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Smart Scales

Whether you’re on a weight loss journey or are striving for physique recomposition through diet and strength training, it helps to have a way to track your progress. And since a regular scale doesn’t differentiate between water weight, fat weight, and muscle weight, it often creates an incomplete picture.

This is where the smart scale comes in. While they may not be as accurate as a DEXA scan when it comes to measuring body composition, a smart scale (or body fat scale) offers a fairly close approximation of your body composition.

That said, these scales are not all created equal. Some will give you basic values for fat mass, muscle mass, and bone mass, while others will give you a separate reading for visceral fat. These scales have come a long way in the past few years–many will now sync to health apps via Bluetooth, which lets you track your progress long term. However, a potential downside is that, for many measurements, you’ll have to consult the app to read them–most scales can’t display every readout on the LED display.

That said, setting out to find a smart scale can be overwhelming. The number of offerings from different manufacturers grows every year. However, we’ve curated a selection of the top five scales to choose from. Each of these options is affordable and offers readings on several different body composition values.

1. Greater Goods Balance High Accuracy Bathroom Scale

This very affordable scale offers all the benefits of a body composition scale at a fraction of the cost. This scale will tell you your total lean mass, bone mass, body fat percentage, and bone mass, and it also calculates BMI. It’s also a great choice if you live in a shared household–it can auto-detect up to eight different users, and your progress stays your own–other users can’t access any of your data.

This Greater Goods scale is also accessible to many–its weight maximum is 400 pounds, and it’s compact in size, meaning it fits into almost any bathroom. A potential disadvantage is the fact that it uses CR2032 batteries, which are somewhat uncommon. That said, this scale is fairly accurate across a range of measurements, and it’s a worthwhile investment is you’re working on improving your health and physique.

2. Arboleaf Digital Scale

If you’re someone who believes that having more data points leads to greater success, this is the scale for you. Like many scales on this list, the Arboleaf Digital Scale syncs easily to a number of fitness apps. However, it differs in that it offers ten different measurements:

  • Weight
  • Body fat percentage
  • Muscle mass
  • Body water percentage
  • Body type
  • Visceral fat
  • Bone mass
  • Basal metabolic rate
  • BMI
  • Metabolic age

This smart scale also has the ability to automatically recognize users, so there’s no need to get a separate one for everyone in the family. And you don’t need a specific app in order to use the scale–it will sync to several different fitness apps. And it also has the ability to alert you when the battery is low. Some scales that lack this function will simply give you unpredictable readings until the battery runs out, so this is a function that will help you stay on track.

3. RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale

This option is an affordable scale that measures 13 key values to track progress. However, these values are somewhat different than those of many competitors. Here’s what you can track with this Renpho scale:

  • BMI
  • Body weight
  • Body fat percentage
  • Body water percentage
  • Skeletal muscle
  • Lean mass
  • Muscle mass
  • Bone mass
  • Basal metabolic rate
  • Protein
  • Metabolic age
  • Subcutaneous fat
  • Visceral fat

If you’re someone who wants your measurements to be as detailed as possible, this scale is a great choice. Many scales in this category don’t differentiate between visceral and subcutaneous fat, an only a few others include metabolic age. This scale also has the ability to sync with a free Renpho app, but it also can sync with many established fitness apps. Thus, if you want a scale with plenty of options for value readouts and syncing capabilities, this one is a good choice.

4. FITINDEX Bluetooth Body Fat Scale

This scale is very similar to the Renpho scale listed above, although it’s comparatively more affordable. Like the Renpho scale, this scale from FitIndex has its own compatible app that you can use to track progress. However, it also works with Apple Health, FitBit, Google Health, and Samsung Health. And if your phone isn’t nearby when you weight yourself, there’s no need to worry–your data will be saved and will sync to your phone next time you’re in range.

While aesthetic probably isn’t your top consideration when picking scales, it matters sometimes. This scale offers a sleek, minimalist aesthetic that many people find appealing–it’s a pane of glass mounted on for sensors. All in all, it’s a very affordable option that’s ideal for those who like to collect as much data as possible.

5. Redover Bluetooth Body Fat Scale

This scale is similar in design to the Renpho scale described below. At first glance, it’s very similar to many scales on the list–it comes with its own app for iOs and Android, but it also can sync to virtually every possible health app. It uses biolelectric impedance analysis (BIA) to determine body composition. It has a bright, easy-to-read LED display.

This scale from Redover also has a unique aesthetic. Like many of these scales, it’s black glass with silver sensors. But the black glass has a grey overlay pattern perfect for those who like a little extra something when it comes to scale design.

In Conclusion

Smart scales have evolved considerably, even over the last few years. Now, you can find a scale that measures virtually every aspect of body composition, and many of these scales are incredibly affordable. When buying, be sure to do your research and decide what measurements are most important to you, whether you want a scale with its own tracking app, and whether you have a preference when it comes to scale appearance. With a little shopping around, you’re sure to find a scale that suits your needs and helps you reach your goals.