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Whoop 4.0 assessment: a health tracker with extra whimper than whoop

The Whoop 4.0 on a person's wrist.

“Comfy, competent, and motivational, the Whoop 4.0 is a superb distraction-free health tracker, nevertheless it would not standout in opposition to the competitors, so fails to justify its excessive value.”


  • Comfy to put on 24/7
  • Informative well being knowledge
  • Motivational Pressure metric
  • No notifications


  • Awkward, sluggish charging system
  • Month-to-month cost makes it costly
  • Automated exercise monitoring is not customizable

The Whoop 4.0 shouldn’t be a smartwatch, let’s get that out of the way in which proper now. It’s additionally not a tool you purchase outright, as you pay a month-to-month subscription for the app, and the band itself comes at no cost with it.

This makes the Whoop 4.0 very completely different out of your common well being and health monitoring wearable, however is it higher? I’ve worn the Whoop 4.0 for nearly a month to seek out out if it’s value paying month-to-month for a health tracker.

About our Whoop 4.0 assessment

On February 15, 2023, Whoop diminished the value of the Whoop 4.0’s 12-month and 24-month subscription packages, which we’ve got altered within the Worth and Availability part beneath. It’s essential to notice the price of paying month-to-month for the Whoop 4.0 stays the identical, nevertheless it has grow to be cheaper in the event you decide to paying for a set time period. Whereas that is welcome, it has not modified our rating or total opinion of the Whoop 4.0.

Whoop 4.0 assessment: setup and sporting it

The front of the Whoop 4.0 on a person's wrist.
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The Whoop 4.0 is a health band within the truest sense. It has no display, and the primary unit is hooked up to your wrist utilizing a material strap. It will also be slipped into pockets in specifically designed health put on in the event you’re prepared to purchase them. It’s gentle at simply 27 grams, and the material could be very smooth, stretchy, and comfy. I’ve worn it solidly for greater than 4 weeks and haven’t had any issues with pores and skin irritation or sweat. Whereas the primary unit does seem fairly thick, it hasn’t interfered with my clothes in any respect, regardless of freezing temperatures requiring me to put on a number of layers.

The Whoop 4.0 has no display, and the primary unit is hooked up to your wrist utilizing a material strap.

You’ll be able to personalize the Whoop 4.0 with completely different coloured straps, that are simply modified, and they’re additionally shortly adjusted to extend or lower the tightness round your wrist. Nevertheless, whereas I do know all this now, it’s not all that clear once you first open up the Whoop. The truth is, your entire onboarding course of is poorly defined, and it leaves you questioning whether or not you’ve truly executed every thing accurately.

Even the way in which you cost the machine is a little bit of a thriller. Not like virtually all different health trackers and smartwatches, the Whoop 4.0 doesn’t use a USB Sort-C connection or a proprietary charging puck. As an alternative, to cost it, you utilize a battery pack. The concept appears to be that you simply cost the pack, and might then cost the Whoop machine on the transfer. You get a really brief MicroUSB cable to cost the pack, at which period you may as well cost the Whoop too. There’s no actual indication of methods to use the pack and to cost the Whoop, and because it’s so completely different from common that it’s fairly complicated the primary time you open the field.

The side of the Whoop 4.0 on a person's wrist.
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It’s a messy system too. In case you do take the charging pack round with you — as appears to be the advice —and lose it, you possibly can’t cost the Whoop 4.0 in any respect and must purchase one other battery pack for $50. I’d have a lot most popular a easy on-device charging port to make use of with the handfuls of regular cables I’ve mendacity round, and the supply of the battery pack as an non-compulsory additional. Maybe I’m too used to charging and organising common wearables, and assumed the Whoop can be considerably related. However the truth that Whoop is somewhat completely different from these merchandise means clear directions must be a precedence.

When you’re previous the preliminary setup, sporting and utilizing the Whoop 4.0 itself is easy, largely as a result of it doesn’t do something. There’s no display, no actual contact controls, and no little buttons. It’s undoubtedly not a smartwatch, so if you would like notifications, alerts, or any form of display to see the time, then it’s completely not the wearable for you. As an alternative, Whoop is all concerning the app.

Whoop 4.0 assessment: utilizing the Whoop app

Previous night's data shown in the Whoop 4.0's app.
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As a result of the Whoop 4.0 band is a wrist-worn sensor pack and nothing else, you depend on the app for nearly every thing. This implies it must be superb since you’re going to make use of it more often than not. The excellent news is it has a slick, trendy, sporty-looking design, and the one unhealthy information is it’s irritatingly sluggish to course of knowledge.

