Whether you’re preparing for a fitness competition or just looking to burn some fat, you might want to consider getting a smart scale that measures more than just your weight. The $79.99 Arboleaf Smart Fitness Scale tracks 14 metrics, including your body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage, body water percentage, muscle mass, protein level, and, of course, weight. It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and its companion app keeps a record of your measurements, so you can track your progress over time. It’s a strong competitor in this category, but it lacks a safe mode for pregnant women and people who wear pacemakers like the high-end QardioBase 2 and more affordable Wyze Scale.
Design and Setup
The Arboleaf has an attractive white glass design that will look good in most bathrooms. It has four metal pads and a display on the top, and four anti-skid pads on the bottom for safety. Unlike more expensive rechargeable smart scales like the $149.99 QardioBase 2, it’s powered by four AAA batteries that are included in the box. Arboleaf also includes a detailed user manual that walks you through the setup process.
After inserting the batteries, it’s ready to use like a regular digital weight scale, but you need to connect it to the Arboleaf mobile app (available for Android and iOS) to take advantage of all of its features, including the ability to track your weight history.
While more affordable competitors like $20 Wyze Scale can only connect to your phone via Bluetooth, the Arboleaf Smart Fitness Scale also supports Wi-Fi. This adds a notable level of convenience, enabling the scale to send your measurements to the app even if your phone is outside of the limited Bluetooth range.
Keep in mind that when you have the scale connected to Wi-Fi, your data will be sent to Arboleaf’s servers before it’s downloaded to the app on your phone. With Bluetooth, the scale sends data directly to your phone. The benefit of having both is that if Wi-Fi is down, the scale can still send your data via Bluetooth as a backup.
Setting up the scale and getting it connected to the app is pretty straightforward. When you download the app, it first asks you to enable Bluetooth permissions, choose your weight unit (pounds, kilograms, or stones) and height unit (inches or centimeters), then create an account. You can then add a photo of yourself, select your gender, enter your name, birthday, and optionally enable Athlete mode. The app explains that Athlete mode is “suitable for people who have long been engaged in physical exercise or who regularly exercise.”
From there, be sure you have Bluetooth enabled on your phone, place the scale on a hard, flat surface, then step on and off to let it calibrate. When the scale displays 00, step on it again. When you step on, the scale will automatically pair with the app via Bluetooth and upload your measurements.
A pop-up will then appear in the app asking you if you want to connect the scale to Wi-Fi. If so, it defaults to the network your phone is connected to (though you can switch it to a different one if you prefer). You just enter your Wi-Fi password and keep the app open until the Scale connects.
During the setup process, you have the option to connect the scale with other compatible apps, including Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit (or you can always do this later via the Settings menu, if you prefer). I connected it with Apple Health and it worked perfectly. Every time I take a measurement on the scale, the Arboleaf app automatically syncs my data to the Apple Health app. The current version of the Arboleaf app doesn’t sync with MyFitness Pal or Samsung Health, however.
Using the Arboleaf
When you’re ready to use the scale, just step on to turn it on, then step off to let it calibrate. When you see the 00 on the scale’s display, step back on for your measurements. If you have the Arboleaf app open when you step on, the scale will send your data to the app via Bluetooth. If you don’t have the app open, it will send the data via Wi-Fi.
Besides your weight, the scale shows several other measurements on the display, one by one, including your body fat, body water, skeletal muscle, bone mass, BMI, and BMR (basal metabolic rate, or the minimum necessary energy needed in an inactive state). The Measurements section of the app offers even more data, including your body type, fat-free body weight (which includes all body components except fat), subcutaneous fat (the fat stored just beneath your skin), visceral fat (fat stored in the abdominal cavity), body water, muscle mass, protein, and metabolic age.
The Arboleaf app does a good job of putting your metrics into perspective. You can click on each one for a graph showing what range you fall in. For body weight and BMI, for instance, it will tell you if you’re underweight, normal, overweight, or obese. If you’re overweight, you can easily see how many pounds you’d need to lose to get into the normal range.
