garmin, of course, offers similar features, but when it comes to sports and sport tracking, they come into their own.

They primarily cover…

  • Running
  • Cycling 
  • Swimming

That means Garmin’s are also water resistant in the pool and the sea, while more niche sports like skiing, climbing and hiking are also offered on the more premium models.

External heart rate monitor connectivity and a Body Battery monitor can come in handy for the right athlete too. 

So do your research, because the last thing you want to do is go open-sea swimming with a smartwatch that is not swim resistant!

At Intersport Elverys, we’re committed to helping your fitness journey, whatever the sport. So consider reading our ultimate beginners guide to running if this year is when you intend on starting. 

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Which is the best smartwatch for battery life?

Imagine you’re out for a run, moving well and have your 5k or 10k PB in your sight, but then your battery runs out! Or, you’re a person who likes to track their steps, sleep or heart rate religiously, and right when you go to check your metrics, find your smartwatch battery died because you forgot to plug it in the night before. 

These are just some of the reasons why researching what smartwatch has the best battery life to suit your needs is crucial before making a purchase.

Want to know the best part?

Garmin pride themselves on producing fitness trackers and smartwatches that deliver battery life that last up to a week, sometimes greater. Fitbit is not far behind and is closing the gap all the time.

But don’t forget, using power-hungry applications can drain the battery life of most smartwatches, and the more active you are, the faster it will drain.

So too do the ‘always on’ modes on your smartwatch display.

Fitbit and Garmin are constantly working to improve battery life and have developed some interesting power-saving modes and fast-charging features on their product ranges to help alleviate any concerns you may have.


Find the best smartwatch for your lifestyle

If you’ve read this far and are starting to think that a smartwatch might not be for you because you’re not a sportsperson or athlete, then fear not, we’ve got you covered. 

That’s because Fitbit and Garmin watches extend way beyond usage in the gym or during exercise and can actually be really helpful in day-to-day activities.

The release of the Fitbit Versa and Sense allows its users to access cool features like:

  • push notifications
  • make payments
  • a wide variety of apps, watch faces and music players
  • compatible to other external music devices, such as Spotify

There are also some cool features available that might answer the question as to what is the best smartwatch for women, such as stress monitoring, guided breathing exercises and female health tracking, which allows the user to log periods, track their cycle and gauge ovulation.

For any females out there interested in purchasing a Fitbit or Garmin and taking a step into your fitness journey, our guide to finding the best leggings might provide you with further help.


What style smartwatch do you want?

If you’re thinking of investing in a smartwatch but already own a nice shiny wristwatch that you’re hesitant to depart ways with, then you should consider a band-style smartwatch. 

Fear not:

Both Fitbit and Garmin offer trendy band-style fitness trackers such as the Inspire or the Vivofit.

These two smart watches are simple and elegant and will tick all the boxes for someone looking for simplicity, practicality and the best budget smartwatch. While they’re also available in a choice of colours, so they won’t cramp the style of your precious timepiece.

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What is the best smartwatch for your budget?

Both Fitbit and Garmin produce smartwatches to suit all budgets. 

So, whether you’re looking for the best budget smartwatch or the more premium models, both brands have smartwatches that tick those boxes. 

It gets better:

While features and capabilities are obviously limited with the budget options, Fitbit and Garmin still offer very impressive value for money smartwatches.

Both the Fitbit Inspire and the Garmin Vivofit are available for under €100 and provide plenty of bang for your buck. 

But if you want to splash out that bit more, the Garmin Venu and the Fitbit Sense, or similar premium models, go for over €300 and beyond. But remember, it’s all down to your needs. Sometimes the best smartwatch for you might not be the more expensive option. Or vice versa; you might need to spend that bit more to find the smartwatch that works for you. 


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Are all smartwatches compatible with iPhone’s and Androids?

Most, if not all, Fitbit and Garmin smartwatches will work with both Android and iPhone devices and will offer core features, like being able to view notifications, check the time etc. 

However, it is important to ensure that your phone is fully compatible with the smartwatch before you make a purchase, so you can find the best smartwatch for Android or the best smartwatch for iPhone.

Are all Fitbit & Garmin smartwatches water resistant?

Most Fitbit and Garmin watches offer water-resistance, meaning you can wear it in the shower or in the pool and not worry about destroying the electronics. 

But not every smartwatch is swim-proof, meaning they aren’t suitable for long distance, open-sea swimming and it is usually recommended to avoid swimming to prevent long-term damage.

Final thoughts

We hope this guide has given you plenty of food-for-thought before you make your smartwatch purchase.

If it has, you can check out our  diverse range of wearable technology that will make you stand out from the crowd, like the hugely popular Fitbit InspireFitbit Versa and Fitbit Sense, as well as the Garmin ForerunnerGarmin Vivofit and the Garmin Vivosmart.

Happy training, folks!

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Intersport Elverys Reveal the 2021 Mayo Home Jersey

Intersport Elverys together with O’Neills, Mayo GAA, and Mayo LGFA, have today revealed the new home jersey which will be worn by all Mayo Intercounty footballers and hurlers for the 2021 season ahead.

The new jersey takes inspiration from the pinstripes of the 2006 home jersey. The jersey will incorporate the Intersport Elverys brand for the twenty-fourth season and reflects the long-standing commitment to Mayo as a base for Intersport Elverys national office and support of the county teams.

Speaking on the 2021 Mayo jersey reveal Patrick Rowland, CEO of Intersport Elverys, said “With so much uncertainty over the past year, it’s a great time to look to the future and reveal the brand-new Mayo jersey. Intersport Elverys is deeply embedded in GAA and it is a privilege to once again present a new kit with O’Neills which reflects on the past, but looks to the future. We remain behind the county teams as they develop and strive toward their aspirations in the coming season.”

Liam Moffatt, Mayo GAA Chairman said “we are grateful for the ongoing support of our title sponsor Intersport Elverys and look forward to the release of our new jersey which also features our new commercial partner Portwest. Portwest is the fastest growing workwear company in the world, based in Mayo. Our partnership with Intersport Elverys has developed over many years and this on-going support has been a key pillar in the highly competitive performances of our teams. Our new jersey embodies the colours synonymous with our history combined with an optimism for the future. Mayo’s loyal supporters have been instrumental over the years as our “16th man” and we, in Mayo GAA, are sincerely indebted for this support as we look forward to the season ahead.”

Mayo LGFA Chairperson, Des Phillips, commented “Once again Mayo Ladies are delighted to come together with the Men’s to launch this jersey with our title sponsor Intersport Elverys who have supported us for the past number of years. We are also boosted by the exciting news that Portwest have just come on board as a secondary sponsor and will feature on the new Mayo LGFA jersey. It is positive to have two great Mayo-based businesses backing Mayo LGFA at this time. We’re thankful to all our supporters, including our sponsors, who are as passionate about the sport as we are.“

The newly-launched jersey is available from Wednesday 5th May exclusively through until stores across the country re-open. The jersey will remain exclusive to Intersport Elverys for the first 3 weeks after stores re-open. The jersey will also be available from 5th May at

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