The Oura Ring Gen 3, or the Whoop Band 4.0? Which one is better?
I’ve been testing out the Oura Ring 3 vs the Whoop 4.0 for about seven months now. Wearing them both at the same time, and on the same arm for the ultimate, unbiased, all fair comparison. This comparison focuses on three main categories; Form Factor, Health Tracking, and the App.
Oura Ring Gen 3 Vs The Whoop 4.0
These two fitness trackers have two very different designs.
The Whoop is just a regular fitness tracker that goes onto your wrist. It’s super light-weight with a variety of band designs. It comes with a water-resistant battery pack that you can attach on the band for on-the-go charging. You can also wear the Whoop 4 with other apparel within the Whoop clothing line.
On the other hand, the Oura Ring is not exactly your typical kind of fitness tracker. It’s a light-weight ring weighing 4 to 6 grams, and is made of Titanium. It has a thickness of 2.5grams and comes in 5 colors; Rose Gold, Gold, Stealth, Black, and Silver. In addition, you get a separate charging stand inside the box. The Oura Ring 3 has a battery life of about 4 to 7 days.
Both of these Fitness Trackers feature simple minimal designs, they’re both water resistant and quite durable. The Oura Ring is water resistant up to 330ft, while the Whoop is water-proof up to 32ft for 2hrs.
Because of the more water resistance and the low-profile fashionable look, the Oura Ring Wins the form factor category.
These two fitness trackers have very similar Health Tracking Features. Both have 24/7 Sleep and Activity Tracking. However, they classify metrics a bit differently. For example, the Oura Ring has Readiness, while the Whoop has Recovery Score.
Another difference that I noticed is that the Oura Ring focuses more on movement. E.g. Walking/Running, Cycling, and Activity Goal Progress. On the other hand, the Whoop focuses more on monitoring Work Outs. E.g. Live Heart Rate monitoring.
The Whoop would win in this category, because of the battery life. The fact that I can charge it while I’m on the go means that I never have to take it off to charge. I can just swipe out the band with a clean one and continue monitoring all my activity.
Now this is where the differences are quite noticeable.
The Oura App provides an insightful and in-depth interface. On the home screen you get the three main scores of Sleep, Readiness, and Activity. Upon diving into each of the Tabs, you get an in-depth breakdown of all the factors that influence the Main Score. E.g. your recovery index. In addition, it also offers you some recommendations of what you need to improve for better scores. A special feature of the Oura App is the Guide and Unguided Meditations and Videos that elaborate the meaning and benefits of the different metrics.
With the Whoop, the User Interface is simple, easy to navigate, and intuitive. It gives you a high-level view of your activity as well as sleep. This App highly focuses on the stress/strain that you put your body through. Their 3 main categories are Strain, Sleep, and Recovery. Even more, there’s a really awesome Whoop Community, where you can share your stats and compare metrics.
Which One Should You Get?
They both Provide exemplary breakdowns of Sleep Performance and how you can improve your sleep consistency. Both provide weekly and monthly reports as well. For a deeper review of what reports they offer, watch the video Here.
This category is going to have to be a tie for me. It just comes down to your individual preference in terms of form factor, Health Tracking, and App Experience.
Let me know in the comments which one of the two fitness trackers you’d prefer. You can pick up either of them using the links below at no extra cost. (Disclaimer: These are affiliate links. I get a small commission for qualifying purchases)