Test winner: 1) Withings Smart Body Analyzer WS-50 (£90)
What’s the story?
The WS-50 is certainly full-featured. As well as weight, BMI and fat percentage figures, it records your heart rate every time you step on and continually monitors your home’s temperature and air quality.
It connects to your home Wi-Fi and, once it's paired, all measurements are automatically logged with your online account and up to eight people can use it without fear of getting the data mixed up.
The free Health Mate app (iOS and Android) offers up a wealth of graphs and charts to help you understand the data, set goals and get results. It’s also compatible with all the leading health apps such as Endomondo and MyFitnessPal.
If you exercise more than four times a week you can switch to ‘athlete’ mode that will adjust the fat percentage results to reflect your superiority.
It can also sync with IFTTT (If This Then That) so, if you’re that way inclined, you could set your Philips Hue lights to flash green every time you shed weight.
It’s stylish, easy to set up and with heart rate monitoring just beats the competition into first place. A recent price-drop makes it even more appealing too.
The WS-50's accuracy is good and the app displays everything in clear, easily understandable charts with regular motivational messages and targets to keep you stepping on.
We’re not sure on the need for air quality monitoring – we don’t need a CO2 detector to know we should open a window – but combined with a sleep monitor such as the Activite Pop you may be able to track patterns of sleep quality and room temperature.
Resting heart rate is an excellent indicator of cardio vascular fitness, so being able to track changes over time is a great way to see proof all the sweating is worth it.
Combine that with fat percentage data and, assuming you get off your backside and do some exercise, it should become an invaluable part of your daily routine whatever your fitness level.
Weight, BMI, fat %, heart rate, weather, air quality