Earlier than we get into all this, let’s discuss how Whoop measures knowledge and tells you about your physique’s efficiency. It makes use of three primary metrics: Pressure, Restoration, and Sleep. There’s no step depend right here. These three core metrics are introduced on the primary display of the app. Pressure is calculated by the app, based mostly in your coronary heart fee, sleep, and restoration, and it’s your every day goal designed to push your physique towards higher well being and health.

As soon as Whoop has established your baselines, it presents a every day Pressure goal together with every day calorie burn, coronary heart fee, resting coronary heart fee (RHR), blood oxygen, and coronary heart fee variability (HRV) knowledge. All that is collected into helpful, easy-to-read charts, which will also be plotted to incorporate pressure and restoration knowledge too. It’s suitably in-depth, but additionally very straightforward to know — even in the event you’re a newcomer.

It’s motivational as a consequence of Pressure being a single, easy quantity. Nevertheless, it’s not very clear how a lot work you’ll must do in an effort to meet the goal. If I would like 10 Pressure factors, is {that a} 30-minute session on an indoor bike, or a triathlon? I’ve no concept. Sure, expertise will inform you, however with out universally understood metrics like steps getting used, higher steerage would assist folks perceive the Pressure system extra shortly.

Whereas all this does sound complicated, and the educational curve is kind of steep at first, the Whoop 4.0 is doing principally the identical factor because the Rings system on an Apple Watch. The extra you do, the nearer you get to your objective. The very fact it’s related isn’t a nasty factor, and understanding this lets you shortly get on board with Whoop’s terminology.

General, quirks apart, Whoop delivers a wonderful app expertise.

You do must dig by way of the app to see all the info, with many sections hidden away behind tappable panels or by scrolling, neither of that are at all times very apparent. That stated, I discover the app attention-grabbing and informative, plus the historic knowledge is intensive. Nevertheless, it’s irritatingly sluggish to course of incoming new knowledge. Sleep and exercises take some time to truly present up within the app, which I consider is because of the number-crunching being executed within the cloud, not within the app. I need to see my sleep knowledge once I get up, not half-hour later when the app sends me an alert.

What else? It integrates with Apple Well being, TrainingPeaks, and Strava. There are numerous Whoop communities to hitch within the app and a weird built-in digital camera mode the place you possibly can take a selfie overlaid along with your Whoop efficiency metrics; nice in the event you’re into that type of factor. General, quirks apart, Whoop delivers a wonderful app expertise.

Whoop 4.0 assessment: well being monitoring

The sensor on the back of the Whoop 4.0.
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There’s no display on the Whoop 4.0, so you could depend on the automated health monitoring recognition or manually begin a exercise within the app. It is a little long-winded, notably in the event you’re used to a smartwatch or health band, the place exercise monitoring is normally a couple of display faucets away. You do get used to it on the Whoop, although, which is an effective factor as a result of the auto-tracking takes its time to activate. The app says it wants quarter-hour of, “sustained, important cardiovascular exertion” to kick in.

It has auto-tracked once I wash the automotive, however not once I clear the home, and even once I did a 30-minute HIIT-style exercise at residence. I guarantee you my coronary heart fee was extra elevated throughout the HITT exercise than once I was washing the automotive. Ideally, the setting must be customizable, so the timing of its activation is extra related to extra folks. I’d relatively it activated early than by no means. There are a number of actions to select from within the app, together with out-of-the-ordinary choices like Circus Arts and Handbook Labor, plus non-physical actions like Medical Operations and Excessive Stress Work. It doesn’t have GPS built-in, so depends on the GPS in your cellphone when monitoring out of doors actions.

I wore the Whoop 4.0 alongside the Apple Watch Sequence 8 to match outcomes. A normal 30-minute exercise recorded on the Apple Watch confirmed a median coronary heart fee of 103bpm and a 140kcal energetic burn, whereas a 20-minute indoor bike session recorded a 113 beats per minute common coronary heart fee and 100kcal burn. In the course of the normal exercise, the Whoop 4.0 recorded a median coronary heart fee of 95 bpm and a 97kcal burn, and on the bike, it confirmed a 110 bpm common and a 109kcal burn. The Whoop persistently recorded common and most coronary heart charges underneath these recorded by the Apple Watch.

The Whoop 4.0's clasp being undone.
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Neither are medical units, and I’m not saying one is extra correct than the opposite, however the discrepancies are notable. For reference, the Apple Watch was on my left wrist and the Whoop 4.0 was on my proper. There are some oddities in the way in which it tracks exercises too. GPS monitoring is both on or off, and isn’t exercise dependent. This implies in the event you flip it off once you’re indoors, you must bear in mind to show it again on for an outside exercise. The cellphone’s display additionally stays energetic all through a exercise, so you possibly can see your Pressure quantity enhance in actual time. It’s motivational, however not nice for battery life, and a consequence of not having a display on the Whoop 4.0 band itself.

