If all you expect to get out of your scale is a daily update on your weight, you are drastically underestimating this simple bathroom fixture. Today’s scales can measure everything from your body mass index to your bone mass, and with connected apps and fitness trackers, the bathroom scale could be the central tool to help you reach your fitness goals–and connect to your other fitness technology! After comparison and study, here are our favorite bathroom scales for 2020, starting with Garmin’s Index scale, which comes loaded with useful features.
Garmin Index Smart Scale
Even though it’s smart, the Garmin Index Smart Scale doesn’t actually have GPS. But that’s about the only feature missing from this smart device.
Garmin has become a leader in fitness wearables, and if you own one of the company’s fitness bands, smartwatches, or cycling trackers, the Garmin Index Scale would be a great addition to your healthy lifestyle. The Garmin Index Scale connects to Wi-Fi and seamlessly uploads your data — which includes your weight, body mass index, body fat/water percentage, bone mass, and skeletal muscle mass — to the web. You can also use it to check your vital statistics, including any data gleaned from your other Garmin products, on the Garmin Connect app.
While this bathroom scale offers a ton of personal insight into your health, it isn’t meant solely for personal use. The Garmin Index scale can recognize up to 16 users.
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The Withings Body Scale is similar to the Garmin Index scale in a lot of ways. They both measure weight, BMI, muscle mass, and fat percentage, and they both benefit from a sleek design. While the Garmin may be the better choice if you’re already operating within the Garmin universe, the Withings Body Scale has a couple of appealing features.
In addition to showing your daily weight, the Withings Body Scale also displays your last eight weigh-ins directly on the display, so you can see if your weight is trending up or down. The display screen can also give you weather updates or display the number of steps you took the previous day — that is, if you’re using a Withings tracker. This smart scale also can last up to 18 months on four AAA batteries.
The Withings Health Mate App connects to more than 100 fitness apps, including Beeminder, Google Fit, Fitbit, and LoseIt.
If you’re looking for more metrics, Withings does offer a more advanced scale, the Body Cardio Scale, which measures pulse wave velocity. While this is probably a very important aspect of your health — it’s associated with hypertension and risks of cardiovascular incidents, after all — it may not be essential when choosing a bathroom scale.
Eufy Smart Scale C1 with Bluetooth
If you’re looking for an extremely affordable smart scale, try eufy’s C1. You can buy it for around $30, and it also prides itself on its holistic approach to health. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and it tracks a bunch of different measurements to help you meet your fitness goals: Body fat percentage, body mass index, water, basal metabolic rate, visceral fat, lean body mass, bone mass, muscle mass, and of course, weight.
Cheaper options like the C1 typically aren’t compatible with as many fitness apps as the more expensive competitors. The C1 works with the Eufy Life app, which currently connects with Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit.
Up to 16 users can be on one account, so your entire family can use the C1. Plus, features like an anti-slip top plate and rounded corners make the scale safer and more user-friendly. Heck, since this scale costs less than a couple of large pizzas, why not give it a try (and forgo the pizza)?
Renpho Bluetooth Bodyfat Scale
The Renpho scale excels at doing a whole lot at a very affordable price — includes 13 different measurements including weight, BMI, body fat, and much more. You don’t have to use the scale with an app, but if you do it’s compatible with Samsung Health, Fitbit, Apple Health, and Google Fit, along with Apple Watch compatibility. As long as you connect this model with the right apps, it will do a good job of helping you reach the goals that you create. It can also independently chart your progress over days, weeks, months and years. The scale is rated at up to 396 pounds, and requires three AAA batteries.
Fitbit Aria 2
If you’re a fan of Fitbit, you’ll want to check out the Fitbit Aria 2 Smart Scale. The Aria 2 has an easier setup than the original Aria, allowing quick Bluetooth set up through your phone.
While the Aria Scale shares many of the same features as the Withings Body Scale and the Garmin Index Scale — it measures your weight, BMI, and body fat percentage — what separates the Aria is the Fitbit mobile dashboard. Fitbit is one of the most popular wearable manufacturers on the planet, and for good reason. The Fitbit app can do almost everything, including track your weight, track your hydration, log your meals and your track calories in versus calories out, measure your steps, and sends you encouraging messages to help you meet your goals.
The Fitbit Aria 2 Scale is a great addition for anyone who wants to get serious about their health.
Health o meter Nuyo Wireless Scale
If spending a ton of cash on a bathroom scale makes you a little queasy, check out the Nuyo Wireless Scale from Health o meter. This smart scale accurately measures your weight, calculates your BMI, and wirelessly transmits your data to the Nuyo app via Bluetooth, all for half of the price of most competitors.
The Nuyo Wireless Scale also features a disappearing display. When not in use, the face of the scale appears as blank glass. The display only appears when you step on the scale and quickly vanishes when you step off.
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Etekcity Smart Bluetooth Body Fat Scale
Etekcity’s Bluetooth smart scale is yet another solid option at an affordable price point. It uses Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA) technology to track weight, BMI, body fat, fat-free body weight, subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, body water, skeletal muscle, muscle mass, bone mass, protein, basal metabolic rate, and metabolic age. The scale works with the VeSyncFit app, which connects to Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit.
This scale is also pretty attractive for such an inexpensive unit. It has an ITO (indium tin oxide) coated tempered glass surface. You can even create unlimited profiles, so your entire household can take advantage of the scale’s features.