There is certainly no shortage of health smartwatches on the market right now. And while that is an excellent thing for everyone, it also complicates the process of understanding which smartwatch is right for you. So, we’ve taken a look at 2 of the best fitness trackers and help you decide between the Whoop 4.0 or Inspire 3.
Each new device that comes out has small details that can make the difference for a professional athlete or someone who only has time to take a jog on their lunch break.
The 9-5 worker who has a job that prioritizes getting notifications on time may not be the person that loves Whoop. But the Olympic swimmer who doesn’t understand why her body hurts day in and day out will.
Comparing Whoop to the Fitbit Inspire 3 makes all the sense in the world with its eye-catching price and attractive features.
Let’s dive into these health watches side-by-side.
The Goal Behind the Watches
- Whoop was made with the athlete in mind. And for anyone who loves to treat their body like a jewel, Whoop provides intense stats to offer monthly and weekly reports on improving your peak wellbeing. All this without a screen so it can be worn during official competition.
- Fitbit Inspire 3 offers much of the same information in much less depth. Monitoring your health is essential, but it’s not dependent on your job. It was made for everyday wear and keeps its users connected all day long.
Whoop is meant to fly under the radar. Over the years, the band and strap have become sleeker, slimmer, and less noticeable. It functions under a clasp with the ability to switch the bands out and attach to the main sensor. Bands come in various styles, from more formal to sporty. Furthermore, the clasps themselves can be customized with trendier options of gold and silver.
The Whoop is also screenless, so athletes can wear it during competition. This gives them accurate recovery scores from the strain put on during this time. And with the Whoop 4.0 battery pack getting a trim, it’s easy to wear at all times.
Inspire 3 Appearance
The Inspire 3 is similar to the Whoop in being a lightweight option. It’s a thin band with a traditional watch strap. Colors are more limited, only offering morning glow (yellow), pink, or black. However, the big difference is that the screen allows for many features. These include staying connected, following workouts, and much more.
It’s worth breaking down the main features of each watch to see what you get. It’s important to note the price here as the Fitbit Inspire 3 starts costing $99 with just six free months of Fitbit Premium. After that, it is $9.99 a month. For Whoop, there is no fixed price, but you will pay a monthly membership depending on your choice of payment. The lowest price starts at $30/month.
- Recovery – Recovery scores are provided daily based on the athlete’s previous day’s strain and sleep. This is taken from several closely monitored metrics such as heart rate variability, sleep quality, average heart rate, resting heart rate, skin temperature, and so on. Whoop is regarded as one of the most accurate data providers in the market.
- Teams – Teams allow for competition and group monitoring for coaches in one space. When you enter a group/team, everyone’s recovery, strain, and sleep become available to each other in one place.
- Reports – From all the data capturing, Whoop makes 90-day baseline assessments. They also provide daily journals where athletes can log all their habits, from what types of food they are eating to recovery exercises. Log your medication, menstrual cycle, injury status, and much more so Whoop can provide insight into what helps and hurts your recovery.
- Whoop has dozens of activities to add, from all sorts of sports. Anything that adds strain to your body can be recorded and saved under your daily log.
- Once fully charged, the Whoop 4.0 can last five days without having to put the battery pack back on. And since the battery pack is waterproof, you can charge whenever and wherever without stopping.
- Inspire 3 is a big hit considering they have over 1000 different workouts to follow and meditations to choose from. The idea of health goes beyond working out, as guided stress management activities are also a priority for this device.
- The display featuring an always-on mode is one of the biggest upgrades from the Inspire 2. It is also the first of its specific line to offer color on the screen, making it much more attractive. Texts, calls, and notifications help you stay connected throughout your day, putting it on par with other smartwatches.
- Inspire 3 doesn’t skip the metrics. With SpO2 levels being monitored along with resting heart rate, skin temperature, sleep quality, and more, you get similar stats to the Whoop. The difference is you may not get the in-depth analysis.
- The Fitbit Inspire can last up to 10 days, depending on your use. This is one of the biggest hits, considering the Whoop usually lasts five days. However, if your settings have high usage, you may experience a slightly shorter battery life.
What Is Your Lifestyle?
When comparing Whoop 4.0 and Inspire 3, the choice comes down to the person’s lifestyle.
Those who want the data sheets explaining why eating chocolate too close to bedtime negatively impacts your recovery will enjoy the Whoop more.
Those who need a simpler breakdown of their health habits; in an aesthetically pleasing infographic will love the Inspire 3. The additional smartwatch features of the Inspire 3 make this a much more appealing option for less serious athletes who want to improve their health and wellbeing.
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Brittany Collens is one of our top sports writers. She is also a professional tennis player which helps her authority on subjects such as health and fitness.
She has a degree in journalism and has previously written for well-established sports magazines in Massachusetts.
Brittany lives in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States.