Withings Smart Body Analyzer

Last updated date: January 15, 2019

DWYM Score
7.8

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We looked at the top 1 Bathroom Scales and dug through the reviews from 6 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Top Ten Reviews, Laptop Magazine, iLounge, Pocket-lint, Tom's Guide and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Bathroom Scale you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 41 expert reviews, the Withings Withings Smart Body Analyzer placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 16, 2019:
Checkout The Best Bathroom Scale for a detailed review of all the top bathroom scales.

Expert Summarized Score
8.3
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
6.8
4,065 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Reports in sync with other Withings devices.
- BestReviews
This scale offers more readings than most of the scales on our lineup, including weight, body fat, heart rate, body mass index, air quality and even the temperature.
- Top Ten Reviews
You also can just connect the WS-50 to your iPhone or Android device using Bluetooth, handy if the room in which you place the scale doesn't get a Wi-Fi signal.
- Laptop Magazine
April 16, 2013 | Full review
Withings’ Smart Body Analyzer WS-50 offers some tangible improvements to the Connected Scale while preserving its best prior features—an atypically nice industrial design and a multi-user wireless weight tracking system
- iLounge
March 22, 2013 | Full review
The Withings Smart Body Analyzer WS-50 not only looks cool, it's accurate and will benefit anyone at any level.
- Pocket-lint
September 23, 2013 | Full review
The scale also monitors the air quality inside your home and provides the local weather report, which is useful if you're weighing yourself first thing in the morning.
- Tom's Guide
December 13, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The scale’s data display shows only once. If you want to see the weight again, you have to step on and off again.
- BestReviews
There is no phone support for this product.
- Top Ten Reviews
We wish, though, that the battery life gauge were not buried in the app. In order to see how much juice is left, you have to press the icon with the three lines at the top left, then Settings, scroll down to My Devices, select Withings Scales, then Associated Scales.
- Laptop Magazine
April 16, 2013 | Full review
One issue from the Connected Scale has carried over to the Smart Body Analyzer and expanded somewhat with its new functionality—a disconnect of sorts between the scale’s attempts to be fully automated and actual ability to do so, absent sonic or on-screen prompting.
- iLounge
March 22, 2013 | Full review
Our first real complaint, however, is that some reads can be a bit hit and miss. Heart rate, for example, won't always work. Neither will the air quality - assuming you can decipher what it's telling you about CO2 content.
- Pocket-lint
September 23, 2013 | Full review
Display could be larger
- Tom's Guide
December 13, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Heart rate measurement by stepping on the scale. Continuous indoor air quality tracking. Automatic upload of your measurements in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Health mate app to visualize trends and improvements as well as calorie intake.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Greater Goods Smart Bluetooth Scale
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 6
2. EatSmart Precision Bathroom Digital Scale
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Innotech Digital Bathroom Scale
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 2
4. RENPHO Bluetooth Smart Body Fat Scale
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 5
6. EatSmart Precision CalPal Digtal Bathroom Scale
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 2
7. Taylor CalMax Electronic Scale
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 2
8. Greater Goods Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 2
9. Kinzi Precision Digital Bathroom Scale
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 2
10. Withings Smart Body Analyzer
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Bathroom Scales

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with the bathroom scale. You may realize that at least occasionally checking your weight is key to staying healthy, so a reliable scale is a must. At some point, someone in your household will inevitably tackle a weight loss journey, at which point a scale will be especially important.

The top quality you’ll probably look for in a scale is accuracy. Durability and appearance mean nothing if the numbers you see when you step on it aren’t correct. Digital scales use sensors and a strain gauge to measure and convert the weight of an object placed on them. Today’s top scales also feature the ability to calibrate automatically. This feature allows reliable readings every time you step on the scale, even if you’ve moved it since the last time you weighed.

Before you buy a scale, you should first take a look around the room you’ll be putting it in. Most often this is a bathroom, but you may plan to slide it into a closet when it’s not in use. If that’s the case, you’ll probably want to pay close attention to the width and length of the scale you choose since smaller scales will squeeze into tighter spaces. Otherwise, visualize the way the scale will look when mixed with your existing décor.

Lastly, you’ll want to consider the durability of the scale that you’re buying. Most of today’s scales are built to last for many years, but some are stronger than others. While many scales will promise a durable frame, you should also pay attention to the glass. Scales made from glass have been known to shatter in the past. It may be worth it to consider one with tempered glass that promises many years of reliable use.

DYWM Fun Fact

Although there are other ways to measure our overall physical health, scales have become a preferred tool for medical professionals. Weighing scales date all the way back to ancient times, when they were used to measure items like sacks of gold. This would be done using a lever with two pans. An item would be placed in one of the pans, with known weights added and removed from the opposite pan until the true weight of the item in the other pan could be determined. Although variations of this developed in the centuries that followed, none of it was as accurate as modern scales, which use something called a strain gauge cell to measure the strain an object places on it.

The Bathroom Scale Buying Guide

  • The main thing you need out of any scale is accuracy. You need to know that the weight you’re seeing when you step on is correct. Both the Innotech and Etekcity digital scales use precision sensors built on German technology to ensure accurate results.
  • Scales now go beyond simply telling you your weight. The GreaterGoods Bluetooth smart scale connects to a smartphone app that helps you track your progress. This, in effect, gives you a full picture of your health. Best of all, you can sync the data to third-party apps where you track your calories, steps and other health data.
  • As you stumble to the scale first thing in the morning, bleary-eyed and barely awake, a clear display can make all the difference. The EatSmart digital scale has an extra-large lighted LCD display that you will find easy to read even in a pitch-dark bathroom, thanks to a backlight. The Etekcity scale also has an easy-to-read backlit display.
  • Unless you plan to hide your scale in a closet, it will immediately become part of your bathroom décor. That makes it important to consider how it looks. The GreaterGoods, Innotech and Etekcity scales are all solid black, while the EatSmart scale features clear glass. While all of the scales are attractive, the EatSmart likely will blend the best, while the GreaterGoods scale has the appearance of a high-end scale.
  • If you do plan to hide your scale in a closet, though, you’ll want to take size into account. The Innotech scale will take up the least amount of space, at 11.7 X 11.7, with both the EatSmart and Etekcity scales measuring around 12 X 12. The GreaterGoods scale is by far the widest and longest of all the scales, measuring 15 X 15.
  • You’ll likely want a scale that will last for many years. The GreaterGoods scale features a sturdy frame that supports up to 400 pounds. The Innotech scale is made from sturdy tempered glass, making it also very durable.
  • If you have a budget in mind as you start shopping, your decision won’t be too tough. The EatSmart, Innotech and Etekcity scales are all around the $20 mark. The GreaterGoods scale is more than double that price. However, if full health tracking is important to you, the app connectivity feature may make it well worth it.