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Withings Body Smart vs Body Scan vs Body Comp Scales – Body Smart costs £99.95, but how is it different from the other smart scales?

Withings Body Smart vs Body Scan vs Body Comp Scales – Body Smart costs £99.95, but how is it different from the other smart scales?

Unlike every other brand that develops smart scales, Withings are not content with just one model for a smart scale. They have four options available in the UK, and this will expand to five later in the year with the launch of the new Withings Body Smart.

Withings just seem to do things a bit differently from everyone else. Even their smartwatches don’t conform to the trends we have seen from other brands.

It may seem odd to have so many models of scales, but Withings appear to be building a comprehensive health ecosystem, and these are central to this ecosystem, along with the range of smartwatches.

I have previously reviewed the Withings Body Cardio scales, and the Nokia Scale (now Withings) was an essential part of my weight loss. They allowed me to see the trends in my weight rather than getting upset when my weight would jump up for one unhealthy day.  

Withings announced the Body Scan scales well over a year ago, but they have only recently started selling this in the UK.

The latest Withings Body Smart sit somewhere between the Body+ and Body Cardo in terms of features and pricing.

Withings Body Smart Scale Key Features

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  • Featuring Withings Precision Technology
  • Multifrequency bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA)
  • Precision weight sensors
  • Delivering insights and health analysis
  • Weight and body composition analysis
  • Also measures
    • Heart rate
    • Visceral fat
    • Metabolic age
    • Basal metabolic rate

Metabolic age,  basal metabolic rate measurements, and pregnancy mode will be available from May 2023 onwards via an automatic update.

Withings Body Scan vs Body Comp vs Body Cardio vs Body Smart vs Body+ Features

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With so many options, you will no doubt wonder what the differences are and if the more expensive models are worth it. The below table may not be 100% accurate, filled out some of the features for the Body Smart based on the press release.

I am waiting on confirmation, but it looks like the Body Cardio will be phased out. The Smart has more features at a lower price point, while the Body Comp is perhaps the replacement for the Cardio. The Withings marketing material doesn’t even mention the Cardio.

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The Body Comp isn’t a huge price increase from the Cardio if you factor in the fact you get 12 months free Withings+/Health+ which they then charge €99.5/year or €9.95/month for.

Withings Scales FeaturesBody ScanBody CompBody CardioBody Smart Body +
Weight & BMIWeight tracking (kg, lb, st lb)
BMI
Weight trends
Weight tracking (kg, lb, st lb)
BMI
Weight trends
Weight tracking (kg, lb, st lb)
BMI
Weight trends
Weight tracking (kg, lb, st lb)
BMI
Weight trends
Weight tracking (kg, lb, st lb)
BMI
Weight trends
Weight Sensors 4 weight sensors
50g (0.11 lbs) precision
4 weight sensors
50g (0.11 lbs) precision
4 weight sensors
100g (0.22 lbs) precision
4 weight sensors
50g (0.11 lbs) precision
4 weight sensors
100g (0.22 lbs) precision
Capacity 200kgs (440 lbs)200kgs (440 lbs)180kgs (396 lbs)180kgs (396 lbs)
Users88888
ConnectivityWi-Fi & BluetoothWi-Fi & BluetoothWi-Fi & BluetoothWi-Fi & BluetoothWi-Fi & Bluetooth
BatteryRechargeable
12 months battery life
4x 1.5V Alkaline cells (AAA)
18 months battery life
Rechargeable
12 months battery life
4x 1.5V Alkaline cells (AAA)
16 months battery life
4x 1.5V Alkaline cells (AAA)
18 months battery life
Body CompositionSegmental Body composition

Fat and water mass, visceral fat, muscle and bone mass, extracellular and intracellular water

Measurement of fat and muscle mass in each body part (torso, arms and legs)
Body composition

Fat and water mass, visceral fat, muscle and bone mass, extracellular and intracellular water
Standard Body composition

Fat and water mass, muscle and bone mass
Body composition

Fat and water mass, visceral fat, muscle and bone mass, extracellular and intracellular water
Standard Body composition

