At a first glance, Whoop and Amazon Hal straps may not be as appealing because they don’t have a display. Put them to the test and you’ll realize just how powerful fitness trackers without screens can be. But how do they compare?
Whoop and Amazon Halo bands can monitor your heart rate, body temperature, and blood oxygen saturation. They can also track sleep, making it easy for you to analyze your sleeping patterns to determine whether you’re getting sufficient rest.
A notable difference is in the subscription, with Whoop 4.0 strap charging almost ten times per month of Amazon Halo’s monthly fee.
In this Whoop vs Amazon Halo guide, I’ll dive deeper into a front to back comparison between the two models to help you decide which one to choose.
Let’s get to it.
Whoop vs Amazon Halo Comparison Chart
Let’s kick off with a quick comparison table that will help you understand the similarities and differences between these two fitness trackers:
|Whoop 4.0 Strap||Amazon Halo Band|
|Display||No display||No display|
|Battery Life||Up to 5 days||Up to7 days|
|Water Resistance||Approximately 1 ATM||Approximately 5 ATM|
|Integrated Sensors||Temperature sensor, SpO2, respiration rate sensor, heart rate monitor||Heart rate monitor, accelerometer, skin temperature sensor, SpO2|
|Activities||Sleep||Sleep, microphone for voice tone|
|Membership Plan||$30 per month or $25 per month for a year’s subscription||$3.99 per month|
|Mobile Payment||Mobile payment not included||Mobile payment not included|
|GPS Integration||No GPS integration||No GPS integration|
Whoop vs Amazon Halo: Differences and Similarities Explained
Whoop 4.0 strap and Amazon Halo band compete on different criteria. So it’s important to know how they compare beforehand to decide which one to pick.
Design and Display
For starters, Whoop 4.0 Strap and Amazon Halo Band feature knitted bands wrapped around the sensors that sit on the skin.
They don’t feature a display.
But while that may be somewhat a deal breaker for some people, at least their dedicated mobile apps make up for the missing screen.
Whoop 4.0 and Amazon Halo allow you to tweak the band for a more personalized look and feel.
For Whoop 4.0, the Fast Link Slider makes it easily to switch to a unique band without adjustment or threading. And the fitting snugs quite well.
Because Amazon Halo Band’s sensor capsule easily spans on and off, it’s easy to pull the band back, remove the sensor, and place it in a new band.
If customization is something you’d want a fitness tracker to have, the two models are just as good. And provided you fit any of these to a snug, you won’t have to worry about wrist discomfort.
These two fitness trackers features multiple sensors, which allow you to monitor different metrics simultaneously.
For Amazon Halo Band, you get an accelerometer, a heart rate monitor, a SpO2 sensor, a skin temperature detector, and a set of microphones.
Together, these sensors ensure your Amazon Halo Band give you important data, from body composition and activity levels to the steps you take and how you speak. So you can take full control of your health and fitness.
The sensors integrated on Whoop 4.0 Strap include a heart rate monitor for detecting heart rate variability and resting heart rate and a SpO2 sensor for tracing blood oxygen levels.
Furthermore, the inclusion of blood oxygen saturation and skin temperature sensor on Whoop 4.0 Strap make illness prediction easy.
About a decade ago, tracking sleep right from your wrist was nothing short of a unicorn. But activity and fitness tracking advanced, and now it’s possible to know how long and how well you sleep every night.
In this respect, Amazon Halo and Whoop 4.0 are two examples of fitness tracker bands that allow you to monitor sleep in stages, and you can analyze each stage to determine how well you slept the previous night.
The Amazon Halo Bad will start monitoring your sleep in stage immediately you fall asleep. Its integrated sensor monitor three sleep stages, which are light, deep, and REM.
While its membership is somewhat expensive to maintain, Whoop gives you a deeper analysis of your sleep in four stages.
In the Whoop 4.0’s app, you’ll see your sleep segmented into light, deep or slow wave sleep, REM, and awake. Furthermore, Whoop gives you useful insights to help you get better sleep every night.
Step tracking is an important metric to have in a fitness and activity tracker, but that doesn’t mean both Whoop and Amazon Halo Band have this option.
With Amazon Halo Band, you can count steps in real time, with every movement you make guaranteed to automatically log into the app.
It’s unfortunate that Whoop can’t track steps, a feature that shouldn’t be missing in such a pricey fitness device in the first place.
Unless you’re comfortable with a fitness tracker that doesn’t track your steps, you should consider getting yourself the Amazon Halo Band.
I’ve analyzed activity trackers long enough to know that there’s no such thing as a waterproof fitness tracker.
Whoop 4.0 Strap and Amazon Halo Band are not an exception.
The Amazon Halo Band is water resistant up to 5 ATM. That means it can withstand water pressure up to 50 meter for a maximum of 30 minutes.
Whoop 4.0 Strap fails in this area, as it resists water only to a depth of 10 meters. If you go down farther than 32 feet deep, you could be potentially destroying the tracker
As much as both bands can get in the swimming pool, they won’t track your laps, distance, and strokes in the swimming pool. And while you can wear them in the shower, you must avoid making contact with detergents, lotions, and shampoos.
There’s nothing I hate more than a wearable with a short battery life. And I know I’m not the only one on this.
It’s good to see that Whoop and Amazon have done their best to give these bands the best battery life on a single charge. And they aren’t disappointing at all.
In testing, the Whoop 4.0 strap’s battery lasts about 5 days before requiring a recharge. And if you don’t use it for an entire day, it could last for about a week – maybe even more – before you need to charge it.
Amazon Halo Band’s battery lasts even longer in standard mode, with testing showing the average runtime standing at 7 days. However, the runtime on a single charge reduces to about 2 days if you have the 2 microphones active.
If you would like to choose a fitness tracker with a long battery life between the two, I highly recommend the Amazon Halo Band.
Whoop vs Amazon Halo Membership Plans
Fitness trackers with membership plans are devices many of us would frown at, to say the least. But if you’re comfortable with paying a premium on a monthly basis, there shouldn’t be a deal breaker.
For example, my Whoop and Fitbit comparison shows that you can use a Fitbit without a subscription, but the Whoop would require a monthly payment.
Amazon Halo Band and Whoop 4.0 Strap work on a similar payment model in that they both require a monthly subscription to work.
For Amazon Halo Band, you get a 12-month free trial for the premium services, but you have to buy the device separately. Amazon then charges $3.99 a month if you don’t cancel your subscription.
You’ll continue to use your Amazon Halo Band even after canceling your subscription. But you’ll only have access to basic steps, sleep time, heart rate, and sleep tracking.
For Whoop, you get the fitness band free as long as you subscribe to a Whoop membership plan.
You’ll be paying $30 per month for the Whoop service. You can also select a 12-month subscription at $25 a month, or select two years upfront and pay $480.
Unlike Amazon Halo Band, your Whoop will stop to work as soon as your subscription expires. You won’t have access even to basic information.
Plus, in my opinion, Whoop membership is quite expensive, making the price the biggest deal breaker for the device.
Amazon Halo Band and Whoop have quite a lot in common.
They both lack a display, feature woven bands, have multiple integrated sensors, and can track sleep.
The biggest difference between the two is in pricing, with Whoop subscription costing almost ten times that of Amazon Halo Band.
As for whether Whoop is better than Amazon Halo Band or vice versa, I’d recommend that you try them both for about a month and make an informed decision on what to go for.