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Review: Koogeek Smart Health Scale

Review: Koogeek Smart Health ScaleGenerally, we can separate smart scales into two camps. The well known brands such as Fitbit and Withings which are generally more expensive, and the dozens and dozens of scales released by lesser known brands. Today we focus on a scale that belongs in the latter group.

Koogeek is a brand new competitor in smart scale market. The company is a smart home products manufacturer that invested over $20 million in 2016 to develop their ‘advanced smart home’ product series. In March this year, they released their first smart scale. Koogek also sells other devices such as a blood pressure monitor that syncs to the same app and a SmartPlug.

The Koogek S1 Smart Scale measures your weight, BMI (Body Mass Index), body fat mass, lean mass, bone mass, total body water, BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and visceral fat. It does this via four sensors and BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) technology. Retailing at around $99, it probably belongs in the mid range – between the most expensive models and the budget brands.

We have been testing the scale for around a week now, so here are our impressions.

In terms of looks, the scale would fit well in any bathroom. Measuring 31 x 31 x 2.5 cm, it features an all-white or all-black tempered glass surface square with rounded edges. There are four non-slip rubber feet at the underside which is helpful if you have a smooth floor. The LED display shows large neon blue letters. It lights up when you step on it and is very easy to read. The scale runs on four AA batteries.

Review: Koogeek Smart Health Scale

The first time you use the scale, the Koogeek app will run you through the set-up process which basically consists of answering a few basic questions such as your height, sex, weight goal, etc. You can then opt to see your weight in pounds, kilograms, or stones. The device features both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. Bluetooth connected straight away. We were having problems connecting to our WiFi router, so opted in the end to continue on with the Bluetooth option.

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To weigh yourself, open up the smartphone app and step on the scale. Your weight will appear quickly in large illuminated letters. The scale will then proceed to measure your other metrics (body fat mass, lean mass, bone mass, total body water, BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and visceral fat), and it will indicate that it is doing this through a series of dots on the display. You can see all these readings in real-time on the app. All in all, the process is seamless and we did not experience any issues.

Review: Koogeek Smart Health Scale

The WiFi option allows you to weigh yourself without your smartphone present. Instead, the data is uploaded to your iOS or Android device via the company’s Cloud Server. As mentioned, we were not able to get this option to work. However, this has not been flagged as an issue in Amazon product reviews so it may be due to the configuration of our network.

To view your progress (or lack of), head over to the smartphone app.  Here you will find your day to day weight trends plotted on a graph. The rest of the metrics appear only for individual days. Each metric is shown separately on one of the eight sliding scales. If your reading falls in the green section of the line, you are in the healthy range. If not, you have a bit more work to do. Clicking on any line gives you a one paragraph summary explaining the measure.

The app also allows you to set your weight target and target date. It then gives you a suggested weight loss to aim for during the week – and shows your progress towards your goal. There is also a section to upload your daily step count from Apple Health, but not to upload your readings.

You can create user profiles for up to 16 people, including your children. One of the unique features of this scale is the option to weight a baby. The scale and the app will allow you to do this by weighing yourself first, then stepping on the scale while holding your baby. The Baby’s weight will then be automatically calculated and synced to app. Presumably you can do this for cats and dogs as well…

Review: Koogeek Smart Health Scale
Koogeek S1 Smart Health Scale

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All in all, the Koogek S1 Smart Health Scale works perfectly fine. On the plus side, it features a sleek attractive design, it has both Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity and the measurements are quick and easy to read. Rather impressively, the scale provides you with eight individual measurements of your body composition. Also, this is an affordable option compared to some of the others in the market.

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On the negative side, the smartphone app is on the basic side and does not sync with third party apps or upload your weight to Apple Health. It does the job but would benefit from improvements.

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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