Beets BLU Body Composition Smart Scale

Beets BLU Body Composition Smart Scale

 

There is nothing that will put you off your fourth biscuit more than the knowledge that a fancy pants set of scales is on its way.

And so, with a heavy heart (and a lack of biscuits) we greet the Beets BLU Body Composition Smart Scale.

What is a smart scale?

Body fat scales like this one work via Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). This sends a small, painless current through the user’s body, measuring the resistance to calculate body fat and muscle percentage. Muscle is denser than fat and therefore harder for the current to travel through, and it’s this resistance that the machine is measuring. The data is then transferred to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth.

You won’t be aware of the current at all, but because of this it’s not advisable to use a smart scale if you have a pacemaker or other electrical implants.

I was kind of terrified of this product but also drawn to it because I like stats and I can’t resist a new toy.

Does it work?

As it turns out I was right to be terrified, as the bugger weighed me out at half a stone more than my old scales. The cheek of it! My previous scales were the old-fashioned kind with a needle. Obviously the best way to use the traditional kind of scale is to lean from side to side until you like the figure that it settles on. It’s not accurate, but it’ll do.

There’s none of that sort of hiding to be done from a smart scale. It is wincingly accurate, even if you don’t like the answer it gives. And if you like self-torture, it will say your weight out loud (turn your phone on to silent if you’d rather not hear).

After the shock of finding out I was packing on 7lb more lard than I thought I was, I went on a three day health kick and lost 5lb. In the interests of science, I then had a pizza and wine-fuelled weekend (ie, a normal weekend) and regained two of them. Yep, it all registered. Over time, the smart scale builds up a graph of statistics, so it’s easy to follow your progress.

Ease of use

Like the Beets BLU Heart Monitor, these scales couldn’t be easier to use. Simply stand on the metal sensors briefly, then step off again until it settles down to zero. Then stand on again and your weight will be displayed in kg or lbs, depending on your preference.

It’s when you download the Beets BLU smart scale app that you start to get the really interesting, crunchy numbers. It measures in tiny increments, so you can see if you’ve gained or lost as little as a tenth of a pound. If you hit a plateau weight-wise, it’s encouraging to see that your muscle mass might still be increasing and body fat decreasing.

Anyone who wants to use the scale can use it via the app, as long as they have a compatible device. Or if they don’t, you can add profiles to your device. So either everybody in your household can share the data, or keep it private on their phones.

As you can see above, the Beets BLU smart scale is a very elegant, well-built piece of kit. It looks marbled in the photo because it was taken outside – that’s a reflection of the sky on the glass surface. The glass top is very strong, and the device can handle up to 150 kg / 330 lbs. The RRP of £59.95 compares very well with other smart scales – many of them are twice the price.

One small drawback…

My main criticism is the lack of context for the figures given. The scales give you a number, but they don’t tell you how good or bad that is. With some stats such as weight or BMI you can easily track down the standard charts online and work out how you compare.

It’s given me a figure for bone density, but I can’t find any standardized charts for this, so I have no idea if my bones are strong as steel or brittle as chalk. As a fortysomething woman this is one of the metrics I’m most interested in, so this is disappointing. All it would take is a little more info added to the app, instruction leaflet or website and it would be immeasurably more useful.

On the plus side, some of the stats are very useful, and particularly encouraging if you’re aiming to lose or gain weight. And you can’t fool it by leaning to one side. All in all, these smart scales are pretty clever. Highly recommended, as long as you can handle the truth.

 

Product Details

The Beets BLU Body Composition Smart Scale is available here on Amazon, RRP £59.95

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  • I’ve never tried scales like this before. I would love to know how much of my body mass is fat.

    • Well I can tell you mine is more than I expected. I thought I was mostly muscle with a fine covering of flab but no….

  • I have a device similar to this and love it for keeping track of my weight! I find it to be much more accurate than normal scales but as you say, some context to the numbers would be good!

    • Yes it’s great to be able to keep track of everything. I’m using it pretty much every day.

  • drjuliet

    Oh now this is interesting. I like you have an ancient set of traditional scales. I rarely stand on them and tend to go by how I feel rather than what I weigh but I do love a good stat. Increasing muscle mass and reducing body fat interests me more than the weight ad it would be motivating to be able to track it. Super, thanks #FitnessTuesday

    • Yes, the stats are fascinating, even when they’re moving in the wrong direction.

  • Mirka Moore

    I agree with Juliet, rarely use our scales these days, but would be interested to find out for the muscle/fat tracking. Thanks for linking #FitnessTuesday

    • Yes it is interesting, especially when your weight stays the same but your muscle or fat percentage changes. Thanks for running the linky, so many interesting posts!

  • tracey bowden

    Oh this is interesting! I like the fact you can get a more indepth look at different figures. I don’t really like scales, avoid them as much as possible unless I need to weigh myself as I can’t handle the truth 😉 #triedtested

    • And there is too much truth with these! At least for me.

  • mummydaddymia

    I love these scales! We are reviewing at the moment and I was desperate to try them out! I think they are great and like you say, ridiculously accurate. I switched off the sound as I didn’t want to hear it! I would also like some info about what the stats actually mean for you as opposed to them just being there 🙂 Great review!
    #fitnesstuesday

    • It’s great, isn’t it? The company have now sent me an info sheet which explains all the stats. All they need to do is add this to the box or website and it would be so much more informative.

      • mummydaddymia

        Oh I might ask for one then! 🙂 I didn’t know it did bone density until I read your review! We have had it a few days and I love it already 🙂