new Oura Ring vs Motiv Ring

The new Oura Ring (Oura Ring 2, v2 for 2018) and the Motiv Ring stand out as the two most sensible places to start your research into an activity tracker in a ring format – they are by far the best wearable tech rings as of August 2019.

Oura Ring vs Motiv Ring Review

Rationale

The market is large for people who want an activity tracker rather than a pro-level sports device. It seems to me, however, that a ring-based solution is clearly FAR less invasive to wear 24×7 than a band or watch. And, if the aesthetics are at least ‘neutral’, then people are going to be easily tempted into wearing a ring 24×7. And that’s the key thing; to get a really holistic view of your activity you NEED to include sleep. It’s when you sleep that you de-stress, recover and adapt to the rigours of the day.

If you are looking for an athletic-level ‘pro’ sports tracker then a ring is NOT the option you want in 2018/19 – think Garmin, Fitbit, Polar, Apple or Suunto instead. Oura Ring is an holistic wearable that includes activity tracking but not detailed stats on running, cycling, gym – although it DOES include the intensity of those activities at a higher level.

New Oura Ring Review

My Oura Ring …. #Sweet

Historically getting heart rate data from anything other than a chest strap was not so straightforward. Now it looks like watches, bands and rings can, at least, make a ‘reasonable’ effort at getting accurate heart rate from other parts of the body than the torso. And that’s a pretty crucial point. Whilst heart rate is NOT a perfect way of tracking activity, it is probably the best method available. Generally speaking, the higher the heart rate then the more strenuous the activity and, the more strenuous you work, the more you will likely need to recover.

Tech can get clever on rings at a resting level where PHYSICAL STRESS can be measured via HR (using HRV, RR/IBI), Tech can also get clever by using algorithms to determine activity types by using HR and a motion sensor of some sort (gyroscope)

So: A ring is worn on a non-intrusive part of the body and the tech exists that actually works for once! 😉

Headline Differences Oura vs Motiv

The new Oura Ring format is a discrete band. Oura and Motiv both share a discrete look.

I’m sure I could argue for one being prettier than the other and you could quite easily argue the opposite. Aesthetics are a personal thing but these two rings might appeal to a broadly similar demographic on the basis of appearance alone.

If you are looking for a Red ring or a Green-tech one then forget it. Oura and Motiv come in ‘sensible’, timeless and elegant colours:

  • Motiv: Rose Gold, silver and black (new colours from Q4.2018)
  • Oura: Silver, black, rose and stealth (dark matt colour)

Both have pre-order ring sizing kits and the Oura comes in 8 sizes and the Motiv in 7 sizes.

Oura Ring vs Motiv Ring Review

Oura (left) vs Motiv (right) – Motiv is thinner for the same finger size

Motiv only has one design which is a band with a small LED strip going through it. Oura has its Heritage and Balance designs, the latter also with a diamond option. Whilst the Motiv is a consistently shaped band, the Oura Balance has a single, very slight, ridge and the Oura Heritage has a slightly flattened single edge added. In the grand scheme of ‘bling designs,’ I like both the Motiv and Oura – they are both inoffensive, banded ring designs, of the mass-appeal type and are each similarly sized at approximately 8mm wide, although the Motiv is very slightly thinner. And, yes, you can wear the Motiv’s LED strip on the underside so it is not showing – if that is what you want!

Oura has gone high-tech with the new ring and the new battery can last up to 7 days whereas the Motiv lasts up to 3 days and both have a quick recharge time – an hour should top your charge up very nicely in each case. An unintended consequence of a long battery life, like with the Oura ring, is that you would get out of a routine of charging up the ring. Thus Oura has the option of a ‘charge alert’ to remind you to do just that.

Both have good-looking, insightful and user-friendly Android and iOS apps, with the Oura app giving a wider range of insights into the data it collects

On the price front, the Motiv starts out at $200 (Sept 2018 sees it on sale at $179) whereas the Oura ranges from $300 to over $1000 –

Both have an accelerometer, a techy thing that accurately measures your movements, and both claim to be waterproof. Oura claims waterproofing up to 100m, which is excellent, but Motiv is very good at 50m – I have swum with both.

Both have an optical heart rate sensor. Oura’s claims seem to support their sensor being a potentially more accurate one which can read resting HRV via optical HR (which would be as good as it could be with current tech).

