When it comes to weighing yourself, these days there are so many different options. Buying a bathroom scale can be confusing and making a decision can seem daunting. But asking yourself if smart scales are worth buying in the first place is an important question to ask yourself. It is easy to get caught up in all the marketing hype and in all the new technology, and it’s good to step back and really consider if you actually need one.
I know there are smart scales that measure things other than just weight but for the purpose of the question we are trying to answer, we’ll keep it simple and just talk about weight scales.
What makes something worth buying
There are 4 main factors when deciding if something is worth purchasing or not:
- How much joy or satisfaction will this bring you? i.e. what are the benefits
- What’s your financial situation – obviously it needs to be affordable for you
- How often will you use it?
- What are the alternatives and what do they cost?
Do you really need a smart scale?
Let’s explore the first question – how much joy or satisfaction is this going to bring you. Whether a smart scale is really for your basically is about these two questions.
- Do you like to track and record your weight and health progress over periods of time?
- If you do, do you mind manually tracking things in a notebook or adding data manually to a fitness app?
You may not want or need to know what you weighed last week or last month or to see how your weight has changed over the past 6 months. If you are not that focussed on data in this way, a smart scale is definitely not for you. Just make a mental note when you weigh yourself and keep trying to get closer to your goal(s).
And even if you do enjoy tracking your progress over a period of time, you don’t necessarily need a smart scale to do it. You could manually input the data into your fitness app. If you’re only stepping on your scale, say on a weekly basis, inputting your weight manually into an app takes no time at all.
Or why not use a fitness notebook or journal? A lot of people use these. These also allow you to reflect on how your progress is going, and record qualitative information, and not just pure hard data.
Now, if you really love data and graphs and charts and seeing progress over time AND you think it might be a hassle (or you don’t have much time) to manually input data into your fitness app, then a smart scale might be for you. Lots of people like to geek out on this kind of data and if that’s you, go for it. But keep in mind there are still lots of fancy digital bathroom scales that are not smart scales. The one main benefit that a smart scale does for you is it automatically sends your measurement to your fitness app.
So basically, whether you think a smart scale is worth buying comes down to this.
- If you are not that fussed about recording and tracking your weight over a period of time, you don’t need a smart scale.
- If you do like the idea of tracking your weight over a period of time, but are fine with inputting data manually into your app, or using a notebook or journal, then you don’t need a smart scale.
- If you love tracking and recording data and you find it a hassle to manually input data into your app, then get a smart scale.
For non-smart scales have a look at our best digital bathroom scales post and if you are interested in smart scales check out our best smart scales comparison. And you know, if you really don’t care about any of this fancy technology, you can even go for an old-school mechanical scale!