The Whoop 4.0 doesn’t demand consideration as a consequence of not having a display or delivering notifications, however it’s nonetheless fairly needy. The auto-tracking isn’t as dependable correctly, so that you get into the behavior of activating it manually within the app. It doesn’t present knowledge in your actions instantly, so you must return to the app greater than as soon as to see the fruits of your labor.

The front of the Whoop 4.0 on a person's wrist.
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You’ll be able to test the battery life by tapping on the wrist module to gentle up an LED indicator, nevertheless it works sporadically. Battery life is precisely proven within the app. None of those have made me need to cease sporting the Whoop 4.0, simply don’t mistake it for a wear-and-forget tracker.

There are another options that require you to place in some effort however may very well present some profit relying in your objectives. The principle one is a every day journal, the place you possibly can manually present perception into how your day progressed and the way in which you felt, together with including info on stress and anxiousness ranges, caffeine consumed, nutritional vitamins taken, and many extra. I’ve been including these most days, however haven’t personally seen the place it influences the app or its suggestions.

Whoop 4.0 assessment: sleep monitoring

The side of the Whoop 4.0 on a person's wrist.
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The Whoop 4.0 is completely comfy to put on in a single day, and doing so is important for the app to do its work. Within the morning, it exhibits time spent in REM, deep, and lightweight levels, plus any time awake, together with knowledge on respiratory fee and sleep effectivity. Elsewhere within the app, you will discover the period of time you spent in mattress, an “hours vs. want” metric, developments, coronary heart fee variability, pores and skin temperature, and blood oxygen ranges. Sadly, all this knowledge is unfold out within the app, so you must bear in mind the place to seek out it. It’s not merely underneath the Sleep menu.

I’ve been evaluating it to the third-generation Oura Ring with its new sleep staging algorithm. Each normally agree on gentle and REM sleep, however differ on deep sleep and awake time. Curiously, utilizing Oura’s previous sleep staging system sees it come nearer to Whoop’s estimates. The 2 normally agree on pores and skin temperature, however Whoop normally information a better respiratory fee than Oura.

There are variations within the historic knowledge too. Within the Oura app, you possibly can return in time and see all the info collected by the sensible ring for every day, whereas Whoop’s app both deletes or hides away every day knowledge like blood oxygen and resting coronary heart fee from its information. The Oura Ring’s app is mostly extra logically laid out, equally as informative, and quicker to point out knowledge too. Each are superior to the Apple Watch in terms of monitoring and informing you about sleep.

Whoop 4.0 assessment: in comparison with the Apple Watch

An Apple Watch Series 8 with the screen turned on.
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In case you’re wanting on the Apple Watch Sequence 8 and the Whoop 4.0, it is best to know they’re each very completely different units, and those that get profit from one won’t discover the identical from the opposite. The Whoop 4.0 is all about well being and wellness, whereas that is only one a part of the Apple Watch’s repertoire. The Apple Watch Sequence 8 is the finest smartwatch you should buy, and the Whoop 4.0 isn’t about to problem this title. Not as a result of it’s substandard, however as a result of it does completely various things. This is applicable when placing the Whoop up in opposition to any smartwatch.

Among the extra primary Fitbit bands can tackle the Whoop 4.0, however for me, the closest competing product is the Oura Ring. The Oura Ring doesn’t have a display and is expressly designed to observe your well being and wellness. It information the identical well being metrics because the Whoop 4.0 however misses out on intensive health monitoring. It’s supremely comfy to put on and avoids the sporty look of the Whoop too, plus I can fortunately put on it with a conventional watch or a smartwatch. Carrying units on each wrists is somewhat awkward in the event you’re not used to it. The Oura Ring’s app is quicker and extra logical too.

Notch on the underside of the Oura Ring Horizon.
Oura Ring Horizon Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

The Oura Ring’s Readiness rating, introduced every day, is much less aggressively sports-orientated than the Whoop’s Pressure rating. For some, this can be preferable. The distinction between Pressure and Readiness illustrates the massive distinction between the merchandise. In case you’re an athlete or eager health fan with clear objectives who pushes arduous to fulfill them, the Whoop will swimsuit you higher. In case you’re somebody trying to merely enhance your well being and health, and monitor modifications over time, the Oura Ring is the higher purchase. We’ve gone into extra element about how the Oura Ring compares to the Whoop 4.0 right here.

What a few Fitbit? The Fitbit Luxe is the model’s best-looking health tracker, and its sensors measure coronary heart fee, blood oxygen, pores and skin temperature, respiratory fee, and an entire lot extra. Just like the Oura Ring, there’s menstrual monitoring, too, one thing lacking from the Whoop. The display means it’s extra handy to make use of than the Whoop and Oura, and delivers notifications and exhibits the time too. Whether or not you think about this a bonus or not depends upon your priorities.

