If you’re in the market for a new sat nav then you can look no further than a Garmin Sat Nav as they produce some of the best sat nav’s on the market and offer the best value for money products that you need to buy if you’re looking at a new sat nav unit for your car, truck, campervan or even motorcycle. Garmin specialise in gps units and as a result make a full range of products for every need.
Garmin as a brand is a multi-national company that has offices all over the world, however it is based and comes with it’s Head Office in Kansas, USA. The company was formed in 1983 and over the last 33 years has managed to sell over 126million sat nav units over a full range of sectors from car to boats and even planes. Garmin is well know for it’s fantastic customer service and value for money products. We have recommended Garmin products as our best car sat nav in the UK and Best truck Sat Nav for the last couple of years and have bought many Garmin Products over this period of time.
What we really enjoy about Garmin products is their simplicity to use. I cannot remember the last time that I read a Garmin instruction manual given the menu interface is so easy to navigate around that you simply don’t need any help to find your way around your Garmin sat nav. We also love that Garmin as standard provide all their sat nav units with free Lifetime map updates meaning that you should never have to drive around using an out of date set of maps, and free lifetime traffic updates meaning that you should be able to avoid all but the worst traffic that the UK roads has to throw at you.
Garmin makes a range of different sat nav units, however in this section, we’re going to focus on our favourites for the Car, Truck, Motorhome and Motorbike.
Best Garmin Car Sat Nav 2014
As far as I am concerned choosing the best Garmin gps unit is the same unit as we have reviewed for our best sat nav unit being the Garmin DriveSmart range of sat units consisting of a 50LMT that comes with a 5-inch screen, a 60LMT that comes with a 6-screen and a 70LMT that comes with a 7-Inch screen.
If you have a large car and therefore some space to both mount your sat nav unit then the 70LMT will be your best option, but for everyone else, the 60LMT with it’s 6-Inch screen is the best option as it allow both the optimum screen size, whilst at the same time being small enough to fit in the glove box of your car.
Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT
The Garmin DriveSmart 60LMT is Garmin's all new and improved 2016 sat nav unit that comes with a range of new features and upgrades that to help it perform better than any Garmin Sat Nav has done so in the past. Improvements revolve around connectivity to your smartphone whilst your driving and driver safety to include warning you about any up and coming problem areas.
Below is our previous favourite Garmin Sat Nav Unit being the 2797LMT which is still a fantastic sat nav, however with the introduction of this all new design we have bought and tested it extensively over the last few months. the shape, build quality and to an extend screen size and clarity have not changed much over the previous design, what has changed is the overall experience.
The screen has been slightly improved and now is even more clear whilst working even better in low light situations, whilst the menu system has been made even more simple to use there making it even easier to find your destination and follow your directions. The DriveSmart comes with full integrated maps that include both traffic alerts, speed camera alerts and lifetime map updates meaning that as long as your update your sat nav regularly you should never find yourself driving on roads that your sat nav says do not exists.
Overall we have loved our time with the DriveSmart 60LMT. It’s defiantly a better model than the previous 2797LMT – we have noticed major improvements in the traffic alerts and new routes that the sat nav provides, whilst the driver alerts that help to point out sharp bends, speed cameras and even school zones all help to ensure that you have a safer drive. We also love the connectivity in being able to connect our smartphone to the sat nav unit and use the hands free calling three through the in-built speaker.
Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D
Dash camera are all the range this year with the key advantages that they can bring to your driving, whilst helping to reduce your insurance bills, knowing that your insurance company can work out exactly whose fault it was if you have an accident. We have reviewed dash cam's in the past and the Garmin featured in our best dash cam unit in the market.
Garmin have taken this a step further with the introduction of the GarminAssist 50LMT-D that is half a fantastic 5-inch sat nav that comes with all the latest Garmin features, whilst also being half a Dash Camera with the ability to record both what is in front or you and behind you at the same time.
The 50LMT-D comes with Garmin’s all new 5-Inch screen that displays both the easy to use menu system and Garmin’s latest maps that feature both a dual orientation screen that helps with active lane guidance which uses brightly coloured arrows to guide you through difficult junctions, and Garmin’s Real Direction which uses easy to understand driving directions that help you to easily understand you’re directions. Added features include smartphone notifications such as calls, text directly onto your screen, traffic alerts to help you avoid congestion and Bluetooth to help you connect your smartphone for hands free calling.
As mentioned above the 50LMT-D also comes with an in-built dash cam that can record using both front and back camera using a 720 resolution onto a MicroSD car that is installed into the sat nav unit. The recording works on a looping basis meaning that a 4GB car is enough for around 6 hours of recording before it starts to erase the earliest recordings for new images, however it also comes with a acceleration feature meaning that if you have an accident your recording are all safely stored with in the unit,
Overall we do like the DriveAssist and think it’s a great idea in principle, however this being the first in what I am sure will be a long line of dash cam’s, I would probably avoid this model and wait for it to get slightly better. If you’re looking for a dash, look here for the best dash cam, whilst if you’re looking for the best sat nav, buy either the model above, or the model below.
Garmin Nuvi 2797LMT
The Garmin 2979LMT is a fantastic sat nav that comes with a range of features to help you get to your destination on time. The 2797LMT is an early 2015 model that we thought was our the best sat nav of 2015 mainly due to it’s large screen size and exceptional performance. We have used the 2797LMT extensively over the last year and still use it today on a daily basis.
Now that Garmin have brought out a newer version of this sat nav, the 2797LMT is even more great value for money and whilst it’s a year old, the changes between this and the models are above are only very small meaning that if we were on a limited budget, I think we would seriously stick to the 2979LMT.
The sat nav comes with a 7-Inch, dual navigation screen and a range of features from lifetime map and traffic updates to Bluetooth and Garmin’s Up Ahead feature that combines a massive points of interest database to show you point of interest in front of you that you could stop and look at if you want to. The menu system is easy to use, whilst the directions are fantastic partly due to the 7-inch screen which means there is plenty of room to view both your directions and the lane guidance which helps to make sure that you’re in the right lane to keep you going in the right direction.
Overall, the 2797LMT is a fantastic sat nav that offers fantastic performance and value for money. There have been over two thousand reviews across Amazon.co.uk with the vast majority being very good. That all said we have seen some complaints, we hate the mount which does not stick onto the screen, however this is an easy fix with the introduction of a dash mount, it has no walk mode however quite frankly it’s too big a unit to be carried around and whilst it does come with voice control, unless the radio is switched off and it’s very quiet, it does not work.