Wyze Scale X: One-minute review
The Wyze Scale X is a great value addition to the best smart scales that combine the best of Wyze’s other offerings, the standard Wyze Scale and the Scale S. Small additions here make it useful in many different scenarios such as providing ways to weigh babies , pets and separate body composition modes for pregnant women and dedicated athletes.
The scale was quick and easy to set up, and we were able to start using the scale right away. The presentation of the data was extremely accurate, matching measurements from other smart balances we’ve reviewed, such as the Eufy P2 Pro, and the historical data was visible in the app and presented in handy graphs to help you chart changes more easily.
The different metrics available were great and exactly what you would expect from a premium scale, even one that costs half again. From bone mass to basal metabolic rate, you can calculate everything here, and the companion can even use your phone’s flash to check your pulse through your finger.
Scale X offers a complete set of wellness tools and we were impressed with the range of metrics on offer to help provide a complete picture of health.
Wyze Scale X: pricing and availability
- $33.99 (approximately £29 in the UK and AU$49.50) plus shipping
- Only available at US stores and some third-party outlets such as Amazon
The Wyze Scale X is available on the Wyze store website for $33.99 in the US. That’s $10 more than the original Wyze scale, but still a lot cheaper than many of its contemporaries, and it’s very equal in quality. It comes equipped with four AAA batteries to set up and use the scale right from the start. Future batteries, of course, will need to be purchased separately.
Unfortunately, it becomes harder to find outside the US for such a good value. Amazon and other third-party sites stock the Wyze Scale X in stores in Australia and the UK and it will ship internationally, but it may not be as great a value.
Wyze Scale X: Design
- Same glass look as competitive smart scales
- Innovative foot design
- Companion app can be difficult to read
The Wyze Scale X looks great, although it is comparable to many smart scales on the market right now. It’s essentially a piece of full-surface sensor glass divided into four quarters, with the Wyze logo at the bottom and an LED display showing weight and other readings in white light, with a durable plastic back case.
One little innovation we like is that the feet aren’t just rubber straps: they’re separate plastic cases with built-in shock-absorbing cushioning that attaches to the base of the unit, to prevent damage to the unit when stepped on repeatedly.
The unit is only half the design situation, however: the Wyze companion app is simple to use and largely well designed, allowing you to cycle through all 13 metrics with ease. However, there’s one design feature we don’t like: while all metrics come with an explainer to provide some context, most are on a sliding scale, with some parts of the bar as seen below a solid green or plain outline.
This monochrome means you don’t get a clear indication of a “bad” reading as opposed to a “good” reading, and the scale is very different between each metric. This makes it difficult to read the information correctly – is my bone mass too low? Is my basal metabolic rate too high? After getting my initial readings, I had to turn to Google for more information, a clear indication that I needed more information in the app here.
Wyze Scale X: Resources
- 13 different health metrics
- Baby, pet and luggage mode
- Exports to three other health services
Like any smart scale, you enter the Wyze Scale X and it shows your weight. However, the 13 additional metrics that Wyze Scale X provides are body fat, muscle mass, body water, lean body mass, bone mass, protein, visceral fat, BMR, metabolic age, and muscle mass percentage. It is even able to take your pulse live.
By their very nature, these metrics are presented quite differently: some in terms of weight, some in percentages, some in calories, metabolic years, or even an unnamed index (for visceral fat), so as mentioned above, are not as intuitive as they can be. They don’t have a unifying way to bring them all together, like a Eufy scale person’s digital avatar or translating complex Fitbit Premium figures into simple health-related scores.
However, this is a great way to create a complete picture of your health, and all this data can be exported to Apple Health, Fitbit, or Google Fit. This is the complete list of external health apps that Wyze can interact with, so Samsung Health users and others are unfortunately out of luck, but most will be able to use one of the three if they want to move their health data elsewhere. .
The statistics are obtained by bioelectrical impedance analysis, which sends an electrical current through your body to analyze its composition. Electricity moves at different speeds through different materials: it would move through bone, for example, at a different rate than fat or muscle. This makes it a bit like electric sonar in that it works to create a picture of your health.
But it’s not just your health: while you can’t get the full spectrum of metrics, you can calculate the weight of babies, pets, and luggage using a specialized mode for each. Simply pick up the baby, cat or suitcase of your choice, step on the scale and it will use your usual weight to calculate the difference.
Wyze Scale X: Performance
- Easy to use and configure
- Presenting information is frustrating
- Historical charts are good
The scale was very simple to set up on my phone, and after entering my age, height, and activity levels into the app, stepping on the scale immediately produced a reading in line with previous smart and analog scale readings. I’m pleased with its accuracy as the baseline or more obvious stats like weight, body fat percentage and BMI didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know.
The only complaint I have at this stage is one I shared above: the different scales the stats are based on and the lack of presentation involved. Going through my bone mass percentage, muscle mass percentage and other stats, I came across ‘visceral fat’ and a fixed number: six.
The app includes an explanation that visceral fat is “a type of body fat stored in the abdominal cavity” and a bar with 12 written directly in the middle. I assumed lower is better and I have a six on the visceral fat scale, with 12 being average or sort of a ‘danger zone’. However, I didn’t know what the scale really meant. Six what? Percent? minutes? Years of life?
A quick Google search shows that this ‘visceral fat level’ is a series of numbers generated through body composition tests, and 1-12 is a healthy rating. However, I shouldn’t have to Google this stat to get the full picture. Some of my scores were right at the extremes of the single progress bar the Wyze app uses for each metric, although during my research I was perfectly within normal limits for each. All the information recorded may be accurate, but Wyze could pull a good leaf out of Fitbit’s books when it comes to presenting this information in an accessible way.
Otherwise, the scale works as described. The information is crisp and readily appears in both device and application readouts, and repeated use allows graphs to be developed to more easily show historical changes.
- Performance Score: 3.5/5
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First reviewed in September 2022