Withings Smart Body Analyzer
The Withings Smart Body Analyzer measures weight, body composition, heart rate, air quality and your BMI.
Withings’ not-so-average bathroom scales can take your pulse every time you weigh yourself with no extra effort and all you need to do is simply tap the centre plate of the scale at any time to receive instant feedback right away.
After installing and connecting your Smart Body Analyzer you can choose your body type to optimise the fat mass measurement and give you the most accurate results. A great feature of the Withings Smart Body Analyzer is that if you vigorously exercise on a regular basis they have an option for ‘athlete mode’, giving you all the information that you need to improve your performance.
Position control helps you properly place your body for the most accurate weigh-in and gravity compensation ensures consistent measurements wherever you weight yourself.
A feature that their main competitor, the Fitbit Aria, doesn’t have is air quality screening. The Withings Smart Body Analyzer checks indoor air quality’s through temperature and carbon dioxide measuring, the app then builds a CO2-level graph with the important thresholds and let you know when to clean the air. A great use of this function is analysing your sleeping environment that can help avoid getting air pollution related diseases such as headaches, sore throats, respiratory problems and stinging eyes.
The website says ’60 second set up’ but you do have to download a fitness app, create an account and connect the scales to your Wi-Fi network or smartphone… it takes a little longer than they state however the whole set up process if fairly simple to follow and caused us no hassle at all. But like all wireless devices they can sometimes lose connectivity which can be a pain when all you want to do is jump on the scales to look at your weight.
The great thing about having results sent straight to your app is that it’s easy to access at anytime and makes tracking your progress stress-free. But the apps that sync to the Withings Smart Body Analzer are only compatible with iOS or Android, something that could potentially put off the consumer. The free Health Mate app is the one that goes hand in hand with the scales and you can use this to be your very our fitness coach, on the app you can set weight goals and then the app will break them down in to weekly achievable targets all whilst giving you relevant tips and reminders and keeping you focused. They are also in partnerships with a wide range of apps such as My Fitness pal, UP by Jawbone and RunKeeper, just to name a few out of their 100+ choice.
Withings' not-so-average bathroom scales can take your pulse every time you weigh yourself with no extra effort and all you need to do is simply tap the centre plate of the scale at any time to receive instant feedback right away.
The scales come in two different colours – the classic black and white. But in my opinion even though they look great they aren’t as aesthetically pleasing as the sleek Fitbit Aria but The Smart Body Analyzers rectangular display makes it easier to read than the Aria’s circular screen. On the whole, the design of the scales still has that ‘high-end gadget’ look about them but I have no idea why Withings placed a flat silver disc smack-dab in the centre of the platform when it doesn’t serve a purpose whatsoever.
- Can give an AQI reading than can help you lower the risk of getting air quality respiratory issues
- Connects wirelessly to Android and iOS apps through your home Wi-Fi and automatically sends health reports
- Sleek glass design
- More expensive than it’s main competitor, the Fitbit Aria
- Can sometimes lose connectivity
- Only connects to iOS and Android devices
The similarities between the Withings Smart Body Analyzer and the Fitbit Aria are almost exact. For example they both have automatic user recognition and are intelligent enough to differentiate between 8 people – two very impressive features, however Withings charge almost £50 more than their competitor. That being said the scales do give you a wider range of features but because of that the Withings Smart Body Analyzer would be more suitable for someone that does an extreme amount of fitness, like an athlete, rather than the average consumer.