Wyze releases an even more budget-friendly smart scale
Wyze has built a very cheap smart scale. For just $15 you can have the Wyze Scale S sitting on your bathroom floor!
This is $5 less than the company’s first already-affordable product offering in this space. The $20 original Wyze Scale was released in April 2020. It dishes out twelve different metrics so not just weight. There is auto-recognition for up to eight users and the thing runs on 4 AAA batteries.
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Wyze Scale S almost matches its “big brother” in terms of functionality. It also comes with lots of metrics, 11 to be exact. What you are losing is heart rate measurements. Not a big deal as taking a heart rate readings while you are standing is not all that useful. It is not the equivalent of your resting heart rate as you need to be at rest for that.
So what you do get is the following.
- Body mass index
- Bone Mass
- Lean body mass
- Muscle mass
- Body fat percentage
- Body water percentage
- Visceral fat
- Protein level
- Basal metabolic rate
- Metabolic age
As with all smart scales, you can trust the weight and body mass index readings, but take the rest of them with a pinch of salt. They are all broad estimates which might change quite a bit from day to day.
The other tradeoff that you’ll need to make with Wyze Scale S is to do with the build. The product is slightly smaller than the first iteration and not as premium looking. For example, there are four exposed metal electrodes which you’ll need to stand on to get a reading. The original is slightly more sophisticated with its glass top. Wyze says, the benefit of having these types of electrodes are more precise measurements. Wyze Scale S also has a bright 3.5 inch LED which is used to display the readings.
Other than that, there are no further important differences. Wyze Scale S also syncs to third-party apps including Google Fit, Fitbit and Apple Health. Samsung Health might be added to this list in the near future. Plus there is support for up to 8 users, in addition to a guest, baby and pet mode.
The number of batteries need has been reduced by one. The 3 AAA batteries will get you about a year and a half of running time with normal use.
Rather usefully, there’s a step to wake feature. When a reading is captured, the scale sends it via Bluetooth (BLE 5.0) to Android or Apple devices.
It is not entirely surprising that Wyze has added an even cheaper smart scale to its product range. The Seattle-based outfit is, after all, a specialist at making budget smart home devices. What did surprise us, though, is that Wyze managed to shave a few more dollars from the price of its initial offering. Just $15 for a smart scale? That beats the price of most low-cost Chinese brands.
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