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By: Carl Laron on December 19, 2016

Editor's Note:
You can spends lots … and lots of money for a sophisticated smart scale, but if all you want to do is get an accurate measure of your weight, there's really no need to. The sub-$25 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale earns kudos all around for performance, appearance, value and customer service that puts even Apple to shame.

EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Capacity -- 400 lbs. Weight increments -- 0.2 lbs. Platform dimensions -- 12" x 13"

Best bathroom scale

The EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale lacks much in the way of bells and whistles, but offers everything you need in a modern bathroom scale. It's easy to use, easy to read, economical, and reasonably accurate. Its 400 pound weight capacity makes it suitable for most individuals, and its clear glass platform fits in with most bathroom décor. A tape measure so that you can also keep track of inches (hopefully those lost) is also included.

Buy for $18.95
Withings Body Review
Runners Up
Specs that Matter Capacity -- 396 lbs. Weight increments -- 0.2 lbs. Platform dimensions -- 12.8" x 12.8"

Smart scale

Tech-savvy buyers will find the Withings Body lives up to their standards. It measures weight, of course, as well as body fat, and has a few extra tricks up its sleeve -- including the ability to measure bone and muscle mass and display weather forecasts. It is compatible with many third-party mobile and web apps. Testing shows it to be one of the most accurate scales you can buy when it comes to measuring weight, though other measurements don't test out as well.

Buy for $138.75
EatSmart Precision Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Capacity -- 400 lbs. Weight increments -- 0.2 lbs. Platform dimensions -- 12.5" x 12.5"

Best body-fat scale

Experts say that while home body-fat scales are all challenged when it comes to accuracy, the EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale performs as well as the top models, and outperforms many when it comes to accurately and consistently measuring weight. It's attractively styled, too, with a slim profile that matches it slim price -- at least compared to other body-fat scales. Ease of use is terrific, too.

Buy for $44.95

Types of Bathroom Scales

Digital Bathroom Scales

Digital scales use load cells to convert the physical weight on the scale to an electrical signal that's displayed on a readout in increments as small as a tenth of a pound. In addition to greater accuracy, the advantage of having weight represented by an electrical signal is that it allows for a lot of added functionality. Some of that is fun stuff -- like the ability for the scale to speak your weight aloud, though those who are overly self-conscious about their weight might not find that a particularly helpful attribute. Other features are more useful, however. Some digital scales will also display your Body Mass Index (BMI), a measure of fitness that's based on your weight and height.

Smart Bathroom Scales

Smart scales are digital scales that take things a step -- and in most cases, many steps -- further. They wirelessly connect to a smartphone, tablet or directly to the Internet via Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth, and integrate with compatible apps and web sites to help you keep tabs on your overall fitness. Data transmitted includes weight, of course, but often other measures such as body fat, BMI, and more, such as heart rate. Many smart scales include built-in memory to store multiple user profiles and allow a single scale to serve the needs of an entire family. Some can display information collected from the web, such as the predicted weather.

Body Fat Scales

These scales use a technique known as bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA). Since fat and muscle have different resistances to electrical current, they attempt to gauge body weight/density by sending small electrical pulses through a user's body and measuring the time it takes to travel up one leg and down the other.

Mechanical scales can still be found, but have drawbacks

Modern bathroom scales are a far cry from yesterday's models. Mechanical scales, once the only kind you could buy, are still available and are still favored by some. However, these scales also have some downsides. They display weight with an analog dial and needle pointer, which introduces some imprecision compared to digital displays. In addition, the inner workings of a mechanical scale can be surprisingly delicate, made up of small pieces, including springs that lend themselves to wear and tear, causing inaccuracies. Because modern digital scales are typically better performers and better values, we do not cover mechanical scales in this report.

Finding The Best Bathroom Scales
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As noted above, while mechanical scales are still available, digital scales tend to score more favorably in user and, especially, expert reviews, and are the best choice these days for most buyers. To find the best basic, smart and body fat digital scales, we turned first to a bevy of experts, including ConsumerReports.org, TheSweethome.com, Good Housekeeping and others, putting the most weight (pun intended) on those sources that perform hands on testing. We also looked at the extensive user reviews available at sites such as Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Walmart.com and elsewhere. These user reviews help us fill in the gaps regarding factors such as real-world ease-of-use and long term reliability. The results are our selections as the Best Reviewed bathroom scales for any user and any budget.

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