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How Smart Are the Smart Scales of 2022?

Wirelessly weigh in and track your personal fitness progress by nailing down the best smart scale for your intentions.

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Long gone are the days your bathroom scale was only capable of providing some combination of three-digit numerals that revealed your present weight. Similar to many other gadgets and devices in our daily lives — TVs, phones, watches, houses, etc. — scales have benefited from an intellectual upgrade. Measuring much more than your weight, today's smart scales intuitively record your total body composition and give you instant updates by syncing with compatible apps. Detailed reports give you access to previous weigh-ins so you can track your personal progress, set specific fitness goals and achieve a well-rounded, optimal level of health.

Once you’ve input your age, sex and height profile in the app du jour and stepped up to the plate, what else are you learning about what your body’s packing? Everything from BMI, visceral fat, bone and muscle mass, heart rate, water weight, protein percentage and metabolic age are available to be tracked. This full-body analysis is all thanks to Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA), which is really just a fancy way of describing the metal plate sensors you stand on, which use an electrical current to estimate your body composition.

It may sound futuristic, but this method is nothing new. In a 1988 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, scientists validated BIA as a reliable method for body composition estimation. “At four laboratories, densitometrically-determined lean body mass (LBM) was compared with BIA in 1,567 men and women, aged 17–62 years and with 3–56% body fat,” the study explained. “The results confirm the validity of BIA and indicate that the precision of predicting LBM from impedance can be enhanced by sex- and fatness-specific equations.”

All in all, smart scales are here to give us a fuller picture of our overall health, which, in part, helps to shape the type of training, exercise, nutrition and hydration decisions we make. When weighing in on the pros and cons of the many brands out there, keep in mind power source, weight limit, maximum number of users and consider what features are a make-or-break for you — app compatibility, Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity, ease of use, design, dimensions and price, to name a few. Maybe you find one that fires on all cylinders. That’s what we’re here to help determine.

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BEST OVERALL
Withings Body+ Body Composition Smart Wi-Fi Scale

Withings wins for the highest accuracy via Position Control technology (a body position detector), sexy design and ample compatibility — syncing quickly and automatically with your Apple watch, as well as with over 100 popular health and fitness apps including MyFitnessPal, Lose It!, Weight Watchers, and race training apps like Runkeeper, Runtastic and MapMyRun. Withings' Position Control technology guides you into the correct stance, so that each weigh-in is precise (within 0.2 lbs).

Worthy to note is the Voice-control feature; you can tell Alexa to “Ask Withings” to help you manage your weight via the free Health Mate app. The app also includes weather forecast, activity report, nutrition tracking and features suitable for every stage of life or performance level, including specific modes for pregnant women, babies and even an athlete mode.

Connectivity: Dual Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Max Users: 8

Power Source: Battery (extra-long lifespan of 18-months)

Stats: 6

BEST SPLURGE
QardioBase 2

The design alone stands out with the QardioBase, which opts for a circular, numbers-free look over the standard square, numeric display models. This smartie is easy to set up, packed with features and worth the investment if you’re looking for a top-of-the-line option. It’s also compatible with many popular health apps —including Apple Health, Samsung Health, MyFitnessPal, Google Fit and Cronometer — and connects with both WiFi and Bluetooth to easily transmit your data. Plus, it’s fully rechargeable, lasting up to 12 months on a single charge, and works on any surface — even carpet.

Connectivity: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Max Users: 8

Power Source: USB cable (included)

Stats: 6

BEST BUDGET
Wyze Scale

For the budget-minded fitness fanatic, or anyone trying out a smart scale for the first time, this modestly-priced gadget is actually pretty sweet. WYZE offers 12 different health metrics, and while many smart scales stop at muscle mass and body fat percentage, (and don't act as a heart rate monitor), WYZE tracks your heart rate so you can see how intense your last workout was. The main caveat is that it’s Bluetooth enabled, meaning your data will only update when your smartphone is within range. But, it does have a cool guest sharing mode that lets you share with anyone else linked to the scale.

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Max Users: 8

Stats: 12

BEST WITH APP
Fitbit Aria Air Smart Scale

If you've got a Fitbit, this smart scale is an ideal choice; the Aria Air scale syncs right up with the Fitbit app you may have already to monitor your health via your smartwatch. The Aria Air provides simple charts and easy-to-read graphs to show progress, as well as a feature to set goals, measure your hydration and even record your activities and food intake. With over 30 million Fitbit users, it’s easy to see why many users lean into this scale brand for its easy setup and compatibility. The scale auto-syncs data for up to eight users and keeps individual stats private, making it a great option for large families or households.

