The 9 Best Bathroom Scales of 2022, Tested and Reviewed

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Verywell Health / Tamara Staples

Whether you’re following a fitness program, managing a chronic condition, or taking better control of your health, a bathroom scale can help you monitor your progress and keep your weight on track. If you need consistent readings, it's worth purchasing a bathroom scale for your home.

Tested & Approved

Using high-precision sensors, RENPHO's Smart Body Fat Scale delivers an accurate weight reading and is easy to use. We also recommend Ozeri's Precision Digital Bath Scale because it's easy to set up, doesn't tip, and is affordable.

When considering all the options, “it should be easy to calibrate in between uses so that it is grounded to zero and should be accurate to about two decimal places if someone is looking for small changes in weight," says Huma Sheikh, MD, a neurologist at Mount Sinai in New York City and member of the Verywell Health Medical Expert Board. Also, consider ease of use, ability to give consistent readings, and Bluetooth connectivity.

We purchased 23 options of all shapes and sizes, including smart, digital, and dial scales, and put them to the test in The Verywell Testing Lab. We evaluated the scales’ setup, data storage, display and readability, ease of use, durability, and overall value.

Here are the best bathroom scales.

Best Overall: RENPHO Smart Body Fat Scale

4.8
RENPHO Smart Body Fat Scale

Courtesy of Amazon 

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    4.5/5
  • Data Storage
    4.5/5
  • Display and Readability
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    4.5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Easy to use and set up

  • Multiple high-precision sensors

  • Compatible with many smartphone apps for data collection

Cons
  • Only weight is shown on scale; app must be used for other metrics

  • Manufacturer warns that glass can be easily shattered on contact

Who else recommends it? Runner's World and Healthline both picked the RENPHO Smart Scale.

What do buyers say? 94% of 257,000+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.

The Renpho Smart Scale received no less than a 4.5 when evaluating the most important attributes, solidifying itself as our top choice. It was one of the lightest scales we picked, at 2.8 pounds, and we appreciated the bright, readable display.

Ideal if you prefer smart features, the scale pairs with an app, complete with Bluetooth connectivity. Our tester praised the easy setup and liked that all of your data can be stored and tracked on your phone. Aside from weight readings, it also offers 12 other metrics, including body fat, bone mass, and metabolic age, making it a diverse pick if you have varied wellness goals.

When it came to ease of use, this scale fell a bit short. Our tester found the scale prone to tipping due to the positioning of the scale's feet, earning this attribute a 4.5. All attributes considered, it received an overall score of 4.6. As a plus, the scale is compatible with a variety of wellness apps including Samsung Health, Fitbit App, Google Fit, and Apple Health.

Average Standard Deviation: .14

Price at time of publish: $27

Weight (Manufacturer Stated): 2.8 pounds | Weight Limitations: 396 pounds | Bluetooth/App Connectivity: Yes | Dimensions (Manufacturer Stated): 11 x 11 x 1 inches | Power Source: Requires batteries (included)

Renpho Smart Body Fat Scale

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Tip From The Lab

If possible, scales should be placed on a tile or other hard surface. We found that carpeted surfaces led to greater inconsistencies in the weight readings. Because of this, the carpet reading we took was not used to calculate standard deviation to determine reading consistency.

Best Budget: Ozeri Precision Digital Bath Scale

4.7
Ozeri Precision Digital Bath Scale

Courtesy of Walmart

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    5/5
  • Data Storage
    3/5
  • Display and Readability
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Easy setup with one-time calibration

  • No tipping when standing

  • Sleek design

Cons
  • Flashing number feature can be distracting

If you’re still deciding if a scale is a device you want to incorporate into your routine, you may not yet want to make a big investment. The Ozeri Precision Bath Scale is a solid starting scale, and the most budget-friendly in our list. We liked the one-time calibration and readability, and near accuracy of the weight reading. Depending on your preferences, you can even adjust the units and switch between pounds, kilograms, or stone weight. 

