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Reach and maintain your ideal healthy body weight with the help of smart scales

Maintaining an optimal body weight is an important part of healthy living and a great new year’s resolution for 2018. To achieve your wellness and body weight goals this year, consider investing in a smart living device such as a smart scale. If you’re not sure which high-tech smart scale to get since there are so many on the market, take a look at this guide and our comparison of four popular smart scales to get you started towards healthy living and wellness.

Benefits of smart scales

Consider the benefits of owning a connected smart scale and the convenience it brings. Instead of having to record your weight manually, smart scales do the job for you and is able to sync with different health apps to track your weight over time. Many of these smart scales go beyond measuring body weight and measure metrics such as body fat percentage, body mass index, muscle mass and bone mass. Measurements are taken through a process called bioelectrical impedance, which is a low and safe electrical current sent through your body when standing on the smart scale. However, for those that are pregnant or have an electrical implant such a pacemaker, it’s not recommended to use a scale with bioelectrical impedance. Another benefit of a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled smart scale is that you can send data directly to your computer or phone so the information can be viewed through specific apps.

How to pick a smart scale

The key to picking the best smart scale for your needs depends on finding out what it does best and how it fits into your lifestyle. What sort of metrics are most important for you? Most people are only concerned about body weight, body fat and BMI but if you are an athlete and require more detailed data, look for metrics such as hydration levels, muscle mass and lean body mass.

Are smart scales accurate?

If you are worried about the accuracy of smart scales, most consumer-grade scales will have some small margin of error, but most report data very close to if not your actual body weight and measurements. Bioelectrical impedance can fluctuate based on different factors such as hydration levels, but this technology is acceptable for determining body composition over an extended period of time. Most smart scales are accurate and consistent and don’t usually fluctuate more than one or two pounds at most.



Using an app with smart scales

Another important factor for choosing your smart scale depends on the app it uses and if it’s compatible to other health apps. Try downloading the app before you buy a smart living device to see how you like it. Some apps allow other scales to be connected while some connect to others like nutritional services. A general recommendation is that if you have an app you use daily, buy the scale that syncs and works well with it. For example, if you own a Fitbit tracker it would be wise to buy the FitBit Aria2. 

 

Comparison of four popular smart scales

Nokia Body Cardio Scale

A top-notch and comprehensive smart scale that’s the first to offer data for cardiovascular health. Available for purchase at The Artistry located at the Landmark Hong Kong.

  • Measures body weight and body mass index (BMI), body fat & water percentage, muscle & bone mass, temperature, standing heart rate and Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV)
  • Displays weight in pounds, kilograms or stone
  • Tempered glass top, in black or white
  • Weights up to 396 pounds
  • Rechargeable battery that lasts up to 12 months
  • Connects via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Supports up to eight users
  • Compatible with Android & iOS


Naked 3D Fitness Tracker
The Naked 3D Fitness Tracker is the world’s first smart living home body scanner that enables you to scan your entire body and produce a 3D model image of yourself. This device has not been released on the market yet but will be available in Hong Kong at The Artistry in May 2018.

  • Measures body weight, body mass and body fat percentage
  • Full length mirror & turntable scale
  • 3D model imaging
  • Able to compare two scans to see the exact change in the body
  • Create custom time-lapse imaging of your body
  • Weights up to 330 pounds
  • Connects via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Supports up to eight users
  • Compatible with Android & iOS

QardioBase 2
One of the most versatile smart scales on the market is suitable for pregnant women or those with an implanted medical device.
  • Measures body weight, body mass index (BMI), body fat, muscle and water percentage
  • Easy setup, haptic feedback, in black or white
  • Measurement range of 9 to 396 pounds, accurate to 0.2 pound
  • Rechargeable battery that lasts up to 12 months
  • Connects via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Automatically detects up to five users, guest profile available
  • Includes a number of smart modes, suitable for pregnant women or those with implanted medical device
  • Compatible with Android & iOS

Fitbit Aria 2
Fits smoothly into Fitbit’s existing fitness ecosystem and is probably the best choice for a smart scale if you are a regular Fitbit user.
  • Measures body weight, body mass index (BMI), lean mass and body fat percentage
  • Tempered glass top, in black or white
  • Weighs up to 400 pounds
  • Personalized icons, updated interface
  • Connects via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Supports up to eight users
  • Compatible with Android & iOS

 

Here are some tips on the care and maintenance for smart scales:

  • Bathroom scales should be kept clean with a slightly dampened cloth but never submerge your scale in water or use abrasive cleaning agents
  • Check batteries regularly
  • Make sure your scale is placed on a solid and level surface

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