Three Things to Consider Before You Buy a Smart Scale

Are you still using a dumb bathroom scale? Smarter is better when it comes to watching your weight.

Photo by Graphic Node on Unsplash
If you're still using a scale like this one, it might be time for an upgrade.Photo by Graphic Node on Unsplash

Not all smart scales are equally, well, smart. In fact, there’s a wide variety between feature sets. Do you just want to track your weight? How about body fat? Muscle mass? Even hydration? Do you want your scale to have Wi-Fi, or is Bluetooth enough. There are plenty of things to consider, but check these tips below and you’ll be off to the races.


RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale Smart BMI Scale Digital Bathroom Wireless Weight Scale
13 separate metrics for one great price, this scale tracks just about everything you could hope and then syncs that data with your favorite fitness apps via Bluetooth.RENPHO

While, weight is what we associate most with scales, it’s not necessarily the most important metric for your health. A good smart scale will not only accurately count your pounds, but will dig deeper into things like your Body Mass Index (BMI), body fat percentage, water percentage, bone mass, visceral fat, and more. Some scales offer as many as 13 separate metrics, and they do the tracking for you.

Bluetooth or Wi-Fi

Withings Body+ - Smart Body Composition Wi-Fi Digital Scale with smartphone app
Withings is one of the most-trusted names in fitness tracking, and its Wi-Fi enabled smart scale packs in the features, and always stays synced using your home’s network.Withings

Your phone probably has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but smart scales typically just have one or the other. Bluetooth scales tend to be cheaper, but the caveat is that you need to have your phone nearby to sync the data your scale gathers. Wi-Fi scales can connect directly to your home’s Wi-Fi network and upload your data to the cloud where your favorite fitness apps will gobble it up. It may be slightly more reliable, and quicker, but it usually costs a bit more.

Multiple People?

Etekcity Scale, Smart Body Fat Scale, Bathroom Bluetooth Digital Weight Scale Tracks 13 Key Compositions Analyzer
This scale can track 13 metrics, syncs with Fitbit, Google Fit, and Apple Health over Wi-Fi, and can accommodate an unlimited amount of users, so everybody’s data is kept separate.Etekcity

Not such a big deal if you’re single, but if you live with family or roommates, maybe others want to get in on the smart scale action. A good smart scale will have profiles for multiple people, so you can keep all of you various data-points separate. Some of them can even automatically recognize who is who just from stepping onto it, so there’s nothing to fumble with.