Purchasing the Kim Kardashian smart ring but want to know the details on the Oura ring vs all the other trackers? We are digging in deep with all of the details from the Oura app, sleep tracking, readiness score, body temperature, heart rate monitoring, resting heart rate, step counter, and a lot more! So, hang in there! We’ve got you covered!
Look, I (shannon) am well versed in the land of fitness trackers. You name it, I have probably tried it. I was a Fitbit gal way back when they first came on the market. Anything that was a branded activity tracking app, I was all over it. Some people are scared of all of that artificial intelligence, not me. Me: “Oh, computer, you can tell me which way my blood is flowing currently this second? Yes, please!”
My wellness journey depends on me keeping track of everything and holding myself accountable. You can read all about my journey and how far I have come if you are interested.
In comes, the arrival of the Oura Ring in my peripheral, similarly as it did yours. Maybe it was with Kim Kardashian? Perhaps it was Gwyneth Paltrow who began sharing her health data on social media that made us both want to start looking at Oura rings. You’re here though because you want to know about the Oura ring vs all of the fitness trackers, so let’s get to it!
Oura Ring vs Other Fitness Trackers
Let me first give you the Oura ring spiel and why it is supposed to be different. Then, we will compare.
Oura is designed so that while you wear it, it helps you know what’s happening on the inside of your body. Once you wear it for just a few days, you begin seeing trends within the Oura app. Full disclosure, at the time of this blog post, I waited a full month before giving an honest review because I wanted my Oura ring to get to “know me” and see if it was accurate.
Here is the gist: Oura operates by giving you personalized health metrics summarized into three simple scores: Readiness, Sleep, and Activity.
The Oura ring breaks down why you feel how you feel, getting the most out of your mornings, evenings, and nights.
Now, let’s get to the comparison game. Then, I will tell you about my experience with the Oura ring.
Oura vs Fitbit
I was the Fitbit queen! You name the Fitbit version and I had it! Even when my Fitbit trackers were tracking sleep, nothing got deep the way that Oura does. Sleep affects everything. Mental clarity improved immunity, efficient work, and increased productivity, all start with sleep. Oura helps me to be able to see exactly where I am in a deficiency. Is it my breathing? Perhaps I am not getting into a deep sleep. Maybe my total sleep time is not enough. It will track my rem sleep and give me a score for that as well. I moved from the Fitbit when honestly, it couldn’t keep up with technology. Every time I got a new Fitbit, the thing would die after a year and Fitbit, while responding quickly, would never replace my tracker. They would offer me credit for their newest model.
Oura vs Michael Kors Smartwatch
I also was an owner and user of the Michael Kors Access Bradshaw, the smartwatch from Michael Kors. I loved the look of this watch, though heavy and clunky. Picture it: sweating it up with a heavy metal watching on your arm as you are having it track your activity. Ugh! So, I can speak on the Our Ring vs Michael Kors Smartwatch. I began just wearing it for the aesthetic of it, but that didn’t do me any good when it came to my wellness journey, so again, I returned to my search for the perfect activity tracker.
Oura ring vs Moto 360
I then went with the Moto 360 Smartwatch, which I adored. It was a pretty watch, with a minimal look. Though the face could be a little clunky, the band made it a bit lighter. The band, I chose white, could be cleaned if it became dirty, so the OCD in me was very pleased. The Moto 360 operated with the Google Fit app on my phone, which I love, so it was user-friendly. I can speak on the experience of the Oura Ring vs Moto 360 Smartwatch because I used this watch and the app tracker for a little over a year. I found that the tracking for my steps was not as accurate, and it most definitely did not track my breathing, sleep, or any of the other wellness factors that the Oura ring does.
Oura ring vs Google Fit
Speaking of the Google Fit app, until my recent use of the Oura ring, I was using the Google Fit app solely for tracking my activity/steps because I had just given up on other trackers. I hadn’t seen anything I loved or was intrigued by. Being an Android gal rather than Apple, I have not used any of the Apple products, so I cannot speak on any Oura Ring vs Apple trackers or the Apple watch.
