Suunto Wearables Buying Guide

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - updated March 1st, 2024
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Suunto is a leader in wearable sports tech with a reputation for creating innovative and high-quality products such as compasses, sport watches, and dive computers. With over 80 years of experience behind them and a commitment to creating reliable, precision-engineered devices, they’ve become a trusted choice among professional athletes, outdoor enthusiasts and people who live active lifestyles. Their range caters to a variety of needs, preferences, and activities, but if you’re new to the brand, you might be unsure about where to start. Don’t worry - that’s what we’re here to help with. We will be taking a look at four Suunto sports watches: Suunto Core, Suunto 5 Peak, Suunto 7, and Suunto 9 Peak, to help you decide which is best for you. Let’s dive in!

1. Suunto 5 Peak Sports Watch

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A compact, lightweight sports watch that’s made for sports, wellbeing, and outdoor adventures.
Picture of Suunto 5 Peak Sports Watch
Has a built-in GPS for accurate tracking and navigation, as well as turn-by-turn navigation.

If you’re after the entry-level option from Suunto, the Suunto 5 Peak is the watch for you. This one has all the features most will need, while remaining sleek and lightweight on the wrist. The Suunto 5 Peak is a compact, lightweight sports watch that’s made for sports, training and wellbeing, as well as your outdoor adventures. In addition to an altimeter, barometer, compass and weather features, it has a built-in GPS for accurate tracking and navigation, as well as turn-by-turn navigation so you never get lost. Additionally, it offers over 80 customisable sports mode, adaptive training guidance, and 24/7 activity tracking, including sleep and stress monitoring. With a 7-day battery life and water resistance up to 30m, the Suunto 5 Peak is ready to keep up with fitness enthusiasts who like to do it all. 

2. Suunto 7 Smart Watch

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Combines Suunto's sports expertise with Google's Wear OS, offering full-fledged smart watch features.
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Includes over 70 sports modes, built-in GPS, sleep tracking, a wrist heart rate sensor, and more.

We begin getting into true smart watch territory with the Suunto 7. The Suunto 7 is a versatile smart watch that combines Suunto's sports expertise with Google Wear OS, allowing you to see incoming calls and messages, make payments with your watch, and download music to listen to offline. It features everything you’ll find on the previous two and more, including over 70 sports modes, built-in GPS, heatmaps, and a wrist heart rate sensor. While the battery life is not quite as long as the Suunto 5, for a full-fledged smart watch, it’s pretty impressive. The Suunto 7 has an intelligent battery life that can last up to 40 days with battery saver mode, up to 2 days of smart watch use, and up to 12 hours in GPS mode. This watch is compatible with both Android and iOS, making it a great choice for anyone who wants a full-fledged smart watch with a sports edge to it.

3. Suunto 9 Peak Sports Watch

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The top choice for demanding fitness enthusiasts and professional athletes.
Picture of Suunto 9 Peak Sports Watch
The thinnest, smallest, and toughest watch Suunto has ever made.

If you’re looking for a top-tier sports watch - one of the best you can get - look no further than the Suunto 9 Peak. This award-winning high-performance sports watch is the thinnest, smallest, and toughest watch Suunto has ever made and is designed for peak experiences. Whether you’re training, racing, or out on extreme adventures, the Suunto 9 Peak is made to keep up. It offers 80 sports modes, 25 hours of battery life in best GPS mode (that fully recharges in 1 hour), and features like barometric altitude, route navigation, sport-specific heatmaps, and more. It’s also waterproof up to 100m and tracks your daily activity, sleep, and recovery amongst other things. The Suunto 9 Peak is the top choice for demanding fitness enthusiasts and professional athletes. 

Suunto Value Pack

Something else worth noting is that every Suunto device includes a Suunto Value Pack - a bundle of perks provided by Suunto partners. The Value Pack is included with all new Suunto watches and features a range of offers, from premium trials to free training plans and discounts, from partners like Strava and TrainingPeaks. What they have in common is that they all aim at elevating your training and outdoor experience to whole new levels. The contents of the pack will constantly develop so that you're always prepared for new adventures. You'll gain access to this at the time you connect your new Suunto Watch! Let your new Suunto start paying for itself and check out what's included in this pack here.

Which Watch is Best For You?

Each watch on this list is made with high-quality craftsmanship, offering a reliable experience across the board. But which one is most suited to you? Let’s summarise. The Suunto 5 Peak offers GPS and extensive sports options for fitness enthusiasts, all while remaining at an affordable price. The Suunto 7 is best for the fitness enthusiasts who also want smartwatch capabilities, while the Suunto 9 Peak delivers premium performance and advanced metrics for professional athletes. 

We hope this article was helpful and helped you decide which Suunto wearable is best for you! To check out our full range, head over to our Smart Watch & Wearables department.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you shower with a Suunto watch?

You can wear your Suunto watch in water without worrying as they typically have a water resistance rating up to 50m (it may be more or less depending on the specific model). However, it is recommended to take watches off before showering. The heat from the water, soaps, and shampoos can potentially damage the watch's seals over time. Additionally, the steam can also penetrate the watch seals more than water, potentially causing internal damage. To maintain longevity, it is recommended to remove your watch before showering.

What is the warranty period on Suunto watches? 

Suunto watches come with a limited warranty. This limited warranty usually covers manufacturing defects and lasts for 2 years from the date of purchase. However, there are exceptions so it's best to check the warranty information specific to the product/model you have or are planning to buy for the most accurate details. Always keep your proof of purchase in a safe place, as it is required for warranty service.

Can Suunto batteries be replaced?

It is recommended that you contact an authorised Suunto service center for battery replacement. It is imperative that the change is made in a proper manner to avoid any leakage of water into the battery compartment or computer. Defects caused by improper battery installation are not covered by the warranty.

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