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18 of the best Squarespace templates for bloggers and beyond — 04/12/2019

18 of the best Squarespace templates for bloggers and beyond

Odds are you’ve already heard of Squarespace thanks to extensive marketing campaigns via podcasts and website banners. It’s a big name in the web design world now — and for good reason. Squarespace allows you to easily construct sites even if you don’t know much about web design or coding. At around $12 to $40 per month depending on your chosen plan, you’ll get hosting, 24/7 customer support, website metrics, mobile optimization, SSL security, unlimited storage and bandwidth, drag-and-drop page building tools, and, most importantly, access to dozens of original and modern templates. So, how do you decide what template to use? We’ve taken a look at the best Squarespace templates out there for every need, as well as answered some questions you may have about the service. 

Why should I use Squarespace?

Simplicity is the key reason behind Squarespace’s popularity. There are few other services out there that work as well as Squarespace, especially if you don’t know much about web design or coding. It’s also reasonably well priced and you don’t have to worry about setting up multiple separate services like arranging hosting and domain names — Squarespace does everything for you. If you simply need a website up ASAP, setting up a Squarespace site is fast and easy, allowing you to create an online presence fast. Plus, there are tons of amazing templates to choose from. The best Squarespace templates will give you all the features you need to successfully run your business or showcase your portfolio with ease.

Is Squarespace good for beginners?

Squarespace is ideal for beginners since you don’t need any knowledge of coding or web design to create a beautiful, functional site. Even if you don’t feel particularly competent about your creative skills, there are enough templates out there that you can find a look that works for you and your business. There are over 90 different template options available, so each site will look distinctive — and these templates only require you to drag and drop elements together to customize your website. Easy, right?

You also won’t have to worry about signing up for multiple services or figuring out security needs. Squarespace is a neat all-in-one solution for ensuring you have a secure, high-quality web presence.

Is Squarespace better than WordPress?

They’re both fairly different services. WordPress is older which means you have virtually unlimited customization options and thousands of themes to choose from, but they can require more hands-on time than anything Squarespace provides. WordPress is often less secure too so you need to keep on top of updates, while Squarespace does everything automatically. 

Squarespace offers less flexibility than WordPress but, generally, the content it has is of a higher quality than WordPress’s. It’s quality over quantity, essentially. Squarespace is also typically more reliable and there’s official integration with key services such as Apple News, Paypal, and Acuity Scheduling which can be useful for business needs.

What are the limitations of Squarespace?

Flexibility is the only real issue with Squarespace. If you know how to code from scratch, you may find yourself a little restricted by Squarespace’s potential. That’s because it’s not really aimed at you — it’s aimed at users that want a good-looking online presence fast. You also need to bear in mind ongoing costs. If you know how to design a site from scratch, hosting costs are always going to be lower than paying for the all-in-one service of Squarespace. 

What are Squarespace family templates?

Squarespace families are groups of templates that have similarities between how they’ve been designed. In recent times, family templates have become less important and, ultimately, you don’t have to worry about them. We’ve simply included them here as a legacy item and for those that want to specifically use certain template families. 

So how do you find the right Squarespace template for you?

We’re so glad you asked. To choose the best Squarespace template for you, first figure out what the goal of your website is. Are you a blogger or videographer documenting your travels? A writer showcasing your clips? Or perhaps you’re simply trying to get a business website up and running. Decide what you most want to accomplish and then peep our picks below.

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The Good

Sidebars, sidebars everywhere • Highly flexible

The Bad

No index page

The Bottom Line

An oldie *and* a goodie for bloggers who value versatility and a sidebar (or two).

Five

An oldie *and* a goodie for bloggers who value versatility and a sidebar (or two).

  • Family:
    Five
Five may be one of the older Squarespace templates out there, but it’s anything but washed up. One of its main draws is its support for sidebars, which can play an important role if you’re running a Squarespace blog. The flexibility that comes from sidebar support is vast. For example, you can use one to highlight promotions, place a call-to-action specific to your work, or plug your bio and social media handles to build your brand. Every page on a Five site can feature up to two sidebars. In fact, Five is the only Squarespace template that features a two-sidebar design. 
Five isn’t just about sidebars though. There are also extensive options such as the ability to add full-width banner images and videos to your blog post, tweak your navigation menu, style galleries as grids or slideshows, as well as create events or add contact forms. Five also supports Squarespace’s integrated eCommerce feature so you can set up an online store once your blog takes off and start selling directly. 
Effectively, the beauty behind Five is its simplicity and flexibility. You can make it whatever you need it to be. It works just as well as a simple blog as it does if you want to expand into eCommerce or use it as a form of portfolio. It’s an ideal place to start too if you’re not quite sure what your plans are.

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The Good

Interactive shopping experience • Clean layout

The Bad

Few opportunities for customization

The Bottom Line

Sometimes basic isn’t a bad thing, especially if it takes the fuss out of incorporating interactive design elements.

Galapagos

Sometimes basic isn’t a bad thing, especially if it takes the fuss out of incorporating interactive design elements.

