10 Best Weight Scales Reviewed
It’s important for runners to continually monitor their weight and body composition so they can track their progress and adjust their diets and training schedules accordingly. Most runners quickly decrease their body fat and increase their lean muscle.
To help runners weight scale for their individual needs, we have compiled this list of the best weight scales available. Check out our list to find the best ones for runners.
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Local customer service
Measures and tracks 13 body analysis factors
Pairs with multiple different fitness trackers
Small, lightweight, sleek design
Easy to set up and use
- RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale
- Fit Index
- Weight Gurus Bluetooth Smart Scale
- Yunmai Premium Smart Scale
- Nokia Body+ Wi-Fi Scale
- Omron Body Composition Monitor
- Tanita BC554 Ironman Glass InnerScan
- Fitbit Aria 2
- Garmin Index SmartScale
- Polar Balance
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Weight Scales
1. RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale
Local customer service
Measures and tracks 13 body analysis factors
Pairs with multiple different fitness trackers
Small, lightweight, sleek design
Easy to set up and use
Not always perfectly accurate
Cannot be used without app
Some durability complaints
This is one of the best selling smart scales on the market today for good reason. It's accurate, easy to set up and use, has an attractive design, and syncs with iPhones, Androids, Fitbits, and several other fitness trackers so you can use whatever fitness tracker you already have without having to buy a new one.Read more
Features and Use
This one measures 13 body composition factors such as weight, BMI, bone density, muscle mass, water weight and more. It's easy to set up and one of the best things is that unlike most other scales the company has customer service offices located throughout the US so you can get someone to come out locally if you're having problems. It's best for people who are taking their fitness and weight loss seriously and want to fine-tune their bodies.
Size and Value
It measures 11"x11"x1" thick, which is one of the lowest profiles on our list, making it unobtrusive in your home. It only weighs 2.86 pounds which is very light. The price on this is quite low which is surprising for how many features it offers, so the value it offers is pretty good.
The company advertises this as being very spot on in its measurements, and plenty of users felt the same, although we did find some complaints from people who observed changes in measurements that were taken just minutes apart.
2. Fit Index
Measures and tracks 11 body composition factors
Can track unlimited users
Easy to use app
May be difficult to sync and set up
Small size so users with large feet may have difficulty using it
This option measures 11 important body composition factors, can be used with Apple, Android, and Fitbit trackers, and has the capability to be used by unlimited users. It's very affordable and for the price is pretty accurate, although there seems to be some variability in this, as with most products of this type. Some users had difficulty setting it up, but once they did felt it was super easy and even fun to use.Read more
Features and Use
It will measure 11 body composition indicators, connect with several different types of fitness trackers, can track an unlimited number of users via the app, and is easy to use once it's set up. This one is great for runners, bodybuilders, people trying to lose weight, or anyone who wants/needs to track a lot of different health indicators without spending a lot of money.
Size and Value
At 10.2" x 10.2" x 0.96" this is one of the smallest scales on our list, so users with large feet may have difficulty using it. Lots of reviews used terms like, "amazing bang for your buck" and it's hard to believe how many features this has at its price.
It's good enough for home use, but it's not the most accurate option. However you can find complaints about the accuracy of just about any scale on the market today, so unless you want to spend big money on a commercial quality scale, this is a good option.
3. Weight Gurus Bluetooth Smart Scale
Integrations with multiple activity trackers apps
High customer approval rating
Capable of syncing offline
Surface safe for up to 400lbs
Doesn't measure all metrics like other scales
Company is less well known
Bulky and thick
We included this scale because it’s one of the best selling products out there and has outstanding reviews. One of the best when it comes to customer service, should you need to use them. We also love the “pay it forward” initiative of social responsibility as a portion of your purchase goes to an organization called Love 146 to fight human trafficking and care for survivors.Read more
When it comes to the actual scale, it measures weight, BMI, body fat, lean mass, water weight, and bone mass. You’re able to see the results when you weight in as well as on the fitness tracker app so that’s nice. It also has a night light, so you don’t have to turn on the lights every time to see your weight.
The beauty of this scale is that it is compatible with many activity trackers like Fitbit, Google Fit, Apple Health, MyFitnessPal, Amazon Echo and other apps. Auto detects 8 different users when you step on the scale.
