Garmin Edge 25 Review – The Perfect Gift For Cyclists

garmin edge 25 review

AT A GLANCE: QUICK RATINGS

Heart Rate Functions

90%

Fitness / Sport Features

70%

Ease of Use

95%

Battery Life

95%

Where To Get It

A Deep Dive Into The Garmin Edge 25

The Garmin Edge 25 (and Edge 20) compact, functional GPS bike computers replace the Edge 200. The Garmin Edge 20 is pretty much a direct replacement of the 200, but the superior Garmin Edge 25 supports ANT+ accessories (HRM, cadence) and Bluetooth smart connectivity to your phone.

This can be used for data transfer post ride, direct to Garmin Connect APP and also, if you want it, Smart Notifications from your phone (texts, incoming call etc). The Garmin Edge 25 has been reviewed by Tristan Haskins aka CardioCritic

  • What Do I think?

  • Video Review

  • Pros

  • Cons

We’ve reviewed the way we’re presenting our product test reports and we’ve decided to get the video in a bit earlier. Please remember, this is OUR OWN video created by Tristan at home with his trusty Sony Alpha 6000 camera.

It’s NOT a marketing department smoke, mirrors and special effects video it’s just me, the Edge 25, a camera and a cuppa Tea.

It’s unscripted and basically just goes with the flow. Anyway, I hope you like it. It covers pretty much everything from initial set up, to getting ready for a ride and downloading training data.

Differences between the two models?

Let me answer that like this… unless you absolutely have a FIXED IN STONE budget, get the Edge 25. The Edge 20 is really not much more than a direct replacement to the Edge 200.

The 20 does NOT have ANT+ connectivity, neither does it have Bluetooth Smart network connection.

What this means to you is that it will NOT support … 1) Heart Rate belts 2) Pedal Cadence sensors 3) Bike Speed sensors (for indoor training) 4) Bluetooth data upload to your smartphone 5) Smart Notifications to the Edge unit from your phone…

Headline Features

Let’s cover the primary features that you will get with the Edge 25. In the list below I have highlighted in orange the features that the Edge 20 does NOT have.

  • Speed and Distance
  • Simple turn by turn route navigation – following a downloaded COURSE
  • 8 hour battery life
  • Personal Records – longest ride, highest climb etc
  • Targeted Ride options -> Free ride (default), Distance, Calories or Time based.
  • Route Recording. Your route is recorded for later analysis or sharing with Strava, MapMyRide etc
  • Backlight (top right button)
  • Calories burnt
  • Barometric Altimeter (more accurate/sensitive than GPS based)
  • Standard Garmin Quarter Turn lock
  • Comes with 2 x Bike Mounts and multiple silicon fastening bands
  • Dual GPS options. GPS (default, regular US system) and GLONASS (Russian system)
  • Heart Rate via ANT+ HRM strap
  • Cadence via ANT+ optional sensor
  • Indoor Speed via optional ANT+ sensor
  • Smartphone DOWNLOAD of data via Bluetooth Smart to Garmin Connect APP
  • Smartphone NOTIFICATIONS to Edge 25 eg. incoming call, text etc.

Back to the tests …

Let’s go through some of the main screen and features of the Edge 25. We’ll start with the primary screens. The screen below is the primary ON screen. It’s clean and uncluttered. We have battery life top left, GPS satellite strength middle and VERY CONVENIENTLY, time of day top right. You may also notice around the outside of the case the 4 x button decals. They perform the following functions

  • Top Left – ON/OFF and Backlight when turned on
  • Top Right – GO/STOP and ACTION commands/menu options
  • Bottom Left – Go Back / Go Up a level
  • Bottom Right – Scroll down through options

From this view, scrolling DOWN with the bottom right will switch between

  • RIDE
  • COURSE
  • HISTORY
  • SETTINGS

Ready to Ride

Once you have pressed the Top Right button from the main menu you are presented with 3 different options before you ride. If you know what you’re doing and just want to go for a simple ride, simply select RIDE MODE then press the same button again to get going.

