One minute look back
Salter Curve’s Bluetooth Smart Analyzer is a smart body composition scale that uses bioimpedance technology to differentiate between different types of tissue – body fat, water, muscles and bones. It can also calculate your BMI and BMR (basal metabolic rate) and sync all the data with your phone so you can keep track of your progress.
In our tests, the scale itself performed well. The measurements were generally very consistent and closely matched those of the commercial body composition scales in our gym.
It’s well designed from an accessibility standpoint too, with clearly marked areas for positioning your feet and a bright, clear display that is easy to read while standing. The platform is slightly larger than usual and is made with sturdy, tempered glass. The standard built-in rubber feet prevent slipping on hard floors (carpet feet are also included, but the use of bathroom scales on carpet is generally not recommended).
Unfortunately, the Salter Curve is disappointed by an outdated app that doesn’t match the smart, modern design of the scale itself, and small inconveniences here and there mean we tend to recommend a Withings scale. Instead Garmin or Eufy.
The Salter curve scale is available in black and white and feels first class with a hardened glass surface. The platform is clearly designed for accessibility and is slightly larger than the average (306 mm x 336 mm). The areas are marked so that you can position your feet correctly. The inverted LED display is bright and easy to read while standing. It takes two AAA batteries (not included).
It is interesting to note that the scale comes with interchangeable feet for hard floors and carpets. Most electric scale manufacturers do not recommend using the scale on carpets as the stack will take up some of your weight and can make the display inaccurate.
We started with an abnormal reading when the scale miscalculated our body fat, but otherwise the Salter curve scale was one of the most consistent we tested. It resulted in the same measurements repeatedly when we re-weighed ourselves several times.
Aside from that initial slip up, we were also impressed by the body composition results, which were exactly on the commercial scale at our local gym.
We also had no issues establishing or maintaining a Bluetooth connection. Because the scale doesn’t use Wi-Fi, setup is quick and easy. Up to eight users can connect to a single scale, which is convenient for families. It is a pity that you cannot assign names to be displayed on the scale. Instead, each user simply has a number.
Step directly on the scales and see your weight on the display, which is useful for a quick check-in. If you have moved the scale since it was last used, you will need to tap it with your foot to calibrate it before using it.
Tap the center of the scale with your foot to collect your weight and body composition data and send it to your phone. Then tap on the middle button below the display and use the arrow keys to select your user number. Most smart scales will automatically detect which phone the user is connected and automatically select the correct profile. So this extra step is a bit frustrating.
As soon as the display shows zero, step inside and the scale will show your full statistics. You can then open the Salter app, tap the menu button in the top right corner, select “Add data” and tap the plus arrow. Most smart scales automatically send this data to a connected phone. Hence, it is disappointing that this additional step is required.
Unfortunately, the Salter MiBody smartphone app looks very outdated and drops this otherwise good scale.
As with any smart scale, you first need to set up an account and enter your height and gender in order for the app to calculate your BMI. Once that’s done, you can set a target weight to aim for, import body composition data, and manually enter body measurements if you want to record broader metrics.
Your data is displayed in icons on the app’s home screen. By default, only weight and body fat are displayed. To display the other measured values of the scale, tap the menu symbol in the upper right corner and select “Add symbols”.
Tapping an icon will bring up a graph that lets you see your progress over time. You can zoom in and out by pinching. We appreciate the trend line of the chart which allows you to miss small daily fluctuations caused by water and food weight.
It’s a shame, however, that the y-axis of the graph starts at your lowest measurement and ends at your highest. For example, if your measurements all fit in the “normal” range, you will not be able to see how close you are to being under or overweight because the limits are not displayed.
If you have an iPhone, you can sync your data with the Apple Health app, which has a cleaner and more accessible interface.
Buy it when
You want to keep track of weight and body measurements
The MiBody app offers plenty of space for entering body measurements. This can be a reliable way to measure changes in fat mass, and you can graph changes over time.
Some scales are difficult to read
The Salter Curve Scale has a clear, bright display, a large platform to stand on, and markers to help you position your feet properly.
Don’t buy it, though
You want to have all of your fitness data in one place
Salter MiBody doesn’t display data from fitness trackers or third-party apps, so you won’t be able to see your daily activity levels or calories burned next to your weight and body composition unless you import them into Apple Health.
You have little time in the morning
The need to select your user profile before weighing yourself and manually importing data means that recording your body composition with the Salter curve will take a little longer than with some other scales.
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