  • Family:
    Galapagos
A clean and simple interface is a great way of ensuring that your products take all the attention when potential customers are browsing. That’s certainly the case with Galapagos. It’s elegant in its simplicity forming an ideal starting point for setting up shop.
Granted, that comes at a small cost with fairly limited customization options compared to many other eCommerce Squarespace templates but we think it’s worth it. It means you can spend less time designing your site and more time selling your stuff. Customers won’t mind either because it looks good to them. 
With a Quick View feature for all items, they can easily check out potential purchases with Product Image Zoom giving them as close a look as if they were there in person. There are several product layouts along with other special on-hover effects so your site will look distinctive from the competition. It’s all nicely interactive too so that customers feel more immersed in the experience. 
Besides the Products page, the Galapagos theme can also support list-style blogs with one sidebar; galleries styled as slideshows or grids; calendars or lists of events; an album page with playable music; and a unique landing page. It’s enough to give your customers a taste of your personality, as well as what they can buy from you.

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The Good

Adaptive grid layout • Tools for online shop • Single sidebar can be added to blog

The Bad

Non-landing pages are pretty unexciting

The Bottom Line

A simple yet beautiful way to showcase your best creative work that facilitates visitor exploration.

Wexley

A simple yet beautiful way to showcase your best creative work that facilitates visitor exploration.

  • Family:
    Wexley
Wexley is another older template that’s stuck around for a reason: Its “adaptive mosaic” layout for visuals — that’s Squarespace’s way of saying “fancy grid” — has proven to be a compelling way to flaunt one’s artwork and photography. It works like this: You’ll put together a landing page that features the best of your portfolio, wherein every image will be optimized to best fit your screen width. Whenever a visitor clicks on an image, Wexley will open a slideshow overlay that the user can further peruse at their leisure. 
In addition to your landing page, Wexley will let you build a list-style blog, a playable album page, a calendar or list of events, and a products page for your artistic services and creations. Just know that these other pages’ layout options are somewhat bare, as Wexley acts as a true portfolio template and intends for your landing page to be the focal point of your site. 

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The Good

Striking index pages • Supports single-page sites

The Bad

Main navigation isn’t displayed on index pages unless they’re set as the homepage

The Bottom Line

Your one-stop shop for an eye-catching, one-page website that helps your clips shine.

Horizon

  • Family:
    Pacific
Although it’s technically intended for bands to use, Horizon is a template that videographers will fall in love with, too. Designed to “[let] your content take center stage like never before,” its biggest pull is its sleek scrolling index page, which stacks full-bleed banner videos and images consecutively. If you set this index page as your homepage, it’ll create a long, single-page site that stacks the content from multiple pages vertically, a seamless layout that makes for quite the bold impression. (Setting an index page as the homepage also gives you the option of locking your main navigation so that it stays at the top of the browser window as you scroll.)
Aside from the index page, this Pacific family template supports list-style blogs, playable album pages, event pages, and sellable products pages with a customizable shopping cart button.

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The Good

Extremely versatile • Virtually endless customization options

The Bad

Doesn’t support a sidebar on any page

The Bottom Line

It’s not just the best Squarespace template for a business, but one of the best templates overall.

Brine is one of the biggest and most popular template families on Squarespace for good reason. It offers extensive flexibility and near never-ending amounts of customization options. If you want your site to look absolutely nothing like anything else out there, this is the solution for you, providing you put the time into tweaking it. 
As you’d imagine, the Brine template gives you the most style control for both desktop and mobile than pretty much any other Squarespace template. It was designed with brands and companies in mind, appreciating that they want a distinctive look with minimal effort. It has features like the ability to have an active blog, sophisticated eCommerce features like on-hover effects, plus extensive ways to tweak and juggle your text and images. 
Other impressive features include a content inset feature that can draw attention to big announcements, multiple navigation areas, multiple blog page layouts, custom share buttons, full-width banner images and headers, and an index page that uses parallax scrolling to add depth to your site. The only thing it really lacks is sidebar functionality but otherwise, Brine packs so much in that you may be intimidated by what you can achieve here.

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The Good

Soundcloud integration • Parallax effect available

The Bad

Range of customizable features can be a little overwhelming

The Bottom Line

An intricate, stylish template that just makes sense for a growing podcast.

Wav

  • Family:
    Brine
Named after the audio file format, Wav is a newer template featuring a statement-making grid layout that’s fresh and modern. Most notably, it’s capable of integrating with Soundcloud, a perk that makes publishing your latest hit single or podcast episodes a cinch.
You’ll also get all of the great features of the Brine template, since they’re in the same template family. That means you’ll have the ability to run a blog, eCommerce site, and publish your music or podcasts — all in one. Check out our write-up on the Brine template above for the full rundown of all the perks this template family has to offer.

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The Good

Professional look that doesn’t require lots of effort • Prominent calls-to-action

The Bad

Not very versatile

The Bottom Line

A refined template featuring bold calls-to-action that encourages potential employers to get in touch.

