Two minute review
The Eufy P2 Pro from smart home appliance maker Eufy is generally a very good smart scale option. Easy to set up and easy to operate, just step on the P2 Pro like a normal scale and the device can calculate more than your weight: by entering your measurements into the app, the smart scale can help calculate muscle health , body mass index, body fat percentage, your basal metabolic rate, hydration and more.
Eufy may be better known for its home security cameras and robotic vacuum cleaners, so a move to the health space seems out of place. But the scale is good overall: it’s attractive and understated to look at, made entirely of black glass and steel, and can be stored unobtrusively.
The app is simply designed and easy to use, even if it’s a little fiddly at first to use the included tape measure to input your vital data. There are a few minor issues holding it back that I wish more thought had been given to, including certain features that seem tailor-made to instill fear and hinder inclusivity.
However, when you’re dealing with a device that measures your body weight, it’s hard to create a friendly, welcoming experience. Eufy is good at what it does and presents its information in an easily accessible and informative way.
Eufy P2 Pro: Price and Availability
The Eufy P2 Pro is available now and costs $79.99 in the US, A$199.95 in Australia and £54.99 in the UK through the EufyLife website, Amazon and other retailers.
Eufy P2 Pro: Design
- Smooth looking shell
- Functional app, but digital models need work
- Easy to use
Design score: 4/5
The shell’s design is simple: a black or white glass shell twice divided into four quadrants, coupled with a bright and clear LED display with simple digital readouts, again subdivided into four quadrants. The scale stands on four rubber feet to lift it off the floor.
Instead of a rechargeable model, the P2 Pro runs on disposable batteries, the first set packed with the product in a carrying case with a handle. The product also comes with a tape measure to calculate the size of your chest, arms, waist, hips and thighs. Once you have all these measurements, put this information next to your height and weight in the app and it will generate a digital model of your proportions.
I like the idea, but I can’t say I enjoyed the feature. It’s quite revealing, even triggering for some, to switch the information on the model and watch your digital avatar grow thicker or thinner. There’s a small selection of different skin tones as if a fleeting bone has been thrown at diversity, but that’s all the customization on offer.
Why not create a Vitruvian-esque transparent figure, like Garmin Connect does with its heat maps of the human body, and eliminate any weight and identity problem? However, the app itself is well designed, with all the information presented very clearly.
Eufy P2 Pro: Features
- Calculates many vital statistics
- Pet and Kids Modes
- Export reports and view history
Feature Score: 5/5
Speaking of the design of the app, as soon as you step on the scale, the LCD screen of the scale will display your weight, heart rate and body fat percentage, but the most important of the information is all in the app. It provides 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 these, like most smart scales, through bioelectrical impedance analysis, or BIA: sending harmless electrical currents through your feet that take detailed measurements of your body composition.
All of these stats are displayed on scales from “low” to “high” and information is provided about what each number means, as well as tips to improve or maintain normal levels. You can also set goals for total weight and body composition so you can measure your current stats and historical progress against these two goals.
There are some useful additional modes available, including profiles specific to pets and babies, although this only provides weight rather than additional functionalities. With a custom profile, you can measure their weight with a swipe of the app and automatically plot this in a historical graph. 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, the app also lets you export reports to view or print on your computer, or sync your data with Fitbit, Apple Health, and Google Fit. It also sends push notifications to your phone to encourage you to weigh yourself regularly. It honestly does everything you’d expect from a smart scale, and more.
Eufy P2 Pro: Performance
- Plotting progress and regular usage was a cinch
- Bone mass was a remote stat
- Push notifications can be terrifying
Eufy’s smart scale was excellent in most respects. Setup was easy, trying to get the right measurements around your biceps and chest for my digital avatar. Once I got on the scale once a day, I was able to plot a graph of my weight and see all my vital stats. It’s by far the best way to track weight and other important stuff, especially since you can export the information if you want to upload it somewhere else, like Google Fit or an Excel spreadsheet or something.
The only outside stat that seemed shocking was my “bone mass” readings, which said I was in the “low” category, while everything else fell into green “normal” categories. As a 30-year-old man who regularly runs, lifts weights, and eats pretty healthily, I’m unlikely to fall into this category: Low bone mass or osteopenia is usually a warning sign for those at risk for osteoporosis, such as seniors or perimenopause women. Never say never, though: I’ll be reviewing the Wyze Scale X next time, and if the readings match or not, I’ll update this review with my findings. If both scales tell me I have low bone mass, then I think it’s going to the doctor. If the Wyze readings return to normal, I’ll have a bone to pick with Eufy.
Other than being concerned about the integrity of my skeleton, the one feature of the Eufy P2 Pro that I really didn’t like was the push notifications. Every morning I hadn’t stepped on the scale, I got a message from Eufy on my smartphone saying “It’s time to get on the scale and weigh yourself!” It was supposedly designed to sound cheerful, but the exclamation mark makes it vaguely threatening, 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) Weighing yourself every day can lead to consistent weight loss, many have a difficult relationship with the scale. Push notifications can easily be turned off, it’s true, but encouraging daily scale use with the push of your smartphone, as the default setting seems a bit irresponsible or insensitive, can lead to an unhealthy fixation on the numbers.
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First reviewed in July 2022