The scale received consistent five star ratings for all attributes except data storage, which received a three. Our tester wasn’t a big fan of the flashing feature of the weight reading, but this was a personal preference. During the durability test, the scale also displayed an error message with an initial reading being inaccurate by 10 pounds—but it was working normally by the second try. 

This scale received the highest overall value on our list, at a rating of five, and its price can’t be beat by any others on our list. If you’re new to bathroom scales and prefer an option without any frills, this scale offers the basics in a sleek, reliable design.

Average Standard Deviation: .94

Price at time of publish: $16

Weight (Manufacturer State): 4.4 pounds | Weight Limitations: 440 pounds | Bluetooth/App Connectivity: No | Dimensions (Manufacturer Stated): 12 x 12 x 0.75 inches | Power Source: Requires batteries (included)

Ozeri Precision Bath Scale

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Best Digital: Etekcity Body Weight Bathroom Digital Scale

4.8
Etekcity Scales for Body Weight Bathroom Digital Weight Scale

Source: Etekcity

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    4/5
  • Data Storage
    5/5
  • Display and Readability
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Ready to use out of the box

  • Tracks 13 fitness measurements

  • Compatible with many smartphone apps for data collection

Cons
  • LCD display is hard to read

The Etekcity Scale is among the most affordable in our list, especially for being a smart scale. Complete with Bluetooth connectivity, 13 types of body measurements, and stat syncing, the device can be connected to its own app that serves as a secondary option to view readings. Additionally, data can be sent to a variety of apps including Apple Health, Google Fit, Fitbit, and Samsung Health, and the scale can track the weight of an unlimited number of users. Our tester found it ready-to-use right out of the box and was “impressed with the connectivity the scale has with the app and how it uses an intelligent algorithm to track weight along with BMI.” 

We admitted to liking the app, which was thorough and easy to navigate, more than the actual scale, since the scale didn’t have the most visual-friendly display with dark red text and black background. However, it held up well during the durability test with no flaws to point out. The scale earned a 4.5 for overall value and is likely the right buy if you’re tech-savvy and enjoy having a lot of app features to play around with.

Average Standard Deviation: .16

Price at time of publish: $25

Weight (Manufacturer State): 3.6 Pounds | Weight Limitations: 400 pounds | Bluetooth/App Connectivity: Yes | Dimensions (Manufacturer Stated): 11.8 x 11.8 x 1 inches | Power Source: Requires batteries (included)

Etekcity Body Weight Bathroom Digital Scale

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What Our Testers Say

“What stood out the most was the scale’s ability to pair with the app and it gave me precise readings down to the ounce (removing miscellaneous items from my pockets during the readings reflected this). The ability to reflect and store weight, BMI, and other analytics on the app for later reviewing is very useful for health-conscious individuals.” — David Jean Louis, production assistant and product tester

Best Analog: Ozeri Rev 400 lbs Bathroom Scale

4.3
Ozeri Rev 400 lbs Bathroom Scale

Courtesy of Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    5/5
  • Data Storage
    3/5
  • Display and Readability
    4.5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Easy to set up

  • Easy-to-read display

  • Offers both digital display and dial reading

Cons
  • Flashing number feature may not be for everyone

  • May be too big for small spaces

  • No connectivity or WiFi data collected

A scale with a lot of gimmicks may not be for everyone. For a more traditional device, the Ozeri Rev Scale is an analog model that offers the basics. We appreciated that it has both a digital display and dial reading, so the choice of reading is yours, though our tester didn’t particularly like the flashing of the scale’s number. 

It received a three for data storage, as our tester notably pointed out that the first reading produced a different number within a few minutes time, with no eating in between. The scale itself also has a non-traditional design, and may take up more room than you’re likely hoping for if you have a small space. This feedback affected its overall value, which received a 3.5. However, its other attributes received no less than a 4.5, as the scale is straightforward and versatile thanks to the dual reading function, and was easy to set up. 

