Top Body Fat Monitors

Body fat measurement can give you a truer picture of your fitness and health risks than just weight. Scales and devices that use bioelectrical impedance offer a quick and fairly accurate way to track your body fat. Athlete and child settings are important if you plan to use it for kids or those with high muscle mass and low body fat. Using calipers is trickier to get right, but is a method in common use.

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This sleek and stylish scale measures weight to 0.2 lb or 0.1 kg and uses bioelectrical impedance to measure fat mass, lean mass and body mass index. It transmits the data via Wi-Fi to the Withings.com website; users can access their personal data and graphs on the website or via an iPhone app. Up to eight users can use the scale and each can set their privacy level. You can have your measurements Tweeted if you desire. Maximum weight: 396 pounds or 180 kilograms.

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If you are tracking your weight with popular fitness apps, the Taylor Bluetooth Smart Scale can update them for you. It uses Bluetooth to sync your data to an app (iOS or Android) and share it with the apps of your choice, such as MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper and MapMyFitness. The scale and its own app show your weight, body fat percentage, body water percentage, and muscle mass. It also estimates the calories you need to maintain current weight, which is a useful number to determine how many calories you should eat to lose weight or gain weight.

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The Fitbit Aria measures your weight, BMI and body fat percentage and can transmit it via your home Wi-Fi network to your computer or smartphone. Up to eight users can use the same scale. It works with a Fitbit account/app to see graphs of your stats over time and to use their free tools to plan your diet and track your activity. Yes, this is the same account as for your Fitbit activity monitor.

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This body fat scale comes with an attached handheld sensor, so it can measure the impedance for both the upper and lower body for better accuracy for composition. This Omron scale can be set up for four different users. In addition to weight, it displays body fat percentage, BMI, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, body age, and weight. It has a 90-day memory. It has a weight limit of 330 pounds. It doesn't connect to an app or WiFi.

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The Tanita BF-680 Scale has two-person memory, weight, body fat percent and body water percent. It has an easy-to-read display. Weight is given in 0.2-pound increments and body fat percentage in 0.1 percent increments. It has a 300-pound weight capacity.

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This scale displays weight, body fat percentage, total body water, muscle mass and bone mass. It automatically recognizes up to eight different users. But it doesn't display BMI and it doesn't compare the current readings to past readings. It has a 400-pound weight capacity.

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This handheld unit lacks a weight scale, so you must input the weight. It gives body fat percentage and body mass index. It is programmable for multiple users and has an athlete and standard mode.

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Electronic fat calipers do the calculating for you and beeps to tell you that you are using the right pressure. They store data for up to three people. Calipers can be tricky to use, but these eliminate some of the sources of error with those features. This kit also comes with a myotape body tape measure, body tracker fitness software, and instructional video.

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