In this guide, we’re looking at smart scales. Specifically, what you need to know about smart scales before buying one, and what you need to look for. By the end of this article, you’ll know what a smart scale is, as well as what to look for in a smart scale.
What Is A Smart Scale?
So, a scale is a very standard device that calculates your weight. Chances are, you either own one or have used one of these devices before. If you did own one, you probably had it in your bathroom.
Now, a smart scale has many similarities to a regular scale. In many ways, it is just a regular scale, but with a few slight differences.
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Today, there has been a rapid surge of popularity directed towards things like fitness trackers. Fitness trackers are wonderful devices that can gather information regarding things like heart rate, blood pressure, hydration, etc; on the fly. Then, this information is stored into the device, as data that you can access.
With a smart scale, they can now access the data that those fitness trackers are producing. They are giving you complete access to information that is then correlated with other pieces of data. This data is stored over time, giving you an accurate reading of how things have changed, and in what ways, over time.
If you live in a house with multiple people, a smart scale can create different profiles for different people. Along with that, if you have a doctor that wants access to this information, most smart scales give you the ability to press a button and to send that data to your doctor, or anyone else who wants it.
What Are The Key Features I Must Look For?
Wi-Fi, Or Bluetooth?
You’re going to find that there are two types of smart scales: those with Wi-Fi technology, and those with Bluetooth technology.
Wi-Fi smart scales tend to be more expensive than Bluetooth smart scales. Most of this simply has to do with the complexities of Wi-Fi technology, versus that of Bluetooth technology.
If you want a cheaper smart scale, Bluetooth is the way to go.
But, Bluetooth can be a bit restricting. You have to make sure that your device supports Bluetooth – whether it’s a smartphone or fitness tracker, most do – and that it is within physical range of the smart scale itself.
Wi-Fi smart scales only require that you have an active Wi-Fi connection and that your device does, as well. That’s it. There is no need for a close physical range or anything of that sort.
Good & Accurate Measurements
Finding out the accuracy of the measurements given is more than a little challenging. So, it’s better to look for a smart scale that has good reviews, in general, as well as one that offers a variety of different measurements.
Measurements such as blood pressure, heart rate, body-mass-index, etc. These are all good measurements, and it’s important that the smart scale you purchase can give you them, as well as others.
Ultimately, for a smart scale, you want one that gives you a wide variety of different measurements. Giving you access to a cohesive picture of your overall health.
The Size And Brightness Of The Display
Perhaps, this goes without saying, but if a display is too small or lacking in brightness, you won’t have the easiest time reading the measurements given.
Make sure that the display is of good quality and big, and relatively bright especially if your bathroom doesn’t have the greatest lighting, to begin with.
Maximum Weight Of The Scale
For the most part, smart scales can support up to 400 pounds. Some of them can support more. Some of them support less.
If you weigh more than 400 pounds, you’ll need to look a little more carefully for one that can support that weight.
Purchasing a smart scale is not a difficult process. It’s a very simple and easy process. As long as you remember to focus on those key areas. And to make sure that you are getting a smart scale that gives you a wide variety of good measurements.