Suunto M2 Review – Should I Buy One? Find Out

suunto m2 review


Heart Rate Functions


Fitness / Sport Features


Ease of Use


Battery Life


Where To Get It

A Deep Dive Into The Suunto M2

Suunto M2 heart rate monitor reviewed and tested by Tristan Haskins aka CardioCritic (formerly HeartRateMonitor UK). The M2 heart rate monitor watch features real-time heart rate monitoring (chest strap included) and calories burned. It is equipped with the essential tools you need to reach your fitness goals.

A very popular entry level heart rate monitor with calories burnt.

NOTE > heart rate monitors have really moved on since 2012 with regard to lithium ion batteries,

Bluetooth connected smartphone apps, wrist based heart rate and built-in GPS etc. If you want a self contained heart rate monitor watch that does NOT connect to your smartphone and runs on a regular CR2032 coin-cell battery … the Suunto M2 is still a good heart rate monitor watch, however, there are many better alternatives …. (comment Jan 2017)

  • Who Is It For?

  • Video Review

Should you buy one now?

No … sorry Suunto, but I would have to recommend the Polar M200 or Garmin Forerunner 35 with wrist based heart rate and built-in GPS for runners and other exercisers looking to track heart rate plus speed & distance.

For general fitness, health and lifestyle monitoring I would suggest either the Fitbit Charge 2, Garmin Vivosmart HR or Polar A360. All of these fitness watches are supported by brilliant smartphone apps and websites. They all give accurate calories burnt feedback.

Garmin Forerunner 35 user friendly, competent GPS running watch with wrist based HR

Polar M200 a more basic GPS running watch with wrist based HR & activity tracker

Polar A360 a stylish activity tracker with colour display, wrist based HR and sports profiles

Garmin Vivosmart HR activity tracker with wrist based HR and floors climbed

Fitbit Charge 2 activity tracker with wrist based HR and floors climbed

Main Features

  • Real time heart rate monitoring
  • Automatically switches between 3 x heart rate zones to help reach personal targets
  • (Note – 3 x target zones are AUTO set – user cannot define their own zones)
  • Calories burnt – based on exercising heart rate
  • Time of day
  • Date
  • Daily alarm
  • Both units with SELF CHANGE batteries

What’s In The Suunto M2 heart rate monitor Box?

  • Suunto M2
  • Dual chest transmitter belt
  • Quick Start Guide

Top Alternatives

Next Model UP

The next model up is the Suunto M5. The M5 is a considerably more functional heart rate monitor with Suunto’s clever TRAINING LOAD indication giving you an easy to understand measure of training intensity.

Next Model DOWN

The model below this is the M1. The Suunto M1 has essential heart rate monitoring with calories burnt just like the M2, however, it comes with an UNCODED HRM belt. This is fine as long as you do not exercise in large groups surrounded by other HRM users.

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