Monitoring your weight is generally an important aspect of a health and fitness regimen. According to one 2013 study, adults tend to gain an average of 1-2 pounds per year. Research has generally shown that weighing oneself at least once a week can help keep individuals who are trying to lose weight accountable, and some recent studies have shown that weighing oneself daily has actually been the most effective to help people achieve and maintain their weight goals. Additionally, there are certain conditions where people need to closely monitor their weight for medical reasons, such as in the case of congestive heart failure. Having a scale at home can make monitoring your weight easier. If waiting from year-to-year to just get weighed at the doctor during a yearly physical, you could be in for a surprise.
With advancements in technology, scales nowadays can do more than just tell you your weight. Smart scales can be linked to different fitness apps to automatically upload your data. Some display more than weight, delving into BMI (body mass index), hydration status, bone density, and more. When choosing a scale, you want something that is comfortable to stand on and with an easily readable display. Most scales nowadays are digital, but analog scales do still exist. The scale should be accurate and easy to set up. If you weigh over 300 pounds or so, you want to make sure that the scale is capable of recording your weight. Think about any extra features you need or would like, and of course your budget.
Our Favorite Smart Scale: Weight Gurus Bluetooth Smart Scale
The Weight Gurus Bluetooth Smart Scale measures body weight, body fat, body mass index (BMI), muscle mass, water weight, and bone mass. It measures 12.6 inches by 12.6 inches by 0.9 inches. Because it works via biompedance analysis, this scale is not intended for use by those with implantable medical electronic devices such as pacemakers, nor is it intended for use by pregnant women. Unfortunately, there is no option for someone to weigh themselves as a guest. Weight can be displayed in pounds or kilograms on the backlit LCD display. The scale operates on 4 AAA batteries, which come included with purchase of the scale. You can add a 2- or 3-year protection plan when purchasing from Amazon.
Best Analog: Salter Professional Mechanical Dial Scale
If you are looking for a more low-tech scale, we recommend the Salter Professional Analog Mechanical Dial Bathroom Scale with a 400 pound capacity. The platform measures 18.25 inches by 13 inches and has a non-slip mat. The dial is very large, measuring 7.5 inches. This scale is very accurate. Keep this scale on a firm, flat surface for precise weighins. Make sure the scale is set to zero before stepping on the scale. If it looks off, there is a serrated wheel that you can use to turn the dial back to zero.
A Smart Scale with Weather Reports: Nokia Body Plus
The Nokia Body Plus is a smart scale that is compatible with iOS and Android. It is made of high-strength tempered glass and measures 12.8 inches by 12.8 inches by 0.9 inches. The display measures 2.4 inches by 1.6 inches and is easy to read with its high-contrast lighting. The Health Mate app, which can pair with more than 100 other health and fitness apps, conveniently shows your date on your phone, and you can also use it to track your food, sleep, and more. Nevertheless, we do like the Fitbit app more feeling like it was easier to use and navigate and more reliably connective. It takes 4 AAA batteries, which usually last about 18 months.
Great Digital Scale: Tanita BC554 Ironman Inner Scan Body Composition Monitor Elite
The Tanita BC554 Ironman Inner Scan Body Composition Monitor Elite is a top of the line scale. This scale measures 12.6 inches by 11.8 inches and weighs 5.9 pounds. For water percentage, the recommendation for women is generally 45-60% and 50-65% for men. The body fat monitor function is not meant for pregnant women, professional athletes, and bodybuilders. People with an electronic medical implant (such as a pacemaker) should not use the Body Composition Monitor, and pregnant women should use the weight function only on this scale. The weights generally seemed accurate, though of course it is difficult to determine accuracy for items such as body water percent and bone mass. You can add a 2- or 3-year protection plan when purchasing on Amazon.
Another Smart Scale Pick: QardioBase2 Wireless Smart Scale
The QardioBase 2 is a wireless smart scale made out of tempered glass that comes in an elegant circular design. It measures 13.4 inches in diameter and weighs 6.7 pounds. The battery is rechargeable and lasts up to 12 months.It should automatically recognize each user when they step on the scale, but if not, it's simple to choose the correct user with a tap of your foot. You can set it to display weight in pounds, kilograms, or stones. It is capable of displaying weights up to 396 pounds. It is compatible with iOS, Android, and Kindle devices, as well as Android Wear and Apple Watch. Measurements will be displayed on your scale and results will automatically be sent to your app so you can review your history. For users who are visually impaired, there is a "haptic feedback" option that causes the device to vibrate once measurements are completed. This scale is available in black and white.
Best Accompanying App: Fitbit Aria 2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale
The Fitbit Aria 2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale is a smart scale that can track weight, body fat percentage, BMI, and lean mass. Body composition is measured via bioimpedance analysis, whereas BMI is calculated as usual off of height and weight. It measures 12.3 inches by 1.3 inches by 12.3 inches and weighs 4 pounds, 3 ounces. It requires 3 AA batteries which are included. It has a backlit LCD display and you can decide whether you prefer to see units in pounds, kilograms, or stones. It is suitable for uses weighing up to 400 pounds, up from the 350 pound limit of its predecessor. It is not intended for use by someone who is pregnant or with a pacemaker or other internal medical device due to the bioimpedance analysis. To calculate lean mass, set your scale to either regular or lean mode (regular works well for most people, whereas lean is for high-level athletes like marathon runners and body builders). It works best on a hard surface as it is not as accurate on carpet.
Monitoring your weight regularly has been shown to be effective in helping people meet and matain their weight goals. Weight can be an important indicator for health, and a bathroom scale can be a useful tool in most households. Whereas before scales only measured weight, today they can do so much more and can even connect to your smart phone. Our favorite scale overall turned out to be the Weight Gurus Bluetooth Smart Scale. The price is very budget-friendly – similar to that of our analog scale pick! The display was clear and testers appreciated its accuracy. For a low-tech bathroom scale, the Salter is our Analog pick. It has a large dial display, and it is easy to calibrate with the ridged wheel. We also were very fond of the Nokia Body Plus scale which had a lot of interesting features, including the ability to provide you with a local weather report. The Tanita was our favorite digital scale. The Qardio smart scale is also great and has a very chic design we love. The Fitbit Aria is our final smart scale choice though we liked the Fitbit app best out of the smart scale apps.