Covering 15 square inches of space, this is definitely larger than most other options on our list. It weighs 5.65lbs, so it may take up more space than some users may want but it's not too heavy. Unfortunately, it is 4 inches thick making it a little harder to store temporarily without having a dedicated space for storage.
The results of your weight are only visible to you. It’s a smart scale that integrates with many activity trackers and you also get customer support from real people who are willing to help. The integrations are simple and easy, so you’re able to use the fitness tracker of your choice. For such a diverse and functional scale, you can't hope to find a better price.
4. Yunmai Premium Smart Scale
Has a large variety of metrics
One of the most affordable scales
Stores information for up to 16 users
Compatible with many fitness apps
Fast and easy set-up
Doesn't have Wifi connectivity, so you must connect via Bluetooth
Display only shows your weight
This scale might be the most affordable and the easiest to use for those beginners who need help understanding what all the jargon is about. Yunmai is a Chinese made scale that explains everything you see on the screen. You’re not just reading your scores and results, you’re actually making sense of it all and finding out ways to improve your health – through workouts, diets, and other means.Read more
This app measures weight, body fat percentage, BMI, water percentage, muscle mass, bone mass, visceral fat, protein, BMR, body age. One of the scales with the most metrics.
The scale is compatible with many popular fitness tracker apps like Apple Health, MyFitnessPal, GoogleFit and Fitbit.
This is among the larger options in our selection, covering 15 square inches of space. It isn't too heavy, however, at 5.6lbs.
Great for beginners and for those who are looking for a smart scale and not break the bank. You get automatic identification for up to 16 users, which is one of the highest number of users when you compare the other scales.
5. Nokia Body+ Wi-Fi Scale
Monitors weight, body fat & water %, plus muscle & bone mass
Delivers instant feedback to the app via wifi
Offers extras like weather forecast and nutrition tracking
Tracks up to 8 different users
Comes in two different colors in a sleek design
A little more pricey than most
Some users had trouble with syncing issues and inaccurate readings
Nokia recently acquired the Withings brand, and have updated the software and hardware of their scales. This is one of the most accurate scales available and is wifi compatible so you can tack everything directly from your phone.Read more
This scale can recognize up to 8 different users and tracks and record their progress over time. It measures your weight, body fat percentage, overall water weight percentage, and muscle and bone mass. It will also help you reach your goal weight by giving you a daily caloric goal, which it comes up with using the above information.
When you weigh in your information is automatically transferred to the Nokia Health Mate app so you can continually track your progress and work towards your goals. The best part is you don't need to do anything manually!
Coming in at 4.4lbs and less than an inch thick, this is an easy to store and easy to carry a scale. It takes up just over a square foot of floor area, so you can either stash it in a small space or leave it out without it using up too much space.
While Nokia offers other scale options, we found this one to be the best options for runners who need to keep track of all of these features with minimal efforts. While this scale is expensive, it is well worth the price giving all of the features it provides and its ease of use. [infographic]
6. Omron Body Composition Monitor
Measures body fat percentage, BMI, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, body age, and weight
Designed for heavy and tall adults up to 6.5 feet tall
Consistently produces accurate results
May not be accurate for serious athletes and bodybuilders due to high muscle mass
Limited viewing ability for saved data
The Omron Body Composition Monitor with Scale is designed to provide users with a complete set of fitness metrics to monitor their health. The combined scale and fitness measurement handset use precise measurements to calculate 7 fitness indicators. The extended 90-day memory makes it possible to measure and compare a user’s health improvements for up to the previous three months.Read more
The Omron Body Composition Monitor with Scale features a digital screen that is easy to read from any position. The scale and handset are attached via a retractable cord for efficient storage. It is good at combining the traditional value of a scale with more accurate measures of your health.
The 90-day memory makes it easy to plot trends in your performance to see the overall benefits, not just the daily benefits. The scale and handset consistently produce accurate measurements so that users can accurately measure their improvements. The unit is lightweight and low profile while still supporting higher body weights.
This scale is a little bulkier at 2.2 inches thick but it only takes up about a square foot of space and only weighs 4.9lbs. It also comes with the tethered handheld sensor which may make it a little more cumbersome to store.