In comparison, the comparably priced Withings Body only measures weight and BMI. The more affordable Wyze Scale offers lots of measurements, including heart rate, which the Arboleaf lacks, but its app only shows recommended levels for BMI, so it’s not as easy to interpret your data.
The Arboleaf app also includes a History section that shows graphs of your results for each metric by week, month, and year so you can keep track of your progress over time. There’s also a My Account section, where you can access Settings and FAQ. In Settings, you can change the app’s color theme, set a weight goal, and more. The FAQ section offers instructions for using the scale plus safety and troubleshooting information.
Sharing the Arboleaf
Arboleaf says the scale can intelligently recognize up to eight users based on their measurements and automatically send their data to the correct profile.
Each person needs to download the Arboleaf app and create their own account for their measurements to be kept private. When you’re sharing the scale with other people, you’ll have to open the app on the Measurements screen each time you use it, and make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your phone. This ensures your data is sent to your account, and not erroneously synced to someone else’s.
You can alternatively add additional users to your own account, a useful feature for parents and fitness coaches. When you do this, you’ll be able to see their data in your app, but it will be kept separate from yours.
There’s also an option to Add a Friend. When you become friends with someone in the app (they have to accept your request or vice versa), you can view each other’s measurement history, but you won’t be able to see each other’s personal profile information. Arboleaf says this feature can help weight loss buddies hold each other accountable.
I shared the scale with my boyfriend Austin, who downloaded the Arboleaf app on his phone and set up his own account. The first time he stepped on, the scale sent his measurements to my phone, but it wasn’t really the scale’s fault that this happened. Before he stepped on, we made sure he had the Arboleaf app open and Bluetooth enabled on his phone, but didn’t realize his Bluetooth was still connected to his AirPods. After he stepped on, I got an alert in the Arboleaf app on my phone about an “unknown measurement,” and could view his weight. I had the option to assign the data to myself, another user on my account, or delete it.
I deleted his data, and we didn’t have this problem, again. From then on, when stepped on, he made sure the Arboleaf app was open to the Measurements screen, that he had Bluetooth enabled on his phone, and that his Bluetooth wasn’t connected to any other devices, and the data synced to his account without issue.
Like most competing products, the Arboleaf Smart Fitness Scale determines your body fat percentage using a process called bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA), which involves sending a “low level, imperceptible” electrical current through your body. The current moves quickly through tissues that contain a large amount of fluids and electrolytes like muscle and blood, and faces resistance—or impedance—moving through fat. The scale measures that impedance to calculate your body fat.
For this to work, you’ll need to step on the scale barefoot, and make sure both feet are touching the metal pads.
It’s important to note that the small electric current sent through your body during BIA measurement can affect pacemakers. For that reason, you shouldn’t use the scale if you have a pacemaker or any other internal medical device.
There’s no evidence that this process is dangerous for pregnant women, but if you’re expecting, your measurements (with the exception of weight) will likely be inaccurate. Some other smart scales feature a safe mode for people who wear pacemakers and pregnant women, but the Arboleaf doesn’t. The Wyze Scale, for instance, offers a mode called Only Measure Weight, which disables the BIA measurement so the device won’t send the electric current through your body, and will only measure your weight.
Comparisons and Conclusions
If you want to start keeping closer tabs on your weight and body composition, the $79.99 Arboleaf Smart Fitness Scale is worth checking out. It offers a lot of value for the price, with a few limitations. It doesn’t sync with as many third-party apps as the comparably priced Withings Body, but it offers a wider range of metrics. In addition to weight and BMI, it measures your body fat, water percentage, muscle mass, bone mass, and more. The app does a good job of helping you make sense of your data and track your progress over time.
And unlike more affordable competitors, the Arboleaf supports Wi-Fi, so it can send your measurements to the app even if your phone isn’t nearby. It doesn’t offer a safe mode for people with implanted medical devices and pregnant women like the QardioBase 2, our Editors’ Choice for high-end smart scales, but it’s also half the price.