Bathroom scales help a person measure their body weight. However, many models today have additional features. Traditional analog scales, digital scales, and “smart” scales all have pros and cons.
According to a 2015 study, having bathroom scales at home can help people who are trying to lose weight keep track of their progress, which may contribute to a better outcome.
However, it is important that bathroom scales give an accurate reading. Another study found that digital scales were more accurate than traditional dial scales. However, one downside of digital scales is that they require batteries, whereas analog scales do not require a power source.
Smart scales can connect with an app on a smartphone to measure additional metrics, such as muscle and fat percentages, hydration, bone density, and more.
A suitable set of bathroom scales will be:
- comfortable to stand on
- easy to operate and take readings from
- resistant to humidity
- able to measure the factors that a person wants to track
In this article, we list eight of the best analog and digital scales on the market and discuss their features, pros, and cons.
Please note that the author has not tried these scales and that the article is purely research-based.
Many different digital scales are available online. We look at five good options below:
1. Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale
This simple but reliable scale has a lower price point than some others. It has four high precision sensors that allow for accurate readings.
It is made from thick tempered glass, which helps it blend in with most modern bathroom décor and makes it more resistant to shattering. However, if a person dropped the scale, the glass could still break. The bright liquid crystal display (LCD) makes the measurement easy to read.
This scale is a basic, easy-to-use option for people who only want to monitor their body weight.
2. RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale
This scale takes 13 body composition measurements, including body mass index (BMI), fat and muscle percentages, and bone density. However, the scale’s display only shows body weight. It is necessary to download and connect a mobile app to access all the data.
This scale allows the user to set health goals, and it saves data so that a person can track their progress over time. It may be too complicated for someone who just wants to track their body weight.
This scale would suit people who want to track their health in general, as well as their body weight.
3. FITINDEX Bluetooth Body Fat Scale
The FITINDEX scale is a comprehensive body fat scale that also comes with a tracking app to monitor several health indicators.
This Bluetooth scale uses bioelectrical impedance analysis to measure BMI, fat, water, muscle, protein, and a host of other metrics.
A great feature for families or flatmates is that the app can store and track the data of unlimited users via the same device or on different devices. This feature makes it possible for several people in a household to use this scale to understand their health better.
4. My Weigh SCMXL700T 700 lb 320kg Talking Bathroom Scale
This scale can take loads of up to 700 pounds (lbs) and has an extra large weighing platform for comfortable use.
For those who find it difficult to read the display, there is a talking function that will read out the results. A person can turn the talking function on or off. There are four languages to choose from: English, French, German, and Spanish.
It is more expensive than standard bathroom scales, but it has several useful features and a 30-year manufacturer guarantee.
5. EatSmart Precision MaxView Digital Bathroom Scale
The supersized display and blue backlit LCD screen on this scale make it easy to read, so it is a good option for people who find it difficult to read smaller displays.
It has a generous standing platform, which can accommodate larger feet. The strong tempered glass makes it sturdy, but as with other glass scales, it could get slippery when wet or smash if a person were to drop it.
People who prefer analog scales to digital ones may wish to consider the products below:
6. Salter Professional Analog 400LB Capacity Bathroom Scale
The 7.5-inch dial on this scale makes it easy to read and features both pound and kilogram measurements. A durable nonslip mat makes it safe and comfortable to use.
It is necessary to calibrate analog scales before use, which some people consider a drawback. To calibrate a scale, a person needs to adjust the wheel below the readout dial until the measurement shows zero.
As this set of scales has no digital features, it does not need batteries and has no electrical components that could malfunction.
The dimensions of this scale are larger than average, so it may be better for people with a larger bathroom.
7. Soehnle Tempo 61098 Analogue Personal Scales
This mechanical scale is compact and easy to clean, with a nonslip surface that does not move when a person steps on it.
The large dial makes it easy to get a reading, but the divisions only mark kilograms, so the scale might not give a precise enough measurement for some people.
This scale is useful for people who prefer basic scales that provide a general body weight reading.
8. Ozeri Rev 400 lbs (180 kg) Bathroom Scale with Electromechanical Weight Dial
For people who like the look of a traditional dial-type bathroom scale but want the accuracy of digital scales, this product may make a good compromise.
This scale looks mechanical, but it also has a digital display. However, this scale only measures body weight, so it is a better option for someone who is looking for an accurate measurement of one metric.
The oversized platform makes it comfortable to use but means that it takes up more space in the bathroom than the average bathroom scale.
Using a bathroom scale regularly can help people reach or maintain a moderate weight. Keeping track of body weight can incentivize a person to continue their weight loss, weight gain, or fitness plan.
Before buying a scale, a person should think about what they want to measure, where the scale will sit in the bathroom, and how many people will use it.