The two biggest-name recovery tracking devices, Whoop and Oura, unveiled new hardware recently. There’s now a Whoop 4.0 strap and an Oura gen3 ring. But along with the hardware changes comes a new pricing calculus: Both will require subscriptions. So which is the better deal?
Until recently, the two companies had opposite business models. Oura would sell you a ring for $299 that you could use for free, while Whoop gave you the hardware for free as long as you signed up for at least a six-month subscription ($30/month, if you pay by the month). Oura’s new ring costs the same as the old one, but there’s now a $5.99/month subscription to go with it.
How much do Whoop and Oura really cost?
Let’s look at a one-year timeframe first. (Both companies have a one-year warranty on their new hardware.)
For Oura, the ring costs $299, and the membership is $5.99/month. After the first year, in theory you’ll have paid $370.88. Right now, though, the company is offering a six-month “free trial” of the subscription, so you’ll only actually pay $334.94 that first year.
If you keep the ring for two years, that’s a total of $406.82 with the free trial, or $442.76 if they stop offering the free trial.
For Whoop, you’re only paying for the subscription. You can pay by the month as long as you commit to at least six months up front; that’s $360 for the year, or $720 over two years.
If you know you’ll use the strap for a year, you can pay for an annual membership at $288 ($576 for two years). The best monthly rate actually comes from paying for 18 months in one payment of $324, which drops the price to $18/month. Two years of Whoop would be $504 if you buy the 18-month package and then pay by the month for the remaining six months; or if you just keep buying 18-month memberships forever, that’s $216/year (or $432 for two years).
What do you get for your money?
First off: Neither gadget is a full-featured smartwatch, and neither has a screen. Oura is a ring, available in gold, silver, shiny black, or matte black, and you wear it on your index or middle finger. Whoop looks like a watch band with a little rectangle of hardware sitting underneath the band. You can buy extra wristbands in a variety of colors if you like, or you can wear it on an armband or in one of the new garments (sports bras, shorts, etc) that have a special pocket to hold the gadget.
Both trackers are surprisingly similar, especially with their recent upgrades. Whoop gained skin temperature, which Oura has already had for a while, and Oura now has one of Whoop’s biggies: daytime heart rate tracking.
If you want a device that can track your heart rate during exercise, Whoop does that already and Oura is planning to add that feature soon.
Both gadgets report on the amount of sleep you get and estimate its quality. Both track resting heart rate and heart rate variability, and both calculate a “recovery” or “readiness” score that they say you can use to predict whether you’ll have a good day in the gym. (I never found these predictions to be particularly accurate, but comparing the scores to your personal experiences is half…
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