Garmin Forerunner 225 GPS Running Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate
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Review Summary:

An excellent choice for casual runners who simply wants to monitor their heart rate.

Wrist-based heart monitor GPS watch like the Garmin Forerunner 225 are slowly becoming popular these days. In fact, it is one of the first GPS running watches to actually feature a built-in heart rate monitor instead of the strap-based heart rate monitor that we’ve been accustomed to all these years. But with the introduction of the Garmin Forerunner it is very clear now that all GPS watch should have a built-in heart rate monitor.

The Forerunner 225 is a bulky running watch. Now this might be bad news for some people because the watch is quite large. The watch has a good display and I have no problems seeing or reading what’s displayed on the watch. It is that enormous bezel that houses the watch’s display is what I’m so concerned about. The excessive bezel makes the watch look awkward and I think it is one of the main reasons why the watch is just so big.

The Forerunner 225 contains is not as feature-packed as the Forerunner 620 which is actually meant for serious athletes out there. However, the Forerunner 225 does offer what runners really need. This includes an easy to setup interval training, distance tracking indoors, and pace alert just to name a few.

But the key-selling point of the Forerunner 225 is its heart rate monitor that works really well. You can now track your heart rate quickly with this watch. You can even customize the main screen of the watch to include your heart rate or setup a dedicated screen that will display your heart rate and heart rate zone.

This watch lacks features that will make it very handy for serious runners out there. It focuses mainly on daily activity tracking like counting your steps and calories burned. This is also the very first thing you see on the Garmin Connect app on your phone. But I must say that its activity tracking is pretty decent across the board. But if you still want to get a running watch will complete features I’d say you must go with the Forerunner 620.

Key Features

  • Always on display
  • GPS tracking
  • Activity tracking
  • Garmin Connect app
  • Vibration alert
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Watch functions
  • Accelerometer


  • Continuous heart rate tracking.
  • Easy to setup and use.
  • Excellent interval training.


  • Bulky.
  • Lacks a couple of high-end features.


The Forerunner 225 is Garmin’s first GPS running watch with built-in heart rate monitor. It may lack a couple of high-end features that will make it incredibly handy for serious athletes but it should be more than enough to satisfy casual runners and athletes thanks to its useful features and an engaging interface.

An excellent choice for casual runners who simply wants to monitor their heart rate.

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