The best sleep trackers

Turn to tech to get a good night's sleep with one of the best sleep trackers

best sleep trackers 81vlfhwwm6l  sl1500
Withings
As the movement to quantify everything we do continues at a feverish pace, sleep-tracking tech is becoming more and more common — no longer is it just a secondary feature of fitness trackers. The overarching idea behind it all is that, with additional information about the quality of your sleep, you can begin to make changes in your lifestyle to improve it, thus creating a positive effect on your mental and physical well-being.

Today, there are a handful of different products on the market capable of measuring your nightly rest and each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. So we’ve put together this list of the best sleep trackers to help you figure out which one is right for you.

Hello Sense With Voice ($149)

Hello Sense

Hello’s Sense sleep tracker is sensible in every way and we reviewed the first-generation device in 2016. Now with voice, it’s even better. The hassle-free sphere consistently tracks sleep without a wristband or remembering to engage sleep mode settings. The nest-esque tracker is equipped with an array of sensors — including a microphone, light sensor, particulate sensor, temperature sensor, and humidity sensor — that work to log a summary of your sleep environment.

The environmental tracking data is combined with Sense’s tiny “sleep pill,” which attaches to your pillow to log your sleep patterns. The result is a sleep log that’s accessible via the Sense’s mobile app, one that provides a comprehensive sleep grade and a snapshot of how your bedroom environment factored into your sleep.

Note: Hello has announced that it is shutting down, and the website has been taken down. At the moment, support is still ongoing and you can still purchase the Sense from third-party retailers.

Amazon

Beddit 3 Sleep Tracker ($150)

Beddit is one of the original sleep trackers that didn’t require you to wear something likely to interfere with your sleep. Apple scooped up the company in 2017, and at least for the time being, the device is still being sold as a separate product through the Apple Store. The third-generation Beddit shrinks the sensor even more — so much so you’ll likely not even feel it there. You can also track all kinds of sleep data, including sleep duration, quality, respiration rate, and even your heart rate, and the device automatically knows when you’re asleep so you don’t have to bother with anything.

Apple

Sleep Number SleepIQ K1 Kids Bed ($799+)

Sleep Number SleepIQ Kids Bed

Sleep Number’s SleepIQ for kids makes a lot of sense, even if the bed might be a bit on the pricey side. It’s a mattress with an integrated sleep monitor, which allows parents to monitor their child’s sleep patterns directly from an app. It’s similar to other Sleep Number mattresses, except this one has a few incentives to please the tykes, including gold stars for a good night’s sleep and a “monster detector” that illuminates the space under the bed when the kid wakes up. The mattress also monitors sleep without the need for a bracelet or mattress pad, and the bed comes equipped with a night light parents can turn off remotely when their child falls asleep. Parents can even receive alerts when their kid leaves the bed. Read more here.

Sleep Number

Beautyrest Sleeptracker ($99)

We’re big fans of Beautyrest’s Sleeptracker, having tested the unit when it first came out in 2017. You place the sensors between your mattress and boxspring, which makes it even less noticeable than the ultra-thin sensors you typically place beneath your sheets with other models. Once installed, the device automatically detects when you fall asleep and records heart and respiratory rate. It also utilizes a built-in artificial intelligence to detect various sleep stages — light, deep, and REM. Over time, the AI engine works to provide you with better sleeping tips based on individual sleep habits, as well as any information you provide after a night of sleep. It’s certainly worth the price, even if it is one of the more expensive options on our list. Read more here.

Amazon

S+ by ResMed ($39)

S+ by ResMed Thumb

One of the more advanced devices on our list is ResMed’s S+. The robust device basically sits on your nightstand and tracks sleeping habits, without requiring you to put something under your bed sheets. How does it do that? With a combination of ultrasonic pulses and sonar, of course. Using the aforementioned tech, the device is capable of seeing through your blankets and monitoring your chest movements as you breathe, which helps indicate the quality of sleep. Perhaps even cooler is the fact the device matches your breathing rhythm to the tempo of music that can help lull you to sleep. You’ll need your phone to do so, however, as the device plays music via your phone’s speaker.

