Bathroom Scales: Ratings of Sources
Total of 21 Sources
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Best Bathroom Scales
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org evaluates 11 bathroom scales without body-fat indicators (since previous testing at the organization found body-fat scales to be less accurate). Scales are tested for accuracy and consistency against a calibrated lab scale. Overall, seven scales are recommended.
How We Tested Bathroom Scales
by Editors of Good Housekeeping magazine
Housekeeping magazine tests 26 digital bathroom scales -- all but one under
$100 -- for accuracy and durability. Editors weigh three volunteers of various
weights, and their readings are compared to weights and body-fat readings
obtained using a scientific calibrated scale and skinfold calipers.
Formal ratings aren't provided, but reviews are well balanced and include both
pros and cons. All 26 scales are covered, and none is listed as recommended or
not recommended. Overall, only the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale
and EatSmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale
have no cons listed.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is the best source for user reviews of bathroom scales, with some of the top-rated scales earning hundreds of reviews from owners. EatSmart scales attract the most attention here; the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale has more than 7,000 individual reviews. EatSmart has contacted a number of reviewers posting negative feedback and offers a free replacement in order to encourage these users to upgrade their ratings. Because of this, we looked beyond these ratings and identified additional models with top ratings, but with fewer reviews.
Keeping Tabs on Your Fat
by Abby Ellin
Our AssessmentAlthough this is an older review covering four body-fat monitors, we found it particularly useful because of the testing methods used. Joy Bauer, a registered dietician, compares the body-fat measurements given by each scale to those obtained through an underwater-weighing test (considered one of the most reliable ways to measure body fat). The four tested models each have their pros and cons, although the Health o meter BFM687 gave the most accurate reading compared to the underwater-weight test. However, most of the body-fat scales mentioned in this review have been discontinued.
Step on the Digital Scale
by Editors of Women's Health magazine
Our AssessmentWomen's Health magazine editors recommend five bathroom scales, including several high-tech body-fat analyzers. Each scale receives a brief overview, and some tester comments are included. However, the magazine's testing methodology is not explained, and there are no ratings for accuracy or consistency.
We Test It: Bathroom Scales
by Denise Foley with Tanya Beers
Our AssessmentPrevention magazine testers evaluate nine high-tech bathroom scales by weighing a 10-pound plate and then weighing themselves with and without the plate. Finally, two testers are sent to East Stroudsburg University to be weighed using an underwater-weighing system (which experts say is the most accurate weight measurement) and results are compared. Several of the top-rated models have been discontinued, but the comparison chart is still useful for those models still available.
Body Fat Scales
by Chris Barnes
Our AssessmentThis Australian site is similar to ConsumerReports.org in rigorous testing detail and methodology. In this article, 12 body-fat monitors (which also measure weight) are tested, compared and rated. Pros and cons are listed for each scale, and accuracy is the main deciding factor. Ease of use is also important. The drawback is that only some of these scales are available in the United States.
Step Up to Scale Back with Fabulous New Bathroom Scales
by Mary Anne Swanstrom
Our AssessmentThe Huntsville Times, an Alabama newspaper, picks seven "fabulous" new scales, although there are no details on why these scales were chosen over any other models. Each scale receives a brief overview, which focuses mainly on features or style.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com offers a large selection of bathroom scales, but most models don't have the same volume of reviews as on Amazon.com. A number of models have accumulated a few dozen reviews or more; the Taylor line of bathroom scales is the most heavily reviewed and also the best rated. The Taylor Glass Electronic Scale 7506 earns an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 in more than 270 owner-written reviews, while the Taylor Brushed Stainless Steel Weight Scale 7402 maintains an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in about 235 reviews.
by Contributors to Overstock.com
Our AssessmentOverstock.com offers about 50 bathroom scales, most earning less than a dozen reviews each. There are a few models garnering well over 100 reviews, however. The Taylor 7506 Glass Lithium Digital Scale, Sunny Digital Personal Scale and Taylor 7405 Electronic Scale have each garnered more than 150 owner-written reviews and maintain average ratings of 4.4 stars out of 5 or better.
