The Best Meditation Apps

The Best Meditation Apps

Our pick

Headspace

Headspace

The best meditation app

This app offers the widest variety of meditations, with the best guided sessions for beginners, as well as less-structured programming for pros. Its easy-to-use interface was also the most streamlined.

Buying Options

Buy from Headspace
Buy from Apple App Store
Buy from Google Play

Headspace ($70 per year) is the best meditation app we tried. We think its more structured courses—which give you the experience of taking an in-person class, but one that you can do anywhere—will get beginning meditators started and help them maintain the habit. The app also offers short meditations for emergencies or the occasional random quiet moment. We prefer Headspace’s design, too, which includes a warm interface that has fun illustrations and a well-organized library of courses.

Note: Beyond its typical 14-day free trial, Headspace is offering additional features to help users during the coronavirus pandemic. (Read more about these below.)

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Also great

Calm

Calm

Less-structured meditations

This app offers more open-ended sessions that we think may appeal to experienced meditators who aren’t looking for that much guidance. It also offers bonus perks, like ambient music and sleep guidance.

Buying Options

Buy from Apple App Store
Buy from Google Play
Buy from Calm

If you’re a more experienced meditator and don’t need structured sequences of classes, Calm ($70 per year) may be a better fit for you. Along with guided sessions, it offers more individual exercises, like a breathing visualization, guided sleep stories, and more flexible timers and a larger selection of ambient music than Headspace. Calm’s design is less streamlined, however, and its sign-up process can be confusing. As with Headspace, you can do a free trial on Calm to see if you like it. And if you do, a yearlong subscription is $60—about $30 less than most of the other apps we considered.

Note: In addition to its usual week-long free trial, Calm is also offering special free features for de-stressing during these difficult times. (Read more about these below.)

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Our pick

Headspace

Headspace

The best meditation app

This app offers the widest variety of meditations, with the best guided sessions for beginners, as well as less-structured programming for pros. Its easy-to-use interface was also the most streamlined.

Buying Options

Buy from Headspace
Buy from Apple App Store
Buy from Google Play

Also great

Calm

Calm

Less-structured meditations

This app offers more open-ended sessions that we think may appeal to experienced meditators who aren’t looking for that much guidance. It also offers bonus perks, like ambient music and sleep guidance.

Buying Options

Buy from Apple App Store
Buy from Google Play
Buy from Calm

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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