By Real Simple
Updated February 02, 2009

Garmin Nüvi 200

Why it left others in the dust: The budget-friendly system is a “piece of cake” to get working. “As compact as a deck of cards,” it offers simple, succinct directions whether you’re in a car, on a bike, or on foot. “It didn’t talk too much, which is crucial when you’re driving with three kids under five,” says one tester. Also in pink.

Bear in mind: Street names are given on-screen but not aloud; the unit will direct you to “turn left in 300 feet.”

To buy: $20,