Whoop 4.0 assessment: battery, charging, and sturdiness

The Whoop 4.0’s battery lasts round 4 days earlier than it wants a recharge. I’ve already talked about the way in which you cost the Whoop being somewhat awkward, and sadly, it’s not quick both. It recurrently takes no less than two hours to totally cost the battery contained in the Whoop band utilizing the pack, and about the identical time to recharge the pack itself.

You shouldn’t have to fret about breaking the Whoop. It’s encased within the material band and its metallic clasp, and each the machine and charging pack are IP68 water and dust-resistant. Within the weeks I’ve worn the Whoop 4.0, it hasn’t suffered any put on and tear, and appears the identical because it did the primary day I put it on.

The Oura Ring’s battery lasts two days longer than the Whoop 4.0, and whereas I solely get two days from the Apple Watch Sequence 8, it’s charged and able to go once more in lower than 90 minutes.

Whoop 4.0 assessment: value

Whoop's website when buying the Whoop 4.0
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The Whoop 4.0 is a subscription-only machine. The worth has modified since we first reviewed the machine, with the 12-month value falling from $299 to $239, and the 24-month dedication from $480 to $399. The month-to-month value stays the identical, and these alterations are mirrored beneath.

How Whoop works is you pay for entry to the app and its knowledge and get the band at no cost. It prices $30 per 30 days (a 12-month contract is necessary), which means for a 12 months, the Whoop 4.0 prices $360. You even have the choice to pay upfront for a 12 months, which prices rather less at $239. For the second 12 months of possession, you pay these costs once more, and if you would like a band and case aside from the usual black model, be ready to pay an extra $50 to $100 initially.

Value of possession of the Whoop and its opponents is an important issue right here.

An Apple Watch Sequence 8 begins at $400 with no extra prices to make use of its options or the Apple Well being and Health apps, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 begins at $240 with none extra prices. The Oura Ring begins at $300, and after six months prices $6 per 30 days to view your knowledge within the app. This implies it’s $336 for the primary 12 months and $72 for 12 months two. A Fitbit Luxe prices $130, which incorporates six months of Fitbit Premium, after which it’s $10 per 30 days. For one more 12 months, Premium prices $80.

That’s a variety of numbers, however the price of possession of the Whoop and its opponents is an important issue right here. Right here’s a chart to make it simpler to know how a lot it is going to value to personal and use these merchandise for 2 years. I’ve used the entry-level costs for the merchandise, so bear in mind if you would like a bigger mannequin or a unique end, the fundamental value of the Whoop, Apple Watch, Galaxy Watch 5, and Oura Ring will enhance. I’ve additionally assumed you’ll pay month-to-month for the Whoop initially, then pay a 12 months upfront for the second 12 months. Whoop additionally affords a two-year contract the place you pay $399 upfront, however I think about most will doubtless select the month-to-month subscription first — simply to verify they just like the system.

Machine Buy value 12 months 1 extra value 12 months 2 value Complete
Whoop 4.0 $0 $360 (choice to pay $239) $239 $599 (choice to pay $478)
Oura Ring $300 $36 $72 $408
Apple Watch Sequence 8 $400 $0 $0 $400
Galaxy Watch 5 $240 $0 $0 $240
Fitbit Luxe $130 $60 $80 $270

It’s clear from the desk how way more costly the Whoop 4.0 might be in comparison with different merchandise, even with the current value discount. The most cost effective methods to personal it requires long-term dedication proper from the beginning. The query then turns into, does this extra value translate into extra advantages or elevated worth? For me, it has not. Maybe I’m not athletic sufficient to realize big advantages from Whoop’s motivational instruments, however I’ve not seen it push me, or extra crucially inform me, greater than some other wearable well being machine.

Whoop 4.0 assessment: verdict

The front of the Whoop 4.0 on a person's wrist.
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With 27 days logged on the time of writing, I really feel I’ve given the Whoop 4.0 a good probability to essentially impress. It’s a very good well being and health tracker, and the data offered within the app, together with its motivational instruments and recommendation on when to sleep and get better, is effective. Nevertheless, it doesn’t present greater than the competitors, and that makes the general value of proudly owning and utilizing the Whoop problematic.

I’m not solely certain the place it matches in due to this. Informal health followers can be higher off with the extra versatile Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch 5, whereas those that don’t desire a smartwatch would get the identical worth (if no more) from a Fitbit. The Oura Ring satisfies those that don’t desire a machine with a display on their wrist and has an equally nice app expertise. Hardcore health fanatics ought to take a look at a Garmin or Polar wearable.

Slash the value of utilizing the Whoop for 2 years by half, and it might be a unique story, however as it’s, the Whoop 4.0 is a reliable, comfy, and informative well being tracker that doesn’t dramatically separate itself from the competitors — and is just too rattling costly to heartily advocate.

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