I Test Garmins For A Living And This Is The Best Garmin Fenix 7 Deal On Prime Day

Garmin Fenix 7X Sapphire elevation screen
The Garmin Fenix 7X Sapphire tested by the author (Image credit: Nick Harris-Fry / Future)

Amazon is spoiling us with Garmin deals in its Prime Big Deal Days sale, with several of the best sports watches dropping to their lowest price ever. That includes the Garmin Fenix 7, and you actually have a choice of models in the sale, with both the standard Fenix 7 and larger Fenix 7X Solar both reduced significantly in the UK.

The Garmin Fenix 7X Solar is the more eye-catching deal, because the £240 discount is huge and so is the watch, with its larger frame offering more room for a bigger screen and battery than you get with the Fenix 7, and it also has solar panels to extend its battery life further.

However, having tested and reviewed Garmins for many years, including almost all of the current range, I’d say the Fenix 7 is the better deal. For one, it’s a smaller, lighter watch that’s more comfortable to wear all the time than the Fenix 7X, and it’s also simply a lot cheaper than the larger watch in the sale at £419.99 vs £539.99.

Garmin Fenix 7: was £599.99, now £419.99

Garmin Fenix 7: was £599.99, now £419.99

Save £180 This 30% discount on the Fenix 7 is the biggest discount yet on the watch, which was originally released in early 2022 but still has almost all of Garmin’s latest and best features, including music storage and color maps. One thing it does lack is multi-band GPS, since that’s only available on the sapphire models of the Fenix 7, which aren’t reduced in the Prime Big Deal Days sale. Not that Amazon is using the original RRP of the Fenix 7 here, when it’s actually now £559.99 as standard, but this is still a big discount.

I tested the Fenix 7X Solar Sapphire model for our review on Coach and while there are definite benefits to the bigger watch, the larger size is also a drawback at times since it is heftier and less comfortable to wear 24/7. The battery life of the 7X Solar is excellent and it will last weeks on a charge, but unless you live in a sunny place and spend hours outdoors every day, the solar panels won’t add much in the way of battery life (I've written in-depth about whether Garmin’s solar panels are worth it).

Garmin Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar on wrist

Garmin Fenix 7X Sapphire Solar (Image credit: Nick Harris-Fry / Future)

It’s also important to note that the Fenix 7X Solar is not a sapphire model, and so doesn’t have multi-band GPS, neither does the discounted Fenix 7. Both watches are still accurate GPS trackers using the all-systems-on mode, but there’s no mutli-band boost even if you opt for the pricier Fenix 7X Solar.

If you have large wrists and simply want the biggest and best battery life available in the sales, then the Garmin Fenix 7X Solar is the one to get—this is still an excellent deal—but having used a variety of Fenix models of different sizes, I think the Fenix 7 will work better for most people, and it’s £120 cheaper.

Garmin Fenix 7X Solar: was £779.99, now £539.99 at Amazon

Garmin Fenix 7X Solar: was £779.99, now £539.99 at Amazon

Save £240 This is a beast of a deal on a beast of a watch, and the cheapest the Fenix 7X solar has ever been. I think most people will prefer to wear the smaller, lighter Fenix 7 24/7, but if you have big wrists and like chunky watches, you get a bigger screen and more battery life from the Fenix 7X, and if you live in a sunny country the solar panels will extend that battery life further. Garmin’s RRP for the watch is now £739.99, not the £779.99 listed by Amazon, but this is still a huge saving.

Nick Harris-Fry
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Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.