The 12 Best Bathroom Scales of 2020

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Our Top Picks
"Goes above and beyond by monitoring weight, body fat, water percentage, muscle mass, and body mass."
"Known for its accuracy and user-friendly capabilities, it provides a fast, accurate, no-frills reading."
"The digital scale has four weighing sensors that work together to ensure an accuracy of plus or minus 0.2 pounds"
"Syncs to an app so you can view your weight trends over time, track exercise, log food, and set health goals."
Best Smart Scale Runner-Up:
Garmin Index Smart Scale at Amazon
"The Garmin Index Smart Scale measures weight, BMI, bone and muscle mass and recognizes up to 16 users."
"The scale includes auto calibration technology, multiple units of measure, step-on activation, and auto shut-off features."
"At just 8.5x12 inches, this rectangular, red glass scale will fit in small spaces and captures weight up to 330 pounds."
"A built-in alarm reminds users to weigh in at the same time each day, ensuring an accurate reading."
"Measuring only 1.25 pounds it easily fits into a gym bag or purse, taking up as much space as a Kindle."
"Boasts a large, stable platform that holds up to 550 pounds and includes a unique talking feature."

No one looks forward to stepping on a scale. It’s a nerve-racking, vulnerable experience. But it's important for everyone to remember that weight is a volatile metric and we all fluctuate. In fact, daily or weekly weight fluctuations are usually normal and can stem from many factors, including food consumption, exercise, and bowel movements.

The number on the scale does not singularly dictate one's overall health, although it's still important to periodically monitor our vitals and keep track of any major changes. 

Bathroom scales have evolved throughout the years to offer more than just our weight—they now provide broad intel on our overall health, including more clues about our body fat percentage and muscle mass. It’s time to trade in that trusty old scale for the latest and greatest technology that your bathroom floor can offer. With our top picks for the best bathroom scales, you can choose from a variety of features that best suit your goals and health needs.

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Best Overall: Withings Body+ Body Composition Wi-Fi Smart Scale

Scales that analyze full body composition give you a more complete picture of your health. After all, there’s more to your well-being than how much you weigh. If you’ve been strength training and adding on healthy muscle, for example, your body weight might go up. This Withings scale goes above and beyond by monitoring weight, body fat, water percentage, muscle mass, and body mass (it even informs you about the weather—seriously). It then syncs your information via WiFi or Bluetooth to an accompanying app so that you can view your ups and downs over time.

Our product tester thought that this was a great purchase for those who want to not only monitor their weight but also track their fitness progress since this takes muscle mass into account.

Joline Buscemi, Product Tester

"The scale’s ability to connect to your phone takes it a step above the scales of yesteryear."

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Best Overall Runner-Up: Escali T180 Portable Travel Bathroom Body Scale

This Escali Classic Glass Scale is a sleek pick for anyone looking to upgrade to a modern, no-frills digital scale. Known for its accuracy and user-friendly capabilities, the Escali B180RC holds up to 400 pounds and measures body weight in increments of 0.2 pounds.

Offering both form and function, this round scale—measuring 12.875 x 12.875 x 0.875 inches—is made of impact-resistant tempered clear glass. Tap-on technology provides a fast, accurate reading with a hold feature that displays results after stepping off the scale. Automatic shut-off preserves battery life of the lithium batteries.

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Best for Accuracy: Greater Goods Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale

Raise your hand if you’ve done this: You step on the scale, don’t like the reading, so you get off and try again until a number appears that you’re happy with. With this Greater Goods scale, those days are done (for better or worse!) thanks to four weighing sensors that work together to ensure an accuracy of plus or minus 0.2 pounds. Users say that this spot-on digital device—which supports up to 400 pounds—is consistent with its readings.

Even better, this is a product that gives back. A portion of proceeds from the purchase goes toward Love146, an organization that fights to end child trafficking and provides care for survivors.

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Best Smart Scale: Fitbit Aria 2 Wi-Fi Smart Scale

More and more scales sync to your phone these days, allowing you to check on your weight loss progress when away from home. The Fitbit Aria 2 is one of them, using WiFi to transfer your weight data (including weight, lean mass, and body fat percentage) to a Fitbit app. Not only can you view your weight trends over time on the app, but you can also track exercise, log food, and set health goals.

If weight loss is a priority for you, being consistent about weighing yourself on this scale could help you slim down. According to Fitbit, 70% of daily Aria users lost weight in the first six months. One of our favorite features: Up to eight users can weigh themselves on the scale, and the device will know who is who when they step on it (but will keep your stats private!), which is so useful if your family shares the scale with you.

What Experts Say

“I recommend getting a scale that will sync with your device, whether it is your smartphone or watch. For example, if you use FitBit, get the FitBit scale or a scale that will sync with this device. This makes technology a breeze!”—Nicole German Morgan, RDN, LD, CLT

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Best Smart Scale Runner-Up: Garmin Index Smart Scale

Known for its reliable and innovative GPS navigation and wearable technology products, Garmin is a top choice for anyone looking to elevate their home health reporting.

