Yesterday, I was at the gym lifting weights. After a few sets, my ring finger started to get hurt because of my wedding ring. This silver diamond ring always makes my finger stuck when I work out at the gym. It’s been several years into marriage, and I just don’t bother putting the ring off of my finger. What if there is a peaceful solution that can prove that you have a partner and can do active works without hurting your finger? When I found out about QALO rings, I was excited!
I think there are many other occasions when your wedding ring makes your finger hurt. Your job might need you to use your fingers a lot with heavy equipment. Or, you play sports that require hard grip on equipment. If these sound familiar, read through this review to see if this product will work out for you.
QALO is a jewelry company based in Santa Ana, California. What makes the firm unique is its products. Don’t think that they would like other famous jewelry companies like Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston, Cartier, or Chopard. You won’t be able to find any diamond or metal bands. Their focus is functional jewelry and wearables for your active lifestyle. They are best known for silicone rings. QALO stands for “Quality Athletics Love Outdoors.”
To give you a little bit of foundation story of the firm, QALO was established by Ted Baker and HK Holiday in 2013. It was Baker’s living room table where their idea was brought to life. The two men had just married, and both were struggling with wearing a traditional wedding ring. During the holiday, they got minor injuries when they were playing gold and lifting weights at the gym while wearing traditional metallic wedding rings.
After the experience, they devised silicone rings that are comfortable and safer than traditional metal rings. Their rings mainly are for active persons like professional athletes, firefighters, police officers, mechanics, electricians, and others. (reference, Wikipedia)
The major product of QALO is silicone rings, but they do have other products. In this section, I will go deeper to explain the whole range of their products, but will mainly focus on their rings.
Silicone rings are their major product lines. They have several sub-categories in the silicone ring section.
There is a wide range of selection for men’s rings. As I checked their designs on their website, many of them looked appealing to me. The men’s rings have various color selection and logos too. I could see that some of the rings’ design targets at specific groups or organizations such as U.S. Army, U.S.M.C (United States Marine Corps), U.S.A.F. (United States Air Force), U.S.C.G. (United States Coast Guard), U.S. Navy, and more. You can see the organization’s initials on a ring. I think they rightfully pre-designed these models since people in those groups often have to complete tasks that involve physical activities.
In terms of color, they not only have dark colors such as grey and black, but also brighter ones including orange and purple. They also offer a custom option that you can customize your ring.
Women’s models are more than men’s. It has around 100 different designs and colors. In addition to pre-designed rings with the organization’s initials, women’s rings have more diverse and flexible designs. They have crossover coral design, turquoise scallop pattern, and even sparkling bands! You can also customize your rings with initials and colors.
Collections category groups ring with the same theme together. If you find the collections sub-category in the Silicone Rings menu, you will be able to see 9 different types of collection.
- Strata Collection: Strata design has two layers of plain and contrasting silicon and an engraved pattern all around. The rings in this category have two contrast layers, and they look intriguing.
- Stackable Rings: Stackable bands tend to be thinner so that you can stack them in your finger. As I saw some model photos, it seemed that 2 or 3 different rings together in your finger looked great. Since there are many different stackable rings, you can design a combination of your choice.
- Forever Collection: The overall designs of forever collection are inspired by classic wedding rings according to QALO. The pattern and color design are designed to well match wedding dress and classic suit.
- Outdoors Collection: Outdoors rings are for those enjoying extreme activities such as hiking, climbing, or camping. The rings in this collection will be great to take with you while enjoying an adventurous life.
- Q2X Collection: Q2X is QALO’s trademarked model name. This collection is designed for flexibility and style. The substance used for the collection is called Q2X Silicone Material. It is said to be 10x more resistant to gasoline and oil.
- Barbells for Boobs: QALO is a supporter of Barbells for Boobs which is a non-profit organization for fighting against breast cancer. When you choose a ring in this collection, you display your commitment to the fight.
- U.S. Military: QALO also has made a partnership with the U.S. Military to design a functional wedding ring. The rings in this collection are also made out of Q2X Silicone Material. I believe this is a great way to show both honor and pride to serve the country and be a member of your family.
- Thin Line Collection: QALO is a supporter of the First Responder community. The groups include firefighters, police officers, and the people who save our lives and protect people. This line-up product was designed to show support to the community.
- Buddle Collection: This product setup allows you to select three different QALO rings and bundle them together in a nice box. You can include your custom design and classic QALO rings together in a bundle.
