Withings Body Composition Wi-Fi Scale
The Withings Body composition Wi-Fi scale is now an older model compared to the newer released version of a very similar name called the Body+. But old doesn't necessarily mean bad depending on what you are looking to get out of a smart scale. This is a scaled-down version of its newer model and if you are not looking for something with all the bells and whistles that you don't really need, this might be the right fit for you.
The metrics it tracks are weight and BMI, this is considerably less than most smart scales on the market now but some people don't have a need for any of the other stats and just want the basics. It's compatible with both iOs and Android smartphones. It can hold up to 8 unique user profiles so the whole family can participate. Does all it's syncing via Wi-Fi and has other cool features like daily weather, nutrition tracking, and baby & pregnancy modes.
The scale top is smooth tempered glass which gives it a very luxurious and modern feel. The underside of the scale is durable plastic and it comes with 4 non-skid feet that also help with keeping the weight measurements accurate on carpet. The display screen on the front is extra large and high contrast making it easy to read. When you step on the scale it not only displays your current weight but it will also show you a trend graph of your last 8 weigh-ins so you know exactly how your progress is going without having to open the app. After it shows all your weight and trends it will display today's weather highs and lows so you can be more prepared for the day ahead.
It has a handy baby mode where you can stand on the scale with your child and it will automatically subtract your weight from the final weigh-in amount giving you only the weight of your baby. This makes tracking they're healthy even easier. When you activate pregnancy mode the app will accurately and easily track your weight gain. Units wise the scale will display in kilograms, pounds, or stones whichever you prefer to use.
One of the most unique features is the basal metabolism number, this is how many calories it takes to keep your body running throughout the day. This will change and fluctuate depending on how much exercise you've had that day or depending on how much muscle mass you have.
Its activity features start with tracking, you can input your workouts into one of the many compatible apps or you can tun on your step tracker to track everyday walking and running. Set activity-related goals for you to reach every single week, if you make your goals you are rewarded. Speaking of rewards they offer a leaderboard that shows your progress and rankings, you can link this with your friends and family and challenge them to beat your fitness goals or vise versa.
As far as weight management features it will provide you with trends and graphs to show you where you started and how you are progressing. They offer a coaching program called Better Body, you will discover all about body composition and discover new ways to lose fat if you feel like you are stagnant. You can track your child's growth and make sure they are getting adequate nutrition outside of doctor's visits, you simply set it to baby mode and step on the scale holding your child and the scale does all the subtractions for you. They also offer a similar feature for during pregnancy so you can make sure you are on track with growth, they also offer doctors reviewed content at every stage of the pregnancy so you know what to expect if this is your first time pregnant.
Sleep management features include tracking your stages of sleep and if you were in deep or light sleep throughout the night. This helps if you don't feel rested and was wondering if you kept waking up during the night or never got enough restful deep sleep. You will also get a sleep score so you can better learn about your sleep quality. It has a built-in smart wake alarm that will wake you up at your optimal sleep cycle to avoid the grogginess or being woken up in deep sleep. They offer a sleep smarter feature that ties in with the coaching program to learn how you can consistently get better sleep which will aid in any weight loss goals you may have.
To round all the wellness categories off the Health Mate app offers on-demand meditation classes. It offers a popular meditation app called Petit BamBou right inside the app to help introduce you to techniques and gets you used to relaxing and slowing down. Meditation has many health benefits like improved sleep quality, decreased anxiety, and enhanced self-awareness which all have numerous health benefits.
The underside is plastic which is going to be very strong and will be able to take any wear and tear you throw at it. Some reports of shattered scales were straight out of the box and would have happened during rough shipping. If you do happen to have any durability issues with your scale keep in mind you have a 1-year manufacturers return policy.
Ease of Use
By being able to remove the batteries you can follow TSA guidelines, if you have a rechargeable you would only be able to fly carry on with it and you would have to remove it during TSA checks like you would a laptop. However, its good to know that the 4 AAA batteries are not included in the packaging when you buy the scale so make sure to pick some up on the way home so you get to start using your new scale right away.
Overall this is a great choice from someone new to the smart scale world who may no want overwhelming stats and choices but wants just a full sense of wellness in their life. Withings has been the leading brand in smart scales and it shows with the Body Composition Wi-Fi scale.