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iHealth Bluetooth Scale Review

By Tony Hannides On Dec 16, 2012 0
4.5 out of 5 Rating

OVERVIEW

Most scales just tell you your weight and that’s all. But the iHealth scale can do so much more. Because of its Bluetooth connection and the iOS app, you can see your weight, see your trend and even create a plan to help you lose more weight. We had a chance to try it out for a little bit and it turned out to be pretty useful.

UNBOXING

Unboxing the scale and its additional contents was pretty simple. All it comes with is the scale, paper instruction manual/flyer and 4 AAA batteries. Installing the batteries do not require any tools and once installed, it works right away.

FEATURES

The scale itself doesn’t look like anything out of the ordinary. The platform is durable tempered glass, there’s an LCD readout at the top center and it only weighs around 20 lbs. The scale can weigh up to 330 lbs or 150 kg and the AAA batteries can last at least 6 months. But I believe the features of the companion app is more important.

Currently, the iHealth Bluetooth scale has an iOS app but the company does plan on releasing an Android app in the near future. The app is easily found in the iOS App Store. Once installed, a few steps need to be taken to connect the scale to your iDevice via Bluetooth, also very easy to do. And that’s all; it’s ready to go. The app’s features include:

  • Record your weight on your mobile device
  • Watch progress and organize records using simple graph tool
  • Update healthcare providers and fitness buddies

You can also enter your calorie intake, what activities you’re involved in and even plan out what you are going to do to lose more weight. Plus, you can share your progress with your friends and family. Now you can share the scale and app with other people. Each person can have their own profile and not only view it via the app but also have it uploaded (for free) to the iHealth Cloud website.

SET UP

Once the batteries are in the scale and the app is downloaded, the rest of the setup is fairly simple. What takes up the most time is creating yourself a profile and inputting the personal data that applies to you:

  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • Weight
  • Target Weight
  • Height
EASE OF USE / EXPERIENCE

When using the iHealth Bluetooth scale, there’s only one thing that you must remember if you’re sharing it with other people. Make sure your profile is selected before you weigh yourself. Other than that, you just have to remember to input your food intake and what type of exercise you did that day. Honestly, the only real issue I had was there was only  an iOS app but as I mentioned before, they are working on an Android app right now.

The iHealth Wireless Scale app is a universal app so I’ve been using it with my iPad. Its UI is not technical and easy to use, all the tabs are easily discernible  and there’s even a button to enter in weight manually in the event that you might use a different scale to weigh yourself (gym, doctor’s office, etc).

WRAP UP

Overall, the iHealth Bluetooth Scale is a “nice to have.” Now if you weigh yourself daily, you can easily track how you’re doing and get an idea of what must be done to reach your goal. The app is simple to use but the only thing I would say it needs is notifications or reminders. There are, of course, other wireless scales in the market. But the iHealth scale is useful tool that isn’t confusing to use and easy to share with the family (or friends). The iHealth Wireless Scale is available at a number of retailers like Best Buy and Amazon.

THE GOOD, THE BAD, ETC.
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to setup
  • Free account
  • Only iOS app (at the moment)
  • No reminders/notifications
AT A GLANCE
Model No: HS3
Manufacturer:
Price: $69.95
Other Stuff
Features: Reliable tempered glass platform

Max weight capacity: 330 lbs/150 kg

Measurement units: kg/lb/st

4 AAA batteries included
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