4) Wahoo Balance Bluetooth Smart Scale (£47)
What’s the story?
Wahoo's scale is a bargain basement option with a basic but understated, bathroom-friendly design. It records your weight and BMI quickly, accurately and consistently before pushing the data via Bluetooth to either the Wahoo Wellness app or the likes of HealthKit and MapMyFitness.
The Wahoo Wellness app offers simple graphs, lists and charts to help plot weight changes, and makes it easy to see where you started and how you’re progressing towards a goal. The internal memory can store up to 16 unique user profiles and 130 weigh-ins and automatically syncs when your phone comes into range.
It’s built for iOS, although Wahoo’s other fitness products offer Android support, so it may only be a matter of time.
Compared to the rest on test the Wahoo Balance is a bit basic, lacking the technology to calculate fat percentage for instance, which makes them more suited to someone dieting and weight watching rather than into fitness training.
As a basic set of connected scales they’re more than acceptable. The setup is seamless and requires minimal faff and the Bluetooth connection was quick and certainly more consistent than the Tanita.
The Wellness app offers little in the way of information and motivation so we’d recommend using one of the compatible apps like Apple Health. We’re also disappointed that Wahoo’s other health tech – like the TICKR fitness tracker – doesn’t all sync together.
You can pull data to the likes of MyFitnessPal, but it doesn’t feel as useful as the Garmin, Fitbit or Nokia ecosystems. But at less than half the price of the next cheapest on test, if you want to start tracking your weight and feel the need to have cold hard data on your iPhone, Wahoo does the job without fuss.
Battery life (max): 12mnths
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
Compatible products: iOS only
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