5 Best Smart Rings in 2023

5 Best Smart Rings in 2023

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SMART RINGS are for futurists and wellness junkies alike. If we’re being real, the smart ring designs we know today are still much less than a decade old, so many brands are still going through the beginning stages. The best smart rings require careful configuration of advanced sensors to perfectly wrap around your finger—which is to say this type of tech doesn’t just appear overnight. The potential of a smart ring is like that of a quality smartwatch, you will only get the full benefits if you take advantage of all of the features the device has to offer. The good news for consumers is we’re finally entering into a period where smart ring competition is starting to ignite.

It’s true most of us can probably only name one smart ring off the top of our heads: the Oura Ring. The Oura Ring is the most superior smart ring to get your hands on in 2023. Factors like the ring’s easy availability in purchasing, a comfortable design, and accurate tracking of all types of metrics are just a few reasons why Oura stands above the rest. With that all being said, there are still some worthy smart ring competitors worth highlighting. Perhaps the most anticipated smart ring of 2023 is the Circular Ring, a device that raised a whopping $300,000 on Kickstarter and is finally available for pre-order right now (Circular says you can expect delivery by May of 2023).

On top of these two smart rings, you’ll find a few more quality options currently on the market. Some have more generous price points, while others simply have better and more advanced tracking tech. Regardless of what you’re looking for—and whether you’re a first-time smart ring buyer or not—there’s something in here for everyone. Ready to see what’s out there?

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Best Smart Ring Overall


Oura Ring Gen3

Battery Life Up to 7 days
Weight 4-6 grams
Water Resistance Up to 100m

Best Smart Ring Under $150



Battery Life Up to 3 days
Weight 6 grams
Water Resistance IPX67 rating

Most Comfortable


O2ring Wearable Pulse Oximeter

Battery Life Up to 16 hours
Weight 15 grams
Water Resistance IP24 rating

Another Quality Smart Ring


Prevention Circul+ Wellness Ring

Battery Life Up to 16 hours
Weight 9 grams
Water Resistance IPX2 rating

Most Anticipated Smart Ring


Circular Ring

Battery Life Up to 4 days
Weight 5 grams
Water Resistance “Suitable for light water exposure like rain. Not suitable for showering or washing hands”

What to Consider When Buying a Smart Ring

Shopping for a smart ring is a lot like shopping for a smartwatch. In terms of what you want to look for, the first order of business is a proper fit. Does the smart ring fit snugly—but not too tight—on your finger? Do the sensors stay placed on your skin? The proper fit of a smart ring is not only important due to comfort but it’s also important because an ill-fitting smart ring can impact the device’s performance. If your smart ring doesn’t fit, you run the risk of the sensors not getting a good enough reading, which can be quite annoying when you wake up to check your data and there’s nothing to show.

Another quality to look for in a smart ring is compatibility. Most smart rings work with all types of smartphones and have their own respective apps. In terms of what smart rings have the best overall compatibility and ease of use, Oura takes the top spot. The other picks on this list have solid compatibility too, but some can be buggy and others can be limited in what data they provide.

Last is battery life and durability. Some people like smart rings because they can offer more battery life than popular smartwatch models. When shopping for a smart ring make sure you’re getting a battery level that will last at least 12 hours of wear. If you don’t, you’ll find it gets tiring real quick when you have to go and charge your smart ring before bed so it doesn’t lose power while sleeping. And in terms of durability, make sure your smart ring has at least some level of water resistance. You don’t want a device that’s going to stop working in its tracks because it came in contact with sweat or water.

How Do Smart Rings Compare to Smart Watches?/

There are countless products at the intersection of health and technology flooding the market with claims of new, smarter, and better products than their predecessor. And let’s be real, newer isn’t always better. When it comes to wearable devices, that may not be the case. Because of the vast concentration of blood supply in our fingers (each finger has two arteries that run along both sides), smart rings are designed with more sensitivity compared to the average smartwatch.

Another important consideration is wearability and comfort. Some may find it easier to wear a smaller, more inconspicuous device such as a ring more often, which allows for more consistent data collection. And when it comes to tracking biometrics, it’s important to remember the more continuously you are able to wear these smart devices, the more benefit and accuracy you may gain from them.

We researched and tested many of the top-selling smart rings released over the past year. Men’s Health writers and editors, including our gear and commerce editor, John Thompson, and our fitness and commerce editor, Talene Appleton, tested and evaluated smart rings based on their design, performance, ease of use, and battery life. We also considered price points, as some smart rings provide a better overall value than others. The list above represents our honest picks of some of the best smart rings worth shopping for in 2023.

Gear and Commerce Editor
John Thompson is the Gear and Commerce Editor at Men’s Health, where he covers fashion, grooming, gear, and technology.

Fitness and Commerce Editor
Talene Appleton is the Fitness and Commerce Editor at Men’s Health, where she covers fitness, nutrition, health, and wellness.

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