Templates within the Brine family are designed to sell things — and yes, that includes yourself. 
What we’re trying to say is this: You can create a contemporary, attention-grabbing online resume with Pursuit, a text-focused, CV-style template with colorful call-to-action buttons that pop off the page. Be sure to take advantage of its stacked index page feature, which puts your skills graphs, experience, awards, and other pertinent information all in one polished place. That way, hiring managers don’t have to hunt it down across different pages.
For more on the features available within the Brine family, check out our write-up of the eponymous template (No. 5, above). 

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The Good

Acuity Scheduling integration is easily set up • Mobile styles can’t be disabled

The Bad

No index page

The Bottom Line

With a fun design and thoughtful functionality, Ready will ensure you’ll be, well, ready to take on all sorts of exciting new freelance projects. (Sorry, we had to.)

Ready’s chic, minimalist design is accentuated with “[vivid] headlines and bright pops of color,” per Squarespace, creating a welcoming web presence that’ll attract all sorts of potential clients to your main and/or side hustle(s). Structure-wise, it’s a multi-page template that highlights your service(s) on its homepage, then dedicates separate pages to tidbits like pricing, contact information, testimonials, and appointment requests. 
As a member of the Skye template family, Ready is unique in that it doesn’t give users the option to disable mobile styles, which guarantees your site is always mobile-friendly. 

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The Good

Neat design • Headlines cleanly divide sections • So many opportunities for mobile

The Bad

Relies heavily on imagery

The Bottom Line

Any Brine family template is great for mobile, realistically, although we’re partial to this one for its simple layout with long, scrolling pages and bold headlines.

All of Squarespace’s templates are mobile-optimized with a responsive design. But for a mobile experience that goes above and beyond, we really like Nueva, a template that features an uncluttered and highly scrollable layout with mosaic-style galleries and prominent headlines. Plus, as a member of the Brine template family, it comes with the biggest set of advanced mobile styles, which basically means you can tinker with its structure for mobile in almost all of its entirety. 
For more on the features available within the Brine family, check out our write-up of the eponymous template (No. 5, above). 

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The Good

Lots of opportunities to show off photos of you and your spouse-to-be • Puts all of your most important info in one place • More customizable than wedding websites offered by sites like The Knot

The Bad

Squarespace plans cost money, whereas The Knot, et al. will set up your site for free

The Bottom Line

A playful, photo-filled template that’s so easy to navigate, even your Great Aunt Edna will be able to find her way around it.

Help your guests get organized in preparation for your big day with Charlotte, another template from the Pacific family. Its layout’s focal point is a scrolling index page that supports full-bleed images with text overlays, which you could use to tell the story of your relationship, share highlights from your engagement photoshoot, recommend accommodations, and/or drop some gift registry ideas. Plus, if you set that index page as your homepage, your main navigation will be pinned to the top of your browser as viewers scroll. (Hey, anything that makes the site easier for your technology-challenged relatives to use.)
For more on the features available within the Pacific family, check out our write-up of the Horizon template (No. 4, above). 

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The Good

Clear layout • Booking services • Landing page offers key info

The Bad

Mobile layout isn’t so appealing

The Bottom Line

Focusing on good photos and clear text, Vance is ideal if you want to show people what wonderful food you can provide.

Vance

Focusing on good photos and clear text, Vance is ideal if you want to show people what wonderful food you can provide.

More and more food services are going online for bookings and showcasing their menus. Vance is a great way of doing this with minimal effort. Its landing page has all the key information such as photos of the food you offer, your location, and the option to subscribe to a newsletter. You can also include text on how your restaurant or cafe came to be with an About Us page keen to expand your story. 
Alongside that is a simple to browse menu, an all-important photo gallery to tantalize one’s tastebuds, and a booking service so that everything can be done from within the site. It’s just a shame that the mobile version isn’t so classy looking but it’s still highly functional.

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The Good

Attractive text layout • Intuitive design

The Bad

Potentially dated

The Bottom Line

A traditional blog layout that lends itself well to imparting a lot of knowledge quickly.

Lusaka

A traditional blog layout that lends itself well to imparting a lot of knowledge quickly.

Lusaka harks back to an older style blog than other Squarespace designs but that works well for a site that needs to impart a lot of knowledge. In particular, if you’re designing a site for a non-profit organization that needs to tell potential donors a lot in an appealing fashion, then Lusaka has the right design. A mixture of images and text overlays along with quick intros to further reading ensures that it’s captivating without being overly wordy.
The landing page serves as exactly that, tempting users into finding out more before delving further into more text-heavy content. It’s ideally suited for a site with a lot to say and the inclusion of donation features makes it all the more appropriate for such a purpose.

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The Good

Attractive layout • Modern stylings

The Bad

Jack of all trades but master of none

The Bottom Line

Selling your products is sometimes as much about selling your personality, so Almar combines the two.

Almar

Selling your products is sometimes as much about selling your personality, so Almar combines the two.

