Essential for some, hated by others. The scale is a useful product to help us monitor changes in our body weight. Although it is not advisable to become obsessed with the data it produces, as several variables must be taken into account that can influence profits and losses, it does not hurt to keep an indicative record.
Like many other devices that we use on a daily basis, scales have also succumbed to new technologies and there are models capable of measuring several values, in addition to being able to synchronize them with our smartphone and health platforms or specific applications.
The scale market is vast. If you’re not sure where to start, in this selection we review the available types and recommended models for use with our iPhone and Apple Health service.
Types of scales
Before starting with the list of recommended models, it is worth knowing the types of scales available or, at least, the most popular and that people usually have in their homes.
Mechanical (or analogue) bathroom scale: the “eternal” bathroom scale. It can work both with an elastic spring and with a counterweight and it is a needle that indicates the weight. It’s the cheapest of all, but not the best option if you’re looking for a specific result. Their strong point, besides the price, is that they are very resistant.
Digital (or electronic) scale: this is the most common type today and there are fairly inexpensive models. It is characterized by a screen that displays the weight numerically. It stands out for its precision, since the margin of error is around 100 grams. It uses electronic sensors to determine body weight. If you have to give it a but, it’s its autonomy. Being battery powered, their battery life is limited, but they usually last for several months before needing to be replaced.
Bioimpedance Scale: If you want very good accuracy and more data besides weight, this is your type of scale. In fact, it is currently most popular for being able to calculate overall weight, body mass index (BMI) and muscle mass, as well as water percentage. It is very useful for athletes who need to know this information to give everything in their training. It works by emitting a low-intensity electric current that travels through the lower limbs to determine their resistance. This resistance depends on the water in the body, which has a constant proportion in the muscle mass (73% of the muscles are water).
Digital and bioimpedance scales can be connected, i.e. synchronized with a smartphone application via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and share data with it and certain health services. Some of the most popular services are Apple Health, Google Fit or Samsung Health.
These scales can also have other very useful functions. Two of the most interesting are user recognition and memory:
User recognition: there are scales capable of registering several users with their own weight, height and age so that when they step on it, they automatically detect who it is.
Memory: With this feature, the weight of several sessions is saved as well as (possibly) other data related to height, gender or age.
Connected scales compatible with iPhone and Apple Health
RENPHO bathroom scale
We start with one of the best-selling scales on Amazon, this Renpho model (28.04 euros). It is able to provide the results of 13 essential measurements (weight, BMI, percentage of body fat…) and synchronize them via its application for mobile devices with the popular services Samsung Health, Apple Health, Google Fit and Fibit. It has four highly sensitive sensors to provide good measurements, and charges via its built-in micro USB instead of using batteries.
RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale – Smart Bathroom Scale Digital BMI Scale, Rechargeable Body Composition Analyzer with USB and App
eufy P1 smart scale
The famous brand of accessories (especially surveillance cameras, although it also has robot vacuum cleaners) also has its own bathroom scale. The eufy Smart Scale P1 (44.99 euros) can provide data on 14 measurements (weight, body fat, BMI, bone mass, muscle mass and more). It is also compatible with third-party apps such as Apple Health, Google Fit or Fitbit. Through its application for mobile devices, it is possible to create health trends for up to 16 users per account. Featuring a large LED screen, the sensitivity of its G-shaped sensors has been improved.
Eufy Smart Scale P1 Bluetooth Scale, Large LED Display, 180 kg Capacity, 14 Measurements, Weight/Body Fat/BMI/Body Composition Analysis, Auto On/Off/Zero, lb/kg
Xiaomi Mi Body Composition Scale 2
What Xiaomi doesn’t have in its catalog? The Asian firm offers all kinds of products, including scales. The Xiaomi Mi Body Composition Scale 2 (30.15 euros) is able to provide data through a series of complex algorithms of 13 types of indicators (body composition, muscle volume, etc.). It can be synced with multiple sources from your Mi Fit app, see Apple Health, and this scale can also be used to weigh vegetables or fruits.
Xiaomi Body Composition Scale 2 Smart Digital Electronic Bathroom Floor Fat Scale Bluetooth APP LED Display Max Load 150kg
Withings is a brand specializing in health devices. In its catalog we can find “smart” hybrid watches that track physical activity, sleep and heart health, blood pressure monitors, thermometers, sleep monitors and scales. The Withings Body (59.99 euros) is the firm’s cheapest model. With registration for up to eight users, it is suitable for all stages of life (from pregnancy, to babies and all the way to adults). According to the company, it is accurate to 0.1 kg. It can measure BMI and other data, as well as sync with over 100 health apps (Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit among them).
Withings Body Wi-Fi Smart Scale with BMI Tracker, Digital Body Scale with Mobile App Sync via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi
Withings Body Cardio
The most complete ladder in the catalog and therefore also the most expensive. The Withings Body Cardio (149.90 euros) is the crown jewel of the company. It is the first “intelligent” scale with heart rate measurement. The user can know their heart rate and get an insight into their cardiovascular health by calculating the vascular age. It offers comprehensive body composition tracking (BMI, water percentage, muscle mass, bone mass, fat, etc.). It is possible to register up to eight users and has an accuracy, depending on the brand, of up to 0.1 kg.
Withings Body Cardio: Wi-Fi Connected Scale with Body Composition Analysis, Heart Health Monitoring, Vascular Age, BMI, Fat, Muscle & Bone Mass, Water % – Black
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