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Both Calm and Headspace are dominant players in the growing mindfulness meditation space. In this article, you’ll learn about the similarities and differences between Calm and Headspace as well as how they break down for sleep, anxiety, cost, and overall value.
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Calm vs Headspace – similarities
Both Calm and Headspace are powerful mindfulness companies with robust meditation content libraries that are available through their websites and mobile apps. While the popularity of meditation apps and resources available has grown, these two are the leaders in the category by far.
With this in mind, the two platforms have a lot of similarities. They both are built on a freemium based model, which includes complimentary access to their meditation of the day (Daily Calm and Today’s Headspace). Furthermore, they both have fantastic mindfulness content on meditation, sleep, and music as well as content designed specifically for kids.
Furthermore, both Calm and Headspace provide users with the ability to set meditation reminders, tracking their mindfulness activity, and improve their meditation technique.
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Calm vs Headspace – differences
When it comes to the differences between Calm and Headspace, there are a few important ones to note.
First and foremost, the content on Calm is mostly by Tamara Levitt while the majority of the content on Headspace is by the former Buddhist monk, Andy Puddicombe. Both are incredible at what they do yet have two distinctly unique styles. As a result, many people select one platform over the other simply because they like who delivers the content better.
Another clear difference is that Calm has numerous background scenes, which are sounds playing in the background of your meditation (such as ocean waves, a fireplace, etc.). On the other hand, Headspace does not. Therefore, if you prefer to meditate with background sounds or silently, this is another way to select one platform over the other.
Lastly, Calm’s user interface is composed of real-life visuals while Headspace is mostly animated. With this in mind, Headspace takes advantage of this through a number of short animated videos that increase the value add to users.
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Calm vs Headspace for anxiety
Both Calm and Headspace have mindfulness content designed for those who suffer from anxiety.
The content tagged under “anxiety” on Calm is less specific and features topics like managing anxiety, stress, emotions, loss, and more.
Conversely, Headspace has a 30-day meditation series that focuses specifically on managing anxiety. It also has individual meditations for anxious moments, such as interviews, fear of flying, difficult conversations, and exam prep.
Calm vs Headspace for sleep
Like to meditate before your sleep? Both Calm and Headspace have you covered.
Calm has a robust sleep library of content including meditations, relaxing sleep background sounds, and sleep for kids. One thing that makes Calm unique is that it has sleep stories from celebrity personalities like Harry Styles, Matthew McConaughey, Kelly Rowland, Bob Ross, and many more!
On the other hand, Headspace has a strong library of sleep content too. The app’s sleep category features sleepcasts (i.e. stories in a soothing voice), meditations, relaxing sleep background sounds, and sleep radio.
Both platforms strongly understand that users use meditation and music to relax before going to bed. As a result, you can’t go wrong with either app’s library of sleep content!
Calm vs Headspace – subscription cost
However, for those who want to pay once for forever access to the platform, Calm offers a lifetime subscription for the one-time price of $399.99. Headspace used to offer this but it is no longer visible on their website.
Final thoughts on the meditation giants
Honestly, both of these apps providing outstanding mindfulness and meditation content that can be accessed at any time through various platforms.
Both companies have a unique brand, tone, and feel. Therefore, sign up for both free trials and subscribe to the one you like better. If you can’t decide, we’re confident you won’t be the only person who has a subscription for both! 😉
Do you like Calm or Headspace better and why? Let us know in the comments below!