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Best Smart Scales: Reviews & Buying Guide 2019

With everything in our lives becoming connected, it only makes sense that the stuff in our bathrooms would follow suit. Smart scales are the most prominent connected device in that room of the house, and there are plenty to choose from. Connected smart scales sync with different apps on your smartphone to help you keep track of weight fluctuations and loss, body fat, and other health concerns.

You’ll notice that many of the smart scales are optimized for particular wearables or apps. For example, the Fitbit Aria 2 is designed for the Fitbit app and will be best matched up to Fitbit wearables. For some shoppers, the brand will be appealing. However, there are plenty of scales that don’t require wearables and/or will integrate into a variety of apps.

Smart scales range in price from under $50 to several hundred dollars. We took a look at the top names and best sellers to give you this comprehensive guide to buying a smart scale.See Best Price

Nokia Body+ Body Composition Wi-Fi Scale

black nokia body+ scale

Best Overall: Originally a Withings scale before Nokia’s buyout, the Body+ is a well-reviewed and relatively budget-friendly smart scale. It recognizes up to 8 unique users and will automatically update for each person. It is compatible with iOS and Android, and it offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Body+ provides users with a comprehensive look at body composition by measuring and tracking:

  • Weight
  • Body Fat
  • Water Percentage
  • Muscle and Bone Mass

The app, known as Health Mate, offers tracking and trends and provides users a space to set goals, track nutrition, and manage a daily calorie budget. In addition to Health Mate, you can also integrate the Body+ and data into over 100 other health apps.

There is another smart scale from Nokia called the Body Cardio. It runs about $80 more, and, until recently, the primary difference came from something called Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV), which would measure the speed of users’ blood flow and provide additional data. However, Nokia is disabling that feature on the Body Cardio. There is now little difference between the two scales, and certainly not $80 worth of difference. The Body+ is your best bet. .See Best Price

Weight Gurus Bluetooth Smart Scale

Runner-Up: There are a few reasons why the Weight Gurus scale is a smart buy. First, their customer service is excellent. Second, it’s priced right (under $50) and provides plenty of metrics, weight gurus scale and appincluding:

  • Weight
  • BMI
  • Body Fat
  • Lean Mass
  • Water Weight
  • Bone Mass

It also pairs easily with most of the top apps, including Fitbit, Google Fit, Apple Health, MyFitnessPal, and more. The Weight Gurus scale automatically detects up to 8 unique users and transmits data privately.

With easy setup and a five year warranty, this is a scale that offers great features that will help you work toward your goals. .See Best Price

Yunmai Smart Scale

Yunmai scale and smart phone app

Best Budget Scale: If you’re looking for an inexpensive smart scale that offers up useful data, look no further than the Yunmai smart scale. This particular device is lightweight and small, making it a good option for smaller spaces or for travel. The Yunmai gives you 10 measurements:

  • Weight
  • Body Fat
  • Muscle Rate
  • Water
  • Bone Mass
  • Visceral Fat
  • BMR & BMI
  • Protein
  • Body Age

This scale can be used by up to 16 unique users. It syncs with top apps like Apple Health and Fitbit and doesn’t require a Wi-Fi connection – simply use the Bluetooth setting to connect to your smart phone.

Probably the most appealing aspect of the Yunmai scale is price. At under $40, it’s significantly less expensive than most of the other big name smart scales. It currently has an average of 4.4 stars on Amazon, and the reviews across the board are mainly positive.

There are a few other options for smart scales from Yunmai at various price points and with differing levels of data and insight. .See Best Price

Eufy BodySense Smart Scalewhite Eufy scale with smartphone app

Another inexpensive smart scale that goes the distance is this option from Eufy. The BodySense scale supports up to 20 profiles and logs more than enough data about your body. It tracks:

  • Weight
  • Body Fat
  • BMI & BMR
  • Water
  • Muscle & Bone
  • Visceral Fat
  • Lean Body Mass
  • Body Fat Mass
  • Bone & Muscle Mass

All your info is available in the app (which also syncs with Google Fit and Apple Health). If your phone isn’t nearby for pairing during your weigh-in, the scale will keep track of it until you do sync, so you don’t have to worry about losing valuable information just because you don’t have your phone with you.

Priced under $50, the Eufy BodySense is a smart scale that does everything you’d expect it to, and it looks great, too. .See Best Price

Xiamoi Mi Smart Scale white xiamoi smart scale

Xiamoi Mi fitness bands are popular inexpensive fitness trackers that have grown in popularity over the past few years. Like the Mi Band, the Mi smart scale is inexpensive and does the basics without frills. It tracks weight and BMI and stores up to 19 user profiles.

It’s priced similar to the Yunmai and Eufy, but it doesn’t offer as much data as those two. However, for some shoppers, the Xiamoi name and app might be the big selling point – it’s very simple and convenient to use if you already have Xiamoi products.

The app and scale help you work toward specific goals (like weight loss) and you can add a bit more detail about your body shape and type, nutrition, and more. Reviewers note that it’s accurate and easy to set up. .See Best Price

 

Fitbit Aria 2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale

Of course, the biggest selling point for the Aria is that it comes from Fitbit. If you have a Fitbit, this will seamlessly pair with your app and data and make it simple to track your progress and changes. The Aria will tell you: black fitbit aria 2

  • Weight
  • Body Fat Percentage
  • Lean Mass
  • BMI

The Aria supports multiple users (up to 8) and keeps individual data private. One difference between this (as well as the Nokia scale) and the less expensive scales is the ability to connect via Wi-Fi and not just Bluetooth. This offers better encryption and is just more appealing to some people.

