Learn more about yourself with the best digital smart scales – a powerful body monitoring tool.
Our world contains an unimaginable amount of digital data, which we crave to consume. This constant desire to learn and understand more about ourselves has led to innovative advances in technology.
Our watches no longer just tell us the time; our phones are not only used to make calls; and our bathroom scales no longer provide us with digits of doom. Through our electronic devices we can now receive readouts on everything from our heart rate to our sleep; track our steps and trace our routes and even discover our metabolic age!
Eufy BodySense Smart Scale
Eufy’s BodySense is a solid, sleek, easy-to-use and affordable smart scale that would be my top budget pick if I didn’t love the Withings Body so much.
Eufy’s Bluetooth scale, which pairs effortlessly with the EufyLife app for iOS and Android, displays your weight almost instantly on-screen. Of course, nailing the weigh-in is the most basic job for a smart scale. The BodySense scale then syncs that number, along with a host of other metrics, to the app. Those other data points include BMI, what percentage of your body fat is made of water, and how much of your weight is muscle mass, bone mass and body fat mass.
There’s no way to know without some more in-depth testing whether the EufySense’s calculations are accurate. Some Amazon reviewers have noted that the measurements appear to be based on percentages rather than actual fluctuations. But the scale highlights trends and lets you know whether numbers are considered normal for your age, height and weight.
There are a few drawbacks, though, when you compare the Eufy BodySense to the Nokia Body. Eufy’s scale lacks a pregnancy mode, which makes it a no-go for women who are pregnant or who are planning to become pregnant down the line. The scale also doesn’t give you a weather report during your morning weigh-in the way Nokia’s does.
Withings (Nokia) Body
If you don’t need a scale with quite as many features, Withings’ $59 Wi-Fi scale, Withings Body, delivers the basics in a stylish package. The scale measures your weight, of course, and does so accurately. I compared it to the $200 Body Cardio and a dumb (er, not Internet-connected) $20 digital scale, and the scale was within 0.2 pounds of both.
The Body, which comes in black or white, has a 2.4 x 1.6-inch display that flashes your weight, weight trend (up or down), BMI and the weather forecast. That’s useful if you’re weighing in at the beginning of the day before you head outside. The screen isn’t the biggest, but it’s easy to read and the numbers are big and bright.
The scale syncs with the Health Mate smartphone app, which is where its Wi-Fi connection comes in handy. There you can view your data as a dashboard and see how your weight and BMI fluctuate over time. You can also set goals and pair the scale with apps such as MyFitnessPal. And like Nokia’s higher-priced scales, the Body offers a pregnancy mode.
The Body doesn’t measure your heart rate or your home’s air quality, but those are bonus features you can do without to save some money. And unlike our last budget pick, the Wahoo Balance, this scale works with both iOS and Android devices.
Fitindex Smart Scale
Despite its reasonable price tag, this Fitindex Smart Scale is packed with cool and useful features. It measures 11 different body compositions including body fat, water weight, BMI, and muscle mass, and can be synced with fitness apps such as Google Fit, Apple Health, and Fitbit. Users just need to download the app on their device and they can privately measure their body metrics.
Fitbit Aria 2
The Fitbit Aria 2 is a refreshed version of the original Aria, though it doesn’t look much different with its all-glass body and backlit LCD display. The next-generation smart scale is more accurate than the first Aria, Fitbit says, and that proved true in our testing.
The Aria 2 connects to your Wi-Fi network via the Fitbit app on your smartphone, so setup easier than the first-gen version (which required you to connect the scale to Wi-Fi using a web browser).
The Aria 2 measures the weight, body fat percentage and BMI of up to eight users, which it then automatically syncs to the Fitbit app. If you use a Fitbit activity tracker, the app’s dashboard syncs information about your weigh-ins with your daily workouts and the food intake you manually input for a true overview of your body on any given day.
