It is getting harder and harder to determine which is the best smart scale as more and more scales come onto the market. 3 years ago the choice was easy, but deciding what the best smart scale is in 2017 takes a lot of research.
What determines whether a scale is smart? In our mind, a smart scale is one which has the following characteristics:
- A digital display, and
- Either records and graphs various data on it’s screen, or
- Syncs all data collected to an app or PC, or
- Showcases other innovative properties other than showing a simple weight of percentage on the screen.
Below are some of the best smart scales we have found over the past 12 months. Not all of them have WiFi or Bluetooth connections, but we consider them all to be smart scales in some way.
For fans of the Garmin brand, or people who have other Garmin products, you definately need to consider buying the Garmin Index Smart Scale. The scale is connected via WiFi to your home network, and is able to recognise specific users and automatically upload their personal measurement data to that users Garmin Connect account.
Besides this smart connectivity, the Garmin Index measures more than just weight and body fat. It can also calculate BMI, water percentage, skeletal muscle mass, and bone mass. The weight measurement can be changed between pounds, kilograms, and stone.
Many smart scales are hard to set up (eg the scale we choose not to review). With the Garmin Index, setup is quick and easy using your smartphone and WPS-enabled Wi-Fi router.
The Garmin Index Smart scale can recognize up to 16 people automatically, which is a hige improvement on most scales which generally measure and track 4 or 8 people automatically. For this reason, the Garmin Index is popular amongst personal trainers who have a handful of clients that they want to offer a little something extra for. The price of this scale is reasonable, meaning that some personal trainers can have 2 or 3 in their office to track dozens of clients. Finally, the scale features an extra large display that is easily readable at night.
Polar Balance is a highly innovative brands that make a range of fitness products. The Polar Balance Smart Scale is a stand out product for us in that it is more than just a basic bathroom scale.
The Polar Balance scale is an entire weight loss system that works with your eating habits, daily activity, workouts, and weight readings.
When you but this product you get more than just a scale scale. You get access to the entire Polar Balance ecosystem which includes the Power Flow app, and the Polar balance flow web service.
The design of the scale is sleek and fits well in any room in the house. The durable glass surface features an easy to read black LCD display.
The iHealth Core Wireless Body Composition scale accurately measures your body fat, weight, lean mass, muscle and bone mass, water weight, daily calories, BMI, and visceral fat.
Could you want any more measurements jam packed into one scale?!
There is a simple process to setup the scale, which involves scanning a QR code and connecting the device to your home WiFi network.
One connected, the one-touch automatic sync will send all your vitals to the free iHealth MyVitals app. Using this you can track your body composition over time and share your data with your fitness instructor or doctor.
Whats great about this scale is that it can support up to 10 users, who can weigh up to 400 pounds. If you forget to sync your data, or your WiFi isn’t working, no worries! This scale will store as many as 200 readings within it’s internal memory, and next time is can sync it will connect and send these stored readings to your personal profiles.
Do you want to lose weight? Awesome! Do you have an iPhone or an iPad? Even better! Do you want a great way to track all your data about your health on your favourite fitness app? Well, I think I found the perfect solution for you.
The Wahoo Balance Bluetooth Smart Scale is able to do just that and even more. By connecting your iPhone to the scale, using your Bluetooth, you will be able to get accurate readings for the whole family and even your friend’s. With the scales huge internal storage, you will be able to get up to 16 different users and watch as the scale automatically recognizes which of you is standing on it under mere seconds. But that’s not all as its memory is able to store up to 130 of your past measurements!
After stepping on the scale and opening the app, you will see the scale’s incredible speed to send all the information to your app almost instantly and providing you with beautiful graphs and analysis’s for easier understanding. Not as its rivals on the market, who usually collect the information on the scale, wait two or three seconds, then send the information over.
- Easy to use and set up, just fill out the needed information(height, weight, sex, age) on the app and you’re ready to go.
- Works with a lot of popular weight tracker applications, such as MapMyFitness, Apple Health, MyFitnessPal, and LoseIt, including its own Wahoo Wellness.
- Fun and easy to see LCD screen that shows your weight and indicates with a happy face icon if you lost weight and a sad face if you gained.
- Tracks your weight and your BMI(Body Mass Index)
- Only needs two AAA batteries, that are also included, not something that happens often with most products.
- Uses Bluetooth 4-exlusive chip that needs less power, making it able to run longer and cut its battery need down to two rather than its rivals, who need 4 AAA batteries.
- May need a little time to “warm up” and might not give such accurate readings in the first few tries until it calibrates itself.
Overall, the Wahoo Balance Bluetooth Smart Scale is a great option for anybody who wants to make their life easy and make progress with their body while getting beautiful readings on graph to making achieving their goals, not just more fun, but also more convenient.