Is your bathroom scale out of date? Sure it is. This is the modern, quantified world, after all, and you’re swimming around in it like a dolphin. You don’t just want to know your weight — you want to know your body fat percentage and muscle composition, how your weight today compares to last week, and so on.
Modern smart scales do so much more than read your weight, after all. To help you pick the right product, we’ve spent hours scouring shopping sights and connecting with most major manufacturers to get a feel for their newest devices. We’ve reviewed the best bathroom scales for 2020, and we’re already doing jumping jacks about some of the newest features. With today’s scales, you can get reports about BMI, body fat percentage, muscle composition, and even body cardio reports for health. Even better, you can connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and receive customized reports about your health.
The Withings Body Scale is a great choice if you’re looking to expand your knowledge of your own body. Within a sleek design, it measures weight, BMI, muscle mass, and fat percentage, for starters. But the Withings Body Scale has a couple of appealing features beyond that.
In addition to showing your daily weight, the Withings Body Scale also displays your last eight weigh-ins directly on the display, so you can see if your weight is trending up or down, information that other scales make you head to the app for. The display screen can also give you weather updates or display the number of steps you took the previous day — that is, if you’re using a Withings tracker. This smart scale also can last up to 18 months on four AAA batteries.
The Withings Health Mate App connects to more than 100 fitness apps, including Beeminder, Google Fit, Fitbit, and LoseIt.
If you’re looking for more metrics, Withings does offer a more advanced scale, the Body Cardio Scale, which measures pulse wave velocity. While this is probably a very important aspect of your health — it’s associated with hypertension and risks of cardiovascular incidents, after all — it may not be essential when choosing a bathroom scale.
Eufy Smart Scale C1 with Bluetooth
If you’re looking for an extremely affordable smart scale and a holistic approach to health, try Eufy’s C1, which you can buy for around $30. Connect it to your phone via Bluetooth, and it’ll track a bunch of different measurements to help you meet your fitness goals: Body fat percentage, body mass index, water, basal metabolic rate, visceral fat, lean body mass, bone mass, muscle mass, and, of course, weight.
Cheaper options like the C1 typically aren’t compatible with as many fitness apps as the more expensive competitors. The C1 works with the Eufy Life app, which currently connects with Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit.
Up to 16 users can be on one account, so your entire family can use the C1. Plus, features like an anti-slip top plate and rounded corners make the scale safer and more user-friendly. Heck, since this scale costs less than a couple of large pizzas, why not give it a try (and forgo the pizza)?
Greater Goods Body Composition Scale
Greater Goods is a company on a mission: The brand gives a portion of proceeds from the sale of every product to a variety of charities. Buy a kitchen gadget and you’ll fund meals for children in the care of the Global Orphan Project.
The Body Composition Scale (listed on Amazon with the epic name of “GreaterGoods Digital Body Fat Weight Scale, Body Composition, BMI, Muscle Mass & Water Weight”) tracks a host of metrics around your weight, revealing data in a striking blue display screen easily readable from way up in the air.
We had some challenges setting up the scale — a handful of units carried a defective Wi-Fi chip, and we got the golden ticket. The company’s tech support was responsive and very helpful, and such units should be long-cleared from the market by the time you read this. Great products serving a greater good — how can you go wrong?
Renpho Bluetooth Bodyfat Scale
The Renpho scale excels at doing a whole lot at a very affordable price — it includes 13 different measurements, including weight, BMI, body fat, and much more. You don’t have to use the scale with an app, but if you do, it’s compatible with Samsung Health, Fitbit, Apple Health, and Google Fit, along with Apple Watch. As long as you connect this model with the right apps, it will do a good job of helping you reach the goals that you create. It can also independently chart your progress over days, weeks, months, and years. The scale is rated at up to 396 pounds and requires three AAA batteries.
Fitbit Aria 2
If you’re a fan of Fitbit, you’ll want to check out the Fitbit Aria 2 Smart Scale. The Aria 2 has an easier setup than the original Aria, allowing quick Bluetooth setup through your phone.
While the Aria Scale shares many of the same features as the Withings Body Scale — it measures your weight, BMI, and body fat percentage — what separates the Aria is the Fitbit mobile dashboard. Fitbit is one of the most popular wearable manufacturers on the planet, and for good reason. The Fitbit app can do almost everything, including track your weight, track your hydration, log your meals, track calories in versus calories out, measure your steps, and send you encouraging messages to help you meet your goals.
The Fitbit Aria 2 Scale is a great addition for anyone who wants to get serious about their health.
Etekcity Smart Bluetooth Body Fat Scale
Etekcity’s Bluetooth smart scale is yet another solid option at an affordable price. It uses Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA) technology to track weight, BMI, body fat, fat-free body weight, subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, body water, skeletal muscle, muscle mass, bone mass, protein, basal metabolic rate, and metabolic age. The scale works with the VeSyncFit app, which connects to Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit.
This scale is also pretty attractive for such an inexpensive unit. It has an ITO (indium tin oxide) coated tempered glass surface. You can even create unlimited profiles, so your entire household can take advantage of the scale’s features.
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