Tracking health isn’t just about keeping track of your weight. Your weight scale should display more than just a number and help you get more insight, with other health metrics like body fat percentage, heart rate and more. While analog scales remain the most popular, smart scales are becoming increasingly common. The best smart scales also connect to your phone and sync up with fitness apps like Apple Health and Google Fit. This makes it easier for you to track your overall health data. That’s why getting a premium smart scale may be worth the investment if you’re trying to meet health and wellness goals and want to see data about progress beyond just weight.
One thing’s for sure: These scales keep getting smarter. To break down the best smart scales on the market, I first established a control weight, recorded at a recent doctor’s appointment, to compare against these scales. Then I tested them in my bathroom daily, weighing myself multiple times on each scale at the same time of day for two weeks. Taking into account each scale’s consistency, accuracy and measurements provided, I determined which are worth buying. Before purchasing, take a look at our top picks for smart scales below.
Other smart scales tested
FitTrack Dara BMI Smart Scale: I wanted to give this smart scale a chance because it had the most body composition measurements, but it never functioned properly when I weighed myself. The only data it provided was my weight, but it never seemed to capture the rest.
Omron Body Composition Monitor and Scale: I had a hard time setting this scale up. I tried troubleshooting and following the directions it came with, but to no avail.
How we tested the best smart scales
Ease of use: How easy it is to sync up the scale and app using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Additionally, how easy it is to interpret the weight and other data provided by the scale.
Design: If the scale is aesthetically pleasing and designed to blend into different rooms.
Consistency: Welooked atweight across the board for a period of two weeks and made sure it was consistent for multiple weigh-ins at the same time each day.
App measurements: We looked at the app interface and the measurements provided, as well as how detailed and easy it is to access and read.
Factors to consider
- Consider how much you’re willing to spend on a scale. Just because a scale is expensive, doesn’t mean it’s the best option. There are inexpensive scales that can provide the same measurements.
- Determine if you’re going to want various measurement modes such as for pregnancy, pets or children.
- Understand that smart scales aren’t always accurate and the only way to get the most precise measurement is through a DEXA (or DXA) scan. Consult with a medical professional if you’re interested in this data.
- If you wear a pacemaker or implanted medical device, make sure the scale offers an option to shut off electrical currents. Currents sent by scale are generally safe, but they can potentially interfere with the device and ruin it.
- It’s important to consider the weight capacity on a scale since you want to make sure it can handle various weights.
- If you struggle with body image or are recovering from an eating disorder, consider discussing with your doctor if owning a smart scale is the right choice for you. It’s also helpful to know that some scales don’t show you your weight or have a similar mode setting.
- If you’d like to sync up the scale to shared apps, make sure your app of choice is compatible with the scale.