Unlike other scales, this product provides additional ways to measure users’ health. Up to four different users can save profiles on the unit, allowing a family of four to improve their health together. It can be combined with other products to create an effective health management system. With so many different features, the price is fairly decent and comparable to other systems of the same caliber.
7. Tanita BC554 Ironman Glass InnerScan
Affordable and full-featured
Easy to read LED monitor
Stores data for up to four users
Advanced measurements, such as metabolic age
May offer more features than needed
Does not connect with Bluetooth
The Tanita BC-554 InnerScan™ Body Composition Monitor is a great weight scale for runners looking for a scale that goes beyond measuring weight. This scale measures body weight, daily caloric intake, and metabolic age.Read more
This weight scale offers two modes: standard and athlete. This allows the scale to more accurately measure key body measurements, including metabolic age, bone mass, body water percentage, and more. The biggest drawback of this scale, however, is that it isn't Bluetooth compatible so you can't export any data to your fitness apps or phone tracker.
This weight scale can store information for up to four users and even has a recall function for past data. You'll have to enter your gender, age, height and weight into the scale before you can start using the monitor and the tracking function, so it isn't super user-friendly right off the bat. But from that point, it should be simple to use.
At 2 inches thick and with a 13x12 inch surface area, this scale isn't the most compact but it certainly isn't unwieldy either.
This scale offers a lot of functionality, but for all that it offers the price tag is pretty high. You'll have to make a decently large initial purchase, but if you like the comprehensive tracking that this scale offers it may be worth it.
8. Fitbit Aria 2
Lets you log in and track your workouts and progress with Fitbit
Very easy to weigh in
From one of the best activity tracker companies
Sleek black and white color options
Does not have the option to measure so many metrics like other scales
This one is the updated version of our previous Fitbit Aria. After 5 years of research, Fitbit finally came out with this second version and has the most updated features.
Fitbit has been one of the leaders in health tracking and this scale will not disappoint. It is easy to set up with the app and the information transfers so easily so you can continue to track your progress.
The scale will track weight, BMI, body fat percentage and lean mass. Even though it does not cover many other metrics, it is still a great scale because of how easy it is to weigh in. While other scales require more than just stepping in and out, Fitbit makes it easy as all you have to do is step in and step out, that’s it.
A no-brainer for Fitbit users due to its simplicity in tracking. It makes it very easy to transfer your weight and other metrics to the app to keep up with your account. You can also log your workouts to reach your workout goals.
Just under 6lbs, this scale covers a 14.2x14inch area. It is 1.6 inches thick, making it fairly easy to store alongside a cabinet or under towel rack.
For those who love Fitbit, this is a great option to incorporate as part of your complete tracker. This would add the whole package for Fitbit users who are willing to invest in a more expensive scale. Runners like to stay in shape, not only while working out but also through dieting. The scale and Fitbit family has the ability to track and set up calorie plans and diets.
9. Garmin Index SmartScale
Alternative connectivity options through USB ANT
Only tracks one weight per day
Quite a bit more expensive than others
Software less popular than scale itself
The Garmin Index SmartScale is from Garmin, a leader in consumer-facing technology. It features a user-friendly setup process and accurate readings.Read more
This scale is user-friendly, with a large display that's easy to read. The scale automatically recognizes up to 16 different users, so there's no need to switch user profiles. It even measures skeletal muscle mass.
One of the primary advantages of this weight scale is the ability to connect using a USB ANT. This helps runners without smartphones connect to their data and benefit from smart scales.
The dimensions of this scale are 13.8 x 12.2 x 1.2 inches which isn't particularly compact but isn't obtrusive either. It is a little heavy, however, at 6.2lbs and that may make it a little cumbersome if you plan on storing it in a temporary place.
For runners without a smartphone, this smart-scale is a great value. The addition of the USB-ANT means that runners can connect using their laptops.
