Updated: June 8, 2015
Bathroom Scale Reviews:People have been climbing onto bathroom scales for decades dreading the results and many of us just flat out refuse to even step onto a scale. It seems everyone has an "ideal weight" they would like to be, but it's just not reality to expect to stay the same weight forever. Bathroom scales in our home give us immediate feedback on whether our exercise routine is working or if we gained those extra 10 pounds during the holiday season. The analog bathroom scales are what I grew up on, you read the dial to figure out how much you weighed. Then along came the digital bathroom scales which allowed us to be weighed to the nearest ounce and take out any question of what our actual weight was. The latest technology has bathroom scales that talk to you - yes talking bathroom scales are becoming quite popular. If you can't bear to look at the weight, the scale will read out the numbers for you. Perhaps the best invention yet are the bathroom scales that can determine your body fat levels by sending a painless electrical pulse through your body.
Buying Guide - What should you look for when buying a bathroom scale? What features are essential? Firstly, you want a scale that gives you an easy to read weight that is ACCURATE. An accurate bathroom scale is the #1 feature all people want. No sense in getting on your scale if it's off by a few pounds in either direction. Too many reviews we read on bathroom scales mention that the scales are inconsistent and don't give reliable results. I prefer the digital bathroom scales over the older dial style scales with large #'s for 50, 100, 150, 200 lbs but smaller ones in between. It was never easy reading your weight if it was like 157 pounds. The numbers on the dial always seemed to small and readings were inconsistent to say the least. Digital scales give you a more accurate weight time in and time out. Physician scales are great if you can afford them ($200 or more) but they can be way too large and bulky for the average homeowner. In terms of capacity, most modern scales can handle people who weigh up to 350 or 400 pounds and give accurate readouts. The scales that claim to measure your body fat or BMI (body mass index) aren't always that reliable. We found several that appear hospital quality that cost $350 or more which get excellent reviews, but who needs that type of equipment at home. The cheaper fat monitor scales get mixed reviews and the Tanita Scale Plus Body Fat Monitor BF679W ($50) was one that faired well. Since the bathroom scales with fat monitors use an electrical pulse to measure your BMI, doctors say that people with pacemakers and women who are pregnant should not engage in that feature. When buying a bathroom scale, keep in mind where you will store the unit. Look for compact models that can be placed in cabinets or closets when no in use. As for the top name brands in bathroom scales, they are Tanita, Taylor, Health O Meter, Seca, Detecto, and LifeSource. You can find a nice selection online at Scalesgalore.com or in regular department stores like Target or Sears. We found several bathroom scale comparisons and rating reviews online at Which? Online (UK based website), in Prevention Magazine, and at Amazon.com in their consumer feedback section for scales. The biggest complaint amongst all the owners is that the scales are not accurate enough and give inconsistent readings. We have tried to list the "best of the best" down below with prices, where to buy, and a brief description. RECOMMENDED - We suggest browsing the top selling bathroom scales online here.