What is a Recommended Bathroom Scale?

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What is a Recommended Bathroom Scale?
Old-fashioned analogue scales aren't as accurate as digital. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Dieters, fitness enthusiasts and everyone watching their weight need accurate bathroom scales. Regular weigh-ins provide the data users need to make smart decisions about diet, activity levels and other lifestyle choices. If a bathroom scale is unreliable, it's much harder to keep things under control. There are a few things you need to know if you're in the market for a reliable bathroom scale.


According to Consumer Reports, digital scales are more accurate than analogue scales. Out of 11 scales, the top four digital models were accurate to within 1 pound, 97 per cent to 100 per cent of the time. The best analogue scales were this accurate only 13 per cent of the time.

Weight Range

People with weights toward the upper limit of most scales' ranges -- about 136 Kilogram in most cases -- may wish to choose scales with expanded range. Bariatric scales measuring up to 400 or 500 pounds cost more than ordinary ones, but they can provide a more accurate weight measurement.


Many digital scales come with extra features, such as body-fat indicators. These can greatly increase the price of the scale. They aren't always accurate. Consumer Reports suggests that no-frills scales are usually a better buy.

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