Wahoo Balance Smartphone Scale Review

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I'm pretty sure this is the first time there's been a bathroom scale reviewed on Beyond The Bathroom Scale. This is because often I'll advise you to forget about the scale if you're focusing solely on fitness and strength training (hence the name of this blog). 

I do however recognise that if you're on a mission to lose a significant amount of weight, as I once was myself, then you need a good scale to track your general progress.  
There's been an emergence of digital Wi-Fi scales on the market that transmit your weight straight to an app or website. This particular scale by Wahoo, uses Bluetooth 4.0 to send your weight to an app on your iPhone, allowing you to keep track of your weight over time. The Wahoo Balance scale works with iPhone 4s or newer. 

You'll notice that with this sleek, slimline looking scale, that there are no buttons! This is because the only setting up you'll need to do is on an app. I've been using Wahoo's own Wellness app (free on the AppStore) to do this but other compatible apps include TactioHealth and iBody. Setting up the Wahoo Wellness app was easy, simply pop in your initials, height and pick your goal weight to work towards! Using your the data stored in the app, the scale will calculate your BMI for you.

When setting up the app, you'll also need to enter a weight range of about 10lb-15lb so that the scale can detect who you are. When you first step on your scale after having the app open your phone briefly for a sync of your data, the scale will flash up with your initials next to your weight and display your BMI. When you step off, the little Bluetooth symbol may remain on the screen to sync your weight over to the app. 

This weight range identity detection feature is the only feature I'm a little sceptical of. It works very well if you're the only one using the scale and also if the other people using your scale have different weight ranges. But I'm not sure how this would work if you were to weigh the same as someone else in your household - as no one in my household weighs the same as me I haven't been able to test this to see how the scale handles it. What I have noticed is that if you use the scale and the measurement gets synced over without it detecting who it belongs to (for instance, if you have the weight range set wrong or there's no profile set up for the user) then this record is listed in the app next to a button that lets you claim it as your own recording or delete it so I assume this will be the way around this feature. 

Furthermore, the weight range feature can only be set up if you already have an idea what your weight is, if you don't then I suggest stepping on the scale first, finding out your weight, before setting up the app with your weight range and then weigh in again to add the recoding to your profile.   

With that concern aside, what I particularly like about this scale is that it gives you your weight right down to the last 0.1lb rather than rounding it to the nearest 0.2lb like many other digital scales do. I think this is important because when you're losing weight and taking it slow and steady, every single 0.1lb matters to you. Though of course, remember that it's best to weigh yourself weekly, first thing in the morning, before breakfast and after bathroom so that you keep the conditions the same each time you weigh and avoid the misleading fluctuations as much as you can (as this can really mess with your mind when you start out!)

If you're wondering at this point if the scale only displays lbs, well fear not, there is a switch underneath it to swap it over the KG! With the app you also have these options.

For more info, check out the short video demonstration from Wahoo:
  

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 You can buy the scale for around £89.99 from www.wahoofitness.com  and I suspect sometime soon it will also be available on Amazon. 


received a free sample of the product  for the purpose of review but was not compensated in any other way. As always, opinions are my own!



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