TomTom vs Garmin sat navs
If you're shopping for a sat nav for your car, caravan or motorhome, you'll see there's no shortage of TomTom or Garmin models. Both brands are well established, but not all the sat navs we've tested are good enough to be Which? Best Buys.
To earn the title of Which? Best Buy, the latest sat navs need to impress in our test lab with top marks for navigation quality and ease of use. After all, you want a sat nav that gets you from A to B without any hassle.
TomTom and Garmin sat navs compared
What's best - TomTom or Garmin? We run both cheap and premium sat navs from each brand through our rigorous lab tests, to help you choose wisely.
The chart below shows how average test scores for TomTom and Garmin sat navs have changed over time.
Best TomTom and Garmin sat navs for 2020
We've tested sat navs of all shapes and sizes in our lab. While the highest-rated models impressed us with clear and concise instructions, our selection of dreaded Don't Buy sat navs are let down by cramped, overly busy maps and slow route recalculation.
At the top of the table is a Best Buy that makes for a fantastic companion on the road, although the price may put you off if you want to keep costs low. If so, you'll be pleased to hear we've also uncovered a Best Buy sat nav for £100.
Top sat nav apps for iPhone and Android
The meteoric rise of sat nav apps has spurred on both TomTom and Garmin to create their own. Unlike rivals such as Google Maps, their offerings are paid-for downloads, rather than free. But both are fairly good at recreating the sat nav experience.
Which? sat nav testing: how do we find the best?
Unlike other websites, Which? tests sat navs and sat nav apps independently, paying for every product reviewed.
Our testing proves that spending over the odds on a sat nav doesn't always guarantee you a Best Buy. In fact, we've uncovered plenty of affordable models that soared through our tests, with clear maps and detailed vocal instructions. For each sat nav that passes through our test lab, we pay close attention to:
- Sound - how clear are the audio instructions?
- Video - how easy is it make sense sense of the on-screen icons and maps?
- Speed - can the sat nav handle unexpected changes in direction with ease?
- Ease of use - how simple is the process of fitting the sat nav in your car or motorhome?