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Screenshot: Beth Skwarecki, Oura, Whoop The two biggest-name recovery tracking devices, Whoop and Oura, unveiled new hardware recently. There’s now a Whoop 4.0 strap and an Oura gen3 ring. But along with the hardware changes comes a new pricing calculus: Both will require subscriptions. So which is the better deal? Until recently, the two companies had opposite business models. Oura would sell you a ring for $299 that you could use for free, while Whoop gave you the hardware for free as long as you signed up for at least a six-month subscription ($30/month, if you pay by the month). Oura’s new ring costs the same as the old one, but there’s now a $5.99/month subscription to go with it. How much do Whoop and Oura really cost? Let’s look at a one-year timeframe first. (Both companies have a one-year warranty on their new hardware.) For Oura, the ring costs $299, and the membership is $5.99/month. After the first year, in theory you’ll have paid $370.88. Right now, though, the company is offering a six-month “free trial” of the subscription, so you’ll only actually pay $334.94 that first year. If you keep the ring for two years, that’s a total of $406.82 with the free trial, or $442.76 if they stop offering the free trial. For Whoop, you’re only paying for the subscription. You can pay by the month as long as you commit to at least six months up front; that’s $360 for the year, or $720 over […]