Otherwise, you have the option of selecting various RIDE MODES, setting up HR ALERTS or putting the Edge 25 in to USE INDOORS mode with GPS turned OFF. This would be used if you were on an indoor bike/turbo trainer and wanted to use the unit as a speed, cadence and HR monitor.

Polar’s alternative for consideration

If you are interested in a an alternative to the Garmin Edge 25 then we would ask that you consider the Polar M450. It’s a mid-sized GPS bike computer packed with similar functions as the Edge unit.

In addition to all the standard speed, distance and altitude feedback, like the Edge 25, you also have the option of Heart Rate, Pedal Cadence and a wheel speed sensor (great for rollers / turbo training) PLUS, the M450 can support Power Meters (Bluetooth SMART like Polar Look Keo, PowerTap or Stages Power cranks). 

With the M450, reviewed here, you also get a deeper insight into Training Load and Training Benefit from each session plus a built in Fitness Test. It’s all supported by a very competent iOs and Android app, Polar Flow (all data is also uploaded to flow.polar.com web-service)

Ride Options

Training Page Views while Riding

Top Alternatives

Next Model UP

The next model up is the Garmin Edge 520. The 520 adds Strava segments, colour display, longer life battery and touch screen control.

Garmin Edge 520 Review – advanced performance monitoring and power meter support

Next Model DOWN

The model below would have to be the legacy Edge 200.

Alternatives?

The best alternative to the Garmin Edge 25 is the Polar M460. The Polar M460 replaced the brilliant M450 with the addition of LIVE Strava Segments. The Garmin is a brilliant unit but the M460 is worth the extra £50/$70 investment

  • Polar M460 Review – a worthy alternative to the Edge 25 with similar functionality and Strava segment support

You want more… OK

So, you’re still here. We’ve looked at what the Edge 20 and Edge 25 do and what they don’t do. We’ve looked at how to set them up and go for a ride. What we’ve not looked at is POST SESSION review data.

Historical Data Review

Remember, the beauty of these new Garmin Edge units is that they effortlessly download training data to Garmin Connect via Bluetooth. However, if you want to review your data on the unit, you get a pretty good summary there too…

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Technical Specification

Physical dimensions1.6” x 1.6” x 0.7” (4.0 x 4.2 x 1.7 cm)
Display size, WxH0.9” x 0.9” (2.3 x 2.3 cm)
Display resolution, WxH128 x 160 pixels
Weight0.9 oz (25 g)
Batteryrechargeable lithium-ion
Battery lifeup to 8 hours
Water ratingIPX7
GPS-enabledYES
GLONASSYES
High-sensitivity receiverYES
Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)YES (not Edge 20)

Maps & Memory

Waypoints/favorites/locations0
Routes0
Historyup to 10 rides

Cycling Features

Bike speed/cadence sensor

Performance Features

Heart rate monitorYes (optional) {not 20}
Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person)Yes (within a course)
Courses (compete against previous activities)Yes
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed)Yes
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap)Yes
Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout)Yes
Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal)Yes
Customizable screen(s)Yes

Garmin Connect™

Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer) {not Edge 20}

Additional

Additional
  • Bluetooth®: yes (BLE) {not Edge 20}
  • Ephemeris satellite predictions: yes
  • Elevation: yes
  • Beeper: yes

REVIEW SUMMARY

The Garmin Edge 25 is the perfect blend of size, functionality, battery life and techie features. We have really enjoyed testing it and we HIGHLY RECOMMEND it to anyone looking for a sensibly priced GPS bike computer that does pretty much everything you’ll need when out riding.

Remember, it does NOT support MAPPING/AUTOROUTING and it does NOT support POWER meters. Apart from that, it does everything most cyclists will need for daily training and it’s supported by the very competent Garmin Connect APP.

I have awarded the Garmin Edge 25 a solid rating of 4.5/5 stars

Last Updated on March 28, 2019

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