Do I Really Need A Smart Scale?
The simple answer is, “No,” but the truth is that you’re better off with one than without one. Even weight-only scales leave too much to the imagination, and can cause you to get discouraged with the ups and downs of daily management. Measurements provided by smart scales like body fat %, muscle mass, and hydration level can give you a far better perspective on you’re health and fitness.
Just like fitness trackers, smart scales are one of the most beneficial gadgets to add to your health and fitness tool-belt. Whether you just want your weigh-ins to be automatically synced for your own use or you want to share and compete with friends, the following scales are still your best options in 2018:
Best: Wearable Owners
Garmin, Fitbit, Nokia, & Polar Wearable Owners
We could go on-and-on all day about the accuracy and consistency of the leading smart scales, but with the differences in accuracy pale in comparison to the differences in usability and compatibility. If you’re an owner of a wearable from one of the above-mentioned companies, then stop wasting time and get their scale. The benefits of having a smart scale and wearable from the same company are obvious, but here’s what we like specifically about these 4 choices:
Compatible with iOS, Android, Windows, and web, the Fitbit app is feature-rich, yet very straight-forward, making it perfect for all fitness levels. Paired with the Fitbit Versa or the Ionic, you’ll get everything from steps to sleep, including all the metrics from the Fitbit Aria 2 scale on your dashboard. The Fitbit app also features some of the best charts to compare the data gathered from all of your tracking devices.
Polar does an exceptional job of taking real-time data from your devices in order to tailor daily suggestions based on your goals and your current level of fitness. Polar’s wearables are an “acquired taste” when it comes to looks, but for GPS tracking and other advanced running metrics, they’re top-notch.
Garmin’s Index Smart scale has the most metrics available to measure and the largest selection of wearables to partner with. Just like Polar, Garmin’s trackers and GPS running watches are top-of-the-line, providing some of the best advanced running metrics on the market. With the amount of metrics collected, the data is a little harder to sift through than the Fitbit interface, but if you’re more hardcore about fitness then Garmin is one of your best options.
Best: Pregnant Mode
Don’t want the impedance measurements while you’re pregnant? The QardioBase 2 is one of the only smart scales with a pregnancy-tracking mode that disables the mild-electrical-impulses for body composition measurements, to keep your child(ren) in your womb safe and sound. On top of that, the pregnancy displays your weight with “emoji-type” faces instead of actual numbers, in order to help ease the transition back to pre-pregnancy weight.
With three other modes, the QardioBase 2 is good for the whole family, including a weight-only mode for any family members with implanted health devices, like pacemakers.
Tanita Smart Scales
If dead accuracy is what you need and/or want, then Tanita scales are second-to-none for home-based scales. Some of their advanced scales come with hand contacts for full-body measurements and better accuracy overall.
Best: Value Overall
Yunmai Premium Smart Scale
If you made it this far, then you’re in for a treat. The Yunmai Premium Smart Scale is the perfect mix of accuracy, compatibility, and affordability. It connects via Bluetooth and it transfers your data whenever your phone is in range. Yunmai’s partner app has everything you need to track and manage your stats, even if you don’t happen to have a wearable and/or health app setup.
Compatability is one of the best features of this smart scale. It’s able to sync with some of the most popular health apps around like:
- Apple Health
- Samsung Health
- Fitbit App
- and more
With that versatility and the ability to track up-to 16 different users, this is also the best smart scale for large, “technology-diverse” households and locker rooms.
Additionally, measuring your body in 10 different ways with impressive accuracy and costing around $70, it could easily replace any of the other scales we talked about above.