The Motiv Ring App will give you feedback on these (Source: mymotiv.com):

  • Active Minutes
  • Resting Heartrate
  • Activity Types
  • Calories Burned
  • Activity Intensity
  • Steps
  • Sleep Duration
  • Distance

Whereas the Oura Ring app will give you feedback on these (Source: ouraring.com)

  • Night-time ECG-level resting heart rate (RHR), Interbeat interval (IBI) and heart rate variability (HRV) at rest
  • Sleep stages (Deep, REM, light), sleep timing, duration and quality
  • Respiratory rate, breathing variance
  • Thermometer-level body temperature deviation
  • Movements and daily rhythms, Ben Greenfield had something to say about that.
  • Intensity, timing and length of physical activities
  • Inactivity and sedentary time including alerts
  • Circadian alignment guidance
  • Sleep improvement programs – eg how to improve deep sleep
  • On-demand heart rate and heart rate variability tracking for meditation or breathing exercises (update: coming during Q4/18).

New Oura Ring ReviewHeads Up

I have now finished both the detailed review for the Motiv Ring and the detailed review for the new Oura Ring

I have both the Oura rings v1 and v2 (2018) and the Motiv Ring.

Buying an Oura ring or a Motiv through the links provided both help support this blog, thank you.

Head-to-Head Detailed Reviews

Here are links to the full reviews if you need to do more detailed research: Oura Ring and Motiv Ring.

 

▷ Oura Ring Review | New Oura Ring 2, 2019

▷ new Motiv Ring Review | Best smart activity ring?

Take out

A ring format as a basis for an activity tracker is a compelling proposition.

Motiv Ring ReviewIf you are not overly concerned about the cost then either ring is probably going to meet your basic activity tracking needs. If cost is an issue then the cheaper Motiv clearly wins.

I need to do some more testing and looking at the data accuracy but Motiv seems more appropriate at meeting the basic “activity and sleep tracking” needs with a good-looking ring and a straightforward app. Oura, on the other hand, seems to come more from the holistic view of ‘you’ over 24 hours and Oura are the superior sleep/recovery option that also provides much deeper all-round analysis should you want that. Indeed the Oura Ring’s app is pretty awesome in its scope.

Both are sturdy and well made and can be used in sport. I would say that the Oura feels, very slightly, a better quality of construction. Either will scratch if rubbed against metal eg do no do free weights with either.

The Oura Ring looks the best all-round option for me, I love delving into all the data and looking at sleep stages and such. BUT if you are particularly concerned about getting the simplest handle on your ACTIVITY & SLEEP then Motiv Ring is the one for the time-limited amongst you.

Differentiators:

  • Price (Motiv wins)
  • Holistic view with temperature and HRV insights (Oura clearly wins)
  • Activity (Motiv win on simplicity but Oura certainly delivers more insights, more details and with more accuracy at times)
  • Motiv has some advanced authentication tech in later beta for their ring – if you know what 2FA is, then go for Motiv 😉

For a simple tech solution that is purely activity-focussed then go for the Motiv Ring.

If you want a more holistic view of your sleep quality, physiology, exercise and readiness then go for the new Oura Ring – especially if you already have a sports tracking device like a watch that you will continue to use in parallel to the Oura Ring.

Oura Ring vs Motiv Ring Review

Price & Availability

Oura is not available on Amazon or eBay and can only be bought directly from each manufacturer. You can usually find the Motiv Ring on Amazon and you should be able to get both directly from both manufacturers (below).

the new Oura Ring starts at $300 and the Motiv ring is $200

As at 4 Sep 2018 there is $20 off the Motiv Ring at mymotiv.com (link to mymotiv.com) and there always seems to be $20 off each additional ring if you order >2

Black Friday period 2018: There is $30 off MOTIV

Christmas 2018 – Gift Card options are available or you can give a sizing kit as a present

Oura Ring Gift Card

 

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30 thoughts on “new Oura Ring vs Motiv Ring

  1. I prefer the look of the Oura, but also the Motiv is not bad (and much better than the first edition of the Oura).
    I’m quite interested in these rings, because I think that the best is to have:
    1- a sport watch to wear just for the sport activity with great accuracy, to recharge after each activity and not wear during the day any more
    2- a pretty, confortable normal watch with months of battery life to wear during the day (I’m not interested in the number of my steps).
    3- for the night a separate sensor to track sleep quality and heart rate to evaluate the recovery process.
    For the night I noticed that if I put my Garmin FR35 on before to go to sleep for tracking the sleep, it fails to record the start of the sleep. I must wear it minimum two or three hours before bed time. Maybe the best is to have also one of these rings for the night, so we can use our watches just for our sport activity (I don’t find that sport watches are so comfortable to wear during the day, I prefer watches with steel or titanium band).

    The better price of the Motiv would be a valid point to test it, but:
    1- It seems to me that the Motiv has much less things than Oura, it seems that it has just resting heart rate of the night and duration of sleep, it gives the same information that also a basic fitness watch can give. Maybe it’s not enough for evaluating how the body recovers after the workout of the day and to show signals of overtraining. My Garmin FR35 gives me some insights of the sleep, but it is too little. Does the Motiv give so little indication also? If so, maybe it’s better to spend 100$ more for the Oura.
    If it doesn’t track night heart rate variability HRV and sleep stages I don’t think that it’s so useful to evaluate the recovery process.