Providing in-depth metrics, the Garmin Index Smart Scale measures weight, body mass index (BMI), body fat and water percentage, bone mass, and skeletal muscle mass. This Wi-Fi-enabled scale automatically uploads data to a user's Garmin Connect account available online and on mobile devices. The scale recognizes up to 16 users and has a weight capacity of 400 pounds.

It comes in both black and white, weighs 6.2 pounds, and measures 13.8 x 12.2 x 1.2 inches. It includes four AA batteries and holds a battery life for up to 9 months. The extra-large digital readout display provides easy visibility, even in low-light settings.

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Best Budget: Ozeri Precision Digital Bath Scale

The Ozeri Precision Digital Bath Scale instantly captures precise weight measurements on a widescreen LCD display. This newly updated, second-generation model captures weight in increments of 0.1 pounds, with a capacity of 440 pounds. The scale is both sleek and sturdy with an oversized platform and low-step clearance of 12 x 12 x 0.75 inches.

Made from impact-resistant tempered glass, it is built to last and comes in three colors: blue, black, and white. It includes auto calibration technology, multiple units of measure, step-on activation, and auto shut-off features. A Tare button allows you to weigh infants, pets, or luggage without stepping off the scale.

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Best for Small Spaces: Gela Global Electronic Personal Scale

This compact digital scale is ideal for studio dwellers and those who have limited living space. Measuring 8.5 x 12 inches, the rectangular, red glass scale will fit in even the tiniest of bathrooms. It features an easy to read LCD display that captures weight up to 330 pounds.

The Gela Global scale is powered by a 2032 Lithium Coin 3-Volt battery and features a low battery indicator.

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Best Analog: Ozeri Rev 400 lbs (180 kg) Bathroom Scale

This scale features a mix of old school and new school with a synchronized 5.5-inch electro-mechanical dial and digital readout display. Using 50 gram sensor technology, the scale measures weight up to 400 pounds in 0.1 pound increments.

The Ozeri Rev Bathroom Scale boasts a low-step 1-inch clearance and is made from impact-resistant tempered glass. A built-in alarm reminds users to weigh in at the same time each day, ensuring an accurate reading that isn't affected by temporary post-meal water retention. The scale measures 13.5 x 14 x 1 inches and weighs 3.7 pounds.

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

This tiny, portable scale is perfect for fitness enthusiasts on the go. With a platform of 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches and weighing only 1.25 pounds, the scale easily fits into any gym bag or purse, taking up as much space as a Kindle.

A 3.5-inch display features instant readings with a hold feature that presents results for ten seconds after you step off the scale. The digital readout display then automatically shuts off. Results can be displayed in multiple units of measure, including pounds, kilograms, and British stones. It can hold up to 325 pounds and measures in increments of 0.2 pounds.

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

This digital scale boasts a large, stable platform—14.7 x 12.5 x 1 inches—that holds up to 550 pounds. Using strain gauge technology, the scale measures in increments of 0.2 pounds. 

It comes with a unique talking feature—which can be disabled at any time—that'll guide you through the process and read your measurements for you. The scale has an extra-large LCD display that makes it easy to read results, even for those with poor eyesight.

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Best Sleek Style: Qardio Base2 WiFi Smart Scale and Body Analyzer

This Wi-Fi smart scale and body analyzer measures more than just weight. It also calculates BMI and full body composition—including body fat percentage, muscle mass, water, and bone mass. It measures up to 396 pounds in increments of 0.2 pounds. 

The sleek, modern Quardio scale features a tempered glass finish and a large LED display, tastefully blending into any room. Its compact, circular design measures 13.4 x 13.4 x 0.9 inches.

It's Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled and syncs data directly to the Qardio app, as well as Apple Health, Samsung Health, MyFitnessPal, Google Fit, Alexa Skills, and Siri.

The scale stores data for up to eight users and also features a dedicated pregnancy mode. Powered by the included Micro USB charging cable, its internal battery lasts for 12 months after the initial charge. Best of all, it works on any surface—even carpet!

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Best for Seniors: Taylor Precision Products Electronic Glass Talking Bathroom Scale

This scale is a standout option for anyone who has challenges with vision. It announces the weight reading in English, Spanish, Greek, German, or Croatian—and volume is easily adjustable.

The Taylor Precision scale features an extra-sturdy, 12.2-inch square platform made of tempered glass with stainless steel accents. It has a capacity of 440 pounds and measures in increments of 0.2 pounds. The scale runs on 3 AAA batteries, which are included.

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. They require no batteries and rely on the human eye for an accurate reading.

Digital scales typically run on batteries and exhibit 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 deep into one's health profile, offering an assortment of measurements, including body fat percentage, bone mass, BMI, muscle composition, water weight, and more.

Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Capabilities

Smart scales do all the leg work. When paired with a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection, smart scales automatically keep track of a user's data overtime, and automatically syncs the information with the user’s fitness tracker for a more complete health profile.

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