Buddhify Review (Pros/Cons, Pricing, and More)

Budhiffy Review

With meditation sweeping the nation and beyond, there are many options that individuals can use to increase their practices. Buddhify is one of these apps that particularly assists people with “meditation on-the-go,” as they cater to busy professionals and a working population.

Buddhify initially began as a side gig started by Rohan Gunatillake, who was working in the technology industry and creating this app in his spare time. Rohan began his personal training in mindfulness and meditation in 2003, which is when Buddhify slowly grew from a leisurely project to the full-blown, family-run business it is today. Lucy Gunatillake, Rohan’s wife, later joined the team and serves as the lead female voice on the app.

As a self-funded business, Buddhify is proud to be able to reach a different audience than other companies. The founders report that they are proud to be able to focus fully on the consumer rather than their investors. With over 70 million minutes of meditation logged by consumers and top spots in the app charts across many countries, Buddhify offers a unique experience for users with hectic schedules who want to fit meditation in.

In this article, I provide you with a complete review of the Buddhify app, including pros and cons, key features, and pricing.

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Meditation done differently

Buddhify is an iOS and Android app that allows users to integrate meditation into their daily activities. All the meditations offered by Buddhify are categorized based on what someone is doing or how they are feeling, which makes them easier to follow and more accessible to individuals. Sessions range from several minutes to half an hour in length, so they can accommodate even the busiest of schedules. Buddhify also offers videos for individuals who want to learn more about the techniques behind meditation as well as free informational blog content open to anyone.

Transmission meditation

One of the main highlights of Buddhify is its transmission meditation, which allows more than one user to participate in meditation by reading out the meditations in your own voice to share with others around you. This karaoke-style feature is one of the aspects that sets Buddhify apart from the rest.

Customizable wheel

Buddhify also offers users the convenience of a customizable wheel. Once they download the app, individuals can use the spinner feature to add the categories that are most of interest to them. This way, once they begin using Buddhify during the day, they can “grab and go” with any of the options they chose earlier. If you would prefer not to choose these options, Buddhify has some pre-set options such as “Tough Times” and “Mindful Ninja”. With both structured and unstructured meditation options, Buddhify has something for everyone.

Interactive lessons

Another feature that sets Buddhify apart is interactive lessons. Some lessons such as “With a Friend,” “With Your Partner,” and “With Colleagues” require you to answer some basic questions to make your experience as effective as possible. If you begin using the “With a Friend” option, the app may ask you “Is your friend having a hard time at the moment or do you just want to send them a meditation to brighten their day?” You can select which one is more appropriate in this instance and the app will provide you with a more unique experience.

Buddhify users can also send certain meditations to others completely free of charge, with no strings attached, which demonstrates the true intentions of this app and their founding team.

Content for kids

Additionally, Buddhify offers kids options with over 60 meditations led by mindfulness experts who help kids understand concepts such as “Going to Sleep,” “Calming Down,” “Feeling Better,” and “Growing Wisdom.”

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What people are saying…

  • “My life has not been the same since I started using this amazing meditation app.” – Matt Johnston, Business Insider
  • “Buddhify cleverly weaves mindfulness into your daily activities in a way that broadens your experience.” – Brian Hamman, NY Times
  • “It’s genuinely instructive, soothing, and also beautiful to look at.” – Katie Heaney, Buzzfeed

Is Buddhify right for you? 

Pros

  • Annual pricing is very affordable at $30 per year.
  • There is kids’ content for young ones.
  • Content is created by a range of mindfulness experts, with new content added weekly.
  • Packages are entirely customizable and catered to the needs of busy, working-class individuals.

Cons

  • There is no desktop version.
  • You have to pay to download the app.

How much does Buddhify cost?

Once you buy the app, you have access to the majority of the features for free with no monthly subscription needed. The iOS app is $4.99 and the Android app is $2.99. This is part of Buddhify’s mission to place consumer value over profit.

If you do opt for the very affordable annual membership, you will pay $30 per year. This membership includes access to multiple pieces of new content that are added each week, including additional transmission meditations and more. There are no free trials available, but you are able to cancel your membership at any time and you can preview or use a majority of the content for free once you buy the app.

My personal experience using Buddhify

Upon downloading the app, I was immediately pleased with the color schemes and intuitive nature of the app. The spinner is very visually appealing and the entire program was very inviting, emanating the company’s mission of giving the user the best experience possible. I found that it was very easy to customize the wheel and get started on some small, simple meditations right off the bat.

After that, I was happy to pick up my phone and do increasingly larger meditations throughout my days. I first started off only on my work days that were not quite as busy (out of habit, since I try not to pick up my phone when I am very busy). However, I quickly found that because it was so easy to use, I not only picked up Buddhify on my somewhat busy days, but I was craving the meditations on my busiest days! This is what made me realize the true impact of meditation using this app, since we all need to be reaching for the tools that help us out the most.

Final thoughts

I found Buddhify to be incredibly user-friendly and a wonderful tool. I highly recommend this app for anyone who wants a quick and easy way to meditate over the course of their average day. You can’t beat the price and, with all the value-based features this app offers, you are inclined to believe that the founders are truly focused on providing users with the best experience possible.

What are your thoughts on Buddhify? Share your feedback in the comments below?

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Summary

Buddhify is a incredibly user-friendly and a wonderful tool. I highly recommend this app for anyone who wants a quick and easy way to meditate over the course of their average day.

Pros

  • Annual pricing is very affordable at $30 per year.
  • There is kids’ content for young ones.
  • Content is created by a range of mindfulness experts, with new content added weekly.
  • Packages are entirely customizable and catered to the needs of busy, working-class individuals.

Cons

  • There is no desktop version.
  • You have to pay to download the app.
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Brittany Ferri, MS, OTR/L, CCTP, CLT
Brittany Ferri is a registered and licensed occupational therapist with clinical experience in mental health, cognitive rehab, and complementary health. She is the founder of Simplicity of Health, LLC where she provides wellness education, consulting, health writing, program development, and teletherapy for children and adults. Brittany is passionate about health promotion and disease prevention for all, which has led her to publish several books educating others about wellness. She has authored a textbook called "Effective Occupational Therapy Documentation", a children's book called "Why is there a person in my computer?" that educates kids about teletherapy, and "Complementary Health Approaches for OTs", which is coming in the fall of 2020. She is also a PhD candidate in Integrative Mental Health from Saybrook University, as well as an adjunct professor at Nazareth College. Check out her website at https://www.simplicityofhealth.com

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