The 23 Best Bathroom Scales of 2022

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Verywell Fit / Tamara Staples

Whether you’re looking to gain weight, lose weight, or are simply interested in tracking your weight over time, a scale may be one of the simplest devices you can use. Some bathroom scales read more than just weight and can provide broad intel on body fat percentage, muscle mass, and more.

Tested & Approved

Eufy by Anker's Smart Scale with Bluetooth is easy to use and has a LED display for readability. Etekcity's Smart Body Fat Scale tracks 13 different metrics and is a budget-friendly choice.

To help you find the right scale, we purchased 23 bathroom scales and tested them in The Verywell Testing Lab. We evaluated each scale on seven key attributes: reading consistency, setup, data storage, display and readability, ease of use, durability, and overall value.

According to our tests, these are the best bathroom scales on the market today.

A Note About Tracking Your Weight

It's important not to get too obsessed with your bodyweight measurements when you're trying to be healthy. “It’s hard not to get addicted to constantly checking your weight on the scale when you are trying to lose weight,” says Kim Mahony, RD, LDN and Corporate Manager at Lutheran Home Communities. And while your weight can help you gain insight into certain aspects of your health, Mahony advises focusing on how you feel, how your clothes fit, your body fat percentage, and your muscle mass as well.

Best Overall: Eufy by Anker Smart Scale with Bluetooth

4.7
Eufy Smart Scale with Bluetooth

Amazon

Pros
  • Consistent readings

  • Bright, easy-to-read display

  • App tracks up to 14 different metrics

Cons
  • Glossy surface is prone to smudging

  • Requires an app to track historical data

Eufy by Anker’s Smart Scale is our best overall choice because it's easy to set up, is user-friendly, and handily passed the reading consistency tests we gave it. When the scale reported our tester’s weight, it fell within 0.2 pounds of the medical-grade scale we used as a baseline. And it nimbly adjusted when our tester picked up a pair of 4.3-pound dumbbells. 

The scale earned a 4.5 out of 5 from our testers for ease of setup. “Besides inserting batteries, there's virtually no other setup for the scale itself,” Christina Oehler, RYT, Commerce Editor, and product tester, says. Simply unbox the scale, pop in the batteries it ships with, and place it on your floor. If you want to track health metrics over time—like weight, BMI, and muscle mass—you can also download Eufy’s free EufyLife app. Though pairing your scale with an app might sound like overkill, our testers found the app easy to download and navigate.

On the whole, our testers found the scale incredibly user-friendly—giving it a five out of five for ease of use, as well as display and readability. Since the scale boasts an LED display, it should be easy to read in bright and dark rooms, alike. And its large numbers make it even easier, especially for those with compromised vision.

The only downside? This glossy finish is prone to smudging. Our testers noted that you may end up with fingerprints or footprints on your scale each time you touch it. Overall, our testers appreciated the scale’s lightweight feel and sleek look. At 3.3 pounds, it should be easy to move around your space. And thanks to thoughtful details—like rounded corners and a glossy finish—it should be comfortable to use, too.

Item Weight: 3.3 pounds | Weight Capacity: 396 pounds | Connectivity: Bluetooth, Eufylife app (iOS, Android), other popular fitness apps (like Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit) | Dimensions: 11 in. x 11 in. x 0.9 in. | Power Source: Battery | User Capacity: 16 users

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What Our Testers Say

“This was by far my favorite scale. It had a simple setup, connected its data to the app in real-time, and the scale itself has a sleek, glossy look. It offers additional health insights and is perfect for anyone looking for an easy-to-use smart scale,” —Christina Oehler, RYT, Commerce Editor, and product tester.

Best Overall Runner-Up: Arboleaf Digital Scale

4.8
Arboleaf Digital Scale

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Bright, easy-to-read display

  • App tracks up to 14 different metrics

Cons
  • Requires an app to track historical data

Arboleaf’s Digital Scale earned rave reviews from our testers, and it generally passed the tests we gave it. The scale was off by just 0.4 pounds in our comparison test and by just 0.9 pounds in our dumbbell test. So while it wasn’t quite as consistent as our “Best Overall” pick, it was certainly close enough to get the job done. 

