Longevity Live Partner Content. Technology has been great for the fitness industry. It has allowed us to gain instant access to data about our bodies that we previously could only get after an expensive check-up with the doctor. This is especially true when it comes to our body composition. In the old days, all we had was the bathroom scale. While the scale could tell us what our raw weight was, it was unable to break that down in terms of muscle and fat. With the advent of the smart scale, however, we now have a detailed window into every aspect of our body composition. In this article, we identify the top 5 smart scales of 2021.
What is a Smart Scale?
A smart scale looks like an upmarket bathroom scale. Most of them are extremely slimline and made of tempered glass. When you stand on the scale it tells you your weight. But it does much more than that. These scales are connected to your phone or tablet via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Some of them will give you an instant readout of up to 17 body composition data points directly on the scale. Others will just provide your weight on the scale with the rest being displayed on your phone or tablet through an app.
Smart scales make use of a technology known as bio-mechanical impedance analysis (BIA) by which an electrical current passes from electrodes in the scale through your feet and up your legs to your pelvis. Through this means, the scale is able to get an accurate reading of such body composition data points as your:
- Body Mass Index
- Body Fat Percentage
- Lean Muscle Mass
- Bone Density
The Top 5 Smart Scales of 2021
FitTrack Dara Smart Scale
The FitTrack Dara Smart Scale makes use of BIA technology to provide you with 17 body composition data points. This is the most that we have yet come across, making this the most comprehensive smart scale that we know of. It makes use of two BIA electrodes that run up your legs (you don’t feel it!) and relay your statistics to your phone app. The two frequencies work together to provide an accuracy level of +/- 3 percent.
The FitTrack Dara Smart Scale is easy to set up. You simply put in the supplied batteries, download the app and stand on the scale. The scale allows you to track data for up to 8 users and has a max weight capacity of 180 kg.
The FitTrack Dara scale is a slimline device that weighs just 1.5 kg. It looks great, featuring a bright LED screen. It also comes with athlete and infant modes, making it very family friendly.
Renpho Smart Scale
The Renpho Smart Scale is another impressive, slimline modern bathroom scale. This model allows you to measure 13 body composition data points. The Renpho Smart Scale makes use of four BIA sensors to give an accurate reading of your data points. Your data is relayed automatically to the SMART app every time you step on the scale.
This scale will work with a wide range of popular fitness apps including Apple Health, FitBit, and Google Fit. As many as eight users can store their data on the app.
The Renpho Smart Scale is one of the most esthetically appealing smart scales that we have seen. It is made from lightweight tempered glass and features bold LED readouts of your weight. The maximum user weight on this scale is 180 kg.
Withings Body Plus
The Withings Body Plus scale is a very popular slimline smart scale that is compatible with Apple Plus and more than a hundred other fitness apps. Position control patented technology and gravity compensation help to ensure that you get the most accurate readings. It will automatically recognize and track the data of up to 8 users.
A bonus with your purchase of the Withings Body Plus is that it comes with a long-lasting 18 month battery. You even get a daily weather forecast right on the scale. The Withings Body Plus is also compatible with Alexa and allows for food tracking via MyFitnessPal.
Eufy Smart Scale
The Eufy Smart Scale is among the best value smart scales on the market. This scale allows up to 20 people to track their body composition diagnostics. It tracks 12 body composition measures and is compatible with a wide range of 3rd party apps.
This scale measures in at 11.8 x 11.8 inches and weighs 3.71 pounds. It has a maximum weight capacity of 180 kg. One problem with the Eufy Smart Scale is that it requires regular calibration to maintain accuracy.
Garmin Index Smart Scale
The Garmin Index Smart Scale measures BMI, Body Fat Percentage, and a host of other important body composition measurements. It can store data for up to 16 users. This attractive, easy to use, and accurate smart scale comes with a 9-month battery life.