10. Polar Balance
Lots of features
Can be used without the app
Sleek, attractive, modern design
Pairs easily with app and Polar fitness watches and trackers
Stores information for up to 10 users
Good customer service
Not always perfectly accurate
Some felt it was expensive for what you get
This option is easy to set up, and not only does it give you an accurate weight, but when you connect it to the free app it will give you suggestions on how far and long to run and/or exercise in order to meet your fitness goals. The app will also give you meal suggestions and track everything on a daily basis. When users reported difficulties the company did a great job of walking them through fixing it or replacing the scale altogether.Read more
Features and Use
This option is loaded with features such as Bluetooth connectivity, meal plan and exercise suggestions, memory that stores information for up to 10 people, a clear and easy to read digital readout, and lots more. Another nice thing is that you can use it as a standalone scale if you don't want to use the app or purchase one of the companies accompanying devices such as a smartwatch. This is great for large families who want to lose weight and stay fit together, as well as busy individuals who need some help monitoring their weight loss and also need helpful suggestions on how to get there.
Size and Value
It weighs 4.6 pounds and measures 12.6 x 12.6 x 2 inches thick so it's easy to move around your house or bathroom. It also has a sleek and modern design with a splash-proof glass top. This is a mid-range item on our list and most customers were happy with the price they paid, although a few felt it could have offered a few more features and options for the cost.
It's pretty spot on, although it may need to be recalibrated occasionally and could be off by a few pounds now and again.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Modern weight scales have a lot to offer. When shopping for a weight scale, you should consider your health and fitness goals when deciding which metrics will keep you well informed of your progress.
In a time that seems like it was eons ago, weight scales were only able to measure your weight. You stepped on the scale, and either a dial or a digital number indicated how many pounds you weigh (and you were either happy or sad about it).
Modern scales have much more to offer. Now, in addition to your weight, you can get a measure of your BMI, body fat percentage, or even metabolic weight, among other metrics. When choosing the scales to include on our list of best weight scales, we gave heavy consideration to what metrics are offered by each scale.
Sometimes, however, it is true that you can have too much of a good thing. This applies when considering the metrics offered by a weight scale. Although being able to measure a greater number of metrics seems like it would automatically be a good thing, we had to ask: Will the average user actually use all of these metrics?
Most people will use a weight scale to measure their weight and may be interested in their body fat percentage and BMI. More advanced athletes and health gurus might be more apt to using additional metrics such as body water percentage, daily caloric intake, or metabolic age. However, these features might not be useful for the majority of runners or other athletes, so this factor must be considered when selecting a weight scale, especially considering the high price of many of them.
The weight scale you choose should reflect your needs, goals, and lifestyle rather than buying a fancy scale that is beyond your own capability just for the sake of it.
Technology utilized by weight scales can range from simple to very complex. Some weight scales offer technology that is no more advanced than having a digital display.
Others, however, may offer memory, multi-person tracking, blue tooth connectivity, or smartphone coordination (with an app).
The technology offered can enhance user ability to consistently track body metrics and have access to the data saved by the scale. This may help improve your fitness, training, or health program because you will be able to access saved data and share it easily with your trainer or medical professional.
On the other hand, technology can also hinder the use of the weight scale if it is too complicated to set up or use on a regular basis. In considering the technologies available for weight scales, we judged both how much technology is offered and how easy it is to use.
Some weight scales, especially with all of the fancy features they offer, are large. You should consider how much space you are willing to have the weight scale take up when making your purchase.
One other thing that has become largely about many weight scales as a result of their features and technology is their price. If you are going to invest in an expensive weight scale, you will probably want to have a safe place to keep it (out of the reach of kids, dogs, etc.), as well as take good care of it. If you aren’t able to store it safely or don’t think you will calibrate or clean it on a regular basis, you might be better off with a simpler scale.
All of the bell and whistles of modern scales may also come with some hefty price tags.
When selecting a weight scale, consider your budget along with the features you are looking for. If you shop around, you will most likely be able to find a weight scale that provides the metrics you need, but also won’t break the bank. More expensive scales typically offer more advanced features, such as integrated fitness tracking and the ability to connect to your smartphone. For runners who are very serious about improving their health, these features make sense to invest in.
Measuring one’s body weight is a fundamental part of any health and fitness regimen. Having an accurate record of your body weight is one way that you can keep tabs on your health, and the effectiveness of your diet and training program.
Some weight scales are more accurate than others. An inaccurate scale is misleading and has the potential to affect decisions you make for your exercise routine and food intake. One group of people that may experience difficulty with getting accurate body metrics are serious athletes and body builders. Their higher-than-average muscle to fat ratio is not something a scale can interpret just by being stood on. This is something to keep in mind when selecting a scale to meet your training needs.