The scale also earned top marks on key attributes—earning a 4.5 out of 5 for setup and a perfect score for ease of use. To set up the scale, simply unbox it and insert the batteries it ships with. And once you’re ready to use the scale, all you need to do is step on it—no tapping and waiting required. This makes Arboleaf’s Digital Scale a particularly quick and easy option to use.

If you want to get more out of your scale, you can pair it with Arboleaf’s free app—which our testers found easy to download, set up, and navigate. If you open the app before stepping on the scale, it will automatically log your weight so you can track changes over time. You can also use the app to track an array of other metrics, like BMI, body water content, and skeletal muscle weight.

Our testers also noted that the scale would make a sleek addition to many bathrooms, thanks to its smooth surface and clean design. And the scale’s brightly lit LED display earned it a 4.5 out of 5 on display and readability.

Item Weight: 3.6 pounds | Weight Capacity: 400 pounds | Connectivity: Bluetooth, Arboleaf app (iOS, Android), other popular fitness apps (like Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit) | Dimensions: 11.8 in. x 11.8 in. x 1 in. | Power Source: Battery | User Capacity: Unlimited

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Good to Know

Scales may not track other metrics as accurately as they track your weight. And some of the metrics they provide, like BMI, may not precisely indicate how healthy you are. Consider talking to your doctor before getting too concerned about anything you see on your scale.

Best Budget: Etekcity Smart Body Fat Scale

4.6
Etekcity Smart Body Fat Scale

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Consistent readings

  • App tracks up to 13 different metrics

Cons
  • Requires an app to track historical data

Shopping on a budget? Etekcity’s Digital Weight Scale is a great find. The scale passed most of our consistency tests. It was only 0.4 pounds off in our comparison test and 0.2 pounds off in our dumbbell test. And our testers found it easy to use—giving it a perfect score for ease of use.

To set up the scale, all you need to do is unbox it and insert the batteries it ships with. Then, you can download the Etekcity-compatible VeSync app to get access to a range of other features. Our testers found this app easy to set up. Simply answer a few questions—about your height, gender, age, etc.—and you should be good to go. The app will then track your weight over time. And it will use the information you gave it to calculate other metrics, like your BMI, muscle mass, and more.

Though our testers appreciated the scale’s simple, sleek, and sturdy design, which earned it a 5 out of 5 for durability, they found its display hard to read. Dark red text on a black background isn’t a high-contrast combination. And since the LED display isn’t very bright, it can be tough to see in low-light situations. That said, our testers noted that you can use the app to clearly see your weight when you’re having trouble reading the scale’s display directly. (In fact, they noted that they might actually prefer the app to the scale itself when it comes to reading data.)

Item Weight: 3.6 pounds | Weight Capacity: 400 pounds | Connectivity: Bluetooth, VeSync app (iOS, Android), other popular fitness apps (like Apple Health, Google Fit, Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, and Samsung Health) | Dimensions: 11.8 in. x 11.8 in. x 1 in. | Power Source: Battery | User Capacity: Unlimited

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What Our Testers Say

“Very useful smart scale for those needing to track more than just their weight,” —David Jean Louis, Production Assistant, Studio Operations, and commerce product tester

Best for Multiple Users: WYZE Scale

4.6
WYZE Scale

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Consistent readings

  • Automatically recognizes up to eight users

  • App tracks up to 13 different metrics

Cons
  • Glossy surface is prone to smudging

  • Requires an app to access many features

As far as reading consistency goes, WYZE’s Smart Body Fat Scale delivers. The scale was spot-on in our comparison test, and only 0.3 pounds off in our dumbbell test—making it one of the most on-point scales in this roundup. The scale is also designed to automatically recognize eight different users (when paired with an app), so it’s a particularly convenient pick for multi-person households.

