In looking at expert and user reviews of digital bathroom scales, we found lots of models that rate well and won't break the bank. One top reviewer looks at six digital bathroom ranging in price from $30 to $60 and found that all were admirable performers when it comes to accuracy and consistency.
The EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale (Est. $25) isn't tested by that reviewer, but we are going to go ahead and name it the Best Reviewed basic digital scale anyway because it's more popular than any other with users posting at Amazon.com, where it garners a 4.5-star rating after more than 20,000 user reviews. There are fewer reviews at BestBuy.com -- just under 100 -- but even higher satisfaction with a 4.8 star rating and recommendations from 99 percent of owners. Among experts, it earns a 4-star rating at Good Housekeeping.com and is the pick of Rick Jamison and Kathy Schmidt Jamison, the bloggers at RickandKathy.com, who extensively document their search for a perfect bathroom scale.
The reasons for the high satisfaction are manifold. The scale's clear glass platform is considered attractive and modern. Accuracy is largely judged to be very good. At around $25 at retail, the price is toward the low side among well-regarded digital bathroom scales. Finally, the company has a stellar reputation for customer service -- responding to user reviews at Amazon.com and working with owners that encounter issues until they are satisfied -- often sending replacement units unasked.
What you won't find in the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale is a lot of bells and whistles, and that suits many just fine. "We didn't want anything fancy," the Jamisons say. "We didn't want weight scales that measure body fat (don't trust the results), and we don't care if our bathroom scale can WiFi to our computer, toaster, or some guy driving down the road in front of our house."
Ease of use is simple, and has been made simpler still in a 2015 update that eliminated the need to tap the scale first to turn it on -- now, all you need to do is step on the scale to get a weight reading, shown in .2 pound increments on a 2.5-inch LCD backlit display. The scale does require 4 AAA batteries, and those are included, as is a tape measure that make it easy to measure your waist, chest, thighs, etc. so you can manually track the inches lost as you take off weight. The digital bathroom scale is rated for users up to 400 pounds.
The EatSmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale (Est. $35) is similar, just upsized. You do lose the cool see-through look, but the chrome and glass scale still has a pleasing aesthetic. It's extra wide at 15.5-inches (compared with 13 inches for the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale), has a larger 4.3-inch LCD display, and is rated for users up to 440 pounds. User reviews are similarly positive -- 4.6-stars after more than 12,000 reviews at Amazon.com. If you need the higher weight limit, and/or like the different aesthetic, the EatSmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale is an excellent choice. But it's roughly $10 more expensive than the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale, and the couple of extra inches of width could make it a tight fit in some smaller bathrooms. It uses two AA batteries, which are included, but the tape measure that EatSmart includes with the smaller Precision Digital Bathroom Scale is missing here. User feedback regarding customer service is, once again, glowing.
There are plenty of other choices to consider in this category as well. The Taylor 7506 (Est. $25) costs about the same as the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale and earns impressive feedback of its own. Though all of the six models it tests rate well, one large testing organization puts the Taylor 7506 at the top of the heap. User reviews are strong as well, though a step or two below that of the EatSmart scales at 4.1-stars at Amazon.com following nearly 1,500 reviews. Walmart users are smidge happier, however, and the Taylor scale earns a rating of 4.5-stars there following more than 575 reviews.
The Taylor 7506 shares the see-through glass look of the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale, but at 15 inches is nearly as wide as the Plus version of that scale. What's not plus sized is the display, at just 1.5 inches, and it's not backlit. We saw some complaints about accuracy, too, especially after the scale is moved, but the Jamison's, blogging at RickandKathy.com, say that any shortfall between expert opinions and user feedback are largely the result users not following instructions regarding placement and first time use. We saw several helpful posts at Amazon.com that largely echo that, and that offer hints for such things as resetting the scale after it's been moved. We don't see the absolute gushing over
Taylor's customer service as we do in reviews of the EatSmart digital bathroom scale, but we do see lots of reviews that indicate that long term durability is good, and the warranty is longer at five years (compared to two years for the EatSmart scales.)
If you are looking to save a few dollars as you shave a few pounds, the Weight Watchers Precision Electronic Scale WW11D (Est. $20) is also worth considering. With its built-in handle, this Conair-made scale is a particularly good choice for someone looking for a basic digital scale that can be hidden away when not in use -- under a bed, for example. The experts at Good Housekeeping suggest doing just that, saying, "If you plan to leave this scale out on display, one tester noted that it looked cheap." However, that doesn't stop Good Housekeeping from bestowing a 4-star rating on it.
The WW11D is the lowest rated of the six scales tested by another reviewer, but it still performs well enough to earn a recommendation. User reviews, while not extensive, are good -- 4.5 stars at Amazon.com following more than 100 reviews. We did see a number of complaints about inconsistent readings (and the WW11D rates just a notch behind the very best scales in that regard in testing), but most report no issues. A few users point out that standing in the same spot each time you weigh yourself is important for getting readings that are accurate and consistent.
Given it's "cheap" look -- white plastic rather than the glass and chrome of the scales above -- and portable design, it's not all that surprising that the weight limit is the lowest of this quartet at 330 pounds. Features are few, and the 1.3-inch LCD display is not backlit. You also need to tap the scale before each use to get an accurate measurement. One plus is the ability for a single user to log and recall the last five weights. The scale has been on the market for quite some time, and we saw user reviews reporting that their scale was still going strong after years of use. It's covered by a 10-year warranty, but given the low purchase price and the need to pay for shipping to a service center (and $5 to cover postage to send it back to you), we doubt very many people exercise that.
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