While it doesn’t offer many of the features of the smarter models, it does have a built-in alarm to remind you to weigh in at the same time daily and is offered in multiple colors.

Average Standard Deviation: .69

Price at time of publish: $27

Weight (Manufacturer Stated): 3.7 Pounds | Weight Limitations: 400 pounds | Bluetooth/App Connectivity: No | Dimensions (Manufacturer Stated): 13.5 x 14 x 1 inches | Power Source: Requires batteries (included)

Ozeri Rev 400 lbs Bathroom Scale

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What Our Editors Say

“The scale was easy to use, but the first reading changed by a pound and a half in a matter of a few minutes (with no eating in between). I like that it offers both a digital and analog dial reading option. Also, it was somewhat of an odd shape, so it might not fit easily into a bathroom corner or wherever you might store your scale.” — Emma Brink, Verywell Health editor and product tester

Best with App: WYZE Smart Body Fat Scale

4.6
WYZE Smart Body Fat Scale

Walmart

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    4/5
  • Data Storage
    5/5
  • Display and Readability
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    4/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • LCD screen is easy to see in the dark

  • App connects in real time with the scale

Cons
  • Footprint marks are visible after use

  • App doesn’t have the most user-friendly setup

The WYZE Smart Scale pulls out all the stops when it comes to app features. Setup earned a four out of five—due to the many steps it takes to set up the app—though the platform is able to store multiple data points and track 12 body metrics, including protein level, visceral fat, lean body mass, and more. Our tester praised how easy the app was to navigate and how it connects in real time to the scale. The LCD screen was also easy to read, even in the dark. As a plus, it recognizes up to eight users and features unlimited guest sharing. 

A caveat that we found is that the scale retained footprint marks, earning it a four out of five for ease of use. This may not be the most visually appealing to some, especially if the scale is being shared among several people. However, the scale didn’t receive scores below a four, making it a solid choice if you prefer a more modern scale that can offer many insights into your health. We especially recommend this scale for those who plan on using a scale to track their long-term health.

Average Standard Deviation: .14

Price at time of publish: $36

Weight (Manufacturer State): 3 pounds | Weight Limitations: 400 pounds | Bluetooth/App Connectivity: Yes | Dimensions (Manufacturer Stated): 11.81 x 11.81 x 1.18 inches | Power Source: Requires batteries (included)

WYZE Smart Body Fat Scale

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What Our Editors Say

"It's great for anyone who is trying to track their weight over a long period of time, or for someone who is actively trying to lose weight. Its app is super easy to navigate and the scale has a sleek design." — Christina Oehler, Verywell Health editor and product tester

Best with Extended Weight Range: EatSmart Precision Extra High Capacity Bathroom Scale

4.3
EatSmart Precision Extra High Capacity Bathroom Scale

Courtesy of Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    5/5
  • Data Storage
    3/5
  • Display and Readability
    3.5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Easy-to-use

  • No-frills design

  • Large-size platform to accommodate all sizes

Cons
  • No app

  • May be hard to read at night

  • Surface retains footprint marks

The EatSmart Precision Scale is one of the two on our list with a high weight capacity, with a limit of 550 pounds, making it a versatile choice. A no-frills design, it received a score of three for data storage as personal data is only shown for 20 seconds, and there is no app to offer additional insights. Display and readability received a 3.5 as there’s no backlight, so it may be harder to read at night. However, in full lighting, we found the numbers large and easy to read. Our tester also found that the scale retained footprints easily, so it may be a higher-maintenance choice in terms of cleaning.

The simple design is best suited for users who don’t require extra technological features. As a plus, it features auto shut-off to save battery life as well as an extra-wide platform, its dimensions making it the largest device among all our choices. Recommended for occasional use, the scale received four out of five stars for overall value.