To set up the scale, unbox it and insert the batteries it ships with. Then, download WYZE’s free app. According to our testers, you’ll have to get through several prompts before you can use the app. (They gave the setup process a 4 out of 5 for this reason.) But once you’re finishing setting up the app, you can use it to track your weight (and 11 other metrics) over time. You can also enable the scale to automatically recognize up to eight different users. And you can activate unlimited guest-sharing, allowing other people to use the scale and app as well.

Our testers appreciated the scale’s sleek design, though they noted that, like some other scales on this list, its glossy finish is prone to smudges and footprints. And they gave the scale a 5 out of 5 for display and readability, noting that its LED display is easy to see and read in various light conditions.

Item Weight: 3 pounds | Weight Capacity: 400 pounds | Connectivity: Bluetooth, WYZE app (iOS, Android), other popular fitness apps (like Apple Health and Google Fit) | Dimensions: 11.81 in. x 11.81 in. x 1.18 in. | Power Source: Battery | User Capacity: 8 users (plus unlimited guest-sharing)

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What Our Testers Say

“It's great for anyone who is trying to track their weight over a long period of time, or for someone who is actively trying to lose weight. Its app is super easy to navigate once set up, and the scale has a sleek design,” —Christina Oehler, RYT, Commerce Editor, and product tester.

Best Design: FITINDEX Bluetooth Body Fat Scale

4.2
FITINDEX Bluetooth Body Fat Scale

Amazon

Pros
  • Consistent readings

  • Bright, easy-to-read display

  • App tracks up to 13 different metrics

Cons
  • Requires an app to track historical data

FITINDEX’s Bluteooth Body Fat Scale did an incredible job with the tests we gave it. The scale was off by just 0.1 pounds in both our comparison test and our dumbbell test. So it proved to be the most accurate scale in this bunch. And our testers were particularly impressed by how user-friendly the scale was—giving it a perfect score for setup, a perfect score for display and readability, and a 4.5 out of 5 for ease of use.

The scale’s setup process is fairly straightforward: Just unbox it and insert the batteries it ships with. Then, download FITINDEX’s app to track your weight over time and gain access to 12 other metrics (like muscle mass, water weight, and more). Our testers found the app easy to set up and use. And they appreciated that it lets you input extra data for a more in-depth reading—like the circumference of your neck, bust, and waist.

Our testers also noted that the scale boasts a clean, sleek design. And its LED display features large, bright numbers that are easy to see—even in low-light conditions. This sleek design and easy-to-read display made the scale an obvious pick for our “Best Design” category—and its user-friendly app made the choice even easier.

Item Weight: 2.43 pounds | Weight Capacity: 396 pounds | Connectivity: Bluetooth, FITINDEX app (iOS, Android), other popular fitness apps (like Apple Health, Google Fit, and Samsung Health), Apple Watch | Dimensions: 10.2 in. x 10.2 in. x 0.96 in. | Power Source: Battery | User Capacity: Unlimited users

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What Our Testers Say

“I loved all of the different health insights this scale provided. It stores your data so you can keep track of your health over time and is perfect for someone who really wants to watch their weight. It has a sleek design that would look nice in most bathrooms," —Christina Oehler, RYT, Commerce Editor, and product tester.

Best Splurge: Withings Body + Body Composition Wi-Fi Scale

4.6
Withings Body Scale
Withings Body Scale. Courtesy of Amazon.com
Pros
  • Automatically recognizes up to 8 users

  • Bright, easy-to-read display

  • Offers more data than many other scales

Cons
  • Requires an app to access special features

  • Expensive

Fairly consistent, user-friendly, and packed with helpful features, Withings’s Body+ Digital Wi-Fi Smart Scale is a solid pick. The scale handily passed our comparison test, reporting a weight that was off by just 0.4 pounds. And its margin of error on our dumbbell test was just 0.5 pounds.

