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Review: Garmin Index Smart Scale

The Garmin Index Smart Scale is a smart scale that registers your weight, body fat, muscle mass, etc., and automatically sends it to the Garmin Connect app via your WiFi connection. I’ve been using it for over a year now, here is my experience.

If you’re interested in buying this scale, check it out on Amazon

Appearance

The Garmin Index Smart Scale is available in black or white. I have the black version, even though it’s more of dark blue in my opinion. The scale is 35 x 31 x 3 cm and weighs 2,8 kg making it a robust, solid scale. The glass topping and round edges give it a stylish look. 

 

Measurements

The following body data is calculated by the scale:

    • weight
    • body fat percentage
    • body mass index (BMI)
    • body water percentage
    • skeletal muscle mass
    • bone mass
In order for the advanced date to be measured, you’ll need to step on your scale with bare feet. Keep in mind that the body fat percentage is calculated only through two points of access (two feet) and therefore less accurate as a scale that uses more access points. 
Be aware that this scale only registers one measurement per day. If you measure yourself more than once a day, the previous recordings will be overwritten. 
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Setup and app

The first step of setting up your Garmin scale is adding four AA batteries, which are conveniently included. The back of the scale also has two buttons, one for synchronising and resetting and one to change the measurement unit to kilograms, pounds or stones. 

If you don’t already have the Garmin Connect app on your phone, this is the time to start the installation. You’ll need the app to connect to your scale. The app will use bluetooth for the first synchronisation, but in daily use the scale uses WiFi to save your data. This means it is not necessary to have your phone near your scale to update your data in the app. 

Below chart can be shown for a 7 day, 4 week or 12 month interval for each of data fields that are measured/calculated by the Garmin Index Smart Scale. 

Many people have reported issues with synchronisation to MyFitnessPal, but I find the Garmin Connect app to provide sufficient information. In combination with my Garmin Vivoactive 3 all the information concerning health, weight, sleeping, etc. is located in one app. 

Conclusion

The Garmin Index Smart Scale is a solid and nice looking smart scale that works well if you don’t mind using the Garmin Connect app. It’s therefore especially interesting for people who own other Garmin devices as well. I mainly like to see the daily changes in my weight, without needing to register this myself. 

Overall this smart scale might be a bit pricey, but in general I’m very satisfied. You can find it here on Amazon

 
 
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