Review: Groove Silicone Ring
The dated notion that you need a wedding, engagement, or general wear ring made from a precious metal or encrusted with jewels is thankfully starting to fall by the wayside. The goal for many is instead a ring that has some meaning, looks good, is functional under even the most extreme conditions, and is responsibly sourced. It’s no surprise then that silicone rings, which tick off all of those boxes and more, have been gaining in popularity over the past several years.
As you might expect, while there are probably dozens of silicone ring manufacturers to try and fill consumer demand, not all of the rings produced are of equal quality. While I’ve personally reviewed such rings in the past and had no particular issues, I can tell you that the divide in quality between a ring from a company like Groove, which I’m reviewing today, and these other, slightly less expensive rings, is rather large. I chose the modest design of the Groove Solid Silicone Wedding Ring, Midnight Black, with a Raspberry Red interior, but you can browse all the men’s rings here.
I’m generally a 10.5 in rings, but the size I was sent for review was a 10. The recommendation with these types of rings is to go the half size down. For me, that was ideal, with a snug, but not too tight, fit. There are tons of ring sizing resources on the Web, but the one on the Groove Website is quite good on its own.
My sister, who has a nickel allergy that made her stop wearing her original wedding ring, was also interested in a ring of this type as a replacement. When she saw mine, she purchased her own with a surprisingly metallic looking copper color (Groove Thin Silicone Ring, Copper). She found the fit a bit on the snug side, so she decided to exchange it for the next size up. Otherwise, she was definitely satisfied with the ring’s fit and finish.
My wife also purchased her own ring, the Groove Thin Silicone Ring, Lilac. While she has no metal allergies to speak of, my wife does hit the gym with me five days a week, where we engage in intense weightlifting and cross-fit activities to stay in shape. Since she pretty badly bent up the metal ring she used to wear, she needed a replacement. As with me, getting a good silicone ring was ideal. Similar to my sister, my wife found the fit of the ring a bit too tight and decided to exchange it for the next size up. Otherwise, again, she was quite satisfied with the ring’s fit and finish.
Beyond their uses with heavy physical activity, silicone rings are not conductors, so they’re generally safe when working with sensitive electronic components. Silicone is also biocompatible and hypoallergenic, so it’s highly unlikely that you’ll have any type of negative skin reaction, although, as with anything, a very small percentage of people do report rashes and inflammation.
Silicone rings are incredibly inexpensive, come in a variety of styles, and have a variety of benefits when it comes to safety and comfort. The only real challenge is sorting through the various companies and options out there. Groove is definitely one of the companies worth checking out, with rings in this category that look great and are extremely well-designed. They’re highly recommended.
Thanks to Groove for my review unit.