With Amazon entering the wearable space with the Halo, you may be wondering whether you should buy the Halo vs. the Oura Ring.
While they share some similar features, we’ve analyzed both products in the past (we compared Oura vs. Whoop and Whoop vs. Halo), but wanted to consolidate our insights. In this article we break down the pros, cons, and feature differences between the Oura Ring and the Amazon Halo.
The Oura Ring is at the forefront of compact wearable technology, weighing a tiny 0.25 ounces. It has a great battery life of ~seven days, and charges in around an hour.
It tracks your biometric data including sleep quality, sleep stages, and heart rate. Similarly to the Whoop, it generates a ‘readiness score’ which you can use to determine how well rested you are for heavy exercise.
It also has a ‘moment’ feature that can take you through meditation in order to lower your heart rate and help you to relax.
It’s important to note that Oura’s features are available for free, after a $300 price tag.
One of the common concerns about Oura beyond its feature set is its accuracy since it is connected to such a small part of your body. However it’s one of the best sleep trackers with scientific studies backing its accuracy
- Halo Band includes access to basic features like steps, heart rate, sleep time, and sleep tracking.
- Membership includes access to full suite of tools, features, workouts, and programs. Free for 6 months. Auto-renews at $3.99/month + tax. To manage your membership, visit Your Account › Memberships...
- Activity - Track the intensity & duration of your movement plus sedentary time.
- Sleep - Analyze patterns like how often you wake up during the night.
- Programs - At-home workouts, guided meditations, sleep sounds, and other ways to stay healthy from experts like Lifesum, SWEAT, and Headspace.
The Halo has standard wearable features like heart rate and sleep tracking, but also can track your body fat percentage using image technology. This isn’t a feature of the Halo itself, but the Halo App. At the expense of battery life you can also use their voice analysis feature that records your voice and determines your tone.
The Halo comes with a $4 month subscription, and costs $100. The app includes additional programming like at-home workouts and integrates with other apps like Headspace.
Which device is right for you? Oura or Halo?
Currently we’d have to recommend the Oura Ring to anyone that is looking to purchase a wearable focused on fitness. While the Halo’s features are interesting, the $100 price tag and $4 month subscription doesn’t make sense compared to the $300 flat that you’d pay with Oura.
Even though Oura is more expensive, most of what you’ll read online is positive – meanwhile Halo has a four star rating on amazon, so there are definitely some people who are dissatisfied with it.
Plus Oura has that ‘wow’ factor – Halo is essentially a clone of the Whoop, while Oura stands out as one of the only smart rings on the market.
We’d only recommend Halo for people focused on specific features like the body fat measurement or the voice tone analysis. Other than that, the Oura Ring has our vote.