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Finding the Best Bathroom Weight Scale
By Terry Dunkle, DietPower Editor-In-Chief*
The best bathroom weight scale is one that not only looks great in your bathroom, but also measures accurately, costs little, and looks great. My company has been finding, testing, and marketing scales at discount prices since 1997. When shopping for bathroom scales, make sure you consider these criteria:
An electronic scale is always more accurate than old-fashioned spring scales. Only a balance-beam scale rivals the electronic models in precision—but it costs more, is cumbersome to use, and makes your bathroom look like a doctor’s office.
Most electronic scales weigh to the nearest 0.2 pounds ( 0.1 kilogram), but a few resolve to half that tolerance. Repeatability is a better sign of accuracy than resolution, however. Obviously, if your scale fluctuates by 0.4 pounds from one reading to the next, it can’t be accurate to the nearest tenth.
Besides weight, your scale may measure your body composition, including fat, water, muscle, and bone—or some subset of these. Adding such functions doesn’t affect the scale’s accuracy. It does require the scale to pass an electric current through your body, but the current is so weak that it literally wouldn’t hurt a fly.
Some bathroom weight scales display your previous weights on command. Some also have multiple-user memory, to keep your age and gender settings (needed for body-fat measurements) separate from those of other household members. If someone else in your family will use the scale, this is an important feature.
You shouldn’t have to pay more than $35 for a quality bathroom weight scale accurate to 0.2 pounds. Adding body-composition measurement should bring the price to no more than $60 to $80. If you buy via the Internet, allow an additional $10 to $15 for Parcel Post or $8 to $40 for Priority Mail shipping, depending on distance.
It’s easy to find a bathroom weight scale with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty that will replace the scale if anything goes wrong. Don’t settle for less.
*Terry Dunkle ia national award-winning medical editor who founded and directs DietPower, Inc., which develops weight-loss software and nutrition news.