Best Brain Training Apps: Elevate vs Lumosity vs BrainHQ vs FitBrains

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Do you lose your keys frequently or find yourself reading things multiple times to comprehend them? You may want to put your brain to the test with one of these brain training apps. These companies claim that you’ll see improvement in your memory, problem-solving and comprehension if you spend just 15 minutes a day (or every other day) playing brain games.

There are also some people who believe doing puzzles and cognitive training can help keep dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory loss at bay. It seems like a worthwhile investment to play some games today, especially if it make you a little sharper today and keeps you sharp into your later years for a better quality of life.

All of these programs are available as apps too so you can use them while enjoying your morning cup of coffee, on your commute or during your lunch break. So let’s see if these games for the brain can help you find your car keys!

Elevate Review

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You may feel like you’re back in 11th grade English while you’re using Elevate Brain Training. Elevate is designed to improve the way you speak, write, listen, read and more. This is a very different focus than its competitors. The games focus on enhancing your reading comprehension, improving your vocabulary and looking/listening for grammatical errors. The goal is to refine your communication skills and help you focus. While competitors focus on shapes, patterns and colors, Elevate focuses on the spoken and written word for its games. The games are short and fun though, so hopefully it’s more entertaining than your high school English class ;).

You can truly see your improvement when using Elevate because you’ll notice a difference in the way you speak and a more rapid ability to comprehend things. However, if you aren’t confident in the English language (specifically spelling and grammar) you may struggle with this program.

Pros

Cons

  • Available on iOS and Android
  • App of the Year for 2014 from Apple
  • Fun games for the brain
  • 4+ (our of 5) rating in the iTunes store
  • Has the feel of a mobile game
  • Track your progress
  • Poor graphics
  • English only
  • Focuses on writing vs. other brain activities

Elevate Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Monthly Subscription: $5/month
  • Premium Subscription: $45/year
  • Availability: iOS and Android

Lumosity Review

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You probably think of Lumosity immediately when you hear brain exercise games. That’s because they’ve really upped their advertising. But, are they really the best? Lumosity focuses on training your memory, making decisions and paying attention to details. The memory exercises are quick yet challenging at the same time. The muted colors may make you feel like it’s more of a learning tool than a fun, mobile game. So, you may feel like you’re doing work instead of having fun. These memory improvement apps all revolve around the same idea and Lumosity was close to taking the #1 spot. However, we didn’t feel like we could justify paying three times as much as Elevate for basically the same thing.

Pros

Cons

  • Progress tracking
  • Used in more than 180 countries
  • Fun games
  • Good memory improvement games
  • Strong brand recognition
  • Expensive
  • Games can feel repetitive if you use it everyday
  • App does not track progress with desktop login use

Lumosity Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Monthly Subscription: $14.95/month
  • Annual Subscription: $79.95/year
  • Annual Subscription for Up To 5 Members: $129.99
  • Two Year Subscription: $119.95
  • Lifetime Subscription: $299.95
  • Availability: Internet, iOS and Android

Fit Brains Review

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Fit Brains comes from the creators of Rosetta Stone, a company that is best known for its language learning software. This says to us that they are a company that is dedicated to helping us learn in ever-innovative and fun ways.

The Fit Brains program is easy to use and nice looking. The downside is that the instructions aren’t easy to understand, so you may not perform as well as you could. It’s also a very expensive program, should you choose to upgrade. However, the FitBrains games are fun and they are available in multiple languages which makes it a good option for users around the globe.

Pros

Cons

  • Track performance
  • Fun games
  • Available in many languages
  • Game instructions aren’t very clear
  • Doesn’t work in portrait mode
  • Expensive

Fit Brains Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Monthly Subscription: $19.95/month
  • Yearly Subscription: $99.95/year
  • Two Year Subscription: $149.95
  • Lifetime Subscription: $399.95
  • Availability: Internet, iOS, Android and Windows

Some of the Other Best Brain Training Apps

Want to see who didn’t make the cut? Below are the other brain exercise apps we reviewed that didn’t make our top 3. In addition to improving active memory in the casual user, many of these programs originated in scientific studies, memory and mental health treatment. In fact, our research found that some psychologists and memory-impairment doctors use cognitive training as an important element of patient therapy.

BrainHQ | Cognifit

BrainHQ Review

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BrainHQ app screenshotBrain HQ’s predecessor, Posit Science Brain Fitness Program, was used to help seniors improve their memory and listening skills. Today, BrainHQ is aimed at all adults and helps with the items above and more. You can design your own training or have BrainHQ pick your exercises for you. The exercises help you work on your attention, memory, intelligence, navigation, brain speed and people skills. You can track your progress as you complete exercises and get feedback on your performance. The primary complaint is that it feels a lot less fun than our top 3 picks and a lot more like a scientific study.

Pros

Cons

  • Free exercises available
  • Fun brain games
  • Graphics are slow and not fun
  • Poor programming and functionality
  • No app for Android or Windows
  • Expensive

BrainHQ Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Monthly Subscription: $14/month
  • Yearly Subscription: $8/month
  • Availability: Internet, iPads and iPhones

Cognifit Review

Cognifit app screenshot
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Cognifit focuses on helping people with diseases, illnesses or other impairments. The program can be purchased for individuals, clinicians, schools, researchers and families. It is meant to help with brain training and improve your cognitive skills with the use of brain exercises. Unfortunately, there is little about them online so we don’t feel like we can recommend them at this time.

Pros

Cons

  • Focuses on helping people with impairments
  • Available for professionals and groups
  • No Windows or Android app
  • Little information about them

Cognifit Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Monthly Plan: $12.99/month
  • Annual Plan: $9.99/month
  • Availability: Internet, iPads and iPhones

Do Brain Training Apps Work?

Are you unsure about brain exercise games? You’re not alone! Many people are skeptical as to whether or not these memory exercises actually help you or if they’re a joke. Watch this video below to see why they work!

Have you seen improvement in your memory, processing speed and problem-solving since using a cognitive training program?

Kimberly is always up for an adventure. She’s used to living out of a suitcase and travels consistently. Her first time out of the country was to Thailand, where she spent 4 1/2 months traveling throughout southeast Asia. Kimberly enjoys exploring new places and diving into new cultures. While Kimberly isn’t traveling you can find her trying a new recipe in the kitchen, spending time outside or just lounging at home.

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6 Comments on "Best Brain Training Apps: Elevate vs Lumosity vs BrainHQ vs FitBrains"

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Diana Jeuda
Diana Jeuda
I have used both Lumosity and elevate over the years. I prefer the latter. It feels more rooted in the real world.
Sadie Cornelius
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Sadie Cornelius
Diana, thanks for sharing your experience with us!
HOWARD
HOWARD
I use Lumosity and it definitely has helped me in decision making.
Sadie Cornelius
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Sadie Cornelius
Howard, that’s so great to hear, thanks for sharing!
Alexey Izvalov
Alexey Izvalov
Great review, Kimberly! Recently I’ve made my own brain training app. As I teach Computer Science to Air Traffic Control students, I decided to make an app for them to train multitasking, attention and memory. The training takes a form of game. And it appears that this game became interesting for other students (even for those who don’t have to pass exams in CS to me 🙂 )

Could you, please, check it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.air.com.cardswars.EATERS

Tap to open and close the mouth and make sure the required quantity of food bits is eaten: no more, no less. This soucnds easy, but controlling 2 or 3 eaters simultaneously is a real challenge.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt
Thanks for sharing with us. We will consider adding them in our next audit! 🙂
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