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com, a website that compiles owner-written reviews from various online retailers, has a meager selection of bathroom scales. Only a few scales get more than a handful of reviews. Two scales, the King Size Direct Doctor's Scale and the Lifestyles Electronic Remote Weight Monitor Scale, earn high marks with a good selection of user feedback.
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com is a newer site to the consumer review scene and includes about three dozen bathroom scales. Most have a handful of reviews, but a few scales have accumulated 20 or more. The EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale is the top-rated bathroom scale on this site, with a score of 96 out of a possible 100 based on nearly 30 owner-written reviews. The Conair Weight Watchers Digital Glass Scale has a lower average rating of 83 out of 100, based on less than 25 reviews.
Weighing in on the Best Bathroom Scales
by Steve Graham
Our AssessmentSteve Graham reviews four bathroom scales in this brief article. Top picks are named for basic, advanced, high-tech and mechanical scales. However, it appears that the scales were not personally tested or evaluated, and there's no information shared on why these bathroom scales are top picks.
Best Bathroom Scales 2011
by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
Our AssessmentA total of 13 scales are recommended in this article (10 digital and 3 analog), although it appears that recommendations are based more on design appeal than functionality. The recommended models aren't tested, and it's not clear whether the author has personal experience with each. He notes that he owns one model: the Seca 803 Personal Digital Scale. ApartmentTherapy.com has recommended the best bathroom scales for a number of years, and they conveniently link to prior reviews. Nearly 25 readers weigh in with comments.
Best Bathroom Scale
by Kim Hill
Our AssessmentBestcovery.com includes a number of reviews of bathroom scales, although many are little more than the manufacturer's description. Editors name a best bathroom scale in each of three categories, including the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale as best digital scale, the Taylor Precision 1130T Mechanical Bath Scale as best mechanical scale and the EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale as the best body-fat scale. It's not clear whether the recommended models have been personally tested.
Top 6 Body Fat Monitors
by Wendy Bumgardner
Our AssessmentWendy Bumgardner, the walking guide at About.com, offers some good general information about measuring weight and body fat, and she lists five body-fat monitors as well as a digital skinfold caliper (another body-fat measurement tool). However, the body-fat monitors are not tested. Reviews that have a clearly defined testing methodology rank higher in our chart. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Can a Wi-Fi-Enabled Bathroom Scale Help You Lose Weight?
by Amy-Mae Elliott
Our AssessmentAmy-Mae Elliott reviews Fitbit's Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, mostly to determine whether the Wi-Fi capabilities of some advanced bathroom scales are actually beneficial to users. This comprehensive review includes photos of the various features offered by the Fitbit Aria, and overall the review is positive. We wish this review offered a comparison to other Wi-Fi-enabled bathroom scales, such as the Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale.
Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale
by Brian Bennett
Our AssessmentThis article includes a video review as well as a written analysis of all the Fitbit Aria's features, complete with photos and screenshots illustrating its Wi-Fi compatibilities. Brian Bennett is enthusiastic about the ease of setup and intuitive use of both the scale and its accompanying software for weight-loss motivation. Unfortunately, no other scales are included for comparison in this review.
Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale
by Jill Duffy
Our AssessmentJill Duffy reviews the Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale in an individual product review for PCMag.com, offering a rating of excellent for this high-tech body-fat scale. Duffy praises the application's ability to communicate data to health professionals and friends and relatives, as well as its ability to interact with a variety of other fitness programs and applications. Duffy also points out that there are no ongoing costs for using this device, but on the downside, it does have a higher upfront cost than other bathroom scales.
On Fitness: Making Sense of My Body Fat
by Sarah Baldauf
Our AssessmentSarah Baldauf writes about her personal experience using the Tanita Ironman Segmental Body Composition Monitor BC-558, referred to here as the Ironman InnerScan BC-558. She checks measurements for body fat, visceral fat and weight against the Bod Pod machine at a local health club. The Bod Pod was "just one tenth of a percentage point off of InnerScan's readout." She speaks to physicians and concludes that all of these numbers are not necessarily an indication of one's health.
The Ten Best Bathroom Scales
by Clementine Logan
Our AssessmentThis British newspaper chooses the 10 "best" bathroom scales, but it doesn't appear the scales have been tested and none is rated. Most models are not available in the United States.