You can design your own rings with your favorite color and engraving. In the customizable strata menu, you can select a ring model, and when you go into the model screen, you can change color and type what you want to put on your ring. QALO says that it will take additional 7 business days for delivery when you customize.
QALO also produces functional silicone necklaces. They call them teething necklaces, but they were designed for adults, not for babies and kids. Along with the silicone material used for the main body, its string is made out of durable nylon paracord. In terms of design, they have the Half Moon, the V Pendant, and the Hexagon Bead.
They have three different designs for dog tags, and they are all customizable and made out of silicone.
QALO has other accessories, but I will not include them in this review.
How Customers Think About QALO Rings
When you see product introduction from a company, you will always hear great things about it. No company will reveal any weaknesses or defects of their products, obviously. So, as a consumer, it is wiser to doubt what they say and do your own research before making a final purchase decision. In this section, we will learn how actual users think about QALO rings. How can we measure these? We can do this by using data analysis techniques called sentiment analysis.
You don’t have to be scared by the technical term. I did the technical part and you can just look at pretty graphs. In this section, I will show you two types of graphs – word cloud and customer sentiment chart. For the analysis, I’ve compiled more than 1200 customer reviews from Amazon and conducted analysis to summarize them. I will show you the result in a word cloud and a customer sentiments chart. And, lastly, I will share a QALO’s Google trend result that shows the level of interest from people.
Word cloud is one of the great and fun ways to understand customer sentiments toward a product or a service. In a word cloud, you can see specific words in different sizes. The larger it is, the more people used that word to describe the product. For this word cloud, I used the titles of the reviews, since people put the essence of their opinions in the title. The 1200+ reviews allowed me to generate an interesting word cloud that let me reach a positive conclusion. Take a look!
Understanding the word cloud is easy. Just follow your eyes and see what you see. You will see that most of the big words are all positive. This means that customers have had a positive experience with the service. People used words like “fivestars”, “great”, “comfortable”, “love”, and more positive terms to describe QALO rings.
This word cloud alone may have already given you a good impression since the result was quite positive. To give you a bit more details, I will share another sentiment analysis.
In the word cloud, we were able to observe what descriptive words people used to talk about QALO rings. As mentioned, the word cloud is based on the titles of customer reviews, but the sentiment analysis graph was generated by the contents of the reviews. In the sentiment analysis, we will see more specific types of feeling that people showed in their review. In the analysis, you can see 10 different sentiments such as positive, negative, trust, anticipation, joy, fear, sadness, anger, surprise, and disgust.
The technology behind the chart is straightforward. The analysis algorithm holds 10 different lists – each list containing words that are mapped to one of the 10 sentiments. When this algorithm runs, it checks and matches with one of the sentiments. When matched, it is counted as one and is categorized in one of the 10 sentiments. My analysis on the positive reviews appears as below.
The chart is also not difficult to understand. You can see that the positive sentiment is ranked number one. The first rank is followed by “negative”, “trust”, “sadness” and “anticipation”. It does have some negative opinions, but when combined, the positive sentiments outnumbered the negative ones.
As the final segment of analysis, let me share the trend of QALO ring. I used Google Trend to check how frequently “qalo ring” is searched on Google over the past 5 years. Google Trend is a useful tool to measure the interest of people. The more frequently people search on Google, the more popular or trendy it is. The Google Trend result below (not visible on mobile phones) for the QALO products below shows that people have consistently shown an interest in their rings.
Takeaways from Analysis
My customer review analysis and Google Trend show that QALO’s rings have been loved and constantly searched by many people. These are important pieces of proof that we can trust their products and normally don’t have to worry about low quality or bad service.
Additional Reason for Functional Rings
So, we now understand that QALO rings are comfortable to wear, and they will not disturb you while working out. But, is that it? As I searched about what serious injuries people might experience due to metal rings, I came across a QALO’s blog article about ring avulsion. Ring avulsion is a medical accident that, in the worst case, could cost you finger.
The blog explains that ring avulsion is a situation where you get stuck due to your metal rings caught on something. The result can be a minor injury, but, in the worst case scenario, it could lead to an amputated finger. It sounds scary, but just to make you assured, it is not a common injury. The article stated that 150,000 accidents are reported per year.
Plus, we cannot exclude a possibility that your metal rings could hurt your little kids when you play with them. Even though these are all small change incidents, it would be wiser to prevent it from the first place.
As I reviewed QALO rings, I learned that they didn’t miss both functionality and design. Also, my analysis proves that actual consumers have been loving them. If you are considering to have one, I think it is not a bad idea to go check their website and order one. What’s best is they are not as expensive as diamond rings.