The Best Smart Scales To Help You Decide If It’s OK To Have Seconds
You probably don’t like to step on your bathroom scale very often and put off measuring your weight as much as possible. But there’s good reason to get over your scale phobia. These days, smart scales—scales that use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to sync with your phone or the internet—can help keep you healthy in myriad ways. The best smart scales track statistics like weight, body mass index and perhaps even a handful of other body metrics, and help you stay aware of your health and fitness level.
While there are a lot of smart scales on the market, for the most part they all tend to look alike. Most smart scales have a sleek and modern glass top and an easy-to-read digital display. A few scales up the ante by displaying all sorts of metrics as soon as you stand on them, though most refer you to your phone for more than just your weight.
In addition to the body metrics your scale can capture, you might also want to keep an eye on how many individual users the scale can support. Some scales assume they’re only being used by one person, while other models can identify and track two, four or more. The price of smart scales varies quite a bit as well; you can spend as little as $30 for a budget model or $150 for a scale that tracks more than a dozen body metrics and has helpful features to keep you focused on health and fitness. We’ve rounded up the seven best smart scales for your bathroom.
Best Smart Scale Overall
The Withings Body+ strikes just the right balance among design, price and functionality, which is why it’s the best overall smart scale to buy right now. Capturing a wide selection of body metrics—including muscle mass, bone mass, hydration, fat mass, BMI and others—Withings clearly goes all-in on measuring your health data. It synchronizes with apps like Apple Fitness and Google Fit to aggregate a wealth of health data in one convenient place. It’s also extremely accurate, measuring up to 396.8 pounds in 3.5-ounce increments.
The Body+ has a few nice touches that not many other scales offer. If you use a compatible fitness tracker, for example, it’ll summarize yesterday’s step count. And thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi, it’ll even display your local weather forecast. You probably don’t need that in a bathroom scale but it’s a clever addition.
It automatically recognizes up to eight users and has a few special modes—a pregnancy mode with obstetrician-reviewed wellness advice, a baby mode to accurately weigh your newborn, and an athlete mode that offers enhanced weight tracking.
Best Cross-Platform Smart Scale
eufy Smart Scale P1
Eufy’s Smart Scale P1 is at the lower end of the smart scale price spectrum, but even so it is packed with features. It tracks 14 measurements including weight, body fat, BMI, bone mass, muscle mass and more. And it’s Bluetooth-compatible with all the important mobile apps—Apple Health, Google Git and Fitbit—so you can get a lot out of this scale no matter which health and fitness platform you are most at home with.
It’s also good for the whole family, no matter how many people pass through your bathroom—16 users, in fact. That makes it usable by some sports teams and other groups which are larger than the typical family.
Best Body Fat Smart Scale
Posture+ Body Fat Scale
The Eufy Smart Scale P1 tracks a lot of body metrics, but to see your data you need to open an app on your phone. The Posture+ Body Fat Scale goes one better: It displays everything right on the scale itself. This scale stands out among its peers with a huge color digital display that not only shows your weight but also has smaller entries for BMI, body fat, subcutaneous fat, body water, protein, BMR, body age and more. The data is also stored on a mobile app so you can track progress and trends over time. The scale also allows unlimited users and includes a baby mode to quickly determine your infant’s weight.
The scale is built on four weight sensors and four electrodes with bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA). It holds a maximum of 400 pounds and can measure changes as small as 0.2 pounds. On the downside, it’s not cross-platform compatible, so this scale can’t talk to any of the other major health and fitness apps.
Best Smart Scale for Fitbit Users
Fitbit Aria Air
Fitbit created one of the first fitness wearables that did more than simply count steps, and today the brand has a dedicated fanbase. If you want a smart bathroom scale that seamlessly integrates with your Fitbit app, it only makes sense that you’d consider the Aria Air from Fitbit. And on that note, it does the basics and it does them reliably; the Aria measures your weight and synchronizes it with your Fitbit app. And you’re in luck if you have a large family because Fitbit doesn’t limit how many people can use the scale.
On the other hand, keep in mind that you do have other options—a number of smart scales integrated with the Fitbit app now and some offer more capabilities. The biggest limitation is that the Aria Air only captures your weight rather than a smorgasbord of body metrics. And because it doesn’t know your body composition, it can’t automatically tell different users apart (unless they connect to the scale with their smartphone). That said, this is an affordable and effective scale that works great with the Fitbit ecosystem.
Best Smart Scale for Garmin Users
Garmin Index S2
The Garmin Index S2 isn’t an inexpensive smart scale, but then again, this is a Garmin product, and so you should probably expect that. Even so, this is a scale that tries hard to deliver a huge amount of value for the price. As you might expect, it syncs with the Garmin Connect mobile app and makes your body metrics a part of the sea of data you can analyze and obsess over, along with everything being tracked by your Garmin wearable. It tracks your weight, weight trend, body fat percentage, BMI, skeletal muscle mass and more—and does that for up to 16 different users.
The scale has both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and the Wi-Fi gives it the ability to do some cool tricks like displaying the weather forecast (much like the Withings Body+, also on this list). The scale itself is the same square frame with rounded corners that you’ve seen a thousand times before, but Garmin adds a few small flourishes to make it slightly sexier (or, at least as sexy as a bathroom scale is capable of). If you don’t already have a Garmin watch, though, there are better options out there.
Wyze is the king of consumer electronics that punches well above its bargain price point, and the Wyze Scale is no exception to that rule. The $31 price tag on this scale simply doesn’t align with how functional this smart scale is. It offers features that match what you find in other more expensive scales—like tracking 12 body metrics including body fat, lean body mass and heart rate.
The Wyze Scale also recognizes up to eight different users and integrates with fitness apps like Apple Health, Fitbit and Google Fit. The scale also has some useful additional features usually found in more expensive products, such as a safe mode that disables the electrical current needed to get a BIA measurement—a feature often sought by pregnant users and people with pacemakers.
Best Premium Smart Scale
In a universe filled with square bathroom scales, the QardioBase 2 stands out from the crowd simply by being round. And while that might not sound like much, it gives the common appliance a luxe appearance. The digital display is similarly unique; it has a retro-chic green dot matrix-style font that looks pretty snazzy. That interface is well thought out too. There’s a smart feedback mode that lets users view their progress with a smiley face instead of hard data.
The QardioBase 2 offers fully body composition measurements, including body fat, muscle mass, hydration, BMI and weight. As is the case with several other scales on this list, there’s a pregnancy mode (including the ability to track your progress through each trimester, with charts and a photo diary in the Qardio app). Up to five users can be automatically detected and the data the device spits out can be connected to Apple Health and Google Fit apps. All of that doesn’t come cheap though. Priced at $150, it offers many of the same features as other scales, so you’re paying for the aesthetic. With perhaps one major exception: This is the only scale on the list that uses a rechargeable battery. Instead of replacing AAA batteries, once a year you’ll need to plug this into a USB port to top off the charge.