These days, selling your products online is often as much about selling your lifestyle and personality as it is the specific product. Almar combines those two sensibilities allowing you to advertise your wares or services while also giving you ample room to show your personality.
Aimed primarily at health and beauty, you can adapt it for other needs, with an appealing layout that works for many needs. You can write up blogs and features showcasing your knowledge, as well as explain how your journey began via the About Me page. That’s all before the user makes an appointment through the online booking service. It’s a great option for those looking for something a little more personal than a product page, but a little more financially viable than a blog. 

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The Good

Intuitive navigation • Fun to use

The Bad

It relies on having good images

The Bottom Line

If you want to lead with images and make your website interactive, this is the template for you.

Carson

Bold, full bleed photos displays make this template ideal for those looking to share a portfolio of creative work.

  • Family:
    Tremont
Make discovering your website a bit more interactive with the Carson template. The template features full-bleed imagery, overlay effects, and multiple page options to make a visitor feel like exploring your website is an adventure. Customize scrolling options, overlay effects, and font scale to personalize the experience a bit more. You can also experiment with layout options like slideshows or scrolling to decide how quickly or slowly a visitor discovers your portfolio. This template is particularly dynamic if you have dramatic images to feature. The mobile style of the Tremont template is fixed so you won’t be able to customize that experience — but the layout is so crisp, you might not even want to. 

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The Good

Clean layout • Easy navigation

The Bad

No index page or side bars

The Bottom Line

Lead with your content and sell a few things on the side.

Farro

A great template for people who like things in their assigned places and who only need to offer blog posts and a few products.

  • Family:
    Haute
Farro was designed for people who lead with their words but also do some selling on the side. The main feature of this template is its striking blog layout. The blog landing page comes with several customizable layout options to put your voice front and center, however you like. The template also features advanced options for product pages, making it easy to customize any shoppable parts of your site. You’ll be able to customize how customers navigate each product page, from layout to colors and share buttons, and they’ll be able to zoom in on whatever you’re selling. Farro doesn’t allow you to disable mobile styles, so this site is guaranteed to look great for mobile browsers, no fussing necessary. You won’t be able to use sidebars with this template and you’ll have to be fairly organized because there is no index page. But that being said, Farro is a great template for people who like things in their assigned places and who only need to offer blog posts and a few products. 

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The Good

Grid index page

The Bad

No sidebar options

The Bottom Line

Organize lots of different projects from one easy-to-navigate homepage.

York

Triple threat? This is the template for you.

  • Family:
    York
Your talent knows no bounds. You’re an award-winning barista in the morning, an in-demand graphic designer in the afternoon, and a gifted musician by nightfall. When it comes time to display your full portfolio online, you need York. The template was designed for people who want to display multiple portfolios in one easy place. The stacked landing page shows off all your work and when visitors click on each box, they’ll see more information on an individual case-study page. And if your talents also include selling, you’ll be able to set up an online shop with advanced product options. You can control sliding speed, fade effects, banners, and font scales to personalize your site to your own creative tastes. 

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The Good

Very customizable, including mobile options

The Bad

Specific to e-commerce needs only

The Bottom Line

Perfect for businesses that want a trendy online shop.

Marta

Shoppers can easily zoom in on products and seamlessly check out.

  • Family:
    Brine
This highly-shoppable template will make a visitor feel like they’re scrolling through some trendy fashion magazine — but they’ll be able to directly purchase everything they see. If you’ve got highly-stylized photographs of your products, opt for the Marta template to make your goods shine. Customers will be able to zoom into images, hover over shoppable items and browse with a quick-view option. This template is another of the Brine family, which are all super flexible, with options to customize everything from spacing to how your site looks on mobile devices. 

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The Good

Interactive pages • Lots of places to put text

The Bad

Limited e-commerce options

The Bottom Line

A scrollable portfolio that could help you land new customers.

Hayden

Help your site show up on Google.

  • Family:
    Bedford
Everything about Hayden is optimized to make it easy to appear in search engine results. Both the home page and content page feature spaces for text, making it easy to load your copywriting with buzzy search words that will get your business found on Google. Plus, the template’s category pages and organization will make it a breeze for Google to search across pages, like your services, portfolio, client reviews, and more. The site is laid out as a list, meaning visitors will have to scroll to discover all you have to offer. But when a new customer lands upon your site, they’ll be able to use Hayden’s scheduling system to book an appointment to come see you. 
The best smart scales for tracking your progress and smashing your goals — 04/11/2019

The best smart scales for tracking your progress and smashing your goals

Every fitness journey has to start somewhere. It’s not easy. In fact, getting to a shape and weight that makes you happy can be a battle – one full of disappointment, pain, and misery. But it can be done. What it takes is focus and a helping hand – which could mean some tech-based assistance.

There are plenty of products on the market that can also make your journey a little easier. Everything from running watches to protein powders can be used to your advantage. Another item that could make a difference is a smart scale. Stepping on one of thesr could be the first step towards your ultimate fitness goals. 

Whether you’re resolving to get in seriously good shape or just trying to watch your weight, it’s time to ditch your old analog device and upgrade to a smart scale.

