Polar Balance Connected Smart Scale
The Polar Balance Connected Smart Scale is much more than just a scale. This smart scale is a holistic weight management solution that helps balance eating, weight loss, workout, and daily activities. It offers up way more than your average smart scale. It's packed with features like goal setting, weight trends, BMI, multiple users, wireless syncing, the flow app, heart rate monitor band, and smartwatch compatibility.
Polar has built a whole smart technology ecosystem around this scale. Not only do you just have the compatible app like most smart scales, but they also sell a variety of smartwatches as well as heart rate monitors bands that sync with both the app and the scale to full track your stats and provide the best program for you. On top of all of that, the Polar Balance Connected Smart Scale itself is very sleek, sophisticated and modern looking. Nothing that is going to look like an eyesore in your bathroom. Its offered in both white and black colors depending on your preferred color scheme.
There is no pesky on and off button required, the scale will automatically turn on when it senses weight. It provides seamless user experience and less wear and tear on the plastic and glass from flipping it over. Also, no chance of a button breaking and making the scale useless.
It's not the thinnest and lightest smart scale I've seen on the market. Its 1.6 inches thick and weighs in at 4.6 pounds. Still small enough to stash away in a cupboard or travel with if need be. The front of the Polar Balance Connected Smart Scale has a simple to read black LCD display. It can display in both lbs and kg, whichever you prefer. The single button on the underside controls which weight unit you would like to display and makes it easy to change if need be.
Last but not least it also shows if you have a Bluetooth device connected while you are standing on the Polar Balance Connected Smart Scale. If you have a compilable smartwatch or heart rate monitor band you won't have any issues telling if its properly connected or not.
By far this is one of the fastest smart scales on the market. A lot of scales will have a slight lag when you step on them, but not this one. It's lightning-fast the second you take your first step on it. The Bluetooth connection automatically syncs your measurements to the Flow app, which is arguably the best thing about the Polar Balance Connected Smart Scale. The app has many different coaching features like diet, nutrition, and exercise.
However, if you don't want to track any of your stats or use the app, the Polar Balance Connected Smart Scale also works perfectly fine as a standalone unit. If you are using it with the app you can keep a track of a total of 10 unique users which for most people is enough for the whole family. Do keep in mind that the maximum weight capacity for this scale caps out at 387.8lbs
When paired with a Polar smartwatch it also tracks steps, calories burned, time slept, and most restful sleep. Along with that, it tracks how active you are in a day, the graph will show you how much time you spent laying down, sitting, standing, walking, and running.
Once it calculates all the data its been given and compares it to your fitness goals it will let you know if you are reaching your goals or not. If you happen to be slipping away from your goals the app will give suggestions as to what it thinks you can change in your daily routine to get back on track. It gives you suggestions on how many calories to consume or cutout and what food recommendations go with that.
For example, if you are trying to lose weight it might suggest 300 fewer calories and give examples of what foods that could be, like 1 less croissant or 2 fewer servings of pasta. Which for a beginner or someone trying to keep it simple is extremely helpful. It will also do the same for exercising suggestions if cutting food isn't quite your thing, it might suggest 40 most minutes of jogging or 10 hours more time standing up.
Overall I think the coaching element of the Polar Balance Connected Smart Scale is really the focus and goes above and beyond what you are traditionally going to get out of a smart scale app.
While it may not be waterproof the bonus of a glass top scale is that it is pretty decently splashproof which is essential if you are storing it in your bathroom. Water is bound to get on it via handwashing or if you have just come out of the shower or bath and decide you want to check your weight quickly.
Ease of Use
Weigh-ins are lighting fast and you have your number within seconds of stepping on the Polar Balance Connected Smart Scale. A wide variety of other smart scales have a small amount of lag between stepping on the scale top and it displaying your weight on the screen. Great for it you are on the go and want your weight fast.
One big bonus with a battery-powered smart scale is that you can travel with it more easily. Because you can just pop the batteries out this enables you to be able to store it on both carry on luggage and in checked luggage too. But don't be throwing those batteries away when you travel because the 3 AAA lithium-ion batteries it comes with should last you a whole 12 months if you are weighing yourself 4 times a day. Because the average 1-2 person household probably isn't using their scale quite that much the batteries have the potential to last way longer.
As a whole, the entire Polar system offers a lot if you are wanting to invest in other pairing options to go with your scale. Lots of other brands have compatible smartwatches and apps but not one made specifically by the same brand, which feels more seamless.
Overall if you are already a fan of Polar products and own anything else by them the Polar Balance Connected Smart Scale is a great addition to the collection. If you are new to the brand and want something simple, seamless and easy to use this scale is a great option.