EatSmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale
EatSmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale

Best digital scale

The EatSmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale offers all the necessary features for an at-home scale: an easy-to-read, backlit display; accurate and consistent measurements; and a wide 15-inch platform. Its 440-pound weight capacity is higher than other standard scales. It doesn't offer any metrics other than weight, however.
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Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer
Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer

Best body-fat scale

Tech-savvy buyers will find that the Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer lives up to their standards. Not only does this scale provide a wealth of information, from body fat percentage to the environment's air quality -- it also uses Wi-Fi to track your progress in easy-to-read graphs and data tables, which some reviewers say are helpful for tracking their overall health and a great motivator.
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My Weigh XL-550 Talking Scale
My Weigh XL-550 Talking Scale

Best high-capacity bathroom scale

The My Weigh XL-550 Talking Scale has an ample 550-pound weight capacity and a wide 15-inch platform. It provides accurate and consistent measurements in 0.2-pound increments. Moreover, the reading stays put for 10 seconds after getting off the scale, perfect for people who find it difficult to see the display. Plus, there is an optional talking feature that reads weight aloud.
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Health o meter Professional Upright Scale 402KL
Health o meter Professional Upright Scale 402KL

Best professional scale

For people who want the most accurate weight tracking possible, the mechanical Health o meter Professional Upright Scale 402KL offers an experience like that in a doctor's office. It has an ample 450-pound weight capacity, and because the display is chest-height, it's easy to read.
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Scales are changing with the times

The most popular bathroom scales are available in two types -- digital and mechanical (also known as analog or dial). Mechanical scales display readings with a mechanical needle. Their delicate internal framework, made up of small pieces including springs, lends itself to wear and tear. Weight is measured in larger increments than digital scales, making them slightly inaccurate. They're inexpensive, generally costing between $20 and $50.

From voice-activated readouts to multi-user memory, digital scales have plenty of bells and whistles. Additionally, Wi-Fi connectivity is a growing trend. High-tech digital scales allow users to easily track changes in body weight by wirelessly sending information to apps and mobile devices. More advanced models offer cloud-based tracking for fitness results and caloric intake. Their broad price ranges make some affordable at between $20 and $70, while more high-tech versions will cost about $130 to $200.

Some digital scales can also monitor body fat by sending small electrical pulses through a user's body in an attempt to gauge body weight/density. However, hydration levels, a full bladder or foot calluses can throw off body-fat scales causing inaccuracies. That said, some experts say, if used regularly under similar conditions (at the same time of day, etc.), a body-fat scale can be a useful tool for monitoring progress. They cost between $60 and several hundred dollars, depending on their capabilities.

Lastly, professional mechanical scales (similar to what you'd find at doctors' offices) are more accurate than those designed for home use. That's because professional mechanical scales employ a sturdier, heavy-duty lever arm to calculate weight rather than the delicate springs. As a result, they also have larger weight limits. They can accommodate users up to 500 pounds but tend to be bulky and quite expensive. Professional mechanical scales usually cost between $130 and a few hundred dollars.

To find the best bathroom scales, we looked for positive feedback for accuracy and reliability. Scales that can be used by a broader range of people, such as those with higher weight capacities and wider platforms, are also given preference. Finally, we looked at both professional and user reviews to determine each scale's ease of use, from programming to daily functioning, and display readability.

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