PROS / The scale supports up to 16 user profiles.
CONS / It works only with Apple products.
VERDICT / Although only compatible with Apple households, the Wahoo Balance Smartphone Scale's free apps are flexible and helpful when it comes to managing fitness goals.
The Wahoo Balance Smartphone Scale measures your weight and body mass index (BMI), and then you can sync the information to the mobile app of your choice. The apps offer encouragement, and they can turn losing weight and getting healthy from a chore to an exciting process that can change your life. However, since this scale and its apps only work with Apple products, this product is incompatible with many households.
This digital bathroom scale uses Bluetooth technology to link to your iPhone or iPad. You can sync your measurements after each weigh-in or let them stay in the scale's memory until syncing is convenient for you.
One of the best features of this weight scale is the 16 user profiles, allowing 16 different people to track their weight and BMI changes. This feature makes it a great option for a large family or a small office where everyone can get in on fitness goals. The owner of each profile can choose how they would like to monitor their information. Additionally, this bathroom scale can measure up to 396 pounds, which is pretty standard for a scale.
This isn’t the most accurate bathroom scale available. While this electronic bathroom scale was fairly accurate and consistent in our tests, many of the scales in our lineup were more reliable. The Wahoo Balance was off by as much as 5 pounds in tests measuring standard free weights. We also had numerous volunteers weigh themselves multiple times in quick succession, and this scale reported inconsistent weights for some of our volunteers.
When you weigh yourself, this scale shows a smiley, straight or sad face alongside your weight. The face depends on the progress from your previous weigh-ins. If you weigh less, you receive a smiley face, a straight face if you weigh the same and a sad face if you weigh more. This feature seems misguided as it can make you feel worse about the reading on the scale.
The scale comes with the free Wahoo Wellness App. We did have some trouble finding the iPad app when searching for it in the App Store, however, but once we were able to download it, the scale synced to the iPad quickly. When you set up this system, you create an online user account, link your scale and phone to the app and you are ready to go. This basic app records your weight and BMI, leaving out data such as body fat percentage.
You also have access to other apps with this weight scale: MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, Apple Health and LoseIt. With MyFitnessPal, you sync the app with your user account, then log in using the Wahoo app to access MyFitnessPal features. It is easy to keep track of your fitness goals, with the apps providing charts and graphs showing clearly how you are doing. MyFitnessPal tends to assist individuals who primarily are keen on weight loss with an extensive base of food and nutrition information, although you can also record activity levels and see your progress.
This scale works with the iPhone 4S or newer, the iPad third generation or newer, the iPad mini and the iPod touch fifth generation or newer. Unfortunately, it is not compatible with Android devices.
The design of the digital bathroom scale isn't revolutionary or beautiful, and the company logo stares at you as you look down to read your weight. This scale is thin and made of glass, and it’s not as sturdy as other scales we tested. The platform sits on four large legs, which is a nice design feature.
The phone customer service is prompt, courteous and genuinely helpful. When you buy this scale, you also get a one-year warranty, a product manual, a FAQs page and email support. We found that Wahoo was quick to respond to our inquiries and helpful in answering our questions.
Although this unit didn’t top our lineup as one of the best bathroom scales, the Wahoo Balance Smartphone Scale is flexible and customizable for up to 16 people. Armed with this scale, your iOS device and three free apps, you can monitor a few very helpful stats that provide insights into your overall fitness. You're out of luck if you, or anyone else in your house who wants to use the scale, doesn't have an Apple device, though.