Christmas 2017 is now a distant memory, and thoughts are turning towards the brighter days of Spring. If you’re considering sending someone a sat nav as a gift, or you’re off visiting friends & family, you might well be wondering which is the best one to buy at the moment. First off, a sat nav that’s right for other people isn’t necessarily the right one for you – it very much depends on where and when you’re planning to use it. If you’re after some occasional simple A to B navigation then, to be honest, an app on your mobile phone will probably do the job as well as any basic sat nav, or there are some entry level sat navs available such as the Garmin Nuvi 68LM or TomTom Start 25M. Expect a basic sat nav to set you back somewhere between £50 and £100.
If, however, you like the sound of digital traffic, free worldwide maps, advanced lane guidance, and a nice big screen, then there’s some great sat navs out there. The table below shows our top 4 current favourites including the Garmin DriveSmart 50LMT-D model which was voted sat nav of the year last year.
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So which is the best sat nav right now?
Personally, we’d recommend the TomTom Go 6250. It’s a bit pricey but you get what you pay for, and this is definitely a class leading sat nav. It has an integrated sim which means you always get the latest live traffic updates instantly, for free. This applies whether at home in the UK or abroad on your holidays in Europe or the USA. If you want a slightly smaller screen than the 6 inch 6250, but want similar high-end features, check out the TomTom Go 5200 with its more manageable 5 inch screen.
One major benefit of the high-end TomTom models, (and the new 2017 Garmin Drive models), is WiFi connectivity. More than just a gimmick, having WiFi available means an end to the rather tedious update process where you have to bring your sat nav in from the car, connect it to your desktop via USB, and do the download update & install procedure. Instead, updates can be done automatically wherever you have a WiFi signal, most likely when parked up on your drive. You don’t even need a desktop PC anymore.
The models we’re suggesting are very much current at the time of writing this article, which is July 2017. Be aware that the older TomTom models are still available (the TomTom 6100 preceded the 6200), and you may well find some big discounts available on them as retailers clear old stock.
Why not see what other sat navs people are buying – that’s always a good guide. Check out Our Most Popular Sat Navs right now.
Best Caravan & Truck Sat Nav for 2017
If you’re towing a caravan or driving an HGV you may well find that your typical in-car sat nav doesn’t quite route you appropriately all the time. Depending on your vehicle it’s pretty likely that you’ll need to avoid narrow roads and low bridges, which wouldn’t normally be an issue for car drivers. Not to mention the fact that you may well have requirements for a larger screen, and extras such as input for a rear parking camera.
Although we used to be a great fan of the TomTom Camper, it’s sadly been discontinued. However, the latest camping sat nav is now the Garmin Camper 760LMT-D, and we’re pleased to say it really delivers.
NEW Garmin Camper for March 2017
The Garmin Camper 770LMT-D is now out there!
Best Caravan Sat Nav 2016: Garmin Camper 760LMT-D
The Camper 760LMT-D has all the style that you usually find with Garmin, with some great extras such as the photoreal junction view, and lane assist which shows actual road signs and landscape detail. The model name has a ‘D’ after it, indicating that it has Digital Traffic, a free lifetime highly detailed and accurate traffic update system.
Best Truck Sat Nav: Garmin DEZL 770LMT-D
The new DEZL 770LMT-D replaces the DEZL 760LMT-D. Easy to use 7 inch glass touchscreen display truck sat nav with detailed maps of Full Europe (45 countries). Free lifetime map updates and digital traffic alerts. Custom truck routing for the size, weight and load of your truck. Truck & Trailer Services Directory, plus points of interest (POIs) highly-rated by truckers. Road warnings, including sharp curves, bridge heights, weight limits and more.
Also Consider: TomTom Trucker 6000
The UK’s favourite in-car sat nav maker brings you dedicated truck sat nav hardware and software. With the latest map guarantee you can be sure you’ll get the very latest maps when you buy your TomTom. TomTom Truck models have all the usual features such as lane guidance, trucking points of interest (such as motorway services etc), speed indication and IQ Routes. The TomTom Trucker 5000 model has the same specs as the 6000 but has a 5″ screen rather than a 6″.
Best Motorcycle GPS & Sat Nav for 2017
Garmin Zumo 595LM
Well, this one is easy. Our favourite motorcyle sat nav is definitely the Zumo 595LM. The Garmin Zumo motorbike sat nav improves on the earlier Zumo 590LM model with a wide 5 inch dual-orientation, sunlight-readable, glove-friendly touchscreen display. The 595LM comes with preloaded street maps for the UK and Europe (45 countries) with Free Lifetime Map Updates. Hands-free phone control and spoken directions heard in-helmet via Bluetooth technology. Includes MP3 player, control iPod and iPhone right on the display. Rugged, withstands fuel vapours, UV rays and harsh weather (IPX7 water rating). And it also has the curvy roads function.
Also Consider: TomTom Rider 450
A fair bit cheaper than the flagship Garmin Zumo 595LM, the TomTom Rider can also be considered a good buy.
The latest TomTom Rider 450 includes lifetime maps of Full Europe and lifetime TomTom Traffic. With the new screen this is a step up from the TomTom Rider 410, and is leaps away from the earler 400 and Urban Rider models. It includes an exciting winding roads feature and bluetooth hand free calling. Also includes lifetime speed camera updates.