When it comes to your body’s overall heath and fitness, weight is just a number. It’s more important to focus on your diet and exercise than it is to look at your weight alone, but for those who use scales to track their exercise progress, smart scales are a great option.
Instead of just telling you how much your body weighs, a smart scale will give you your weight, body fat, and body hydration. More advanced smart scales will allow you to track your body over a span of time, connecting to an app so you can automatically view your progress. Some will also let you track your bone mass, which can be critical for those with osteoporosis or in high-risk groups for osteoporosis.
Simple smart scales for basic measurements
If you’re looking for a simple smart scale that won’t break the bank, there are a few choices.
The Bios Extra Wide Smart Scale tracks weight with a 2 person memory tracking with 30 memories each. It’s a handy option for those on a budget, but the Weight Watchers Bluetooth Smart Scale & Body Analyzer is similarly priced and offers users more.
The Weight Watchers scale by Conair (yes, that Conair–they helped design the product and app for this fitness-based company) lets you track your weight, body fat, water content, bone mass, muscle mass, and BMI through Apple Health, Google Fit, or the Weight Watchers app. It’s designed to be used by multiple members of your family, and its Bluetooth connectivity helps keep your results private.
Mid-range smart scales for an all-around experience
For a mid-range scale, there are two options that stand out. The first is the Withings Body+ Wi-Fi Smart Scale & Body Analyzer (formerly by Nokia). It lets you track your weight, body fat, water percentage, muscle mass, and bone mass (like the Weight Watchers scale). It boasts “best-in-class readings” thanks to its Position Control technology, and automatically syncs with your smartphone over Wi-Fi. Compatible with up to 8 users, it also gives you a local weather update every time you step on your scale, so you can start your morning off right.
The Qardio Base Bluetooth Smart Scale & Body Analyzer does the same thing, with a round profile and Bluetooth connectivity. It also offers in-depth tracking including bone mass and multi-user functionality, and shows your results directly on the display.
Fully-featured smart scales for the ultimate tracker
For the ultimate body tracking experience, Best Buy offers three top of the line smart scales.
The Garmin Index Wi-Fi Bluetooth Smart Scale syncs with your smartphone over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or ANT+ technology. It tracks all of the basics: weight, BMI, bone mass, body fat/water percentage, and muscle mass. The Index can be used by up to 16 different people through the Garmin Connect app, and it features extra-large numbers for early-morning reading.
From Withings, the higher-end Withings Body Cardio Wi-Fi Smart Scale & Body Analyzer offers users an enhanced experience. Unlike the Body+, the Body Cardio also assesses cardiovascular health using “Pulse Wave Velocity measurements” so you can track your heart health through your smartphone.
Finally, for serious Fitbit enthusiasts, the Fitbit Aria 2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale. It monitors your weight, body fat, and BMI (but not your bone mass) through the Fitbit dashboard, and keeps results private for up to 8 users.
Using your smart scale to monitor your fitness
More than just monitoring your weight, a smart scale can become a vital part of your fitness routine. Depending on the smart scale you choose, you can sync it with your fitness watch and upload your weight every day.
Because some models show your BMI as well as your weight, you’ll see exactly how your workouts are affecting your day to day loss or gains. Take the Fitbit Aria 2 smart scale as an example. It syncs with your Fitbit tracker and lets you set goals or use features like Calorie Coaching.
A smart scale is one of the best ways to track your progress and motivate yourself to lose weight. Check out all of the smart scales available right now on Best Buy.
It’s weird to me how much scales can do these days. I can remember when they only showed the weight. I wonder what they’ll figure out to make scales measure next.
I totally agree with you. I am impressed with the range of health metrics it captures, rather just focussing on weight. And to have it all stored there so that you can do year over year comparisons (or month to month for new moms, or people starting a fitness program) is great. Take the data to your doctor to help them more accurately understand your body. So many possibilities ….
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