The scale also earned nearly perfect scores on two key features—earning a 4.5 out of 5 for both ease of use, its display, and readability. Our testers appreciated the scale’s bright, easy-to-read display. And they noted that it was easy to use and navigate, despite providing a lot more information than the average scale. Many smart scales will only read and display your weight, requiring you to download an app to see any other data. But the Withings Body+ Scale will give you access to eight different metrics (including weight, BMI, muscle mass, and, in case you were wondering, the weather) directly from its screen. It’s also designed to automatically recognize the user that steps onto it, so you should be able to share it with family members without disrupting your data, earning a perfect score for data storage.

If you want to get more out of your scale, you can download the Withings Health Mate app, which you can use to set goals, track progress, and add notes to any weigh-ins you’ve logged. You can also automatically sync your scale’s data with your favorite health app (like Apple Health, Google Fit, Fitbit, and more). 

Our testers noted that the scale’s setup process was fairly simple and straightforward. All you need to do is unbox the scale, insert the batteries it ships with, and—if you feel like it—download the accompanying app. Our testers also noted that it has a clean design and splurge-worthy feel. “The scale has sleek and quality design—feels worth the price of purchase,” David Jean Louis, Production Assistant, Studio Operations, and commerce product tester, says.

Item Weight: 4.4 pounds | Weight Capacity: 396 pounds | Connectivity: Bluetooth, Withings Health Mate app (iOS, Android), other popular fitness apps (like Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit) | Dimensions: 12.8 x 12.8  x 0.9 inches | Power Source: Battery | User Capacity: Eight users

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What Our Testers Say

“I'm liking the design and ease of use. Not complicated at all.” —David Jean Louis, Production Assistant, Studio Operations, and commerce product tester.

Best Analog: Ozeri Rev 400 lbs Bathroom Scale

4.3
Ozeri Rev 400 lbs Bathroom Scale

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Very easy setup

  • Bright, easy-to-read display

  • Intuitive, no-frills design

Cons
  • Inconsistent readings

  • Limited data storage

Ozeri’s Rev 400 lbs (180kg) Bathroom Scale may not be as high-tech as some of the other scales in this bunch. But thanks to its classic, no-frills design, it's incredibly easy to use. Our testers gave it a perfect score for setup, a 5 out of 5 for ease of use, and a 4.5 out of 5 for display and readability. The scale also did OK on the accuracy tests we gave it—falling 1.3 pounds off in our comparison test and 1.6 pounds off in our dumbbell test.

Because the scale is analog, it’s easy to set up: Just unbox it and insert the batteries it ships with, and your work is done. There are no apps to download, questions to answer, or profiles to set up. The downside of this is that you can’t use it to track your weight over time (which is why it earned a 3 out of 5 for data storage). But if all you need is a simple scale that can quickly read your weight, this one can get the job done.

Our testers appreciated its easy-to-read display, which features dark text and a backlit background. But they expressed some concern about the scale’s unusual shape. Since its surface features a protruding dial, it takes up more space than a traditionally-shaped scale. And this added bulk may make it tough to slide into a corner or against a wall.

Item Weight: 3.7 pounds | Weight Capacity: 400 pounds | Connectivity: None | Dimensions: 13.5 x 14 x 1 inches | Power Source: Battery | User Capacity: Single user

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What Our Testers Say

“I liked how easily the scale provided a clear reading, and it's nice that it offers both the digital and mechanical dial display. But the nonstandard shape might make it challenging to fit easily into a small bathroom space,” —Emma Brink, Editor, Verywell Health.

Best Portable: NewlineNY Lightest Step-On Super Mini Travel Bathroom Scale

4
NewlineNY Lightest Step-On Super Mini Travel Bathroom Scale

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Consistent readings

  • Easy setup

  • Compact and lightweight

Cons
  • Display is hard to read

  • Limited data storage

Simple to set up and just as easy to use, NewlineNY’s Auto Step On Super Mini Smallest Travel Bathroom Scale is a convenient way to track your weight on the go. The scale did a great job with the tests we gave it: It was off by just 0.1 pounds in our comparison test and by just 0.3 pounds in our dumbbell test. So it proved just as on-point as the more traditional scales we tested. 