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Max Users: Unlimited Fitbit App users

Power Source: Battery

Stats: 2

BEST VALUE
Renpho Smart Body Fat Scale

Renpho’s scale app works in connection with user-friendly fitness apps such as Fitbit App and Google Fit, and with millions of global users, it's easy to see the appeal. With the ability to track 13 essential body measurements, the sleek black design and the high precision sensors, this scale is a steal at under $30 and is ideal for users wanting to monitor their daily, weekly and monthly progress without breaking the bank. This is a scale that works for the whole family, thanks to unlimited users and even a baby and pet weighing mode.

Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 and above

Max Users: Unlimited

Power Source: Battery

Stats: 13

AMAZON BEST SELLER
Fitindex Bluetooth Body Fat Scale
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Simple to read, cost-effective, and the ability to allow unlimited users? It's no surprise this scale from FITINDEX is one of Amazon’s top Best Sellers. After tracking 13 essential measures of body composition, your body measurement data syncs to the FITINDEX app automatically after setup, as well as third-party apps like Apple Health, Google Fit and Samsung Health. Praised for its high accuracy (using ITO conductive surface technology) this sturdy design is no doubt a great choice to have in the bathroom, living room or gym.

Connectivity: Dual Bluetooth and WiFi

Max Users: Unlimited

Power Source: Battery

Stats: 13

MOST USER-FRIENDLY
Eufy by Anker P1

With its slim and stylish design, simple setup and user-friendly EufyHome app, the intelligent scale was a close call for Best Overall scale on the market. It provides 14 insightful measurements of body composition and its accuracy is almost unparalleled, thanks to two pairs of super-sensitive G-shaped sensors to ensure precise measurements. Track your measurements on Apple Health, Google Fit, Fitbit and several other third-party apps. The rounded-glass top plate safeguards you from the usual pointed, sharp corners of scales, which means you won’t stub your toes walking up or walking by. Meanwhile, the anti-slip plate and low, stable design ensures stability when you step on. The LED display also offers hassle-free conversions, switching from pounds to kilograms with ease.

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Maximum users: 16

Power Source: Battery

Stats: 14

MOST HOLISTIC
Etekcity Apex HR

Customize the EtekCity Apex scale display and track your progress in the free VeSync app. This smart scale offers easy integration with many health apps—including Fitbit, Apple Health, Samsung Health, Google Fit and MyFitnessPal. What’s more, it has a premium design for anti-skidding, along with a wide, stable platform for comfort and safety. Its TFT display creates a durable, modern look to view your measurements clearly. Meanwhile, its unique Zero-Current Mode intuitively turns off the electrical current and is recommended for pregnant users as well as those with pacemakers, ICD or other implanted electronic medical devices. An auto-off capability, baby and pet mode and three different weight units also make EtekCity Apex pretty darn smart.

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Max Users: Unlimited

Power Source: Battery

Stats: 13

Innotech IB-655

Innotech is revered for its reliable data and elegant style — with four built-in sensors that ensure accurate, consistent measurement, to boot. The back-lit LFD display on the scale also boasts an extended surface area with resilient tempered glass for durability. Innotech makes it convenient to check body metrics for yourself or other family members on its app as well as Fitbit, Apple Health and Google Fit. It also has a generous warranty, in case any accidents happen.

Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0

Maximum users: 10

Power Source: Battery

Stats: 9

BEST LOOKING SCALE
Garmin Index S2 Smart Scale

For the aesthetically minded, this is the scale for you. An undeniably cool design houses a high-resolution color display of various body metrics, as well as the user’s name, widgets of weather, date and time. A step up from its previously steel-blue design of the Garmin Index, the S2 scale comes in clean white and black. And while it may be on the higher-end in terms of price, the style may be just what you’re looking for your bathroom floor. Wirelessly sync your data to the Garmin Connect app from your computer or on your compatible mobile device, or use with third-party fitness/diet apps like MyFitnessPal, Nike+ and Noom to name just a few.

Connectivity: Wi-Fi

Max Users: 16

Power Source: Battery (up to 9 months)

Stats: 6

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