Analog Bathroom Scale
We decided to eliminate analog or mechanical scales (the kind with a dial) from consideration entirely. Mechanical scales have been shown to be significantly less accurate and less precise than digital scales, and Consumer Search says that analog scales’ delicate internal framework—small mechanical parts such as tiny springs—tends these scales toward wear and tear as well as misalignment. Mechanical scales also show weight increments of only 1 pound, can be hard to read, and need to be set to zero and recalibrated manually. They’re also a dwindling category: As of this writing, only 45 bathroom scales on Amazon are mechanical, compared with 665 digital bathroom scales.
Analog Bathroom Scale
If you want smart features but don’t want to spend much on a bathroom scale, we found the Eufy Body Sense Smart Scale to be reasonably accurate, and more precise than our favorite smart scale (the Eufy gave the same reading consistently, without appearing to replicate a weight from memory; the Withings would fluctuate by a couple tenths of a pound). The app doesn’t display weight-loss goals, making it a good choice if you simply want to track your weight. The display lights up and is easy to read, and the app is easier to navigate than most other smart-scale apps. We liked that body-fat percentage measurements show up in the app, rather than crowding the screen. The scale platform is smaller than that of our top pick, and the app needs to be open to collect data. A Eufy representative told us to expect low stock as they gauge reactions to the recently launched product, so this scale may be a bit difficult to get your hands on for the next few months.
Analog Bathroom Scale
December 1, 2015: After testing a dozen scales for 2015, our favorite scale for most is the EatSmart Precision CalPal, an update from the makers of our previous pick. Our runner-up to the EatSmart is the accurate Taylor Glass Digital CalMax, which doesn’t have a backlit display but offers a slightly larger and sturdier-feeling platform. The Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer is still the best smart scale and the most accurate scale we found overall. If you want smart features but don’t want to spend a fortune on a bathroom scale, Weight Gurus’s Bluetooth Smart Connected Body Fat Scale is the best value for a smart scale. Collapse Most Recent Updates
Analog Bathroom Scale
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Analog Bathroom Scale
Our pick for basic digital scale offers the essential features most people need in a scale—and then some. It’s comfortable to stand on, the backlit display is one of the largest available (3.5 inches), it has a 440-pound weight capacity, and the scale turns on and off instantly. Weight readings are accurate and sensitive, detecting weight changes up to four-tenths of a pound when other scales couldn’t. The scale is backed by a confidence-inspiring two-year warranty, too. Also, although it’s a relatively inexpensive bathroom scale, the EatSmart CalPal offers a few more features than just your weight reading, including last reading and memory for up to four people.
I gave each scale a 0.2-pound margin of error. So, for example, if a scale weighed me at 120.0 pounds and I then got back on the scale with a 0.4 pound book, I considered the scale to be accurate if it said I weighed anything between 120.2 to 120.6 pounds. Most scales show weight in increments down to one-tenth of a pound, so it was surprising to see that most of them really aren’t that sensitive. I considered a scale precise if it was able to give me the same number three times in a row with no margin.
Home > Bathroom Scales > Mechanical Bathroom Scales Mechanical Bathroom Scales jump down to productsSometimes ya just can’t beat a nice dial scale. You won’t ever have to worry about changing the batteries, you don’t have to wait for them to turn on and you can bet on their repeatability. If you’re in the market for an old fashioned dial scale that’s going to give you your weight time and again, our mechanical bathroom scales are for you. See all of our bathroom scales See all of our mechanical scales
Previous studies, such as one done by Consumer Reports in 2010, have found that body-fat measurements from consumer bathroom scales aren’t all that accurate. Berkeley Wellness explains that scales that measure body fat through your feet rely on bioelectrical impedance, which sends a small (painless) electric current up your legs. Muscles contain more water than fat does, and thus conduct electricity better, so the scale calculates your body-fat percentage based on your body’s resistance to that current and other data you enter into the scale (height, age, and gender, plus the scale’s measurement of your weight). Scales with only foot electrodes—as most bathroom scales that measure body fat are—tend to underestimate body fat in people with lots of it and overestimate it in leaner people, a 2008 study published in Obesity Facts found.
Bathroom scales need to do one thing: Give you a weight measurement you can trust. After more than six months of researching and stepping on and off a dozen scales (a total of 35 hours and more than 550 weigh-ins), we found the EatSmart Precision CalPal to be the most accurate and precise basic digital bathroom scale with one of the easiest to read displays. If you’d like your scale to sync with your smartphone and estimate your body-fat percentage as well, the Withings Body is the best smart scale available today, with the best smartphone connectivity experience for both iOS and Android.
If the Eufy is out of stock, the Weight Gurus Bluetooth Smart Connected Body Fat Scale (yes, it’s a mouthful) is a good value for a smart scale. This scale does sync your weight data and body-fat percentage over Bluetooth to its mobile app, which is well-designed, can now connect to third-party mobile apps. This scale has the largest and nicest display of the scales we tested and a large, attractive platform. However, it was less sensitive to smaller weight changes than our top pick.
The Easy@Home Bluetooth Body Fat Digital Scale has a stylish large platform and supports Apple’s HealthKit, but you have to have the iOS or Android app open for it to sync your reading and Easy@Home’s app constantly had connection issues with the scale. When it did work, the app recorded a different measurement than the scale showed. Additionally, in more than a few tests, the scale detected weight changes only when I was holding the 1-pound weight (both books together).
Mechanical Bathroom Scales jump down to productsSometimes ya just can’t beat a nice dial scale. You won’t ever have to worry about changing the batteries, you don’t have to wait for them to turn on and you can bet on their repeatability. If you’re in the market for an old fashioned dial scale that’s going to give you your weight time and again, our mechanical bathroom scales are for you. See all of our bathroom scales See all of our mechanical scales
Smart scales can be more than four times the price of regular digital scales. They aren’t necessarily better than all the other digital scales—they just have more connectivity features. More-advanced digital bathroom scales offer more insights into your health, such as an estimate of body-fat percentage, now considered a better indicator of health than weight alone or BMI (an estimate of body-fat percentage based on weight and height). Only a handful of basic digital scales offer body-fat or other body-composition (e.g., bone-density) readings, so if you want a body-fat percentage estimate, you’ll need to invest in a smart scale. There’s another important reason you might want to spend more on a smart scale compared with one that doesn’t connect to your phone or sync your data online: effortless weight tracking. After jotting down weight readings for a dozen scales over a couple of weeks, we quickly realized the benefits of having a smart scale automatically do the tracking. Gathering that data didn’t take any thought or leave room for error, and it’s one less barrier to regularly monitoring your weight, which is already enough of a hassle for most of us.
The two most important qualities in a scale are accuracy (the scale correctly reads your exact weight changes) and precision (the scale gives the same reading if you do two or more readings in a row). First and foremost, you want to be able to trust the reading. Precision and accuracy, however, are things we could only measure ourselves through hands-on testing, so to narrow the vast universe of digital bathroom scales before we got to that step, we turned to several sources.
The curved sides also make the scale feel smaller, or at least narrower, than other fully square scales, even though it’s a roomy 12½ inches wide at its thinnest and 13 inches wide at its widest. Some people might prefer its less-boxy shape and the way the glass blends in with any bathroom decor. (As I was retesting this scale the other day, my husband remarked, “This is a nice-looking scale,” which says a lot considering we have had 11 other scales taking up our dining room for the last few months.)
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