The scale also earned top marks in two key categories—receiving a five out of five for both setup and ease of use. Since there are no apps to download, the scale’s setup process is incredibly simple. Just remove it from the box, insert the included batteries, and it should be ready to go. To use it, all you need to do is step onto it—no tapping and waiting required. Your weight will then appear for just 10 seconds before the scale turns back off to save the battery.

 At 5.5 inches tall, 8.5 inches wide, and 0.5 inches thick, it’s small enough to toss in your bag. And since it weighs just 1.2 pounds, you shouldn’t have to worry about it weighing you down. But while these features are great for travel, they do present some downsides. Since the scale is so small, it’s prone to tipping over. And depending on where you place your feet, you may end up covering its display. The scale’s display also lacks a backlight, and its no-frills design means your data storage options are pretty limited. (It will read your weight in a given moment, but it won’t track it over time.) But if all you need is the ability to consistently track your weight on-the-go, it will get the job done.

Item Weight: 1.2 pounds | Weight Capacity: 325 pounds | Connectivity: None | Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches | Power Source: Battery | User Capacity: Single user

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What Our Testers Say

“This scale is perfect if you're really committed to tracking your weight while traveling. However, I wouldn't recommend it to older individuals or people who do not have good stability, as it is easy to tip over.” —Christina Oehler, RYT, Commerce Editor, and product tester.

Best Weight Capacity: My Weigh XL-550 Talking Digital Bathroom Scale

4.5
My Weigh XL-550 Talking Digital Bathroom Scale

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • High weight capacity

  • Bright, easy-to-read display

  • Talking feature

Cons
  • Inconsistent readings

  • Limited data storage

MyWeigh’s XL-550 Talking Bathroom Scale did a pretty good job with the tests we gave it. It was spot-on in our comparison test, and 1.3 pounds off in our dumbbell test. That made it more on-point than some of the scales we tested and less consistent than others (though being spot-on in our comparison test is pretty remarkable). The scale also boasts a weight capacity of 550 pounds, so you can trust that it’s a particularly sturdy pick. (For reference, the other scales in this roundup boast weight capacities between 325 and 400 pounds.)

This pick earned a perfect score of 5 out of 5 for three key attributes: setup, ease of use, and display and readability. To set up the scale, all you need to do is unbox it and insert the batteries it ships with. And once it is ready to be used, it will greet you with an audible “hello.” When you’re ready to use the scale, tap it with your foot and wait until it tells you to “step on.” It will then display your weight on its backlit screen, and it will also read your weight aloud. It will then say “goodbye” when it’s preparing to turn off.

This talking feature makes it a particularly user-friendly pick. And it will make sure you get your weight reading, even if you can’t fully read the display screen. If you decide you don’t want the scale to talk to you, you can simply turn off the talking function with the flip of a switch. 

Aside from the talking feature, it boasts a no-frills design. It doesn’t pair with an app, so its data storage capacities are pretty limited, earning it a 3.5 out of 5 for data storage. And since it features a protruding display screen, it may be inconvenient to slide against a wall or tuck into a corner.

Item Weight: 5.7 pounds | Weight Capacity: 550 pounds | Connectivity: None | Dimensions: 15.8 x 13.4 x 2 inches | Power Source: Battery | User Capacity: Single user

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What Our Testers Say

“This was a very easy-to-use scale. The talking feature is great for those who are visually impaired. For anyone who is self-conscious about their weight and wouldn't want their reading spoken out loud, I would make sure they're aware of the ‘turn off’ talking function.” —Emma Brink, Editor, Verywell Health