What are smart scales?

Before you jump ahead and start shopping, it’s worth explaining why these scales are so smart.

Analog scales only measure your weight — which is fine if that’s all you need. Smart scales provide you with loads of extra data to help you tailor your weight-loss plan, with apps or online services to track various metrics and store information for you. Most of the apps are compatible with other fitness apps such as Fitbit, Apple Health, and Google Fit, so you can sync your data to provide a clearer picture of your progress. It’s easy to see how smart scales could provide the motivation to lose, maintain, or gain weight. 

Once you step on the scale, your information is recorded and sent to an accompanying app. Most of these apps track your progress in charts and let you to set goals for yourself. The ability to see your goals and see where you are in terms of achieving them can motivate you in ways that jotting down your weight simply cannot.

What should you consider before buying a smart scale?

Finding the right smart scale for you depends on which metrics you want to track, which features are most important to you, and your medical history. Some scales use bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) technology to measure body composition. This technology uses electrical currents to gather measurements, so you should consult your doctor if you are pregnant or have a pacemaker before hopping on.

The number of measurements tracked varies from scale to scale. Some will only track a handful of metrics, like weight, body fat, lean mass, and body mass index (BMI). Others, such as the RENPHO scale, track 13 different body composition metrics. Some of these measurements might not be necessary for you to track, and if you are just casually trying to watch your weight, you probably don’t need a scale that tracks your bone mass and skeletal muscle.

What is the ideal weight?

There is not a one-size-fits-all answer to this, because it depends your size and various factors, such as age, muscle-fat ratio, height, sex, and body shape. The best way to determine whether you’re at a healthy weight is to measure your BMI (body mass index). A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy. A BMI over 30 is considered obese. BMI measurement is a standard feature on smart scales. 

It’s important to not obsess over these numbers though, because everyone has a different set of circumstances that may influence where you fall on the scale. The most important thing to remember is that you’re on your own fitness journey, and things take time. Focus on feeling fitter and healthier, and the rest will fall into place.

Which app do you need for smart scales?

The app you need will vary depending on the smart scale you purchase. Some will need you to download and use a specific app, while others will have universal compatibility that syncs with popular fitness apps such as Fitbit, Nike+, and Google Fit.

Make sure you check this out before making any purchase, because this could result in extra costs.

What is the best smart scale?

There’s a whole world of smart scales out there – and lots of brands you’ve probably never come across. You might feel more comfortable going with a brand you know, such as Fitbit or Garmin. These are well-trusted, top-of-the-range fitness tech manufacturers and their smart scales sync with their other devices. Other popular smart scale brands include Withings, Eufy, and RENPHO. Tanita is another brand to consider. It makes a range of models, from low-tech basic scales to hi-tech devices geared towards specific fitness goals.

We’ve scoured the internet and tracked down some of the very best smart scales from some of top brands around. There should be something for everyone and every budget in this list. All you need to do is pick a favourite.

These are the best smart scales in 2021.

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The Good

Useful features • Automatically recognises different users

The Bad

Some reviewers struggled to connect to WiFi

The Bottom Line

This is a good option if you want to spend a bit more for a brand you know you can trust.

Withings by Nokia Body+

A good option if you want to splurge a little for a brand you know you can trust.

  • What it measures:
    weight, body fat, water percentage, muscle mass, and bone mass
Body+ from Withings by Nokia is the smart scale for the tech-obsessed. It syncs with Apple Watch plus more than 100 health and fitness apps, including Apple Health, Fitbit, and Google Fit. The scale also greets you with the day’s weather forecast when you step on.
Up to eight different users can utilise the Body+ scale. Like some other smart scales, Body+ recognises users based on their body composition, so there is no need to have the app open to your profile when you hop on the scale. You can sync your data via Bluetooth or WiFi.
In addition to its standard settings, Body+ also has pregnancy and baby modes. Pregnancy mode allows you to monitor your body composition and nutrition as you go through a pregnancy while baby mode is designed to gather information about the babies or tots in your life to monitor their growth. Of course, it goes without saying that no at-home smart scale should take the place of regular doctor’s visits — for you or your little ones.
This scale is created by a trusted brand and while many reviewers claim that it is accurate, some have doubts about a couple of the measurements. Body+ runs on four AAA batteries, which are included with the purchase. 

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The Good

Good price • Unlimited users

The Bad

Possibility of inaccuracies

The Bottom Line

This is a good scale if you’re unsure about committing to the smart scale lifestyle.

RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale

An excellent starter scale for anyone new to these devices.

  • What it measures:
    weight, BMI, body fat, water percentage, skeletal muscle, fat-free body weight, muscle mass, bone mass, protein, basal metabolism, subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, and body age
The RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale tracks a whopping 13 metrics — that’s the joint most in this list. With all that data at your feet, you’ll know more about the makeup of your body than you probably ever thought you needed. 
To set up this scale, you’ll need to turn on your phone’s Bluetooth. Android 6.0+ users must also turn on their location services in order for the scale to sync up. The scale can track data for an unlimited number of users, just make sure your phone is either open to the app or that you’re the last to have synced before stepping on. Otherwise your measurements could be tracked under a different user’s profile. As long as no one else is connected, you will not need your phone to step on the scale. It will store your information until the next time you sync.
The RENPHO app allows you to share your progress with friends who use the app. It also syncs with Fitbit, Apple Health, and Google Fit. The scale runs on three AAA batteries, which are included.