Oura ring vs Motiv
I am unable to give a comparison of the Oura ring vs the Motiv ring or other smart rings because frankly, the Motiv ring is no longer available and I could not find any comparison with other smart rings. I did search because I wanted to know about other options and honestly, did not see anything that compares.
Oura ring vs Halo Band
I have a friend who has the Halo Band. I investigated her device so that I could get an idea of the comparison for this honest review. It does have an app, similar to other fitness devices. The only tracker that I saw similar was that it tracks sleep, but even that didn’t seem to be as consistent as my tracking from Oura and most definitely not as deep with the analytics. The Halo Band is also very similar to the Whoop Strap, another fitness tracker that is Halo’s competitor. I return to the fact that Oura is head over heels better in tracking wellness, especially sleep, more than anything I have ever seen or used.
My overall experience with the Oura ring
I have found that my sleep has improved with Oura because I pay more attention to it whereas other fitness trackers, paid attention to the steps I got in and that was it. Oura Ring vs other trackers- improve sleep with Oura for sure!
With the Oura app, I am told daily what my recovery and readiness scores are. Meaning, do I need to recover from the day prior, and/or how ready am I for today? Oura ring vs all trackers- no one has told me about my recovery or readiness to start the day.
Navigating the Oura app
When I see my readiness score, it always makes sense. If there is a day when the Oura app tells me that I may need more time to recover, it is usually after a day when my activity score was very high the day before, or my sleep score was awful. With Oura’s personalized insights, you will better understand why something is off and make better habits from what you are gaining from your scores.
Each day, I wake up and I check not only how I slept, but I am able to see how much deep sleep I got, what my blood oxygen levels were, my pulse, heart rate, REM sleep, and all of the levels during the night. This is information that I can share with my healthcare provider should I see something that seems to be off.
How does Oura help me improve my wellness?
The Oura app helps with that, too. Ok, so Oura ring vs other fitness apps- sure, you gain tips from other fitness apps, but these are tailored TO YOU. You can see that they are not just general tips that go out to everyone. They explain why your heart rate variability is a certain way, why heart rate tracking is important, and why paying attention to it is necessary for certain trends.
The Oura ring is able to detect temperature and even SpO2 – the percentage of oxygen in your blood, which also flags illnesses such as a Covid-19 infection. It would have been ideal to have had this ring when I had Covid. What would my respiratory rate have been? I have asthma, so this would have been a key tool to have to measure breathing during that time. I am not an expert folks, I am simply stating that to me, this would have been a great thing to have.
Oura ring charging station
Let’s talk about the fact that the charger looks like a ring holder, except a much cooler one, but it charges super quickly. I usually put my ring on it when I am washing dishes, although it can get wet, I just do it anyway. I was worried about the heart rate sensor getting wet or messing up the technology at first, but it doesn’t seem to be an issue according to Oura. My battery has never died. Other trackers, died all the time. Oura ring vs other chargers: the Oura charge wins, hands down!
Oura ring style
The Oura ring has several options in relation to metal colors: silver, black, stealth, and gold. Gold jewelry is my metal of choice, so I opted for gold. I wanted it to blend with my other jewelry since I would be wearing it all the time. From my experience, Oura has been fabulous. There is a minimalist feel to wearing a ring. I wear mine on my pointer finger on my left hand. My ring never gets in the way. It will rarely get dinged or banged around. I am right-handed so it’s not worn on my dominant hand.
I mentioned that my battery has never died, but I usually get a notification on the fourth or fifth day after a brief charge that I need to place it on the charger, and I wear mine all the time. So, it lasts a LONG TIME.
It is totally worth it! I forget that I have it on, which has never been the situation with any tracker or fitness device, but not just that, it gives me wellness tracking for key factors in my body that I have never been able to track. Having experienced just about every tracker on the market, the Oura ring is worth every penny due to the capabilities of the ring itself, and the app that comes along with it.
Absolutely! You will still have access to the Oura app, it just limits some of the added benefits. Bonus, when you purchase the Oura ring, it includes 6 months of the membership for free, so you can test it out and see if it is worth it to you.
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