Average Standard Deviation: .54

Price at time of publish: $45

Weight (Manufacturer Stated): 2.2 pounds | Weight Limitations: 550 pounds | Bluetooth/App Connectivity: No | Dimensions (Manufacturer Stated): 1.75 x 16.38 x 13.75 inches | Power Source: Requires batteries (included)

EatSmart Precision 550 Bathroom Scale

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What Our Editors Say

“This scale is no-frills and super easy to use, I think it's great for anyone who weighs themself occasionally and isn't tracking their weight regularly. This is the type of scale you'd put in a guest bathroom.” — Christina Oehler, Verywell Health editor and product tester

Best with Talking Feature: My Weigh XL-550 Talking Digital Bathroom Scale

4.5
My Weigh XL-550 Talking Digital Bathroom Scale

Courtesy of Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    5/5
  • Data Storage
    3.5/5
  • Display and Readability
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Durability
    4.5/5
Pros
  • Easy-to-read display

  • Offers readings aside from weight

Cons
  • Verbal readings may not be for everyone

  • May take up too much room for small spaces

Not all scales have the most readable display, especially if you’re visually impaired, and MyWeigh’s XL-550 Scale mitigates this with a talking feature. The device offers verbal weight readings as well as verbal instructions. However, if you’re self-conscious about your results, this feature can also be turned off. 

We rated the scale a 3.5 for data storage, as it doesn’t include an app or Bluetooth compatibility. While it’s not a smart scale, it offers an option for the weight readings to be viewed in kilograms. Additionally, as one of the two devices on our list with the largest dimensions and highest weight capacities, it’s accommodating of a variety of sizes, and it’s ideal if you like extra room. However, if you have limited space, it may be too large. 

The scale received a four out of five for its overall value.

Average Standard Deviation: .75

Price at time of publish: $59

Weight (Manufacturer Stated): 5.71 Pounds | Weight Limitations: 550 pounds | Bluetooth/App Connectivity: No | Dimensions (Manufacturer Stated): 15.8 x 13.4 x 2 inches | Power Source: Requires batteries (included)

MyWeigh XL-550 Talking Bathroom Scale

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What Our Editors Say

“This was a very accurate and easy-to-use scale. The talking feature is great for those who are visually impaired. For anyone who is self-conscious about their weight and wouldn't want their reading spoken out loud, I would make sure they're aware of the 'turn off' talking function.” — Emma Brink, Verywell Health editor and product tester

Best Looking Design: iDOO High Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

3.9
iDOO High Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Courtesy of Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    5/5
  • Data Storage
    2.5/5
  • Display and Readability
    3/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Stylish design

  • Offered the most consistent readings out of all scales tested

  • Auto features and notifications for low battery

Cons
  • LCD screen can be difficult to read

If aesthetics are a priority, you can’t go wrong with iDoo’s High Precision Scale, which features a white marble design, glass platform, and extra-wide size. The scale is the heaviest option on our list at 6.1 pounds, so it’s better suited as having a designated spot in your home.

Our tester praised setup and ease of use, as it required no calibration, earning the scale a five for both attributes. It passed the durability test without any scratches or marks, and kept its glossy, sheen finish without a trace of footprints after use.

The scale fell short when it came to display and readability, which received a three out of five. The bright blue background and dark text wasn’t the most user-friendly, and not all may like the flashing reading feature. Data storage also received the lowest rating of 2.5, as the scale doesn’t have this feature, requiring some more manual work.

While not a smart scale, this option makes up for this with extra features like a low-battery notification and four anti-slip pads. Among all our options, this scale received the lowest overall value, at three out of five, but it gets the job done while appearing more expensive than it actually is.