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The Good

Auto user detection • Pregnancy mode

The Bad

Some expressed difficulty in setting up guest users

The Bottom Line

The QuardioBase 2 is a solid scale for users at any stage of life.

QardioBase 2 Wireless Smart Scale

A great smart scale for the whole family, it’s particularly well-suited to pregnant women.

  • What it measures:
    weight, BMI, body composition, body fat, muscle mass, water mass, and bone mass
Something that sets the QuardioBase 2 apart from most other smart scales is its use of emojis. The scale uses Smart Feedback that “makes it easier to meet your goal” by replacing numbers with emojis that reward progress. The scale also greets you by name when you step on. 
Up to eight users can share the scale and QuardioBase 2 automatically recognises each person so there’s no need to fiddle with the app before stepping on to get your measurements. 
Another feature that makes the QuardioBase 2 unique is its pregnancy mode. Pregnant users are able to set their due date and let QuardioBase track progress through each trimester with charts and a photo diary in the Quardio app. Note: Before using the smart scale, be sure to consult with a doctor as each body — and pregnancy — is different.

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The Good

Auto sync • Easy Bluetooth set-up • Works with the Fitbit app

The Bad

Can’t be on the scale to see reading • Tracks fewer metrics than other smart scales

The Bottom Line

The Aria is the way to go if you don’t need full body composition readings.

Fitbit Aria Smart Scale

Fitbit users will find this to be an easy addition to their fitness arsenal.

  • What it measures:
    weight and BMI
The Fitbit Aria is one of the biggest names in the smart scale world. It’s the most convenient option for Fitbit users because there is no app middleman — it syncs directly to the Fitbit app (obviously).
The Aria uses Bluetooth connectivity for initial setup, then relies on WiFi for regular use. The scale can recognise multiple users and sends each person’s data directly to their Fitbit account.
There’s no need to power on or calibrate the scale before each use — just step on and it’s ready to go. The Aria shows your progress in the Fitbit app with simple and easy-to-read graphs.

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The Good

Accurate weight readings • Easy setup

The Bad

App must be open to use

The Bottom Line

If you aren’t too worried about cool tech features, this is a good scale for you.

Eufy Smart Scale

A straightforward scale with few extra features.

  • What it measures:
    weight, BMI, BMR, water weight, lean body mass, bone mass, muscle mass, visceral body fat
The Eufy Smart Scale is one of the more basic options on this list. While you have to have the app open and within range in order to use the scale, the EufyLife app syncs with Apple Health and Google Fit, so you are able to easily transfer data to other fitness apps you might use.
Up to 20 users can maintain profiles on the Eufy scale and it supports multiple device pairings, so while you will need the app open to receive your measurements, you will not have to reconnect every time you want to use the scale. This scale is suitable for people of all ages and has a 1.25-inch number display for easy reading.
The Eufy Smart Scale runs on four AAA batteries, which are included with purchase along with a 15-month warranty. 

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The Good

Wide range of mesaurements • Goal focused • Clear measurement system

The Bad

Futuristic design isn’t for everyone • Only records four users

The Bottom Line

An accurate and tech-based scale. If you’re serious about muscle this is the smart scale for you.

Tanita RD-953S Connect Body Composition Monitor Scale

A smart scale that isolates your fitness needs and works toward specific goals.

  • What it measures:
    weight, body fat, body water, visceral fat, muscle mass, muscle quality, bone mass, BMR, metabolic age, physique rating, BMIWeight, body fat, body water, visceral fat, muscle mass, muscle quality, bone mass, BMR, metabolic age, physique rating, BMI
This is not just a scale but a “body composition monitor” which is designed to give detailed readings on a range of health measurements. It uses medical-grade Dual Frequency BIA technology – taking measurements via two bio-electrical impedance frequencies – for accuracy. 
The scale gives colour-coded readings of each health measurement – green (healthy), yellow (borderline), and red (attention needed). Especially impressive is the fact it doesn’t just measure muscle mass, it scores the “quality” of your muscle too.
It connects to both Apple Health or Google Health via the My Tanita app. It records and remembers information for up to four users. You don’t even need to input info for each user – just step on the scale and it knows who you are. 

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The Good

Strong app features • Sleek style • Compatible with broad range of apps

The Bad

Limited information for measurements • More expensive than similar models

The Bottom Line

Good scales from a well trusted fitness tech brand. One for people who love their fitness devices.

GARMIN Index S2 Smart Scale

App-enabled smart scale for working towards health and fitness gaols.