    2- is the accuracy better than the Oura or the Garmin Fenix5 in sleep tracking? If accuracy is very good, this could be another point to evaluate the Motiv over the Aura, and another point that you review also the Motiv.

    If you are releasing a new review of the Oura, can you better describe your personal experience with it?
    I mean:
    1- wearability (personally I’m not a great lover of rings because I feel constricted. But during the night I wouldn’t have any problems with rings)
    2- real capability to advice you that you are recovering bad or signals of overtraining.
    3- aside of the comfort of wearing it, can you compare how much better is than for example the Fenix5 relative to accuracy of sleep tracking and indication of recovery?

    Till now I’m evaluating my recovery by feel without technology, but if you are having good experience, it would be nice to have a help to avoid overtraining and possible injuries. I think that activity tracking during the day is not so useful, but sleep tracking could be very interesting.
    P.S. near race time, I always have injuries due to overtraining

    • =>comments below

      I prefer the look of the Oura, but also the Motiv is not bad (and much better than the first edition of the Oura).
      I’m quite interested in these rings, because I think that the best is to have:
      1- a sport watch to wear just for the sport activity with great accuracy, to recharge after each activity and not wear during the day any more
      => yes. recharging after each activity not required. great accuracy is key (for me)
      2- a pretty, confortable normal watch with months of battery life to wear during the day (I’m not interested in the number of my steps).
      => this is the ‘personal’ element of time keeping and/or jewellery
      3- for the night a separate sensor to track sleep quality and heart rate to evaluate the recovery process.
      => yep. it needs to be non-invasive…as i said above emfit or a ring meet that criteria
      For the night I noticed that if I put my Garmin FR35 on before to go to sleep for tracking the sleep, it fails to record the start of the sleep. I must wear it minimum two or three hours before bed time. Maybe the best is to have also one of these rings for the night, so we can use our watches just for our sport activity (I don’t find that sport watches are so comfortable to wear during the day, I prefer watches with steel or titanium band).

      The better price of the Motiv would be a valid point to test it, but:
      1- It seems to me that the Motiv has much less things than Oura, it seems that it has just resting heart rate of the night and duration of sleep, it gives the same information that also a basic fitness watch can give. Maybe it’s not enough for evaluating how the body recovers after the workout of the day and to show signals of overtraining. My Garmin FR35 gives me some insights of the sleep, but it is too little. Does the Motiv give so little indication also? If so, maybe it’s better to spend 100$ more for the Oura.
      If it doesn’t track night heart rate variability HRV and sleep stages I don’t think that it’s so useful to evaluate the recovery process.
      => i need to dig deeper

      2- is the accuracy better than the Oura or the Garmin Fenix5 in sleep tracking? If accuracy is very good, this could be another point to evaluate the Motiv over the Aura, and another point that you review also the Motiv.
      => yes probably

      If you are releasing a new review of the Oura, can you better describe your personal experience with it?
      => noted
      I mean:
      1- wearability (personally I’m not a great lover of rings because I feel constricted. But during the night I wouldn’t have any problems with rings)
      2- real capability to advice you that you are recovering bad or signals of overtraining.
      3- aside of the comfort of wearing it, can you compare how much better is than for example the Fenix5 relative to accuracy of sleep tracking and indication of recovery?
      => I did comparisosns of a sort on the first oura ring vs emfit….it’s basically impossible to do. all sleep trackers are wrong to varying degrees. see first oura review

      Till now I’m evaluating my recovery by feel without technology, but if you are having good experience, it would be nice to have a help to avoid overtraining and possible injuries. I think that activity tracking during the day is not so useful, but sleep tracking could be very interesting.
      P.S. near race time, I always have injuries due to overtraining
      => first step would be something like ithlete/elite hrv/bioforce – cheap option…they work. i 100% recommend to you. only downside is time required t do the reading hence i use emfit

    • No, there is (so far) no function to do food tracking. You have calories burned in the app, and you can sync it to apple health in order to import workouts from apple health automatically (otherwise you’ll have to add them manually, in the app) but there is no way to record calories consumed, or link it to any other app than apple health.

      In short, no MFP, no Fitbit/Garmin/Google Health/Samsung Health/Runkeeper/Strava etc etc. But Apple Health is a recent addition and they’re adding more functions all the time so who knows what we’ll get in the future!

