What Is The Best Dive Computer For Me?

February 15, 2024 4 min read

garmin dive computer attached to rope

Displaying dive times, depth and no decompression limits, a dive computer is one of the most important and often most advanced pieces of kit that any diver will own. Choosing the right one will not only help you to get more from your upcoming dives but also ensure that you can dive safely and stay underwater. Safe to say - finding the best dive computer is an important process for divers of all abilities.

However, with a huge range of styles and types of dive computers available, discovering which is the best for you can take time and effort. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to choosing the best dive computer, covering the factors you should consider when shopping around as well as our top picks of the best dive computers available right now. Read on and you’ll know the answer to the question ‘what dive computer should I buy’ in no time.

Factors To Consider When Choosing A New Dive Computer

Before looking at specific dive computer makes and models, it’s a good idea to take a step back and think about what you want to get from this important bit of kit. Contemplating your answers to the following factors should give you a clearer idea of exactly what kind of dive computer might be the best option for you.

Your Skill Level

The features a beginner diver needs from their dive computer will be quite different from those needed by an advanced or technical diver, so it’s important to understand your ability as a diver as you find the right dive computer for you. Perhaps you’re just about to start your PADI Open Water Training and are investing in your first dive computer, in which case you’ll want to look for a beginner-level bit of kit that prioritises usability with both air and nitrox functions. 

More advanced divers will want to look towards more advanced dive computers to match. Sometimes these will have bigger and/or brighter displays to make it easier to dissect information quickly and will typically offer air integration with wireless transmitters so that you can manage your gas seamlessly.

Compass Or No Compass?

All divers should be aware that a dive compass is another important piece of diving safety equipment, helping you to navigate effectively in the water. Many modern dive computers also include compass features, so it’s worth considering whether you prefer having a standalone compass or whether the best dive computer might be one that also doubles up with navigational functionality.

Our Dive Computer Picks

Now you know what to look out for in your next dive computer, it’s time to pick the perfect model. To make this process easier for you, our expert team has put together a list of our current favourite models. As a dive shop run by divers for divers, you can be certain that all of our recommendations are products that we’d be delighted to use ourselves.

Suunto D4i Novo & Transmitter

Modest in design but packed with pretty advanced features, the Suunto D4i Novo dive computer is one of the best dive computers for anybody looking to upgrade their technology and enjoy the convenience of a watch-style bit of kit. This fantastic dive computer supports air, nitrox and freediving as standard, with a sleek and simple screen that displays all of the key information you need. It also comes coupled with an air transmitter so that you can monitor tank pressure and air consumption wirelessly from your dive computer.

three suunto dive computers and a transmitter

Suunto Vyper Novo & Transmitter

An updated version of a Sunnto classic computer, the Suunto Vyper Novo offers a more rugged design and is a great dive computer for both recreational and advanced diving. This Suunto model again supports wireless air integration and utilises the Suunto Deep Stop RGBM algorithm, an exceptional decompression model. Dives can also be tested out before you drop in with the built-in dive simulator, giving you full control over the adventure ahead.

two suunto vypers and a transmitter

Garmin Descent MK3i Dive Computer

The Garmin MK3i dive computer is the talk of the diving community at the moment, and it’s easy to see why! On the surface, the MK3i looks just like a standard smartwatch, and while it is an accessory you can wear all day long, it’s one of the most advanced options in terms of dive technology. Standout features include the ability to monitor pressure on up to eight tanks and underwater communication with other wearers, as well as all kinds of lifestyle insights that can help you stay prepared and safe for your next dive. Practicality hasn’t been forgotten either, with a built-in flashlight and dive compass, as well as an easy-to-use low-light mode. When it comes to the best dive computers available in 2024, the MK3i is certainly up there and a great choice if you’re looking for one of the most sophisticated watch-style dive computers on the market.

garmin mk3i dive computer

Garmin Descent G1 Solar Dive Computer

If the appeal of a Garmin watch dive computer is attractive to you but the MK3i offers more features than you need, consider the Garmin Descent G1 Solar dive computer instead. This is a wonderfully sustainable dive computer that supports solar charging and is constructed from 100% recycled plastics, and it packs a punch in terms of functionality too. There are multiple dive modes and a dive compass built in, as well as advanced satellite connectivity so that you can track your entry and exit from the water. And, when you’re not actually on the dive, this dive computer looks and feels great worn throughout the day.

blue garmin descent g1 dive computer

While these picks are definitely some of the best dive computers available right now, we have a huge range of options in stock here at Aquanauts and are confident that we can help you find the best dive computer! Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team if you have any questions about the products mentioned or wish to get some advice and guidance about your needs and wants.

Noeleen Smith
Noeleen Smith

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