Average Standard Deviation: .12

Price at time of publish: $20

Weight (manufacturer Stated): 6.14 pounds | Weight Limitations: 440 pounds | Bluetooth/App Connectivity: No | Dimensions (Manufacturer Stated): 12.8 x 11.6 x 1 inches | Power Source: Requires batteries (included)

iDOO High Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

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What Our Editors Say

“I liked that the scale was so simple and quick, with no calibration required, but I didn't like the flashing text display or the blue background. However, I did like the look of the scale. It has a stylish marble design.” Emma Brink, Verywell Health editor and product tester

Best for Travel: NewlineNY Lightest Step-On Super Mini Travel Bathroom Scale

4
NewlineNY Lightest Step-On Super Mini Travel Bathroom Scale

Courtesy of Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Setup
    5/5
  • Data Storage
    3/5
  • Display and Readability
    2/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
Pros
  • Lightweight and portable

  • Consistent readings

Cons
  • No app or data storage option

  • Display is hard to read

  • Scale tilts easily

If you’re frequently on the go, it can be tough to maintain your wellness goals while out and about. Whether you’re away on business or taking a leisure trip, the NewlineNY Mini Bathroom Scale can keep you on track, in one pint-sized package. At 1.2 pounds, it was the lightest scale on our list, and has the smallest dimensions. While not a smart scale—earning it a three out of five for lack of data storage—it offers easy setup and no frills, ideal if you want to keep your technology usage low. It earned a five for both ease of use and durability, and our tester highlighted its reading consistency. 

The scale’s lowest score was given for display and readability, which received a two. Our tester noted that the scale tips easily when stepping on to the device, and it isn’t sturdy due to its small size. She also found that it was easy for her feet to accidentally cover the reading, making it not the best suited choice if you have large or wide feet—or stability issues. 

For a portable, carry-on choice, the scale is hard to beat. Its units can be converted between kilograms, pounds, and stone weight, and it’s available in multiple colors.

Average Standard Deviation: .12

Price at time of publish: $30

Weight (Manufacturer Stated): 1.2 pounds | Weight Limitations: 325 pounds | Bluetooth/App Connectivity: No | Dimensions (Manufacturer Stated): 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches | Power Source: Requires batteries (included)

NewlineNY Auto Step On Super Mini Smallest Travel Bathroom Scale

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What Our Editors Say

“This scale is perfect if you're really committed to tracking your weight while traveling. It would be easy to tuck away and store if needed. I wouldn't recommend it to older individuals or people who do not have good stability, as it is easy to tip over when stepping on.” Christina Oehler, Verywell Health editor and product tester

Compare

Overall Rating Setup Data Storage Display and Readability Ease of Use Durability
RENPHO Smart Body Fat Scale
Best Overall:
RENPHO Smart Scale
4.8
4.5 4.5 5 4.5 5
Ozeri Precision Digital Bath Scale
Best Budget:
Ozeri Precision Bath Scale
4.7
5 3 5 5 5
Etekcity Scales for Body Weight Bathroom Digital Weight Scale
Best Digital:
Etekcity Body Weight Digital Scale
4.8
4 5 5 5 5
Ozeri Rev 400 lbs Bathroom Scale
Best Analog:
Ozeri Rev 400 lbs Bathroom Scale
4.3
5 3 4.5 5 5
WYZE Smart Body Fat Scale
Best with App:
WYZE Smart Scale
4.6
4 5 5 4 5
EatSmart Precision Extra High Capacity Bathroom Scale
Best with Extended Weight Range:
EatSmart Extra High Capacity Bathroom Scale
4.3
5 3 3.5 5 5
My Weigh XL-550 Talking Digital Bathroom Scale
Best with Talking Feature:
My Weigh XL-550 Talking Digital Bathroom Scale
4.5
5 3.5 5 5 4.5
iDOO High Precision Digital Bathroom Scale
Best Looking Design:
iDOO Digital Bathroom Scale
3.9
5 2.5 3 5 5
NewlineNY Lightest Step-On Super Mini Travel Bathroom Scale
Best for Travel:
NewlineNY Lightest Step-On Super Mini Travel Bathroom Scale
4
5 3 2 5 5

Final Verdict

With its high attribute ratings and smart features, Renpho’s Smart Scale (view at Amazon) was our clear winner. Ideal if you prefer a high-tech option, it tracks 12 body metrics in addition to weight and includes diverse app compatibility, all in a lightweight size. 