There are plenty of complaints about the Aria, however. Many users find it to be buggy, and others have noted an inconsistency in measurements. The first Aria had plenty of issues, and Fitbits release of this second version had Fitbit fans hoping that all the kinks would be worked out. It doesn’t look like that’s entirely the case. The Aria might be worth the cost (around $130) for hardcore Fitbit fans looking for a simple integration into their Fitbit app. For others put off by the cost or the potential issues, there are other scales that will work with the Fitbit app, so you can definitely find an alternative. .See Best Price

Garmin Index Smart Scale

There are quite a few similarities between Garmin’s scale and Fitbit’s, namely, Wi-Fi connectivity and easy integration for existing users. Garmin fans who already have wearables from the brand grey garmin index smart scaleare undoubtedly the key customers for the Index. And, like the Aria, the Index is plagued with plenty of ongoing issues. As far as metrics, you’ll get data related to:

  • Weight
  • BMI
  • Body Fat & Water Percentage
  • Muscle Mass and Bone Mass

One of the sometimes-annoying things with the Index is that it requires Wi-Fi to transfer data. Bluetooth is only used for initial setup. It also only remembers one Wi-Fi network at a time (and cannot be used on those that require a sign in), so traveling with it can be a pain. Connectivity can be buggy and the app can be difficult to navigate.

If you are a Garmin fan, this scale might be just right for you. Do note that it is a bit expensive (around $150), and it doesn’t connect to many apps beyond the Garmin app. It provides plenty of metrics that pair well with the health data gathered by Garmin wearables, so it’s definitely worth a look for some shoppers. .See Best Price

QardioBase 2 Smart Scale

The QardioBase 2 is a big improvement on the original QardioBase scale. It’s a solid smart scale overall with a price point and features that are similar to other Wi-Fi scales we’ve discussed here. white qardiobase 2 scale with smartphone appThe QardioBase 2 tracks:

  • Weight
  • BMI
  • Body Fat Percentage
  • Water
  • Bone Composition

It integrates with a few other apps beyond the Qardio app, including MyFitnessPal and Apple Health. It has most of the same features as the other scales (multiple users, goal setting, etc.), with one addition that might be a big selling point: Dedicated pregnancy mode. With this mode, you can track your pregnancy data and progress.

With a price tag of just under $150, the QardioBase 2 is in direct competition with some of the other big brand names. However, it holds its own against the competition. It’s likely not for everyone because of the lack of integration with multiple apps, but for those who will use the Qardio app or another compatible one, you won’t be disappointed with it. .See Best Price

Polar Balance Smart Scale

Technically this scale is called a “weight management service,” and it’s designed to work with Polar wearables (like the Loop 2 and others) and connect via Bluetooth. It logs your info and guides you toward your set goals. While it only provides weight and BMI, when used as that weight management service, it’s a smart and helpful idea.

When completely paired, the app will give you personalized activity goals that will help you meet your target weight. You’ll want to log food intake to ensure your goals and progress are accurately logged.

Essentially this scale is really only fully useful for those who are in the Polar ecosystem. While it will pair with MyFitnessPal, there are other scales that will give you more data or cost less. And, if you’re not utilizing Polar gadgets and apps already, there isn’t one big draw for this particular scale. However, if you have Polar already, this might be a great fit for you. .See Best Price

iHealth Core Smart Scale

The iHealth Core offers a comprehensive look at your overall health and body composition. It supports multiple users and provides each with nine metrics:white ihealth smart scale with smartphone app

  • Weight
  • Body Water
  • Muscle Mass
  • Body Fat
  • Lean Mass
  • Bone Mass
  • BMI
  • Visceral Fat Rating
  • Daily Calorie Intake

iHealth has grown both their ecosystem and the technology they use for health technology. iHealth devices, and the Core in particular, is accurate and the data is useful. From the scale, your data is transmitted via Wi-Fi to the MyVitals app.

If you’re interested in pairing it with an app besides MyVitals, your only options are Apple Health and Samsung S Health. There are also some reports of connectivity issues from users. Overall it’s a good scale, but it’s not for everyone. It also has a relatively high price tag, coming in at $130 (unless you catch it on sale). .See Best Price

Which Scale Should You Buy?

For many shoppers, a current ecosystem (like Garmin, Fitbit, Polar, etc.) makes the decision-making easier. Sticking with a brand you know and already use is sometimes easiest, especially if you’re happy with how things work. Having the same brand will make pairing and sharing easier overall.

Other deal makers or breakers might be price or app integration. Several smart scales have very limited app compatibility, forcing users to stick to the proprietary app for best results. However, some scales, like our top pick, the Nokia Body+, are compatible with most of the top fitness apps out there (Nokia’s works with over 100).

If you’re looking to spend far less than the premium scale prices, there are plenty of good options that give you intensive data at a reasonable price. Both the Weight Guru scale and the Yunmai offer smart scale features at highly affordable prices.

Ultimately it comes down to the features and data you need, and what you want out of a connected smart scale. There are so many options that you’re sure to find one that fits your specific needs and budget.See Best Price

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