Compare

Overall Rating Setup Precision Data Storage Readabilty Ease of Use
Eufy Smart Scale with Bluetooth
Best Overall:
Eufy by Anker Smart Scale with Bluetooth
4.7
5 5 5 4.5 4.5
Arboleaf Digital Scale
Best Overall Runner-Up:
Arboleaf Digital Scale
4.8
4.5 5 5
Etekcity Smart Body Fat Scale
Best Budget:
Etekcity Smart Body Fat Scale
4.6
4.5 5 5
WYZE Scale
Best for Multiple Users:
WYZE Scale
4.6
4 5 4
FITINDEX Bluetooth Body Fat Scale
Best Design:
FITINDEX Bluetooth Body Fat Scale
4.2
5 5 3 4 3.7
Withings Body Scale
Best Splurge:
Withings Body + Body Composition Wi-Fi Scale
4.6
4.5 5 4.5
Ozeri Rev 400 lbs Bathroom Scale
Best Analog:
Ozeri Rev 400 lbs Bathroom Scale
4.3
5 3 5
NewlineNY Lightest Step-On Super Mini Travel Bathroom Scale
Best Portable:
NewlineNY Lightest Step-On Super Mini Travel Bathroom Scale
4
5 3 5
My Weigh XL-550 Talking Digital Bathroom Scale
Best Weight Capacity:
My Weigh XL-550 Talking Digital Bathroom Scale
4.5
5 3.5 5

Final Verdict

Of all the bathroom scales we tested, Eufy by Anker’s Smart Scale (view at Amazon) was our favorite. The well-rounded scale is consistent and easy to use. And when paired with Eufy’s free EufyLife app, it gives you access to all kinds of different metrics, like BMI, muscle mass, and more. We also love the scale’s sleek look and lightweight feel—two features that make it an easy addition to most bathrooms.

If you’d prefer a budget-friendlier scale, Etekcity’s Bathroom Digital Weight Scale (view at Amazon) is another great pick. It earned high marks in every category, thanks to its consistency and user-friendly design. And while it might involve more app setup than some others on our list, it gives you access to a remarkable range of data that makes this extra effort worth it.

How We Rated Bathroom Scales

4.8 to 5 stars: These are the best bathroom scales we tested. We recommend them without reservation.

4.5 to 4.7 stars: These bathroom scales are excellent—they might have minor flaws, but we still recommend them.

4.0 to 4.5 stars: We think these are great bathroom scales, but others are better.

3.5 to 3.9 stars: These bathroom scales are just average.

3.4 and below: We don't recommend bathroom scales with this rating; you won't find any on our list.

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How We Tested the Bathroom Scales

To determine which bathroom scales were worth the buy, we tested 23 bathroom scales in The Verywell Testing Lab and evaluated them based on seven key attributes, including reading consistency, setup, data storage, display and readability, ease of use, durability, and overall value. Three testers—of different heights, weights, and genders—spent eight hours testing the scales. We tested each scale for reading consistency in three different ways. Our first test was our comparison test. Our testers weighed themselves on a medical-grade scale to determine their baseline weight. Then, they weighed themselves on each of the scales in our test. We compared those two numbers to see how consistent each scale was. (The closer the tested scale’s reading was to the medical-grade scale’s reading, the more consistent we deemed the tested scale.) 

In our second test, our surface test, we wanted to see how consistent each scale would be when used on different surfaces. Our testers weighed themselves once with each scale on a hard tile floor, and once on a low-pile rug. The results from this test varied so greatly that we determined using the scales on a rug was not a good reflection of its capabilities. Our third and final test was our dumbbell test. To see how the scales would react to slight changes in weight, our testers weighed themselves on each scale as they normally would. Then, they weighed themselves on each scale while holding a pair of 4.3-pound dumbbells to see whether the scales picked up the 4.3-pound weight difference.

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After our reading consistency tests, we subjected each scale to a durability test. (You don’t want your scale to break the moment you drop a shampoo bottle on it.) To test the scales for durability, our testers dropped a 9-pound toiletry bag on each scale twice. Then, they inspected each scale for damage—noting whether it broke, malfunctioned, or got scratched during the test.

