Diego Jimenez
Diego JimenezPrincipal Product Designer @LonelyPlanet

What is your favorite Meditation app?

After reading a lot about the benefits of meditation, I want to give it a try. I heard there are great apps to guide you through this process, and I'd love to get some recommendations. I've downloaded Headspace and Calm, but since I'm not an expert, I can't tell how good or bad they are and which is better. Thanks!
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  1. 119
    Headspace 2.0

    Meditation made simple in just 10 minutes a day

    JodieProduct Strategy @Notey · Written
    Headspace is fantastic because it ultimately helps people change misconceptions about meditation. For me (and a number of my friends) - Headspace makes meditation feel 1) achievable -yes to 3 min options 2) playful - fantastic animations 3) and perhaps most importantly, feel like a tangible practice in the “real world”. I often highlight the themed option for ‘Commuting’ to demonstrate - how often do people highlight that meditation can happen in a jam packed metro and not, as commonly perceived in a quiet place undisturbed by the actual world? Headspace hits that balance between aspirational (yes new years resolutions) and practical (the other 364 days a year), and I think that’s what makes it worth the plunge.
    I've used Insight Timer (a great free option) and was turned off by the cost of Headspace. I decided to take the plunge with the New Year sale Headspace had, though. I do not regret it. The app is great for three reasons: 1) it does an excellent job of nurturing meditation as a habit; 2) the themed packs make meditation less daunting for those who are new to meditation and practicing it for a specific reason (e.g. anger management, focus); and 3) the design is wonderful.
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    Brona Molnarova
    Brona Molnarovait's only impossible until it's done · Written
    the "onboarding" is better than anything ive ever experienced. it taught me meditation in the most gentle way
    • Brona Molnarova
      Brona Molnarovait's only impossible until it's done

      This is the first and only app I pay for :D Sometimes it can feel like a chore to do stuff that is good for you and this app takes that away for me. I teaches you gently and pleasantly and Ive been able to stick to it and understand more about how minds work. It helped me stop biting my nails.

    • Mayank Sharma
      Mayank SharmaTechnical Architect @ Ntalents.ai

      Great product to get focus in a world of noise

  2. 87

    Meditation and breathing exercises for geeks

    I love the simplicity, emphasis on community, and breathwork component.
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    • Not only is this product amazing, it's free - and I've never seen another app developer open up (and manage!) the process so effectively to a wider community. This needs to be case study material, on so many levels, of how to do things right. Nice job Kevin and team!

    • Arin Basu
      Arin Basudoctor, professor environmental health

      Excellent app for meditation. if I were to choose among insight timer, headspace, calm, and oak, I'd choose Oak. This app beats every other app in terms of its balance between simplicity and unobtrusiveness. The best app for meditation is here, and you do not need to waste money on anything else.

  3. 51
    Insight Timer 1.5

    The best free meditation timer, redesigned

    Tejas Kinger
    Tejas Kinger20SaaS Product Marketing @ Freshworks Inc · Written
    I've been using HeadSpace for a while now, but I've read a lot of threads on Reddit and Quora about the benefits of Insight Timer over both HeadSpace and Calm. I might give it a shot.
    Jeff Greenberg
    Jeff GreenbergFilmgeek. Tech geek. Father. · Written
    I use this for a change of pace for it's cost (Free) - there's some great content, but it's much more unguided/uncurated.
    I can say the same
    • Rene Escobar
      Rene EscobarProgrammer. Runner. Noun.

      I love this app. I've seen it grow from a wee little timer with different bells to a full fledge application with courses, timers, and a friendly online community.

    • Monica Wulff
      Monica WulffAussie founder focused on podcasts

      Been using this product for over a year and it has so much variety. I love that when I log in I can see how many people around the world are meditating using the app at that moment in time.

  4. 20

    Automatic habit & goal tracker

    Jenny La
    Jenny LaCMO of Unstatic Company · Written
    Jenny La made this product
    This app is not made for only meditation tracking. But also other activities and habits.
    I've recently tried this too. The UI is just great and the app is working great as a whole.
    • I have enjoyed using this app for the past month but can't justify the subscription price until the app more significantly differentiates itself from competitors. (There needs to be a lot more integrations to justify the price.)

      Also, I believe that you should completely own your own data, and I don't like how CSV export is a "premium" feature.

      Other than that, the UI is very clean, and I think other habit trackers need to embrace "automated" goal tracking like this.

    • Developing good habits is one of the foundations of a good life, and it deserves well designed tools. I believe Nirow it's one of those tools and I look very much forward to its development. It supports a variety of ways to track habits both manually and automatically, fitting plenty of scenarios. There is no excuse to not to try it and improve your life 1 habit at a time ;)

  5. Matija Abicic
    Matija AbicicProduct Manager @getgenea · Written
    Guided meditations for every mood - you can be on multiple meditation tracks at the same time.
    Jeff Greenberg
    Jeff GreenbergFilmgeek. Tech geek. Father. · Written
    They had a switch in narrators about a year ago. The new one has a really bad vocal fry/rasp. Sets my teeth on edge. Lots of content, but I think Headspace is better for it's level of direction
    Rudolf Olah
    Rudolf OlahWeb Dev @ Zynga, Founder @ NeverFriday · Written
    breathing timers/exercises are good, so are the guided meditations at a good price too
  6. 6
    Aura 2.0

    Spotify for mindfulness meditations - for any mood 😊

    I have been meditating with Aura for a year. It has been a great experience with daily mindful meditation for 3 minutes!
  7. 5
    Simple Habit, now for Web