  • What it measures:
    weight, body mass index, muscle mass, bone mass, and body fat, body water percentages
The Garmin Index S2 is a WiFi enabled smart scale packed with top-of-the-range tech and features. The scale connects with the Garmin Connect app, which is found in the brand’s excellent fitness tracking devices. It connects with other apps too, such as MyFitnessPal and Nike+. 
With the app connectivity you can record and track weight progress and work towards your fitness goals. 
It’s capable of measuring and recording a range of health metrics and detects an impressive 16 users. It also comes equipped with an easy-to-read, hi-res display. 

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The Good

Latest bio-electrical technology • Step-on easy measuring • Measures 11 essential important body indexes

The Bad

Not the best looking

The Bottom Line

You’ll struggle to find a smart scale that measures as many metrics at this price point.

iTeknic Bluetooth Body Fat Scale

Specially designed for weight management and long-term fitness improvement.

  • What it measures:
    weight, body fat, muscle mass, bone mass, protein, water, metabolic age, skeletal muscle, fat-free weight, visceral fat, subcutaneous fat, BMI, BMR
The iTeknic Bluetooth Body Fat Scale is all about professional standard body health condition monitoring, for your family and friends.
Utilising the latest bio-electrical technology, this smart scale provides highly accurate measurement of your physical condition in 13 essential body indexes. Measuring your health indexes precisely, the device aims to help you to maintain a healthy weight and flag potential warning signs.
Naturally, this device shouldn’t be used in place of a doctor, and if you have any genuine health concerns then you should see a professional. This scale does help you track your overall health though, keeping you on track towards your goals.
All of the best portable Bluetooth speakers — 04/03/2019

All of the best portable Bluetooth speakers

Using your smartphone or tablet’s built-in speakers should only ever be a last resort if you want to listen to your favourite playlists. With many Bluetooth speakers out there, it’s the perfect time to invest in a great device for a superior listening experience. You don’t even have to worry about buying a bulky unit that’s tied into a power supply.

Plenty of portable Bluetooth speakers are high quality, while also offering the flexibility of a great battery life and added convenience. These are great for taking out with you while you’re hiking, or simply for when you’re travelling away for the weekend and you still want to listen to your tunes in the hotel room. 

Our personal favourite is the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom, but there are other great options out there too, if you want to try something a little different. We’ve broken down the best of the bunch, so you’re sure to buy a great portable Bluetooth speaker.  

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The Good

True 360-degree sound • Floats and can be submerged in water

The Bad

Highs aren’t as great at high volumes • No speakerphone feature • No USB-C charging (just microUSB)

The Bottom Line

This powerful little speaker packs a punch, and is an excellent option for holidays with a pool – it even floats.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

A pod-like device, the Wonderboom boasts truly 360-degree sound so it’s perfect for getting the most from your music.

Small yet mighty sums up the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom perfectly. Over the years, Ultimate Ears has gone from strength to strength when it comes to great portable Bluetooth speakers. 
The company has outdone itself with the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom, pumping out far more bass than its predecessors, although not quite as much as its rivals. A pod-like device, the Wonderboom boasts truly 360-degree sound so it’s perfect for getting the most from your music. The mids and mid-basses sound consistently great, with highs sounding good until you hit high volumes. 
Impressively, it’s also IPX7-rated, meaning you can submerge the speaker in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. It floats too, so it’s perfect for pool parties. Its controls are sealed by rubberised membrane so it can stand up to most average abuse, even if you drop it. A short elastic loop is the best way to hold it, as well as clip it onto nearby surfaces. 
There’s no speakerphone facility and charging is solely conducted via microUSB rather than USB-C, but those are small prices to pay for an otherwise exemplary unit. A battery life of about 10 hours rounds things off nicely.  

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The Good

Incredible bass • Nearly 20 hours of battery life • Waterproof • Built-in mic • Charge your devices while playing music

The Bad

Heavy and not as portable as others on this list • A bit pricier than some

The Bottom Line

It may be heavier and pricier, but this speaker has so many features and such great sound that it’s likely to be worth it.

JBL Charge 3

This rugged option offers some of the most incredible bass that you can hear through a portable Bluetooth speaker.

The JBL Charge 3 is a heftier looking portable Bluetooth speaker than most, but it’s ideal if you want powerful bass, as well as ruggedness. JBL has always offered high quality speakers, and things are no different here. The JBL Charge 3 offers some of the most incredible bass that you can hear through a portable Bluetooth speaker — even more so if you place it on a flat surface, like a tabletop. High frequencies aren’t quite as crisp and clear, but for the majority of your listening needs the JBL Charge 3 sounds fantastic. 
Elsewhere, it’s suitably comprehensive when it comes to features. Due to its extra heft, it has a battery life of about 20 hours, so the music will hardly ever stop. There’s full IPX7 rated waterproofing, and it’s possible to connect multiple JBL Connect speakers together. Dual external passive radiators show off the music literally, with you able to see them vibrate when the music is loud. As the name suggests, you can also charge your smartphone or other USB based device while you listen. And there’s a built-in mic for good measure. 
The JBL Charge 3 is heavy and not quite as portable as others, so it won’t slip into a small bag of yours, but it’s a small price to pay for an impressive Bluetooth speaker.  

