Withings scales are some of the best weight and body fat scales you can find on the market today. They are part of the Nokia Group (known mainly for cellphones) and are backed by great research and development. If you don’t read any further, the one thing you need to know is that buying a Withings scale is a great choice.
However if you do want to know a little more about Withings scales, you have come to the right place. We will break this guide into three different sections:
- Withings Body Composition Scale
- Withings Body Cardio Heart Health & Body Composition Scale
- Withings Wireless Scale
Simply put, this scale is absolutely amazing. Not often do people get excited about bathroom scales…but if you are a bit of a technology & gadget geek like me, and can afford the price tag, I highly recommend looking further into buying the Withings Body Composition Scale.
As you would expect, it measures your weight to highly accurate measurements (0.2lbs to be exact). But to get a better understanding of your overall health it also measures Fat Mass, Water, Bone Mass, and Muscle Mass.
Perhaps my most favourite and most innovative feature is the on-screen graph which trends your last eight weigh-ins. This helps you stay focused and see your progress over time. The reason I love this is because so many people get discouraged after gaining weight from the previous day. Fact is, that most people change weight naturally throughout the day, and are lightest in the morning, and get heavier as the day progresses into the afternoon. Too many people weigh themselves at different times throughout the day. So to ensure the readings on your Withings Body Composition Scale are a true reflection of your weight, pick a hour of the day and step on the scale only during this hour. Then using the on-screen graph on the Withings, you will get a true and accurate picture of your weight change over the past eight days. Simple!
If you are a true data geek, or just love Apps and technology, every weigh-in on the Withings Body Composition Scale will appear in the Health Map app automatically. Simply connect your device via WiFi to your home network and the data will appear in the app. Alternatively, you can choose to use Bluetooth instead to sync the data. The Health Mate app alone is enough reason to place the Withings Body Composition scale amongst the best scales we have reviewed at BodyFatShop.com. It ranks in the top ten for smart scales, WiFi connected scales, digital scales, and of course digital scales. With your history automatically recorded on the Health Mate app, you can see your progress over time and remain focused on your fitness goals. Withings themselves even state that users who set a goal, use a smart scale regularly, and track their nutrition will lose (on average) four times more weight than those who don’t. Some extra features that I find really cool are the app gives personalized advice, badges, weekly reports, and reward animations!
Getting motivated to step on the scale can be a bit of a pain point that we have found over the past seven years in the fitness industry. With the Withings Body Composition Scale and its Wifi connectivity, it can display daily weather reports for your local area, which is a great excuse to jump on the scale in the morning before work. It takes 5 seconds to check the day’s weather, and the scale will collect all your data at the same time, and send it off the the app for analysis and future reference.
If you choose to track activity by connecting your Body Composition Scale with other products (such as MapMyRun, Runtastic, Runkeeper) it will also show the previous day’s steps. The rush of motivation you get when seeing yesterdays steps result in weight loss today is priceless!
The Withings Body Composition Scale automatically recognises up to eight users and will have their data synced to their own individual Health Mate profile. For reference, many digital scales automatically recognise up to four users, so have up to eight people tracked is great for larger familiers, or personal trainers who want to provide a little something extra for their clients. The price of the scale is reasonably low, so there is no reason a personal trainer with 24 clients can’t purchase three of these scales. It is certainly a point of difference against other trainers!
The nitty gritty details of this scale are that it runs on four AAA batteries which are included in the box. This gives it an operating time of up to 18 months before needed to replace them. It is available in white or black, and is priced below USD$100. There are over XXXX positive reviews on Amazon, and XXX customer questions and answers which are well worth a read.
The Withings Body Cardio Scale is one of the most advanced, well designed, feature-packed scales we have ever reviewed. Withings call the Body Cardio the world’s most advanced scale, and we are tempted to agree.
Why is it so advanced? It allows anyone to monitor their cardiovascular health with ease. The Withings Body Cardio scale will measure your standing heart rate, plus an exclusive new measurement called Pulse Wave Velocity, to assess your overall cardiovascular health. Pulse Wave is claimed to be the best stand-alone indicator of overall cardiovascular health and provide a reliable assessment of your heart’s condition. Each and every weigh-in will create a pulse wave velocity reading and send the data direct to the Health mate app either via WiFi or Bluetooth. Not only will it take the reading, it will also take into account your age, and inform you whether you’re reading is optimal or not. If it’s not, the App will provide you with tips to improve it over time. Having access to data such as this is helps you see how the daily changes you make in your diet and fitness regime actually add up into visible results in the data.
