Tanita RD-953 Smart Scale 3 Years Later – Is It Still Worth It in 2019?

On ArtisticalGreatness health matters. Tracking your health matters too. If your goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, or to maintain and keep track of your fitness; You’ll probably want it in the most informative and accurate way. Typical weighing scales are so limited. You get your weight in KG, lbs or stones, that’s it. But is that enough to give you an idea of your overall health? You probably already know the answer to that. No. So let’s revisit the Tanita RD-953 smart scale. It does a lot more than your average bathroom scale. But is it still worth it in 2019?


The Tanita RD-953 smart scale at a glance looks like a typical bathroom scale, but a very stylish one at that with its Tempered glass design with touch functionality. The glass gives it a slick look and feel that you won’t find with most bathroom scales. It comes in either a white or black finish and will suit any bathroom it goes into with its elegant look.

There’s a large, easy to read LED screen on the front that won’t be obstructed by your feet when you stand on the scale for weighing. The display will show you your weight as well as the different readings the scale features. The Tanita RD-953 is not too bulky, that makes it easy to store in a bathroom cupboard or shelf. It’s recommended to use the Tanita RD-953 smart scale on a hard, flat surface rather than a carpet for the most accurate readings.


The Tanita RD-953 smart scale measures the following

  • Weight (obviously)
  • Body Fat %
  • Body Water
  • Visceral Fat
  • Muscle Mass
  • Muscle Quality
  • Bone Mass
  • BMR
  • Metabolic Age
  • Gives you a Physique Rating out of 9
  • BMI

It sends the information to the cloud-based account you set up. Then four AAA batteries it comes with comfortably lasted for one year of our test time without running out. The Tanita RD-953 smart scale gets all the information by sending tiny electrical signals to your body. It analyzes you through medical-grade Dual Frequency BIA technology, which uses two different bio-electrical impedance frequencies, giving accurate body composition results as well as your muscle condition – “Muscle Quality Score”. The “Muscle Quality Score” is assessed in 3 categories: High. Standard and Low. With reference to this score, you can improve your Muscle Strength by doing more exercise on a regular basis and checking back to see you’re doing.

The My Tanita App is easy to set up and use. Once downloaded, the My Tanita app will offer clear and quick instructions that’ll guide you through set up and first use. We found that the scale paired instantly via Bluetooth without any issues on both Android and iOS devices. The RD-953 has a four-user memory, each with its own color display and an auto-recognition feature, so you can simply step on to the scale without inputting your details each time. One thing I like about the smart scale is how it provides color-coded assessments of your measurements, with green for healthy readings, yellow for borderline and red alerting you that attention is needed. You can get all your details directly from the smart scale, or through the My Tanita app to compare from previous readings. One thing to note about the scale is your readings tend to change if you step on it more than once. The change isn’t far off from the original reading you would get, but it’s something to note.

Tanita RD-953 – Conclusion

If you’re looking to target particular aspects of your training or weight more specifically or just keep track of it, this Smart Scale could be perfect for you. Perhaps you are looking to gain muscle mass but lower body fat percentages – with ordinary scales, it would be difficult to determine whether you’re achieving these goals. But with a Smart Scale, you know when you’re on track, and that matters.

Tanita RD-953 Smart Scale
  • 10/10
    Battery - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Features - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Design - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Accuracy - 9/10
  • 8.5/10
    Value - 8.5/10

Final Thoughts

The Tanita RD-953 smart scale is not cheap at €209.95, and you could probably find cheaper Smart Scales on the market but at the cost of having fewer features. After three years, it’s difficult to find fault in the Tanita RD-953 Smart Scale itself. It offers plenty of features that’ll help you focus on your weight goals at a deeper level than ordinary weighing scales. You know what they say, “if you do random stuff, you’ll get random results.” This scale will certainly avoid that from happening.

Victor Ajayi

Victor Ajayi

Self-taught Artist & photographer who happens to travel a lot.

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