What every best Bathroom Scales has:
- An ample weight capacity.
- Small measurement increments.
- Several mode options.
Shannon Palus and Melanie Pinola talk to experts, surveys site readers, and looks at other reviews to narrow down the range of basic bathroom scales to those most likely to please, then test the candidates to find which ones perform the best. Testing is well explained and reasonable. Out of candidates, a most accurate basic scale and a trustworthy runner up are named.
In this review, Shannon Palus and Melanie Pinola spend six months researching and testing smart scales. A top scale and a runner up are named. Value as well as performance are considered. As with the review above, testing is well explained, and other scales considered 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 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 offers a large selection of bathroom scales, but most models don't receive the same volume of reviews as on Amazon. That said, a number of scales have accumulated a few dozen reviews or more, and some get hundreds.
Best Buy 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.
Top Ten Reviews spends 30 hours testing 10 smart scales to determine which are the most accurate, consistent, and easiest to use. Testing is better explained that we've sometimes seen at this site in the past, and there's ample discussion to see where a smart scale does well, and where there's room for improvement.
PCMag is another good destination for smart scale reviews. This article lists the site's top picks and discusses some things to consider when selecting between options. Links lead to long, in-depth testing-based reviews of each scale.
Wayfair 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 hundreds of owners each.
Live Science 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, however the top scale has since been discontinued.
Thoroughly Reviewed says that they spent over 72 hours researching and testing 20 bathroom scales to come up with the list of their top 10. There does seem to be some indication that there indeed was some hands-on exposure to each scale, but we'd be happier if the methodology used were better explained.
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 others 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. 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 sells more than 70 bathroom scales, most earning less than a dozen reviews. However, there are a few models that draw more feedback, some more than a hundred, making it a good stop to get additional insight on a bathroom scale you might be considering.
Like Overstock, we found relatively few reviews of bathroom scales at Bed Bath & Beyond, 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.
Breaking Muscle 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.