Whoop vs Fitbit (Which is Better?)

Fitbit vs Whoop – Fitbit is a well-established brand in the fitness tracking industry, offering watches and trackers for customers with varying budgets.

On the other hand, Whoop is a newer wearable that has already caught the attention of even the most elite athletes with their Whoop 3.0 and Whoop 4.0 straps.

If you’re confused about choosing between Whoop and Fitbit, this guide will compare the features of Whoop and Fitbit.

We will compare Whoop 4 and Whoop 3 to Fitbit smartwatches and trackers to see which is better at keeping track of activities, sleep, mindfulness, and basic health statistics like heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, etc.

In addition, we will take a look at the battery life for each tracker and determine which of the two is better.

Below is a Brief Whoop vs Fitbit Comparison Table

WHOOP 4.0
Whoop
Fitbit Charge 5 Advanced Health & Fitness Tracker
Fitbit
DisplayDoes not have a displayColored AMOLED, 1.04-inch
CompatibilityiOS, Android, Apple HealthAndroid, iOS
Ease of Set UpSlightly hard to set up Easy to set up
Activity Trackingblood oxygen levels, heart rate variability, sleep stage, skin temperature, respiratory rate, etc.distance, Active Zone Minutes, distance traveled, SpO2, calories burned, heart rate, swimming, etc.
Water Resistance 1ATM (up to 10 Meters)5ATM (up to 50 Meters)
Battery LifeUp to 5 daysBetween 2 to 7 days
Check on AmazonCheck on Amazon

Let’s briefly go over each feature mentioned in the comparison table above.

Compatibility

Winner: Fitbit and Whoop – Both are compatible with iOS and Android devices.

When it comes to compatibility we consider the operating system of the phone you are using and the app you can connect to. Fitbit and Whoop are compatible with Android and iOS devices. Whoop goes ahead and integrates with the Apple Health app but Fitbit does not and for this reason, I would prefer Whoop over Fitbit for compatibility.

Ease of Setup

Winner: Fitbit – It is easier to set up than Whoop.

From the box, both Fitbit and Whoop require you to set them up. You will first charge both trackers to 100% and download their companion on your phone and that doesn’t take long.

The setup process for Fitbit is more straightforward as the device does most of the setup work for you and that makes connecting to the phone simple.

Creating an account on Fitbit is easy and if it is your first time you get a 6-month free trial on Fitbit Premium.

On the other hand,  Whoop and the Whoop app are a little complicated to set up. For some connecting the tracker to the app on the phone involves a couple of tries. Fitbit setup is more effortless and for that, I would consider it over Whoop for ease of setup.

Accuracy

Winner: Fitbit – It monitors data more accurately.

Determining the accuracy of Whoop is a bit hard and that’s because it relies on metrics that are only trackable with external devices. However, I would say Whoop accurately measures how long you worked and slept.

Fitbit on the other hand is accurate on most of what it tracks, for instance, it will track sleep down to the minute and calculate the number of steps taken throughout the day. Unfortunately, the sleep counter might be overly sensitive hence giving more value. In addition, extra steps might be recorded while sleeping.

GPS

Winner: Fitbit – It features built-in GPS.

If you are a cyclist or a runner you will want a tracker that has a GPS, I would not consider Whoop as an option here because it does not have a GPS, it can just measure the distance traveled. On the other end, we have Fitbit watches and trackers that come with built-in GPS to track your routes.

Activity Tracking

Both Whoop and Fitbit (Fitbit Charge, Sense, Versa, and Inspire) claim to automatically detect exercises. That means you don’t have to tell either of the trackers you are starting or ending a workout. Even though both trackers automatically detect workouts, I prefer Fitbit because Whoop 4.0 is slow and only detects long workouts.

After a workout, Whoop and Fitbit break down your data into a variety of stats. For instance, after tracking your activities Fitbit will provide your Active Zone Minutes to tell you how long you were in a cardio, optimal heart rate, and fat burned.

On the other hand, Whoop will provide a strain score, where you will know whether your body is ready to push harder or keep resting. Unlike Fitbit Versa, Charge, Sense, and Inspire, Whoop 4.0 and 3.0 cannot keep track of steps taken throughout the day. Since Whoop cannot track steps and is slower in tracking, I would prefer Fitbit over it.

Sleep Tracking

Winner: Whoop – It monitors more sleep stages than Fitbit.

Sleep is something not everyone monitors. If you have a Whoop or Fitbit device you will be able to keep track of your sleep each night. With a whoop strap, you will be able to monitor up to four stages of your sleep and these stages include Slow Wave Sleep (SWS), REM, light, and awake.

On the other hand, with a Fitbit Charge, Inspire, Sense, Versa, or Luxe you will be able to monitor up to three stages of your sleep each night and these sleep stages include Light, REM, and Deep sleep.

Whoop 4 and Whoop 3 are definitely the trackers to consider when you want a tracker that provides more sleep data.

Health Tracking

Winner: Fitbit – It tracks more health data.

If you buy Whoop or Fitbit you will track and keep records of your fitness activities.

Whether you go for Fitbit or Whoop you will be able to keep an eye on your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, menstrual cycle, calories burned, and skin temperatures.

Even though Fitbit and Whoop track the same health vitals how they present the data in their apps is different.

Whoop is more specific whereas Fitbit is not. Fitbit will let you customize the details you want to see but, the data won’t be as detailed as those on Whoop. Also,  Fitbits will track weekly activities but won’t offer customized coaching.

Note, Whoop does not offer mindfulness recommendations but Fitbit offers mindfulness exercises and strategy recommendations.

Subscription Plans

Winner: Fitbit – it is offered at an affordable price.

One thing I don’t like about Whoop 4.0 and Whoop 3.0 is that they can’t be used without the Whoop membership plan. The plan has to be paid for monthly, yearly, or every 24 months, which makes it expensive.

On the other hand, you can use Fitbit for free without its membership plan however, with the Fitbit membership plan you get more insights into your health and fitness activities.

 If you want an option that offers a more affordable plan consider Fitbit, it’s membership plan only costs 9.99/£7.99 per month, or $80/£79.99 per year. If you go for the Whoop Membership Plan you will pay $30 per month or a whopping $360 per year.

You also get more free trial days on Fitbit than on Whoop; Fitbit offers a 90-day free trial whereas Whoop offers a 30-day free trial for premium members.

Water Resistance

Winner: Fitbit – it features a higher water resistance rating.

Both Fitbit and Whoop are water resistant however, their water resistance rating differs. While Fitbit features a water resistance rating of 5ATM, Whoop features a water resistance rating of 1ATM. You can wear Fitbit comfortably to the pool but can’t wear Whoop. If you want a tracker that can go swimming and to the shower go for Fitbit, not Whoop.

Battery Life

Winner: Fitbit – Its battery lasts a bit longer than that of Whoop after a complete charge.

Fitbit and Whoop come with good battery life however the battery life of Fitbit is better than that of Whoop.

On a single charge, Whoop 4.0 and Whoop 3.0 can last for 4 to 5 days whereas Fitbit watches and trackers can keep charge for 4 to 10 days.

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Jashon Kanaiza

I’m Jashon Kanaiza, a lover of life, books, gadgets, and coffee. I spend hours testing, researching, reviewing, and troubleshooting wearable tech by an array of brands. My goal with JayFinity is to help you push your wearable to its limit. From tips to how-to guides to reviews, you deserve the best wearable information – without a paywall behind it.

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