For a low-tech pick that offers the basics in a reliable device, you can’t go wrong with Ozeri’s Precision Bath Scale (view at Amazon). With the highest overall value rating on our list, and lowest price, it makes for a solid starting scale.

How We Tested the Bathroom Scales

The Verywell Health team spent eight hours at the Verywell Testing Lab, testing 23 bathroom scales to find the best. Our testers, comprised of two Verywell Health editors and a product assistant—with varying weights and heights—conducted multiple tests barefoot, with the supervision of a nurse practitioner. 

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First, our three testers performed a reading consistency test. After weighing themselves on a medical-grade scale, they weighed themselves on their scale they were testing. They took their weight three times: once on a tile surface (to mimic real consumer use in a home bathroom), once on a carpeted surface (to see if the readings had any inconsistencies), and once again on the tile surface while holding a 4.3 pound dumbbell (to test the scale's sensitivity to minor weight changes). They repeated this process for each scale. After a short lunch break, the testers took new base weight readings to ensure reading consistency on the remaining tests performed.

A Note About Accuracy

Because weight can fluctuate throughout the day due to water and food consumption, bathroom use, and other factors, we decided we did not have the resources to give a valid accuracy rating. Instead, we determined each device’s “reading consistency”.

We calculated the standard deviation of each scale by using the tile surface and dumbbell readings when compared to the baseline weight taken by the medical-grade scale. We did not take into account the scale reading on the carpeted surface, as the readings varied greatly during that test. We decided that including that data would not give us an accurate standard deviation. Dr. Sheikh advised that devices with standard deviation readings of less than one are considered consistent. Any devices with a standard deviation higher than one did not make our list.

A durability test was also performed for each scale. Our testers dropped a nine pound dopp kit from waist length on each scale twice, and inspected the item for physical damage. One tester stepped on each scale after the dopp kit was dropped to see if the impact affected the the scale's weight reading.

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Throughout the tests, taking into account what would be most important to consumers, each scale was evaluated based on setup, reading consistency, data storage, display, ease of use, durability, and overall value—and offered ratings out of five, with five being a perfect score. If the scale was a smart model, our testers took notes on the pairing app’s ease of use, connectivity, and speed, and how well it complemented the scale. 

On this list, we included scales that track metrics beyond the user's weight, including BMI, muscle mass, body fat percentage, and more. We did not, however, test the accuracy or consistency of these statistics.

Finally, overall value ratings were given by our testers, while star ratings were based on the average of all attribute scores. None of our picks received perfect five star ratings across the board and all scales had something that could have been improved.

What to Look for in a Bathroom Scale

Budget

As with any household gadget, always consider your budget before you start shopping. While you can easily spend over $100 on a super intelligent scale, you can also find a great one for under $20. In fact, many high-end digital scales have features that are mostly unnecessary, according to physician-turned-entrepreneur Andrea Paul, MD, medical advisor for Illuminate Labs. 

“Any digital scale from a reputable manufacturer should be fine,” she says. “The core function of a digital scale is just to report your weight accurately, and that can be achieved with digital scales in the $20 to 30 price range.”

Weight Capacity

If you are less than 400 pounds, you can usually choose from any number of scales. However, for those over 400 pounds, your options may be more limited; scales become less accurate when you overload their weight capacities. Make sure to read the fine print before making a purchase and, if possible, chat with your primary care provider before ordering.

“I'd recommend that patients who are significantly obese speak with their doctor before purchasing a scale, so they don't waste money on a scale that may not suit their needs,” says Dr. Paul. “There's also a chance that a specialty scale, like a bariatric scale, may be fully or partially covered by insurance when ordered under the provision of a doctor.”

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Other Metrics

Between the pandemic-imposed difficulty of getting to the gym and the costs associated with a personalized body composition assessment, it’s hard not to be intrigued by a bathroom scale that offers to provide these measurements for you. But it’s important to temper your expectations here, since scales that claim to be able to give you a comprehensive look at your body composition will always be limited—and less accurate than an in-person measurement.

