PROS / During testing, we found the Suunto Quest to be about 96.9 percent accurate, which is more accurate than any other watches we tested.
CONS / This watch doesn’t have an app and isn’t Bluetooth capable, so you can’t store or view your data on your phone or computer.
VERDICT / The Suunto Quest is a powerful, accurate and easy-to-use heart rate monitor watch. Still, it would be a bit better if it was Bluetooth-enabled, wrist-based or more convenient to use.
The Suunto Quest relies on a chest strap to accurately track your heart rate. This heart rate monitor watch communicates with the chest strap monitor then displays your heart rate on the watch face. While the chest strap ensures a more accurate readout, it’s less convenient to wear than a wrist-based sensor.
When it comes to accuracy, the Suunto Quest is one of the best heart rate monitors we reviewed. With a 96.9 percent accuracy rate, this was the best-performing watch across all heart rate zones. Not only was it accurate, it was also easy to read. The large digital watch face displays your heart rate in real time and in huge numbers. It’s also backlit so you can see everything for indoor and outdoor training sessions. The screen navigation and menu take a little time to learn but are otherwise easy to use. This professional heart rate tracking watch also sports a clock feature, so it’s great for all-day use as well.
It differs from other heart rate watches in that it lacks Bluetooth connectivity and an app. Most heart rate monitors feature compatible apps that also display calories burned, steps taken, active minutes and more for each of your workouts. The Suunto Quest displays calories burned, distance traveled and a few other metrics on the watch itself but doesn’t store that data for you to access later.
During our testing, we found that the chest strap heart rate monitor was comfortable and adjustable to fit any body type, but it was still constraining during strenuous workouts. Our testers found the strap to be less convenient than simply wearing a watch-based sensor. The watch itself is surprisingly comfortable considering how bulky it is. It’s lighter than other watches of its size and allows sweat to evaporate through the slotted band design.
This watch is only waterproof up to 3 ATM, or 30 meters, so you can do the dishes with it on, but you should not take it for a swim in the ocean. A 12-month coin cell battery is also a great alternative to charging your watch every day; it’s definitely a plus if you don’t want another device to plug in each night. This heart rate monitor also boasts a two-year warranty, which is longer than any of the other watches on our lineup. The Suunto Quest is available in three colors, so it’s sleek and stylish enough to wear all day.
This accurate, but not convenient, heart rate monitor is a great choice if you only want to track your heart rate for an hour or two each day. Also be sure you don’t mind wearing a chest strap before getting this heart rate monitor.