UPDATE: Nokia acquired Withings — Withings products are part of Nokia now.
Using Withings Body – Body Composition Wi-Fi Scale is one of the best ways for you to monitor your body weight at home.
Although the regular bathroom scales are extremely convenient and easy to use, the down side to it is the accuracy. Simply put, they are not reliable measurement sources as readings can vary with room temperature fluctuations, and repetitive use. Its portability makes them very prone and vulnerable to damage.
But aside from that, mere body weight measurements are not also accurate parameters to determine your actual body fat. A good solution to this is to get a body composition scale from Withings.
All About the Withings Body Composition Wi-Fi Scale Features
The Withings Body Composition is a wi-fi scale.
This device uses Position Control technology so that it will give you the most accurate readings of your body composition, namely:
- body fat
There is also an integrated nutrition tracking which gives a complete picture of calories in vs. calories out.
Withings studies have shown that people who log their food intake and weigh in frequently lose more weight.
The readings result will be automatically available and accessible with the use of your smartphone. This will help you in assessing your health goals.
Scale Platform and Dimensions
The Withings Body Composition scale uses high-strength tempered glass platform.
The width of the scale is 13 inches square; it’s perfect for those who have longer feet size.
Weight Range and Units of Measurements
The scale weight range is 5 kg to 180 kg; or 9 lbs to 396 lbs.
It uses measurements in kilograms, pounds (lbs), and stone. If you prefer to use one of these measurements, you can select and press the button of your choice at the back of the scale.
Battery and Screen Display
The scale is battery operated and doesn’t need to be charged with USB. The scale comes with 4 standard AAA batteries. When the batteries die you need to replace the batteries. The batteries will last for 18 months.
The screen or display has a black background and the numbers are lit. It’s easy to read.
Number of Users
The scale allows 8 people to use it. Base on the last weighing session, the scale sensor can detect who is using the scale and displays the name of that person and the weight.
If a user has the same weight reading with the other users, he/she will lean to the side of the scale and select his/her name as shown in the display.
Graphs and Data Results for Your Healthy Motivation
With Withings HealthMate app in your smartphone you will have access to detailed graphs of your readings so that you can compare the results to the last 6 days.
The graphs help you see the trends of your health goals. This will motivate you to stick to your health routines and goals.
Withings HealthMate App
The Withings Health app will allow you to sync your readings with FitBit, MyFitnessPal and other apps. The Withings app must be installed first so that scale readings will be available for other smartphone apps.
What others say about Withings Body…
Moving from the Aria to this after a few years, I immediately found that the Withings scale was FAR more consistent. . .
. . . This is why I’m sticking with the Withings scale.
The app is also great and syncs up with all the major services (Google Fit, MFP, Fitbit, etc.)
How to Use the Withings Scale Properly and Safely
Underneath the scale you will find its feet very close to the corners, so it’s pretty stable.
When you use the scale on a carpet, you need to insert the caps on its feet for accurate reading.
Other Withing customers insert the caps to the feet of the scale when they use it on wood floor so that it won’t slid.
When you use the scale you need to be barefoot and feet should be dry for safety.
If you are not standing correctly on it, the indicators in the corner of the display will flash which side you are leaning. If you are not standing properly the scale won’t take the reading.
Once the device senses that you are standing correctly, it will show your weight first. If you get off immediately from the scale, it will not show you the other body composition readings. The scale assumes that you are not wanting to know other readings. So it will show you straight to the local weather report which helps you plan your outdoor activity and what to wear for the day.
How to Set Up the Withings Body Scale with Your Smartphone to Make it Work
When setting up the scale, use your smartphone to connect the scale via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Then download the Withings HealthMate app.
Underneath the scale you need to turn on the button and leave it on, so that the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi can find it and it can connect to Withings app.
After the initial scale set up with your smartphone, when you are on it, the scale will display the analysis (weight, body fat, muscle, hydration percentages) for about 10 seconds even the app is not open or no Wi-Fi / Bluetooth connection. But the readings will not be available for you to see later and this data will not be shown on the graphs. You have limited access to detailed data when you weigh in without a smartphone.
What’s the Difference between WS-50, Withings Body, and Withings Cardio
The Withings company has different scale models. If you are wondering how each model works for tracking your health, here’s the info:
- WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer is the previous model – it’s the basic one. This scale analyzes your body weight, BMI (body mass index), heart rate, and even the air quality.
- Withings Body Composition is the 2016 model. This model shows the following analysis: weight, BMI, body fat, muscle, bone mass and water measurements
- The Withings Body Cardio includes sensors to detect pulse rate, pulse wave velocity and other additional features. This model is more expensive.
There’s a few users who were dissatisfied and were able to get a refund. But overall, the Withings Body Composition users love the scale’s accurate reading and how it works in helping them to achieve their weight loss goals.