Amazon

Withings Aura ($139)

81pf5QWj8kL._SL1500_

The Aura is a lot like the aforementioned Beddit Sleep Tracker but comes with a few additional features. As with Beddit, the Aura comes equipped with a ballistocardiography sensor pad that slips under your mattress and tracks your movements, heart rate, and respiration. However, this pad is also attached to a color-changing light and speaker. Using these components in tandem, Aura senses when you’re in bed and emit wavelengths of light which enable you to fall asleep faster. It also uses these components to determine when you’re about to wake up, and flicks on a blue light to wake you at the best possible time.

Your sleep data automatically syncs with the Withing’s app, aka Health Mate, which then displays your total sleep time alongside metrics culled from other Withings products. The Aura works with the iPhone 4S and later, however, if you’re an Android user, your device needs Bluetooth LE. Read our full review here.

Amazon

Health & Fitness

In search of the fountain of youth, beauty companies turn to tech

Beauty tech is a fairly new concept, but at CES 2019, companies such as Olay, L’Oreal, and Neutrogena were fully embracing it with all kinds of gadgets that promise to give you glowing skin.
Product Review

Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the simplest entry into a smarter doorway

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 may lack the style and sophistication of premium door-dingers, but few can match its simplicity and versatility. The device, available in both wired and wireless configurations, is easy to set up and adds instant…
Smart Home

Ring security camera catches man licking the doorbell for hours

A family in Salinas, California had their Ring camera capture something pretty unexpected: a man licking the doorbell outside of their home for more than three hours. The incident took place around 5:00 a.m.
Smart Home

GHSP makes a (back)splash with its touchscreen concept kitchen

One of the coolest concept kitchens from CES 2019 came from GHSP. It created a backsplash entirely made of touchscreens. That means the control panel for your kitchen is accessible no matter where you are.
Product Review

Kwikset Kevo Contemporary review

Tired of carrying around keys? Make keyless entry so easy that all you have to do is have your phone nearby to open the door. It’s a little pricey, but sleek lines and simple features make the Kwikset Kevo Contemporary a great choice for…
Smart Home

Airbnb says sorry to guest for how it dealt with undisclosed security camera

An Airbnb guest recently found a surveillance camera in his rental apartment that hadn't been properly disclosed in the listing. The firm admits its initial response to the guest's complaint was poor, but has since made amends.
Smart Home

Busted: Facebook Portal gets 5-star reviews from company employees

It's fair to say that Facebook's Portal smart display received a tepid response at launch, so it was something of a surprise to see lots of glowing reviews of the device on Amazon. Turns out some were written by Facebook workers.
Smart Home

Thinking of buying an Instant Pot? Here's what you need to know

The Instant Pot is a powerful kitchen appliance that does everything from pressure cook to to slow cook to steam. Heck, you can even make yogurt in it. Here's all you need to know about the magic device.
Smart Home

Want a smarter home? Ditch the keys with these great smart locks

A good smart lock should offer a combination of security and convenience. Fortunately, these devices keep your home protected, your family safe, and your belongings secure from possible intruders.
Smart Home

The best sous vide machines cook your food perfectly, every single time

Want to make four-star meals from the comforts of your own kitchen? Here are the best sous vide machines available right now, whether you prefer simple immersion circulators or something more complex.
Smart Home

Idaho mother says her child’s light-up sippy cup exploded

After a mother filled a Nuby insulated light-up cup with milk, the cup allegedly exploded. The incident caused burns to the mother's hand and face and a stinging sensation in her lungs that required a trip to the hospital.
Smart Home

Project Alias is a ‘smart parasite’ that stops smart speakers from listening

Two designers chose to do something about nosy smart speakers. The result is Project Alias, a "smart parasite" that whispers nonsense to Google Home and Alexa until it hears a specific wake word.
Smart Home

DS3 Clean water-free swatches could be the future of cleaning products

DS3 Clean swatches were on display at CES 2019. The small swatches come in several types, including shampoo and toilet cleaner. They're great for travel, but their real impact is in how such supplies will be shipped and stored.
Smart Home

Amazon patents a technology to help Alexa fight fake voice attacks

Amazon filed a patent this month for a new technology that looks like it would help its digital assistant Alexa fight fake voice attacks that could potentially fool Alexa's biometric security protocols.