Smart Scales buying guide
Home appliances are increasingly becoming “smart” nowadays. One of the latest newcomers to the party is the smart scale. The term “smart” simply means the scale can transmit the results of your weighings wirelessly to the cloud or directly to your phone. You can then analyze the results, see the (hopefully right) trends and decide whether you need to change your fitness regime somehow.
Most smart scales not only measure your weight, but also track one or more of the other important metrics, like:
- body fat percentage (which part of your body is fat),
- BMI (body mass index, a generally accepted metric of a person’s body fat),
- muscle and bone mass, and other metrics
The data is then synced with the health app and can be used to see the trends and past results.
While useful on its own, a smart scale shines when used together with the activity/fitness trackers. By tracking the exercise you get, along with the calories you consume, you can see what influence it has on your weight and make necessary adjustments.
Most fitness tracker manufacturers also offer smart scales (Fitbit, Withings, Polar, Garmin, etc.) and if you already own an activity tracker from one of those companies, the choice is easy – it usually makes sense to stay within the same ecosystem.
If you don’t have a fitness tracker or want to learn more about the smart scales, read our step-by-step Guide to choosing the perfect smart scale for you.
If you just want to know which ones we recommend, jump over to our Top Picks section.
Our Top Picks
A good scale will serve you for many years to come. Therefore, it makes sense to buy a product that does not only look good on your bathroom floor but is also future-proof in terms of features and works well with your current devices and apps.
If you already use a fitness tracker, it’s probably best to get a scale from the same manufacturer. This is good for two primary reasons:
1. it minimizes the risk of running into any syncing issues between the two devices
2. you get to use the familiar app interface
If you do not use a fitness tracker or do not care about staying within the same ecosystem, take a look at Withings Body. In our opinion, for the price, this is the best smart scale out there at the moment. Its more expensive counterpart Body Cardio offers Standing Heart Rate and Pulse Wave Velocity tracking, but we don’t feel this really justifies the price difference. If you manage to find Body Cardio on a sale – definitely go for it though.