A Bluetooth bathroom scale helps you keep track of your weight in an easy way, and you get detailed statistics and goal-oriented encouragement directly on your smartphone or tablet.
It has been concluded in a 2013 study that daily weigh-ins contribute to a steady weight loss, and it helps you to stay focused on your goal. With a Bluetooth connected bathroom scale you don’t need pen and paper, you simply connect your device and results are logged automatically. As time goes, the app on your smartphone or tablet will present you valuable data and statistics of your progress, whether you’re going for a weight loss, a weight gain, or something else.
There are a lot of Bluetooth bathroom scales to choose from, so we’ve set out on a journey to identify the best options on the market.
Our top picks
In order to identify the best smart bathroom scales with Bluetooth connectivity, we’ve reviewed the options and evaluated how well they work. Their accuracy is of course important, but we do also consider the app and how well it communicates with the scale.
Another factor to consider is design, and we’ll talk more about the criteria and what to consider further down in this article.
RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale
- Syncs with most popular fitness apps
- 13 measurements including BMI, body fat %, and more
- The RENPHO App is easy to use
- Multiple user profiles enabled
RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale has, so far, been one of the most recommended smart scales on the market. It has as many as a million app users as of present. The app can sync easily with your favorite fitness app, such as Samsung Health, Fitbit, Apple Health, etc, to give you a better overview of your progress and efforts.
Aside from the convenience it gives in storing your data, the RENPHO Body Fat Scale is able to calculate 13 key body composition metrics using highly-sensitive sensors and electrodes with the latest Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis. The sensor can measure in increments of 0.2lb/0.05kg, making it highly precise.
The scale will only show your weight but if you check the app, it will show other measurements including your BMI, Body Fat Percentage, Water Percentage, Muscle Mass, and others.
What we also love about this is that it is not limited to one user or just a couple of few. The device can gather data from an unlimited number of users. This is a great and fun way to track your progress with your family and friends.
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 and Above
- App: Renpho App
- Maximum Weight: 396lbs. (180kg)
- Unit: Pounds/Kilograms
- Battery: 3 x AAA Batteries
- Product Dimension: 11” x 11” x 1”
Another great smart scale on the list is the Arboleaf’s Bluetooth Smart Scale. It is a fairly priced bathroom scale, that measures all essentials, and gives you a great overview of your health and fitness.
The scale will show your weight and body fat percentage which is more convenient. The rest of the data will be sent to your phone via the Arboleaf app. The app is also able to sync to your favorite fitness app, giving you a more convenient way of pulling together data for a big picture of your fitness journey.
Talking about convenience, this digital scale has an auto ON/OFF feature, auto-zero, auto-calibrations, low-battery, and overload indicators. It makes use of the latest Bioelectric Impedance Analysis technology with 4 super high precision sensors for a more accurate and reliable reading of your body composition metrics.
Want to keep track of your family’s health as well? No problem. The scale can accommodate as many users and is able to recognize the users as soon as they step on the platform. Its round corners are designed to keep you keep your household safe.
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 and Above
- App: ARBOLEAF
- Battery: 3 x AAA Batteries
- Product Dimension: 11.8” x 11.8” x 1”
Withings Body+ Digital Scale
- Nice premium look and feel
- Up to 8 different user profiles
- App is easy to use and fast
One of the top scales in the US, the Withings Body+ digital scale, doesn’t just come with Bluetooth connectivity but also a Wi-Fi connectivity. Every time you weigh yourself, the data automatically appears in the free Health Mate app on your connected smartphone or tablet. The app can sync with most health and fitness apps on the market, making it more convenient for anyone to use.
It has a high accuracy when measuring your weight (+/- 0.1kg) and other body compositions, including your BMI, body fat and water percentage, and muscle and bone mass. The patented Position Control Technology is what makes this scale so accurate, because it helps you center yourself during weigh-ins.
It is able to accommodate a total of 8 user profiles, which is great for families or groups of friends sharing the scale. Although it claims to have a pregnancy tracker, we believe it is best to consult your obstetrician before using this product if you are pregnant.
- App: Free Health Mate App
- Battery: 4 x AAA Batteries
- Product Dimension: 12.8” x 12.8” x 0.9”
Why purchase a bathroom scale with Bluetooth?
You might be wondering what a Bluetooth enabled bathroom scale has to offer. It is a few bucks more expensive than a regular digital or analog bathroom scale, but the advantages it gives are numerous.
1. It automatically tracks your statistics
On our top reasons is, of course, your convenience. No need to bring out a pen and paper to jot down your stat just to realize a week later that you have no idea where that paper is. All you have to do is connect your device to your bathroom scale, and your data is saved.
Note: For bathroom scales with Bluetooth connectivity you need to be within the range of the scale for Bluetooth to connect.
