Wyze Scale X review | Tom’s Guide
If the best smart scales have taught us anything, it’s that just monitoring your weight is a bit like not seeing the forest for the trees – there are many other important pieces in the complex puzzle of making up your body.
The new Wyze Scale X does a great job of putting these puzzle pieces together, to form a bigger, more detailed picture of your specific makeup. Step up and you’ll instantly know not only your body weight, but also your body fat percentage, muscle mass percentage, visceral fat, and other informative metrics. But with a price that seems almost too good to be true, is it worth investing in the Scale X? Read our full review below.
Wyze Scale X review: Price and availability
The Wyze Scale X retails for $33.99 — $10 more than Wyze’s only other smart scale offering, the Wyze Scale S. If you’re a Wyze Cam Plus subscriber, you can snag the Scale X for a $10 discount. $29.99.
The number of retailers carrying the Scale X is somewhat limited – aside from Wyze’s own site, the only other outlet currently carrying the Scale X is Amazon. If you order it from there, you’ll pay a little more than retail value ($39.98).
The Wyze Scale X is available in black and white.
Wyze Scale X review: Design and display
Like most smart scales, the Wyze Scale X has a sleek, slick aesthetic – measuring nearly 12 inches by 12 inches with a tempered glass construction, it can be stowed away in a bathroom or living room area with relative discretion. . With an advanced ITO coating, users can stand anywhere on the Scale X’s surface and get accurate body composition measurements.
Wyze Scale X Specifications
Max users: 8 (for shared and synchronized data); unlimited (for one-off measurements)
Statistics: Body weight, body fat percentage, heart rate, lean mass, BMI, muscle mass, muscle mass percentage, visceral fat, basal metabolic rate, bone mass, metabolic age, protein, body water percentage
Max weightt: 400 pounds
Supported fitness apps: Apple Health, Google Fit, Fitbit
Battery: Alkaline (supplied)
Stepping on Scale X will illuminate its 3.5-inch LED display, where you’ll see a Bluetooth icon (when the scale is connected to the Wyze app, available for iOS and Android), your weight (in pounds or kilograms), and your Body fat percentage. Dashes or “CAL” are displayed when the scale has encountered an unexpected error, “Lo” is displayed when the batteries are low, and “Er 1” is displayed when a user’s weight is out of range supported by the scale. I expected a white LED display on a white scale to be a bit difficult to read, but the opposite was true – I could see every metric with perfect clarity. If you tend to have contrast issues, it might be in your best interest to pick up the Scale X in black.
Wyze Scale X review: Configure
After inserting four included AAA batteries into your Scale X, you’ll want to download the Wyze app and create an account. Once complete, you will be prompted to add and name your Scale X by pressing a “+” sign. Ensure a smooth setup by confirming that your phone’s Bluetooth connection is on.
Once the scale is detected, you will need to enter personal data such as gender, age, height, and activity level. If you train more than 10 hours per week (guilty as accused), Wyze will suggest you select “athlete mode” for more accurate readings.
Smart scales use bioelectrical impedance analysis, or BIA, to detect details like body fat percentage and bone mass. This process involves a very weak electrical current passing through the body, which can affect pacemakers. And while there’s no known risk to using BIA during pregnancy, it’s probably a good idea for those expecting to avoid it (not to mention that the results you get won’t be very accurate) . Going into the Wyze app and selecting “pregnancy/weight mode only” will disable BIA, so your Scale X only measures body weight (Sportneer Smart Scale, take note).
With the app connected, your Scale X’s LED panel will light up (and even say “Hello”, if you wish) indicating that it’s ready to use. Find a hard, flat surface to place the scale on, remove your shoes or socks, and step onto it to take your first measurement. The scale itself will display your body weight and body fat percentage, with additional measurements available in the app. If you don’t have your phone nearby, your Scale X will store your data and sync it to the app once it’s back in range. This is a definite upgrade from Wyze’s previous smart scale model, which required your phone to be close to you with the app open.
Wi-Fi connectivity is absent from the Scale X, but considering its price, I’m willing to forgive. Widespread Wi-Fi was never a deal breaker for me anyway.
Overall, fitting the Scale X was relatively painless. Trying to figure out how to enable “pregnancy/weight mode” took a bit of googling (go to settings, tap “users”, select your username and you’ll see the option). But other than that, Wyze makes things simple and easy to follow.
Wyze Scale X review: App features
The Wyze app displays a variety of metrics that give a complete picture of your body composition: in addition to your weight and body fat percentage, you’ll see BMI (or body mass index), muscle mass , visceral fat, basal metabolic rate (the number of calories you burn at rest), metabolic age, protein percentage, body water percentage and lean body mass.
So far, there isn’t much noticeable difference between the X-scale and the cheaper Wyze smart scale, the S-scale. But there’s one final metric you’ll see with the X and not the muscle mass percentage S. Of course, you can always determine this number for yourself by dividing muscle mass by body weight. But if you don’t feel like pulling out your calculator, shelling out the extra $10 is worth it.
All of this detailed body data is displayed clearly in the app, with a body weight trend graph and dedicated sections for each metric. Tap a section to view your results, along with a scroll bar and definition of the specific metric.
What is missing in these sections is context. While it is good for a user to know their muscle mass, there is little information to indicate whether this number is considered acceptable for overall health. The scroll bar will give you an idea, but a little more blatant explanation would be helpful, especially for those who are just starting to focus on health and wellness goals. For example, the visceral fat measurement is displayed as a number without any type of quantifier. You may have a visceral fat measurement of nine but… nine what? Some Google searches will yield an answer if you’re curious, but again, it would be great if this information was readily available in the app.
What’s available in the app, however, is a heart rate monitor. Place your finger on your phone’s rear camera lens and within seconds you’ll see your resting heart rate. This is a useful feature if cardio improvements are a goal –
your resting heart rate tends to be largely determined by genetics, but generally lower BPM (beats per minute) indicates a strong cardiovascular system. (Here’s what a normal resting heart rate is and how to measure yours)
In addition to “pregnancy/weight only” mode, the Wyze app offers “luggage mode” to keep checked luggage light, “pet mode” to decide if Fido should go on a diet, and “baby mode” to follow your little one. its growth progress. In fact, you can even add your baby as one of the eight synced users available in the app.
Wyze Scale X review: Compatibility
The Wyze Scale X is compatible with Apple Health, Google Fit and Fitbit. Previous Wyze scale models only had integrations with the two older apps, so the addition of Fitbit compatibility is a nice upgrade. In the future, Wyze would be wise (sorry, I had to) to consider adding MyFitnessPal to the list of compatible apps.
Sharing Scale X data with your favorite health program is pretty intuitive, but you’ll need to authorize any pairing from the Wyze app. You can initiate this process by going to settings and selecting “Allow third-party apps”.
Wyze Scale X review: Verdict
The Wyze Scale X offers a comprehensive (and affordable) way to learn everything you wanted to know about your body composition. With accuracy improvements, newly added metrics, and expanded compatibility with health tracking apps, it’s a fantastic tool to use in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.
While the main differences between the two Wyze scale models are minor, it’s worth paying a bit more for the Scale X’s ITO coating and muscle mass percentage, especially considering its price next to competitors. more expensive like the Withings Body+ and the QardioBase 2.
A little more information on the individual metrics would be really helpful, especially for users who are just starting to monitor numbers like body fat percentage and lean muscle mass. However, this is a picky criticism and something that could easily be fixed with a simple app update.