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Which Smart Scales Are Compatible with Apple Health?

Apple Health compatible scalesWhen choosing  a smart scale for your home, the single most important consideration you need to consider is what your preferred health and fitness tracking app is or is going to be. If you are reading this post, chances are you are already using Apple Health. Now, while Apple Health scales don’t actually exist, in that Apple doesn’t manufacture their own model, there are indeed many options for you as many smart scales have been designed to be compatible with Apple Health.

What do you mean by being compatible with Apple Health?

Because Apple don’t make their own smart scale, this means that you have to find a smart scale that can sync with Apple Health. What this means in reality is that the ‘native app’ of your chosen smart scale has been integrated with the Apple Health app. So as an example to use the Qardiobase 2 with Apple Health, you need to download the Qardio app on your phone as well. Then all you need to do is to sync Qardio with Apple Health on your phone. This is typically a very straight forward process.

All the smart scales we review in this article have been integrated with Apple Health for a streamlined experience.

Factors to consider

Before we go through some of the smart scale options, these are some of the features you will want to consider when choosing a smart scale:

Metrics – Some smart scales just measure your weight, which for many people is all you need. But these days weight scales are developing rapidly and many can now measure things like body fat percentage, body mass, lean mass and other metrics. Scales that measure these advanced metrics require some slightly different technology and this usually means a more expensive scale.

Bluetooth or Wifi – Smart scales are designed with either wifi or bluetooth connectivity. A wifi smart scale will send data from your scale to the cloud via your wifi connection which will update your app(s). You will need a good wifi connection in your bathroom for this. A bluetooth smart scale will send the data directly to your phone with the bluetooth connection.

Extra functionality – lots of smart scales have unique features that may or may not be of interest. Some have pregnancy modes, some have athlete modes. There some that show you your trends on the display, which can be handy.

 
Preview
QardioBase 2 Wireless Smart Scale and Body Analyzer - Arctic White
iHealth Lite Wireless Scale for Apple and Android (2016 Model) - Measures Weight and BMI for 20 Users
iHealth Core Wireless Body Composition Scale for Apple and Android - Measures Body Fat, BMI, Muscle Mass, and More for 10 Users
Wahoo Balance Bluetooth Smart Scale for iPhone and iPad
Yunmai Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Scale and Body Fat Monitor, White
Model
Qardiobase 2
iHealth Lite
iHealth Core
Wahoo Balance
Yunmai Color Smart Scale
Connectivity
Wifi and bluetooth
Bluetooth
Wifi or bluetooth
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Metrics
Weight, BMI, Body fat %, muscle, water and bone mass
Weight and BMI
Weight, BMI, Body fat %, Body water, Lean Mass, Bone Mass, Muscle Mass, Visceral fat rating, Daily calorie intake
Weight, BMI
Weight, Body Fat, Muscle Rate, Water, Bone Mass, Visceral Fat, BMR,BMI, Protein, Body Age
Pros and cons
Sleek minimalist look. Personal 'smart' feedback display. Dedicated pregnancy mode. Smaller circular base means you need to be careful when stepping on it.
Affordable. Sleek minimalist design.
Good value for money. Lots of metrics.
Simple and affordable. Doesn't work with Android.
Affordable. Comes in 5 different colors for personalised touch.
Price
from $148.68
$79.99
$129.99
$39.95
from $56.95
Preview
QardioBase 2 Wireless Smart Scale and Body Analyzer - Arctic White
Model
Qardiobase 2
Connectivity
Wifi and bluetooth
Metrics
Weight, BMI, Body fat %, muscle, water and bone mass
Pros and cons
Sleek minimalist look. Personal 'smart' feedback display. Dedicated pregnancy mode. Smaller circular base means you need to be careful when stepping on it.
Price
from $148.68
Preview
iHealth Lite Wireless Scale for Apple and Android (2016 Model) - Measures Weight and BMI for 20 Users
Model
iHealth Lite
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Metrics
Weight and BMI
Pros and cons
Affordable. Sleek minimalist design.
Price
$79.99
Preview
iHealth Core Wireless Body Composition Scale for Apple and Android - Measures Body Fat, BMI, Muscle Mass, and More for 10 Users
Model
iHealth Core
Connectivity
Wifi or bluetooth
Metrics
Weight, BMI, Body fat %, Body water, Lean Mass, Bone Mass, Muscle Mass, Visceral fat rating, Daily calorie intake
Pros and cons
Good value for money. Lots of metrics.
Price
$129.99
Preview
Wahoo Balance Bluetooth Smart Scale for iPhone and iPad
Model
Wahoo Balance
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Metrics
Weight, BMI
Pros and cons
Simple and affordable. Doesn't work with Android.
Price
$39.95
Preview
Yunmai Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Scale and Body Fat Monitor, White
Model
Yunmai Color Smart Scale
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Metrics
Weight, Body Fat, Muscle Rate, Water, Bone Mass, Visceral Fat, BMR,BMI, Protein, Body Age
Pros and cons
Affordable. Comes in 5 different colors for personalised touch.
Price
from $56.95

5 smart scales compatible with Apple Health

Qardiobase

Qardiobase smart scale

Qardiobase is a product of the company Qardio. Qardio work with doctors, patients and healthcare providers to create various products to promote and maintain good health. You can tell from the name a lot of these products are heart-related. Their full body composition smart scale is called Qardiobase and it has sleek modern look with a unique visual feedback providing a happy, neutral or sad face depending on your previous measurements. It’s a small but personal touch that adds to the design. It takes 8 AAA batteries to run which is a lot more than normal.  The smaller base design of the scale however makes it a bit wobbly so you need to be careful when stepping on it.

