Oura Ring review: Fitness gets fashionable
The new Oura Ring is a great fitness and sleep tracking wearable with a decent app, but it falls short when logging manual activities and is pricey.
- Easy to wear 24/7
- Attractive and durable titanium construction
- Insightful data outputs, especially sleep and exercise readiness
- Manual activity logging overrides data collected by the ring
- Not all insights are useful or correct
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Finnish wearable company Oura has come a long way since it launched its original sleep and fitness tracking ring through a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015.
The new and improved Oura Ring builds upon many of the strengths of the original ring and marks a transition from Kickstarter belle of the ball to fully-fledged product. It has suffered a number of small delays along the way and demand is still so high that there was a still an eight-week wait for new orders at the time of writing.
The new Oura Ring is smaller and sleeker than its predecessor and aimed squarely to compete with the likes of other small wearables such as the Motiv Ring, which packs in many of the features of the Oura (although omits some key features like HRV tracking) for a lower price.
While it packs in a lot of sensors and provides plenty of information and data, it’s not necessarily aimed at the same crowd of health enthusiasts who will buy Fitbits or other watch-style wearables. The Oura is designed to be worn 24/7, while sleeping, showering or even sizzling in the sauna. As a result this wearable is as small and inconspicuous as a regular ring, but requires the use of an app to view the collected data.
- Scratch-resistant titanium design
- Choice of design styles
- Doesn't look like you're wearing a fitness tracker
- Simple to install companion app
- Tracks movement and sleep scores well
- Activity score isn't that useful
- Manual data tracking is tricky to get right
- Lives up to its one-week battery life promise
- Easy to charge
- A good-looking wearable
- Premium price may be off-putting for some
If you’re looking for a wearable that truly does look good while wearing it and one that will be easy to continue wearing, the Oura Ring is a good option, although it is expensive.
It looks great, is well designed and packed with useful data.
More so than other wearables, the Oura isn’t recommended for those with a casual interest in their health. It offers a great snapshot of your fitness readiness which is best used by those exercising with a high frequency each week.