“The technology used to provide body composition data is not the 'gold standard' for measuring it, and can be inaccurate based on fluid shifts, such as dehydration or water retention,” says New Jersey-based diabetes expert Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, author of Belly Fat Diet For Dummies.

Instead of focusing on the numbers the scale gives you, Palinski-Wade suggests tracking your trends: a decline in body fat percentage on the scale over a period of weeks is still an accurate reflection of a loss in body fat, even if the percentage of body fat shown on the scale isn’t exactly accurate. In other words, consider the big picture, not specific data points.

Smart vs. Basic

Smarter isn’t always better for everyone. While many people prefer a connected scale that can instantly transfer data to an app, others might find the technology too complicated. If you fall into the latter category, you are better off saving some money (as well as frustration) and opting for a no-frills model.

That said, there’s no shame in wanting to streamline your health goals by collecting all your data in one place, including your daily or weekly weigh-ins.

“Although this feature may not be needed by everyone, if you track data for your health in an app—such as tracking your food intake, blood sugar or blood pressure levels—being able to import weight history can help you easily identify trends and see how changes on the scale may impact other health metrics,” says Palinski-Wade.

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Added Features

Are you looking for a gadget to simply calculate your weight, or do you need it to help monitor other fitness goals? Each scale offers different features, so if you are only concerned with weight, you should stick to the simpler models and take a pass on anything that syncs itself to your smartphone or offers a body fat composition measurement.

However, if you’re looking to lose or gain weight for health purposes, look for a scale that also shows body mass index, which is more accurate in determining the healthiness of one’s weight, recommends Dr. Sheikh. As for some more technical features, “It may also be important to weigh how easy it is to put in and change batteries, the footing while weighing yourself, and how well and easily it calibrates.” 

It’s also wise to know the expected lifespan of your model and, if necessary, check for warranty and return policies: “I would recommend that consumers purchase scales with a long warranty period, since scales break more often than other health devices,” advises Dr. Paul.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is a digital or analog bathroom scale better?

    It depends on what you’re looking for, explains Dr. Sheikh. Some people prefer the “old-fashioned” analog scale. If it’s accuracy you’re after, a digital scale is better as it will give you a more precise number, out to one or two decimal places, whereas an analog scale requires you to make more of an estimate based on where exactly the needle falls.
    Also, the mechanics of an analog scale can degrade over time, making it less reliable than a digital scale, long term.

  • How do you calibrate a digital bathroom scale?

    If you can access the scale’s instructions, it’s best to consult those for how to calibrate the scale. Some scales will have a calibration mode, which you can turn on, add a weighted object, and wait for some indication (such as seeing a “0”) that it’s been calibrated. Others don’t have a separate calibration button. For those, you can generally follow these steps to calibrate the scale:
    1. Put the scale on a flat, hard surface, such as a hardwood or tile floor.
    2. Apply some pressure to the scale (such as with your foot) until you see “0” and then take the pressure off.
    3. Wait for the scale to turn off again.
    4. The scale should now be calibrated and ready for you to step on for your weight.

  • How do you read a digital body weight scale?

    Make sure the scale is on a flat, hard surface and is already calibrated. Step onto the scale and you will see a number. That is your weight. You can usually set the scale to read in different units, such as pounds or kilograms, to whatever makes most sense to you. Some scales have other metrics, such as body fat percentage. Refer to the scale’s instructions to make sure you understand how to interpret the readings of other metrics.

  • How often should you weigh yourself, and when is the best time of day to take your weight?

    Dr. Sheikh believes it depends on your reasoning, “If someone is following a diet or exercise plan and is following their weight, it can be useful to do it every few days.” However, if your goals are more long-term, conducting monthly or more intermittent readings also work. She continues, “It is best to take it in the morning before eating and without clothes so it is the most accurate. It should not vary too much throughout the day but [your weight] may be a little more right after a meal.”

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