Not only does the Withings Body Cardio monitor your heart measurements, it also tracks many other measurements that you would expect from a scale of this quality. It is one of the most accurate scales available to track your weight, and will also measure your BMI, body fat, water percentage, bone mass, and muscle mass.
As with the Withings Body Composition Scale review above, the Body Cardio scale will also display todays local weather forecast on the display, giving you an incentive to jump on the scale every morning before leaving the house. It will also display the previous day’s steps to show how yesterday’s fitness affected today’s health measurements. The step count is provided through some of the many third party products the Withings Body Cardio Scale can connect with.
The design of the Withings Body Cardio scale is also exemplary. Its super thin at just 0.7 inches, and unlike most other scales on the market today, it has a solid aluminium base instead of feet. Because of this, the scale will provide an accurate measurement on any surface, from tiled floors through to thick carpet.
And finally the small features that make this one of the best (if not the best) scale available in 2017. The Body Cardio scale also can store up to eight user profiles, and has auto-off technology.
The Withings Wireless Smart Connected Scale is the most basic, but still incredibly great value, Withings scale we have reviewed. It does all the things you would expect from a smart digital scale, including measuring your weight with great accuracy, and connects via WiFi (or Bluetooth) to sync your data with your smartphone.
It accurately measures your weight using four sensors built into its sleek design, and has a weighing range of 5kg to 180kg which is 9lbs to 396lbs. The units of measurement can be changed between kilograms, pounds, and stones.
The Withings Wireless Scale comes with four carpet feet which makes this one of the best bathrooms scales for use on carpet or rugs.
As with the other Withings scales reviewed above, it automatically identifies up to eight users and tracks their weight individually.
Explanation of Features on Withings Scales
WiFi Connectivity – You can connect some smart scales to your home networks WiFi connection to automatically sync data between the scale and any related websites or Apps. As mentioned in the Withings Body Composition review above, and the Withings Body Cardio review, these devices are capable of automatically sending your measurement data via WiFi to the Health Mate App
Bluetooth Connectivity – Bluetooth is similar to the Wifi connectivity explanation above, except instead of using your home network to sync data it uses a bluetooth connection (as found in most modern phones).
User Profiles – Modern digital weight and body fat scales have a memory which can track its users progress over time. Many digital scales will store up to four user profiles. Both the Withings Body Composition scale and the Withings Body Cardio scale cans store up to eight profiles. Some scales reviewed on our website record up to twelve users if you plan to use the scale as part of a small fitness group.
Battery Life – Most body fat scales run on AA or AAA batteries, and the Withings scales reviewed above are no exception. Smart scales extend their battery life by auto-powering off, and only turning on after being stood on.
Are Withings Scales Accurate?
Short answer: YES.. The long answer is that due to the great design & engineering of all Withings scales, you can actually get accurate readings when using the scales on soft surfaces like carpet or a rug. Most scale manufactures will insist that you only use their scale on hardwood floors, such as those found in a kitchen or bathroom, if you want an accurate scale reading. With the Withings Body Cardio scale, the manufacture themselves actually say feel free to use it on soft flooring and they are confident the results will still be accurate.
What else can you do to ensure your scale is accurate? As mentioned in the Withings Body Composition review above, you need to ensure you step on the scale at about the same time every day. The reason for this is that your body changes by a reasonably large amount during the course of 24 hours, and weighing yourself in the morning will most likely give different results to weighing yourself at midday. With the Withings scales, I recommend setting a time each morning to step on the scale to collect your data, and you will be confident your results are accurate. Both the Withings Body Composition review and Withings Body Cardio review above explain that these products display your local weather forecast on the scales display, which is a great reason to use them in the morning before work, as you will also find out whether to pack the umbrella or not!
Are Withings Scales the best smart scales?
We think the Withings scales reviewed above are some of the best smart scales available in 2017. If you have read this far, and are still looking for an alternative, perhaps you should jump over to one of our top lists mentioned below.
Should you choose Withings or Fitbit Aria scales?
Now you are asking the tough questions! Both Withings scales and the Fitbit Aria scale are of the highest quality, and both are jam-packed with innovative technology. However for the sake of simplicity, we are simply going to say we recommend either of them as they are both great products, but if we had to choose one, we would say go with the Withings scales. We have a more indepth discussion of how to choose between a Withings scale and a Fitbit Aria Scale here, so if you have the time head to that page and draw your own conclusions about what best suits your own goals & requirements.
What are your thoughts?
Do you have a Withings scale? If you do, we would love for you to leave a comment and build upon our review. Tell us if it met your expectations, or what surprised you.
If you are thinking about buying a Withings scale, and still have a few questions, please also feel free to ask them below and we will get our experts to respond. Alternatively, check whether they have been answered already on the Amazon product listings here.