There are a lot of tools out there to help you keep track of your health and fitness goals, ranging from sleep apps to popular fitness trackers like the Apple Watch or FitBit. Though smart rings are a relatively new gadget to the market, this connected piece of jewelry has gained popularity in recent years for its compact, minimalist design and ability to track health data. If you’re someone that doesn’t like wearing a smartwatch to bed but could benefit from knowing about important metrics like heart rate, sleep, steps and more, a smart ring could be the solution.
The experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute have been hands-on testing fitness products and tech gadgets for decades, from health apps to top-performing smartwatches. We’ve tested more than 50 of the best fitness trackers since they burst onto the scene over 10 years ago. To determine the best smart rings for tracking your health, our tech pros and wellness experts evaluated everything from a smart ring’s ease of use to its design, app intuitiveness and performance. Below are our top picks for the best smart rings in 2022, based on testing conducted in the Media & Tech Lab and an extensive review of top sellers.
Our top picks:
Read on after our top picks to find out how we selected our top picks and whether a smart ring is right for you.
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Best Overall Smart Ring
|Up to 7 days
|Up to 100m
Best Value Smart Ring
|Up to five days
Best Smart Ring for Fitness
|Stainless steel and carbon fiber
|Up to four days
|Light exposure (rain)
Best Smart Ring for Sleep Tracking
|Acrylic /PC+ABS plastics
Best Smart Ring for Health Tracking
Prevention circul+ Wellness Ring
|316L Stainless steel with PVD coating
|Up to 16 hours
While the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Media & Tech Lab haven’t had the opportunity to test all smart rings featured, we chose our picks based on our years of experience testing health trackers as well as previous categorical tests in the health and wellness space. We reviewed each ring for key specs like tracking capabilities, and for those rings that we tested in our Lab, we evaluated ease of setup and ease of use, comfort, design, app intuitiveness, performance and more. While this product category remains small and is still in its early stages, our pros are excited to watch the category grow and test new entrants to the field as they become available.
Why choose a smart ring instead of a fitness tracker?
“Smart rings can help track essential metrics related to health, sleep, wellness, fitness and more,” says Stefani Sassos, MS, RDN, CSO, CDN, NASM-CPT and GH’s resident personal trainer. Though smart rings and fitness trackers share a lot in common when it comes to tracking these metrics, you might prefer one over the other. “One of the differences is that a smart ring tends to have no display or a very tiny display, and it needs to be controlled through another device, such as your smartphone,” Sassos says. “Smartwatches tend to have a decent size display and can typically be controlled directly on the device screen.” If you like being able to receive notifications directly on your device, then a smart ring might not be the best choice for you. With a smart ring, you’ll typically access any data or information that was collected through your smartphone as opposed to on the device itself.
Another major difference is the design. “Smart rings tend to be more comfortable and inconspicuous than smartwatches, making them a bit more seamless and convenient to wear especially for long periods of time,” Sassos says. “They’re also generally lighter and can be easier to sleep with if you are looking to track sleep data overnight.” If you don’t like wearing a watch in general, a smart ring could be a great choice since it still offers many of the perks of a smartwatch or fitness tracker.
Why trust Good Housekeeping?
Media & Tech Reviews Analyst Olivia Lipski oversees product testing and covers everything from consumer tech to fitness gadgets, health, home appliances and more. She continues to stay on top of the industry’s latest innovations and helps readers make better buying decisions by testing and reviewing the best gadgets to hit the market. She’s excited to get her hands on more smart rings, which she thinks are an easy-to-use and comfortable way to track your health and sleep.
Stefani Sassos has been working in the fitness industry for the past decade, specializing in indoor cycling and strength training. As a NASM-certified personal trainer, she uses her expertise and exercise science knowledge to create informed fitness content for Good Housekeeping. From vigorously testing exercise equipment and workout apps to curating workout plans for GH readers, Stefani is passionate about leading an active lifestyle and inspiring others to do the same. Stefani began actively using fitness trackers after having her first baby to help her stay active and feel her best. She loves that smart rings are a discreet and practical way to track metrics and prioritize holistic health.
Rachel Rothman, chief technologist and head engineer for the Good Housekeeping Institute, has been with the brand for nearly 15 years and has a B.S.E. in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. An avid athlete and gadget enthusiast, she has experience testing a multitude of fitness and tech equipment, from smart fitness mirrors to smartwatches.
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