The scale takes several seconds to display your weight, which is annoying. It also lacks support for pregnant women. If you’re deeply embedded in the Fitbit ecosystem, the Aria 2 is worth a look. Otherwise, the Nokia Body+ offers more features for less money.
Inevifit Body Analyzer
Keep track of your weight, water weight, body fat percentage, muscle mass percentage, BMI, bone mass, basal metabolic rate (BMR), and visceral fat levels with this highly accurate smart scale. It’s simple to use and set up, despite its sophisticated functionality.
Up to 10 people can use it and once you set up your user profile, the scale will automatically recognize you. If you do have any questions or difficulty using it, their United States-based customer support is available seven days a week.
Garmin Index Smart Scales
Just like the Fitbit Aria 2, the Garmin Index smart scales are best optimised when paired with one of the many Garmin devices. Therefore, if you already own a Vivomove HR, Vivosmart 3 or a Forerunner 645 to name but a few, the Garmin Index smart scales will act as an extension to your fitness program.
Able to record stats for up to 16 different users, the Garmin Index can measure a host of body metrics. These include weight, body mass, body fat, muscle mass, bone mass and many more, all of which are displayed on a large readable screen during weigh in.
When synced to the Garmin Connect app via the built in Wi-Fi, these smart scales will allow you to set a weight goal and will present your journey on a graphical chart. You can also link to a third-party app (MyFitnessPal), which enables you to record additional stats such as calories.
Greater Goods Bluetooth Smart Scale
Need some encouragement and accountability to help meet your weight loss goals? This Bluetooth smart scale from Greater Goods syncs with FitBit, Google Fit, Apple Health, and other popular fitness apps, but it also features its own very goal-oriented, user-friendly app to aid in your efforts to shed some pounds. It tracks how close you are to your goal and displays how often you’ve weighed in, so you can see your progress at a glance.
Some users report issues with Bluetooth connectivity, but if you can’t establish a connection when you’re weighing in, the large display screen still shows your results and then stores them to sync later with your app or tracker. Reviewers call it “a great product with great support” and “well-designed and easy to operate.” And while design isn’t always a priority for a scale, this sleek, modern-looking one will definitely be an attractive addition to your bathroom.
QardioBase 2 Smart Scales
These scales are built with personality and have some clever but quirky user-friendly touches. Bucking the smart scale trend immediately, these scales are round and not square, use emoji’s to communicate with you and buzzes to let you know that all is well.
These smart scales can recognise up to 8 different uses at any one time and can measure in four different modes. Normal mode with allow you to track your BMI, weight, muscle, fat, bone and water percentages. Pregnancy mode allows mums to be, to chart their weekly process in both digits and photos – which is a nice little keep sake for later down the line. Smart Feedback mode swaps the numbers for happy, sad or neutral faces depending on how you’re progressing towards your target goal. Finally, there is also a weight-only mode that caters for those with implanted devices such as pacemakers.
Just like all the other smart scales, the Qardiobase is straight forward to set up and once connected to your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth can effortlessly sync your data to the Qardio app. Although this app is not as sophisticated as some of the others (Fitbit, Garmin or Nokia) it is easy to interpret, and the data can be shared with third party apps such as MyFitnessPal, Apple Health or Google Fit.
Polar Balance Smart Scales
Like all smart scales, the Polar Balance comes in two different colors – you guessed it – black and white. It doesn’t look particularly flashy and that’s because it isn’t, as with these smart scales what you see is pretty much what you get.
For such a simple device you would expect the setup to follow suit. No! I found it clunky and complicated. However, once you are integrated with the Polar Flow fitness app you can sync your data via Bluetooth and view a number of visually pleasing charts. This includes a weight loss speedometer which tells you whether you are eating more calories than you expend, or vice versa and shows you whether you are losing or gaining weight. It can do this for yourself and up to 10 different users. Unfortunately, this is about as complex as the metrics get.
You can, however, get a more rounded picture of your health if you already own a Polar fitness device such as the V800, M400, M430, Loop 1 and 2 and the A360.