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The Good

Rugged and weatherproof • Very portable and travel-friendly • Impressive sound for its size

The Bad

Only plays for 6 hours on a charge • Doesn’t have full 360-degree sound

The Bottom Line

If you want to take your speaker with you everywhere without worry and enjoy great sound, this could be the speaker for you.

Bose SoundLink Micro

The sound quality is suitably high for the size, with impressively meaty bass sure to keep your ears happy.

The Bose SoundLink Micro might lack the stylish looks of some of its competitors, but it offers excellent sound quality for the price. It’s also bordering on indestructible, so it’s perfect for taking out and about with you. Pebbleshaped, it gets right to the point with a top facing speaker and a micro USB charging port to the side, ensuring that tech novices will still know exactly how to use it. 
It’s small too, so it’s far more travel friendly than its rivals, proving easy to toss into your bag. Scratch resistant rubber around its chassis means tossing it around truly is a safe choice to make. Plus, there’s the all important IPX7 certification. A strap enables you to easily clip it to yourself or your shower caddy or towel rack. 
The only real downside is it doesn’t have full 360-degree sound, due to the placement of its speaker, and its battery life is a little stingy at 6 hours. This is understandable though, given its small size. Other than that, the sound quality is suitably high for the size, with impressively meaty bass sure to keep your ears happy.  

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The Good

LED light show matches music style • Waterproof • Bass-boosting feature • Compatible with Alexa

The Bad

Highs can sound a bit rough at times

The Bottom Line

This speaker is waterproof, portable, compatible with Alexa, and gives a great light show.

Anker Soundcore Flare

The light show may seem gimmicky but it ties in neatly with the music you play, pulsing enthusiastically or switching to a more soothing mode.

As a bit of a party piece, the Anker Soundcore Flare is unrivalled, and available at an excellent price. A small cylindrical speaker that wouldn’t look out of place next to your PC monitor, it’s surprising what happens when you start it up. There’s an LED light show for catching one’s eye, while the sound quality is high enough to appeal to your ears. 
It might not look like much but the Anker Soundcore Flare easily survives being thrown around, as well as coping with water, thanks to its IPX7 rating. There’s no loop or handle for gripping onto it while out and about, but it’s small enough to toss into your bag. 
The light show may seem gimmicky but it ties in neatly with the music you play, pulsing enthusiastically or switching to a more soothing, breathing-style mode. The sound quality itself is well balanced, although highs can sound a little rough at times. A Bass Up feature button helps boost bass noticeably, however. Battery life depends on the light show with up to 12 hours promised, but 8 hours more likely. It’s compatible with Alexa too, reinforcing its position as a Swiss Army Knife of budget portable Bluetooth speakers. 

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The Good

Stylish • Great sound for its thin size • Uses gestures and voice instead of buttons

The Bad

If you prefer buttons, this isn’t for you

The Bottom Line

This high-end portable speaker is different in that it uses gesture and voice controls instead of buttons.

Bang and Olufsen Beoplay P2

This speaker offers impressive performance in a small shell, and throws in some convenient gesture and voice controls for good measure.

A premium name in all audio visual areas, Bang and Olufsen has worked to create something a little different from the rest with its Beoplay P2. The Bluetooth speaker offers impressive performance in a small shell, and throws in some convenient gesture and voice controls for good measure.
The speaker looks far thinner than its rivals, but still provides high quality sound. The bass is powerful, if not quite as imposing as it sounds on larger devices, while the mids are well balanced and the lows are crisp. Some compensation may have been made for the size, but it’s hardly an issue here. 
Much of the slimline design is thanks to the lack of controls. An on/off switch is located under the logo of the speaker but otherwise playback controls are dictated by gestures or your voice. It takes a brief amount of time to get used to, but it’s quickly very useful. For something a little different from the rest, the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay P2 stands out well 

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The Good

Multi-room functionality • App-enabled • Ability to connect and balance multiple speakers

The Bad

Technically portable, but kind of big

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a home solution that you can also take with you from time to time, this could be the best choice.

Creative Omni

This speaker can be paired with another Omni to provide playback across the house, ensuring you can listen to the same song no matter where you are.

The Creative Omni isn’t just about being a useful portable Bluetooth speaker. It also has WiFi-based multi-room functionality. That makes a useful all-rounder, even if it’s not quite as portable as some alternatives.
The speaker can be paired with another Omni to provide playback across the house, with its WiFi connection ensuring you can listen to the same song no matter where you are. Through the connected Sound Blaster InterConnect app, you can also configure each speaker to work as a dedicated left or right channel speaker, for improved sound quality.
That sound quality happens to be impressive too. With three drivers built into its shell, there’s strong bass, steady mids, and well tuned highs. It also works as a speakerphone, and it’s splash proof. It might be a little big for tossing in your bag, but as a multi-room speaker that can also be taken out, it’s worth checking out.