>>Read customer reviews about Qardiobase on Amazon<<

Pros:

  • Full body composition metrics
  • Unique and personal display feedback
  • Minimalistic modern look
  • dedicated mode for moms-to-be, allowing them to track weekly progress and add pictures to their numbers.

Cons:

  • Needs 8 AAA batteries
  • Smaller base of the scale means you need to be careful when stepping on it

Specifications:
Connectivity: Wifi and bluetooth
Number of users: Multiple users
Metrics tracked: Weight, BMI, Body fat %, Bone,
Batteries: 8 AA batteries

>>Read customer reviews about Qardiobase on Amazon<<

iHealth Lite

The iHealth Lite is made by iHealth Labs whose line of products include blood pressure monitors, blood glucose monitors, body analysis scales, pulse oximeters and activity trackers. They cover a whole range of health products not just fitness. They have a sleek mimimalist style that fits in any bathroom. These smart scales don’t integrate with as many 3rd party apps as other smart scales (only with S Health and Apple Health) but it’s own iVitals app is pretty good and may be all you need. The iHealth Lite doesn’t measure lots of metrics and instead sticks to the basics – weight and BMI. Overall, this is a solid, affordable and simple smart bathroom scale.

>>Find out more about iHealth Lite on Amazon<<

iPhone and iOS compatibility: iOS 8 or higher, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 5S/5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S

Specifications:

  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Number of users: up to 20
  • Metrics tracked: Weight, BMI
  • Batteries: 4 AAA batteries

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Sleek, modern design

Cons:

  • No Wifi capability
  • Limited compatibility with 3rd party apps (S Health and Apple Health)
  • Only measures weight and BMI

You can read customer reviews and purchase the iHealth Lite on Amazon.

iHealth Core

iHealth Core smart bathroom scale

The iHealth Core is the advanced version of the iHealth Lite. It has a similar look and build except for two things – the iHealth Core also offers Wifi connectivity (not just bluetooth) and can measure a number of additional metrics including weight, BMI, body fat, body water, muscle mass, lean mass, bone mass, visceral fat rating, daily calorie intake.

>>Find out more about iHealth Core on Amazon<<

iPhone and iOS compatibility: iOS 8 or higher, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 5S/5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S

Specifications:

  • Connectivity: Bluetooth or Wifi
  • Number of users: up to 20
  • Metrics tracked: Weight, BMI, body fat, body water, muscle mass, lean mass, bone mass, visceral fat rating, daily calorie intake
  • Batteries: 4 AAA batteries

Pros:

  • Sleek, modern design
  • Both wifi and bluetooth connectivity
  • Advanced metrics

You can read customer reviews and purchase the iHealth Core on Amazon.

Yunmai Color Smart Scale

Yunmai Color Smart Scale - pink

Yunmai Color comes in 6 different colors including Pink.

The Yunmai Color smart scale is a simple and stylish scale that comes in 5 different shades for a personalised touch. Yunmai’s app can sync with Apple Health and tracks  10 different metrics, using bioeletric impedance analysis (BIA). Yunmai is a relatively new player on the digital bathroom scale market and their prices are much lower than their competitors. They are however growing and their marketing talks of ‘2,000,000 + happy customers and counting.’

iPhone and iOS compatibility: iOS 7.1 or higher, iPhones include iPhone 8/X(10)

Specifications:

  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Number of users: up to 16
  • Metrics tracked: Weight, Body Fat, Muscle Rate, Water, Bone Mass, Visceral Fat, BMR, BMI, Protein, Body Age
  • Batteries: 4 AAA batteries

Pros:

  • Very affordable, even with the advanced metrics.
  • Comes in different colors to fit your personality and style
  • Minimalist design

You can read customer reviews and purchase the Yunmai Color Smart Scale on Amazon.

Wahoo Balance

Wahoo Balance smart scale

The Wahoo Balance is a smart scale that uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect with your iOS devices. The ‘native app’ of this smart scale is Wahoo Wellness which is integrated with many 3rd party apps including  MapMyFitness, Apple Health, MyFitnessPal, and LoseIt. The Wahoo Balance scale only measures weight and BMI and doesn’t have any fancy features. In fact, it’s very much a no-frills product and this is reflected in its price. So if you are only interested in tracking your weight and none of the fancy stuff, this is a great option.

iPhone and iOS compatibility: iPhone 4s and newer

Specifications:

  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Number of users: up to 16
  • Metrics tracked: Weight and BMI
  • Batteries: 2 AAA batteries (lasts up to 12 months)

Pros:

  • No frills product, reflected in its affordable price
  • Integrated with many health and fitness apps

Cons:

  • If you are looking for fancy features or advanced metrics, this is not the scale for you

You can read customer reviews and purchase the Wahoo Balance on Amazon.

Syncing your scale with Apple Health

Apple Health Data SourcesThe first thing you need to do with your smart scale is download its ‘native’ app. Once you have done that and the scale is successfully updating the app with your weight and other data, then you can sync the app with Apple Health. How you do this can depend on the app, but typically you can either do it from the native app or from Apple Health.

If you do it from Apple Health, you just need to follow this steps:

  1. Open Health, then tap the Sources tab.
  2. Tap an app or device.
  3. Choose categories that you want the source to access or update in the Health app.

Summary

Apple Health wants to be the go-to app for health. It is designed to integrate with numerous apps and systems to collect and display your data in one place, giving you a clear, comprehensive picture of your health.

All of the smart scales mentioned in this article are solid options that are compatible with Apple Health. They all have their own unique pros and cons and I hope you will find one that suits your requirements.

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