Many scales are kept accurate through a process called calibration. A scale should always display an accurate measurement (i.e. if there is nothing on the scale, it should read zero). However, regular use and environmental factors can sometimes cause a scale to be inaccurate. Calibrating a scale, or adjusting it until it displays the correct metrics, is important to do on a regular basis. However, if calibrating a scale is a complicated process, users are not likely to follow through.
With these facts in mind, when including weight scales on our list of the best, we considered the general accuracy of measurements as well as ease of calibration.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Don't get so obsessed over your weight. Your real test of progress is with your overall body composition, fat to muscle ratio. Keep your eyes focused there, and you'll start to see changes in your body over time.
With technology such as it is today, the makers of these scales have been able to pack them full of features. But before you buy it's a good idea to think about what you really need and going from there. For example it might sound cool to be able to track your bone density and water weight, but do you really need to? Going for a model with fewer features can save you a few bucks, but even if you do get one with all the bells and whistles it still won't cost you a lot more.
Other Factors to Consider
What fitness activity tracker app do you currently use?
If you already use an activity app, then you might want to find a scale that easily integrates with your app. You don’t need to download another app since you already feel comfortable and have a history of tracking your progress.
When you are shopping for a Smart Scale, take into consideration scales that offer multi integrations so you don’t have to start from scratch. Some activity trackers already have programs built into them so that you can reach your goals. A new scale should be able to help you, not bring you back to square one and start all over again.
Most scales should transfer your results directly into your app and automatically. Make sure you do your research thoroughly so you don’t have to spend time connecting or transferring information.
Finally, pay close attention to those scales for connectivity through Wifi and/or Bluetooth. Do you feel more comfortable using wifi, Bluetooth or both? Something important to think about if you’re not too techy.
Frequently Asked Questions
The greatest advantage of having a high tech scale instead of a simple weight scale is that you will have a better picture of your overall health. Weight scales with advanced features can provide you with more in-depth body metrics, such as
BMI, which can help determine if you are at a healthy body weight for your height
Body Fat Percentage, which tells you how much of your body composition is fat
Metabolic Age, which helps determine if your body is healthy overall based on a variety of factors
There are other metrics that high tech scales can measure, and the technology varies by brand. Consider your fitness and diet needs and goals to make sure you choose the best scale for you.
The answer to this question really depends on the particular scale that you purchase. However, scales all have different operating systems, features, and power sources, so some things you will want to look in to when purchasing a weight scale are what powers the scale (batteries, electricity, etc.), how often it should be calibrated, and how often it needs to sync (if it has a coordinating smartphone app).
Yes and no.
It is really important to track your weight and other body metrics to be able to see the progress you are making. Keeping track of body metrics also helps you determine if your fitness routine and diet continue to be effective, or if some tweaking is in order.
A weight scale with a memory feature can help you track specific body metrics (the ones that are measured by the scale) literally by taking a step on to the device. Better yet, if the device has a smartphone app or blue tooth connectivity, the information can be stored on your phone or computer as well.
However, if you are a write-it-down kind of person that keeps a diet and fitness log or journal, you may not need the memory component, since you are writing everything down. However, the memory component, especially if it is linked to an app, can eliminate one less notebook from your life.
Although some people use these two terms as synonyms, they are actually different body metrics.
BMI stands for body mass index and is usually used to determine, very generally, if someone is a healthy weight, overweight, or underweight. However, BMI is a rather outdated and inaccurate way to measure weight and doesn't take into account the actual health of the person the formula is being applied to. This can especially affect athletes and active people because when BMI is calculated, it does not differentiate between the portion of your weight that is muscle and the portion of your weight that is fat.
Your metabolic age is a metric of physical fitness using your base metabolic rate, or BMR. If your metabolic age is at your current age or younger, it is an indication that your health is in good shape. If your metabolic age is higher than your current age, it might mean that your health isn’t so great and you may need to make some changes in your self-care routine.
Metabolic age is best calculated by a professional or program, as the formula takes into account your age, height, weight, genetic disposition, and activity level. Scales that calculate your metabolic weight ask advanced questions to determine this metric. So, if you want a good overall picture of the state of your health, definitely look into a weight scale that measures your metabolic age.