Review in two minutes
The Eufy P2 Pro from smart home companion maker Eufy is a very good smart scale option in general. Simple to set up and easy to use, simply step onto the P2 Pro like a normal scale and the device can do more than just calculate your weight: by entering your measurements into the app, the smart scale can help improve muscle health, body Mass index, body fat percentage, basal metabolic rate, hydration and more.
Eufy is perhaps better known for home security cameras and robot vacuums, so a move into the healthcare space seems uncharacteristic. But overall the scale is good: it’s nice and understated to look at, made entirely of black glass and steel, and packs away unobtrusively.
The app has a simple design and is easy to use, even if entering the vital signs with the supplied measuring tape is a bit awkward at first. There are a few small issues holding it back that I wish had been thought through more, including certain features that seem tailor-made to instill fear and hamper inclusivity.
However, when you’re dealing with a device that measures your body weight, it’s difficult to create a friendly, welcoming experience. Eufy is good at presenting its information in an accessible and informative way.
Eufy P2 Pro: price and availability
The Eufy P2 Pro is available now and is priced at $79.99 in the US, AUD199.95 in Australia and £54.99 in the UK from the EufyLife website, Amazon and other retailers.
Eufy P2 Pro: Design
- Smooth looking Libra
- Working app, but digital models need work
- Easy to use
Design rating: 4/5
The scale’s design is simple: a black or white glass scale, twice divided into four quadrants, coupled with a bright and clear LED screen with simple digital readouts, which in turn are divided into four quadrants. The scale stands on four rubber feet to lift it off the floor.
Rather than a rechargeable model, the P2 Pro runs on disposable batteries, with the first set containing the product packed in a carry case with a handle. Also included with the product is a tape measure to help you calculate the size of your chest, arms, waist, hips and thighs. Once you have all those measurements, enter that information into the app along with your height and weight and it will create a digital model of your proportions.
I love the idea but can’t say I liked the feature. It’s quite enlightening, possibly even triggering for some, to toggle the information on the model and watch your digital avatar grow thicker or thinner. There’s a small range of different skin tones, as if a fleeting bone was thrown into the variety, but that’s all that’s offered in terms of customization options.
Why not create a Vitruvian transparent figure like Garmin Connect does with its heat maps of the human body and remove all the weight and identity issues? However, the app itself is well designed, all information is presented very clearly.
Eufy P2 Pro: Features
- Calculates many important statistics
- Pet and kids mode
- Export reports and view history
Speaking of the app’s design, once you step on the scale, the scale’s LCD screen will show you your weight, heart rate, and body fat percentage, but the meat of the info is all in the app. It presents information on 16 different metrics: heart rate, weight, body fat percentage, BMI, hydration, muscle mass, bone mass, basal metabolic rate, lean body mass, body age, body type, subcutaneous fat, body fat mass, and cellular protein.
It calculates all of this, like most smart scales, through bioelectrical impedance analysis, or BIA: sending harmless electrical currents through your feet that take detailed readings of your body composition.
All of these metrics are presented on scales from “low” to “high” and information is provided on what each number means exactly, as well as tips for improving or staying at normal levels. You can also set goals for total weight and body composition, so you can compare your current stats and historical progress against those two goals.
There are some nice additional modes available, including profiles specifically for pets and babies, although this only adds weight and no additional features. Having your own profile means that with a swipe of the app you can measure your weight and automatically plot it on a historical chart. Do you have a cat that needs to lose weight or a fast growing baby? You can just pick them up and step on the scale.
In addition to viewing your history in the app, you can also use the app to export reports to view or print on your computer, or sync your data to Fitbit, Apple Health, and Google Fit. It also throws push notifications on your phone to encourage you to weigh yourself regularly. It honestly does everything you would expect from a smart scale and more.
Eufy P2 Pro: performance
- Plotting progress and using it regularly was a breeze
- Bone mass was a remote value
- Push notifications can trigger anxiety
The Eufy smart scale was excellent on most points. Setup was easy, the bar trying to get the right measurements around your biceps and chest for my digital avatar. Stepping on the scale once a day allowed me to graph my weight and see all my vitals. This is by far the best way to keep track of weight and other vitals, especially since you can export the information if you want to upload it elsewhere, e.g. B. Google Fit or an Excel spreadsheet or something.
The only outside stat that was staggering was my “bone mass” readings, which said I was in the “low” category while everything else was in the green “normal” categories. As a 30-year-old male who runs regularly, lifts weights, and eats a fairly healthy diet, I’m unlikely to fit into this category: low bone mass, or osteopenia, is usually a warning sign for people at risk of osteoporosis, such as the elderly or perimenopausal women. However, never say never: I’ll review the Wyze Scale X next, and should the readings agree or not, I’ll update this review with my findings. If both scales tell me that I have low bone mass, then it’s probably off to the doctor. If the Wyze readings go back to normal, I’ll have an ax to grind with Eufy.
Aside from concerns about my skeletal integrity, the only feature of the Eufy P2 Pro that I really didn’t like was the push notifications. Every morning when I wasn’t stepping on the scale, I’d get a message from Eufy on my phone saying, “It’s time to step on the scale and weigh yourself!” It was probably meant to sound cheerful, but the exclamation point makes it vague menacing, like a health-conscious version of the duolingo bird.
Weight management is a difficult subject for many people. While studies say (opens in new tab) Daily weighing can lead to consistent weight loss, and many have a difficult relationship with the scale. Push notifications can easily be turned off, true, but using the scale on a daily basis with a push to your smartphone is encouraged, as the default setting seems a little irresponsible or insensitive, potentially leading to an unhealthy fixation on the numbers.