  2. Regarding availability: I’ve been waiting 5 months for the Oura to ship and the latest revised ETA suggests that it will be a total of 6 months from the day I gave them they money before I see it. They have repeatedly revised estimates and delayed the whole time and not responded to my inquiries. Buyer beware!

  3. I’m considering getting one of those, specifically the data I’m more interested in are BPM throughout the day..
    Now, am I right in understanding that the Oura only tracks RESTING heart rate? Meaning if I do any activity I won’t have it show up?
    Does the Motiv track BPM all the time (let’s say, how a Fitbit would)?

    Thanks!

  4. Great article, thank you! I just requested an RMA for my Whoop and I’m considering the Oura over the Motiv. I have a friend who gave me the Motiv test size kit and it looks like a size 9 fits best for me. Would you say both the Motiv and Oura follow the same sizing chart? If so, I’d go with the same size and not have to order Oura’s ring size kit. One thing I really liked about the Whoop was the sleep study info and coaching for resting. I feel like the Oura provides better info on that type of data per your review. I mainly weight-lift and might even use my existing Wahoo for that (calories consumed) and a ring for all the other data if you will.

    Thanks in advance!

    • hi
      i think whoop has its place.
      kits: i had the sizing kit from the first oura ring and it was a dummy of the unusual shaped rings themselves. the sizing was consistent from the first to second oura. I wouldn’t like to say if one sizing kit from one manufacturer will be ok for the other, they supposeldy both use US sizing. But I wouldn’t take that risk.
      yes the oura gives more comprehensive data.
      however you might have missed my comment about using either motiv or oura with weights…if you rub either against metal they WILL scratch. so run., bike etc YES!! but not weights use the wahoo and leave the ring in the changing room 🙁

  5. Hi, great review on both Oura and Motiv rings. I read through both reviews and still can’t make up my mind and was wondering if you can help.
    At present I use a Samsung Galaxy Watch is it great for me as I’m an active runner.

    It measures
    – Steps
    – Runs
    – Heart Rate
    – Sleep
    – GRP location with Maps
    – Music Player

    I don’t like wearing the watch when going to bed, swimming, in the or in the shower

    What I need is a ring that can track my sleeping habits and Rest, as I have trouble sleeping.
    I don’t need lost of information, just the basic’s wo give me an idea on how I can inprove my sleep.

    Also I would like a better heart rate monitor as the Samsung Watch is great but not stop on enough for me.

    Both rings look great and have great features as from you great review, can you advise please

    • oura will provide sleep/rest habits for sure
      the accuracy of oura as a HRM will not match that of a heart rate monitor for sport. the ONLY way to be sure of accurate HR during exercise is with a chest strap.

      • Thank You, for your super fast response as it’s much appreciated.

        As i said, I don’t need lots of information about my sleep and active just the basic’s.
        Also Can I ask, are both rings the same size and thickness?

        Thanks again

          • Once again thanks for your quick response

            Also, can I ask.

            Does the Oura Ring continuesly monitor your hear rate and body temperature during the day.

          • Once again, thank you so much for your response as it’s much appreciated.
            I will order the Oura Ring ASAP

          • Hi, I’ve ordered my Oura Ring and just received the Oura ring sizing kit, and need some advise.

            I’ve tried two ring sizes, 10 and 11.
            10 feels a little tight and the 11 feels too loose.

            The 10 my by a little tight, and it’s maybe because I have not worn a ring for a while. Since I started running 2 years ago I’ve lost a lot of weight and my wedding ring became too large.

            11 feels too large and very easy to slip off and when I wash my hands the Ring slips off.

            I’m starting to train for the 26 mile marathon, and I have some concerns. Will the 10 ring become too tight when I’m running or become hot, as I know 11 will be OK.

            Can you please advise

            Thanks

          • i think you will have to try the samples in those conditions of running
            when you turn the ring it should pull the skin a very little with it as you turn.
            remember this is not going to give you a hr track like a running watch.

  6. Can the Motiv Ring be put into airplane mode like the Oura Ring? In other words, can you manually manage bluetooth broadcasts from Motiv, and sync on-demand opposed to continuous bluetooth broadcasts? If so, how long will Motiv store data? Oura = ~6 weeks. Hoping someone in this thread knows, because it doesn’t appear that Motiv provides any FAQ or contact info for this inquiry. Thanks!

  7. What happens when the The batteries in each ring reaches the end of life?, will the manufacturer replace the battery without buying a new ring? How many cycles can the battery be charged for each of the rings? This is important information that should be covered in the review. For your consideration.

    • obviously, i have not used a battery to exhaustion with large numbers of recharges
      your queries are for info that is valid to have.
      I don’t think oura have stated the answers anywhere on their site, so i don’t know the answer.
      The oura ring 1 that i have is still going strong. but i know the new ring has a new battery design, so that is no indication

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