We all know that having a smartwatch for fitness and sports purpose is a necessity and most athletes have one. There are plenty of smartwatches present in the market and choosing any one of them is difficult.
All the watches offer too many features and differ in a minor way, but whether it is minor or major, people want the best one. So we made a comparison for people who want to buy a smartwatch and can’t decide which one to go for.
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 vs Apple Watch Series 6: Which one is the Best Choice?
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 vs Watch 3: Is it Worth Upgrading?
We chose two Smartwatches for the comparison which are exceptionally good for sports and have made their name in this field. The first one is Suunto 9 Peak and the second one is Garmin Fenix 6 Pro. Both of them are premium and top-of-the-line smartwatches. Let us start with the specifications.
Suunto 9 Peak vs Garmin Fenix 6 Pro
|Name||Suunto 9 Peak||Garmin Fenix 6 Pro|
|Display||LED Colorful Touchscreen||Colorful Touchscreen|
|Glass Material||Sapphire crystal||Sapphire crystal|
|Case Material||Stainless steel, Glass-fiber reinforced polyamide||Fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover|
|Strap Material||Silicone||Silicone, leather, titanium, or nylon|
|Dimensions||43 x 43 x 10.6 mm||47 x 47 x 14.7 mm|
|Resolution||240×240 Pixels||260×260 Pixels|
|Health Tracking Features||Heart Rate Monitoring Sleep Tracking |
Stress & Recovery
|Heart Rate Monitoring Sleep Tracking |
|Fitness Features||80+ Sports Modes|
Speed & Distance Tracking Closed & Open Water Swimming
Automatic Foot Pod Calibration
|48 Workout Modes|
On-screen workout animation
Open & Closed Water Swimming
Live Track & Group Track Training Load & Recovery GPS Speed & Distance Tracking Foot Pod Support
|Battery||14 Days in Time mode Tracking & Mobile notifications: 7 days 25 to 170 Hrs in Training mode with GPS||Smartwatch Mode: Up to 14 days Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 48 days |
With GPS: Up to 36 hours GPS + Music: Up to 10 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 72 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 28 days
|Sensors||Heart Rate Sensor|
|Heart Rate Sensor|
Pulse Ox Sensor
|Water Resistance||10 ATM (100m)||10 ATM (100m)|
The Suunto 9 peak has a very materialistic flat design and looks very modern as it looks pretty awesome on hand. It weighs only 62g, which makes it a very lightweight smartwatch. Despite being lightweight, the smartwatch is still made up of premium materials. The watch features a stainless steel bezel and sapphire crystal glass protection.
These materials, weight, and looks add a premium feel to the watch. It is a premium segment watch and costs around $570-$700. The watch rocks a 1.69 inch LED color display with 240×240 pixels resolution. It contains every basic activity-tracking feature like calories burned, step counter along with the advanced features. Suunto 9 Peak is the latest offering from the brand and the company says that it is the thinnest, smallest, and toughest watch Suunto ever made.
Garmin is one of the biggest and valuable brands when it comes to the smartwatch industry. The brand has maintained its image through their products, as it has gained public trust because of the quality of the products they deliver.
The Fenix lineup is their flagship line and features the best Garmin has to offer. Fenix 6 Pro is the latest Fenix by the company now and the company might launch the successor later this year. Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is priced around $650-$750.
The Fenix 6 Pro looks very sporty and comes in 4 different bands to suit your look. Just like Suunto 9 Peak, it also has stainless steel bezels and sapphire crystal glass protection. The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is available in two different weights according to the variant, 82g for the stainless steel version and 72g for the titanium version. Although people don’t break their smartwatch often but if you do, Garmin is a better option for you as they make watches more rugged for sports.
We have already mentioned the design and looks of both the watches above, so let us compare the watches based on functionality now. On comparing the health monitoring features, we found the Garmin offers much more in this section. Both the watches have common health monitoring features like heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, SpO2, stress & recovery.
However, Garmin Fenix 6 Pro has more to offer, Garmin brings more attention to heart rate monitoring with features like abnormal heart rate alerts. Another watch that can provide good insights about the heart is Apple Watch Series 6, it has the ability to generate ECG equivalent to a single-lead electrocardiogram.
Other health monitoring features that Garmin have is woman’s health, hydration, fitness age which provides you the age of your body capabilities such as transportation of oxygen through the body. Something similar is done by Suunto 9 Peak, both the watch use VO2 max levels to interpret it. Both the watch features stress monitoring and recovery, but there is another which have specific sensors for stress purposes.
Fitbit sense is the first smartwatch to come with an EDA sensor dedicated to stress and recovery, it will provide a better report on stress. It helps in preparing proper training schedules as stress is an important factor for sportsmen, it provides recovery insights of the body after training.
Fitness & Sports
In this section also, both the watches have very similar features but in some cases, Garmin takes the lead. Suunto 9 Peak provides 80+ sports modes while the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro has 48 workout modes. Both have specific profiles for sports such as running, swimming, cycling, and many more.
Many sports-specific watches are sufficient for beginners and intermediate-level sports and offer great value for money. There is the Garmin Forerunner series which offers a lot of sports features for professionals. Garmin provides special animated workouts for users to watch and practice, it makes working out easier because of the proper guidance.
For swimmers, both watches provide metrics like pace, stroke efficiency, time, length, and lap. In the case of running both watches provide basic metrics, but need additional compatible accessories for some more detailed and specific information. Support for other sports is also available in detail to monitor and improve your performance.
On comparing both the watches, we found that Garmin Fenix 6 Pro offers a little extra feature than the Suunto 9 Peak. However, Suunto has everything necessary, so choosing Suunto will also be enough for a professional-level athlete.
Garmin has more features and they are advanced but Suunto also covers everything and present in a simple manner that is easy to understand. If you are someone who needs more in-depth data, you can go for Garmin Fenix 6 Pro. But if you want a light and premium Suunto 9 Peak would be better, also it has a larger display compared to Garmin Fenix 6 pro which is just 1.3 inches.
In brief, the best smartwatch for you depends on your requirements. However, if you are someone who doesn’t have any specific requirements and just wants the best device, we would advise you to go for Garmin Fenix 6 Pro. The Watch has more features to offer and more detailed metrics.
I’m Saneesh VS. I’m a Registered Nurse by Profession, but my passion lies in Gadgets like smartwatches, fitness trackers and fitness. Nothing makes me happier than being able to share my knowledge to help people make informed decisions on what they need to buy or use in their everyday lives.