Fat and water mass, muscle and bone mass
Cardiovascular HealthStanding Heart Rate
Pulse Wave Velocity
Vascular Age
6-lead ECG
Atrial Fibrillation detection
Standing Heart Rate
Pulse Wave Velocity
Vascular Age
Standing Heart Rate
Pulse Wave Velocity
Vascular Age
Standing Heart Rate
Metabolic age
Basal metabolic rate
N/A
Nerve ActivityNerve Health ScoreNerve Health ScoreN/AN/AN/A
ServicesBody Scan comes with a 3 month subscription to Health+ servicesBody Comp comes with a 12-month subscription to Health+ servicesN/AWithings+ (formally Health+)N/A
Weather Localized weather report
Air quality analysis
Localized weather report
Air quality analysis
N/ALocalized weather report
Air quality analysis
N/A
DisplayHigh definition LCD color displayMonochrome screen
High-contrast visibility
Backlit screenLCD color displayBacklit screen
Price£399.95£199.95£149.95£99.95£89.95

Price and Availability

Body Smart launches in Europe and the USA on April 18, 2023.

 In the UK, it will be available in Q3 2023 on www.withings.com Body Smart is priced £99.95 and comes in black or white.

Full Press Release

In 2009, Withings, a pioneer of the connected health movement, created the world’s first smart scale. Today, furthering the market it helped create, it introduces Body Smart, the latest addition to its smart scale lineup. Featuring Withings Precision TechnologyT that combines multifrequency bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), precision weight sensors, and advanced algorithms delivering insights and health analysis, the entry-level scale provides a big bang for the buck. It provides precise weight and body composition analysis as well as advanced health measurements, including heart rate, visceral fat, metabolic age, and basal metabolic rate.

Priced £99.95, Body Smart is an affordable addition that completes the Withings 2023 smart scale lineup, including Body Comp and Body Scan. All of the scales in the range are built upon the three pillars of Withings Precision Technology. Multifrequency BIA for great accuracy, precise and consistent weight measurements up to 50g, and advanced health insights, including tracking both health vital measurements and health condition assessments. 

BIA works by sending a small electrical signal through the body, which measures the resistance and reactance of body tissues to the current. The more frequencies used, the more complete and accurate the picture of body health can be created. Multifrequency BIA and advanced algorithms enable Withings to dig deeper into body composition expanding from measuring fat, muscle mass, and water weight percentage to analyzing visceral fat and other advanced body metrics.

As part of its enhanced body composition analysis, Body Smart can also measure visceral fat, the type of fat that surrounds the internal organs that has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. Withings believes that by measuring and tracking visceral fat, users can better understand their overall health and take steps that might lower their chance of developing chronic diseases as well as heart health risks. Body Smart also provides cardiovascular measurements and insights by tracking standing heart rates.

For the first time, Withings Body Smart will also be able to measure Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). BMR is the number of calories the body burns at rest, and it provides valuable information about the user's overall metabolic health. By measuring BMR, users can better understand their overall health and make informed decisions about their diet and exercise. Body Smart also uses this to calculate metabolic age, comparing how many calories a body burns at rest with others in an age group. These features will be available from May 2023 onwards following an automatic update.

In another first, Body Smart features a colour screen that displays all the relevant information; however, for the timid, those preferring to be more discreet, or people who dare not look, it features an Eyes Closed Mode. In Eyes Closed Mode, the user's weight is tracked in the accompanying Withings app but does not appear on the screen. Instead, users see encouraging motivating messages or daily information such as step counts, air quality, and the weather. Compatible with up to eight users, other modes include athletic, pregnancy, and baby to accurately weigh even the smallest family member.

“Body Smart is a fantastic addition to the Withings smart scale lineup and one of the most feature-rich scales at its price point on the market,” said Mathieu Letombe, CEO of Withings. “Designed to improve users’ lives, Body Smart elevates the market by providing highly precise and accurate readings along with insightful and actionable health data and advice. It brings a new level of precision and clarity to the complexities of health in a beautifully designed device that fits in any home.”

Body Smart connects to the Withings app to help users track trends and measurements over time, follow progress, and receive detailed health advice and assessments as well as daily inspiration for long-term progress. Like Body Comp and Body Scan in the range, it is also compatible with the Withings+ (formally Health+), health improvement service. The subscription service guides users on a daily-basis to build better habits to reach their goal in the long-run by unlocking additional content such as additional metrics analysis, insights and guidance.   Body Smart launches in Europe and the USA on April 18, 2023.  In the UK it will be available in Q3 2023 on www.withings.com Body Smart is priced £99.95 and comes in black or white. Priced at £189.95 at www.withings.com, Body Comp is currently available in the UK and now comes with a color LCD screen and is available in black or white. Body Scan featuring segmental body composition, a 6-lead ECG with atrial fibrillation detection and electrodermal activity, is also currently available in the UK priced £399.95.

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