Bathroom Scales: Ratings of Sources
Melanie Pinola talks to experts, surveys site readers, and looks at other reviews to narrow down the range of scales to those most likely to please, then tests the candidates to find which ones perform the best. Testing is well explained and reasonable. Out of candidates, a best basic scale, a best scale overall and several runners up are named.
ConsumerReports.org tests six basic digital bathroom scales and six body-fat scales with a focus on accuracy and consistency. All of the digital scales test out well enough to be recommended. The body-fat scales don't fare as well; none are recommended.
Good Housekeeping tests a wide variety of digital bathroom scales. Though the write-ups aren't very detailed, pros and cons are listed and a star rating is provided. Testing dates back to 2013, or earlier, but many models -- or nearly identical updates -- are still available.
Amazon.com is the best source for user reviews for bathroom scales. Many scales earn hundreds of reviews, and some earn thousands. Review quality varies, but some are in depth and reflect extend use. Owners often return to update their review after years or month to comment on long-term durability and usage information.
Walmart.com offers a large selection of bathroom scales, but most models don't receive the same volume of reviews as on Amazon.com. That said, a number of scales have accumulated a few dozen reviews or more, and some get hundreds.
BestBuy.com offers more than 120 bathroom scales of all types. Most get only a handful of reviews, but some get substantially more. Reviews tend to be short, but owners have a chance to say whether or not they recommend their scale.
Wayfair.com also offers a large assortment of bathroom scales -- more than 270 at last look. Most get only a handful of reviews, but others get a dozen or more and a couple score feedback from more than 200 owners each.
LiveScience.com tests nine smart scales. Models are judged on their ease of use, value of additional information (such as your body mass index or percentage of body fat), and overall accuracy. A top scale is named, as is a runner up and a budget pick.
Britain's The Independent provides thumbnail reviews of a bevy of bathroom scales of all price points and capabilities. Some models are not available in this country, but many are and the insights on those, though not terribly detailed, can be a bit helpful nonetheless.
In this long post, bloggers Rick Jamison and Kathy Schmidt Jamison detail their search for a bathroom scale. They look at expert and user reviews, and report on their own experience with the scale they select. Most helpful, however, is a section on how to improve accuracy and prolong the life of any bathroom scale.
Fitness gear blogger Ray Maker looks at a handful of smart scales in recent reviews. The articles are testing based and highly detailed, but are only of interest to those considering a smart scale.
Wendy Bumgardner provides information on eight body fat scales, but only tests a handful. The reviews are reasonably detailed and include a rundown of pros and cons, some general usage tips and a personal assessment of the quality and usefulness of the scale.
Overstock.com sells nearly 70 bathroom scales, most earning less than a dozen reviews. However, there are a few models that draw more feedback, making it a good stop to get additional insight on a bathroom scale you might be considering.
Like Overstock.com, we found relatively few reviews of bathroom scales at BedBathandBeyond.com, though with more than 90 models listed, it's still worth a look. Some scales receive dozens of reviews, but most get only a little feedback, and comments are typically brief.
BreakingMuscle.com is a general training and fitness site. Though product reviews are a part of what you can find here, scale reviews are relatively rare. That said, this report on the Ozeri Touch is hands-on and balanced, with pros, cons and helpful tips discussed.