Handheld GPS Receivers

Brand

Garmin
DeLorme
Magellan
Satmap
Rand McNally
Lowrance
Cobra
Bushnell
Brunton

Price

less than $100
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Handheld GPS Receiver Reviews

Magellan eXplorist-710

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Does the job and works under heavy bush canopy, though there is a steep learning curve to master this device. Consumes batteries ravenously. My first 12-channel high sensitivity GPS, so I was very impressed to see it work in dense bush. However in hindsight this is to be expected these days. I found the system very difficult to learn despite having worked in IT for 10 years.  After four years of hard use the cover over the rubber button has worn off rendering the GPS usable but no longer waterproof. Full review

Garmin inReach Explorer+

rated 4.5 of 5 stars If you're looking to combine your messaging and GPS needs into one device, this is it. I've acquired this GPS for a solid price of $300 through incentives of my workplace, and its the best $300 I've spent on gear. This GPS has accompanied me on any challenging hike, backpacking trip, backcountry skiing, or any trip into the mountains.  Communication (Requires subscription) As shown in some pictures I've uploaded, this GPS doesn't anything special in terms of features. But what it does do it does… Full review

Garmin eTrex 10

rated 1 of 5 stars Poorly designed GPS. Thumb stick on the e-Trex 10 does not work. Pressing it straight down is supposed to be the equivalent of ENTER. It takes numerous tries to achieve enter. The screen features are not distinct. This a very poor product that deserves a recall from GARMIN. I am trying to get my money back. Full review

Garmin eTrex 30

rated 3 of 5 stars It's a scam. When you pay $150 for a GPS you expect at least it would ship a decent map with it. But, no, it came with a map that doesn't even show road to your home. Okay, maybe that was a bit harsh. I think the unit is quite sturdy, and the satellite acquisition is fairly fast. It's one unit, provided you carry enough batteries, that can get you home. Every time I read about someone gotten lost and died on the trail, I always asked, why did not he or she invest in a GPS. This is my investment… Full review

Garmin eTrex 10

rated 3.5 of 5 stars If you're a beginner, you'll find the quick startup and owner's manuals woefully inadequate. I had to call Garmin twice just to find out how to get the page that shows me how far I've hiked. I've used a Garmin GPS 60 for years, so I'm not a beginner. When my GPS 60 died, I couldn't find a simple GPS that would tell me how far and how fast I've hiked. The GPSes were expensive and extremely complex. FINALLY, the eTrex 10 showed up—just what I'd been waiting for! However, the instructions (quick… Full review

Garmin eTrex 30

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Compact, lightweight, and reliable handheld GPS receiver. Includes an electronic compass and barometer. Lacks a touch screen, but touch screens are ineffective in bad weather. The Garmin eTrex 30 is a battery-powered handheld GPS unit. It has been around for a long time, and at first sight it looks old-fashioned. Its display screen is small and is not touch-sensitive: you control the unit using buttons on the sides and a joystick on the front. Having said this, I’m not sure that a touch screen… Full review

Garmin GPSMap 64s

rated 4 of 5 stars Solid successor of time-proven GPSMap series, made for extreme conditions. But the number of improvements over GPSMap 62s leaves much to be desired. The button-operated Garmin handhelds are still not for everyone. Background I’ve been an active user of Garmin GPS handhelds since 2002. The first one was eTrex Vista—old, monochrome and equipped with 24 MB of memory for maps. It had really weak receiver with tendency for losing satellite signal in ALL less than perfect conditions (inside the pocket,… Full review

DeLorme inReach SE

rated 4 of 5 stars The safety of an SOS button connected via satellite to a monitoring response team combined with features you can use on every trip. Those features include two-way texting including localized weather reports, live updating of your personal online map and others you can choose or ignore as desired. The device and subscription service are not cheap, but for those venturing far afield, especially those who go alone, it gives a good return on the investment. Lots of function packed into a pretty small… Full review

Magellan Triton 500

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Rock solid unit. I had a Magellan Sportrak Map unit, but this blows it away with USB connectivity, map downloads, SD card support and so much color! Very nice feel and the buttons are great. I use it mostly for geocaching, and having all the cache data in one unit is fantastic. Androids and Apple products can do this too, but not with the precision of a purpose-built unit.  I just cannot get over the map features while hiking the hills looking for a geocache. Yeah, I got it for $4 + tax at Goodwill… Full review

Top-Rated Handheld GPS Receivers

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin inReach Explorer+ Locator Beacon / Handheld GPS Receiver
$450
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64s
$300
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Garmin Foretrex 401
$180
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex 20x
$180 - $199
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin eTrex 30x
$300
Garmin Astro 430
$650
Garmin inReach SE+ Locator Beacon / Handheld GPS Receiver
$400
Garmin eTrex Touch 25
$250
Garmin Oregon 750t
$500
Garmin Oregon 700
$400
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DeLorme inReach Explorer Handheld GPS Receiver / Locator Beacon
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 450t
$400 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Magellan SporTrak Map
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist XL
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Garmin Rino 120
$268 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 610
$450 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Rino 530HCx
$500 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Magellan Triton 1500
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 450
$330 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Magellan CrossoverGPS
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Oregon 550
$400 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Magellan Triton 500
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
DeLorme inReach SE Locator Beacon / Handheld GPS Receiver
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Garmin eTrex Vista HCx
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Magellan eXplorist 210
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist 200
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Magellan eXplorist GC
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Satmap Active 12
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 600
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin eTrex Legend HCx
$250 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin Oregon 550t
$500 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 100
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Magellan eXplorist 310
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin eTrex Summit HC
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rand McNally Foris 850
$199 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Lowrance iFinder Map&Music
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Garmin eTrex 30
$300 MSRP
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
DeLorme Earthmate PN-60
$300 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (7)
Magellan Triton 300
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Garmin eTrex 10
$120 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Cobra GPS 100
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
DeLorme inReach Handheld GPS Receiver / Locator Beacon
$250 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Magellan SporTrak Pro
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Magellan Meridian Color
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Garmin GPSMap 64
$250 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Magellan eXplorist 300
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Magellan eXplorist 400
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Magellan eXplorist-710
$550 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Magellan Triton 2000
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