    5 minute meditations for your busy life

    KPMaker, entrepreneur, product nerd · Written
    Been using this for a while now.. very simple 5 min meditations for starters. I start my day with these now. Soothing simple voice-guided meditations. Try them!
  8. 5
    Simple Habit

    Meditation for people who never have time

    Aleksandra5Maker @ Planet:tech, Supergirls · Written
    I love the variety of guided meditations, for different cases (better sleep, anxiety, stress, etc) and levels.
    Lindsay Saewitz
    Lindsay SaewitzChi Entrepreneur + The #Bizamo Project · Written
    So far my favorite (over headspace). I like that it's 5 minutes instead of 10, haha. makes me more likely to do it! and you can pick based on how much time you have.
    • Mandeep Singh
      Mandeep SinghA Maker & Startups Enthusiast

      Seems to be a pretty decent app with a great voiceover and lots of content. I only did a simple 5-minute meditation round and still somehow felt a bit relaxed considering I had a lot of work to be done today. Obviously, these 5 minutes are not enough to give you a full-blown review but it felt good enough to add it to my final shortlist.

      More here: https://www.producthunt.com/@mesingh9/goals/3771/comments/625458

  9. 3
    Primed Mind

    An immersive mindset coaching that provides personal growth

    Uroš Gucunja
    Uroš GucunjaUser Experience | Biohacking & Startups · Written
    After learning a lot from Tony Robbins about priming, i researched a lot about good apps to help me practice and create good habits. Recently stared using Primed as an alternative to Headspace and Insight Timer. Must say i am very pleased with their free Primes, and also consideration of purchasing their Pro.
  10. Jonathan Kosgei
    Jonathan KosgeiDoing Geolocation at ipdata.co · Written
    Jonathan Kosgei made this product
    I created an entire family of Ambient Sleep Sounds and Ambient Relaxing Sounds Alexa skills while learning the platform, to help with Sleep and Relaxation. This is just one, others include; Ocean Sounds, Babbling Brook, Rain with Native American Flutes, Forest Night among others. All have positive reviews and feedback from users. Important to note that many such skills exist in the Alexa skills store, the most popular created by Nick Schwab of Invoked Apps.
  11. 2
    Stop, Breathe & Think

    An emotion-based meditation and mindfulness app

    Great interface with nice gamification features. Lots of free content.
    • Fiona Carty
      Fiona Cartydesigner @ boba guys

      I've used this product since I was 17 (3 years! wow!) I've tried other meditation apps but honestly, I always came back to this one.

      I never thought I could go beyond a 10 minute guided meditation, but now find myself meditating for sometimes even an hour.

      Meditation changed my outlook on life, and has helped tremendously through periods of stress in my life. It's all thanks to this app.

  12. 2
    10% Happier

    Meditation for fidgety skeptics!

    Drew Bedard
    Drew BedardMarketer. http://bit.ly/DrewVLOG · Written
    Love this app. Great, practical meditation advice and sessions.
    Duarte Martins
    Duarte MartinsFounder, thenoocoffee.com · Written
    Really great app with your own therapist and courses given by experts.
  13. 1
    Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

    Amazon's assistant w/ improved voice recognition and design

    Tejas Kinger
    Tejas Kinger20SaaS Product Marketing @ Freshworks Inc · Written
    I've also been using the guided meditation skill from the Alexa skill store on my Amazon Echo Dot. That works well too!
  14. One of the best apps out there is Evenflow. Meditations are organized by topic like stress, anxiety sleep and performance and are done by licensed therapists so the quality is really high. It's also all free the first week so you can try it out without worrying about getting charged anything
  15. 1

    Music for the brain to improve focus, meditation & sleep

    It has meditation and a few other features to get you through your day. Outside of meditation, the sleep and nap feature are insanely effective.
    • Jason Lindstrom
      Jason LindstromManaging Partner

      I bought a lift time membership and pumped I made the move. I find this really helps me stay on task especially if I've had a bad night sleep or an intense day.

    • Daniel
      DanielCTO, PlateJoy

      I have been using Brain.fm consistently since purchasing a lifetime membership back in January. I mainly use it during work (programming), sometimes when sleeping.

  16. William
    WilliamCompulsive maker · Written
    The only meditation app where you don't have someone talking :)
  17. 1

    "I know me": self-awareness made easy

    Afarin Pirzadeh
    Afarin PirzadehInome app- Selfawareness Made Easy · Written
    Afarin Pirzadeh made this product
    @LonelyPlanet If you would like to try reflective meditation, try out the Inome (I know me) app. It guides you through a daily reflection and help you clarify your thoughts and emotions.
  18. 1
    Box Breathing

    Breathe in sync with this to calm yourself down

    Juraj Pal
    Juraj PalHead of Strategic Partnerships at Slido · Written
    Other than Headspace, I've been really enjoying box breathing practice. As opposed to Headspace, it's something that you can do pretty much anytime, even if you have just 3 minutes before you go on stage, etc.
  19. 1
    Sleep Sounds for Alexa

    Ambient sounds on Alexa to help you sleep, relax, or focus.

    Nick Schwab
    Nick SchwabFounder @ invokedapps.com · Written
    Nick Schwab made this product
    One of the largest selections of high-quality sounds (40+) for sleep, relaxation, and meditation available on Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, and on-the-go using Alexa in the Alexa smartphone app.
  20. 1

    Upgrade your mind with a hypnosis app

    Karl Nislow
    Karl NislowFinance Manager @fuzzpro · Written
    If you're looking for a little more flavor.