2. A better, more detailed picture of your health
During your weight loss journey, have you ever come to a point where you looked at the scale, and nothing changed? It may be that you are losing fat but you’re gaining muscles when you’re working out.
Fat loss may not reflect on an analog scale, but a smart scale can now show that. Several smart scales are able to measure your body composition, such as body fat, bone density, and water percentage. These scales use bioelectrical impedance, utilizing weak electrical current to measure resistance in the body. An article by Malia Frey better explained Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis in detail if you want to know more.
Are the measurements accurate? According to the article of Kristeen Cherney of Healthline, the body fat percentages on smart scales are fairly accurate. Although there are other variables to consider, such as your age, gender, height, where the fats are stored, etc, the measurements in the scale are still able to give you an overall view of your body fat percentage.
For bone mass, however, the case is a bit different. If your bone health is categorized to be normal, then the smart scale would work for you. But if it isn’t the case (e.g. diagnosed with osteoporosis) it is better to omit bone mass. It is best to consult your doctor about this.
Note: It is not advisable for pregnant and people with implanted health devices to use impedance scale. It is better to ask your medical doctor for advice or use a scale that has an option to turn off impedance measurements.
3. Convenience of sharing your stats
Another great thing about being able to save your stats is how easy it would be to share it with others. Imagine the ease of being able to share it with your trainer or your doctor during consultations; wouldn’t it be more convenient for everyone?
4. Higher accuracy
Compared to analog scales, smart scales allow you to check your measurements more accurately. It cuts down the risk of having an error in reading the scale and giving you a fuller picture of your overall health.
Although smart scales are more accurate than analog scales, you have to keep in mind that other measurements, such as body fat, bone density, and water percentage, only gives you an insight of your overall health. There are still other variables that aren’t taken into consideration.
That is why it is still important to check in with your doctor about the details of your health. Nevertheless, it is still a great tool to use to keep track of your overall health.
5. Cheaper than Wi-Fi scales
Here’s the tea. In terms of connectivity, Wi-Fi scales are still superior compared to Bluetooth, simply because they have a longer reach and connection is usually more stable. However, Wi-Fi scales have more complicated components than Bluetooth scales, making them more expensive.
If you want to save a few bucks but not going back to an analog scale, then a Bluetooth scale is your best option.
How to choose the best Bluetooth bathroom scale?
What we listed above are only three of what we found to be the best in the market. There is a ton of other scales that would also fit your needs, preferences, and, of course, your budget.
Here are four factors worth considering, when looking into the market of smart Bluetooth scales.
Accuracy is your number one priority when checking out a bathroom scale. One of the reasons why a digital scale is an upgrade from an analog one is the accuracy. How accurate it is would depend on the manufacturer or the unit itself.
If you can visit a local department store, you can check out how accurate the scale is. You can also check out reviews of the product, if the accuracy isn’t mentioned in the description.
In terms of body composition though, you have to take note that what the device will give is always a rough estimate of your total health. To get the details of your body composition, it is best to visit your doctor.
How easily you can use the product is also something that you should consider. It would be an additional headache if just the initial step of connecting your phone to the scale is way too complicated. It is also best to ask and check how easy it is to turn on the product and calibrate it. If there are too many buttons, it may lead to confusion and frustration.
3. Additional features
Get more of your money’s worth by checking out any additional features. Some of the features include the number of body compositions it can measure, number of users that it can accommodate, and number of health and fitness apps it can sync with.
If you’re pregnant or have a family member that is, or there is someone in your family that has an implanted health device (e.g. pacemaker), you can check for a feature that turns off the Bioelectrical Impedance to make it safe for them.
Know more about the product by reading the description and checking out reviews, and make sure you know and understand all the additional features built into the scale. By doing so, you’ll ensure that you don’t pay extra for something you won’t ever use.
Design is more than just your preferred color or layout. It also includes the dimensions of the scale, so you’ll be able to get a better understanding of its shape and size. If you have kids, you may want to consider getting a scale with rounded edges, but we do actually recommend this per default because it hurts a lot when toes are stubbed against any sharp corners or edges…
So, should you get a smart bathroom scale? Well, that would depend on you. But it is a big leap from the analog scales, considering its accuracy and convenience. Again, the measurements that you will get are a rough estimate of your overall body composition, but it is enough to keep track of your overall health and get you by until your next doctor’s appointment.
The ability to easily keep track of your progress is what really sets the Bluetooth bathroom scales apart from cheaper and more simplistic scales, and this is a major selling point when considering a smart scale over analog/non-connected alternatives.
The following articles are used as additional references for this article:
- Smart Scale Accuracy: Just How Reliable Are Smart Scale Stats? A Look at the Fitbit Aria Vs. Picooc Mini by Simone Haruko Smith, Turbofuture.com
- Bathroom Scales Don’t Tell the Whole Story by Jeanie Lerche Davis, WebMD.com