Throughout these tests, our testers also paid attention to other key attributes—like data storage, display and readability, and ease of use. For data storage, our testers considered how many measurements the scale could record and how many users could log into the scale. For display and readability, our testers considered how easy the scale was to read in different conditions (in low light, when standing on the scale, etc.) and whether the scale’s units (kilograms, pounds, etc.) were easily customizable. For ease of use, our testers paid attention to the general ease of use and whether a scale provided readings quickly and easily. 

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Our testers also provided their overall impressions of each scale with an “overall value” score. For this score, our testers considered their overall experience with each scale—and compared it against its cost. And they considered whether they’d recommend the scale to a friend. Finally, we took all of this data and averaged it to give each scale an overall average score. Since this overall score was an average, none of the scales received a perfect overall score.

What to Look for in a Bathroom Scale

Type

There are two main types of scales: analog and digital. Analog scales use an interior spring that compresses when the scale is weighted and displays the reading on a dial. Generally, analog scales are the cheapest option, but since they don’t require batteries, they rely on the human eye for an accurate reading.

Digital scales typically run on batteries and showcase numbered results on a digital readout display. More advanced models include smart and multi-user data storing capabilities, as well as additional measurements.

Body Composition Measurements

Body composition measurements record the ratio of fat mass to lean tissue. Modern scales dive deeply into one's health profile, offering an assortment of measurements, including body fat percentage, bone mass, BMI, muscle composition, water weight, and more.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a dated, biased measure that doesn’t account for several factors, such as body composition, ethnicity, race, gender, and age.

Despite being a flawed measure, BMI is widely used today in the medical community because it is an inexpensive and quick method for analyzing potential health status and outcomes.

“I definitely recommend getting a scale that takes into consideration your body composition measurements if you’re trying to lose weight and manage your fitness,” says Lauren Hubert, MS, RD. Lauren says that while at-home scales aren’t as accurate as those you’ll find at a doctor’s office, they still give you the information you need to understand what’s going on inside your body.

WiFi or Bluetooth Capabilities

When paired with a WiFi or Bluetooth connection, smart scales automatically keep track of a user's data over time and sync the information with the user’s fitness tracker or smartphone for a more complete health profile. Though they may be accurate enough for estimates and home use, you might want to consult a doctor for more accurate readings of your overall body composition.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How accurately do bathroom scales measure body fat?

    Most bathroom scales that measure body fat percentage use bioelectrical impedance to do so. Sensors send a small electrical current through one leg, across your pelvis, and down your other leg, measuring the amount of resistance created by body fat. These measurements can provide helpful estimates but are not highly accurate.

  • Do bathroom scales lose accuracy over time?

    Over time, bathroom scales can lose their accuracy due to general wear and tear from prolonged use and age, however, the changes in accuracy might not be significant. To get the best readings, place your scale in the same location every day to ensure precise measurements.

  • Does humidity affect bathroom scales?

    Depending on the model you use, humidity may impact the accuracy of your bathroom scale, but it shouldn't be enough to provide a significantly inaccurate reading. It's best to store your scale in a dry, room-temperature location as opposed to next to the sink or shower.

Why Trust Verywell Fit

As a seasoned health and fitness writer, Lindsey Lanquist understands how vital quality product recommendations can be. She is careful to recommend products that are reliable, user-friendly, and genuinely well-reviewed by those who’ve tried them. 

When looking for the right scale, Lindsey prioritizes data storage, ease of use, and display and readability. It’s nice to have a scale that tells you more than just your weight. But if that extra info is hard to find, it isn’t worth the time and effort. Lindsey would be willing to splurge on a pricier scale if it meant getting a better user experience. After all, no one wants to get stressed out when reading their weight.

Additional reporting contributed by Emily Stone.

Emily Stone does ample research on the best health and fitness gadgets on the market and only recommends the top ones. In a world with seemingly endless gadgetry, bathroom scales can now gather precise health information on one device, which previously required multiple units.

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